A Pile of Plush, A Toy Tent and Fill A Bag!

I went to a sale that had all my favorite things mentioned in the title of this blog. It was pouring rain so some of the plush in the pile were wet even though it was under a tent. I pulled three toys out of the pile which was “fill a bag” for $1. I pulled out this old Disney Bear named Bongo. I never heard of him before. He is from a film produced by Disney in 1947. He is also a very early Gund toy. I don’t know what he is worth. Maybe a million dollars!  The second item I bought is a Gund bear from 1981. He may bring $20. Finally I got a purple Lumpy elephant from Winnie the Pooh.

Besides the plush pile there were also other toys. I picked up this old doll. She is a Dy-dee doll by Effanbee. I’ve never seen these before. Her rubber body was cracked and damaged in some areas but she still sold quickly for $40. She has a sweet face and I really like her bonnet.

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In another tent were tables of household items and decor. There was a stack of coasters and I picked them up because they were unusual looking and made in Italy. They were marked Fornasetti Milano which turns out to be fairly collectible.

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I found several mid century figurines which I put together in a lot because each is worth no more that 4 or 5 dollars on it’s own. My favorite is the angel cat. I believe that the chimney sweep is by Goebel although it is unmarked. The brown dog is a Lefton piece. I don’t understand the meaning of the monkey climbing out of the piano.

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In the same tent I picked up a wall plaque featuring two sailing ships in scrimshaw, a small jewelry box shaped like a sewing box, an old copper pot and a green Catherineholm pot.  Nautical items have been selling well which is why I picked up the ship picture.

That’s about it for this weekend. There was a large variety and items I have never seen before which is always fun and helps me learn about new, wonderful things!

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Toys from the 80’s, Mid Century Modern and Tupperware

There were several sales last weekend. The first was a church sale where I picked up two small items. One is this cute pair of modern looking cats by Goebel. The other is a Scandanavian wooden viking figure. Whoever priced these items thought it would be a good idea to write the price right on the item in Sharpie marker! I was able to remove the price from the ceramic cats figure. I couldn’t remove the price from the viking because  Sharpie apparently doesn’t come off wood!

I picked up this structured brown bag that looks like it is from the 50’s or 60’s. I really like the shape but it is a little crooked. One side is higher that the other. I also picked up this wooden carved picture of a ship because it is a popular subject. I think these items were $3 each.

The best item I found at this sale was a set of Catherinehom bowls in blue and white. They were $3 for this set of four.

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After that sale I drove around to see if there were other sales in the area. I found an estate sale at a very large home. I didn’t have high hopes as I walked in and saw beautiful furniture, crystal and china at very high prices. Then I went down to the basement and saw a whole bunch of toys on a table and on some shelves. I saw some cabbage patch dolls and then I saw some Rainbow Brite dolls. When I finished collecting them I had 8 Rainbow Brite items. I also saw some He-man figures, including 3 She-ra dolls. I had nothing to put all this in but nearby were some empty trash cans so I put everything in one of those. When I asked for a price, the man there said $10 for all. Sold! I wonder if it helped that they were all in a trash can. I hope I can get a least $50 for the Rainbow Brite lot.

Two other toys I picked up this weekend were a vintage blue Godzilla figure and a sealed bag of Jurassic World legos. I am hoping to get $20 for the legos. They were $1.

This wooden Snoopy wall art looks homemade. It was the first thing to sell from the weekend at $26.99. I paid $2. I think this pair of Rosenthal salt and pepper shakers are really charming with their black line illustrations. They are marked Germany. They were $1.

I also picked up a set of Tupperware plastic cups in fall colors. There are two sets of 4 cups and one extra cup. It was $2 for the lot. I’m hoping for a least $15. I wouldn’t usually pick these up but I wasn’t finding much at the sale where I found these and I have been hearing people talk about them on Youtube.

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Those are some recent highlights. I hope that holiday shopping starts soon!

Madame Alexander Dolls, Games, Artwork and More!

It was pouring for most of Saturday but I was able to attend one indoor charity sale which lifted my spirits. There was a box of dolls that said $2 each or 3 dolls for $5. I recognized some as Madame Alexander. These dolls have a wide range of values. Two of the dolls that I picked up also had tears in their dresses. The best one I picked up was a cute nurse doll. She’s in good shape and hopefully will bring about $30. The next doll is from Gone With the Wind. She is Melanie and her dress is really beautiful but unfortunately, full of holes and faded. Another doll is from the International Collection and represents the United States. Again her dress is quite torn. A fourth doll I purchased is a Ginny doll by the company Vogue. Older Ginny dolls can bring a lot of money. This one, from 1985, is not very valuable. I can remember looking at the Christmas Sears toy catalog and seeing the beautiful Madame Alexander dolls, which were too expensive for us back then. It’s kind of fun to own them for a little while now.

I also picked up a pair of denim rag dolls by Knickerbocker for Levis. Each has a denim jacket with the Levis logo on it. They seem to be fairly collectible. I hoping to get at least $30 for the pair.

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I picked up some artwork as well. First is this pair of cat art printed on ceramic tiles and framed. I love these because I love cats.

The next item is my favorite item that I bought on Saturday. It is a watercolor painting of a highway interchange between the Long Island Expressway and the Clearview Expressway in Queens New York. It seems pretty old but I don’t know the age of it. The reason why I love this so much is because this is exactly where I grew up! I don’t know what the value would be on this – or even how to list it but I think it’s cool. It was $1.

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The second coolest thing I bought was this pair of cat shoes. This was a fund raiser for an animal shelter so there were a lot of animal themed items. These are not my style but I wish they were because I think they’re awesome!!

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I picked up two games. One is Pretty Pretty Princess which is a pretty popular game but I have never found it complete before. I am hoping to get $40 for it. The other game is called Eve Conquest and I believe it is connected with a game played online. It looks incredibly complicated.

Finally, I picked up this Waffle Weave Loom kit. I believe it is from the 70’s. I picked it up because someone said that weaving items sell. I think I can get at least $20 for it and it has a fun retro look.

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Those are the highlights from one good sale I was able to go to. It will keep me busy listing this week!

Vintage Steiff, Dolls and Lots of Other Stuff

I attended two sales last weekend where I found some good items. The first sale was at a Synagogue where I did well last year so I was looking forward to it this year. However, this time it seemed that I wasn’t finding much but I didn’t give up. I keep looking in different areas and finally, in the linens area I picked up these two needlework kits by a company named Ehrman. Earlier in the year I found a completed Ehrman needlepoint which I sold for $39. When I saw the name and the subject matter, I was pretty sure it was a good find. They are both pillow cover kits featuring cats and I have them up for about $99 each.

I did eventually make my way over to the jewelry table when the crowds had dispersed. For $3 I picked up a colorful Swatch watch and a silver heart with inlaid stones. I am keeping the heart pendant for now. It was $10 and is double sided!

The next sale I went to was a church sale. They have a toy area outside the church where every year they have a kiddie pool filled with plush. This year I was surprised and excited to find three small Steiff animals including a cat, a tiger and a pig. The pig is not mohair and also not very valuable. I’m hoping to get at least $30 for each of the other two and I think they’re very sweet too. The plush in the pool was $1 each.

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The toy area also had a lot of American Girl dolls and items but they were marked fairly high so I left them. I did find a Sasha doll for $10 with a bag of clothing. Even though she needs to be restrung I think she will sell well.

Inside the church they had everything else. The prices were good – between $1 and $3 so I took a chance on some items. Some of the things I bought include a Little Bo Peep ceramic figure, a Spirit box made in Canada from crushed marble, a vintage tin made in England featuring toy soldiers and a blue and white sheep dog marked Minton.

The mugs were 50 cents so I picked up a Taylor & Ng frog mug in fair condition and a Spode blue and white Golfer mug.

Those were the highlights from last weekend! We’ve had some pretty hot weather here in the northeast but not too hot for going to tag sales!!

Vintage Plush, Dollhouse Furniture and Mid Century Modern

This past weekend I hit a church sale that I have previously done well at but wasn’t having much luck this year. I pulled out a few things from the plush bin where it was fill a bag for $5. I got a Remy the rat from the movie Ratatouille, a Disney Fairy Godmother and a talking Alf. I may get $10 for the first two. I’m hoping Alf will bring closer to $30.

I bought two wooden items. My favorite is this small sewing box with a double door and handle. It looks like someone tried to make this other wooden box appear old but I think its modern.

I also picked up a vintage green vase, a needlework kit, a Robie the Robot bank that eats coins and a sealed box of moisturizer. Unfortunately the bank is missing the battery cover.

The next day I went to a flea market where I rarely find items to resell but on this day for $4 I bought a box of Madeline dolls and dollhouse furniture. All this was squeezed into a very small box and as a result some of the pieces were damaged but I’m still hoping to get a good profit out of it. I love to sell items like these.

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The last find I will share was from a thrift store. I spotted the vintage nails on this wall art. I have sold two nail art wall sculptures in previous years for $200 each but this one has a tree in the middle of it. I can’t find anything online to compare it to. Either I see just the nail art or a sculpture that is just a tree with leaves. I can’t find the two combined like this anywhere else. Maybe that’s a good thing? I’ll let you know!

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Happy Fourth of July to all my US readers! Happy July to everyone else!!

400 Families

Every time they run this sale they up the number of families that they say are participating. When it started out it was the Ultimate Yard Sale with 200 families participating. Now they say it is 400 families. To me it looks like it is at least 50% antique dealers or resellers. When I go to this semi annual sale I try to find the people who are really selling as if it were a yard sale at their house. This is what I found this time.

The three plush items I picked up were a Molly doll from The Big Comfy Couch, a learn to  dress Caillou doll and a Muppet from the Whatnot Workshop. I love the Muppets like this and have one that I designed from FAO Schwarz in NYC. This one is very funny with her long curly blond hair, fancy princess dress and glasses. I have sold these before and can usually get between $40 and $60 for them. I paid $7 for this one. I’m hoping to get $40 for the Molly doll. She is a rarer vinyl version. Caillou won’t bring much – maybe $14 but I only paid $1 for him.

Two other items I picked up were this vintage big eyed girl print from the 1960s. I paid $2 and am hoping to get $24 for her. I paid $5 for this Lego set of the Eiffel Tower which turned out to be new in the box.

I also picked up one of these little flocked animals from West Germany. The brand is Kunstlerschutz. I used to collect these as a child. The frog seems to be fairly rare and I am hoping to get $40 for him.

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I hit one good church sale last weekend with great prices. Everything I bought there cost $10. I was excited to find this Wham-o sand art toy. These are pretty valuable now. I found one once at a thrift store but the sand was hard and didn’t flow anymore. This one is in great condition. I paid $1 for it at the sale and am hoping to get $50 for it.

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These ceramic pixie elf figures dressed up as devils were among an entire table of salt and pepper shakers. The little Christmas elves like this are popular but if you can find unusual ones, in pink or green, or devils like these, they will be more valuable. I’m hoping to get $40 for the pair. They are small at only 3″ tall. All the salt and pepper sets were $1 and that’s what they charged me for these.

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At this same sale I picked up two handbags and a wooden inlay picture of a bee and a hummingbird. I really like the Nerds messenger bag!

I also want to mention two finds from a tag sale. I believe the blue vase is a Rookwood pottery piece. I paid $10 for the Oswald figure which is high. I am hoping to get $40 for him. The vase was only $1. I have it up for auction starting at $99.

That’s all for this week. We are having a heat wave here in the northeast but prefer it to the snow!!

Thrifty Finds and a Tag Sale Haul

Often I leave the thrift store with nothing but last week I found a few good items. I always check the bags on the wall of little toys in bags. I saw a bag with what looked like old Barbie clothes but I was able to see one of the tags and it said “Tammy”. Tammy was a doll that was similar to Barbie. I bought two bags and they turned out to have quite a few pieces of Tammy clothing, some Tutti clothes, some Chris clothes and some Ken clothes. I sorted it all out and came up with four different lots to sell.

The best piece in the group was the blue dress with the characters on it. I was able to sell that group of Tammy clothes for $99.99. Woohoo!

I picked up this vintage Donkey Kong plush from the 1980’s. He was $4 and I have him up for $37.

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On Saturday I went to a few church and yard sales. The first sale I went to didn’t seem to have too much. At first I bought this Vera Bradley handbag because it appeared to be new with tags. Vera Bradley doesn’t sell as well as it used to but because this bag is new I’m hoping it will sell. On my second pass around this church I spotted a big box that said “My Twinn”. I was super excited to find this doll in like new condition, with an extra pajama outfit included marked at $3!

Later on I attended another church sale that had started the day before. I wasn’t expecting to find too much because of this, but I picked up several items. I bought this Japanese doll in a silk kimono. She has some condition issues but I think she is pretty cute and hope to get at least $20 for her. I was all “Tammy dolled up” after my experience earlier in the week with the Tammy clothes so when I saw this set of two dolls from the Tammy family I impusively overpaid $20 for them. After I got them home I realized that the Tammy doll has drawn on eyebrows and has other condition issues. The smaller doll is called Penny Brite. I’ll be lucky to break even on these dolls.

I also picked up some anti aging beauty products for $2 each, a Dimensions crewel kit of a beach scene from 1977, an Arabia Moomin mug and a ceramic pin from Denmark. The character on the mug I believe is a hippo. There is a whole series of character mugs by Arabia and some of them sell very well.

The weather is heating up and so are the sales! I hope you are having fun wherever you are!!