The Last Hurrah Before Winter

For about the past five years the sales I go to on the first weekend of December are the last good sales of the year for me. There is usually a church sale in a town near me and a school sale where I have pretty good luck and it was no different this year. I went to the church sale first. It started at 10:00 and the lady had us waiting in the lobby. At about 9:59 sirens started going off and I thought – oh great. The fire alarm. Now we have to go outside but it was only Santa. Then she had to talk for 5 minutes about Santa and the sale and the charities it was all going to and I was getting antsy. It’s hard when you’ve already been waiting and then you are waiting some more when you’re supposed to be going in.

I went to the toy area first which was a little smaller than usual but I found two vintage puppets from Germany. I love puppets so I was excited to find these even though my son found them so creepy he told me to burn them.

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After that I went into the part of the church where they sell everything else. I was walking around when I spotted this black Catherineholm pot high up on a shelf. It was marked $4. I love these mid century modern pots from Norway and they sell well. I also have a small collection in my dining room. The colors I collect are yellow, orange and red. The funny thing was that earlier in the week I found a yellow pan at the thrift store which I decided to keep. I haven’t found many Catherineholm pieces in all my years of thrifting so I was surprised to find two in one week!

I found a zip lock bag for $1 with six charming angels playing instruments. They reminded me of Erzebirge figures from Germany. After researching I discovered that they are by an Italian company called Sevi. The learning never stops!

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After this sale I went to a craft sale at a school where they also have a tag sale room. It appeared as though there were a lot of toys before I got there but you can only get to one sale first. I still picked up a few items including a Sesame Street play set and a blue Dansk teapot.

At another small sale I went to I picked up a few vintage toys including a Betty Boop cloth doll and a prize from Coney Island which is a dog that looks a lot like Snoopy except in red.

Finally I found a few pop culture items including a sealed figure from the Cartoon Network show Adventure time, and a figure from the show South Park.

As the days grow shorter the sales in the northeast become scarce. Time to start getting ready for the holidays and focusing on thrift store shopping instead!

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Roller Coaster Ride of Sales

There were some very bad sales this weekend and some very good sales. The trick is to hit the good sales first. Instead I hit the bad sales first. I went to an overpriced church sale on Friday and picked up two pieces of David Frykman holiday decorations. They reminded me of Jim Shore which is why I picked them up. When I researched them they seemed to be selling but they really only sell for between $10 and $15. The lady there charged me $8 each and I should have put them back. They would be an OK buy at $1 or $2.

The better buy at this sale, even though she charged me another $8, was this Madame Alexander Puddin’ doll in her original box. It doesn’t look like she’s ever been played with. She is dated 1975. The Puddin’ dolls from the 60’s are more valuable. You can tell she is a Puddin’ doll by her pouty face.

The next day I attended a Women’s League of voters tag sale that had very few items. The only good item I bought was this Goebel mouse which was $3. He’s only 1 1/2″ tall.

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The next sale was advertised as a used toy and book sale and I arrived there after it began. I picked up a few Littlest Pet Shop pets, a Corelle high chair and a die cast air stream trailer. I also found a boxed set of hard cover Narnia books but when I took it up to check out and the lady asked her friend how much to charge for it, the other women said “Oh – wait – those are mine!” Really?

The next sale I went to was advertised as a Church Bazaar but actually was a rummage sale and that was the one I wish I had gone to first. They had a whole area filled with toys and even though I arrived two hours after it started I still found a few things.

I picked up this funny doll. The brand is Rubens Barn and it is from Sweden. She is a large doll at about 18″ and she has a unique expression on her face. I learned that these kinds of dolls are sometimes used as therapy dolls.

In the toy area I also picked up a Count Von Count plush and an American Girl doll carrier.

They also had a household and knick knack area where I picked up this cute ceramic vase shaped like a Danish girl, and the best find from that sale which was a Lily Pulitzer duvet cover. I haven’t photographed that yet because I have to check it for flaws. I have been on the look out for Lily Pulitzer but didn’t expect to find a duvet cover. It was $2.

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I went to quite a few sales that day because I was feeling like I wasn’t really finding too much. The last sale I ended up at was an estate sale that was having their half price day. I picked up a pretty doll for $20 which was originally priced at $40. She is made by artist Bettina Feigenspan Hirsch. She has beautiful clothes and seemed to be a really special doll. I couldn’t find a definite price to put her at because there weren’t many that were listed or sold by that artist. I’m going to start high and hope that someone falls in love with her.

She is vinyl and cloth, not porcelain. That’s what I picked up this weekend as sales continue to wind down and I continue to pretend it’s not happening. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!!

Vintage Puzzles, Christmas and Dollhouses

I went to a terrible church sale on Saturday morning and paid a $5 early bird to boot! It was all tag sale left overs that had been donated. Most of the items still had their tag sale stickers on them. There was really nothing there for me. Disappointing since this was the sale I choose to go to first. The second sale was great but unfortunately I got there about 1/2 hour after it started. It think I still found some interesting things though.

I found a Dansk pepper mill. I love finding these unusually shaped grinders. Depending on which one it is they can have a good value. This one was $5 so I purchased it.

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Also in the housewares area I picked up this silver plated bowl which says “New Jersey Sire Stakes” on the inside. I believe it is some kind of horse racing trophy or souvenir. Equestrian items sometimes sell for me so I picked it up for $5.

My favoite find at this sale was this dollhouse for your dollhouse. It measures only 3″ tall and is fully furnished! I wanted to keep it but since I kept the big dollhouse that I found a few weeks ago, I decided to sell it. I was hoping it wouldn’t sell to quickly so I could enjoy it for a while but it sold within 24 hours for $24.99. I should have priced it higher. Look how cute it is!!

I went to another church sale where I found some vintage wooden puzzles including this Peter Pan Playskool puzzle and a Noah’s Ark puzzle.

In the Christmas area at this sale I picked up three Byer’s Choice Carolers. Unfortunately these are not rare pieces and there is damage to their stands so I will be grouping them together for sale. This is a popular collectible but I think their faces are really odd.

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The best find of the weekend was probably this Danish modern sterling silver deer pin. The lady by the jewelry area was telling some one that an expert had come in and pulled out all the gold and silver. I guess this was donated after or they just missed this one. It was $3.

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Those were the highlights of my sales this weekend. I hope you all are enjoying the fall and finding fun items if you are out there shopping!

Vintage Fisher Price, Peanuts, Christmas and a Japanese Doll

One of my favorite finds from this weekend is not the most valuable but I think it is the most charming. It is a vintage Christmas “card” which is really more like a book, from 1951. It has all kinds of pop-ups, moving parts and attached items. I think this kind of item would have been so magical to a child receiving it. It still seemed kind of magical to me as I was looking at it. The monkey life guard has a genuine sealed lifesaver candy next to him and on the last page Santa is holding a real noisemaker/blower.

This was found at a church sale I attended on Friday. Another favorite item I found there was this Japanese doll. She came in a pretty decorated cardboard box.

I also found a vintage clothespin holder featuring a cute cartoon of Snoopy and Woodstock. I believe it is from the 1960’s.

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The best find from a reselling view was probably this Tumi bag. It has a lot of separate compartments and a built in wallet. I had a hard time figuring out whether it is blue or black. I decided it is a dark navy.

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The next day I went to another sale where I picked up some vintage Fisher Price items including this sink set and money changer. I think you’re supposed to really be able to use the sink with water. If you pump the faucet I believe the water comes out.

Another item I found at this sale was this interesting small metal box. My friend let me know that it is a cash box. It has a key hole but I don’t have the key. It was filled with old buttons and sewing notions so I am selling it all together. It is marked Made in Czechoslovakia.

This sale also had a big pile of plush which is one of my favorite things. The only item I pulled out was this giant Snorlax from Pokemon.

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He’s a big guy at about 20″ tall. Those are the highlights from the sales I attended this weekend!

Vintage Toys, Games, Halloween and More!

There were two good sales this weekend. One was at a church and one was at a school. The school sale is advertised as starting at 9 but when I arrived at 8:15 it appeared to me that people were walking in. The sale helpers were pulling out a lot of stuff to place outside so all the doors were open. I asked one lady if the sale was open and she said “No, we open at 9.” So I dutifully went to sit in my car but as I was sitting there I saw person after person with tote bags over their shoulder walking in so I got out of my car and walked in too. No one really seemed to care. Someone at the sale said “Who are all these people?” and someone answered her saying “They’re early birds.” I got some good things there and I credit it to being an early bird.

I found this vintage Hawaiian Punch board game from 1978. I really like the 3″ colorful figures of Punchy. It is nearly complete but is missing the instructions. I am hoping to get $40 for it. I think she charged me $2. Hawaiian Punch was big when I was growing up. We didn’t know about sugar back then.

I spotted two Littlest Pet Shop play sets but was hunting for the figures. Fortunately, nearby I saw a little plastic container and when I opened it there were 25 pets inside!

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I didn’t see anything good in the bag and purse area but there was a separate area for wallets and there I found two wristlets, a Coach and a Sakroots.

I spotted a TI 83 plus calculator but someone “artistically” spray painted it with yellow! It was only marked 25 cents so I bought it. It works so I’m hoping someone who doesn’t care, or who likes yellow will buy it. I am selling it at a discounted price. Also marked a quarter was this stereoscope which is missing some parts so I’m selling it for parts or repair. These were the view masters of the past.

I also found a tote bag full of Fisher Price Adventure People. They are being washed now but I will post the photo when I have it. I’m trying to post as many toys as I can for the holiday shoppers!

At the church sale I found a wonderful set of artist colored pencils in a colorful tin. I picked up a very ragged Popeye toy, a cool vintage baseball trophy dated 1955 and some old cross stitch pieces.

I only bought one item at a regular tag sale which was this witch knee hugger. I have seen and bought many Christmas elf knee huggers but I haven’t seen a Halloween figure like this before. She has a sticker on her that says Japan. She certainly has a unique look!

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I’m running out of sales to go to. I’m going to have to do some detective work to find some for next week!

Vintage Plush, Dolls and Eclectic Surprises

This weekend there was a church sale that I attended last year and didn’t do very well. I think this year I did better. They had a barn of household and decorative items where things are carefully priced. I picked up this bird candelabra which I believe is Danish mid century based on the style and other Ebay listings. It is unmarked. It was $3. I think it’s cool because the feathers can fan out or fold flat.

 

The second item I bought there was this small trinket box marked Smithsonian Institution. It has some chips on the bottom. I have done well with similar boxes from the Halcyon Days company but never found one like this from the Smithsonian. I hoping that the carousel horse theme will be appealing. It is only 2″ wide.

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I spent a total of $11 in the barn. The next place I went to was the fill a bag for $2 tent which was really fun because you could throw any thing in your bag that you thought might be a good item and there was lots to choose from. Below are four of the better items I picked up there. The items include a Kurt Adler skiing gnome, an abstract face stone paperweight, a funky pear ornament by Patience Brewster and a badger holding a football. I picked up the football piece because it was marked Red Wing. When I researched it at home I saw similar ones selling for between $50 and $100 which was a great surprise. In the same tent I picked up a jar filled with vintage mini glass Christmas balls. In the past I have sold similar ones at $25 for a set of 30. I haven’t counted how many are in the jar yet. They are tricky to ship because they are so fragile.

 

After that I got in line for the toy area which opened an hour later than the other areas. There was a playpen filled with plush for 50 cents each. Plus there were some dolls thrown in. I picked up this Baby Tender Love doll from 1969. I recognized her right away because I received her as a holiday gift when I was 7. She sold quickly for $15. I also picked up a newer Steiff of a golden retriever puppy. He also sold right away for $19. I also found the puppets Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy from Shari Lewis’ Lambchop gang. I am hoping to get $25 for the pair.

 

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Aside from the plush I picked up a lot of vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls and a Native American style vintage toy drum. There is a drumstick included that has a feather attached to it and I found my cat playing with it and trying to bite the feather off!

 

So that was a fun treasure hunting kind of sale! There should be a few more good weekends of sales before it all starts to wind down!

Lladro, B&G, YSL Perfume and Polly Pocket!

This weekend I hit one good family tag sale and a large community sale. At the family sale I spotted a toy WWE Championship belt. I recently sold a similar one. I would never have picked these up if it weren’t for watching Youtube channels where resellers share what kinds of items they sell. These bring between $20 and $30. I paid $4 for this one because it was new. I also found this Handy Manny toolbox toy where the tools move up and down and sing. These also sell between $20 and $30.

 

Mugs don’t sell well for me but for 50 cents I decided to take a chance on a Sopranos mug. The last thing I picked up at this sale was this Coach bucket hat which was $5. I’m having a hard time figuring out what color it is. Is it yellow? brown? orange? It looks different in different light.

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After this tag sale I went to a community sale where they have a whole section of toys and also a barn filled with everything else. It’s a really fun time. My find of the day was a bucket of vintage Polly Pocket sets from the 1990’s. It was $30 for the whole box and I was hesitant at first but when I saw a bag of tiny characters I knew that it would be worth it. It took me an entire afternoon to clean them and sort them out. In the end there turned out to be about 14 items to sell. Many of them were houses from the Pollyville collection which features a whole neighborhood of tiny houses and shops. I was able to match many of them up with their original figures. Below is the school and the church.

 

When I went into the barn I picked up these two porcelain figures. The cat is from Lladro and the Girl with the Pitcher is from Bing and Grondahl. They were $10 each but I thought that there would still be profit in them and have already sold the girl figurine for $34. Usually I don’t like to pay more than a few dollars for items but I’m learning that sometimes its worth it to pick up more expensive things. And yes, the girl is literally crying over spilt milk.

 

Also in the barn I picked up this 1960’s round suitcase and a bottle of YSL Champagne perfume. Both of these items were unpriced and I think I was charged $1 for each. I think the perfume bottle is beautiful and am hoping to get about $50 for it.

 

I will probably be adding on to this post later as I still have some items to photograph. The weather here in the northeast is really holding out. It’s been warm and beautiful. Great for tag sales!