Best Doll Sales of 2018

I have always loved dolls and really enjoy selling them. This way I can enjoy them for a little while and then pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. I also get to learn about all kinds of dolls. What follows are 10 of the best doll sales for this year.

The first one is a Madame Alexander 8″ nurse doll. I remember seeing Madame Alexander dolls in the Sears wishbook catalog at christmas time. I never had one but enjoy finding them now. Many are not worth much but some have good value. This doll sold for $39.99. She was found in a box of dolls that were $2 each at a fundraiser for animals.

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This next doll was really a puppet. I picked her up at the thrift store for $6. She is an oversized police woman, measuring 30″ tall. She was very detailed and well made. She sold for $39.99.

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This doll came from a church sale. I believe she was $3. She’s a Dy-dee doll by Effanbee. She had a rubber body and had some condition issues but sold for $40 on a best offer.

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At the same sale as I found the Madame Alexander doll, in the same box, were these two Levi’s dolls. I picked them up because I know people sell vintage Levi’s so I thought – well, maybe dolls made of Levi’s would be good too. I believe they were from the 70s and they look it. I sold the pair for $49.99.

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This Dawn doll was one of my favorite doll purchases of 2018. I had Dawn dolls growing up instead of Barbies and I loved them. I do have a small collection now and was very tempted to keep this beautiful doll new in her box but I let her go. She sold for $49.99.

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This doll was a Betsy McCall Jane by Robert Tonner. I thought she was porcelain but it turned out she was vinyl. She came from the thrift store for about $7.00. I picked her up because she looked unusual and she was signed. I was able to sell her for $69.99.

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I have sold several My Twinn dolls but this was the best one I found all year. She was only $3 at a church tag sale and came in her original box with extra clothing. She sold for $85.

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I’m including two lots of doll clothes this year. This first group was in a bag hanging at the thrift store for about $4. I saw a tag that said Tammy on one of the items and that was enough for me to buy it. It turned out to have a rare dress which is the one with the big eyes. Because of that dress I was able to sell the lot for $99.99.

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The other lot I sold was a group of Barbie clothes that I found in a Skipper case at a church sale. I paid $8 for the case and was able to sell this lot for $59.99. I love finding a bunch of clothes with snaps and figuring out what dolls the clothes are for and how old they are.

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The last doll I’m sharing sold for $99.99. She is a Sasha doll and I may have undersold her. She sold quickly and after she sold someone messaged me and said that the doll was very old and worth about $500. I don’t really know for sure but maybe someone got a great deal that day.

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It was a very fun year for finding and selling dolls. Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!!

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Vintage Christmas Finds

Last weekend I attended what was called a Christmas Bazaar with a Christmas tag sale. There was a large area that was full of vintage Christmas items at low prices. Most of the ornaments were 25 cents! I picked up this wooden rooster which had a string wrapped around it but I realized that it was not really an ornament. It was a Nils Olsson figure in the style of the Dala horses from Sweden.  I also picked up this box of 4 satin ornaments with velvet trim. Unfortunately some of the beads are missing on some of the ornaments.

These two toys are marked “made in Hong Kong.” They are chimneys and Santa pops up out of them. I picked up a ceramic tree marked “made in Brazil.” It has small holes all over it and a stopper so I think you are supposed to put potpourri or something fragrant inside.

The best piece I picked up was this plastic church. It plays “Silent Night” and is from the 1950’s. It is meant to light up with a bulb inserted inside. There are colorful stained glass windows that would look pretty when lit. I paid $16.50 for all my finds at this sale.

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I had one thrift store find this week which was also a vintage Christmas item. It was this cute wreath with a praying angel in the middle. It doesn’t have a sticker but it looks like a made in Japan item to me.

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It was really fun to look through all the vintage items at this sale. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!!

Pop Culture, Perfume and Christmas

As garage sale season winds down there are still a few sales and holiday bazaars out there. I went to a few last weekend and found some interesting items. At the first sale I was able to find a collection of Littlest Pet Shop and some Sylvanian Families items. I paid $10 for all of it. There were 45 pets and 9 vintage Sylvanian figures with furniture and accessories for their dollhouse.

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At another sale I found some pop culture items. The first is a pair of plush dolls. They are from a video game called Little Big Planet. I’m hoping to get $20 for the pair. They were $1 each. At the same sale, also for $1 was this set of figures from a show called Gravity Falls. I am also hoping for $20 on these.

I also picked up two Christmas items. First is a vintage Hallmark Baby’s First Christmas ornament. It shows a 3D scene of a baby in a crib with a little stocking on the edge of the crib. The scene is inside a sweet little rattle. I actually had purchased one of these ornaments in 1982 for a friend who was having a baby. This was when Hallmark just started coming out with their amazing ornaments. I’ve been hooked since then.

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The second Christmas item is a Waechterbach butter dish in the Christmas tree pattern. This one has a little chip inside but I am still hoping to get about $30 for it. It was $2. Depending on the item, pieces in this pattern can go for good money.

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I also picked up some Cinnabar perfume for $1 and a Mets baseball souvenir  “Peppy the Owl” (from Wise potato chips) bobblehead. He was $5 and I can’t find any sold listings on him so I have him up for auction.

That’s what I found as this tag sale season winds down. I hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for the holidays!!

Venturing Into Jewelry

This weekend I attended only a few small sales and an estate sale. I wasn’t finding items in my usual catagories so I ventured over to the jewelry areas once the rush had died down. One sale had this Pandora bracelet with three glass beads for $5. I was surprised no one picked it up before me because Pandora was written right on the bag. The glass beads are not as collectible as some of the other ones but I am still hoping to get about $40 for the bracelet.P1480469

At the next sale I picked up two pieces of jewelry. I thought this peacock bracelet was impressive looking so I paid up for it at $7.00. There is no makers mark but I’m still hoping there is a buyer out there for it. The lady there threw in this peace sign pendant with it. I picked this up because I thought the style looked brutalist or modernist. It was only marked 50 cents but that was nice of her to give it to me with the peacock. It is also unmarked.

The last place where I picked up jewelry this weekend was an estate sale. They had all pins for $5. This first pin looked very art nouveau and it had the c clasp that I believe indicates an older piece. I thought the next piece I picked up was a pendant or a charm. It is a pair of skates. Each one has the name of the olympic skater Sonja Henie written on it. After researching it I realize that is was a pin which had a bar at the top. So it is missing a piece.

I bought a few more plush items as they continue to sell pretty well as Christmas approaches. I got this 9″ Kermit the frog, a Gund bear, a NY Mets Mascot and an organic rabbit. I’m not sure what makes a stuffed animal organic. I guess that the materials it is made with is grown organically.

Finally I picked up this cute Thomas the Tank clothes rack/wall hook item. It was only $2 so I couldn’t resist it.

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This time of year I’m going to some Christmas bazaar/Grandma’s Attic sales. Sometimes the Grandma’s Attic part is very small but at least it’s something to keep the season going. I’m not ready to say goodbye to tag sale season yet! I hope that everyone who celebrates has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Knick Knacks, Plush and Vintage Signs

As the weather becomes colder the sales in the northeast start to dwindle. There were two sales this past weekend. At the first sale I spent $5 and bought a group of small items.  My father used to hate knick knacks. He called them Tsotchkes and he thought they were things to spend money on and dust around. I loved them and I still do! The lady I bought these from must have collected cats. The first item was a wooden puzzle box/pen holder cat. The black cat was marked Aarikka from Finland. It is not very old but has a Danish modern look to it. The ceramic cat is a “gum parker” from the 1950s I believe. The one non-cat item I bought was this small pair of Japanese Kokeshi dolls with bobbling heads.

The next sale was a church sale that was on its second day. They were doing fill a bag for $10. I bought some plush called Worry Eaters. I think that you write your worries down on paper and then feed them to the creatures. They looked kind of unusual and similar to a toy I picked up last winter that eats feelings which doesn’t really make as much sense to me. I sold that one for $19. I might be able to get $10 each for these. I also bought a Gruffalo which is a character from a children’s book.

I stuffed this dog print into my bag. It’s by the artist Marc Tetro. I once wanted a purse with his artwork on it when I was in Manhattan and I remember that I didn’t get it because it was $60. I thought maybe this would have some value and have it up for $18.

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I had an interesting find at the thrift store last week. They have one area where they sell signs. Many of them are reproduction metal signs of old advertising like for Coke or Texaco. I saw this bread sign and it was marked $4 like most of the other signs but I don’t think that this one is a reproduction. I have it up for auction.

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Me and my husband used to collect these signs and had our basement decorated with them but I think we have enough. If it doesn’t sell we’ll probably keep it.

Hopefully there will be some Christmas Bazaars with White Elephant areas coming up! Happy Halloween everyone!!

Sometimes It’s The Little Things

I attended two sales this weekend. The first was a children’s sale where many of the toys were priced at $5 – $8 and not good for resale but this sale had a few boxes of small items that were 4 for $1. I found 6 Calico Critter figures in one and a train in another. I’m hoping to get $20 for the Calico Critters and $10 for the train.

They had boxes of plush that were 50 cents each so guess what the rest of the stuff I bought there was? This dog is called Le Mutt and is from 1980. Prices seem to run between $30 and $50 on these. I found a newer Steiff monkey. I was excited when I saw the button and yellow tag. He’s not super valuable but I hoping to get $15 for him.

I found this dog that is from the book “Harry the Dirty Dog” which I remember from childhood. I also got a Big Bad Wolf puppet that I am hoping to get $10 for.

Sometimes I find an item that I can add to an existing listing to help it sell. I found the blue and gray Pokemon and the Squirtle plush in one of the boxes and added them to a lot of 3 Pokemon that I already had. I raised the price a bit and hopefully this lot will sell soon.

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I found a unicorn Pusheen plush and added it to a Pusheen that I had listed but wasn’t selling. I love Pusheen. She likes to nap and eat sweets just like me.

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I found one doll this weekend at an elementary school sale. She is a Corolle doll in her complete outfit so I’m hoping that will help her to sell.

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I am focusing on toys lately to hopefully help my holiday sales. Twelve out of my last twenty sales were toys. That is all for now. It is getting harder to find sales this time of year!

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!