Vintage Christmas, Puppets and Barbies

Estate sales are the only sourcing opportunity for me lately. Last week there was only one near me but I think it was a good one. It opened at ten and when I drove by at 10:15 there was no parking and a line out the door. I decided to go to the thrift stores and come back later. I was hoping there would still be things to find. The funny thing about this sale was that it was like a mirror of my life. This family liked everything that I do including puppets, dolls and dollhouses. It looks like the husband also did a little magic and that is the same for my husband. I paid $33 for the items I’m sharing below.

One room was toy/puppet/doll central. There was a bin of old puppets. From there I bought a vintage Eeyore puppet which was an early Gund Swedlin toy. I found the same Steiff black poodle that I found in November at a different sale. That one sold recently for $19.99. I would have gotten more if it had its Steiff ear button. I also picked up a Gizmo puppet which needs a sewing repair. Which means it probably not get listed until the spring. The last puppet was a Santa Claus with a wooden head from East Germany.

I noticed a box on the very top of a bookshelf and when I pulled it town I found three vintage Barbies inside. There were two Francie dolls and one PJ doll. One of the Francie dolls was wearing a vintage Barbie dress which I decided to sell with her.

I also bought a stuffed animal from that room which is Sandy from Little Orphan Annie. I didn’t know what it was at first. I thought its was a toy that just lost the color in the eyes but then I realized who it was. His fur was quite dirty and took a while to clean.

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The find of the day was this Bradford Celestial Star spinning light Christmas tree topper. In good condition these can sell for a few hundred dollars. I found this in the basement with some other old Christmas stuff. I believe it is from the 1950s.

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So the dirt, grime and musty smells were worth it! Still – it does make me miss the tag sales of spring!

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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!!

Best Plush Sales of 2018

As the year draws to a close and I am grateful for another fun year of finding and reselling toys, dolls and many other unique and interesting items. The following are my top ten plush sales of this year from the least expensive to the more valuable items.

This plush was bought for about $1 at a church rummage sale that I arrived late to. I am mentioning that because sometimes, even if you aren’t the first one in the door, you can still find good items. This is a plush of the character MO from the Disney Pixar film Walle. The minor characters from movies can be more rare and sought after than the main characters. He sold within a few weeks for $19.99.

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This Donkey Kong plush was a thrift store find. He took longer to sell than I thought he would. I had found another one of these a while ago but realized after I got that one home that his arm had a large hole in it and was coming off his body. I had to toss that one so I was happy to find this one that was in good condition. I paid about $4 for him. He sold after several months for $32.99.

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At the same sale where I found MO I picked up another Disney character that I didn’t recognize at all. With the help of a facebook group I was able to identify him as a character from a Pixar short movie. This character is called La Luna Bambino. He was pretty rare and sold for $39.99.

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I get very excited when I see a plush pile at a sale. I attended one church sale where they had a kiddie pool full of plush! Searching through that pool I pulled out this small vintage Steiff cat. She sold for $39.99.

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This vintage Gund bear came out of another plush pile that was fill a bag for $1! He appears fairly plain looking but his 1980s date and the Gund name gave him some value. He sold for $49.99.

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Also from the thrift store was this plush Copper from the Disney movie The Fox and the Hound. I paid about $4.00 for him. I think he’s super cute! He was a larger size at about 12″ tall and sold for $49.99.

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While I was fishing through another box of plush under a table at a tag sale I saw a little paw sticking out and I recognized it right away as a Steiff hand puppet. I had this one when I was a child and was able to sell it for $49.99. There was also a black cat puppet there but I decided to keep it for my collection.

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This next plush was a find from a nursery school sale where all the plush was 50 cents. The year before the plush was free but that’s a price increase that I can live with! This one was purchased on a gut feeling that it might be something good. You can take chances when you are paying 50 cents for an item. I thought that it looked vintage and the outfit looked cute. Only after I got it home did I find the tag which said it was a Le Mutt dog from France. He sold within a month for $55.99.

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This next item was certainly unusual looking. He was a large stuffed robot call the Iron Giant. Even though he had a hole in his foot, he sold for $99.99.

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This last plush really cheered up my January. He was a thrift store purchase. I had just seen a video about a man that sold a giant plush Mufasa from the Lion King for $600. I had that in my brain when I saw this large Simba plush at the thrift store for $7. When I got home I realized that this one was the same brand as the Mufasa. Although not quite as valuable, I was thrilled to be able to sell him for $300.

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Those are my top ten plush finds! Stay tuned for more top ten lists!!

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!!

Poker Games, Cuckoo Clocks, Dolls and Toys

Last weekend I found several unique items. The first game caught my eye because it reminded me of a wheel you would see at a carnival except this one had images of playing cards on it. Luckily it had the directions attached to it which included the name – Poker Spinnerette. It’s some kind of Poker game where you spin the wheels to come up with your hand. I think it is very graphically pretty with the card pictures and the green color. I saw one that was auctioned on some website and sold for $90 so that’s what I have mine up for.

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The next unusual item is a Do It Yourself Cuckoo clock kit from Germany because every child longs to make their own Cuckoo clock, or maybe they used to. It appears to be very well made and hopefully is complete.

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I bought a few interesting dolls. I like this Mary Poppins doll which features the costume design of Bob Crowley. This doll is from the broadway show of Mary Poppins. She sold quickly for $24.99. She even comes with her parrot umbrella. The second doll I bought is a reproduction Effanbee Patsy doll. She is from the Danbury Mint collection. I’m hoping to get between $30 and $50 for her. I love her outfit and her metal heart bracelet.

 

Some ceramic items I picked up include this bird figure by Bing and Grondahl and this sailor bank. Some listings say he is from the Seaman’s savings bank but mine is not marked in any way.

 

Fishing through a plush pile I saw a paw sticking out and I knew right away that it was a Steiff hand puppet. I had the cat when I was young in the 60s. Right with it was this black poodle who I believe is also Steiff although he doesn’t have his tag or ear button.

 

Some other plush I bought was this Folkmanis Jackrabbit puppet and this big fish. I didn’t know who the fish was but his tag said Nickelodeon so I figured he must be from some show. Since he was only $2 I took a chance on him. It turned out he is from the show Bubble Guppies and sold quickly for $19.

 

I also had a fun find from the thrift store last week which was this vintage Barbie doll for $4. I believe she is a titan bubble cut Barbie from the early 1960’s. One arm is damaged and she is missing one finger but her outfit is an authentic vintage Barbie dress. I’m not sure what she is worth but I have her up for $49 right now.

Those are the highlights from my recent sourcing adventures. I didn’t find too much this past weekend so maybe I can combine it with some finds from the upcoming week.

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!!