Vintage Toys, Dolls, Christmas and Crafts

It is getting tricky at some sales to find things at a reasonable price to resell. A recent sale I attended had a huge boutique section and much of it was vintage toys. They had a whole area of Fisher Price items that were marked between $10 and $15 which is about what they would sell for online. I paid $20 for a lot of Little Tikes dollhouse items but because some of the pieces are rare I am hoping to still do OK.

There was a regular toy area which I guess had the things that they didn’t believe were valuable. I picked up two plush items for $2 each. One is a Gizmo character from the movie Gremlins, and the other is a peach bear Puffalump which I’m hoping will bring $20.

There was a ziploc bag of broken toys which I recognized as vintage Masters of the Universe pieces. It was $3 but since it had a rare character and some weapons I think there’s some profit in it.

There was a room marked “crafts” where I picked up some border punches for card making. They were only 50 cents each and some of them can do well. I was happily surprised when I saw that this room also had vintage Christmas in it. I was able to pick up this vintage white bottle brush tree which winds up and plays “Silent Night.” It has a partial mercury glass garland around it too. It was $2. This plastic church also plays “Silent Night” when you wind it up. I have sold one of these before but that one came with the cross on top and the light bulb that goes inside it.

On the way to that sale I stopped at a Goodwill where I found this stuffed toy which is from a series in the 1980’s called “Pillow People.” I have only found one of these before and that one was a cat. She was $4 and I am hoping I can get a least $25 for her.

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Those are the highlights from finds for last week. There is not too much going on this weekend due to the holidays and a storm that’s hitting the east coast. Hopefully it will pick up again soon!

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Vintage Toys, Dolls and Perfume

Last weekend there were many doll and doll items that turned up. There was a box of Bitty Baby dolls but they were marked at $15 each. I asked if she would take $10 each if I bought two and she did! I have learned that the Bitty Baby dolls with rooted hair do better than the dolls with molded hair. This nurse doll is by Medline which makes medical products like the scrub outfits that this doll is wearing.

I picked up a bag of doll clothes for $2 which turned out to be clothes for the Furga Italian fashion dolls. These clothes are beautifully made and some are very mod looking since they come from the 1960’s.

I found a pretty vintage paint by numbers of some colorful parakeets. There was a wall of art work at this sale where most was marked $1. Another item I picked up there was this cough syrup advertisement. I believe it is vintage and not a reproduction.

I didn’t find any jewelry at the jewelry table which was very crowded at first. There were a few bottles of perfume which were marked $4 each. Here are two I picked up. One is a Liz Claiborne perfume and the other is a small purse sized Christian Dior bottle.

Some odds and ends I picked up include a train toy that spins around and a vintage tin of beeswax crayons from Germany.

Those are some highlights from last weekend. So happy to be out treasure hunting at sales again!!

Vintage Doll Furniture, Plush and Bags

I attended a sale last weekend that advertised as starting at 10:00 but was already open when I arrived at 9:00am. I walked to a table of toys and saw some small furniture that looked mid century modern. It turned out to be made by Mattel in the 1950s. There was a couch and a table and chair set. I think the quality and design on these is amazing. I’m going to sell the table and chairs but will be keeping the couch – at least for a while!

There was also another set of less refined doll furniture from Japan. I believe this set is also from the 50s or 60s. I think it is also charming but in a different way.

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On top of the furniture were some of these sweet miniature animals that I love to find and sell. Many of them are from West Germany like this squirrel holding a pine cone. These two poodles had no tags but based on pictures I believe that they are Steiff.

There was also a section of bags at this sale where I picked up a Sabena Belgian World Airlines vintage bag, a Fossil messenger bag and a Dooney and Bourke bag. The items at this sale were not cheap but I still think I did OK. I paid $50 for everything I bought there.

There was a big pile of plush and most of it was newer and still had their tags. I realized that my comfort zone in plush is vintage so I really didn’t know what to pick up. I used my phone to help me but there were others there that in hindsight, I should have picked up. I bought this group of plush. These are all from a Cartoon Network show called Steven Universe which was on their tag. I had grouped this lot together and someone messaged me that he would just like three of the items so we agreed on a price of $29.

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I picked up this plush because they are kittens that live in bananas! How can you pass that up! They are by a company called Bananya. There are many versions of these cats in bananas. This one of triplets seems to be a bit rare so I’m trying to sell it for $29. What will they think of next!

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Those were the highlights of this sale. I think yard sale season is back in the northeast! I can come out of hibernation now!

Vintage Toys, Dolls, Pyrex and some Jewelry

I attended a small sale where I picked up some fun vintage toys. This rag doll caught my eye because I have twice sold the girl version of this which is called “Lolly Dolly” by Fisher Price. I have never seen this boy version before. His name is “Cholly” and he is rarer than “Lolly” and sold quickly for $29. All the toys at this sale were $1. I also picked up this Tony the Tiger which is dated 1973.

I bought this cute Japanese doll and this vintage plastic doll. Neither have any identifying marks on them.

I couldn’t resist this wooden sheep which is a box that is also a peg board game. It is marked Takahashi from Japan. I think it may be from the 1970’s.

At the same sale I bought this small shadow box by Scott Lyon entitled “Tea for Two” which I think is very charming. His room boxes are somewhat collectible so for $1 I picked it up. I’ll enjoy looking at it until it sells. I also found this Polly Pocket sized necklace which features Cinderella and her Prince in a little locket play set.

From the thrift store I bought a pink daisy Pyrex casserole dish. I rarely find nice Pyrex at the thrift store but this dish was in a blue bin that just came out from the back. It was marked $6 and sold for $82. I also got this set of pre cut Brady Bunch paper dolls. They don’t have a lot of value, maybe $15? I couldn’t leave them behind since this was my era!

I don’t usually buy much jewelry but I took a chance when I saw this beautiful turquoise necklace at Goodwill for $20. It is marked 925 and signed Barse. It is large at about 2″ tall and I think the design is unique so I have it up for a high price.

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The sun is shining brighter and it’s trying to get warmer so I think good things, like yard and rummage sales, are on their way!

Strangest Find and Estate Sales

I think that this find is the strangest item I’ve picked up in a long time. I might have left it except for the fact that it’s the middle of winter and I haven’t been finding much. I was in the grimy basement at an estate sale when I saw some things that looked like little seashells laying on a workbench. When I flipped them over – surprise! artificial eyes! I think people make jewelry and art with these so I threw them in a box I was carrying around which I had also put some vintage Gurley candles in. None of the items in this basement were marked. She ended up charging me $3 for everything in my little box. The eyes sold in two days for $49.99.

At this same sale I picked up this Hall’s cookie jar for $5. It has a hairline crack but I love the color and the style. This sale advertised that they had vintage toys but most of them must have been bought before I got there because I didn’t see many. I only bought this Fisher Price picnic basket set which I have sold before for about $15.

At another estate sale there was a table where everything was $5. I picked up two perfume bottles and a wooden duck. I asked if she would do $10 for all and she said yes! I was glad because I wasn’t so sure about picking up the duck.

Those are my finds for the weekend. I continue to trudge through this strange New England winter where one day it’s -4 and a few days later it’s 55.

Pottery and Jewelry at the Thrift and Estate Sales

The weather is getting worse here in New England as we get deeper into winter. But, you know, it’s always nice and warm in the thrift stores. I purchased some jewelry from the items on the rotating rack the other day. My favorite piece is a glass pendant featuring millefiori flowers. It’s marked Murano Vetro Artistico. I have it up for sale but have worn it a few times. I found a similar glass necklace, also with millefiori flowers, but featuring a menorah. I picked up this fob because it said Stella McCartney on it. This metal bookmark was also on the jewelry rack. I picked it up because it is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and features their cute mascot, William the hippo.

I have also been picking up some Italian pottery. This pretty flowered wall plate is by La Musa. Last year I sold a heart box by the same company  for $29. This small trinket box was also made in Italy. It has a scene of a seaside town on it.

Two other ceramic pieces from the thrift store include this commemorative Zeppelin plate and an Italian espresso mug by a company named illy. The plate sold for $99.99!

I only found one toy recently and it is this Little Bo Peep doll from Toy Story. I hope that since there is a new Toy Story movie coming out, it may help her to sell. She is also one of the more rare characters.

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That’s all there is to mention for now. This is going to be a quiet weekend with frigid temperatures around here. Time to hunker down and watch Youtube videos about reselling!

Best Sales of 2018 Misc. Categories

It’s almost the end of January and I didn’t do the last “Best Of” post! Well here it is. These are some of the best sales for 2018 in all the other categories besides dolls and plush.

This first item is on here because it was a nice surprise that cost a quarter at a church rummage sale and sold for $29.99. It is a bisque Felix the Cat head marked Germany. It is very small and I never figured out what it is but the person who bought it wanted to know if I had any more of them.

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This next sale is on here because it was in a free pile at an estate sale. These round game pieces were in a jar and I recognized them as probably being bakelite. They were and sold for $39.99 making them the best free find of the year!

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I have found some micro mosaic pins before but this is the first time I found a frame. I think this is a beautiful form of art where they take tiny colorful pieces and create a design. Much of it comes from Italy. This was $1 at a rummage sale and was not marked in any way. It sold for $59.99.

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This next item is a large bag from a school tag sale. I paid $5 for it. I picked it up because it said Patagonia on it which I hear is a good brand for clothing but I don’t sell clothes. The bag sold for $64.99.

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I love to find jewelry but I don’t have too much luck with it. I either end up keeping the pieces or spending too much and they don’t sell for me. This bracelet was a Pandora that I bought at a sale for $5 and sold for a best offer of $70.

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This sale was a new toy from a kind of obscure kids show called Codename Kids Next Door. It was about $5 at a temple sale and sold for $74.99 after a while.

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I have had less luck at the thrift store than in past years but have found some good items. I am able to go frequently because it is fairly close to where I live. I have heard that vintage chalk ware items can do well and people seem to like mermaids. When I saw this set of three kitschy mermaids I thought they would do well. I believe I paid about $7 for the set and they sold for a best offer of $75.

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Sometimes when I’m at a sale I pick up an item that is just old and unusual. This was a Build Your Own Cuckoo Clock toy from Germany. I picked it up on a hunch for about $5 and it sold for $79.99.

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This year I also didn’t have too much luck at the regular tag sales run out of someone’s home. So this was an unusual score. For $1 I was able to buy this pretty vase with an unusual mark that turned out to be the mark for Rookwood Pottery! It sold for $128.49

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My best sale of the year came from a church rummage sale where they had a $2 fill a bag. I found these small plates or coasters on my second pass around. I picked them up because of their unusual funky art and because they were from Italy. They were marked Fornasetti Milano. I had them up for $1,000 and took a best offer of $500.

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So those are some of the best/happiest sales of my 2018. Still loving Ebay and treasure hunting. Can’t wait until it starts all over again. Today, here in Connecticut it is 0 degrees out so it is fun to remember those warmer days of tag and rummage sales!!