Artwork, American Girl and Steam Punk

There are two items from last week’s library sale that I’m going to mention here. In the barn area they have an entire hallway filled with paintings and artwork. This year I picked up two pieces for $8 all together. The first print is a picture by C.W. Anderson who was an illustrator of many book about horses. I think the pony in the picture is very adorable. The frame is worn. I don’t know why his friend is a chicken.

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The next picture was also very vintage looking in a very old frame. It is entitled “A Yard Of Puppies” because it is a 3 foot long illustration of puppies. It will be a bear to ship but hopefully will sell for a good price. Who can resist a yard of puppies? No me!

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This week there were a few tag sales and two community sales. At the tag sales I picked up these vintage motorcycle military goggles. They are not very valuable but someone might use them for part of a costume. I saw other people listing them with the key word “Steam Punk” so I did the same. I liked that they came with their own metal case.

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I also picked up this cute Scandanavian Viking figure and this peg rack. I have tried selling peg racks before with no success but this one seemed like an especially nice one.

I bought some plush this weekend which included a lot of 3 muppet characters and Mr. Bim the monkey. He sold quickly for $39. This is the second one of these that I have sold. I don’t know what the appeal is but they seem to sell. It may be a remake of an old stuffed animal that people are nostalgic about.

The best find of the weekend was a beautiful old dollhouse. It was marked $10 and I didn’t know what it was because there was no makers name but I knew it was vintage. It turns out to be a Keystone of Boston dollhouse from the 1940’s and since dollhouses are my thing, I can’t part with it. I will take a picture of it soon in its new home on top of my cabinet in the dining room.

I had a great surprise at the thrift store. I had been walking out empty handed for the past couple of weeks but when I looked in the toy section this week I saw a doll wearing Samantha’s Meet dress. As I approached it I thought that even if the doll did not have any value, if the price was good, I could sell the dress. I thought that it couldn’t actually be Samantha because they usually take the American Girl dolls and place them behind the counter with a $50 price tag. But guess what? They missed this one. It was a Samantha doll. I don’t know if this threw them off because she was not marked American Girl on her neck she was marked Pleasant Company, making her a more valuable vintage doll. She was marked $6.99. That find balanced out a mediocre weekend of finds and me keeping the dollhouse. That’s how I justify it anyway!

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Things have been selling well in the past few weeks. I have sold both Fisher Price sets and one of the American Girl dolls. I have already sold 5 of the Polly Pockets sets as well as the vintage perfume which sold for $69! I think holiday shopping has begun!

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Jewelry, Unique Bags and Vintage Christmas

Last weekend there was a synagogue sale near my neighborhood that I attended on Sunday. There was a large rummage area room where a man there looked at all your stuff and gave you a price. I ended up just throwing some small random items into my bag along with the larger items I wanted. Some of the items that I thought were winners turned out to be duds. Some of the items that I thought were duds turned out to be winners.

I found a cool plush river otter stuffed animal that I looked up while I was there and he appeared to sell for about $30. When I was photographing him though, I saw that he only had one eye. So he was a dud.

I found an interesting pin in a style that I had never seen before just laying on a table among dishes. I saw a mark on the back that I couldn’t read but I knew it wasn’t 925 for sterling silver. When I got home and used my magnifying glass I saw that it said 800 which I learned is another type of silver. Furthermore I learned that this style of pin is called Pietra Dura and is a type of inlayed stone design. It looks like they can do well so I put mine at auction.

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Another piece of jewelry that I found this week at a community wide tag sale is this gold tone pony pin that I think is cute.

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At the synagogue sale I picked up two bags. One was a military field pack dated 1956. I don’t know what people do with these but I know military items can be popular.

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This monkey backpack caught my eye. At first I thought he was a stuffed animal. He is from the brand Kipling which is a popular brand for bags. I couldn’t find another like him online so I hope he will do well.

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This weekend there was a community tag sale about 45 minutes north of me. This was the kind where people host tag sales at their homes. I went to about ten of the sales and found a few good items.

I saw this Ray-Ban case at a sale and was happy to see that there were sunglasses inside. When I asked for the price they said $1 so that was great. It took me awhile to research them to find the style. They are called Liteforce.

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At one sale I saw this pretty wood and brass┬ákaleidoscope. It has two wheels filled with colorful shapes that spin independently to create a million different designs. I love these. It was marked $5 but I think I can get $30 – $40 for it. I’ll enjoy it until it sells.

 

 

This unusual looking shelf sitter Santa was only $1. He looks a bit like he had too much egg nog. He is marked “Made in Hong Kong”. I love vintage Christmas items and you can usually find them for a reasonable price.

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At the first house I stopped at the lady there had about 10 boxes of lego sets from vintage to modern. They had no prices on them. She seemed uncertain if they were complete or not so I choose the one I thought looked the most promising and offered $10 and she took it. Maybe I should have bought more but legos are tricky for me especially when a set is used. Her husband had a whole bunch of family military items from jackets to patches to hats. Again none of it was priced and so I just left it. I know some of that can be valuable but I have no knowledge in that area.

P1420012So that’s about it for this week! Time to get ready for the hopefully big holiday rush of sales!!

Dolls, Teddy Bears, Vintage Toys and More!

Last weekend there were two church sales. One was 1 1/2 hours away on Friday night and the other was 1 hour away on Saturday morning. The Friday night sale was actually one I had been to two years ago. I didn’t remember it until I got there. Two years ago I didn’t do well there but I found some good items this year. They had toys in the basement so that’s where I went first. I saw a Madeline doll case and I was happy to discover that it had 3 dolls and clothes inside. It was marked $3. The clothes needed a lot of cleaning.

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In the plush area I bought these two Teddy Bears. They reminded me of Steiff bears that I saw as a child but they have no ear buttons or markings. After researching, they look a lot like bears called Zotty bears by Steiff but as I said, they have no ID. I think they’re cute and unique with their long curly hair. They were $1 each.

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There was a small plastic bucket filled with little toys. I pulled out a pink lanyard which had about 7 Disney pins attached to it. There are three Cinderella themed pins and I’m hoping those will do well. I was charged a dollar for the lanyard. My kids loved those pins when we would go to Disney and they were a pretty good bargain compared to a lot of the other Disney souvenirs!

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Another item I bought for $1 was this inflatable cruise ship that is still in its original package. I’m hoping to get $10 – $14 for it.

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After that I went upstairs. In the linens section found two Ralph Lauren Teddy Bear pillow cases wrapped together for $1.

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Usually I avoid the “boutique” areas at the church sales. Items I find there are often priced at Ebay prices or more but I took a look around and saw a unique looking doll that was signed Dianne Dengel. She was marked $10. I walked away and looked her up. Similar ones seemed to be selling between $50 and $100 so I went back to grab her. I think she was my best find there.

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The next day there was another sale that was only 1 hour away. Woohoo! The only problem with this sale was that there was no AC, it was super crowded and it was really hot. This doesn’t happen to me often. Usually excitement and adrenaline pull me through but I eventually had to leave because of the heat. Before that happened here is what I picked up.

I first headed to the toy table. There I picked up this King Kong figure. He looked well made and I thought he might do well since the new movie came out recently. I can’t find who made him anywhere. Cute isn’t he?

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I found this Dick Tracy mini color Tele-Viewer from 1973. It is new in the package but the package is damaged.

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Right next to this I found this Looney Tunes eraser set. I collected erasers when I was young and so did my daughter. I couldn’t leave these behind. I love their bright colors.

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I picked up a mystery bag that had some tiny Polly Pocket figures and some Littlest Pet Shop pets inside. I couldn’t sell what exactly was in there but for $3 I thought it would be fun to find out.

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I am away again this week so there will be a delay in the posting of this. Once school starts again I will get back on track!

Festival of Finds from Tag Sales

Last week I wrote about how hard it was for me to find items to resell at tag sales and this week most of my finds are from tag sales. I went to one church sale that was in a parking lot and was pretty bad but I found one item. It is this vintage game called Park and Shop by Milton Bradley from 1960. Years ago I purchased this game but it was in bad shape with many missing pieces but I learned about it. What I learned was that, in good condition, this game can do well. This one seems to be complete, down to the booklet that shows the Milton Bradley games available to the customer in 1960!

After that sale I hit a bunch of yard sales where I found some items. This New York City water globe features the Twin Towers as well as other iconic NYC buildings. When you wind it up it plays “New York, New York” and the subway train goes around. I believe this was made before 9/11.

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I picked up this toy replica wrestling belt. I heard that they can sell well and this one is still in the package.

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At this same sale I saw a pair of Tory Burch shoes marked $1. I didn’t know if they were real but for $1 I took a chance and they appear to be authentic. I don’t buy shoes too often unless I recognize the name and they usually take a while to sell for me.

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By coincidence I found another Tory Burch item at another sale. I have never purchased anything Tory Burch before and this weekend I bought two! This is a bag and I am still researching to try to figure out if it is authentic.

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The last item that I found at tag sales this weekend is this Cookie Carousel cookie jar. It was on a free table but you had to buy another item to get something off of the free table. The lady was surprised that I only wanted an item from the free table but she sold it to me for $3. I think it is from the 1950s and it is very sweet!

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I had a good pick up at the thrift store this week which was this Dansk pepper mill. I have sold several different styles of these. It has a cool mid century modern design.

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Sales have been pretty consistent lately. Here are some sales of recently posted items:

Lot of 10 Christmas plush figures: $49.99.

Longaberger game basket: $34.99

Tiffany cat box: $29.99

Clown bear: $19.99

Little Einstein figures: $19.99

Alice from Twilight Barbie doll: $59.99 (with free shipping)

Jane from Twilight Barbie doll: $32.99 (with free shipping)

Tatty worn out bear: $19.99

Plush Aristocats cats: $18.99

Hoping for some good sales to go to next week! Have a good week everyone!!

Giant Tinker Toys and Misfit Toys!

Happy Fourth of July everyone. Too bad that means hardly any sales for me to go to. I just went to a few tag sales on Saturday. They were all the kind of tag sales where I can’t find items for resale. Some of them I call the “Home Goods” tag sales. Its when someone has decorated their house all in items from Target, Walmart or Home Goods and is now selling all that stuff. The other kind is when the person is a retired antiques dealer and is selling their stuff still with the price tags from their antique store and the prices are the same as years ago before Ebay when everything was more valuable. This man had a Pepper doll. I think you can get about $10 for them on a good day. He had it priced at $50. He said it was negotiable. Oy.

I made one purchase at the first sale I went to. I bought ten Rudolp the Red Nosed Reindeer plush. Many of these characters are from the Island of Misfit Toys. Unfortunately none of these have their original tags which greatly affects their value. I only paid $3 so hopefully I can still make a good profit. Maybe I have to wait until it is closer to the holiday season.

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At the thrift store I picked up 2 yards of patriotic fabric for $3. It’s too bad that I didn’t find this before the fourth of July. It is marked Old Glory Tablecloth so I imagine it would easily be made into a tablecloth. A few weeks ago at a rummage sale I found another fabric which features old fashioned pastoral scenes. I am putting each listing up for $20.

Another item that I bought several weeks ago but didn’t photograph until now is this set of giant Tinker Toys. They are from the 1970s and are about 4x as big as the normal Tinker Toys. I wasn’t going to get them because of all the headaches that are going to be involved with shipping these but the guy only wanted $5 for them. They seem to sell pretty well but I have to figure out the shipping cost. This set is very heavy!!

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Since I didn’t find a lot of new items this weekend I have been trying to list items that I have been avoiding and those are what I have been sharing with you. I hope that everyone in the US has a happy Fourth of July and that everyone else is enjoying some good weather!

Vintage Teddy Bears, Tupperware and Tiffany!

I attended several community sales this weekend and found a variety of items. I don’t usually pick up Tupperware but I was at a church sale where I wasn’t finding much. This set had the lines on the covers which I believe indicate that it is the Servalier style of Tupperware. What sold me though were the retro colors!

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I was looking through a box of plush and found this tatty looking little bear. He looks like mohair to me. He has no tags but looks quite old. Some people like these old bears. He has a sweet face.

I found another cute bear in much better condition which also appeared to be mohair. He is dated 1989 and marked Sue Foskey “Wee Three Clowns”. He is only about 8″ tall and is wearing a clown hat and collar. I put him up for $19 and he sold in a few hours. He was $1.

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I was surprised that this pair of 6″ plush cats from Disney’s Aristocats sold quickly for $18. They are Thomas O’Malley and Duchess. Some Aristocats items can do well. When I looked these two up they individually didn’t seem to sell very well so I put them together and it seemed to help.

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To continue the toy theme, I picked up some Sonic the Hedgehog items and some Little Einstein figures.

This small Kokeshi doll is only about 2 1/2″ tall and is part of the Kimmidoll collection. She is made of hard plastic and people collect the various figures in this group. This one is Sachi. She was 50 cents.

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I like this Smokey the Bear baseball cap and also picked up a stamped cross stitch kit for a tablecloth. I didn’t realize until I brought it home that the tablecloth had already been started. People say that they can still sell like this so we’ll see.

These last two items from a church sale were my best items for the weekend. The first is a white ceramic cat trinket box marked Tiffany 1977. The second is a Longaberger game basket that includes tic tac toe and solitaire pieces that look like golf tees. Both items were marked $1.

I almost had a third great item but it was not meant to be. Here is the story. There was a seasonal holiday section where they had “fill a bag for $5.” For me, $5 at a sale is a lot of money and most of the stuff was just contemporary holiday decorations. I spotted a Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter figure which I have sold before. I picked it up and asked if I could just buy this piece for a price instead of doing the whole bag thing. Then I get the old “Can I see that? Oh no. This is Royal Doulton! We have to get our professional pricer and put this in the boutique area.” Sigh. I should have just filled up a bag, thrown that in and paid $5. She was not the only mean lady at this sale. I also got yelled at for putting some plush on the floor. There was a plush box piled high. As I was looking through I put some on the floor so I could see the ones underneath. So this woman comes over as says to me “Are you making this mess?”. Sigh again.

Those are the exciting highlights of this weekends shopping! I hope you all are having fun and finding wonderful treasures!!

 

Vintage Toys, Barbies and Pennants!

This weekend I attended a large flea market/tag sale event. This is the one where there are a lot of dealers but there are also people just selling stuff from their home at tag sale prices.

The first item I bought was this glass seal signed Villeroy and Boch. I have bought ceramic items by them and didn’t know that they made glass too. He was $3 and I am hoping to sell him for $20.

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I bought 2 Barbie dolls from the Twilight Saga movies. I was a big fan of the books years ago so I recognized these right away. They actually came from two separate sellers and were each $5.

 

Speaking of finding things in pairs, I also purchased 2 Lightning McQueen Cars items. One is this rolling child’s suitcase. The other is a Halloween costume that is being washed so I haven’t photographed it yet. The suitcase seems to be selling for about $40 with free shipping. It’s pretty big so I imagine that shipping costs are going to take out a big percentage of the $40!

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My favorite finds of the day were two Liddle Kiddle items. One is this Liddle Kiddle Kologne Rosebud doll with her bottle. I used to love these! I still do!!

 

The other was a Liddle Kiddles Jewelry Treasure Box. It had a few Finger Ding dolls inside. It would have been better if it had the original Liddle Kiddles inside. I love the colorful graphics.

 

The most surprising find of the day was a group of vintage pennants. The surprising part was that the lady only wanted 25 cents for each one. I purchased about 5 but here are the best ones.

 

The worst part of the day was when I decided to go back to the car to unload and then continue shopping, and then couldn’t find the car. I had set a landmark for myself of 3 red and white stripped tents. I found the tents but couldn’t find my car. I walked around for about 30 minutes and couldn’t find it. I finally walked in a different direction to see if there was another set of three tents with red and white stripes and guess what? There was. Finally found my car. It was pretty funny though because as I was walking around I met a couple that couldn’t find their car either. I was starting to think that they were towing cars or something but maybe they were making the same mistake I had. The bad thing was that by the time I found the car and dumped off my stuff I was pretty done. I did go back for a little bit but I had really had it by then.

It was fun before the car incident. A small haul but a good day.