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.

Mid Century, American Girl and Toys

Sales were good this weekend although I did pay up a bit. Hopefully it will be worth it. I found some cool mid century items such as this wooden cat by Laurids Lonborg who I believe is a Danish artist.

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I love this wooden Swedish girl dressed in colorful traditional clothes. She is a double candle holder. Next to it I found this heart shaped plate of JFK with Jackie. This plate isn’t valuable but it was only 50 cents.

Another vintage item I picked up was this wooden piece. At first I thought it was an old bowling pin but now I believe it is a potato masher. It’s quite heavy and could probably also be used as a weapon if you were mashing potatoes and an intruder came into your house.

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At two of the sales I went to I was able to purchase some American Girl doll items. I picked up a vintage Bitty Baby marked Pleasant Company and several American Girl pets plus accessories for them.

I bought two pretty wicker chairs from a set made for the doll Samantha.

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There were also some clothes and other American Girl accessories as well.

Some other toys that I picked up this weekend include a Calico Critters house with some furniture and accessories and a My Twinn doll that has some issues.

I was excited at first about the My Twinn doll but after I got her home I realized she has some issues including no eyebrows, very short bangs which may have been cut and some short eyelashes that look like they were cut. I don’t know how much this will affect her value. I need to make some good money because theses items, plus some others cost me about $100. Yikes.

That’s about it for this weekend. Looking forward to getting this all listed!

Thrifty Finds and a Visit to the Bins!

Not much yet in the way of exciting sales here. I attended one little flea market that had a White Elephant room. I found a few things there for $3. There was a small amount of jewelry on a table marked at 50 cents each. I picked up three pins. The first is a pewter pin that was marked Frederick Canada. After researching I discovered that it represents a stylized raven which is a symbol of knowledge and creativity. I have it up for $15. I picked up a Trifari pin of a leaf. Unfortunately it is missing several rhinestones so I am selling it as a repair piece. I am hoping to get $10 for it.

The third is a geometric style pin. I don’t have a testing kit so I took it to a jeweler. He tested it and said it is silver with gold plated lines. It looks like the opal is fake. (Would you call that a fauxpal? Ha ha)

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The other item that I picked up there is this sweet plush sleeping Bambi. It is also musical and plays a lullaby when you wind it up. It is by Gund and may bring around $30.

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I picked up this Japanese anime style doll at the thrift store. I think she is a Takara Jenny doll although she is not marked. She was in a doll bag for $2.99. I love her costume!

When I pulled her out of the bag I noticed she was wearing a necklace that didn’t seem to belong to her. It turned out to be a necklace for an American Girl doll tennis outfit. That’s called a freebie!

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Also at the thrift store I picked up a Winnie the Pooh trinket box featuring Pooh eating honey surrounded by pumpkins and other fall items. It was in a bag for $1.99 and I picked it up because I had recently sold a similar box for $12.99.

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My last purchase from the thrift store was this Today NBC mug featuring the logo of the morning show. You can drink your coffee and pretend to interview someone.

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I have a few days off this week so I decided to take a trip to the Bins which is the Goodwill Outlet store. I don’t go often because it is about 1 1/2 hours away from me. Including this trip I have been there a total of 4 times. The first 2 times were fairly successful. The last time I went was pretty unsuccessful (I sold only one item that I picked up on that day.) I don’t sell clothes usually so I go for the hard goods they have there. Today was the first time that I was actually there when they brought out new bins of hard goods so that was exciting. I think I found some good items and since it is pay by weight, I spent only $16.00.

One of my favorite items was this pair of Disney plush which is Mrs. Jumbo and her baby Dumbo. Their label says Disney Parks. I found Mrs. Jumbo first, and then, a few feet away, found Dumbo. It think they are really cute. Mrs. Jumbo is a good example of a secondary character from a movie that sells well. Often the main characters are so abundant that they have little value. I am hoping to get $30 for the pair.

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I picked up a pair of vintage My Little Pony tray puzzles from 1983. One of them has some writing on it but I am going to try for $12 for the pair.

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These next items are unusual. I believe that they are vintage spun wool animals. They are also made with felt and pipe cleaners. I can’t find these exact items online but similar items seem to be selling for about $10 each. They are only about 3″ tall. When you hunt through the hard good bins there are all these small items that go to the bottom of the bins. Sometimes you can finds Littlest Pet Shop animals or Playmobil figures. Today I found these.

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I picked up two bags. One is a Victoria’s Secret cosmetic case. The second is a vintage red leather bag marked Cristian Made in Italy.

I picked up a few more vintage items from the bins including a metal mid century wall organizer in rough shape,

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a hexagonal lampshade featuring botanical flower artwork,

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and a funky melamine tray from Ikea.

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Those are the highlights of what I found there today.  It was a fun trip! Hope you are enjoying some good sales and weather wherever you are!

Limoges Minis, Vintage Toys and a Gavel

This season is starting out slow for me. I am finding many items that I can only sell for about $10 or so. With all the fees, that makes it hard for me to make much profit. I went to a few sales this weekend. I’ll show you the more interesting items I found.

My favorite find was this collection of miniature Limoges. This was from a tag sale and they were $3 each. I didn’t have an idea of value but I was charmed so I purchased 6 of them. Most of them only sell for about $6 but I can’t find the hat or the suitcase so I don’t know about those. They’re really sweet and I will enjoy them until they sell. They are only about 1″ tall. There are only 5 pictured because one was broken.

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My second favorite find were these two plastic rabbit candy holder/Easter decorations. I recognized them because I found a pink one a few weeks ago. They were 25 cents each and I am hoping to get $16 for the pair. I really love the vintage holiday items!

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Another fun find for $1 each were these three pewter figurines featuring mice having holiday fun. I couldn’t find these anywhere to research them so I am putting them up as a lot for $29.

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I picked up several vintage plush items which may bring $10 each.  These include a Maisy the Mouse, a Heathcliff and two Cabbage Patch doll pets. I believe all these items were from the 1980’s.

I also found another Fisher Price Happy Apple which I have sold several of before.

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An interesting find, though not very valuable, was this vintage gavel. It has dates on it 64, 65 and 69 with initials next to each date. There is also an emblem of some sort. Maybe I should bring it to my preschool classroom and bang it on the table when the kids get rowdy.

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So, as you can see there were not too many exciting finds this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to at least make back the money I spent. I hope things will improve and hope you are all having better luck and enjoying some spring weather!!