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!!

Spring and the Beginning of Sales!

It seems at last that winter is over and the sales are beginning. I went to an estate sale on Thursday after work. Estate sales and the people who run them continue to intimidate me. This one appeared pretty expensive with prices ranging from $5, $10, $20 and $40 on most things I saw that were priced. I picked up a few things that were not priced. She gave me a price of $20 for all so that wasn’t too bad.

The first thing I found was this vintage 1950’s leather purse. This brand Etra doesn’t seem to do very well but because of the iconic style I put it up at $35. It’s dark blue leather with a bright red interior.

 

I found a silk scarf signed Vera. I picked it up because of the vintage abstract art design. Some of the Vera scarves do well and others don’t. I’ve never bought one before.

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I purchased 4 more small items at this sale including a metal cricket, an empty Tiffany & Co. box, a wooden French nut cracker and a box with some Easter decorations in it. My favorites were these two chicks wearing little straw hats. I’m going to keep these to use for a project.

A church in a neighboring town has a tag sale twice a year and I rarely find anything there but since it starts at 6PM I am compelled to go! This year I bought three items for $12. This cute sailor figure caught my eye. He looked a littler like a Lisa Larson figure. He wasn’t marked but had the remains of two stickers on him. After I researched him for a while I finally learned that he is by an artist from Sweden named Jie Gantofta. I was happy to find him.

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This FireKing mug is in a pattern called Blue Heaven. Its not worth much but I really like finding mid century atomic items like this.

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The last item is a tea towel with a patriotic theme and the saying “Don’t Give Up the Ship.” on it. For some reason, my father used to say this. Just around the house. The artist’s name is Mary Sarg. It has a tag that says Belgian Linen. It was too interesting not to take a chance on but that is one weird looking eagle.

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On Saturday there was a children’s sale that has clothes, toys and books. There is a $10 early bird but this year the prices weren’t too bad. There was also a selection of free plush at the end so that was fun too!

The biggest toy I bought was an Angelina Ballerina theatre play set. It was marked at $6. I’m hoping maybe someone will purchase it for Easter. I don’t see too many available. It has four tiny ballerina mouse figures and lots of accessories.

My son used to love this show so I recognized these figures from Phineas and Ferb right away. They were in a bag for $2. I am hoping for at least $20 for the set.

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I found a Stay Puft figure from Ghostbusters. Last year I sold a vintage one. This is from 2016 so I hope it will still sell.

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There are some things at this sale that are not toys. I picked up two plates. The Peter Rabbit plate is enamelware. The Little Prince plate is plastic.

I also picked up a colorful vintage Caboodles case.

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The lady charged me $20 for everything. After you add in the early bird fee that brings the total to $30. Then I went fishing in the free plush piles. From those I am going to try to sell the following:

A stuffed NYC subway car.

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A lot of 3 Easter themed plush.

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And finally, a Jellycat Cordy Roy Aardvark.

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I’m really happy to be able to list some new inventory in my Ebay store since sales have been sloooooow this week! Hopefully as tag sales pick up so will the sales in my shop! See you next week!

Easter and Home Decor at a Rummage Sale

This weekend there was one rummage sale in my area. It was at a church and I had to drive over an hour to get there. It was not as large as I hoped but I still had fun rummaging.

First I picked up these two cute tin Easter basket boxes. They were marked Hong Kong so I assume they are vintage. I got them listed right away because Easter is fast approaching. They’re small but I like the colorful illustrations of a bunny family at the park.

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I love this french bowl with the words Le Petit Dejeuner on it. It is illustrated with breakfast items. Unfortunately it has two chips on the base. Even in perfect condition I saw one go for only $12 but I couldn’t leave it behind and may price it a little higher even with the chips.

I found this sweet wall pocket decorated with Lily of the Valley flowers. They are one of my favorite flowers. My mother used to grow them on the side of our house. This is a petite piece but I thought it was charming.

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I bought another old frame because the set from last week sold quickly. I don’t know if I’ll be as lucky with this one.

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I picked up these hipster tortoise shell glasses to give them a try.

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There was a separate room for clothing and linens. There I picked up this Conte of Florence fleece hat because I like the style.

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This scarf valance from JC Penney was new in the package so I picked it up. Everything at this sale was $1 so I just choose items without looking anything up. We’ll see how that works out for me.

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I picked up three items at the thrift store this week. One is Easter related. It is this velvet egg shaped box with a satin lined interior. I thought it was sweet and it was in a bag on the wall for $1.50. It sold in two days for $16.99.

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Also hanging from the bags on the wall at the thrift store was this vintage wedding cake topper or favor. It is marked Japan on the bottom. It still has the Jordan almonds that it originally came with. I wrote in the listing – do not eat the almonds. I don’t think 50 year old candy is a good food choice. I think someone who is getting married who is into classic cars might like this. I hope they don’t also like almonds.

I also picked up this desk organizer from the 1970’s. It’s very mid century modern with the curves and the orange color. Unfortunately the interior is very discolored and it is missing one drawer.

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Here are some sales of items that have been shared with you recently.

Hello Kitty storage box with drawers: $39

Lot of three vintage round frames from last week: $34

Pine wall shelf from last week: $19

Lot of vintage plastic party cups from last week: $19

Jibba Jabba noise making doll: $24

The Doors carnival souvenir mirror: $24

Paint by Number 1960s girl with guitar: $39

That’s all for now. Spring is on Monday but here in New England we are still digging out from 19″ of snow. Perfect for tag sales!!

Vintage Cookbook, Dolls and Clothes!

You know I’m getting desperate when I start sourcing clothes to sell. Clothes are just not my thing. I don’t like washing them or measuring them and I don’t have a mannequin but here goes anyway. I purchased two pieces of clothing at thrift stores this week to resell. The first is a pretty pink spring dress by Eileen Fisher. I paid $11 for it which is too much. I am hoping to get $30 for it. It is something I would wear and I like the brand.

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The second clothing item is a sweatshirt made to look like a knight in shining armor. It really stood out to me when I was looking at the clothing and they seem to sell well. It is called The Knight Hoodie. I think it may be used for cosplay. A man could wear it while proposing and be a knight in shining armor for his girl. It cost $6 and I’m hoping to get $50 for it.

My thrift store sells dolls in bags. I picked up a bag because this doll had a big eyed, anime look. She is a Takara doll from Japan and I’m hoping she will do well.

This item was in the glassware section. Somewhere I heard that some people collect juicers. This is a pretty blue one marked Arc France. It was $3 and I’m hoping it will bring $20.

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Mary Englebreit is a popular illustrator. Some of her items sell well. When I looked this metal cup and saucer set up I saw similar ones selling for $20 so at $2, I picked it up. Maybe it will sell for Valentine’s Day!

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Books are another item I don’t sell much of. I know a lot of people use an app to scan them and see what they are worth. I just spotted this for $1 at the thrift store and knew that this version of Betty Crocker cookbook is collectible. This is called the red pie book because of the cover. There are lots of these out there but this one is in good condition so I’m hoping that will help it sell.

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Those are my thrifty finds for this week! Glad that February is here and March and spring aren’t too far away!!