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!

Tiny Things in Bags, Dolls and Mugs!

I have been sourcing quite a few mugs lately because some of them have been selling! I recently picked up the following three mugs and the bird cage mug has already sold for $19.99. The face mug is Dwight Schrute from “The Office.” It is a discontinued mug that seems to go for about $25.  Mugs are great because even at the thrift store they are usually not more than $2.

I found two vintage dolls at estate sales. One is a Miss Revlon doll by Ideal. She comes with a dress and slip. I don’t know the brand of the other one but I think she is a little older than the Revlon doll. She has no clothes. I don’t have a picture of her yet.

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I found a few more small items in the bags on the wall at the thrift store. These two mice are marked MMA for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are also marked “France.” The other blue and white mouse is also marked MMA. I think this dachshund figure is very cute in his “play with me” pose. He is marked Germany. The three mice came together in a $3 bag. The dog was in another bag for $3.

Another bag had this pair of rabbits inside. They were marked Herend Hungary which is a great brand. I hoping someone might like to add them to their Easter decor. This bird came with the rabbits. He is marked KE for Ken Edwards. It was made in Mexico.

I’m getting impatient for tag sale season to start!!

Thrift Store Finds

I have picked up a few dolls and toys at the thrift store lately. I also got one unusual item which I picked up because it was marked on the bottom Jeffrey Bernett Corian and Conde Nast. From my research I found out that he is a famous designer. I don’t really know what exactly this thing is. I guess it is some kind of box or container. I listed it as a desk accessory. I think it looks cool and you don’t find many things made of Corian besides counter tops.

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I found an older Barbie doll in a vintage dress hanging in one of the bags on the wall. I’m selling the doll and the dress separately. Unfortunately both are in pretty poor condition. I picked up a Radio City Rockettes doll because she was new in her box. The last doll I found came from an estate sale. I think she has a really beautiful painted face and some lovely, well made clothing.

 

I purchased two plush items which are this green Crayola crayon bear and a Kipling gorilla mascot key chain.

 

The find of the week came from a $4.00 bag on the wall. I picked it up because I thought I saw one of those flocked animals from Germany. It turned out that this cute dog was an Original Real Fur animal from West Germany. He sold quickly for $15.00. But also in the bag, which I didn’t even notice until I opened it, was a small vintage Steiff pig!

 

The last two things I bought this week came from the same estate sale where I found the cloth doll. They are a painted wooden box from Italy and a glass golf putter head paperweight. Lots of variety of finds this week. I am anxiously awaiting spring!

 

Vintage Toy Cars, Mugs and American Girl Finds

Between some traveling and not many sourcing opportunities this February, I have only a small amount of finds to share. I have picked up some interesting mugs at the thrift store. I noticed two planet themed mugs for $1. One was for Mars and another was for Mercury. When I looked at the bottom both were marked Waechtersbach which can be a profitable brand. The only ones I see that are currently listed are a set of 7 different planet mugs for $280. I have listed mine separately. I am hoping for $40 on each of these.

Two other mugs I picked up are this Vera Bradley Holiday Owls mug and a Cincinnati Bengals NFL mug. I hoping for between $15 and $20 on these mugs.

Hanging in a bag on the toy wall at a thrift store, I spotted these outfits for $2.50. One is the “Meet Dress” for the American Girl doll Cecile. The other is a pretty red American Girl party dress. I am hoping for $12 on each of these.

I attended one estate sale where I had viewed the photos the night before. I spotted some items that I thought would be good, depending on the prices. I saw some old toys cars in a glass case (usually a sign that items will be marked high) and a Catherineholm pan. I had to work in the morning but rushed over as soon as I could. The Catherineholm pan was gone but the toy cars were still there. The price was a little high, at $15 each. I bought three cars for $40. The cars include a Dinky “Joe’s Car”, a Corgi Batmobile and a Dinky ambulance. Since the Batmobile comes with Batman and Robin figures and the ambulance comes with a patient on a gurney, I think I will do OK. The Joe’s Car is in poor condition with a corroded battery compartment and wings that don’t pop out. I am hoping for $70 on the Batmobile and $30 on the ambulance. I don’t know what to price the Joe’s Car for yet. I also picked up a Fire King jadeite bowl for $5. These are not as sought after as they used to be but I am hoping to get between $15 and $20 for this 9″ mixing bowl.

Still having some fun in this dreary winter weather! Counting down the days until spring!!

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.