Summer Fun with Sunglasses, Jewelry and a Christmas Elf!

There were some summer themed finds this weekend. I picked up two pairs of sunglasses at the first church sale I went to for a quarter each! The first pair are Kate Spade and I believe they are decorated with Swarovski crystals. They have an unusual exaggerated cat eye shape. The second pair are some kind of safety sunglasses. I guess for people that are doing dangerous things in the sun?

There was a small box of Barbie dolls. I try to check for older Barbies and this time I found one. I believe she is a Titian bubble cut Barbie. Her information on her bottom is worn down and I can’t see her date or country of origin. Her paint is very rubbed off in areas but I’m hoping that someone will buy her to restore.

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I picked up this bobble head of Will Ferrell from the Christmas movie “Elf.” I loved that movie! I am hoping to get $20 for him.

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In a box of small toys I found a sealed pack of Pokemon cards and a Power Ranger monster. It took me a long time to figure out the name of the Power Ranger character. I was looking up every combination of snake, dragon, reptile, lizard, Godzilla and alien that I could think of. I finally asked a Facebook reselling group and someone told me that his name is Snizzard. I would never have come up with that.

At the second sale I picked up this round bottomed copper mixing bowl and a mid century teak desk organizer.

The jewelry was marked $1 each. I bought these Laurel Burch bird themed earrings. She is most famous for her cats but does pieces with many different kinds of animals.

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I found these two paint by number dog paintings at a tag sale. I don’t usually have much luck at regular tag sales but at $2 each I though this was a good purchase. They are super cute!!

The weather has started to heat up here in the northeast! Summer is almost here!!

Ceramics, Silver and Seals!

The first church sale I went to this weekend had a $10 early bird. I’ve been to about 4 sales so far this season that have had $10 early bird fees that were really not worth it but I think this one was. There were lots of figurines, ceramics and small items marked $1 or $2 which gives you the opportunity to use your best judgement (there is no time to look anything up) and take some chances.

For $1 I picked up a ziploc bag filled with Hagen Renaker figures. When I sorted through them more than half of them were broken. I was left with 13. I listed them for $19 and they sold immediately. I think the sea gull figure is a rare one.

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I love the color on this turquoise bowl which was marked Red Wing. I know that is a good name in pottery so I purchased it for $2. When I got it home I saw that it had two long cracks on the inside plus a chip on the edge. After researching it, I believe it is a piece from the 1940’s and even with the condition issues I am still hoping to get at least $24 for it.

After buying a piece of Lladro last weekend I was on the look out and found this piece marked Nao Lladro. I don’t know what the difference is between this and regular Lladro. This girl reminded me of the Lladro ballerinas that my mother used to collect. Eventually most of the fingers on my mother’s pieces were damaged. I was happy to see that was not the case on this pretty figure. She was $2.

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Last year I purchased a bowl shaped like an eggplant from the company Mottahedeh. I remember that the bowl had a chip and would have sold for a lot if it was perfect. I think I ended up selling the damaged one for $25 after a while. So I recognized the name Mottahedeh when I saw it on the bottom of this trinket dish illustrated with a sailing ship. It was marked $1.

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This stone carving of a seal has a very charming look. It has a sticker that says Canada Eskimo art. It is very heavy. There is a big price range on these but I am hoping to get at least $19 for him. He was $2.

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There were many items there marked between $5 and $10 but I stayed away from those. I ventured into the jewelry room after the rush was over. Most items were marked $4.00. I picked up three items and I think two of them are good. One is a cat head pin marked 925 and the other is a panel and link bracelet with a pyramid design marked Sterling. Both are marked Mexico.

In the toy area I picked up two bags of Littlest Pet Shop toys for $3 each and a vintage Fisher Price little people set in the original box. I have not had time to photograph these items yet.

Later on in the day I went to two other community sales. At the first one I picked up a few items that were marked 25 cents including a vintage set of rainbow drip candles. I believe these were used in the 70’s to make craft projects using bottles. I picked up a paint by number of a German Shepherd and a Janie and Jack visor for a baby.

I arrived at the last sale fairly late and they were doing fill a bag for $5. I picked up a pretty vintage teapot and a set of delft tiles representing the four seasons.

The tag sales have really picked up around here – the challenge is to find the treasures at low prices!!

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!

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!!

Driving Far to a Winter Sale

I drove over an hour today to go to a sale because I miss sales so much. This one was advertised as a high school multi family fund raiser for a baseball team to go to Florida. That sounded to me like it might be good and since there was nothing else around I went. It was pretty small but fun! There was enough stuff to hunt through, although the prices were high. I over heard the lady talking to her friend and she said she could sell stuff on Facebook or on Ebay if it didn’t sell today. Not as good as those sales where they just want to get rid of stuff.

There was a wall of Vera Bradley bags and to give you and idea of prices, they were asking between $10 and $25 depending on the size. I wish I knew my patterns and knew which ones were worth a lot but I don’t. They also had wallets for $5.00 and since I couldn’t leave all that Vera goodness behind, I bought these two wallets. I am hoping for between $15 and $20 for them.

I spotted this small Dooney and Bourke coin purse. I convinced the lady that this was not a wallet and she sold it to me for $2.

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I found a pair of boots in the shoe area. The shoes were marked between $5 and $10. I saw a pair of boots and they were marked Ugg on the bottom and were not the typical Ugg style. She sold them to me for $5. I think she would have said $10 had she realized they were Uggs. I believe they are men’s motorcycle boots and may do well.

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This cute Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving trinket box was $1. Yay! I love that price! It’s not worth a lot but it’s very sweet.

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I think the best find was this set of Haba wooden blocks. I believe these toys are made in Germany. It is a nativity set. It was $5. It’s very heavy so I have to figure out the shipping cost before I can list it but I have seen similar sets selling for $50 so I have high hopes.

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Coincidentally this is the second nativity toy I’ve found recently. The other one is this nativity sand box play set that I picked up at the thrift store. I wonder if these items will sell before next Christmas.

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That was my tag sale adventure of the weekend. The weather has not been too bad around here. I wish more people would have some sales!

A Grimy Winter Estate Sale

I attended an estate sale in a neighboring town. There were some photos in the craigslist ad and it said dolls so I was there. It was one of those where you take a number and they only let a certain number in at a time so that was frustrating. It was so packed with stuff. It may have been a hoarder. The stuff was kind of organized in piles but there was a lot of dirt and grime. Many of the items were from the early 1970’s which is when I was a child. I spent $69 which is high for me. Here are some of the items I picked up.

In a box of dolls I found these two Barbies with no legs. They are talking Barbies from 1967. These don’t talk any more. I am hoping to get about $20 for each one – even without the legs.

This next doll is a Happy Haley doll made in Hong Kong. She has that big eyed mod look. I really don’t know her value but I hope I can at least get $20 for her. She has quite a face.

This small 6″ doll is a Holly Hobbie doll by American Greetings from the 1970’s. I hope to get about $14 for her. She has her complete outfit.

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The last doll I bought is this Baby Crissy doll. She is part of the Crissy Velvet Ideal hair growing doll family and she is giant. She is 24″ tall. In good condition she can bring good money but this one has some bad stains on her skin. I cleaned her up as best as I could. She has a very cute face.

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In the basement of this house were piles of games, puzzles and toys. It was all very grimy and I had to thoroughly wash everything. There were even a few items that were still in the original package but the packages were in such bad shape. Even though the item inside is probably in great condition, the torn plastic is a problem.

I found a vintage Fisher Price Family Camper in the original box but the box just crumbled in my hand. The items, even though it looked like they had never been played with, were still kind of dirty. I cleaned everything. The set was complete.

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These next two items were sealed in the package but the plastic in each case is torn in several places. One is a vintage doll puzzle which I’m tempted to keep and the other is a Colorola which I remember from my childhood. Neither is worth a lot of money and probably wouldn’t sell at all except for the sealed factor.

I love all the vintage pictures on these old toy boxes like the ones I found for this Bird series Shaker Maker set.

I love charms and so I couldn’t  leave this opened Charm Jewelry Kit behind. It’s dated 1971.

Also sealed but again with torn plastic, is this vintage roll of Contact paper. It has very retro illustrations on it with girls wearing bonnets like Holly Hobbie and shaggy dogs.

I also picked up a portable record player with a colorful cover. It seems to work but I don’t have any vintage records to really test it with.

It was fun to dig through all that old stuff! We have a big storm today here in the northeast. A great day to list!

Vintage Linens and Big Eyes

This weekend I was supposed to be at a Christmas party but – just five minutes away there was an estate sale. How could I resist? When I walked in the man there said to me – we sold most of the good stuff yesterday. First of all, why would you say that? Second of all – I accept your challenge!

I picked up several items and paid $15 for all. I love vintage linens and saw a pile from which I pulled out this small tablecloth. It has cool illustrations of couples dancing and musical notes. The color combination of deep rose and periwinkle is very pretty.

I love this yellow and white tablecloth with rosebuds but there are two defects in the middle that I didn’t notice when I bought it.

I thought this pair of tea towels was cute. They seem to be cloth sewn onto the towel. I especially like the vintage look of the woman drying the dishes.

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I picked up a few other items including a small silhouette of Franklin Roosevelt, a glass strawberry dish and a melamine celery dish.

The last item I picked up there was this pair of Big Eyed lithos. I believe they are by the artist Sherle. Since the movie Big Eyes came out illustrations in this style have had a resurgence in popularity although these don’t seem to be especially valuable. I’m hoping to get $20 for the pair.

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I had two finds at the thrift store which were this anime Naruto action figure and a Dept 56 accessory featuring Elvis. They were $2.99 each.

That’s all for now. Happy Holidays to everyone!!