The Last Hurrah Before Winter

For about the past five years the sales I go to on the first weekend of December are the last good sales of the year for me. There is usually a church sale in a town near me and a school sale where I have pretty good luck and it was no different this year. I went to the church sale first. It started at 10:00 and the lady had us waiting in the lobby. At about 9:59 sirens started going off and I thought – oh great. The fire alarm. Now we have to go outside but it was only Santa. Then she had to talk for 5 minutes about Santa and the sale and the charities it was all going to and I was getting antsy. It’s hard when you’ve already been waiting and then you are waiting some more when you’re supposed to be going in.

I went to the toy area first which was a little smaller than usual but I found two vintage puppets from Germany. I love puppets so I was excited to find these even though my son found them so creepy he told me to burn them.

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After that I went into the part of the church where they sell everything else. I was walking around when I spotted this black Catherineholm pot high up on a shelf. It was marked $4. I love these mid century modern pots from Norway and they sell well. I also have a small collection in my dining room. The colors I collect are yellow, orange and red. The funny thing was that earlier in the week I found a yellow pan at the thrift store which I decided to keep. I haven’t found many Catherineholm pieces in all my years of thrifting so I was surprised to find two in one week!

I found a zip lock bag for $1 with six charming angels playing instruments. They reminded me of Erzebirge figures from Germany. After researching I discovered that they are by an Italian company called Sevi. The learning never stops!

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After this sale I went to a craft sale at a school where they also have a tag sale room. It appeared as though there were a lot of toys before I got there but you can only get to one sale first. I still picked up a few items including a Sesame Street play set and a blue Dansk teapot.

At another small sale I went to I picked up a few vintage toys including a Betty Boop cloth doll and a prize from Coney Island which is a dog that looks a lot like Snoopy except in red.

Finally I found a few pop culture items including a sealed figure from the Cartoon Network show Adventure time, and a figure from the show South Park.

As the days grow shorter the sales in the northeast become scarce. Time to start getting ready for the holidays and focusing on thrift store shopping instead!

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American Girl, Barbie and Plush!

I attended a children’s sale this morning that I go to every year and every year they have boxes of free plush. I only took two items this year. First I got this plush bee hive with ten numbered bees. The hive has numbered doors to match the bees. It would be great for my preschool class so that’s where it will go if it doesn’t sell.

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The second item I found was this bear that is covered in differently textured fabrics for babies to play with. The brand is called Ebulobo which is based in France.

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When I went inside a man and woman were fighting over a Duplo set. She said she put her bag down so she could pick it up and as she was doing that he snatched it up. If your hands aren’t actually on the item its fair game I think but I guess she really wanted it and was very upset. He wasn’t giving it up though. They were getting kind of nasty with each other until a lady from the sale said “This is a fund raiser for a school. Let’s remember that.”

I got excited when I saw an American Girl doll sitting there. She was priced at $25 which is high but I picked her up anyway because she also had a ziplock bag of clothes rubber banded to her. She is another Samantha similar to one I found at the thrift store a few weeks ago. Besides the bag of clothes attached to her there was another bag of clothes. It had “American Girl Clothes” written on it and was priced at $15. I grabbed that too. I also saw Kit’s bed which was only $3. So, the bad news was that in the $15 bag there was not one single American Girl doll piece. Why didn’t I check? In the bag of clothes that was attached to her there was her plaid dress and three pieces from Josefina’s meet outfit. Among all the non-American girl doll clothes in the $15 bag was a Gotz doll dress that I am trying to sell. I was really hoping that the clothing bags would be filled with American Girl items!

At other sales during the day I picked up this funny “Pack Rat” Folkmanis puppet which is gross and cute at the same time. I also found this Kelly Bathtime playset dated 1995 and I recognized it right away because it was something my daughter received years ago on her third birthday! I sent her a picture of it and she remembered it too.

Those were the pick ups for today! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here!!

Vintage Puzzles, Christmas and Dollhouses

I went to a terrible church sale on Saturday morning and paid a $5 early bird to boot! It was all tag sale left overs that had been donated. Most of the items still had their tag sale stickers on them. There was really nothing there for me. Disappointing since this was the sale I choose to go to first. The second sale was great but unfortunately I got there about 1/2 hour after it started. It think I still found some interesting things though.

I found a Dansk pepper mill. I love finding these unusually shaped grinders. Depending on which one it is they can have a good value. This one was $5 so I purchased it.

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Also in the housewares area I picked up this silver plated bowl which says “New Jersey Sire Stakes” on the inside. I believe it is some kind of horse racing trophy or souvenir. Equestrian items sometimes sell for me so I picked it up for $5.

My favoite find at this sale was this dollhouse for your dollhouse. It measures only 3″ tall and is fully furnished! I wanted to keep it but since I kept the big dollhouse that I found a few weeks ago, I decided to sell it. I was hoping it wouldn’t sell to quickly so I could enjoy it for a while but it sold within 24 hours for $24.99. I should have priced it higher. Look how cute it is!!

I went to another church sale where I found some vintage wooden puzzles including this Peter Pan Playskool puzzle and a Noah’s Ark puzzle.

In the Christmas area at this sale I picked up three Byer’s Choice Carolers. Unfortunately these are not rare pieces and there is damage to their stands so I will be grouping them together for sale. This is a popular collectible but I think their faces are really odd.

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The best find of the weekend was probably this Danish modern sterling silver deer pin. The lady by the jewelry area was telling some one that an expert had come in and pulled out all the gold and silver. I guess this was donated after or they just missed this one. It was $3.

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Those were the highlights of my sales this weekend. I hope you all are enjoying the fall and finding fun items if you are out there shopping!

Vintage Fisher Price, Peanuts, Christmas and a Japanese Doll

One of my favorite finds from this weekend is not the most valuable but I think it is the most charming. It is a vintage Christmas “card” which is really more like a book, from 1951. It has all kinds of pop-ups, moving parts and attached items. I think this kind of item would have been so magical to a child receiving it. It still seemed kind of magical to me as I was looking at it. The monkey life guard has a genuine sealed lifesaver candy next to him and on the last page Santa is holding a real noisemaker/blower.

This was found at a church sale I attended on Friday. Another favorite item I found there was this Japanese doll. She came in a pretty decorated cardboard box.

I also found a vintage clothespin holder featuring a cute cartoon of Snoopy and Woodstock. I believe it is from the 1960’s.

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The best find from a reselling view was probably this Tumi bag. It has a lot of separate compartments and a built in wallet. I had a hard time figuring out whether it is blue or black. I decided it is a dark navy.

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The next day I went to another sale where I picked up some vintage Fisher Price items including this sink set and money changer. I think you’re supposed to really be able to use the sink with water. If you pump the faucet I believe the water comes out.

Another item I found at this sale was this interesting small metal box. My friend let me know that it is a cash box. It has a key hole but I don’t have the key. It was filled with old buttons and sewing notions so I am selling it all together. It is marked Made in Czechoslovakia.

This sale also had a big pile of plush which is one of my favorite things. The only item I pulled out was this giant Snorlax from Pokemon.

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He’s a big guy at about 20″ tall. Those are the highlights from the sales I attended this weekend!

Vintage Plush, Dolls and Eclectic Surprises

This weekend there was a church sale that I attended last year and didn’t do very well. I think this year I did better. They had a barn of household and decorative items where things are carefully priced. I picked up this bird candelabra which I believe is Danish mid century based on the style and other Ebay listings. It is unmarked. It was $3. I think it’s cool because the feathers can fan out or fold flat.

 

The second item I bought there was this small trinket box marked Smithsonian Institution. It has some chips on the bottom. I have done well with similar boxes from the Halcyon Days company but never found one like this from the Smithsonian. I hoping that the carousel horse theme will be appealing. It is only 2″ wide.

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I spent a total of $11 in the barn. The next place I went to was the fill a bag for $2 tent which was really fun because you could throw any thing in your bag that you thought might be a good item and there was lots to choose from. Below are four of the better items I picked up there. The items include a Kurt Adler skiing gnome, an abstract face stone paperweight, a funky pear ornament by Patience Brewster and a badger holding a football. I picked up the football piece because it was marked Red Wing. When I researched it at home I saw similar ones selling for between $50 and $100 which was a great surprise. In the same tent I picked up a jar filled with vintage mini glass Christmas balls. In the past I have sold similar ones at $25 for a set of 30. I haven’t counted how many are in the jar yet. They are tricky to ship because they are so fragile.

 

After that I got in line for the toy area which opened an hour later than the other areas. There was a playpen filled with plush for 50 cents each. Plus there were some dolls thrown in. I picked up this Baby Tender Love doll from 1969. I recognized her right away because I received her as a holiday gift when I was 7. She sold quickly for $15. I also picked up a newer Steiff of a golden retriever puppy. He also sold right away for $19. I also found the puppets Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy from Shari Lewis’ Lambchop gang. I am hoping to get $25 for the pair.

 

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Aside from the plush I picked up a lot of vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls and a Native American style vintage toy drum. There is a drumstick included that has a feather attached to it and I found my cat playing with it and trying to bite the feather off!

 

So that was a fun treasure hunting kind of sale! There should be a few more good weekends of sales before it all starts to wind down!

Lladro, B&G, YSL Perfume and Polly Pocket!

This weekend I hit one good family tag sale and a large community sale. At the family sale I spotted a toy WWE Championship belt. I recently sold a similar one. I would never have picked these up if it weren’t for watching Youtube channels where resellers share what kinds of items they sell. These bring between $20 and $30. I paid $4 for this one because it was new. I also found this Handy Manny toolbox toy where the tools move up and down and sing. These also sell between $20 and $30.

 

Mugs don’t sell well for me but for 50 cents I decided to take a chance on a Sopranos mug. The last thing I picked up at this sale was this Coach bucket hat which was $5. I’m having a hard time figuring out what color it is. Is it yellow? brown? orange? It looks different in different light.

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After this tag sale I went to a community sale where they have a whole section of toys and also a barn filled with everything else. It’s a really fun time. My find of the day was a bucket of vintage Polly Pocket sets from the 1990’s. It was $30 for the whole box and I was hesitant at first but when I saw a bag of tiny characters I knew that it would be worth it. It took me an entire afternoon to clean them and sort them out. In the end there turned out to be about 14 items to sell. Many of them were houses from the Pollyville collection which features a whole neighborhood of tiny houses and shops. I was able to match many of them up with their original figures. Below is the school and the church.

 

When I went into the barn I picked up these two porcelain figures. The cat is from Lladro and the Girl with the Pitcher is from Bing and Grondahl. They were $10 each but I thought that there would still be profit in them and have already sold the girl figurine for $34. Usually I don’t like to pay more than a few dollars for items but I’m learning that sometimes its worth it to pick up more expensive things. And yes, the girl is literally crying over spilt milk.

 

Also in the barn I picked up this 1960’s round suitcase and a bottle of YSL Champagne perfume. Both of these items were unpriced and I think I was charged $1 for each. I think the perfume bottle is beautiful and am hoping to get about $50 for it.

 

I will probably be adding on to this post later as I still have some items to photograph. The weather here in the northeast is really holding out. It’s been warm and beautiful. Great for tag sales!

Charming Things, Vintage Toys and Books

There were several sales this weekend. The one that I thought I would do well at, which is advertised as a 200 family tag sale, I did terrible at. That was the first one that I went to and got there at 7:00 AM. I felt discouraged after that but I found my second wind and drove another 45 minutes and found some great sales and great items! Never give up!!

At a church sale that I went to I found two items that I just thought were very charming and bought them even though I don’t think they have great value. They were about $1 each and I couldn’t leave them behind. The first is a small wooden carousel that is actually a top! The second is this pretty music box by Anri and Reuge that plays Lara’s Theme from the movie Doctor Zhivago.

At the same sale I picked up this vintage yellow Tonka Jeep for $1 and it sold already for $24. It’s in very good condition which I think is why it sold so fast. I also picked up this baby toy of plastic beans that snap together and fit into a shiny green plastic pod. It is by Playskool and when I researched it I saw that one had sold on Etsy for $20.

The last item I bought at this sale is this Michelin Tire stuffed doll. I am hoping he will do well since he is vintage car related advertising.

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I usually don’t find much when I arrive late to sales but all the following items were bought after 11:00 which I think is late for tag sales. I stopped at a small community sale and picked up these two Where the Wild Things Are plush toys. These can do well depending on the character and condition. I have this pair up for $29.

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I also found some Playmobil sets at this sale. I don’t pick up too much Playmobil any more but these sets were only $1 each.

The biggest surprise of the day was at a tag sale I stopped at which seemed like a group of neighbors who had gotten together to sell their stuff. One lady had a table and she had a group of five Calico Critters on it. I asked how much they were and she said $5. I felt like that was too much. She said “Do you know what these are?” I said yes, they’re Calico Critters. I wanted to say “Yes, they Calico Critters, not Tiffany bracelets.” So I was beginning to think this sale was going to be overpriced. Then I saw a box that had “Dolls $2” written on it. I walked over because I thought I saw an American Girl doll sticking out of it but was sure it was going to be one of those AG type dolls like Madame Alexander or Our Generation. To my surprise it was an American Girl doll wearing a very pretty dress. I picked it up and asked another lady (not the Calico Critter lady) “How much is this doll?” She said $2. So that was my deal of the day. The dress she was wearing turned out to be from a doll named Cecile. I sold the dress separately for $19. The doll is a Just Like Me American Girl doll where you get to pick the hair style and colors to match yourself. Those are not the most valuable American Girl dolls but I’m not complaining for $2.

After that I went to another church sale where they had some vintage Fisher Price sets for $5 each. There was a Play Family Hospital and a Play Family Village. I paid $15 for everything in these photos.

Another interesting find was a children’s book from 1967. It is the story of a little girl who has a doll and a stuffed dog that come to life after she goes to sleep. It is all done with photographs. I couldn’t find any sold listings of this book but I saw one site where some one was asking several hundred dollars for it. It appears to be rare but I don’t really know its value.

I had a fun find at the thrift store. It was from one of those bags on the wall which had a whole bunch of small toys inside a margarine container. It turned out to include some vintage Barbie accessories. I didn’t spend too much time researching it but sold it for $9.99 as a Barbie junk drawer lot. I love to find little collections like this.

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Fall is almost here so hopefully the sales will continue and we can stock up for the holiday season!!