Dansk, American Girl, FAO Schwarz and Italian Pottery

Recently there have been days of no finds at the thrift store, followed by days of great finds. I guess the idea is to “just keep swimming.”

I have been finding some nice pottery. This is a piece of Italian pottery marked La Musa. It is a heart shaped trinket box with a very cool modern graphic. I paid $4 for it at Goodwill and it sold quickly for $29. I was glad I was able to list it before Valentines Day and maybe that’s why it sold so fast.

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This sugar and creamer set is by Dansk. I love the abstract blue and white decoration. It is a pattern called Arabasque. This was also from the Goodwill and I was happy to be able to find all three pieces of this set even though they were in different spots on the shelf. I paid $6 for the set but I am hoping to get $50 for it.

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I thought this mid century modern dog salt shaker marked Japan was too cool to leave behind. Unfortunately it didn’t have its mate and I don’t think it will bring more than $10 but I still think he’s awesome.

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Two more ceramic pieces I bought are this blue and white Mottahedeh plate and this Taylor & Ng naughty dog mug. There is a series of Taylor & Ng mugs featuring different types of animals in “playful” positions.

In the plush area I picked up this Noah’s Ark by FAO Schwarz. It is missing the mate to the giraffe set. I have sold this same item a few years ago. I think it sold for $20 then.

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My most exciting find recently was this American Girl doll who was in with the regular toys and marked $4. She is a doll named Nellie. Unfortunately she didn’t come dressed but I was still happy to find her!

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Those are some finds for the first half of February. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!

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Top Ebay Sales of 2017 – Mixed Categories

There is such a variety of items out there to buy and sell. Here are my top ten sales on eBay, not including dolls, toys and games.

Starting at the lowest price is this vintage baseball trophy dated 1955. I think that some of it may be bakelite. It had a cool look and although I didn’t have any experience with similar items I took a chance for $3. It sold for $39.99.

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This pin was thrown on a table at a rummage sale. I think I was charged $1 for it. It was marked 800 silver and had inlaid stone in it which is, I found is called Pietra Dura. I though it was very pretty and unique. I like the subject matter of birds on a birdbath. It sold for $45.

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These small egg cups were so charming! They are marked “Cutie Pie” and there are several items with this same style. I picked these up for $5 at an estate sale. Even though one had a small hole in the center, the pair sold for $49.99

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This pyrex piece was marked $5 at another rummage sale. I looked up “black roosters” and it appeared that this was a rare pattern. It had some slight discolorations but still sold for $55.

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Anri is a company in Italy that produces many intricately carved wooden figures. I picked this up because of the subject matter and the fine detail. Only after I brought it home did a see a faint Anri mark on the bottom. It sold for $59.99.

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I was at a rummage sale not finding too much when I started looking at the linens. This duvet cover was marked Lilly Pulitzer, $2. I was surprised to find it as I had come very late to this sale. It sold for $99.99. Her prints are usually so colorful and distinctive, they are hard to miss.

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This vintage framed print was $10 at a library rummage sale. It is entitled “A Yard of Puppies” and that’s literally what it is. It wasn’t easy to ship but I was happy to do it when it sold for $99.99.

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This is a small ceramic leaf dish turned out to be a Stig Lindberg design. I believe he is a Scandinavian artist. I found this in one of the bags that hangs in the thrift store. Don’t overlook the bags! It sold for $99.99.

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Also don’t overlook vintage skin care products. This was $10 at a rummage sale. I looked it up before I purchased it and was surprised. Most of the items weren’t even sealed. It is called Airbonn Nutrimin skin care and sold for $125.

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This is the highest selling item I sold all year. It is similar to one I found in 2016 which is why I recognized it. I picked it up for $10 at a rummage sale. It is mid century modern nail wall art and sold for $200.

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Well – that’s it! I think I’m done now with the “Best Of” blog entries! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this. Wishing everyone the very best for the new year and may  you all be successful in your endeavors!

Best Toy and Game Sales of 2017

I usually do a best plush sales of the year blog but this year I didn’t really sell too much plush so I am including them in the toy and game category. These are my top 10 toy and game sales on Ebay for 2017 plus one honorable mention.

This little duck is an origami rubber ducky. He is an honorable mention. I thought he was so unique and I couldn’t find another one anywhere. I picked him up at the thrift store for $1. He sold for $20.

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In the plush category, this watercolor Build A Bear Hello Kitty sold for $34.99. I don’t come across many Build A Bears that have value but I know that some of them do. This one was unusual looking and since I am a Hello Kitty fan I researched it and found that it would sell for a good price. It was important that it came with it’s detachable pink bow.

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I found this vintage board game at a school sale for $2 and fell in love with the little Hawaiian Punch mover pieces. This colorful game was complete and sold for $44.99.

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Pokemon can sell well and Tamagotchi’s can sell well so combine the two and you’ve got a good item. This is a Pokemon Pikachu Tamagatchi. It was new in the package however, I crushed the package under another item that I bought at the same sale and cut the value of this item in half. Good going me! It still sold for $49.99.

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I love to find vintage Fisher Price. This is the hospital set that came with some of the Little People and accessories. It was picked up at a church sale for $5. I was very surprised to find it because it was about 2 hours after the sale had begun and I expected all the good items to be gone. It sold for $49.99.

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Shaker Maker is a toy from my childhood, in the 1960’s. I found this set at an estate sale, nearly complete and it even came with the powder solution. I picked it up for $3 and it sold for $59.99.

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I keep waiting for the Littlest Pet Shop resale bubble to burst but it hasn’t happened yet. This lot was $5 at a library sale, it included 39 pets and sold for $59.99.

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Also in the plush category, I found this Brer Fox Folkmanis puppet at a very expensive tag sale where they had researched everything and priced it all at Ebay prices. Except for the puppets. I bought this one for $5 and it sold for 64.99.

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Many years ago I picked up a vintage Park and Shop board game that was incomplete and in very bad condition but what I learned at the time was that, in good condition, these games sell well. This summer I found this one in beautiful condition and complete and it sold for $72.99.

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The new King Kong movie had just come out when I found this guy. He was very detailed and I felt like he was good quality. He was also quite large and heavy. I paid $4 for him and a church sale and sold him for $74.99. He looks so happy to have been sold for that much!

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I knew that these oversized Tinkertoys were valuable but I didn’t think I wanted to deal with the shipping headache. I saw these at a tag sale and when the guy said they were only $5 I was like “bring on the shipping headache!” I shipped them in their original box and they sold for $89.99.

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Those are my top ten toy and game sales for 2017!

Best Doll Finds of 2017

There were lots of wonderful dolls to be found this year. This Liddle Kiddles doll in a perfume bottle was found at a tag sale/flea market for $2. I love finding Liddle Kiddles because I had them as a child. This one still had it’s sweet smell. It sold for 19.99.

 

This Happy Haley doll from the 1960’s was found at an estate sale for about $1. I picked her up because she has those mod oversized sad looking eyes and she sold for 29.99.

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This funny looking Drowsy Baby doll is a repro of a 1964 doll. It is from 1984 and says phrases like “I’m so sleepy.” Often repro dolls do not have any value but in this case they do. This one sold for $29.99. I think I paid $3 at a rummage sale.

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These dolls are designed in Japan and I believe are called Licca or Jenny dolls. The company is Takara Tomy. Their faces are in the style of the anime cartoons with big pretty eyes.  I have found a few of these at the thrift store. This one had a beautiful traditional style outfit on and sold for $34.99. I believe she cost about $3.

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This Madame Alexander doll came from a community tag sale for $2. She is from the Hannah Pepper series which is what makes her valuable. She measures about 9″ tall and sold fairly quickly for $40.

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Modern Barbie dolls flood the market but some are still valuable. Some of the dolls from the Twilight series can have good value. This doll is Alice. She was $5 and although she appeared new she had become detached from the box. She sold for $49.99.

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Sometimes an older doll that ordinarily would have no value can have some value if you find it new in the box. This Stella Winx fairy doll was at the thrift store for $5 and sold for $49.99

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I was excited to find this lot of Madeline dolls in the carrying case at a rummage sale for $4. These 8″ plastic dolls are made by Eden and sell best in lots or if you can find them new in the package. This took a while to sell but finally sold on a best offer for $53.

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Many American Girl dolls are not as valuable as they used to be but are still worth picking up if you can get them for a good price. I bought this Felicity doll for $25 and she sold for $79.99.

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I paid up for this vintage Sasha doll at $40 and sold her for $140. Sasha dolls are from Germany and have very strange, I mean distinctive faces. They come as boys, girls and babies and have a range of values.

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Those are my top 10 doll finds that were resold on Ebay, for 2017!

Small Estate Sale Haul

So I was sick and going to the doctor and there was an estate sale just 15 minutes from the doctor’s office so… you know – hauling is the best medicine anyway.

When I walked in there were a bunch of miniature items on the table that the guy said were 2 for a dollar. I recognized this bunny as an Erzgebirge figure. He has some condition issues but for 50 cents I couldn’t pass him up.

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On the same table was this sweet little bear that I learned is made of Cryptomeria style wood. I recently sold a cat and mouse in the same style for $16.99 so I picked this guy up.

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I have sold a few vintage wedding items in the past and this cake topper was too funny to pass by.

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This pretty angel is an Anri/Reuge musical figure but her mechanism no longer works. If it did she would have a value of about $40. I’m hoping someone might want to purchase her for around $20.

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I spent $5 in all from that sale. I also recently went to the thrift store where I picked up a bag of earrings for $3 because the colors reminded me of Bakelite. There were three pair in the bag and one pair actually turned out to be Bakelite.

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So that’s my little holiday haul. Enjoy the holidays everyone!!!

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!

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!!