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!

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Best Doll Finds of 2016

I was fortunate to find a variety of vintage dolls this year. One of them was the highest priced item I sold all year and the second highest I ever sold. Here are 10 of them, counting down from the least to most valuable.

Number 10 is a small group of dolls that I thought were Liddle Kiddles but turned out to be called Sweet Treats. I don’t know if they are a type of Liddle Kiddles but I thought they were very cute and similar to dolls I had as a child. I believe I sold them for $29.99.

Number 9 was a doll I found at a church sale. She was $8 but I took a chance because she looked so pretty and her outfit appeared original. After researching her I sold her as a Sweet Sue type doll for $49 or $39. I don’t remember exactly. She was also a walker doll who turned her head when her legs walked.

Doll number 8 was kind of a mystery doll. She was on a shelf at the thrift store for $4. She has a really pretty face and a lovely outfit. I couldn’t find any information about her since she was unmarked. I put her up as a vintage dressed Asian doll for $49 and she sold in 24 hours.

The next doll is Mrs. Frizzle from the PBS show The Magic School Bus. She was new in her box and is hard to find so she sold for $49.99.

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Number 6 is a Chatty Cathy doll from 1960. She doesn’t talk any more but came with her original coat and one shoe. She sold after a few months, for $49.

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I paid $18 for a collection of vintage Strawberry Shortcake mini dolls in a case. I believe one or two of them were relatively rare figures and they sold, after several months, for $65.

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When I saw this doll I had a hard time figuring out what she was. Her face and body looked antique but she had plastic arms. After researching I realized that her arms had been replaced and it was a porcelain Armand Marseille doll. She is the oldest doll I have ever found and I thought her face was beautiful. She sold for a best offer of $85.

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At the end of last January there was an estate sale. I don’t usually source too much in the winter because there are no church or tag sales in my area until spring. I was excited to go to this sale because it said they had dolls. I walked in to a room with about 50 dolls. It was overwhelming because I didn’t know about most of them but I recognized a Sasha doll and purchased her for $5. She sold a few weeks later for a best offer of $165.

My number 2 best doll pick up was a Barbie that I bought for $30. I was unsure about buying her because she was in fair condition and I didn’t really know much about Barbie dolls. I know that when they have solid eyelashes it usually means they’re pretty old. I learned a lot about Barbies by trying to figure out what kind of doll she was. I learned that she was a number 3 Barbie. I thought she was missing a lot of hair but she was a pony tail doll so her hair would have been swept up to cover her bald spot. After being sold and returned, she finally sold for good for $235.

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Here she is – the number one find of the year. I learned about Blythe dolls a few years ago and have been on the look out ever since. I found her in a $1 box at a flea market and I didn’t believe that she was the real thing at first. Blythe dolls have huge heads and eyes, small bodies and a pull string that makes their eyes change colors. After many questions and offers, she sold for $500. Woohoo!

That is the list for 2016. I hope you have found this entertaining and informative! Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2017!!

Best Finds for Ebay 2015 Part 1

It’s the end of the year so it’s time for a best finds of 2015 blog! It’s been a fun year of scavenging for items to flip on Ebay. I am going to do a separate post regarding dolls because there were many doll finds this year too so, here we go!

In the number 10 spot is this charming vintage pinecone and felt Santa band. This wasn’t a particularly high dollar sale but I thought these were awesome and I was happy to find a whole bunch with their instruments. I think they sold for about $29.99. I believe I paid $2 at a school fundraiser sale. I will have to check all prices later because I don’t have my notebooks with me as I write this.

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Number 9 is this wooden apple tea set. I think I paid $2 or $3 and sold it for $39.99. This was an item that I kept for a while before I sold it and after it sold I think I had about 5 different people who asked me if it was still available in the following weeks and months. It had a miniature tea set inside and even included a tiny table. It was purchased at the thrift store.

Number 8 is this stuffed Coach dog which was something I had never seen before. I really liked his snazzy jacket. I believe he sold for $49.99. He was purchased for about $5 at the thrift store.

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Number 7 was a local thrift store find for $4. It is a small carved wooden mid century modern salt cellar by a famous artist named Emil Milan. It sold for $79.99.

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Number 6 was a group of Strawberry Shortcake doll house furniture which sold for $85 even though there were defects in some of the pieces. This was purchased at a church sale.

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Number 5 were a group of Polly Pocket items. I found several bags of Polly Pocket compacts with figures at the thrift store. This hospital was the most valuable and rare of the group and sold for $89.99. It cost about $4.00.

I love to find Dansk items. I love their mid century modern shapes. This year I picked up this interesting bowl for $10 and sold it for $99. I never saw this shape before.

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Number 3 was another mid century modern item. This starburst clock was laying on the lawn at a garage sale. I paid $5 and sold it for $99. It was a bear to ship until I realized that the spokes were removable.

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In the number two spot for best find of the year is this Swatch Bunnysutra Watch in the case. I bought it for $5 at a sale where I couldn’t get near the jewelry table but when everyone else had gone, somehow this was still there. It sold for $165.00. ( I have to double check this price but it was something like this.) It features bunnies being nasty with each other and has some kind of game feature as well.

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My number one find of the year was this vintage Owl bag by designer Marin Van Schaak. This was bought at one of the best sales I went to all year. It was at a church where there were piles of stuff and most items were about $1. I priced this one at $200 because I saw a similar bag featuring turtles by the same designer sell for $150.

I am so grateful for all these good finds, for Ebay and all the people that shop there, for all the bloggers and Youtubers that share their knowledge and experiences and for all the readers of this blog. Have a wonderful New Years and a fantastic 2016!!

To come…top 10 doll finds of 2015!