Handbags, Toys and Pillowcases!

I went to a few sales this weekend. On Friday I went to a charity sale since I had the day off. It was advertised as 30 families and there were boxes of stuff. Some was priced and some wasn’t. They had a Dooney bag marked $7 and another with a $20 price on it. I filled my box with items that weren’t priced and she let me have it all for $10. The best find there was a red coach bag. I also picked up a Tignanello orange bag. Maybe the fall colors will help them sell? I have mixed luck with Tignanaello bags but I am hoping the Coach will do well.

I also picked up a sealed Pokemon toy and a plush Koala bear.

The next day I went to a large community sale where all I found was this Little Einsteins magnetic set. P1420619

I went to a small church sale and wasn’t finding much so I looked at the linens section and found this Ralph Lauren pillowcase set still sealed in the package. It had and original price tag of $80 on it so I picked it up and it sold in a day for $49! I also picked up a Bagallini handbag.

After that I attended a few regular tag sales. I went to one where a lady had several vintage dolls including a Tiffany Taylor and two Chrissy doll. I don’t think those are worth a lot but she was asking between $20 and $30 for them. Then I saw a Sasha doll. She looked like she was in good condition. The woman was asking $50 which is not a terrible price for a Sasha doll, but it’s high for me. I left there and thought about it and went back and purchased it for $40. It sold that night for $139. Here comes the problem. As I was packing her I noticed that her face looked a little pushed in. I didn’t notice it when I bought it but I don’t think I damaged it in the brief time I owned her. I didn’t want the buyer to be disappointed so I took more pictures showing the pushed in part of the face, contacted him and asked if he would like to cancel the order. To my surprise he still wanted her! I sent her out but will be holding my breath until he receives her and everything is OK.

Those are some of the ups and downs of my week. Hope you all are enjoying the Fall where ever you are!

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Festival of Finds from Tag Sales

Last week I wrote about how hard it was for me to find items to resell at tag sales and this week most of my finds are from tag sales. I went to one church sale that was in a parking lot and was pretty bad but I found one item. It is this vintage game called Park and Shop by Milton Bradley from 1960. Years ago I purchased this game but it was in bad shape with many missing pieces but I learned about it. What I learned was that, in good condition, this game can do well. This one seems to be complete, down to the booklet that shows the Milton Bradley games available to the customer in 1960!

After that sale I hit a bunch of yard sales where I found some items. This New York City water globe features the Twin Towers as well as other iconic NYC buildings. When you wind it up it plays “New York, New York” and the subway train goes around. I believe this was made before 9/11.

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I picked up this toy replica wrestling belt. I heard that they can sell well and this one is still in the package.

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At this same sale I saw a pair of Tory Burch shoes marked $1. I didn’t know if they were real but for $1 I took a chance and they appear to be authentic. I don’t buy shoes too often unless I recognize the name and they usually take a while to sell for me.

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By coincidence I found another Tory Burch item at another sale. I have never purchased anything Tory Burch before and this weekend I bought two! This is a bag and I am still researching to try to figure out if it is authentic.

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The last item that I found at tag sales this weekend is this Cookie Carousel cookie jar. It was on a free table but you had to buy another item to get something off of the free table. The lady was surprised that I only wanted an item from the free table but she sold it to me for $3. I think it is from the 1950s and it is very sweet!

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I had a good pick up at the thrift store this week which was this Dansk pepper mill. I have sold several different styles of these. It has a cool mid century modern design.

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Sales have been pretty consistent lately. Here are some sales of recently posted items:

Lot of 10 Christmas plush figures: $49.99.

Longaberger game basket: $34.99

Tiffany cat box: $29.99

Clown bear: $19.99

Little Einstein figures: $19.99

Alice from Twilight Barbie doll: $59.99 (with free shipping)

Jane from Twilight Barbie doll: $32.99 (with free shipping)

Tatty worn out bear: $19.99

Plush Aristocats cats: $18.99

Hoping for some good sales to go to next week! Have a good week everyone!!

Vintage Toys, Barbies and Pennants!

This weekend I attended a large flea market/tag sale event. This is the one where there are a lot of dealers but there are also people just selling stuff from their home at tag sale prices.

The first item I bought was this glass seal signed Villeroy and Boch. I have bought ceramic items by them and didn’t know that they made glass too. He was $3 and I am hoping to sell him for $20.

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I bought 2 Barbie dolls from the Twilight Saga movies. I was a big fan of the books years ago so I recognized these right away. They actually came from two separate sellers and were each $5.

 

Speaking of finding things in pairs, I also purchased 2 Lightning McQueen Cars items. One is this rolling child’s suitcase. The other is a Halloween costume that is being washed so I haven’t photographed it yet. The suitcase seems to be selling for about $40 with free shipping. It’s pretty big so I imagine that shipping costs are going to take out a big percentage of the $40!

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My favorite finds of the day were two Liddle Kiddle items. One is this Liddle Kiddle Kologne Rosebud doll with her bottle. I used to love these! I still do!!

 

The other was a Liddle Kiddles Jewelry Treasure Box. It had a few Finger Ding dolls inside. It would have been better if it had the original Liddle Kiddles inside. I love the colorful graphics.

 

The most surprising find of the day was a group of vintage pennants. The surprising part was that the lady only wanted 25 cents for each one. I purchased about 5 but here are the best ones.

 

The worst part of the day was when I decided to go back to the car to unload and then continue shopping, and then couldn’t find the car. I had set a landmark for myself of 3 red and white stripped tents. I found the tents but couldn’t find my car. I walked around for about 30 minutes and couldn’t find it. I finally walked in a different direction to see if there was another set of three tents with red and white stripes and guess what? There was. Finally found my car. It was pretty funny though because as I was walking around I met a couple that couldn’t find their car either. I was starting to think that they were towing cars or something but maybe they were making the same mistake I had. The bad thing was that by the time I found the car and dumped off my stuff I was pretty done. I did go back for a little bit but I had really had it by then.

It was fun before the car incident. A small haul but a good day.

Mid Century Mod, Vintage Toys and Bobbleheads!

The first community sale I went to wasn’t packed like I like (with stuff, not people) but there were still some good finds. I spent $14 here. I saw this little ceramic dog and was going to walk by but I picked him up and saw that he was marked Lladro on the bottom. This is a collectible brand of ceramics from Spain. Usually any Lladro I find is priced at 20 or more but this guy was $2 so he was mine. He sold for $35 within hours of listing him.

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A bag of toy furniture turned out to be from the Calico Critters series. I broke them up into two lots to sell. One is a birthday party set and one is a nursery. I’m hoping for about $14 for each set.

This pretty lady is a vintage paper mache pin cushion from Mexico. I haven’t found any sold listings for similar ones but the asking prices I see are fairly high so I put her up for $60 and will see what happens.

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This set was sitting there with a $1 sticker on it. I follow some Youtubers who sell beauty products from tag sales and do well so I took a chance. There are seven different products here. Individually and new these seem to sell for about $30 each but these are used and I’m selling them all together. This will be an experiment for me. It is also an anti-aging system so if it doesn’t sell – maybe I’ll look 10 years younger!!

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I picked up some interesting pieces of jewelry at this sale. There was a pair of triangle earrings and a large brooch that kind of looks like coral from the ocean. It can also be worn as a pendant on a necklace.

Some other sales I went to included a sale at a Synagogue and a few tag sales. I picked up a variety of items including a sealed in the package Sony Walkman, a Fossil wallet, a baseball glove and a vintage metal picture frame.

In the toy area I found some vintage Littlest Pet Shop sets. These were the first LPS that Kenner made before all the animals had giant heads.

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This mid century modern teak bird is by a Danish artist. Unfortunately he has a bad chip on his beak but I was excited to find him and couldn’t leave him behind for $1.

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The last items I will share came from bags hanging on the wall at the thrift store. Each was written on “16th anniversary 1964” so I believe these are about 50 years old. They are called bobble heads or nodder figures. I think the mermaid is so cute.

Many different items to be found this weekend!

Mid Century, American Girl and Toys

Sales were good this weekend although I did pay up a bit. Hopefully it will be worth it. I found some cool mid century items such as this wooden cat by Laurids Lonborg who I believe is a Danish artist.

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I love this wooden Swedish girl dressed in colorful traditional clothes. She is a double candle holder. Next to it I found this heart shaped plate of JFK with Jackie. This plate isn’t valuable but it was only 50 cents.

Another vintage item I picked up was this wooden piece. At first I thought it was an old bowling pin but now I believe it is a potato masher. It’s quite heavy and could probably also be used as a weapon if you were mashing potatoes and an intruder came into your house.

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At two of the sales I went to I was able to purchase some American Girl doll items. I picked up a vintage Bitty Baby marked Pleasant Company and several American Girl pets plus accessories for them.

I bought two pretty wicker chairs from a set made for the doll Samantha.

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There were also some clothes and other American Girl accessories as well.

Some other toys that I picked up this weekend include a Calico Critters house with some furniture and accessories and a My Twinn doll that has some issues.

I was excited at first about the My Twinn doll but after I got her home I realized she has some issues including no eyebrows, very short bangs which may have been cut and some short eyelashes that look like they were cut. I don’t know how much this will affect her value. I need to make some good money because theses items, plus some others cost me about $100. Yikes.

That’s about it for this weekend. Looking forward to getting this all listed!

Trying New Categories

Today I went to a fund raiser for a school. I went to this sale last year and strangely enough it seemed to me that some of the items were the same as last year. I wasn’t finding much but then I found a Candyland Castle game in the game area. The last Candyland Castle game that I found several months ago was complete except for one missing blue X. Guess what? This game is complete except for one missing blue X. Isn’t that a coincidence or synchronicity or something? So I’m doing the same thing that I did last time which is to purchase a replacement piece on Ebay so I can complete the game and sell it. The only other item I found in the toy area was this Fisher Price Happy Apple chiming toy which I have sold before and can bring around $20.

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I wasn’t finding much else so I starting looking in areas that I don’t usually look in like the hat, tie and scarf area. There were a few very pretty hat boxes but I left them. I found this interesting scarf with an illustration of a jockey on it. If my research is accurate it may be from The 21 Club which is a restaurant which has been around since the 1920’s and they used to give out scarves to some customers. It has some stains and a small hole but it still may have a good value.

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In the luggage area I picked up this Ralph Lauren duffle bag. It is used but still in good condition.

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This marble elephant reminded me of the mid century modern F. Mannelli travertine elephant that I picked up at a sale last year. The picture of that piece is in the November 2 2014 post. It certainly has a similar shape but I haven’t seen any other Mannelli pieces in marble so it may just be in his style. I paid $8 for it which was a lot but I am hoping it will sell well.

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I think he is meant to hold letters in those slits. He also has two holes on top where pens could go. He’s in good condition too.

Today is Friday and I didn’t have a lot of time for tag sales. I went to three local sales and they were they kind of sales that make me never want to go to a tag sale again. It’s a long story. I think that it’s not that all tag sales are bad of course but that the majority of the sales in my area are not great. That’s why I end up driving so much. Anyway- I will be traveling for a few days so that is all the shopping I can do for now. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!!

A Slow Start

Saturday I went to several tag sales and one church sale. The tag sales were not very good. There were not many items and the prices were mostly $5 and up. I went to one sale that was advertised as 20+ families in a church parking lot and even there I couldn’t find one item. The last sale was a church sale. There were tons of people waiting for it to open at 10:00 and it was pretty good. First of all, the prices were 25 cents, 50 cents and 1 dollar for the most part. It was pretty big and I didn’t know where to look first. Plus there were so many people. I saw 4 boxes of stuffed animals where no one else was so I plopped myself down and starting looking through those. I found a group of Beatrix Potter stuffed animals, a Disney Nightmare Before Christmas stuffed toy and this funky rag doll.

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At the sale I also found a bag of Calico Critter figures and a sweet little blue enamel creamer with a mark on the bottom that I can’t identify. All this stuff came to only $13. Did I mention that when I went to the 200+ family yard sale a few weeks ago I spent $68 and probably won’t even make half of that back? 

 

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Then, just when I stop believed in the good old fashioned house sale, I went to one that was right near my house, late in the day, and found this Dala horse in a basket of Christmas ornaments. 

 

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So – it turned out to be a good day for finds! I hope you all had some fun and good luck too!!