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!!

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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!!

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!!

Vintage Christmas, Barbie and Tiny Treasures

There were only a few good tag sales this weekend. I attended about 6 tag sales in all. I purchased items only at two. At the first sale I saw a box of vintage glass Christmas ornaments. I pulled out a small box of miniature ornaments and when I asked how much the lady said that I could have the whole box for $20. I took it but I wish I had bargained for a better price. Sometimes I freeze when I should be haggling. I split the ornaments into three lots. One lot included all the miniature ornaments. This lot sold already for $29. Most of the ornaments look like small lanterns. I like the small ball ornaments.

The other two lots are a group of 13 and a group of 11. They are regular sized ornaments. Some of them are very unique and beautiful. Some of these were marked Shiny Brite, West Germany or Poland. The lot of 13 includes many indent ornaments. I will have to do some careful packing for these!

The other thing I bought at this sale was a bag of old Barbie clothes. There were several bags there but I had to make a fast decision and only ended up choosing one. The items I lotted together wouldn’t sell for much individually (most for about $5). I love looking through bags like this. I especially like the pink bathroom scale and the hot water bottle.

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I also picked up a plush Mordecai from Cartoon Network’s “The Regular Show” which my son used to watch. That’s how I recognized him. I’m trying to get $18 for him. I also picked up a Kliban Cat Christmas mug.

The last thing from this sale is this vintage Snoopy coin bank. This looks like an early version of Snoopy. The stopper is marked Made in Taiwan. I’m hoping to get $19 for him.

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That sale was on Friday. On Saturday I went to four tag sales all together. Only one was good. The other three had overpriced junk. It’s one thing to have cheap junk. That’s fair – or good stuff that’s overpriced. Neither situation is good but at least they make sense. When you have bad items for high prices – it gets depressing! For example, one lady had generic handbags for $5 – $10 and baskets for $5. End of rant.

The sale that was fun had some neat vintage items for low prices. There was not a lot of great stuff for resale but I love to buy those small old charming things. I picked up a pencil box from 1960 that shows countries and their capitals, a nursery block with an image of the old lady who lived in a shoe, a renwal dollhouse red plastic table, a wooden man and, my favorite item which is a French candy shop jewelry box that looks like a house. I think it is from the 1960’s. The sticker on it says it was designed by Earl Bernard, made in Japan.

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Here is a close up of the house box.

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Those were the highlights for the weekend. I hope things will pick up after Easter. Hope you all are enjoying the holidays!

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!

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!!

Bitossi, Tiffany, American Girl and Barbie!

Variety was the spice of life – or tag sales – this weekend. I bought many different types of items in different categories. Toys are always my go to but when there are no toys to buy I try to branch out. Here are some of the unusual for me items that I bought this weekend.

I picked up this pretty tapestry. I have a friend who sells them so I thought of her when I saw it. Unfortunately it does have a circular stain at the top. It was $5 which is a lot for me for something I don’t know much about but it’s Paris! I have it up for $39.

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I also bought this horse racing picture because it was only $1 and I hear that vintage photos can do well as well as horse themed items. So – here you go. It is from a once famous race track called Latonia in Kentucky. I put it up for auction at $9.99 because I have no idea.

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This ceramic horse looks like a Bitossi figure to me but it is not marked. I recognize Bitossi horses by their big bottoms and this one has that attribute. I saw similar ones on Ebay and they are listed as Bitossi so I did the same with mine.

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At the same sale where I bought this horse I purchased two of these brown cat trinket boxes. I was excited when I turned them over and saw that they were marked Tiffany & Co. 1977.

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I also picked up this set of vintage coloring books. I love the vintage illustrations and since they are from 1965 I could have used a set just like this one! These don’t sell for much but I couldn’t pass it up because it is so nostalgic for me.

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So all the above items were pretty much out of my comfort zone but we’ll see how they do. Back in my comfort zone I was happy to see this set of vintage cardboard Barbie chairs and table from 1962. I think it’s surprising that this cardboard furniture survived all these years but there is quite a bit of it available online.

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I also found some American Girl doll items including Molly’s purse, a bathroom vanity, some accessories for Julie and a group of pet items.

It was a great weekend but I spent a lot of money so I’d better get listing!!