Vintage Christmas, Puppets and Barbies

Estate sales are the only sourcing opportunity for me lately. Last week there was only one near me but I think it was a good one. It opened at ten and when I drove by at 10:15 there was no parking and a line out the door. I decided to go to the thrift stores and come back later. I was hoping there would still be things to find. The funny thing about this sale was that it was like a mirror of my life. This family liked everything that I do including puppets, dolls and dollhouses. It looks like the husband also did a little magic and that is the same for my husband. I paid $33 for the items I’m sharing below.

One room was toy/puppet/doll central. There was a bin of old puppets. From there I bought a vintage Eeyore puppet which was an early Gund Swedlin toy. I found the same Steiff black poodle that I found in November at a different sale. That one sold recently for $19.99. I would have gotten more if it had its Steiff ear button. I also picked up a Gizmo puppet which needs a sewing repair. Which means it probably not get listed until the spring. The last puppet was a Santa Claus with a wooden head from East Germany.

I noticed a box on the very top of a bookshelf and when I pulled it town I found three vintage Barbies inside. There were two Francie dolls and one PJ doll. One of the Francie dolls was wearing a vintage Barbie dress which I decided to sell with her.

I also bought a stuffed animal from that room which is Sandy from Little Orphan Annie. I didn’t know what it was at first. I thought its was a toy that just lost the color in the eyes but then I realized who it was. His fur was quite dirty and took a while to clean.

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The find of the day was this Bradford Celestial Star spinning light Christmas tree topper. In good condition these can sell for a few hundred dollars. I found this in the basement with some other old Christmas stuff. I believe it is from the 1950s.

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So the dirt, grime and musty smells were worth it! Still – it does make me miss the tag sales of spring!

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Best Doll Sales of 2018

I have always loved dolls and really enjoy selling them. This way I can enjoy them for a little while and then pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. I also get to learn about all kinds of dolls. What follows are 10 of the best doll sales for this year.

The first one is a Madame Alexander 8″ nurse doll. I remember seeing Madame Alexander dolls in the Sears wishbook catalog at christmas time. I never had one but enjoy finding them now. Many are not worth much but some have good value. This doll sold for $39.99. She was found in a box of dolls that were $2 each at a fundraiser for animals.

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This next doll was really a puppet. I picked her up at the thrift store for $6. She is an oversized police woman, measuring 30″ tall. She was very detailed and well made. She sold for $39.99.

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This doll came from a church sale. I believe she was $3. She’s a Dy-dee doll by Effanbee. She had a rubber body and had some condition issues but sold for $40 on a best offer.

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At the same sale as I found the Madame Alexander doll, in the same box, were these two Levi’s dolls. I picked them up because I know people sell vintage Levi’s so I thought – well, maybe dolls made of Levi’s would be good too. I believe they were from the 70s and they look it. I sold the pair for $49.99.

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This Dawn doll was one of my favorite doll purchases of 2018. I had Dawn dolls growing up instead of Barbies and I loved them. I do have a small collection now and was very tempted to keep this beautiful doll new in her box but I let her go. She sold for $49.99.

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This doll was a Betsy McCall Jane by Robert Tonner. I thought she was porcelain but it turned out she was vinyl. She came from the thrift store for about $7.00. I picked her up because she looked unusual and she was signed. I was able to sell her for $69.99.

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I have sold several My Twinn dolls but this was the best one I found all year. She was only $3 at a church tag sale and came in her original box with extra clothing. She sold for $85.

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I’m including two lots of doll clothes this year. This first group was in a bag hanging at the thrift store for about $4. I saw a tag that said Tammy on one of the items and that was enough for me to buy it. It turned out to have a rare dress which is the one with the big eyes. Because of that dress I was able to sell the lot for $99.99.

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The other lot I sold was a group of Barbie clothes that I found in a Skipper case at a church sale. I paid $8 for the case and was able to sell this lot for $59.99. I love finding a bunch of clothes with snaps and figuring out what dolls the clothes are for and how old they are.

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The last doll I’m sharing sold for $99.99. She is a Sasha doll and I may have undersold her. She sold quickly and after she sold someone messaged me and said that the doll was very old and worth about $500. I don’t really know for sure but maybe someone got a great deal that day.

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It was a very fun year for finding and selling dolls. Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!!

Estate Sale Time!

It looks like the tag sale season is over here in the northeast. Waaaaaahhh!! Alright – enough crying. Time to go to some estate sales! I found two estate sales to go to this weekend. The first one I attended was on it’s second day so prices were reduced. Most of the items in the photos were still there so I think that there original prices were too high. I picked up this cool vintage motorcycle helmet for $5. I love the sparkly blue color. It has some condition issues but I’m hoping someone might be interested in it as a decor piece.

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This sale also had an area of vintage dolls. I purchased this set of Pocketbook dolls for $7. These dolls are not very valuable and these have some dirt on them that I couldn’t clean off but I have never sold these before and I really wanted to learn about them. I also picked up this Midge doll from 1962. She comes in a vintage Barbie dress called Garden Party. She was $5.

I purchased a Penny Brite doll. These dolls are fairly common but since she came with her original case, I thought she could have some value. She is from the 1960s. Another doll I bought there is this Puffalump Kids Christmas doll by Fisher Price. She was only $1. I have had good luck selling the Puffalump animals before but never saw one like this. I think it may bring $10. That’s not as good as some of the animals.

I also picked up this Wizzzer top from 1969. Me and my brother played with these tops when we were young! The rubber tip of the top is cracked and dry but I’m hoping that since this has the box, instructions, and accessories, it will still sell. I also found a vintage Christmas piece which is this knee hugger elf on a wicker sled.

Finally, I found this empty Bosco bottle from the 1980s in the basement of one of the houses. I looked up comps and saw that one had sold for $40, so for $1 I picked it up. I was a Bosco lover as a child.

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Those are the highlights of my estate sales adventures. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!!

Here is a picture of one of my “helpers” checking out my finds.

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Poker Games, Cuckoo Clocks, Dolls and Toys

Last weekend I found several unique items. The first game caught my eye because it reminded me of a wheel you would see at a carnival except this one had images of playing cards on it. Luckily it had the directions attached to it which included the name – Poker Spinnerette. It’s some kind of Poker game where you spin the wheels to come up with your hand. I think it is very graphically pretty with the card pictures and the green color. I saw one that was auctioned on some website and sold for $90 so that’s what I have mine up for.

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The next unusual item is a Do It Yourself Cuckoo clock kit from Germany because every child longs to make their own Cuckoo clock, or maybe they used to. It appears to be very well made and hopefully is complete.

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I bought a few interesting dolls. I like this Mary Poppins doll which features the costume design of Bob Crowley. This doll is from the broadway show of Mary Poppins. She sold quickly for $24.99. She even comes with her parrot umbrella. The second doll I bought is a reproduction Effanbee Patsy doll. She is from the Danbury Mint collection. I’m hoping to get between $30 and $50 for her. I love her outfit and her metal heart bracelet.

 

Some ceramic items I picked up include this bird figure by Bing and Grondahl and this sailor bank. Some listings say he is from the Seaman’s savings bank but mine is not marked in any way.

 

Fishing through a plush pile I saw a paw sticking out and I knew right away that it was a Steiff hand puppet. I had the cat when I was young in the 60s. Right with it was this black poodle who I believe is also Steiff although he doesn’t have his tag or ear button.

 

Some other plush I bought was this Folkmanis Jackrabbit puppet and this big fish. I didn’t know who the fish was but his tag said Nickelodeon so I figured he must be from some show. Since he was only $2 I took a chance on him. It turned out he is from the show Bubble Guppies and sold quickly for $19.

 

I also had a fun find from the thrift store last week which was this vintage Barbie doll for $4. I believe she is a titan bubble cut Barbie from the early 1960’s. One arm is damaged and she is missing one finger but her outfit is an authentic vintage Barbie dress. I’m not sure what she is worth but I have her up for $49 right now.

Those are the highlights from my recent sourcing adventures. I didn’t find too much this past weekend so maybe I can combine it with some finds from the upcoming week.

Vintage Toys, China and More!

Recently I have visited a few tag sales and a rummage sale at a synagogue. I picked up some vintage dolls including two Barbies from the 70’s. I believe these are Malibu Barbie and Malibu Francie. They are not very valuable but I am hoping to get $20 for the pair. At the same sale I also picked up a Mego Action Jackson. They recently came out with a 2018 repro of this doll but I believe that this is a vintage version. I am also hoping for $20 on him.

At the same sale I picked up two Sasha doll catalogs. There is a big market for the Sasha dolls so I’m hoping that someone will be interested in this pair for $10? At another tag sale I picked up a pair of Orchids of Hawaii Tiki mugs. I haven’t made big money but so far every Tiki mug I have picked up has sold for at least a $15 profit.

At the synagogue sale I picked up some plush toys including Tutter the mouse from the show Bear in the Big Blue House which my kids used to watch. He has sold already for $14. I also found 3 Pokemon plush which I am trying to sell together for $24.

Two other toys I found there are this vintage Cooky Cucumber – friend of Mr. Potato Head set, and a new package of Codename Kids Next Door figures. I believe the Mr. Potato head set is from the 1960s because it is similar to what me and my brother had when we were young.

I also found some pretty china at the sale including this trinket box by Royal Worcester. It has an interesting scalloped texture and painted flowers. I found a very similar one listed as “Victorian.” That one sold for $23. I paid $1 for this one.

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The tea cups were $3 each and I picked up this green Aynsley set because of the pretty green color and the corseted shape. I also picked up this MA Hadley mug for $1 even though I already have a set of 4 MA Hadley mugs in my store that haven’t sold yet.

Those are my finds for last week! Hope it’s going well for the teachers and kids who are going back to school!!

Curio Cabinets, Figurines, Barbie Clothes and Driving Far

I drove very far to a church sale last Friday night and I don’t know if it was worth it but it was fun. They have a downstairs area for toys and the first item I saw was this metal Wolverine toy kitchen hutch. It is about 16″ tall and even has a little clock in the middle with hands that move. I love old toys like this and it was only $2. I’m hoping to get between $20 and $30 for it.

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I picked up a Jurassic Park/Jurassic World Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur. This isn’t one of the rare ones but I will try for $20 on him since Christmas is coming.

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I went upstairs where everything else was and picked up a few items. This elegant looking tape dispenser was only $2. It has gold ladybugs on each side and came with a refill in a vintage box! I like this pretty vintage Christmas pillowcase with toys all over it. I don’t know if this is a popular thing. I don’t usually change my sheets when I decorate for the holidays. The white figurine was only $1 and I had to pick her up because she was marked Royal Doulton on the bottom. I am hoping to get $20 for her. Finally I picked up a glass and brass display case for $5. These are hard to ship but they usually sell well so I grabbed it.

The next day I attended another sale where I also found a few items. I found a vintage Catherineholm plate under a stack of plates for $1. Since it is yellow I’ll be keeping it because that is one of the colors of MCM items that I collect. I bought several items that were duds but I found a vintage Skipper doll case under a table and it had lots of vintage doll clothes in it. It was $8 but I think it will work out. Last week when I was on vacation with my family I researched the clothes and was able to figure which dolls the clothes belonged to. There were clothes for Barbie, Skipper, Tutti, Tammy, Ken and some dolls that I never heard of before which are Heidi, Hildy, Cricket and Tressy. There wasn’t a huge amount of clothes for each doll but this child must have had a lot of dolls! Below are pictures of some of the lots of items I’ll be selling. The instruments are for the doll, Tressy. I believe that most of the items are from the 60’s, like me.

That’s all I have to share for now. It’s back to school time and also time for the Fall rummage sales!!

Estate Sale Finds including Barbies and Jewelry!

I found an estate sale that was about 45 minutes away from me. I live in the country so I often have to drive a bit to get to a good rummage or estate sale. The reason I choose this sale is because when I looked at the photos they had in the listing I saw two things. I saw some Christmas caroler Byer’s figures and I saw Barbie doll items. I arrived about 2 hours after the sale had opened and the caroler figures were gone but the Barbie items were still there. They had a small box of dolls labeled at $8 each. I picked up this Twist n Turn 1966 Barbie because she had rooted eyelashes. I have her up for $24. There was a Malibu Barbie that I also should have picked up but didn’t realize it. I was unsure what would still have enough profit in it at $8.

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There were some Barbie cases marked fairly high. I’ve never had luck selling cases. They had small bags of clothing marked at $5 each. Many were not labeled so I was unsure what to choose. Some of the clothes looked homemade and I didn’t want those. I found a bag with clothes inside that were labeled Francie 1966 so I picked up those. I bought three bags in all and also got a Ken felt jacket and a pair of pink boots which have already sold for $19. The Francie set is from the Wild Bunch outfit and will hopefully bring about $50. There was also a wedding dress and a hot pink jumpsuit.

There were quite a few other dolls at this sale. Many were just generic porcelain dolls. I found this pair of Furga dolls from Italy that came in plastic fruit containers. They have some condition issues. They were $5 each and I’m hoping for $20 on each one.

This sale was not at all cheap but I felt like if I choose the right items, I could still make a profit. I also picked up some jewelry. This turquoise and silver ring looks like it has a native american design due to the feather on the side but it is unsigned. It was $10.

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I also picked up this silver and marcasite pin for $4 as well as this Wedgwood pendant necklace for $12.

The last item I bought at this sale was a Coach bag that I found in a closet. It was marked $10 but it had a bucket shape that I have never seen before. It is in rough shape but I hope someone that knows how to fix up leather bags will buy it.

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I spent a lot of money at this sale so I hope it will be worth it! Hope you are all finding fun ways to get through the winter!!