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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Grimy Estate Sale and a Trip to the Bins

I went to an estate sale that mentioned in the ad they didn’t have time to clean or organize and they weren’t kidding! They had stuff laid out on tables, on top of dressers and beds and lots still in cabinets. All complete with original dust. I saw some vintage items in the photos so I went even though I couldn’t get there until 2 hours after it opened. I think I found some interesting items and paid $20 for all.

I found the bottom half of a Holt Howard Pixieware Russian Dressing jar. There is supposed to be an adorable face stopper at the top but that is missing. Complete, these can go for between $50 and $70. I am hoping someone might need a replacement bottom.

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The next item is a tin box with 6 smaller tin boxes inside. It is called a metal home budget bank and I believe it is from the 30s or 40s. I think what you would do would be to divide your money into each of the smaller boxes for groceries, electric bill, entertainment, etc. It really evokes images of a simpler time. I love the turquoise and yellow colors. These seem to be pretty common and may only sell for about $15 but I couldn’t leave it behind.

Inside one cabinet of knick knacks I found some vintage figures. The first is a pair of snowmen dressed like candy and holding a peppermint. They have loops on their hats so I assume they are ornaments. There were two satin ball chicks marked Japan and one ceramic chick. The satin chicks have some condition issues. I’m hoping someone might like them for an Easter display.

There were a few boxes filled with small toys. Out of those I pulled a small Godzilla figure from 1985 and an empty Game Boy Pocket box. There was no Game Boy in it but sometimes collectors will purchase empty boxes.

The last item I will mention from that sale is this cute wooden mid century modern cat pencil holder. When you put a pencil in the hole it the back, it angles out to look like a tail. Unfortunately the cat is missing one of his puffy checks.

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After this estate sale I realized that I might be close to the location of the goodwill bin store in Connecticut. When I punched the address into the GPS it turned out to be only 10 minutes away! So that was my next stop. I found four plush items there and paid a total of $6 since it is pay by the pound.

The first thing I picked up was this Hush Puppy puppet from Shari Lewis. She is more famous for the puppet Lamb Chop.

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I picked up this cute avocado plush toy. There is a Japanese word, Kawaii, for things that are cute. This style of putting cute faces on all sorts of things is becoming very popular.

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I picked up this sweet rabbit because the tag said “Swedish Design”. The brand is Bukowski.

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The last thing I picked up was this white whale shaped pillow. It still needs a bit of cleaning but it might appeal to someone who is decorating in a nautical style.

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So that was my Thursday shopping haul. So far the winter has been very mild here, which has been good for getting around and scavenging!!

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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Vintage Christmas Finds

Last weekend I attended what was called a Christmas Bazaar with a Christmas tag sale. There was a large area that was full of vintage Christmas items at low prices. Most of the ornaments were 25 cents! I picked up this wooden rooster which had a string wrapped around it but I realized that it was not really an ornament. It was a Nils Olsson figure in the style of the Dala horses from Sweden.  I also picked up this box of 4 satin ornaments with velvet trim. Unfortunately some of the beads are missing on some of the ornaments.

These two toys are marked “made in Hong Kong.” They are chimneys and Santa pops up out of them. I picked up a ceramic tree marked “made in Brazil.” It has small holes all over it and a stopper so I think you are supposed to put potpourri or something fragrant inside.

The best piece I picked up was this plastic church. It plays “Silent Night” and is from the 1950’s. It is meant to light up with a bulb inserted inside. There are colorful stained glass windows that would look pretty when lit. I paid $16.50 for all my finds at this sale.

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I had one thrift store find this week which was also a vintage Christmas item. It was this cute wreath with a praying angel in the middle. It doesn’t have a sticker but it looks like a made in Japan item to me.

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It was really fun to look through all the vintage items at this sale. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!!

Pop Culture, Perfume and Christmas

As garage sale season winds down there are still a few sales and holiday bazaars out there. I went to a few last weekend and found some interesting items. At the first sale I was able to find a collection of Littlest Pet Shop and some Sylvanian Families items. I paid $10 for all of it. There were 45 pets and 9 vintage Sylvanian figures with furniture and accessories for their dollhouse.

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At another sale I found some pop culture items. The first is a pair of plush dolls. They are from a video game called Little Big Planet. I’m hoping to get $20 for the pair. They were $1 each. At the same sale, also for $1 was this set of figures from a show called Gravity Falls. I am also hoping for $20 on these.

I also picked up two Christmas items. First is a vintage Hallmark Baby’s First Christmas ornament. It shows a 3D scene of a baby in a crib with a little stocking on the edge of the crib. The scene is inside a sweet little rattle. I actually had purchased one of these ornaments in 1982 for a friend who was having a baby. This was when Hallmark just started coming out with their amazing ornaments. I’ve been hooked since then.

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The second Christmas item is a Waechterbach butter dish in the Christmas tree pattern. This one has a little chip inside but I am still hoping to get about $30 for it. It was $2. Depending on the item, pieces in this pattern can go for good money.

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I also picked up some Cinnabar perfume for $1 and a Mets baseball souvenir  “Peppy the Owl” (from Wise potato chips) bobblehead. He was $5 and I can’t find any sold listings on him so I have him up for auction.

That’s what I found as this tag sale season winds down. I hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for the holidays!!

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!!

Vintage Christmas, Legos, Marvel, Jewelry and More!

The sales are in full swing! I attended two church sales this weekend and purchased a wide variety of items. At one sale they had fill a bag for $15 and most of what I put in my bag was vintage Christmas. First was an unusual (ugly?) Santa Claus with a big seashell body. Maybe someone who lives at the beach would find him a charming holiday decoration. I picked up a group of 5 felt knee hugger elves. They are all the same. I bought a wooden bear shaped advent calendar. There are 24 little numbered sacks and I guess you put little treats in them. The package is written in a foreign language – perhaps German. I also picked up this ceramic deer with jingle bells around his neck which has already sold for $19.

 

One sale had a jewelry room where the line was out the door and I didn’t want to spend the time waiting. The other sale was much quieter and I was able to buy two pieces of jewelry there for $3 each. One is a pin of a moose family. It has a mid century modern look and was marked Sweden. The second piece is a multi-colored bear on a sterling chain. It has a Native American look but I don’t know if the stones are real turquoise, malachite, etc or just faux.

 

At this same sale I found a box of Legos marked $3. When I lifted the lid I saw that there were some pieces that looked Native American like a teepee and a totem pole. There also turned out to be some items from a Space Shuttle set. I don’t find Legos often anymore.

 

Other toys I bought included this miniature version of a real vacuum cleaner that actually works, a hippie Dam brand troll, a Star Wars monster figure and a Marx Spiderman from1967. The Spiderman was actually from a tag sale I stopped at which was mostly big, expensive furniture. They had a box filled with baby toys for 50 cents each and the Spiderman was in there.

 

I also picked up some other vintage items including a black Dansk loaf pan and this Felix the Cat head from Germany. I don’t know what the head was part of but I put it up for $29 and it sold within one day to someone in Australia.

 

Another fun item which also happens to be black and white was this Kit Kat style clock. This one isn’t as old as some others but it is unique so I’m hoping to be able to sell it. If you look up Kit Kat clocks you will see a big variety of colors mostly selling for high amounts. The more valuable ones are the older ones with the cords. As the clock ticks the eyes and tail move back and forth.

 

Those are the highlights from this week! Hope everyone is going to sales and finding wonderful items!!