First Sale Toys and other Goodies

The first rummage sale of 2018 for me was on Saturday. This is a children’s sale that has a $10 early bird. I bought quite a bit of stuff but much of it I will only be able to sell for about $10. However, I’m happy to be able to put some fresh items in my store.

I found two dolls that are Best Friends Club dolls. They are 18″ and are jointed. I have sold some of these before for about $20 so I’m hoping to get the same for these. Most of the dolls and toys were $2 each.

I found a few American Girl doll items including 2 outfits, Kit’s orange crate scooter and a dog sled, complete with the dog. They really have these American Girl dolls doing quite a variety of activities. I’d be happy to get $10 for each outfit and $15 for each of the other items.

This is advertised as a children’s sale so most of the items are children’s clothes, toys and books but there is an area of random household items. I bought three things there. I picked up this Wizard of Oz Hallmark ornament because it was only 50 cents. I didn’t have time to look anything up on my phone while I was there so I just took a chance and it turns out I may get $10 for this one.


I also picked up a pretty wooden advent calendar that looks like it was sold at Joanne Fabrics, and an Alice in Wonderland wall hook rack. I may start both of these at $50 because I don’t see others like them.

This sale usually has some boxes of free plush as well and that’s my favorite thing! I picked up four of them. One of them is called a Kimochi. They are Toys with Feelings. He looks like a kind of frog and he comes with two small toys. One says Happy and one says Sad. It looks to me that he teaches how to eat your feelings. I don’t think that’s healthy. I don’t think these toys caught on.

I also picked up a Buddy dog which is the friend of Boo who is “The Cutest Dog in the World” by Gund. I think Buddy is pretty cute too.


The last two items from the free pile were this artisan made frog who is “Toad of Toad Hall.” I don’t really know what that is. It looks like it is some kind of play and has something to do with “the Wind in the Willows.” There was also a Puppy Surprise with three puppies inside. The vintage versions of these sell well. This is a newer one but as with most of these items, I will be happy if I get $10 for it. I might try to get a little more for the artist crafted frog.

Those were the items I picked up at this first sale. I spent $44. Hopefully the sales will start picking up soon. At least this sale wasn’t snowed out as we are still experiencing lots of winter weather here in the northeast!


Villeroy & Boch, Scandinavian Tiles, Plush and Dolls!

This has been another week of visits to the thrift store. I find myself going more and more often. I think I may have some sort of thriftaholic problem but I keep finding good items so, the question is – are all addictions unhealthy? Anyway – that’s a question for another day. Let me tell you some of the items I found.

I always look in the doll area, mostly on the off chance that they have let an American Girl doll slip through but this time I found a My Twinn doll. These are the 23″ dolls from the 90’s that you could customize to look like yourself. They went out of business a while ago and there is a market for them. She was $7. I have found these before and they have sold after a while for between $30 and $40. This one was in very good condition and sold quickly for $50. She also came with her complete outfit – down to the shoes and socks.

While I was there I saw some Twelve Days of Christmas themed tiles. They were signed and were only $1 each. I tried to look them up on my phone but since my reception was bad at the time, I couldn’t and I left them there. After I got home I looked them up and saw that they were Scandanavian and could sell for between $9 and $15 each. I got so frustrated that I didn’t trust myself to buy them in the first place that I got back in the car and drove back to the thrift store. Happily they were still there and I picked up three of them. The one below has already sold for $12.95.


While I was there I noticed that they had put out some Villeroy and Boch pieces. I bought a serving platter, a bowl and a sugar and creamer set. The sugar bowl was missing the lid and I ordered a replacement off Ebay because I think I can sell it for a good price if the set is complete. The pieces below were $5 each. I am hoping to get $20 for the platter. I don’t know if the bowl will sell because it is missing the lid.

When I went back later in the week I found a really fun police woman puppet. She is huge at 30″ and I love and want to keep her. But I’m not going to. I hope at least she doesn’t sell until after community helper week at preschool where I can use her for the kids. Her uniform is amazingly detailed.


The best find of the week was this large Simba plush. I had read that the large Mufasa or older Simba can go for about $500. Apparently these Simba cub versions can go for about $200.


Those are my pick ups for this week. Happily there were no big storms to trap me inside this week!

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.


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.


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.


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!!


Best Doll Finds of 2017

There were lots of wonderful dolls to be found this year. This Liddle Kiddles doll in a perfume bottle was found at a tag sale/flea market for $2. I love finding Liddle Kiddles because I had them as a child. This one still had it’s sweet smell. It sold for 19.99.


This Happy Haley doll from the 1960’s was found at an estate sale for about $1. I picked her up because she has those mod oversized sad looking eyes and she sold for 29.99.


This funny looking Drowsy Baby doll is a repro of a 1964 doll. It is from 1984 and says phrases like “I’m so sleepy.” Often repro dolls do not have any value but in this case they do. This one sold for $29.99. I think I paid $3 at a rummage sale.


These dolls are designed in Japan and I believe are called Licca or Jenny dolls. The company is Takara Tomy. Their faces are in the style of the anime cartoons with big pretty eyes.  I have found a few of these at the thrift store. This one had a beautiful traditional style outfit on and sold for $34.99. I believe she cost about $3.


This Madame Alexander doll came from a community tag sale for $2. She is from the Hannah Pepper series which is what makes her valuable. She measures about 9″ tall and sold fairly quickly for $40.


Modern Barbie dolls flood the market but some are still valuable. Some of the dolls from the Twilight series can have good value. This doll is Alice. She was $5 and although she appeared new she had become detached from the box. She sold for $49.99.


Sometimes an older doll that ordinarily would have no value can have some value if you find it new in the box. This Stella Winx fairy doll was at the thrift store for $5 and sold for $49.99


I was excited to find this lot of Madeline dolls in the carrying case at a rummage sale for $4. These 8″ plastic dolls are made by Eden and sell best in lots or if you can find them new in the package. This took a while to sell but finally sold on a best offer for $53.


Many American Girl dolls are not as valuable as they used to be but are still worth picking up if you can get them for a good price. I bought this Felicity doll for $25 and she sold for $79.99.


I paid up for this vintage Sasha doll at $40 and sold her for $140. Sasha dolls are from Germany and have very strange, I mean distinctive faces. They come as boys, girls and babies and have a range of values.


Those are my top 10 doll finds that were resold on Ebay, for 2017!


Vintage Christmas, Dolls and Ponies

There were no exciting sales for me this weekend so off to the thrift store I went and found a few good items. I bought two dolls. First I saw this doll laying in the toy area. She looked older to me because her clothes had metal snaps but her face looked more modern. She had no markings on her. I walked around with her for a while and decided I should buy her since she was only 4 dollars and in fairly good condition. It took me a long time to figure out that she is a Betsy McCall 20″ ballerina doll from the 1960’s. I don’t know her price so I am starting high and will see what happens! She is the kind of doll I would have loved when I was a child. That’s probably why I couldn’t leave her at the store.

The other doll I bought is a Licca doll by Tomy. It is an anime style doll which I believe is like the Japanese version of Barbie. I have sold a few of this type of doll in the past for about $20.

The next thing I spotted was on the wall of toy bags. It was two My Little Pony figures. I have only been able to sell the G-1 figures from the 1980’s and that’s what these two turned out to be. The bag was $4. These are not rare ones which can go for a lot of money. I’ll be happy to get $10 for each one.

With so many people opening jewelry jars and talking about jewelry on Youtube I’ve started looking at the jewelry counter more closely. This blue egg locket caught my eye. It just really charmed me and I bought it even though it was $10. It opens and has an adorable little apple inside. This is something that I wouldn’t mind keeping.

I forgot to mention this item which I bought at a tag sale last weekend. It is an old box of bubble lights. There were 6 lights inside but I really love the look of the box.

Not too much to report today. That’s what happens when it’s almost winter and the tag sales run out. Hope you are all having fun and looking forward to the holidays!!


The Last Hurrah Before Winter

For about the past five years the sales I go to on the first weekend of December are the last good sales of the year for me. There is usually a church sale in a town near me and a school sale where I have pretty good luck and it was no different this year. I went to the church sale first. It started at 10:00 and the lady had us waiting in the lobby. At about 9:59 sirens started going off and I thought – oh great. The fire alarm. Now we have to go outside but it was only Santa. Then she had to talk for 5 minutes about Santa and the sale and the charities it was all going to and I was getting antsy. It’s hard when you’ve already been waiting and then you are waiting some more when you’re supposed to be going in.

I went to the toy area first which was a little smaller than usual but I found two vintage puppets from Germany. I love puppets so I was excited to find these even though my son found them so creepy he told me to burn them.


After that I went into the part of the church where they sell everything else. I was walking around when I spotted this black Catherineholm pot high up on a shelf. It was marked $4. I love these mid century modern pots from Norway and they sell well. I also have a small collection in my dining room. The colors I collect are yellow, orange and red. The funny thing was that earlier in the week I found a yellow pan at the thrift store which I decided to keep. I haven’t found many Catherineholm pieces in all my years of thrifting so I was surprised to find two in one week!

I found a zip lock bag for $1 with six charming angels playing instruments. They reminded me of Erzebirge figures from Germany. After researching I discovered that they are by an Italian company called Sevi. The learning never stops!


After this sale I went to a craft sale at a school where they also have a tag sale room. It appeared as though there were a lot of toys before I got there but you can only get to one sale first. I still picked up a few items including a Sesame Street play set and a blue Dansk teapot.

At another small sale I went to I picked up a few vintage toys including a Betty Boop cloth doll and a prize from Coney Island which is a dog that looks a lot like Snoopy except in red.

Finally I found a few pop culture items including a sealed figure from the Cartoon Network show Adventure time, and a figure from the show South Park.

As the days grow shorter the sales in the northeast become scarce. Time to start getting ready for the holidays and focusing on thrift store shopping instead!


Roller Coaster Ride of Sales

There were some very bad sales this weekend and some very good sales. The trick is to hit the good sales first. Instead I hit the bad sales first. I went to an overpriced church sale on Friday and picked up two pieces of David Frykman holiday decorations. They reminded me of Jim Shore which is why I picked them up. When I researched them they seemed to be selling but they really only sell for between $10 and $15. The lady there charged me $8 each and I should have put them back. They would be an OK buy at $1 or $2.

The better buy at this sale, even though she charged me another $8, was this Madame Alexander Puddin’ doll in her original box. It doesn’t look like she’s ever been played with. She is dated 1975. The Puddin’ dolls from the 60’s are more valuable. You can tell she is a Puddin’ doll by her pouty face.

The next day I attended a Women’s League of voters tag sale that had very few items. The only good item I bought was this Goebel mouse which was $3. He’s only 1 1/2″ tall.


The next sale was advertised as a used toy and book sale and I arrived there after it began. I picked up a few Littlest Pet Shop pets, a Corelle high chair and a die cast air stream trailer. I also found a boxed set of hard cover Narnia books but when I took it up to check out and the lady asked her friend how much to charge for it, the other women said “Oh – wait – those are mine!” Really?

The next sale I went to was advertised as a Church Bazaar but actually was a rummage sale and that was the one I wish I had gone to first. They had a whole area filled with toys and even though I arrived two hours after it started I still found a few things.

I picked up this funny doll. The brand is Rubens Barn and it is from Sweden. She is a large doll at about 18″ and she has a unique expression on her face. I learned that these kinds of dolls are sometimes used as therapy dolls.

In the toy area I also picked up a Count Von Count plush and an American Girl doll carrier.

They also had a household and knick knack area where I picked up this cute ceramic vase shaped like a Danish girl, and the best find from that sale which was a Lily Pulitzer duvet cover. I haven’t photographed that yet because I have to check it for flaws. I have been on the look out for Lily Pulitzer but didn’t expect to find a duvet cover. It was $2.


I went to quite a few sales that day because I was feeling like I wasn’t really finding too much. The last sale I ended up at was an estate sale that was having their half price day. I picked up a pretty doll for $20 which was originally priced at $40. She is made by artist Bettina Feigenspan Hirsch. She has beautiful clothes and seemed to be a really special doll. I couldn’t find a definite price to put her at because there weren’t many that were listed or sold by that artist. I’m going to start high and hope that someone falls in love with her.

She is vinyl and cloth, not porcelain. That’s what I picked up this weekend as sales continue to wind down and I continue to pretend it’s not happening. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!!