Thrifty Finds and a Tag Sale Haul

Often I leave the thrift store with nothing but last week I found a few good items. I always check the bags on the wall of little toys in bags. I saw a bag with what looked like old Barbie clothes but I was able to see one of the tags and it said “Tammy”. Tammy was a doll that was similar to Barbie. I bought two bags and they turned out to have quite a few pieces of Tammy clothing, some Tutti clothes, some Chris clothes and some Ken clothes. I sorted it all out and came up with four different lots to sell.

The best piece in the group was the blue dress with the characters on it. I was able to sell that group of Tammy clothes for $99.99. Woohoo!

I picked up this vintage Donkey Kong plush from the 1980’s. He was $4 and I have him up for $37.

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On Saturday I went to a few church and yard sales. The first sale I went to didn’t seem to have too much. At first I bought this Vera Bradley handbag because it appeared to be new with tags. Vera Bradley doesn’t sell as well as it used to but because this bag is new I’m hoping it will sell. On my second pass around this church I spotted a big box that said “My Twinn”. I was super excited to find this doll in like new condition, with an extra pajama outfit included marked at $3!

Later on I attended another church sale that had started the day before. I wasn’t expecting to find too much because of this, but I picked up several items. I bought this Japanese doll in a silk kimono. She has some condition issues but I think she is pretty cute and hope to get at least $20 for her. I was all “Tammy dolled up” after my experience earlier in the week with the Tammy clothes so when I saw this set of two dolls from the Tammy family I impusively overpaid $20 for them. After I got them home I realized that the Tammy doll has drawn on eyebrows and has other condition issues. The smaller doll is called Penny Brite. I’ll be lucky to break even on these dolls.

I also picked up some anti aging beauty products for $2 each, a Dimensions crewel kit of a beach scene from 1977, an Arabia Moomin mug and a ceramic pin from Denmark. The character on the mug I believe is a hippo. There is a whole series of character mugs by Arabia and some of them sell very well.

The weather is heating up and so are the sales! I hope you are having fun wherever you are!!

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Dolls, Calico Critters and Steiff

This was a big weekend for dolls. I was at a large sale with loads of stuff piled everywhere. I was looking under a table and saw a clear bag marked “baby dolls $4” but when I looked at it I saw that they were American Girl dolls. I put them into my bag and they were half sticking out. Another lady saw them and said to her friend “Oh look – she got them.” I don’t know what that was about. Were these dolls meant for her with “baby dolls” written on it as a decoy? Maybe next time don’t put them in a clear bag.

The other doll I found this weekend was at a community tag sale where it was pouring rain. There was one man who had a little tent. He had a box of Barbie’s and said I could have the box for $5. There was only one I wanted but I didn’t want to just ask for the one so I took the whole box. The Barbie I wanted was a bubble cut Barbie with a 1958 date. She is in pretty good condition but there is a defect on her chin. She sold quickly for $24. She also came in a cute vintage outfit.

Again from the first sale, for $4, I got a box of Calico Critter figures and furniture. From another area I also picked up a green car which I have sold before. I am separating these items into lots and hope to get between $15 and $20 for each group. Here are some of them.

Some other odds and ends that I picked up include a pair of ceramic Japanese Emperor and Empress figures, a stone/fossil pyramid paperweight, a lucky charms charm bracelet and a Pokemon game in the style of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I haven’t been finding much at the thrift store lately. I wonder if people have yard sales instead of just donating things, now that the weather is nice. I did pick up this giant tiger stuffed animal that I believe is a Steiff. Unfortunately he is missing one eye which has been replaced by a button. He was only $7 so I think I can still get a good profit from him but I have to figure out what the cost of shipping him will be first. He’s very heavy!

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That was a fun, busy weekend! Hopefully the abundance of good weather and sales will continue!

Mid-week Trip to the Goodwill Outlet Bins

I am off this week so to entertain myself I took a 1 1/2 hour ride to the Goodwill Outlet store in Connecticut. I have only been there about 5 times in total. Overall my experiences there have been good. You will hear mixed things about different outlet stores. In this one people seem to be pretty laid back and polite. It is hit or miss as to whether I find good things to sell. If you search the word “outlet” on this site you will find the stories of two other annual trips to the bins. Last year I think I sold about $60 worth of items and spent about $17 that day. Not too good. For my recent haul I only spent about $12.20 on items. Here is what I found.

There was quite a bit of plush but most of it was modern. I found three vintage items that I thought were pretty cool. The first is this Fisher Price Bobbie doll from 1980. She has a plastic face and cloth body and is in pretty good, clean condition. I am hoping to get $19 for her. Also from 1980 is this Misha bear by Dakin. He was a 1980 Olympic Games mascot. He sells better if he has his belt. This guy has his but it was hanging off him so I had to sew it back on. I am also hoping for about $19 on him. I found this learn to dress clown which is also Fisher Price from 1984. He is called “Buttons & Toes” and only sells for about $10. I usually think that clowns are pretty creepy but this guy looks OK to me.

The other plush items I found were three American Girl doll pets which were in the same bin. I was excited to find the first and then even happier to find two more nearby. Although these are not as good sellers as they used to be. I will put them all together and hope to get $15.

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The first thing that I found on this day was this Marionette puppet which although I agree is pretty creepy looking, it had a name I could look up which was Bonum. They seem to be vintage marionettes from Czechoslovakia so, being a puppet person, I couldn’t resist.

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I picked up one item from linens which was this oval doily or tapestry from Belgium. It looks like nice quality and I am putting in my listing that it could be a rug in the dollhouse for an 18″ doll. The rug measures about 18″ in length.

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My best finds were the last three things I found which were these Pound Puppies playsets. They are good because they came with lots of pets and accessories.

Time will tell how successful this trip was but it was so much fun digging through the piles of stuff and pulling out items I could put in my Ebay store. If you don’t mind a little chaos and love digging through masses of parts and pieces I recommend the Goodwill Outlet experience!

A Variety of Rummage and Estate Sale Finds

I went to a few large sales this weekend and two estate sales. I found some toys and some unique vintage items. I’ll start with the toys.

I picked up this Mega Bloks Halo figure set because it was pop culture related and only $1. I also picked up a Minecraft figure set. After I looked them up it seems the Mega Bloks set was worth between $40 and $50 but the Minecraft set was not worth anything.

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I picked up a Lego set called Elves which I never heard of before but seems to sell fairly well. I am hoping this set is complete but I don’t want to put it together. Wish my son still lived at home. I picked up these compact style Mighty Max play sets which I never heard of before either. I got them because they were all together in a bag marked $3 and they are made by Bluebird, the same company that makes Polly Pocket. I am selling them all together and hoping to get $40 out of it. They are not as popular as Polly Pockets.

In the dolls and plush category I found a Polish rag doll with a cloth face, a Lolly Dolly rattle doll by Fisher Price, an old teddy bear and a Kitty Kitty Kittens plush. I think I will be able to sell all these except for the teddy bear.

Among the vintage items I bought is this picture of a child eating a piece of fruit. It reminds me of a children’s book illustration. It actually pops out of the frame in a 3D effect. I picked up a vintage coffee grinder, a 1950’s style purse with a croc pattern and a battle horse made in India. None of these are home runs but I am hoping for at least $15 to $20 on each of them.

Here are two of my favorite finds from this week. This trinket box is illustrated with vintage scenes of women playing golf. It is marked Staffordshire Enamels. I have sold similar boxes before. They often fly under the radar and you can often purchase them for a good price. I was charged $2 for this one and I’m hoping to get $50 for it. The other favorite is this pair of Native American baby moccasins. They are very worn but I like them anyway. I paid up for them at $6 and I don’t know how much I can sell them for.

Probably the best pick up of the week were these game pieces because they were in a free box at an estate sale and I believe that they are bakelite. Always check the free box!

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So glad that garage sale season is back even though the weather here in the northeast is still not good. We had two nice days with 70 degree weather and today we are back to pouring rain and 40 degrees. Glad to have sales to think about and look forward to! Hope the weather is better wherever you are!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!