Vintage Toys, Dolls and Bags

I went to a sale on Saturday where everything was set up on tables and organized by price. There were tables ranging from 50 cents to $10.

I bought two colorful bags for $1 each. One is a paisley print LeSportsac bag which has already sold for $25.99. The second bag is a Lily Bloom. They are both in the style of a backpack. I picked them up because of the brands and they are both in very good, clean condition.

I found some vintage toys. One is called Egg-A-Saur and is it by Fisher Price from 1993. It is similar to Mr. Potato Head but is an egg that you attach dinosaur style parts to. I never heard of it before. It’s not too valuable but I’m hoping to get $20 for it and it was $1.


I also found some vintage 1990s Littlest Pet Shop items which include a kennel and some accessories. I am also hoping for about $20 on this group.


This little guy from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer island of misfit toys is worth about $50 but this one has one eye replaced with a button. So that was an exciting 5 seconds I had when I saw him. The happy ending to the story is that he still sold in one day for $20!


This doll was a mystery at first. I looked all over her and couldn’t find any tags. She reminded me of Mary Poppins and was very well made. She only cost $1. After researching I found that she is a homemade doll made from a 1964 McCall’s pattern for Mary Poppins. I’m not sure how much she will bring.


Two more items from this sale was this Snorks puzzle from 1985 and a Big Hug mug. I have never heard of the Snorks but they must have been from a TV show. The Big Hug mug was featured on the show “True Detective” and fans of the show seem to want it.

Those are some highlights from my finds. Hopefully sales will continue to increase as the weather warms up!



March Wind, Waechtersbach, Rae Dunn, and Gurley Candles

The winds of winter storm Riley are whipping outside my window bringing rain, ice and snow to us here in New England. I have a cat sitting on my neck and a cup of hot chocolate so I can’t complain too much. I have some thrift store finds from the last two weeks which I will share.

I was excited to see this Waechtersbach christmas tree coffee pot at the Goodwill. Waechtersbach is a ceramic company from West Germany. It was only marked $3 which is a great price but after I got it home I saw that it had a manufacturing flaw in one of the trees. It is decorated on both sides so if you wanted to display it you could just show the good side. In perfect condition these can go for between $40 and $60. I don’t know how much I’ll get for mine.

I hear about Tiki and bar items a lot but I don’t find them too often. This is a Scorpion bowl which is used for a kind of shared drink. It is decorated with hula girls, palm trees and a volcano and I think it qualifies as Tiki. It is very heavy and was $5. Wish I was wherever they are.


I have also heard about vintage Gurley candles. These are the first ones I have found. They are a Native American and a Pilgrim. I assume they are for Thanksgiving. Gurley made candles for most of the holidays. The Christmas ones are the most common.

Continuing with the housewares theme is this Rae Dunn small dish. She has become popular lately. You can recognize her items by the typewriter style letters on a lot of her pieces. This is from the Home collection.


I found some toys recently too. I was charmed by this miniature block set in a matchbox style box. It is called “Build a Skyscraper” and was made in West Germany. It is from the 1950’s I believe. This one appears to never have been used. The blocks are only about 1″ tall. It doesn’t have a lot of value but was only $1 and I couldn’t leave it behind.


Also on the toy shelf I found this Bitty Baby carrier. It has purple polka dotted fabric and I’m hoping to sell it for between $30 and $40.


The last item I’ll share is this set of pins. They were in a bag hanging on the wall for $1.99. They are Star Trek Cats. The one with the big ears actually looks like the cat I have that sits on me. This may only go for about $10 but it was too funny not to buy.

Version 2

My very own, cute big eared cat.


That’s all for now. It’s finally March so that’s a good thing! Spring is coming!!

Vintage, Mid Century Modern and Pop Culture

There were a variety of sales and a variety of items this weekend. At one community sale I went to I had a box that I was putting stuff in. There were a lot of volunteers who kept asking me if I wanted to put my box in the hold area. I don’t trust the hold area. Two years ago I had a very bad experience with the hold area and a chess set. I also know that where there is confusion things in the hold area sometimes end up back in the selling area. I know everyone has good intentions but I just like to hold my stuff. I ending up saying that “No thank you. I’m trying to see how much I can carry.” I found a couple of Betty Crocker pie cover Cookbooks and a large heavy mid century sculpture. My box was quite heavy. The sculpture reminded me of one I found last summer except this one is smaller. It was marked $10.


The hard covered books were $1. I have sold this cookbook before and found 2 this time. Unfortunately they don’t have the chapter dividers but they still should sell. I am hoping for $25.


I love to find vintage pin cushions. Last year I found a half doll pin cushion. I think this bluebird and nest pin cushion is very sweet.


The last two vintage mohair Teddy Bears I found sold for $19 each and I found two more this weekend! These are small bears that measure about 8″.

Another vintage plush I picked up was this Minnie Mouse. She is marked Walt Disney Productions. She is also small at about 6″.


Keeping with the vintage theme, I spotted a pan on a table that looked like Pyrex but I didn’t recognize the pattern. I flipped it over and saw that it was in fact marked Pyrex. Many Pyrex pieces don’t sell for much and this one had dark staining on the handles so I left it. After shopping for a while I walked back and saw that the piece was still there so I looked up “Pyrex Black Rooster” and it turns out to be a hard to find pattern.


The last vintage item I’m going to share is this wooden pull string soldier who actually bangs on his drum when you pull him along. He is made to look older then he is and is marked 1983.


I also bought some pop culture items this weekend. These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures from the 80’s came in a ziploc marked $2.


This is a Pokemon Pikachu virtual pet. I grabbed it because it was $1 and new in the package, not knowing if it had any value. I later realized that it had good value, especially in a pristine package. Maybe if I had known that I would not have put it in a place in the trunk of my car where the front of the package got damaged. I succeeding in decreasing it’s value by about half. Yay me.


I also picked up a Game Boy which unfortunately is missing the battery cover and a Pokemon game. These items cost $2. I hardly ever find things like this anymore because there are so many people looking for vintage video game items. I think the reason I got these was because I was at a tag sale in a very quiet rural area. This was in the afternoon on the second day of the sale too.

Those are the finds for this mid July weekend. I wish summer could last forever!

Mid Century, American Girl and Toys

Sales were good this weekend although I did pay up a bit. Hopefully it will be worth it. I found some cool mid century items such as this wooden cat by Laurids Lonborg who I believe is a Danish artist.


I love this wooden Swedish girl dressed in colorful traditional clothes. She is a double candle holder. Next to it I found this heart shaped plate of JFK with Jackie. This plate isn’t valuable but it was only 50 cents.

Another vintage item I picked up was this wooden piece. At first I thought it was an old bowling pin but now I believe it is a potato masher. It’s quite heavy and could probably also be used as a weapon if you were mashing potatoes and an intruder came into your house.


At two of the sales I went to I was able to purchase some American Girl doll items. I picked up a vintage Bitty Baby marked Pleasant Company and several American Girl pets plus accessories for them.

I bought two pretty wicker chairs from a set made for the doll Samantha.


There were also some clothes and other American Girl accessories as well.

Some other toys that I picked up this weekend include a Calico Critters house with some furniture and accessories and a My Twinn doll that has some issues.

I was excited at first about the My Twinn doll but after I got her home I realized she has some issues including no eyebrows, very short bangs which may have been cut and some short eyelashes that look like they were cut. I don’t know how much this will affect her value. I need to make some good money because theses items, plus some others cost me about $100. Yikes.

That’s about it for this weekend. Looking forward to getting this all listed!

Vintage Plush, Frames and a Variety

Is it spring yet? I guess not because it was 9 degrees when I got out of my car this morning to go to a small rummage sale that was close to my neighborhood. Unlike the sale I attended last weekend, this one had no clothes which was great because I don’t usually buy clothes.

There was a table of toys and under the table of toys were boxes of plush. Each was $1. I picked up this Land Before Time Little Foot by Gund. He was probably my best find of the day. I’m hoping to get $25 for him. He’s pretty big at about 15″ and in good condition.


I picked up this guy because I thought he was unusual and he had his paper tag. He is  Russell from a show called Once Upon A Forest. He may sell but I’m not sure.


Last weekend I picked up two Puppy/Kitty surprise plush at the estate sale I went to and coincidentally I found another one this week. That happens often. I don’t know what it means. This was another dog but unfortunately she didn’t have any babies. The cat from last week sold for $17.99. I didn’t think this one would sell for much. I put it up for $12.99 and it sold in about an hour. Maybe I should be pricing these higher?


A friend of mine shared with me that she looks for vintage frames. These were on the $1 table so I picked them up. On the back of each is written “taken 1954.” I’m not sure if the frames are that old too. They seemed a little unusual and in pretty good shape so I took a chance on them. They are only 6″ in diameter and could also be instant relatives for someone.


Also for $1 was this wooden candle shelf marked Pine Shop Original. I used “colonial” and “primitive” as key words for it. I hope that helps it to sell. It’s very smooth, nice quality wood. I put $19 on it.


There was also a 50 cent table where I picked up a pair of glasses. I picked them up because they had a designers name in them and were an unusual color. I’ve recently seen the value of glasses that have a distinctive color. My mother lives in a health care facility and she was losing her glasses often. They were brown and looked like everyone else’s glasses. They finally got lost and couldn’t be found again. I looked where they kept the lost and found glasses and I couldn’t tell which ones were hers if they were even there. I went with her to get new glasses and we got her pink frames so now they can easily differentiate her glasses from other ones. I don’t know if this will prevent them from getting lost but it will probably make them easier to find!


One of my favorite finds of the day was from an estate sale. Everything was pretty picked over by the time I got there. What was still there was expensive but when I went in the attic I saw a box of these with $1 price sticker on them. Sold! My mom used to put these out on my birthday when I had a party and fill them with MnMs. They are little frilly plastic baskets. I just think they are really sweet and nostalgic and I believe they are used as a craft supply.


I picked up two items at the thrift store. I saw this Gotz doll in the box and took a chance on her for $20 which is way more than I like to spend. I have sold several Gotz dolls before but we will see about this one. She’s so pretty!


I also picked up this colorful tablecloth decorated for Jewish holidays. Comps on this look pretty good. Since it is getting more competitive out there I am really trying to buy a big variety of items.


That’s all for this weekend! Spring and more sales are coming!!

Tag Sale Haul For Resale – Toys, Dolls and Plush

I attended three sales this weekend. The first and best was a children’s sale for a nursery school. They had a $5 early bird fee but what made that OK was there were 3 big boxes out front filled with free plush! I fished through and took about 12 without researching. After bringing them home it seems there are 3 I can sell. The best one is this pink owl by Nat and Jules. I have seen them sell between $25 and $36. I picked it up because it’s very cute.


The other 2 items I hope will sell for at least $10 each are this family hand puppet from Austria and this Gund baby toy of a stylized Big Bad Wolf filled with small toys.

Inside I paid 7 more dollars and bought this Lammily doll which apparently is a doll developed to represent a more realistic body type than Barbie. I don’t know. To me she just looks like she has bad posture.


Another find at this sale was this American Girl Bitty Baby. She comes with her pajamas and a doll /bitty bear carrier. All the dolls were marked at $2. (photo to come). When I took the doll’s pajamas off to clean her I discovered that her arm was ripped with stuffing coming out between the vinyl arm and cloth body. I think I can still sell her as a TLC doll. I’m sure there is someone who can repair her.


On the way home I stopped at a Church Christmas Bazaar with a small tag sale area. It was about 11:00 and it had started at 9:00 so I didn’t have high hopes but I found a bag of fisher  price Royal Family Little People for $2. I have seen similar groups sell for between $40 and $50. Sometimes you can still find good items at a sale even if you go late!


At this same sale I picked up these two plastic canoes by a company called Timpo. They are vintage and were made in Great Britain. I paid $1 and am hoping to make $10 from the pair.


One item that was not pictured from last week was this set of miniature Hello Kitty dishes. They were in a bag for $1 and I believe they are from the 1970’s. My first ever sales on Ebay were when I sold my sister’s childhood Hello Kitty collection for her. She found them in a shoebox and was going to toss them. I couldn’t believe how much money she made and I was hooked!


Those are the highlights from this weekend! Tag sales are definitely beginning to wind down but should be able to hold on for a few more weeks!

When Life Gives You Lemons – Sell Them!

I went to four sales this weekend and it was good however I did end up with a few lemons. At one sale I bought two porcelain trinket boxes. They were by an English company called Crummles and both appeared to come in the original box. Even though they were $5 each I bought them because I have had luck before selling similar boxes. I only realized after I got home that one of the porcelain boxes was a generic, unmarked box which didn’t belong in the box it came in. This is what the correct set looks like:

This is what the incorrect set looks like.

I decided I would try to sell the square trinket box and also the empty box (separately). Someone may have a Crummles trinket box without an outer box.

The other lemon was a Lenox Christmas music box. When I bought it, it was inside 1/2 of a styrofoam packing container. I left it in there when I bought it thinking it would be protected. When I got home and pulled out the music box – the bottom was covered in mold. Yuck! I wrapped it in a plastic bag and quickly threw it away.

There rest of the items I picked up this weekend were fine. One sale I went to had Christmas ornaments for 25 cents. I picked up a Lenox reindeer, a victorian style porcelain girl holding a doll, a Dunkin’ Donuts cup and a Henning of Norway wooden caroling figure. The last one is a candle holder – not an ornament.

Another group of small items I picked up were these five Hagen Renaker porcelain miniature dogs. I think I was charged $1 for all. Some of these animals can do well even on their own but I am lotting up this group and hope to get $19.99 for it.


At this same sale I also picked up this woven rug for $2. It is marked rug-pirot from Yugoslavia. It is small at only 24″ x 18″. I thought someone might like the primitive graphics on it.


At the same sale where I picked up the moldy Lenox I also picked up this Lenox figure of a snowman pulling a snow boy in a sled. This is marked “retail exclusive” and looks like it may go for between $30 and $40. I paid $3. That’s also how much they charged for the Lenox music box. I’m glad there wasn’t an extra charge for the mold!


At this sale I also picked up a black Coach wristlet phone case for $1. I am hoping to get $24 for it.


I found a box of Lego trains and tracks sitting under some stuffed animals. I believe this is a remote control motorized train which means I will have to test it. She charged me $2 for it. : )


Even though mugs don’t sell well for me, I continue to purchase them. I have a problem but I couldn’t leave this guy behind. According to research that I’ve done he should sell for at least $14. But I have done research before and sometimes what mugs do for other people they don’t do for me. But this guy is super cool!


I stopped at a few yard sales as well, and as usual, didn’t find much except this pair of Nambe lead crystal candle holders. They were marked $3 and had their original box. They are beautiful and I thought it was a good deal.

This weekend had it’s ups and downs. I guess life usually does, but overall – it was a lot of fun!!