Vintage Doll Furniture, Plush and Bags

I attended a sale last weekend that advertised as starting at 10:00 but was already open when I arrived at 9:00am. I walked to a table of toys and saw some small furniture that looked mid century modern. It turned out to be made by Mattel in the 1950s. There was a couch and a table and chair set. I think the quality and design on these is amazing. I’m going to sell the table and chairs but will be keeping the couch – at least for a while!

There was also another set of less refined doll furniture from Japan. I believe this set is also from the 50s or 60s. I think it is also charming but in a different way.

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On top of the furniture were some of these sweet miniature animals that I love to find and sell. Many of them are from West Germany like this squirrel holding a pine cone. These two poodles had no tags but based on pictures I believe that they are Steiff.

There was also a section of bags at this sale where I picked up a Sabena Belgian World Airlines vintage bag, a Fossil messenger bag and a Dooney and Bourke bag. The items at this sale were not cheap but I still think I did OK. I paid $50 for everything I bought there.

There was a big pile of plush and most of it was newer and still had their tags. I realized that my comfort zone in plush is vintage so I really didn’t know what to pick up. I used my phone to help me but there were others there that in hindsight, I should have picked up. I bought this group of plush. These are all from a Cartoon Network show called Steven Universe which was on their tag. I had grouped this lot together and someone messaged me that he would just like three of the items so we agreed on a price of $29.

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I picked up this plush because they are kittens that live in bananas! How can you pass that up! They are by a company called Bananya. There are many versions of these cats in bananas. This one of triplets seems to be a bit rare so I’m trying to sell it for $29. What will they think of next!

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Those were the highlights of this sale. I think yard sale season is back in the northeast! I can come out of hibernation now!

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Vintage Toys, Dolls, Pyrex and some Jewelry

I attended a small sale where I picked up some fun vintage toys. This rag doll caught my eye because I have twice sold the girl version of this which is called “Lolly Dolly” by Fisher Price. I have never seen this boy version before. His name is “Cholly” and he is rarer than “Lolly” and sold quickly for $29. All the toys at this sale were $1. I also picked up this Tony the Tiger which is dated 1973.

I bought this cute Japanese doll and this vintage plastic doll. Neither have any identifying marks on them.

I couldn’t resist this wooden sheep which is a box that is also a peg board game. It is marked Takahashi from Japan. I think it may be from the 1970’s.

At the same sale I bought this small shadow box by Scott Lyon entitled “Tea for Two” which I think is very charming. His room boxes are somewhat collectible so for $1 I picked it up. I’ll enjoy looking at it until it sells. I also found this Polly Pocket sized necklace which features Cinderella and her Prince in a little locket play set.

From the thrift store I bought a pink daisy Pyrex casserole dish. I rarely find nice Pyrex at the thrift store but this dish was in a blue bin that just came out from the back. It was marked $6 and sold for $82. I also got this set of pre cut Brady Bunch paper dolls. They don’t have a lot of value, maybe $15? I couldn’t leave them behind since this was my era!

I don’t usually buy much jewelry but I took a chance when I saw this beautiful turquoise necklace at Goodwill for $20. It is marked 925 and signed Barse. It is large at about 2″ tall and I think the design is unique so I have it up for a high price.

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The sun is shining brighter and it’s trying to get warmer so I think good things, like yard and rummage sales, are on their way!

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!

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!!

Best Plush Sales of 2018

As the year draws to a close and I am grateful for another fun year of finding and reselling toys, dolls and many other unique and interesting items. The following are my top ten plush sales of this year from the least expensive to the more valuable items.

This plush was bought for about $1 at a church rummage sale that I arrived late to. I am mentioning that because sometimes, even if you aren’t the first one in the door, you can still find good items. This is a plush of the character MO from the Disney Pixar film Walle. The minor characters from movies can be more rare and sought after than the main characters. He sold within a few weeks for $19.99.

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This Donkey Kong plush was a thrift store find. He took longer to sell than I thought he would. I had found another one of these a while ago but realized after I got that one home that his arm had a large hole in it and was coming off his body. I had to toss that one so I was happy to find this one that was in good condition. I paid about $4 for him. He sold after several months for $32.99.

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At the same sale where I found MO I picked up another Disney character that I didn’t recognize at all. With the help of a facebook group I was able to identify him as a character from a Pixar short movie. This character is called La Luna Bambino. He was pretty rare and sold for $39.99.

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I get very excited when I see a plush pile at a sale. I attended one church sale where they had a kiddie pool full of plush! Searching through that pool I pulled out this small vintage Steiff cat. She sold for $39.99.

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This vintage Gund bear came out of another plush pile that was fill a bag for $1! He appears fairly plain looking but his 1980s date and the Gund name gave him some value. He sold for $49.99.

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Also from the thrift store was this plush Copper from the Disney movie The Fox and the Hound. I paid about $4.00 for him. I think he’s super cute! He was a larger size at about 12″ tall and sold for $49.99.

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While I was fishing through another box of plush under a table at a tag sale I saw a little paw sticking out and I recognized it right away as a Steiff hand puppet. I had this one when I was a child and was able to sell it for $49.99. There was also a black cat puppet there but I decided to keep it for my collection.

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This next plush was a find from a nursery school sale where all the plush was 50 cents. The year before the plush was free but that’s a price increase that I can live with! This one was purchased on a gut feeling that it might be something good. You can take chances when you are paying 50 cents for an item. I thought that it looked vintage and the outfit looked cute. Only after I got it home did I find the tag which said it was a Le Mutt dog from France. He sold within a month for $55.99.

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This next item was certainly unusual looking. He was a large stuffed robot call the Iron Giant. Even though he had a hole in his foot, he sold for $99.99.

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This last plush really cheered up my January. He was a thrift store purchase. I had just seen a video about a man that sold a giant plush Mufasa from the Lion King for $600. I had that in my brain when I saw this large Simba plush at the thrift store for $7. When I got home I realized that this one was the same brand as the Mufasa. Although not quite as valuable, I was thrilled to be able to sell him for $300.

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Those are my top ten plush finds! Stay tuned for more top ten lists!!

Knick Knacks, Plush and Vintage Signs

As the weather becomes colder the sales in the northeast start to dwindle. There were two sales this past weekend. At the first sale I spent $5 and bought a group of small items. ┬áMy father used to hate knick knacks. He called them Tsotchkes and he thought they were things to spend money on and dust around. I loved them and I still do! The lady I bought these from must have collected cats. The first item was a wooden puzzle box/pen holder cat. The black cat was marked Aarikka from Finland. It is not very old but has a Danish modern look to it. The ceramic cat is a “gum parker” from the 1950s I believe. The one non-cat item I bought was this small pair of Japanese Kokeshi dolls with bobbling heads.

The next sale was a church sale that was on its second day. They were doing fill a bag for $10. I bought some plush called Worry Eaters. I think that you write your worries down on paper and then feed them to the creatures. They looked kind of unusual and similar to a toy I picked up last winter that eats feelings which doesn’t really make as much sense to me. I sold that one for $19. I might be able to get $10 each for these. I also bought a Gruffalo which is a character from a children’s book.

I stuffed this dog print into my bag. It’s by the artist Marc Tetro. I once wanted a purse with his artwork on it when I was in Manhattan and I remember that I didn’t get it because it was $60. I thought maybe this would have some value and have it up for $18.

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I had an interesting find at the thrift store last week. They have one area where they sell signs. Many of them are reproduction metal signs of old advertising like for Coke or Texaco. I saw this bread sign and it was marked $4 like most of the other signs but I don’t think that this one is a reproduction. I have it up for auction.

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Me and my husband used to collect these signs and had our basement decorated with them but I think we have enough. If it doesn’t sell we’ll probably keep it.

Hopefully there will be some Christmas Bazaars with White Elephant areas coming up! Happy Halloween everyone!!

Sometimes It’s The Little Things

I attended two sales this weekend. The first was a children’s sale where many of the toys were priced at $5 – $8 and not good for resale but this sale had a few boxes of small items that were 4 for $1. I found 6 Calico Critter figures in one and a train in another. I’m hoping to get $20 for the Calico Critters and $10 for the train.

They had boxes of plush that were 50 cents each so guess what the rest of the stuff I bought there was? This dog is called Le Mutt and is from 1980. Prices seem to run between $30 and $50 on these. I found a newer Steiff monkey. I was excited when I saw the button and yellow tag. He’s not super valuable but I hoping to get $15 for him.

I found this dog that is from the book “Harry the Dirty Dog” which I remember from childhood. I also got a Big Bad Wolf puppet that I am hoping to get $10 for.

Sometimes I find an item that I can add to an existing listing to help it sell. I found the blue and gray Pokemon and the Squirtle plush in one of the boxes and added them to a lot of 3 Pokemon that I already had. I raised the price a bit and hopefully this lot will sell soon.

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I found a unicorn Pusheen plush and added it to a Pusheen that I had listed but wasn’t selling. I love Pusheen. She likes to nap and eat sweets just like me.

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I found one doll this weekend at an elementary school sale. She is a Corolle doll in her complete outfit so I’m hoping that will help her to sell.

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I am focusing on toys lately to hopefully help my holiday sales. Twelve out of my last twenty sales were toys. That is all for now. It is getting harder to find sales this time of year!