Thrifty January Finds: Dansk, Gund, Toys and More!

Winter carries on with very little in the way of interesting estate sales for me so I have been going to the thrift stores to source items and have found a few good ones. Several weeks ago I picked up this aqua Dansk Kobenstyle lidded pot. This is the same one my mother had which we sold at her tag sale for $3 before I knew any better. These enamel pots have a following with some colors being more desirable than others. I am hoping for $40 on this but that might be a little high. It was $6.

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This Quimper plate from France was $3. Many Quimper pieces have these distinctive looking figures on them. The plates aren’t too valuable but I couldn’t leave it behind.

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These cute miniature elephants were in a baggie for $3. They are marked Japan on the bottom and I am hoping for about $15 on them. Each plays a different instrument. Too cute for me to resist picking up!

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This is a set of jingle bells on a leather strap that hangs on the door. It is made by a Pennsylvania based company called Belsnickel. Too bad I didn’t pick these up before Christmas. They make a lovely sleigh bell sound.

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I found two things in the stationery/office supply department. The first is this binder with cool Asian inspired graphics. It was only $.99 and I am hoping to get $10 for it.

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The next thing I found in the stationery area was actually not stationery at all. It looked like a passport case but it is a Lauren Hutton make-up palette! Surprise! It was $4 and I am hoping to get $40 for it.

In the picture area I found a large paint by number of a ship wreck. They sometimes take a while to sell but I have sold every paint by number picture that I have listed. I will use key words like “nautical, beach and ocean” for this listing. It was $6 and I am hoping to get $40 for it.

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I also found a few toys this month including a walking, roaring Jurassic Park T-Rex which unfortunately is missing the battery cover, a Calico Critters car and nursery school and a plush Gund Snuffles bear.

This is how I’ve been keeping myself entertained through this cold, snowy New England winter. Hope you all are doing well!

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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!!

Best Toy and Game Sales of 2017

I usually do a best plush sales of the year blog but this year I didn’t really sell too much plush so I am including them in the toy and game category. These are my top 10 toy and game sales on Ebay for 2017 plus one honorable mention.

This little duck is an origami rubber ducky. He is an honorable mention. I thought he was so unique and I couldn’t find another one anywhere. I picked him up at the thrift store for $1. He sold for $20.

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In the plush category, this watercolor Build A Bear Hello Kitty sold for $34.99. I don’t come across many Build A Bears that have value but I know that some of them do. This one was unusual looking and since I am a Hello Kitty fan I researched it and found that it would sell for a good price. It was important that it came with it’s detachable pink bow.

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I found this vintage board game at a school sale for $2 and fell in love with the little Hawaiian Punch mover pieces. This colorful game was complete and sold for $44.99.

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Pokemon can sell well and Tamagotchi’s can sell well so combine the two and you’ve got a good item. This is a Pokemon Pikachu Tamagatchi. It was new in the package however, I crushed the package under another item that I bought at the same sale and cut the value of this item in half. Good going me! It still sold for $49.99.

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I love to find vintage Fisher Price. This is the hospital set that came with some of the Little People and accessories. It was picked up at a church sale for $5. I was very surprised to find it because it was about 2 hours after the sale had begun and I expected all the good items to be gone. It sold for $49.99.

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Shaker Maker is a toy from my childhood, in the 1960’s. I found this set at an estate sale, nearly complete and it even came with the powder solution. I picked it up for $3 and it sold for $59.99.

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I keep waiting for the Littlest Pet Shop resale bubble to burst but it hasn’t happened yet. This lot was $5 at a library sale, it included 39 pets and sold for $59.99.

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Also in the plush category, I found this Brer Fox Folkmanis puppet at a very expensive tag sale where they had researched everything and priced it all at Ebay prices. Except for the puppets. I bought this one for $5 and it sold for 64.99.

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Many years ago I picked up a vintage Park and Shop board game that was incomplete and in very bad condition but what I learned at the time was that, in good condition, these games sell well. This summer I found this one in beautiful condition and complete and it sold for $72.99.

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The new King Kong movie had just come out when I found this guy. He was very detailed and I felt like he was good quality. He was also quite large and heavy. I paid $4 for him and a church sale and sold him for $74.99. He looks so happy to have been sold for that much!

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I knew that these oversized Tinkertoys were valuable but I didn’t think I wanted to deal with the shipping headache. I saw these at a tag sale and when the guy said they were only $5 I was like “bring on the shipping headache!” I shipped them in their original box and they sold for $89.99.

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Those are my top ten toy and game sales for 2017!

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.

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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!

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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!

Colorful Items

The theme of this weeks finds seemed to be bright and beautiful colors! There were only two sales for me this holiday weekend. One was an estate sale and the other was a tag sale.

I’m not big on selling jewelry because I don’t like how all the people crowd around the jewelry at the sales. I went to this estate sale and they had about 5 boxes of jewelry laid out and this guy came in and just stacked them all up and took them all. I guess that’s OK but I think that if I was a jewelry person I would have felt a little bummed. I only picked up one item at this sale. It is this child’s apron featuring Elsie and Elmer the cow and their family having a BBQ. This is from the Borden milk company where a man there said his father had worked. It’s a little funny to see cows having a BBQ. They only charged me a dollar and I think it’s really cute.

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The next sale I went to was at a woman’s house who had run a preschool. She said that this was the third week of her sale. I picked up this Barbie Polaroid camera. Unfortunately since I don’t have any film I can’t test it. Wow – is it colorful!

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I also picked up this Little Tikes horse trailer and jeep set in a pretty aqua color. It has some condition issues which make affect it’s price. In good condition these can go for around $50 for the set.

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I made two purchases at the thrift store this week. One is this very funky make-up case. I think the brand is Heys Britto. The art on it is very modern and colorful. The interior has polka dots. The cashier at the thrift store was very taken with it. She asked me what it was and if she could open it up to see the inside. I said sure but while she was doing that she proceeded to drop it on the floor. Fortunately it is very sturdy.

The other item I picked up is an enormous book called Kirsten’s Scenes and Settings. It is for the American Girl doll Kirsten and the pages are background scenes such as the interior of her log cabin home. I have to figure out the shipping cost before I can list it and it has some condition issues. I haven’t photographed it yet but I will add the picture when I do.

That is all I have for this week. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday (if you celebrate). The weather’s getting cooler and the days are getting shorter and the sales are getting scarcer!

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.

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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.

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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!!

Vintage Fisher Price, Peanuts, Christmas and a Japanese Doll

One of my favorite finds from this weekend is not the most valuable but I think it is the most charming. It is a vintage Christmas “card” which is really more like a book, from 1951. It has all kinds of pop-ups, moving parts and attached items. I think this kind of item would have been so magical to a child receiving it. It still seemed kind of magical to me as I was looking at it. The monkey life guard has a genuine sealed lifesaver candy next to him and on the last page Santa is holding a real noisemaker/blower.

This was found at a church sale I attended on Friday. Another favorite item I found there was this Japanese doll. She came in a pretty decorated cardboard box.

I also found a vintage clothespin holder featuring a cute cartoon of Snoopy and Woodstock. I believe it is from the 1960’s.

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The best find from a reselling view was probably this Tumi bag. It has a lot of separate compartments and a built in wallet. I had a hard time figuring out whether it is blue or black. I decided it is a dark navy.

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The next day I went to another sale where I picked up some vintage Fisher Price items including this sink set and money changer. I think you’re supposed to really be able to use the sink with water. If you pump the faucet I believe the water comes out.

Another item I found at this sale was this interesting small metal box. My friend let me know that it is a cash box. It has a key hole but I don’t have the key. It was filled with old buttons and sewing notions so I am selling it all together. It is marked Made in Czechoslovakia.

This sale also had a big pile of plush which is one of my favorite things. The only item I pulled out was this giant Snorlax from Pokemon.

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He’s a big guy at about 20″ tall. Those are the highlights from the sales I attended this weekend!