Estate Sale Time!

It looks like the tag sale season is over here in the northeast. Waaaaaahhh!! Alright – enough crying. Time to go to some estate sales! I found two estate sales to go to this weekend. The first one I attended was on it’s second day so prices were reduced. Most of the items in the photos were still there so I think that there original prices were too high. I picked up this cool vintage motorcycle helmet for $5. I love the sparkly blue color. It has some condition issues but I’m hoping someone might be interested in it as a decor piece.

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This sale also had an area of vintage dolls. I purchased this set of Pocketbook dolls for $7. These dolls are not very valuable and these have some dirt on them that I couldn’t clean off but I have never sold these before and I really wanted to learn about them. I also picked up this Midge doll from 1962. She comes in a vintage Barbie dress called Garden Party. She was $5.

I purchased a Penny Brite doll. These dolls are fairly common but since she came with her original case, I thought she could have some value. She is from the 1960s. Another doll I bought there is this Puffalump Kids Christmas doll by Fisher Price. She was only $1. I have had good luck selling the Puffalump animals before but never saw one like this. I think it may bring $10. That’s not as good as some of the animals.

I also picked up this Wizzzer top from 1969. Me and my brother played with these tops when we were young! The rubber tip of the top is cracked and dry but I’m hoping that since this has the box, instructions, and accessories, it will still sell. I also found a vintage Christmas piece which is this knee hugger elf on a wicker sled.

Finally, I found this empty Bosco bottle from the 1980s in the basement of one of the houses. I looked up comps and saw that one had sold for $40, so for $1 I picked it up. I was a Bosco lover as a child.

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Those are the highlights of my estate sales adventures. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!!

Here is a picture of one of my “helpers” checking out my finds.

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Pop Culture, Perfume and Christmas

As garage sale season winds down there are still a few sales and holiday bazaars out there. I went to a few last weekend and found some interesting items. At the first sale I was able to find a collection of Littlest Pet Shop and some Sylvanian Families items. I paid $10 for all of it. There were 45 pets and 9 vintage Sylvanian figures with furniture and accessories for their dollhouse.

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At another sale I found some pop culture items. The first is a pair of plush dolls. They are from a video game called Little Big Planet. I’m hoping to get $20 for the pair. They were $1 each. At the same sale, also for $1 was this set of figures from a show called Gravity Falls. I am also hoping for $20 on these.

I also picked up two Christmas items. First is a vintage Hallmark Baby’s First Christmas ornament. It shows a 3D scene of a baby in a crib with a little stocking on the edge of the crib. The scene is inside a sweet little rattle. I actually had purchased one of these ornaments in 1982 for a friend who was having a baby. This was when Hallmark just started coming out with their amazing ornaments. I’ve been hooked since then.

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The second Christmas item is a Waechterbach butter dish in the Christmas tree pattern. This one has a little chip inside but I am still hoping to get about $30 for it. It was $2. Depending on the item, pieces in this pattern can go for good money.

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I also picked up some Cinnabar perfume for $1 and a Mets baseball souvenir  “Peppy the Owl” (from Wise potato chips) bobblehead. He was $5 and I can’t find any sold listings on him so I have him up for auction.

That’s what I found as this tag sale season winds down. I hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for the holidays!!

Poker Games, Cuckoo Clocks, Dolls and Toys

Last weekend I found several unique items. The first game caught my eye because it reminded me of a wheel you would see at a carnival except this one had images of playing cards on it. Luckily it had the directions attached to it which included the name – Poker Spinnerette. It’s some kind of Poker game where you spin the wheels to come up with your hand. I think it is very graphically pretty with the card pictures and the green color. I saw one that was auctioned on some website and sold for $90 so that’s what I have mine up for.

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The next unusual item is a Do It Yourself Cuckoo clock kit from Germany because every child longs to make their own Cuckoo clock, or maybe they used to. It appears to be very well made and hopefully is complete.

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I bought a few interesting dolls. I like this Mary Poppins doll which features the costume design of Bob Crowley. This doll is from the broadway show of Mary Poppins. She sold quickly for $24.99. She even comes with her parrot umbrella. The second doll I bought is a reproduction Effanbee Patsy doll. She is from the Danbury Mint collection. I’m hoping to get between $30 and $50 for her. I love her outfit and her metal heart bracelet.

 

Some ceramic items I picked up include this bird figure by Bing and Grondahl and this sailor bank. Some listings say he is from the Seaman’s savings bank but mine is not marked in any way.

 

Fishing through a plush pile I saw a paw sticking out and I knew right away that it was a Steiff hand puppet. I had the cat when I was young in the 60s. Right with it was this black poodle who I believe is also Steiff although he doesn’t have his tag or ear button.

 

Some other plush I bought was this Folkmanis Jackrabbit puppet and this big fish. I didn’t know who the fish was but his tag said Nickelodeon so I figured he must be from some show. Since he was only $2 I took a chance on him. It turned out he is from the show Bubble Guppies and sold quickly for $19.

 

I also had a fun find from the thrift store last week which was this vintage Barbie doll for $4. I believe she is a titan bubble cut Barbie from the early 1960’s. One arm is damaged and she is missing one finger but her outfit is an authentic vintage Barbie dress. I’m not sure what she is worth but I have her up for $49 right now.

Those are the highlights from my recent sourcing adventures. I didn’t find too much this past weekend so maybe I can combine it with some finds from the upcoming week.

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!

A Pile of Plush, A Toy Tent and Fill A Bag!

I went to a sale that had all my favorite things mentioned in the title of this blog. It was pouring rain so some of the plush in the pile were wet even though it was under a tent. I pulled three toys out of the pile which was “fill a bag” for $1. I pulled out this old Disney Bear named Bongo. I never heard of him before. He is from a film produced by Disney in 1947. He is also a very early Gund toy. I don’t know what he is worth. Maybe a million dollars!  The second item I bought is a Gund bear from 1981. He may bring $20. Finally I got a purple Lumpy elephant from Winnie the Pooh.

Besides the plush pile there were also other toys. I picked up this old doll. She is a Dy-dee doll by Effanbee. I’ve never seen these before. Her rubber body was cracked and damaged in some areas but she still sold quickly for $40. She has a sweet face and I really like her bonnet.

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In another tent were tables of household items and decor. There was a stack of coasters and I picked them up because they were unusual looking and made in Italy. They were marked Fornasetti Milano which turns out to be fairly collectible.

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I found several mid century figurines which I put together in a lot because each is worth no more that 4 or 5 dollars on it’s own. My favorite is the angel cat. I believe that the chimney sweep is by Goebel although it is unmarked. The brown dog is a Lefton piece. I don’t understand the meaning of the monkey climbing out of the piano.

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In the same tent I picked up a wall plaque featuring two sailing ships in scrimshaw, a small jewelry box shaped like a sewing box, an old copper pot and a green Catherineholm pot.  Nautical items have been selling well which is why I picked up the ship picture.

That’s about it for this weekend. There was a large variety and items I have never seen before which is always fun and helps me learn about new, wonderful things!

Dolls, Plush, Art and Decor

I am combining two weeks of finds in this blog. There were several sales including a community sale, a church sale and an estate sale.

For $5 I picked up this Madeline case that was filled with dolls and clothes. I have sold some of these before. These hard plastic 8″ dolls seem to be better sellers than the soft Madeline dolls.

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I also picked up this sailor doll which I believe is from the 1940s and looks like a doll by an artist named Nora Wellings. The hat says “Queen Elizabeth II” and I think this was a souvenir. He has a hand painted face which is kind of creepy.

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The plush I picked up included a pair of Where The Wild Things are characters and Babar and Celeste. I have consistently been selling Where The Wild Things Are plush for $10 each. These were $1 each.

I also grabbed some interesting artwork. This picture of a cat looking out of a window is by an artist named Nelson. I picked up a similar piece several months ago which I think sold for $19. It is made of different types of inlaid wood. The second piece is a print that is numbered 3/20 and is by a listed artist named Gerald Brommer. It was only $4 because it has a lot of water damage. It is an image of a gondola. I really don’t know what the value of this is.

Some of the decorative items I bought include this metal and enamel vase. I picked it up because I liked the colors and designs. When I researched it I saw similar ones that they are calling Chinese antiques but I don’t really know since it doesn’t have any markings on it. I’m hoping for at least $30. I also picked up this funky orange cup? vase? I don’t know but it has three handles. It is small and only measures 3″ tall.

Finally, in the category of random, I picked up this clone trooper helmet for $5 which I’m hoping to sell for $40 since it is close to Halloween, and this charming box of vintage pencils.

Those are the highlights from the last couple of weeks. Fall tag sales are going strong!

Vintage Dolls, Dansk and Pottery

I am a week behind in my blogging. Last weekend there were two good sales. The first was at a school where almost everything was $1. I hardly find that anymore. My most exciting finds from that sale were two vintage Dawn dolls from 1971 and they were still in the boxes. Unfortunately the black haired doll, Maureen, had a fading/greenish face which can happen to these dolls. I put her up at $29 and she sold right away so it may not have been as big of an issue as I thought it was. The doll that was in better condition sold for $49 and I really wanted to keep this one. Dawn dolls were my favorites growing up so when I find a special one it is hard for me to part with. I have a small collection that I keep but since we are living in an apartment for now, space is really limited. I just love the details and beautiful accessories they give to these dolls.

I picked up a blue Le Creuset pot at this sale. I’ve never sold these before and it is very heavy. The bottom interior is severely discolored but it is a very pretty blue color on the outside. Since was only $1 so I decided to take a chance.

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They had a big pile of handbags. I purchased two Mona B. bags, a Fossil bag and a Le Sportsac. The Mona B. bags are very rustic looking in natural colors. The Le Sportsac has a really charming print called Warm Wishes which features things like mittens, hats, socks, marshmallows, tea cups and coffee cups- all the things that make me think warm and cozy. It sold quickly for $24.99.

The other sale I visited was a community sale. I picked up two American Girl dolls for $14 each but they both have terrible hair that needs to be replaced so I’m hoping I can still make a profit. It’s hard for me to resist American Girl dolls for less than $20. They did each come dressed so that’s a plus.

In the housewares/collectibles section of this sale I picked up some items. Their prices were not as friendly as at the school. I bought a few items on the first day then came back the next day for the fill a box sale. There were two Dansk items. One is a pepper mill and the other is a divided snack server. On the first day I paid $5 for the mill. The snack saver was marked $10 so I left it. It was still there the next day when it was “fill a box for $10.”

On the first day where I paid full price for things I also picked up this cute pepper mill from France. At first I thought it was a miniature coffee grinder. I like the red metal top. I also bought this decorated egg that has three compartments that open up. It reminds me of a Faberge egg and is made of a real goose egg.

Besides the Dansk tray mentioned above I also crammed the following items into my $10 box. They include a Danish covered dish featuring Elves (there is a chip on the lid), a glass dolphin, an Italian ceramic box with a colorful bird painted on the lid and a pretty salt box. Most of these items were marked between $5 and $8 dollars on the first day of the sale which is high and why they were left over. I hope some of them sell and I can make a profit on my $10.

The best part of the sale was that there was a food truck there and I got this wonderful macaroni and cheese with maple bacon bits on top. Yum!!!