400 Families

Every time they run this sale they up the number of families that they say are participating. When it started out it was the Ultimate Yard Sale with 200 families participating. Now they say it is 400 families. To me it looks like it is at least 50% antique dealers or resellers. When I go to this semi annual sale I try to find the people who are really selling as if it were a yard sale at their house. This is what I found this time.

The three plush items I picked up were a Molly doll from The Big Comfy Couch, a learn to ┬ádress Caillou doll and a Muppet from the Whatnot Workshop. I love the Muppets like this and have one that I designed from FAO Schwarz in NYC. This one is very funny with her long curly blond hair, fancy princess dress and glasses. I have sold these before and can usually get between $40 and $60 for them. I paid $7 for this one. I’m hoping to get $40 for the Molly doll. She is a rarer vinyl version. Caillou won’t bring much – maybe $14 but I only paid $1 for him.

Two other items I picked up were this vintage big eyed girl print from the 1960s. I paid $2 and am hoping to get $24 for her. I paid $5 for this Lego set of the Eiffel Tower which turned out to be new in the box.

I also picked up one of these little flocked animals from West Germany. The brand is Kunstlerschutz. I used to collect these as a child. The frog seems to be fairly rare and I am hoping to get $40 for him.


I hit one good church sale last weekend with great prices. Everything I bought there cost $10. I was excited to find this Wham-o sand art toy. These are pretty valuable now. I found one once at a thrift store but the sand was hard and didn’t flow anymore. This one is in great condition. I paid $1 for it at the sale and am hoping to get $50 for it.


These ceramic pixie elf figures dressed up as devils were among an entire table of salt and pepper shakers. The little Christmas elves like this are popular but if you can find unusual ones, in pink or green, or devils like these, they will be more valuable. I’m hoping to get $40 for the pair. They are small at only 3″ tall. All the salt and pepper sets were $1 and that’s what they charged me for these.


At this same sale I picked up two handbags and a wooden inlay picture of a bee and a hummingbird which I have not photographed yet.

I also want to mention two finds from a tag sale. I believe the blue vase is a Rookwood pottery piece. I paid $10 for the Oswald figure which is high. I am hoping to get $40 for him. The vase was only $1. I have it up for auction starting at $99.

That’s all for this week. We are having a heat wave here in the northeast but prefer it to the snow!!


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.


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!!

Vintage Christmas, Legos, Marvel, Jewelry and More!

The sales are in full swing! I attended two church sales this weekend and purchased a wide variety of items. At one sale they had fill a bag for $15 and most of what I put in my bag was vintage Christmas. First was an unusual (ugly?) Santa Claus with a big seashell body. Maybe someone who lives at the beach would find him a charming holiday decoration. I picked up a group of 5 felt knee hugger elves. They are all the same. I bought a wooden bear shaped advent calendar. There are 24 little numbered sacks and I guess you put little treats in them. The package is written in a foreign language – perhaps German. I also picked up this ceramic deer with jingle bells around his neck which has already sold for $19.


One sale had a jewelry room where the line was out the door and I didn’t want to spend the time waiting. The other sale was much quieter and I was able to buy two pieces of jewelry there for $3 each. One is a pin of a moose family. It has a mid century modern look and was marked Sweden. The second piece is a multi-colored bear on a sterling chain. It has a Native American look but I don’t know if the stones are real turquoise, malachite, etc or just faux.


At this same sale I found a box of Legos marked $3. When I lifted the lid I saw that there were some pieces that looked Native American like a teepee and a totem pole. There also turned out to be some items from a Space Shuttle set. I don’t find Legos often anymore.


Other toys I bought included this miniature version of a real vacuum cleaner that actually works, a hippie Dam brand troll, a Star Wars monster figure and a Marx Spiderman from1967. The Spiderman was actually from a tag sale I stopped at which was mostly big, expensive furniture. They had a box filled with baby toys for 50 cents each and the Spiderman was in there.


I also picked up some other vintage items including a black Dansk loaf pan and this Felix the Cat head from Germany. I don’t know what the head was part of but I put it up for $29 and it sold within one day to someone in Australia.


Another fun item which also happens to be black and white was this Kit Kat style clock. This one isn’t as old as some others but it is unique so I’m hoping to be able to sell it. If you look up Kit Kat clocks you will see a big variety of colors mostly selling for high amounts. The more valuable ones are the older ones with the cords. As the clock ticks the eyes and tail move back and forth.


Those are the highlights from this week! Hope everyone is going to sales and finding wonderful items!!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!!

Disney Plush, Jewelry, Sprinter and other Treasures!

Spring is coming to New England very slowly this year giving a slow start to garage sale season. Sprinter is spring that is still actually winter. I went to a church sale and found some vintage plush, toys and jewelry as well.

There was a toy area where I wasn’t finding much but I started looking at the pile of plush they had and pulled out a few vintage Disney plush. The better sellers are usually the more unusual characters. I found Berloiz who is the gray brother kitten from the Aristocats movie. I’m hoping to get about $30 for him.


I also picked up this Samuel J. Gopher who is a secondary character from Winnie the Pooh. I also have him up for about $30.


Lady, from Lady and the Tramp is a fairly popular character but this is an older and large version of her so I am hoping that I still may get about $20 for her.


Recently I sold a plush of Copper, the hound dog from Disney’s The Fox and the Hound movie for $50 so I was excited to see this plush of Tod, the fox. Unfortunately this small version of Tod may only bring $10. I also picked up a small Mario backpack clip. The plush toys at this sale were only 25 cents.

There were several baskets of costume jewelry at this sale. They were all in little ziploc bags and were a little hard to see but the prices were only between $.50 and $2 so I picked up a few of the bags. In one bag there were several horse themed pieces. I think the bracelets in this group were very pretty and I am selling all the pieces in a lot.


I also picked up a Minnie Mouse pendant and a gold tone, faux jade and rhinestone bracelet.

There were two other pieces that I picked up that I think might be sterling so I am taking them to the jeweler to have them tested. I should really get one of those kits and learn how to do it myself. After I find out more I will share them.

Finally I also picked up several pieces of vintage Little Tikes dollhouse furniture. I am hoping to get about $40 for this group. They were mixed up with a big lot of dollhouse items.


I picked up a few items at the thrift store this week including this pretty original watercolor. This is my favorite style of painting and I wouldn’t mind keeping this tea pot painting for myself.


I also picked up a few artist drawing pencil sets that were hanging in the bags on the wall. Neither of these are very valuable but they may sell for $10 each.



Those are the highlights of this week. I heard a rumor that it may warm up at the end of the week but I’ll believe it when I see it!

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!