Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Lauren Bearcall, The Punky Brewster Doll & LA Idol Jeans”


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I hadn’t been back in two weeks because I’d been cleaning out the house, shed, basement, etc. And because of that fact, I didn’t want to end up with anything that would sell or have a place.  Therefore I was very picky and didn’t fill my cart to the brim as I usually do.  I first picked out two bags of bakugan.  I thought I might have all the makings of a Dragonoid Colossus.  What I actually had was several good bakugans to easily list.

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In other toys, I picked up the Punky Brewster Doll at 75% off, the Winnie the Pooh for 99¢, The Mary Engelbreit Gregory the Jester for 99¢ and then found the North American Bear Co. Lauren Bearcall sitting on a shelf full of electronics.  She was marked down half price to just over $2.

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Then I spent some time going through the wallet shelves.  There were quite a few Coaches, but most were marked $30 and up.  But the black one was only marked $4.98.  Not a bad price.  Then I spotted the Vera Bradley for $2.  And in purses I picked up two Fossils at only a couple bucks each

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In housewares I picked up two Villeroy & Boch items, one a vintage Troubadour pattern mug and one a Noah’s Ark plate, 45¢ and 99¢.
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And in clothing I came across the LA Idol Jeans while scanning for Miss Me’s.  They look a lot like Miss Me jeans and apparently sell for a similar price.  I paid. $1.98.  And 99¢ for a Lucky Brand Peacock Belt.

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All spent was $40.  Potential gain could be $750.

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Cleaning Out The Shed

IMG_0893We have a shed at our house.  It’s a good size.  I guess I could measure it, but let’s just say it has housed our holiday decorations, kids’ memorabilia, and a whole heck of a lot of stuff that I though might be valuable one day.  Well, the time has come.  To make that shed a receptacle for my “for sale” inventory.  Thereby relieving a lot of the house and garage responsibility for such items.  So I moved every last storage box out of that thing.  It took me all day.  Some was sitting on the driveway, some in what space was left in the garage.  And then I began to fill it will shelving units and then filling those shelving units with listed inventory.  Let’s just say my body has about had it, especially after moving patio furniture back onto our new deck, furniture we don’t want to a space where nice people from craigslist can pick pieces up, cleaning out our basement for the same reason, etc., etc.  On to the point of all of this:  You never know what you have until you go through it.  I have boxes and boxes of dolls, barbies, and toys you haven’t seen since the late ’90’s or before.  Or after.  Too much stuff that I was never going to get to unless I got it out of there.  And now it is.  And it’s kind of fun to pick a bin, open the top and go, “oh my goodness.”  So far, I’ve only gone through two, one of “Character Plush” and “Boxed Barbies.”  But the value of the two ranges in the multiple hundreds.  Let’s get this stuff out, sold, shipped, and make room for new and better inventory!

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Stella & Dot, Littlest Pet Shops & A Carrom Board”


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I was a bit overwhelmed as I started out that morning knowing I had to tackle an Elementary School’s Rummage Sale, A Neighborhood Sale and a Charity Rummage Sale all starting at roughly the same time.  I headed first to the school rummage sale expecting that would be my best bet and it was also open early.  I filled my arms with a bag of Littlest Pet Shops, a Horse Jewelry Box, a Box for a Circus Playset, a vintage Dakin Wolf Puppet, a vintage Fred Flintstone, a pretty purple maxi dress, a Big Buddha purse, a Ron Jon Surf Shop Drawstring Bag, some Jeep J-41 Athletic shoes, a couple of scarves, a small Doll-size school desk and a Monster High stuffed animal.  Total: $19.

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On my way, I stopped at the Charity Rummage Sale, though I was a half hour early.  I scanned the area noticing that there were a few people there that looked like they were not a part of the group that was running the sale.  I asked if they were open and one rude lady said, “8:30.”  Still, noticing that the other people continued on, I asked if I should come back.  The rude lady said, “That would be nice.”  I almost didn’t want to go back.  Or go back and get all the best stuff for the cheapest prices.

But first I would head to the neighborhood sale.  Which consisted of all of six lousy sales.  I only purchased the Carrom board at one of them for $5.  And then I was on my way back to the charity rummage sale.Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 3.05.23 PM

Where I tried to pick out every single nice piece of clothing and footwear possible because everything was a dollar.  I bought $15 worth and they threw in the Russ cat.  I made sure to avoid the rude lady.

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Then I headed to a sale that advertised Stella & Dot.  I carefully started picking things out and then realized I should just get as much as I could possibly considering spending.  Eight necklaces, three pairs of earrings, a pendant and a Fossil Key-Per Crossbody purse and I was $50 in the hole.  Hopefully it will pay off.


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After that, I headed across town to see if there was anything left to buy at the other sales on my list.  I came across one that was not on my list, but that I had been to before.  It was there that I found the Dansko clogs, the Cole Haan driving loafers, the striped TOMS and a new Banana Republic Infinity Scarf, all for $8.  One last sale nabbed me the Blythe & Littlest Pet Shop set for $3.

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That was it, all others were duds and I made my way home.  I spent $100 and could make: $1,500.

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NetworkedBlogs & Symphony Suck

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For years I have had my blog posts automatically feed to my personal and professional Facebook pages using NetworkedBlogs.  For free.  Recently, I was trying to manually update my NetworkedBlogs account and accidentally took it off the automatic update to my personal Facebook account.  Trying to fix the problem, I was faced with the information that NetworkedBlogs had turned over its automatic posting to Symphony.  Symphony would be happy to take over and start reposting to whatever page I would like.  For a fee.  I flipped out.  And emailed NetworkedBlogs to explain my accidental mistake.  I received an email response from Waleed Abdulla who asked me if I would like to work for free as NetworkedBlogs had.  Well… I do, actually, Walleed, I blog for free.  And then he told me not to contact him again.  I found this quite rude of NetworkedBlogs and Waleed Abdulla.  I thought I would still be able to see my posts feed to my professional page, but no, they no longer feed either.  So now I will have to do it manually… for free.



Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blogging

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Never List Free Items on Craigslist


Not long ago I listed a bike and a headboard on craigslist for a price and had very pleasant experiences with the buyers who came by within days.  I expected this was due to the ability for buyers to receive emails whenever new listings match their search criteria.

Recently, I’ve been cleaning out our house and wanted to list a grouping of items for free on craigslist.  I was wary, knowing that sometimes you can become inundated with emails, have sketchy emails to deal with, and have to weed out those who may not be honest.  Sure enough, after posting the listing, I was inundated with emails.  As a nice person, I began responding, letting the earliest emailers have first dibs and telling the later people that there were people before them, but that if the first responders didn’t show up, I would let the second responders know.  In hindsight, I never should have emailed the second responders until I saw results from the first responders because the second and so forth responders weren’t so happy.

I received responses from second responders saying they were “one of the first,” – no, you were not the first so you have to wait your turn.  One response saying they “lived down the street,” – I didn’t give out my address so how did they know?  One response who wanted most of the items, then said they couldn’t get a truck so would have to pass. One response saying I should just list my address and say “first come first serve” – listing my address could prove very unsafe considering people could show up at all hours, some at the same time, and some unhappy that what they came for might already be gone.  Apparently someone was so unhappy that they were too late to the party that they flagged my ad for removal.  Referring to craigslist’s help section, “millions of ads are flagged for removal” even though most are compliant.  This leads to a huge breakdown of the integrity of craigslist and the people who are trying to buy, sell or just give stuff away for free.

Because I had so many responses, I expect that most of the stuff will be gone within days, even without the ad. I am actually happy that it was taken down and even thought of taking it down myself because I couldn’t deal with responding to everyone and keeping track of who wanted what and when they could come by.  For whatever’s left, I expect I will place individual ads and actually have to charge a nominal amount of money to weed out the “freeloaders” that return rude responses when they are unable to wait their turn in line.


Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Coach Bag Model Name & Number Help


DSC_0839I often come across Coach bags, both vintage and newer, in my thrifting and bargaining travels.  Most of the time it’s fairly easy to find out the model name of the bag by using the last numbers on the interior serial along with the search word, “Coach.”  But sometimes, as with older bags, I can get nearly stumped.  Especially if they’re rarer and harder to find.  Such was the case with the above bag.  I could not find the “5048” number on the internet for the life of me.  And then I came across a website that helped me decipher what make of bag it really was.   By using the following tricks, I figured out that it was made in 1991, and so when I Googled “Coach 1991,” ta-dah, there it was, a Coach Binocular bag.  Here are the clues given by

The serial number can be decoded on any Coach bag made from 1994 on. The first letter is the month, in order from A for January, all the way through M for December, skipping I for clarity because I was too easy to mistake for 1. The second number is the year the bag was made, 4 for 1994, 3 for 2003, and 04 for 2004, with double numbers being used for every year after 2004. The third or fourth number in the creed is the factory designation number. I don’t think Coach has ever released a list of these numbers and what they stand for to the public.

Notice that underneath the word Coach, it says “LEATHERWARE” in tiny block letters. The tag from this bag will also say “LEATHERWARE” underneath. This bag dates anytime prior to 1994, and after the implementation of the creed stamp in the 1970’s.

If you go to the website you can see some examples to help you practice deciphering them better.  They also provide a list with a lot of the model numbers and names:

Style numbers and names:
4068 Lunch Tote
4107 Soho Basket Bag
4108 flap bucket bag (not sure if that is correct name)
4115 Whitney Bag
4133 Waverley Bag
4134 Back Sack
4140 Lafayette Bag
4143 Worth Bag
4150 Fletcher Bag
4151 Thompson Drawstring
4152 Bantam Bag
4153 Bleeker Bag
4155 Soho Zip Tote
4156 Belted Pouch
4157 Buckle Bag
4158 Handle Bag
4162 Soho Cornelia Sling Backpack
4180 Lexington Drawstring
4404 Madison Chapin
4409 Madison Arcadia Tote
4906 – two very different bags with this number… one a pebbled bucket, one a glove leather wristlet
4913 Sonoma Pouch
4921 Sonoma Satchel
5130 Station Bag
5290 Baxter Bag
6094 Demi Pouch
6707 Bri Satchel
6712 Slim Shoulder Bag
7736 Canvas Demi
7784 Demi Buckle Flap
9014 Berkeley Legacy – Bonnie Cashin era bag traditionally, but found creed number on e-bay indicating manufacture date of 1996
9017 Abbie Demi
9019 Maggie Bucket or Duffle
9023 Winnie Flap Messenger – Mini Willis
9027 Ergo Mini Satchel Hobo
9032 Laurie Flap
9038 Shelburne Flap
9043 Geometric Bag – original price $174
9045 Geometric Roll Bag
9046 Flap bag with round clasp
9047 Legacy
9059 Legacy Zip Top Hobo
9061 Rambler’s Legacy
9062 Mambo Hobo
9073 Andrea Slim Tote
9076 Legacy Flap – Companion Bag
9098 Tribeca
9107 Sutton
9136 Legacy Pocket Hobo
9142 Hipster Flap
9164 Legacy Shoulder Bag
9211 Mini Hobo
9214 Small Hobo
9303 Bleeker Satchel
9305 Bleeker Tote
9311 Bleeker Demi
9430 Slim Satchel Large
9434 Buckle Bag – not correct name…
9455 Basic Bag
9525 Stewardess Bag
9635 Convertible Clutch
9712 Penelope Demi Turnlock
9735 Large Rambler Bag
9755 Pocket Purse
9765 Madison Satchel
9790 City Bag
9826 Mini Belt Bag
9844 Mini Demi Hobo
9853 Binocular Bag
9870 Court Bag
9892 Chrystie Bag
9893 Scooter Bag
9919 Quincy Flap
9924 Casino Bag
9925 Carnival Bag
9927 Willis Bag
9929 Small Satchel
9930 Murphy Bag – looks like Willis but no handle – original price $198.00
9942 Carousel Clutch
9943 Classic Backpack
9950 Janice’s Legacy
9951 Patricia’s Legacy
9952 Lula’s Legacy
9953 Helen’s Legacy
9954 Prairie Bag
9960 Daypack
9965 Legacy Trail Saddle Bag
9966 Legacy Zip
9973 Kit Bag
9974 Multi Zip
9976 Anderson Zip
9977 Manor Bag
9978 Small Side Pack
9980 Taft Bag
9981 Watson Bag
9983 Regina Bag
9984 Bixbi Sling
9988 Crescent – usually considered a Bonnie Cashin era bag, but I found some on E-Bay with creed numbers indicating manufacture dates after 1994, three so far, so it is not an isolated thing
9991 Lunch Box Zip
9993 Mini Shopper
9994 Drawstring Backpack
9995 Zip Top Shopper
9997 Legacy Hobo

16533 Penelope original price $248
17994 Classic Leather Shoulder Purse
17995 Madison Satchel
17998 Leather Duffle
18000 Field Bag


Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Pressure-Washing Teak


In my five-plus years of blogging I have occasionally posted about how much I loooooove pressure-washing. Some people get the same feeling from the lines left in a carpet by a vacuum cleaner.  I get it by pressure-washing flagstone, my house, and my teak outdoor furniture.  But it has been awhile since I refreshed our pieces that have sat out there through rain and dirt and barnacle-like lichen.  I am a little older now and looking at the daunting task of how many pieces I had to do, I was a bit overwhelmed.  But after one day I had done thirty-one pieces.  Which may be why I’m incredibly sore and sunburned, but boy does my patio furniture look great.


And then my husband decided to apply teak oil to a newly cleaned chair which has dried looking this way.  Not sure how long it will last, but for now, it looks great.  And he has a long line of pieces ahead of him.


Never overlook silver or gray teak furniture at garage sales as you can take them home and have them looking brand spanking new with the flick of a pressure-washing wrist.  A bit of elbow grease and your long-lasting patio furniture will once again look like the day you (or someone else) bought it.


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Fisher Price Precious Places


I bought this cute little house at the thrift store for a couple of bucks the other day.  I saw the “Fisher Price” label on the bottom and noticed the “Precious Places” on the front door.  I didn’t even google it while I was out, figuring that these little houses, no matter what their original association to whatever playset grouping, always seem to be popular.  When I got home, I noticed it has a light fixture inside.  Which made me excited until I couldn’t unscrew it according to the interior directions.  But then I looked up “Fisher Price Precious Places” and was quite shocked at the prices I saw.

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Fisher-Price introduced the Precious Places® toyline in 1989. This toyline includes several different Precious Places® building structures, each sold with a Precious Places® magnetic key that activates lights, locks, and movement of accessories. Each Precious Places® figure has a small round magnet on the bottom that is attracted to the Precious Places® magnetic key. All of the Precious Places® buildings and sidewalks have a gap under them to allow the Precious Places® magnetic key to slide under the structure and make the accessory figures appear to move by themselves. Several of the other accessories have key activated movement as well.

Several new sets were added to the Precious Places® toy line in 1990, including many different county fair sets. Sadly, 1990 was during the time of the big lawsuit against Fisher-Price for making toys that were too small and swallowable by small children. Most of the new Precious Places® sets that were to be introduced in 1990 never made it to production due to the lawsuit, including ALL of the new county fair sets.

Though the Precious Places® toyline was only made for 2 years, the number of accessories sold in the toyline far outnumber the accessories sold in most other toylines that were made much longer than the Precious Places®. The Precious Places® sets were sold with lots of tiny accessories, and over half of them are less than 1″ in diameter. These tiny accessories are very hard to find, making it very difficult to find a complete Precious Places® set.

Considering these were only produced for 2 years might explain why I’ve never seen them before.  And the particular house I found is one that I cannot find on the internet.  If you come across one or more of these at a thrift store or garage sale, or if you happen to have some stored away some where, get them out and test them out, you may be able to sell them for a tidy profit.


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North to Thrift: “The Lilly Pulitzer Dresses, the AMMA Design Top & The Juicy Couture Pink Bag”


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At my first stop, I picked up a basket full of fast food/Happy Meal Toys at about $1 a bag.  Also the cute little Fisher Price Precious Places house from 1988, the Baby All Gone Doll from 1991 and an awesome Giants sweatshirt for my son by Nike for all of $4.50. Total spent there was $12.

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Down the street I spotted the amazing Lilly Pulitzer Dresses at $8 each, the Carriage Boutique Green Corduroy Bow Smocked 3T dress, the Dakin Fun Farm Elephant from 1985, the Gund Snuffles Bear with the enamel ear tag whose year I cannot determine, and the Schylling Winnie the Pooh Puzzle for $2.  Total spent  there was $24.

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Finally making it to the Goodwill after a couple of stops to do household errands, I found the AMMA Design top, the Juicy Couture pink bag, and the Brighton coin purse. Total spent $10.

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Grand total at $46.  Potential gain: $600.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Coach Binocular Bag, The Miss Me Jeans & The Ginny Dolls”


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Even though I am really narrowing my focus for the best of the best, somehow I end up with the most expensive of the expensive.  I suppose it’s better to buy a bit of what you’re more sure you can sell than to buy more of what you’re not so sure about.  I started in the toys as I usually do and nabbed a grab bag of Littlest Pet Shops that were less than stellar for under $2, as well as a pair of Ernie & Bert Applause puppets at under $2, two beanie babies at under $2, the Barbie 2002 Pet Shop for under $2, the Furreal Friends Kitten for 99¢, the octagonal puzzle for 45¢ and then the three Ginny Dolls that were marked down 75% to under $5 each.

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I also found a vintage Santa pin for under $1, some Suzy’s Zoo Christmas stickers still in the package for under $1, the two Barbie ornaments at 99¢ each and two Starbucks mugs at 45¢ each.

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In the purse aisle flanked by the jeans aisle I found the Miss Me jeans that I paid up $12 for since I sold a pair of Miss Me Shorts for $49 the other day, a brown Leather and woven Brighton Purse for under $10 and then the Coach bag. It took me quite a bit of time to figure out what kind of Coach bag I had found for under $4 until I came across this website:  The website only gave me the clue that the second number in the serial might be the year of 1991 and so I finally tried googling “Coach 1991″  There it was: The Binocular Bag.

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My total topped out at $65 (after deducting the 3 shirts and 2 sweatshirts for my son and awesome leather jacket for myself).  I could make $550.

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