Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Hawaiian Records, Annalee Christmas Figures, Thomas the Train”


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After a previously rainy and therefore fruitless weekend, my list this weekend promised a wonderful outcome. Well… not so much.  High prices just seemed to proliferate throughout and so I was only left with a few good possibilities.  Plus the fact that the sales were spread over a good distance at various starting times.  I started at one down the street that had absolutely nothing.  Then I moved on to the mid part of town where I would have bought a lot if the lady’s prices weren’t in the $20 range for each and every thing.  At the next spot, I did pick up the McDonalds Mug, the German rose plate and the box of stickers, all for $4.


I moved on to another regular sale.  The lady there was so nice.  Like super quiet librarian nice.  I thought afterward that I should try to be her friend, but that probably wouldn’t work out.  Anyway.  She had all of these Annalee pieces that her little daughter was taking all of ten minutes to put each and every one out on display.  I gathered them all up, along with a vintage barber shop quartet mug and a New With Tag Kipling backpack and ended up paying her $30 for the lot.  More than I wanted to pay, but sometimes I get schmoozed.  And she had advertised that she had Hummels, but decided not to bring them because she was worried they would break. So I’ll be emailing her, at her request, about those.




Around the corner, I filled up a bag with all of the wooden Thomas Trains, one Babar book and the Automoblox truck, all at prices from 25¢.

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On to the far reaches of the earth, I picked up the cool Cowgirl boots and the vintage book of Hawaiian Records that belonged to the older lady’s husband’s father, all at $10.

Streaming all the way back across town again, I picked up a high school sweatshirt for my son and another Babar book both for $3.  When I pulled out my well-stacked wallet full of ones, the guy said, “Wow.  You’re prepared.”  I said, “You gotta be prepared.”  🙂

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One final estate sale in the mix and I nabbed a Las Vegas Starbucks City Scenes mug for a dollar, far less than anything else they had priced there.  (I asked about a vintage Coach purse and received a response of “$50, Five Oh.”  No thank you).


$54 spent.  Potential $520 gain.  The season is coming to a close…. hopefully more sales to come or more thrift store posts in the future…

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New Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Inventory


Occasionally perusing eBay (though I still dislike their policies), I came upon a Strawberry Shortcake listing that seemed affordable with 12 dolls and 7 pets at just over $32 total with shipping.  That’s under $3 per doll with/without matching pet.  I decided to purchase and recently received them in the mail.  While listing, I grabbed my reserve box of Strawberry Shortcake dolls that I keep in case I come across additional accessories to make more complete dolls for better listings.  In going through my reserve box, I was able to make a few dolls more complete as well as make the decision to go ahead and list those that may only be partially complete.  I’m sure there are people out there who also have clothing or accessories and need a doll to complete their sets. Or maybe they just want one of the dolls for a lower price.  So the following is both the new vintage inventory as well as the inventory I’ve had available in my Etsy Shop.  They make great nostalgic gifts for childhood lovers/collectors of Strawberry Shortcake.

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Posted by on October 19, 2016 in Dolls

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New Mother Lode of Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers


During my last garage sale venture, my last stop was a senior center flea market where I spotted a lady with rolls and rolls of vintage Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers.  She had some customers buying a few strips here and there and I though I would wait until she was free to ask if she might consider selling any of her rolls.  So after milling about, I returned when the coast was clear and dared to ask my question.  To my great surprise, she said, “Sure!”  And even more surprising were the prices she asked.  For small rolls she asked $1-$2, medium $3 and super large $5.  I ended with two bags full for $60.  I’ve been busy listing the new inventory and thought to myself, “I should really contact my favorite customers in Japan who love to order large quantities.”  So I did. And that night I heard the “cha-ching” on my phone when I receive two orders.  $250 and $225 worth to two of my customers in Japan, selling out a few of the new varieties.  From what is left, please head on over to my Etsy Store’s Sticker Section and see if there are any you can’t live without:

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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in Stickers

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Stickers, Vintage Children’s Books & Antique Ceramics”


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I started at one of my favorite regular sales.  They always have vintage toys.  I’m not sure how they keep these in inventory but I keep thinking they are just gradually parting with them as they go.  They even had a bag of Strawberry Shortcake Dolls I totally would have bought if the price tag wasn’t $20.  Instead, I found a couple of bags full including bags of vintage action figures like Fisher Price Adventure People, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers, a Little Tikes Dollhouse Pool, Fisher Price Matching Middles Oreo Cookies, Little Tikes Nesting Farm Animals, Barbie Tawny Walking Horse, McDonalds Ty Beanie Bears, and various other little doodads all for $17.screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-07-13-pm screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-12-59-pm screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-18-43-pm

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On to a block sale, I found a stack of vintage Coloring Books, Little Golden Books, Tell A Tale Books, Golden Shape Books, and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny Tray Puzzles all for $9.  His Co-seller gave me an Anthropologie tea cup and charged me $1 for a pair of Betula Birkenstocks that I’ve already sold for $49.

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At the neighbor’s, I picked up a Bingo Bear Hallmark Ornaments, a couple of vintage handmade dough ornaments and a couple of Russ Clip on Santas, all for 95¢.  Moving on, I picked up a Jim Shore Santa for $5 and a Starbucks mug for $1.

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Then I was on my way to the local Senior Center’s Flea Market and stopped at one sale where I found a vintage Lefton Cissy Cabbage Cuties Teapot, a vintage Napco June Bride Bell, a vintage Lefton Cuckoo Clock, a vintage Cabbage Patch bag and a vintage My Beautiful Valerie Doll, all for $17.

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On to the Flea Market.  I spotted a lady with vintage Mrs. Grossman’s stickers, rolls of them.  There were a few people milling about in front ripping off stickers.  I figured I would come back after those people left to see what kind of deal I could finagle.  In the meantime, I went and bought a Vinylmation Mickey Mouse of Lombard Street in San Francisco for 50¢, and Tignanello Black Satchel for $3 and a bag of Polly Pocket Dolls and animals for $3.


And then I went back to the sticker lady.  More on that in the next post….


Minus the stickers, I spent $65 and could potentially gain $700.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “7 For All Mankind Dojo & Hudson Jeans, Bag of Bakugan & An Irish Porcelain Doll”


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And the title about sums it up. I actually took this trip to look for clothes for my son and was primarily focused on that task until I exhausted all options.  Then I took a few zips around the store to see if I could find anything worth buying/selling.  I first found the big bag of Bakugan at $6.98, a high price, but well worth it.  Maybe not so much so when at the end of my trip I found the second bag with the box of Bakugan at $1.98.

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In between I came across the Irish Porcelain Doll that I have researched is Molly by Peggy Dey, Danbury Mint 1994 for $7.48.

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$23.25 spent.  Potential $375 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Star Wars Goblets, Fisher Price Camera, True Religion Shorts”


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The season must be winding down as I find fewer and fewer items each weekend.  I only picked up a pair of Girls True Religion shorts for $2, a Fisher Price Changeable Picture Disc Camera for $1, a Sound N Lights Animatronics Flapping Ears Dog that plays “Witch Doctor” for $2, three Star Wars Goblets all for $4 and a Star Wars Lego pen for 50¢.

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I spent $9.50 and could make $165.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Coach, Royal Doulton Figurines, Jasper & Jeera Bag”


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A slow start to the day, there really weren’t very many sales.  But at my first stop I picked up the vintage Coach bag for $2.


Further on, I found the three Royal Doulton Figurines, bargained all for $10 and also the Goebel Figurine for $2 and the vintage Ken doll for 50¢.

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And on to a regular’s sale that I should have hit earlier. There I found a Jasper & Jeera Anthropologie bag, a Maurizio Taiuti Crossbody, a Mimco Shoulder Bag, an & Other Stories Pouch, plus a Beurer watch, Skull Candy Headphones, and an Apple Airport Extreme, all for $30.

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And lastly a Royal Worcester Egg Coddler for $1:


$45 spent.  Potential $850 gain.

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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Garage Sales

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Fisher Price Little People, Littlest Pet Shop & A Coach Purse”


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It has taken me a few days to get through the boxes of Fisher Price Little People Toys and the Littlest Pet Shops that I paid $30 for.  I’m still not finished listing each and every one I can find online.  I was hoping I would have complete sets, but some have maybe one piece missing or a few, so it’s better to just break up the pieces and sell them individually.  I do have a complete Castle and Zoo Train.

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Rewinding to the beginning of the day, there were two large neighborhood sales to the tune of a list of 75. Unfortunately that did not mean there was a ton of great stuff.  But I did get a Coach Hamptons Pastel Scribble bag for $5, Orange Suede Franco Sarto Heels for $3, and two Mephisto Mobils Sandals at $2 each.


Continuing on, I filled my arms with 2 Welch’s Dinosaur glasses, 2 Safari Ltd. Mermaid figures, a Papo Fairy Princess, and a Schylling Train, all for $1.20.

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At a few random sales I picked up a Holly Hobbie Federal Glass mug for $1, Care Bears Wall Appliqués for 50¢, and a stack of vintage Disney books with cassette tapes for free.


Lastly I took an entire box of Waechtersbach mugs at 25¢ each.


Total spent: $48.  Potential gain: $980.

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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Garage Sales

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Bay Area Oktoberfests for September 2016

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Beer, Events

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Fossil Bags, Michael Kors Flats & A Celebration Barbie”


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The last half of my garage sale trip was spent retracing my steps looking for my watch that had fallen off unnoticed.  Probably because I was wearing a jacket, which I rarely do, and so the sleeve masked the loss.  I struggled to finally go try the last two stops, somewhat dejected, and there it was, lying in the gutter where I had previously parked my car.  Yay, one triumph for the day, though it never should have happened in the first place. The clasp has been loose and I should have made sure it was secure, though you can never anticipate that your watch will just fall off into the gutter without letting you know.

Let’s start again.  At my first stop, I found a red leather The Sak purse and a black leather Fossil purse, each for $2, the Blue Suede Alfani Boots for $3 and the Celebration Barbie for $5.



On to the next, I picked up the white Banana Republic purse for $2 as well.

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Moving on, I got a handful, including the Michael Kors flats, the Reyn Spooner shirt, the Little Ann & Bob dolls in the package, the crazy rubber cat, the Lenox ornament, the German beer stein and the massaging machine, all for $20.

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The last thing I picked up before I realized my watch was gone is the Frozen Friends Hallmark Eskimo ornament for $1.


$35 spent.  Potential $345 gain.

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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Garage Sales

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