Birthday Coupons

18 Apr

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I used to receive birthday coupons in the mail from certain retailers, but it appears that now most of them are just emailing them out to cardholders on their special day.  I did receive coupons through the mail disguised as birthday cards from Vera Bradley and Ann Taylor Loft.  Vera Bradley gave 40% off any full-priced item at one of their stores or online and Ann Tylor Loft sent a postcard for $15 which is the best of them all.  Gap retailers, Piperlime, Banana Republic, and Gap itself, all sent emails for a certain percentage off.  And even CVS sent me a “free gift” that turned out to be a $3 coupon.  So don’t shy away from store cards or giving out your email.  In addition to their regular offers, you could also receive extra discounts during the week or month of your birth.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Teddy Ruxpin, Furreal Friends Lulu & Imaginext Dragon Fortress”

17 Apr

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$33 spent on the above, I found a Fisher Price Imaginext Dragon Fortress, a Teddy Ruxpin, a Furreal Friends Lulu animatronic cat, Lalaloopsy Suzette, Fisher Price Pink Dreamland Soother, four rolls of new Christmas wrapping paper, Imex Civil War Sets, a Fisher Price Milk Wagon, some little houses with furniture for which I can find out nothing, three fantastic German mini Cuckoo Clocks and an Airforce jacket.  For my troubles, I could net around $350:

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Wasn’t I Just ~ A Poem on My Birthday

16 Apr

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It’s my birthday today.  Rather than take the day off as I had previously planned, I wrote a little poem.  It goes a little something like this:

Where did the time go

Wasn’t I just

A young little girl

Kicking up dust

Smelling the flowers

Watching them grow

Picking bouquets

Taking it slow

Wasn’t I just

Going to school

Making new friends

Following rules

Wasn’t I just

Out on my own

Living my life

Away from home

Wasn’t I just

Having big dreams

Making big plans

No matter the means

Wasn’t I just

Planning a wedding

Planning for children

Knew where I was heading

Wasn’t I just

Having a girl

Having a boy

They were my world

Wasn’t I just

Working for hours

Caring for kids

No more time for flowers

Cleaning the house

Doing the laundry

Paying the bills

Stuck in a quandry

Writing a book

Writing a blog

Selling old stuff

No time to jog

No time to stop

And smell the flowers

No time to watch them

For hours and hours

Wasn’t I just….





Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Darth Vader Tie Fighter Model, The Pink Coach Purse & The Skylanders”

14 Apr


Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

I started at the far end of town, stopping at a couple of sales that only netted me the Lego Batman set for $2:

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Another dud after that, I headed to the middle of town where I found an armful from some very funny people who said they were the best sale in town.  I loved their dollar prices as I racked up the metal VW Bus with the surfboards on top, the vintage Star Wars Darth Vader’s Tie – Fighter Model Kit from 1989 unused, the Ello Ello-Opolis set, the vintage round print of a little Scottish girl, the bag of doll clothes that includes some great things, the Groovy Girls Callie Horse, the Cars cars new in the package, the vintage yellow MPC Plastic Dollhouse Furniture and a flower necklace for my daughter.  I was out of there for only $8.

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Then a sale that was not on my list after seeing a sign.  There I found another pile including the adorable vintage green painted Mexican chair for $5, the Set of 5 Rubbermaid Storage Containers for $2, the Disneyland Small World Jewelry Music Box, the box of Polly Pockets, the Lady & The Tramp figurines, the set of small Enesco Christmas plates with stand from 1976, and I was done at $13 as I carried my load to the car.

Down the street was the Senior Center Flea Market.  I was there just as it opened and zoomed to the back corner to find the guy that always has the greatest vintage toys at the greatest prices.  I found bags of Disney fairies, Donald Duck, Disney Princesses, Star Wars figures, plus four Skylanders new in the package, and a Papo Dragon for 50¢.  I paid up at $29 total, but individually, all were well worth it.

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Still at the Flea Market, around the corner, I lucked out to find an older lady with an entire bag of Littlest Pet Shop animals at 10¢ each.  I asked her if she would count them all up as I wanted to take the whole bag.  She did as she said she should have done that previously, and I was at $2.50, plus I added a vintage Hummel, Singing Lesson, from the 1960′s at $10.

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Another vendor had a Josef Originals Girl with Stork at $2, apparently named “Baby Shower” from a cake toppers collection that is quite rare. I can only find with 8 bids and 4 days left, so it may go for much more.  In fact I listed it for $39.95 and it sold just hours later:

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Around the corner, this lady was selling so many awesome vintage Hello Kitty and other items, I just kept buying more when I heard the prices that only ranged from 50¢-$1.00.  I found the Sailor Moon Thermos, the vintage Mickey Mouse, the Tokyo Disneyland Tin, the vintage Donald Duck Wallet, the Micropets Cats, the Minnie & Mickey button pin, the vintage nursery bank and vase, and little dollhouse pieces that must have come from Japan.

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And one last lady had some really nice items, but I only spent $3 on the really sweet Josef Originals Elephant:

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Time to leave the Flea Market, I stopped at a sale where I found the 1986 Peyo Schleich Smurfs from Germany and the Animal Alley Black & White stuffed dog, all $1.50.

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On my way to another sale, I drove by one that always seems to be there and has always proved to have something valuable.  I snagged the Hotwheels Shark playset and the Hello Kitty Projection Radio Alarm Clock,  $1 each.

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Down the street, I found the first edition Cooking with Mickey Around the World:

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And around the corner I picked up the Furreal Friends Go Go Dog and two Brighton Bracelets, all for $4:

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Into a small neighborhood, I found the two Lalaloopsy Dolls, 2 for $4:

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Time was a-wastin’ as the good stuff was goin’ and heading out to a few out of the way sales, I only found the pink Coach purse for $10:

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$98 spent, I could net near $900.  Check out my finds:

Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER


$10 in 10 Minutes At The Goodwill = $100+ Earned

11 Apr


Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

I had some time to kill after a Costco run and in between picking up my son from an early day at school, so I ran into my local Goodwill.  I dwindled around, even picking up an awesome Ikea chair for $5.99 for my daughter’s room (if she likes it).  But the few small things I found for resale totaled $10 and could net me more than 10 times that.  They included Pioneer SE-450 Headphones, a Fisher Price Voice Comm Joker figure new in the package, a Lenox August Birthstone Trinket Box, a Leatherman Lobster belt and Dreamspinners VIP Turkey fabric to create a stuffed turkey pillow or centerpiece.  This could be a gameshow: Give two teams or people $10 and see what they can find in 10 minutes.  The winner is the one with the most valuable treasures!

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER


Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Mrs. Brisby, A Cabbage Patch Doll & A Fisher Price Farm”

10 Apr


Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

Now that most of my thrifting at my favorite thrift store is dedicated to finding fantastic clothing for around $2 per item to devote to the consignment store, the items I find to list myself have provided the thought that their resales could finance the entire clothing purchase.  In turn, all clothing resales become profit.  Of course, I could look at it the other way around, but the amount that I’ve been buying lately to list myself, is far less than the clothing.  For example here, I’ve only spent $15, while the amount spent on the clothing was quite a bit higher (with the hopes of an even greater return, of course).  But from that $15, I hope to make around $300, which would more than pay for the clothing and these items in question with profit to boot:

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Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER


Ideal Dolls from the Late ’60′s & ’70′s: Crissy, Velvet & Cinnamon

09 Apr

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During my last garage sale stint, I found a box of vintage Ideal Dolls from the late 1960′s and early 1970′s.  I knew they were vintage but I was unfamiliar with the dolls myself.  The lady selling them had had them as a child and she knew all of their names and made sure all of their shoes remained intact as they began falling off their feet as we discussed their outfits.  Crissy, the tallest one in the orange dress, caught my eye the most and apparently she was the grandmommy of the clan from 1969, as her cousin Velvet came later in 1970, also in a Movin’ & Groovin’ version in 1971, and then Velvet’s little sister, Cinnamon in 1972.  Believe it or not, there are even multiple books written on these dolls:

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The thing that took me a minute to discover after wondering inquisitively about the knobs on each of their backs was that you could change the length of their hair!

Here is the extended story of the Crissy family from Wikipedia:

In 1970 Ideal produced another 18 inch (460 mm) tall doll, who shared the adjustable hair feature. This doll named “Gorgeous Tressy” was a Sears catalog exclusive. In 1971 “Posin’ Tressy” also a Sears catalog exclusive was issued. These Tressy dolls are considered by some collectors as Crissy “family” dolls.

Also in 1971 Ideal released the Crissy “friend” doll, 18 inch (460 mm) tall “Kerry” who was marketed as Beautiful Crissy’s Friend. The Kerry doll has blonde hair and green eyes and was only released in a straight body style. Next came “Brandi” (1972–73) also 18 inch and marketed as a friend/companion doll. The Brandi doll had tanned skin, blonde hair and painted blue eyes. Brandi was only released with a Posin’ body style, meaning the doll had a swivel waist that had limited movement in both the horizontal and vertical planes so the doll could strike various poses for the child at play.

Additionally, “Crissy’s Cousin, Velvet,” was recreated yearly in several issues from 1970 through 1974, all of which corresponded with the Crissy issues by year. She was also reissued in 1981. Velvet was a 16 inch tall and was released in white and black versions. The white Velvet Doll had blonde hair and lavender sleep eyes, while the black Velvet version had black hair and black sleep eyes. “Crissy’s Cousin”, Velvet had two 15 inch (130 mm) tall friends, “Mia” (1971) and “Dina” (1972–73). The Mia Doll had brunette hair and blue sleep eyes. Mia was only released in a straight body style. The Dina Doll had a tan, blonde hair and painted blue eyes and was only released with a Posin’ body style. Also considered by some collectors as a Crissy “family” doll was “Posin’ Cricket” a 1971 Sears catalog exclusive.

Crissy’s smallest cousin was “Velvet’s Little Sister” (1972) a 12 inch (300 mm) strawberry blonde child doll. This issue was a Caucasian only doll. In 1973, this doll was released again, but with her own name and new accessories. She was “Cinnamon with a Hairdoodler.” In 1974, “Cinnamon with the New Curly Ribbons” was released. The 1973 and 1974 Cinnamon dolls were also created in an African-American version.

One of the other members of the Crissy family of dolls was “Baby Crissy,” a large 24 inch (610 mm) doll with adjustable length hair controlled by a simple pull-string. “Baby Crissy” was the size of a nine-month-old which is why to this day, many of these “Baby Crissy” dolls can be found wearing real baby clothes. A “Baby Velvet” doll was a proposed model that was pictured in Ideal’s 1974 catalog but never made it to the production stage.

“Baby Crissy” enjoyed huge popularity for many years. The first five years of this doll’s production (1973–1977) brought to the buying public the same doll, wearing three different versions of her diaper set, a term that describes a short dress with matching bloomer-type panties. She was sold barefoot. The doll was recreated and sold again in 1981 and 1982 with exactly the same molds used in the 70′s, though dressed in a completely different outfit, again with no shoes, and housed in several differently styled boxes. More dolls that looked totally different were sold with the same name in 1984 and 1985 (by the Ideal Toy Corporation) and again in 1991 (by the View-Master Ideal Group, Inc.) and also in 1995 (created by Tyco Playtime, Inc.).

In 1976, Ideal produced a new growing hair doll named “Tara.” This doll’s face mold had more realistic and ethnically correct African-American features. Although she was marketed much later than any of the other Ideal growing hair dolls, “Tara” was made with the same body, arm and leg molds as the Velvet doll. Tara is considered by some collectors as part of the Crissy “family” of dolls.

There are also some amazing websites dedicated to these dolls like, CrissyTown, and  If you’re looking for any of the Ideal dolls mentioned above, I would suggest checking out and searching the name of the doll you’re interested in and adding “Ideal” and “Doll” to your search.  And if you have any of these dolls in your attic, garage or storage space, depending on their condition, you may want to consider selling them.  They can bring in a tidy profit:

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Coach Purses, The Vintage Ideal Dolls, The Madame Alexander Figurines…”

08 Apr


Find My Finds:  Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ eCRATER

I rushed to one of the regular boy scout rummage sales that can be quite good, but this time was quite bad.  I did pick up the Stella & Dot necklace and earrings and the two vintage cylinders of wooden tinker toys, all for $6.

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Disappointed, I headed to a nearby sale where the Seller said, “I remember you!”  I had been to the estate sale she had for her mother’s things a year or so ago where I bought multiple Barbies and other dolls.  I looked around at the veritable goldmine and began building up my pile.  Vintage dolls, boxed Madame Alexander figurines, a whole bin of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana memorabilia, another box of smaller dolls, a vintage large Rushton Santa, some German Erzgebirge rabbits, a pretty cocktail ring, my pile totaled $60.  And her friend had the Lalaloopsy dolls, the Furreal Friends cat, the Zoobles, the My Little Pony’s, the Baby Shrek doll and the American Girl Salon Chair, her total was $14.

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Feeling quite accomplished after only my second sale, I continued on to what was supposed to be a block sale, but only one garage was open.  There I found two fantastic Coach bags at $10 each, along with the floral bag and ipad case and a little sweater top, all for an additional $4.

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Swinging around the block again to make sure there weren’t any more sales, I went on my way.  I stopped at one sale where I picked up a Papo Merlin for a dollar.

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At the next stop I found the whole case of Thomas the Train and the Plan Toys Robot, all for $6.

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At the next I found a whole bag of wrestling figures and a few superheros for $5.

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Finally, I headed to the sale to which I had considered making number one on my list.  It was a Garage Sale Regular’s sale and in the past I’ve ended up with quite the haul.  But since I practically bought the place out the last time, there wasn’t quite as much to choose from this time.  However, I still found some amazing stuff for the grand total of $25:  A Hummel, a stack of German Barbara Furstenhofer season plates, a Topsy Turvy Frog Prince doll, a Starbucks Ornament, a Cross Stitch Farm Picture, a Taylor & Ng mug, a Pippi Longstocking glass, a Sunshine Buddies MoemoeBaby Solar Bobble head, The Barbie sandals, the Celine Shoes, a White House Black Market new wallet/clutch, a Brighton bracelet, Missoni sunglasses and the Lilly Pulitzer tunic Top.

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That about sums it up besides a few more stops that generated only two small vintage Charlie Brown and Lucy figures and a Hagen Renaker bunny.  I spent quite a bit that day, about $140.  But from only my preliminary research and listings, I would start my earnings conservatively somewhere around  $1,550.00.  Check out what I’ve started listing:

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Buy Barbie Low on Ebay, Sell Barbie High on Etsy & Amazon

07 Apr

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Alluding to one of my previous posts, “Buy Low on Ebay, Sell High on Etsy,” I thought I’d demonstrate a specific case including Amazon in the mix, as well.  In that post I showed one Barbie lot purchased on Ebay that I pieced out on Etsy.  But I ran into another, different lot just recently:

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The day it arrived, I immediately went through it, picked out the good stuff, photographed it, and began listing on Etsy:

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And on Amazon:

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So after spending $15.25 on the lot including shipping that was twice the cost of the actual lot, I should be able to make that back with just one of the items included.  If everything goes as priced, I could make around $130.00.  Subtract my purchase price and I could be up $115.00.  Buy low, sell high.


If I Had A Beachhouse, I’d Buy Cool Handmade Pillows on Etsy

04 Apr

Handmade pillows in professional fabrics are available by the dozens on  If you like one fabric or style, keep searching for the price that works for you.  You can deck out your deck or cabin or child’s room or beachhouse in whatever shapes, colors, prints and sizes you want.  You can click on the following to link to their listings for more information and ordering or to search for more styles and prices.

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