Michel Bachoz for French Disney Fashion of the ’80′s

30 Oct


A couple of weeks ago at one of my lesser frequented thrift shops, I happened upon this little belt that looked very vintage.  And then I noticed that the comic bubbles were written in French!  Googling the name, “Michel Bachoz,” I only came up with a few images but no other belts.  So I delved deeper into who this Michel Bachoz was and how he gained the right to produce Disney items.  It begins first with another man named Armand Bigle:

In the mid 20th century, Walt Disney had a professional relationship with French businessman Armand Beagle, who represented Walt Disney Productions in Europe. In the 1980s beagle launched “Fashion Mickey” and granted license to Michel Bachoz to design original textiles featuring the beloved character; further establishing Mickey’s visibility on an international scale.

Armand Beagle ( 13 November 1918 – 25 August 2007 ) was a French businessman from the world of publishing. He spent most of his career at Disney France.

Born on 13 November 1917 in Paris, Armand Bigle studied law at the University of Paris and graduated in 1938. After World War II, he manages to Belgium and the Netherlands activities publisher Opera Mundi, company Paul Winkler, editor of the Journal de Mickey before the Second World War. He is the representative of King Features Syndicate in Europe until the Kay Kamen proposed for the position of head of a French subsidiary of Disney. In 1946 , he met Walt Disney in Belgium for a journalistic interview to present it to Europe but the conversation turns into a job interview conducted by Walt .

In 1947, after creating his company Screpta Brussels, representative of Walt Disney Productions in Benelux and Switzerland, it launches in Belgium a magazine devoted to Disne, the Mickey Magazine. He quickly becomes the representative of Disney in Europe.

He tries to convince Paul Winkler relaunch the magazine, it will in 1952.

In 1947, at the request of Roy and Walt Disney, he moved to Paris and heads the Walt Disney Company France. He quickly became the official responsible for “Merchandising” Disney for Europe and the Middle East. “It opens the main European offices and sign agreements with leading publishers in Europe. Courant in 1947, Walt Disney asked Armand Beagle taking the European Directorate for the distribution.

It organizes promotional campaigns to launch the Disney films such as Cinderella (1950), Peter Pan (1953) and The Aristocats (1970). It is important the United States among other emissions of Davy Crockett and Zorro .

In France he signed with the ORTF with the first broadcasts Disney Pierre Tchernia. In the area of the disk, it comes out with his friend Lucien Adès first books-Records. These discs were later narrated by Henri Salvador , Chantal Goya and Douchka.

Disney television presence in France will be very important and Armand Bigle working with top producers of the era such as Guy Lux, Jacques Martin, Michel Drucker….

His son Dominic joined the Beagle and successfully launched programs such as Hi Mickey and especially the Disney Channel that will remain on FR3 for five years ( 7 gold in 1986), and the output of the first Disney films in 23 videos European territories.

In the area of licensing, Armand Bigle launches in the 1980s “Mickey fashion” with licenses granted by example Michel Bachoz in the textile field. He was then imitated by many Studios. In the area of ​​promotions, he was the first to launch campaigns with major international airlines, petroleum and food industries.

In 1971 , he contributed to the launch of Walt Disney World Resort and in 1982 participated in the creation ‘of EPCOT by opening with his friend Didier Fouret , restaurant Three Heads held by top chefs Roger Verge , Paul Bocuse and Gaston Lenôtre .

In May 1985 , he is involved in the controversy over the future location of the Disney park in Europe , while reported by the newspaper El Pais as already planned in Spain. The decision will be made ​​in December 1985 and will harm the newspaper, Euro Disneyland was built in France.

In 1991 , he retired but remains on the steering committee of The Walt Disney Company France.

He died on August 25, 2007 in Paris.

So this belt and any Michel Bachoz Disney items you may come across, were likely produced in the 1980′s. If you find one, snap it up as it is quite rare.  Here are only a few of any other examples I could find:

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A Year of Selling on Bonanza

29 Oct

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Last weekend marked my one year anniversary of selling on Bonanza.  I was originally thrilled to find this website where I could upload all of my previous listings from eBay and therefore finally end my relationship with eBay: the absolute worst website with the absolute worst treatment of Sellers that I have ever encountered. Bonanza, in contrast, was a complete delight where I could drag and drop photos, add a few important tags and details, price and shipping, and voila, my new items were listed!  (You can also upload your inventory from Amazon and Etsy if you so choose but you must have the ability to keep track of the same items you’re selling on multiple sites.) Bonanza also has a graduated advertising/commission program whereby the Seller chooses how widely they want the items in their booth advertised based on commission rates.  And, thankfully, they recently changed everyone’s default home booth page to “Most Popular” instead of its previous default of “Highest Price.”  I was lobbying for “Newly Listed,” but I’ll take what I can get.

Because Bonanza is still not that widely known as one of those Powerhouse Resale Websites, it still doesn’t get as much traffic as an Amazon or an Etsy.  Referring to the tidy CSV file I had emailed to me, which was even easier to read than Amazon’s,  I found that I did sell 89 items for a turnaround of  $2,638.  That’s not the 589 items sold on Amazon or the 385 items sold on Etsy, but every little bit counts.  And my average sale price was higher on Bonanza than Amazon or Etsy at over $29 per item.  Also, my commission payments for all of those items were only $186 or a small 7% which is highly attractive to all resellers.

I highly encourage Buyers and Sellers alike to try Bonanza where they tout you’ll find “everything but the ordinary.”  As a reseller, I like it because the listing process is easy and I can sell everything there that I can’t sell on Amazon or Etsy (because it doesn’t have a barcode or I can’t find a similar item on Amazon or because it’s not vintage or a craft for Etsy).  And as a buyer, I can find things that are not offered on other websites, and usually at lower prices.


Power Rangers & Batman Action Figures

28 Oct


Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy

Last week at my favorite thrift store I found bags and bags of Power Rangers and Batman Action figures at 99¢ a bag.  I spent maybe $10 on all of it and found I had figures from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, etc..  There are about 65 in all and averaging $12 per figure, I could make around $780 for my $10.

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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy


Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Vintage Power Rangers, Vintage Barbies & Vintage Batman Action Figures”

27 Oct


Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip

I had a feeling it might be a good day.  Sure enough, the first thing/s I found were bags and bags full of vintage Power Rangers and Batman figures at 99¢ each. I will be here all day if I got through them, so let’s save that for another post and move on.

And then another bag had two Barbies, one of which I knew was a Twist N Turn from the late ’60′s.  I didn’t realize that the other was a Julia Nurse Doll, also from the late ’60′s made after Dihann Carroll. And then another bag of Disney Royal Nursery Dolls including a My Toy 1966 Tiny Terry Doll – all again for 99¢.  That lot alone for around $10 is worth:

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Then over to the stuffed animals, I just kept piling them in my cart.  All were 99¢ – $1.98.  Including: Apple Park Monkey, Annette Funicello Bear, Gund Arnold Pig, Breyer Pal O Mine Horse, Russ Jangle, Ringling Bros. Gunther Gebel-Williams Farewell Tour Elephant, Care Bears Secret Bear, Skeleanimals, and the Hello Kitty.

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In clothing/accessories, I nabbed a red Brighton Purse for $7, an Angela Frascone Martini purse for $2, a Kangol Furgora Cap for $2 and a vintage Roots leather jacket from Canada for $4.

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$60 on the lot and without calculating the Batman and Power Rangers Action figures, I’m already at a potential: $600.  We’ll see what the action figures can bring in a future post…

Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip


Watch The Best TV Shows for Free with Xfinity On Demand

24 Oct

If you’re like me, you had a few months of free HBO at some point in the last few years, during which time you indulged yourself in a bit of “Game of Thrones” until the free subscription ran out.  Okay, I know most of you already have HBO or you’ve been watching it online, OR you’re smarter than me and have checked out your Comcast Xfinity On Demand and have seen that you can get most of the season FOR FREE.  So much for everyone telling you that you have to watch it on your tiny laptop or iPad screen in a visually inept pirated version.  You can sit yourself down in front of your regular TV viewing arena and, if you have Tivo like I do, click on your “Find TV, etc.” and then go to “Xfinity On Demand” and then scroll for the desired show.  I cannot tell you how shocked I was to see “FREE” next to most of the Game of Thrones episodes.  I was almost convinced it was a trick.  But then I rationalized that it has been on for years while us peons have been unable to view it. So maybe they’re only giving us the background until it gets good.  Or maybe only until 12/31 as I saw somewhere:

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So then I thought, okay, let’s check out some other shows I’ve felt left out not watching.  Like “True Detective.”  I don’t know if it’s me, but this one also said, “Free.”  Because when you see it here, online, it says it’s only for HBO subscribers.  Who knows, Comcast could be giving me free HBO right now, not that they would have alerted me, and that could be why everything’s a candy store.  Or I could see a rude awakening on my bill. (Which is why I wanted to screenshot the “Free” window when I started watching.)

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So, I’ve watched the first of both shows, both extremely disturbing as I’m used to regular tame network programming and the random disturbing viewing of “Sons of Anarchy” (awesome show), that, thank goodness, is so much easier to record from my DVR without all of this effort.  Point being, if there are shows you’ve been hearing about for years and have felt left out because you thought you couldn’t watch them, delve deeper into your DVR and you On Demand, Netflix, etc. capabilities and see if you can’t watch them for free or for pennies on the show.


Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The John Fluevog Couture Vogs, The Coach Purses & The Vintage Wooden Puzzles”

23 Oct


Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip

First attempt at the Toy Dept. had me piling Teddy Bears in my arms, along with a The Dog French Bulldog, a DC Super Friends Robin, and a La La Loopsy Blossom Flowerpot all at 99¢ each.

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Additional searching in the toy areas, netted me the Leap Frog Fridge Farm, the 1984 Barbie Dream Kitchen still wrapped contents in a water damaged box, the Littlest Pet Shop Clubhouse, the Fisher Price Rain Forest Soother, and the VTech Soothe & Surprise Nature Light each from $1.98 to $4.98.

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Later in my rounds, I happened upon a stack of vintage wooden puzzles, all at 99¢ each.

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On to clothing, I saw some shoes hanging on an endcap display that looked interesting.  Sure enough, they were John Fluevog Chloe Couture Vog Clogs for almost $4. I also swung back around the purses after picking up the cute Esprit Tote and spotted newly hung Coach bags.  The two to which I said, “okay” were under $10. There was one other at $25 that was too rich for my blood.  And on the racks I spotted the cute GAP lamb’s wool rainbow sweater for a couple bucks and the Not Your Daugher’s Jeans at under $5.

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Oh, and the spoons.  I bit the bullet at $2, as I saw some good markings and noticed that they had been marked down from the boutique area.  The prettiest one is a Wm. Rogers Tomato Spoon of all things, a Reed & Barton Serving Spoon, an International Silver Co. Olympic Club spoon and a Dohrco Acme baby spoon.

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$65 spent.  $750 potential gain.

Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip


A Year of Selling on Amazon

22 Oct

This past weekend marked my one year anniversary of selling on Amazon.  I was curious to download my Custom Summary Date Range Report to let me know how I did.  Considering it’s the first year, there’s been a learning curve and one can only hope that things will improve as time goes on.  But all in all, I made just over $8,500 for this particular one of my reselling venues.  Let’s do my silly math and figure that’s just over $700 per month and just over $23 per day.  Maybe more interesting might be my volume from my Custom Transaction Report which runs 1,178 lines, two lines per transaction including the order and then the shipping, bringing me to 589 orders, 205 more (35% more) than I had on Etsy in the year.  Silly math again shows me that I’m averaging just about $15 per sale.  It may also be interesting to review that I’m paying about 15% in commission/selling fees to Amazon and 18% to the USPS in shipping costs.   Looking further, because Amazon sets their own shipping prices that I cannot alter, you’ll see that I was refunded $2,998 in shipping costs (paid by the buyers), but only paid $2,385 in actual shipping, thereby actually making just over $600 by shipping economically.  For the year in review, Amazon is a fairly hassle-free (knock on wood) way to resell a large volume where you can profit on your shipping as well as your orders.  Here’s to improved sales in the coming year!

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Vintage Beaded Dress, The Huge Hello Kitty & The Littlest Pet Shop Playsets”

21 Oct


Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip

It’s a pretty poor garage sale day when I take my “haul” photo inside (or it’s raining).  Well, it wasn’t raining.  It was just a beautiful October day on which not many wanted to hold a garage sale.  Or it could have been that I had to drop my daughter at the PSAT first which fouled up the route which I would have otherwise taken.  By the time I made it to my first sale, the big boy scout rummage sale, there were already crowds of people hauling stuff away.  I searched and searched but just wasn’t finding anything.  I even put some stuff back, ready to leave empty handed when I spotted the Monster High Clawdeen Wolf doll.  Then I picked the vintage Ernie and Big Bird cars and the Tech Deck in the package and paid $1 for all of it.

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The next had some things I could have bought, but reined myself in, heading to the next were a there were so many customers once again.  One lady had already piled up some nice things I would have bought.  I spotted some Hallmark ornaments out of the corner of my eye.  Getting closer I saw the price tag, “5 Peanuts ornaments $25.”  Way too rich for my blood.  Everything was priced as it would be online.  I only walked a way with a few dollar items including the Snoopy Leprechaun pin, the candles from Holland and the Cottontale Collection Easter train.

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Finally backwards to the one I probably would have made first, but no matter, I only picked up the tiny Hummel print for a dollar.

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On to another that I hoped would be promising where I found nothing.  And nothing at the next.  And then finally to another Rummage Sale to which I had been before.  There I found the Littlest Pet Shop Playsets, the Pixel Chix houses, the large Hello Kitty, the Hello Kitty Lunchbox, the Care Bears wallet, the Ty Garfield, and the vintage Dynasty Beaded Pink Gown from Hong Kong British Crown Colony.  Total: $15.

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Because of the weak showing, I decided to head back to one I missed.  There I bought the Sil-pin pink rolling pin, the box of vintage figures and the 6 yards of Candy Corn fabric, all for $9.

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Total spent: $29. Potential gain: $500.

Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip


North to Thrift: “Dakin Nature Babies, Polly Pockets & Bunny By The Bay”

20 Oct


Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip

Strangely, though maybe not that strange, I found nothing at my favorite stop while north to thrift.  There were a few possibilities, but I’ve become very strict with my spending considering my efforts to relieve a bit of my inventory.  So on I went to the next stop.  Where I spotted the two Polly Pockets.  I was super excited as they were only a buck each and I know they sell for over $20 at least.  Then I found the vintage Dakin Nature Buddies, the Mama & Baby Mouse and Mama & Baby Dog, $1 and $2, both with original tags from 1977 and 1979 and in great condition.  Then I saw the rabbit that is from Bunnies by the Bay, a super high quality and detailed stuffed animal for a dollar.  And finally, the Eskimo doll with papoose in an outfit made with real fur, also $1.

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On to the Goodwill, I spent more time than usual, but only ended up with the purple leather Giani Bernini purse, the Holly Hobbie cup and the Alexander Henry Merry Christmas Santa fabric.  I wanted to buy more fabric pieces, but they were charging $1.99 per small piece.  Total spent there: $5.

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I spent all of $14 and could potentially gain: $240.

Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip



Bunnies By The Bay for Baby Gifts

17 Oct

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When I find a go-to for any necessity, occasion or gift-giving situation, I like to always keep it in the back of my mind and share it with my readers.  The other day while thrift-shopping, I found the absolute cutest stuffed bunny.  It was dressed in the most detailed “Nighty-Night” pajamas with another little outfit embroidered “Cricket” underneath.


Searching for the tag, I found that it was made by Bunnies by the Bay.  Who were they, I asked myself, and quickly googled to come upon their website.  They have been around for 28 years, founded by two sisters in Anacortes, Washington.  They offer baby clothing, blanket animals called “Bye Bye Buddies,” books, toys, etc. The next time you’re in the market for a baby gift, go to where you will find the perfect thing.

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