Update: New Additions to for September & October 2014

19 Sep

The lederhosen comes out of the woodwork when people find out you have Beer Fest and Oktoberfest websites.  I’ve been contacted by several fine Germans involved in bands and fests that wanted their events publicized on the site, so update your calendars, herren und damen, and let’s get polka-ing.  Keep any additions coming!

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Thursday Church Rummage Sale: “The Carrom Board, The Ornaments & The Train Cars”

18 Sep


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I wasn’t sure why I was so nervous and apprehensive as I drove to this sale.  I suppose I was worried it would open early (which it did) and I would be late (which I was) and most of the good stuff would be gone.  Well, there were a lot of people who already had their massive piles of stuff being watched over by volunteer church members and I was tardy getting outside to the toys because I was going over the indoor tables multiple times because each time I looked, there was something different.  On my first go round for which I checked out because I was hogging most of the check-out table with my holds, I found the two boxes of Commodore ornaments made in Romania at $2 per box, the amazing Carrom game table for $10, the Uglydoll for 10¢, the four High Roof Box Cars in various dessert flavors at $1 each, the 3M Thinking Man’s Golf and Football games at $3 each, the Vintage Monopoly game for 50¢, the small Polly Pocket case full of dolls and clothes for $1.25, the Groovy Girl Seahorse for 25¢, Snoopy’s Harp for 10¢, the How to Train Your Dragon Dragons for 10¢, the Delft Blue Dutch Girl for $1, the Gmundner Keramik Hunter’s Delight Bowl from Austria for $2, the Vintage Lenox Pink Swan for 25¢, the Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Angel for $4, the 1999 Star Wars Y Wing Fighter for $1, and the Fitz & Floyd White Candleholders for $2 each from 1976.   That total was $38.

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Then the next and final go round, I saw the print in the inlaid frame for $7, the still life painting for $5, the Asta Tea Kettle for $5 and the Robeez Booties new in the package for $1.

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$56 spent and a potential $560 to gain.

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Skagen Does It Again: Superior Service

17 Sep

I have three Skagen watches.  The first one I ever had disappeared in a bin at the Service Center years ago because they didn’t think I’d want it back when they couldn’t fix it.  But that’s okay, I found the same model online months later, purchased it, and now wear it again proudly.  In the interim, I purchased two more Skagen watches for amazing deals at Costco.  I believe they were $125 watches selling for $50.  I bought a square face and an oval face at different times, and also wear those quite a lot quite happily.  So much so that the square face had lost a couple of the stones around the edge and eventually the frame of the face came loose and was stuck crooked inside the watch.  Okay, it was time to consider sending it in.  I was a little wary, remembering the loss of my previous favorite watch and worried that this one might meet the same end.  But I filled out the little service form I had printed out from the website and put in my debit card information, pretty certain it would not be the base cost of any number of repairs that were under $20, but more like the more complex fixes that ran from $45-$60 or possibly more.  I packaged up my watch with the form and sent it off.

And I waited.

And within only about a week, my watch was returned.  Good as new.  Case replaced.  $11.00 in labor, $8.50 in shipping, total $19.50.

I don’t know if I’m generally pessimistic (probably), but I was pretty sure I was going to get an email after two weeks saying they could not replace the face or the stones and that I’d have to choose another watch.  Thank goodness I was pleasantly surprised.

So when you’re in the market for a new watch, or want to give a watch as a gift, I encourage you to buy a stylish Skagen.  Whether from their website,, or if you’re lucky, at an awesome discount from the jewelry case at Costco, you or your gift recipient will have a watch they can count on for years to come.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: The Dooney & Bourke Purses, the Dollhouses & The Disney Alice Bear”

16 Sep


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I don’t know what’s going on these days but no one is listing their garage sales until the very last minute.  Which makes one think that there won’t be any sales.  Until one wakes up Saturday morning to check and all of a sudden there is a whole list of them.  Which is kind of stressful.  To first think it will be a light morning to the point of even getting out of bed later.  And then to realize one should have been up much earlier and been more prepared.  Never the matter, I headed out, extremely tired and unprepared.

The first few weren’t that great and were going right along with my meager expectations for the morning.  I picked up the Disney Magazines from 1976 for a buck, the Dolly Tote from 1968 for 50¢, the Blondie & Dagwood doll patterns for 50¢, the Nishi geisha doll for $2, The Ever After Apple White Doll for 75¢, and the Backyardigans guitar for $1.

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Then I happened upon a block sale which you would never have guessed was a block sale from the listing.  It was there at the top of the street that I found the Lundby Dollhouse complete with furniture (removed for transport and left out of the photo) and the Raggedy Ann and Holly Hobbie dolls, total for $25.   They belonged to an older couple and as the older man took the dollhouse to my car he told me how sad it would be to look at the empty place on the shelf in his office where it used to sit.  Aw.  I felt bad. I keep thinking that I should have told him it would have a good home.

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Stopping at one for which I saw a sign, I picked up two of the Dooney & Bourke purses, both for $10.  Then, another sign led me to yet another obscure sale where I had to have the Alice Bear that was made by the lady’s mother and submitted to Disney where it was produced for a short time in a limited number of 500.  They now go for the big bucks.  There I also picked up the Greenleaf Dollhouse Furniture Kit, all for $13.

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Heading back toward the middle of town, I found the best sale of the day and proceeded to make my pile.  I found another Dooney & Bourke purse – this time the Pocket Sac Crossbody in Portofino leather, a Brighton Coin Purse, a Wako purse that looks a lot like a Coach Bleeker, the Jimmine Elf, the Aladdin playset, a pile of Storybook and _____ dolls, the vintage Dakin Hugging Skunks from 1977, the vintage stuffed Dog with Raincoat, the vintage Wise Monkey, The Simpsons and Tom Jones DVD’s, and the Skylander, all for $20.

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At another repeat sale, I picked up all of the vintage Cabbage Patch bendable figures, a couple of  Power Rangers, the Raggedy Ann & Andy and the Simpsons dolls, all for $10.  A bit more than I wanted to pay, but this woman needed it more than I did.

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At another neighborhood sale that had been on the day before though I had no prior knowledge of that fact because if I had I would have been there, I picked up the entire box of Littlest Pet Shop toys for $5 which kind of made me feel better about the lady that stole that lot away from me last week.  I’d be here all day again listing each of their values but there was a dachshund going for around the $40 range.  And then I couldn’t pass up the the Little Tykes Dollhouse for $5 that my daughter used to have.

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At that point, it was getting near midday and I decided to quit.  I could have kept going but I was running low on energy and money.  All spent: around $90.  Potential gain: $900+

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Latest Thrift Shop Trip: “Bogner Vest, Elie Tahari for Nordstrom Jacket & Stuffed Animals Galore”

15 Sep


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I was very calm on this trip, knowing that I still had piles of items to list from the garage sale extravaganza I had experienced the weekend before.  I was in no hurry to buy anything that was more expensive than it would be at a garage sale or that I knew was not of quality or value.  I hope to keep that same modus operandi on all future thrifting trips.

In the clothing, I spotted a bright pink Bogner vest.  Knowing the quality of the Bogner name and looking it up, I could see that what was currently marked down to $5 had once been $350.  Into the cart it went.  The same for the Elie Tahari for Nordstrom Elise Jacket.  Marked down 75% to $6, it had once been $448.  Into the cart it went, too.  And over in the uniforms, I spotted a full uniform with pants, something you don’t usually find, and it was marked down, as well, to $5.  Score.  And shoe-wise, my eye was drawn the the red quilted ankle boots for $1.48 and the bulky platform brown shoes for 74¢.

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In Housewares I discovered the Waechtersbach Cat Mug from Spain for 45¢ which must be quite rare as I can’t find a similar one online, the Dept. 56 Puppeteer set for $1.98, the Lionel Train Clock for 99¢ and the Corobuff Brick Paper for 45¢.  I actually have two more rolls of the brick paper and never knew who made it or how old it was until I found this one.

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And on to the toy section.  There were an usual number of great stuffed animals thrown on the shelves that day including a Furreal Friends White Bear for $2.98, a talking Little Bear which I’m always looking for for 99¢ and a green Furby for $1.98. Additionally, I found the two Groovy Girl chairs at 99¢ each, the Boyd’s Radcliff Bear at 99¢, the Boyd’s Ballerina bear at 45¢, the Movie Merchandise Smurfette at 99¢, the Boyd’s Halloween Cat at 99¢, the Jar Jar Binks for $1.98, the Pokemon Charizard Plush for 99¢ (I’ll have you know I pulled the name of that character out of my… hat), and the Christmas Elfie for 99¢ also.

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So, with what seems like not a lot, I spent $48 on 24 items.  Using my law of Dollar Cost Averaging, that’s $2 an item.  And I could make around $550 which is about $22 an item.  Which is almost ten times the cost of each or $20 per item minus cost.  So many ways to look at things….

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Boots, Bags & Jeans”

12 Sep


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The mojo was slow that morning and I was getting discouraged trolling with an empty cart.  Until I came upon the Boot End Cap.  Well, there were actually two of them.  And usually you just look and say, “cheap, worn, bad brand,” and move on.  But I blinked my eyes a few times as I scoured the six pairs shown for their brands and condition.  I found the Steve Madden Kinkos, the Franco Sarto Fares, the Ing Gray Leather, the Rampage Jaimes, the Candie’s Camel Suede and the Kenneth Cole Kiss Hers.  The craziest thing was: their price.  They were each under $2 a pair.  I don’t know if the store didn’t realize that fall was coming or that they just wanted to move out some boot inventory.  Glad to help.

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After the boots, it was down the purse aisle I went.  There I found the Sigrid Olsen Pink Fringe and Leather tote for only $2.  Then I saw the Fossil Marlow Satchel marked down to $7, I knew how popular Fossils were and how well they sold and so I chanced it.  And finally, the Blue leather with Burgundy Rose purse had no label. But it was very cheap at only $2 and the leather quality very high, I assumed someone would appreciate it.

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Next to the purse aisle was the jeans aisle.  Oh what the heck, I thought, normally shying away from jeans, but now knowing which brands sell more readily on Poshmark.  I zeroed in on two pairs of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (having just sold a pair for $40), one pair of Lucky Brand marked down to under $2, and one pair of White House Black Market also marked down to under $2.

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And then one cute Sfizio Wool Black & Gray Boucle Skirt for a couple bucks and a very pretty Banna Republic Dress for just under $5 round out the apparel and accessories sections of this post.

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Other incidentals that would barely fit in the boot-stuffed cart include a Brinn’s Doll of Abigail Adams from 1987 for under $2, a Madame Alexander Beer Stein (how much more perfect of a thing for myself could I find) marked down 75% to just over $6, a small beer mug from Hanover, the town next to my relatives, for 99¢, a yard and a half of flannel Strawberry Shortcake fabric for 99¢, and a cute little red ceramic basket covered in roses for 99¢ as well.

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A slow and rather short morning, $54 spent on 20 items, dollar cost averaging at under $3 each.  Approximately $400 in gains to be made.

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Garage Sale Sunday Recap: “60+ Sales in 3 Hours”

12 Sep


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It was one of the biggest neighborhood sales of the year.  I was a little apprehensive about such a large undertaking.  60+ homes on a Sunday morning.  Could I do it and how?  Sure I could, but first I needed to hit the ATM that was on the way.  What would you know, but it was out of order.  And then I almost backed into another guy backing out because my back-up sensors are not currently working.  So I went to the bank down the way to pay fees to both that bank and my bank for using that ATM because my bank’s ATM was out of order.  I think I’m going to email my bank about that.  So I finally went on my way and decided to start in the middle, hoping that everyone else was starting at either end.  Which they must have been because it was still pretty quiet.  In the first little neighborhood I nabbed a very pretty garnet ring for myself from Czechoslovakia, the Jeep model for a buck, the German Hedgehog, German Sigrid Red Mouse, German Steiff Goldie Hamster all for 50¢ each, the Fisher Price Campsite for $2, and then I found a woman with some great vintage stuff:  three Joan Walsh Anglund Dolls from the ’60′s of which I have a collection, a Lenci doll, a vintage Original Raggedy Ann in the box, a vintage Dakin Koala Bear, a vintage Beatrix Potter and a Madame Alexander Wizard of Oz Dorothy Music Box, all for $10.  I was pretty happy at the start.

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Creeping over to the next neighborhood, I only found the Pucci Pup for $1.  Not far to another, I picked up the Rody horse by talking a very gregarious guy down to $5.

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Backtracking to where most people would start, I found Fisher Price Little People at two sales for $1 a bag, then a pile of Cars Movie Shake N Go Cars and some Thomas Trains that I was fighting (really trying to be polite) with a grandmother who was commandeering the box.  All of it for $15.  Moving on, I found the motherlode of wind-up Robots, all for $12, but missed out on picking up a vintage Batmobile that had been sitting in front of me that the guy gave to his young neighbor.  Across the street I picked up the Oscar Schmidt Autoharp (I sold another for $150) and a few Skylanders at $2 total.  I also found a metal safe box full of vintage Mrs. Grossman’s stickers for $2, a Teeniest Tiniest Littlest Pet Shop playset for $1 and two Gameboy Colors at $3 each.  And finally, 11 bags of vintage flocked teddy bears from the ’80′s like Sylvanian Families by Tomy, Calico Critters, Russ, pins, Josef Originals, Hallmark, etc.  11 bags for $10.

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At the neighborhood nearby, I picked up my first of many Lalaloopsy Dolls, a Schleich horse, and a Curious George Taxi, all for $2.50.

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Finally heading to the farthest end, I experienced major heartbreak when a person bought an entire playset packed with Littlest Pet Shops for $2, not to mention bags of Thomas Trains.  I just wanted to cry.  But I carried on and found a pile of Uglydolls at 50¢ each.  I also picked up a vintage My Little Pony for $1.  Then I was drawn to the sale where the lady told me just to take anything I wanted.  I couldn’t do that.  She had Littlest Pet Shops, Monster High Dolls, Lalaloopsy Dolls.  The more I picked up the more I knew I had to give her.  She had said $2 when I had half a bag full.  By the time I filled it, I gave her $5 and she was happy.  I felt only a bit redeemed for the lady who had taken the Littlest Pet Shops at the first sale of this part of the neighborhood. Almost heading out, I found the Fossil Emory bag for $5 and the Groovy Girl with chair, beanbag and clothing for $3.

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At various other sales within the mix, I picked up the red doll dress for $1, the 2Chic Scarf for $1, the Power Rangers for 25¢, and the Goebel Cat with red ball also for a quarter.  All spent is quite difficult to calculate when you’ve been to nearly 60 sales, but I think I spent around $90.  Possible Profit?  At least $1,500.00 if not $2,000.00.

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New Life for Old Fisher Price with Replacement Lithographs

11 Sep

You have yourself an old Fisher Price toy from the ’70′s that is a bit worse for wear.  Or you found one at a Garage Sale in the free pile because most of the lithos are scratched off.   What to do, what to do?  Google “Fisher Price Replacement Lithos” and buy what you need to make it good as new:

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Hunkydory Tin Houses by Dana Kubick of England

10 Sep

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The other weekend, I stopped by a garage sale that was not even on my list.  There I found a bevy of vintage Christmas items, and these little tin houses.  How cute were they, I thought, though felt a bit silly buying them. But by now, I trust my instinct, and if I like it, there’s usually a reason.  And the reason is: value.  These little tin houses had hinges that opened up like a dollhouse and inside were lithographs of the interiors of the houses.  I glanced at the bottoms reading “Hunkydory” and “Dana Kubick” and “Made in England” and “1988″ and “1991.” I snapped all six of them up for a dollar.  Returning home, I came to find they were worth $20 each.  And the day after I listed them on Etsy, a lady from the UK asked me how much to ship to her for two of the houses.  Shipping was more than one house, and off went two of them, with shipping, to Wiltshire, England, for $65.  I paid 40¢.

So what was the deal with these little houses?  I felt like I had seen them before as they were around my time when I had time to focus on such things.  Well, Dana Kubick has her own website:

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And her entire biography is available here:

If you can find her little tin boxes, their artistry goes for more than your regular tin:

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So if you come across any little tin houses or tin bears or dogs that say “Hunkydory” or “Dana Kubick” on the bottom, snap them up.  There’s a lady in England that will pay you $20 for each.



Garage Sale Saturday Recap: “The Quoizel Collectible Lamp, The Audobon Birds of America & the Precious Moments Collection”

09 Sep


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I started at a nearby neighborhood sale that was going terribly.  Back in the day, that neighborhood had the greatest sales.  But the last few years have been really sad and this year was no different.  So I skidded by the last few in the area and headed off to greener pastures.  Which were also looking like duds.  Until I saw a sign for one that wasn’t on my list.  Hallelujah, finally some stuff to buy like the Curiosity Woodland Home, the Cloisonné Goldfish Ornament, two Westmoreland White Milk Glass pieces, the Dearest Dollies Paper dolls and the Russ Angel Ornament.  I was out of there for $6.

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On to the next, I found the 1983 Members Only Precious Moments Dawn’s Early Light Figurine and two Nintendo 64 Cartridges: Superman and Major League Baseball, all for $2.

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After one where I picked up a new grill pan for myself, I nabbed the red Tignanello Purse and the Yellow Nine West Purse for $5.

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Off to another usually good street where I probably found most of the most awesome stuff including my fabulous new/old Quoizel Collectibles lamp which I will consider selling since I bought it for $20 and it would probably sell for over $350.

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Also the Beehouse Japan Butter Dish, the Little Grey Rabbit Music Box, the Oh…Deer! Black pumps, the Ocean print, the miniature clay Rothenburg ob der Tauber house, the Wizard of Oz Monopoly and the garnet necklace.  All for $14.

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Next was another I stopped at from seeing a sign.  There I picked up the Schildkraut Vintage Cloisonné Lipstick Compact for $1, the Baby Snoopy and The Tinkerbell Minnie all for $3.

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On to the next, a lady was selling Matchbox sets by the box load.  Which made me change my gears and become interested in the entire box of Precious Moments figurines she was happy to sell, probably 30 of them, for $10.  And the Bradford Exchange Fire Fighter Ornament Sets.  Three of three each, $10 for the lot.

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One last swing around and I saw the massive, and I mean massive, Audobon’s Birds of America.  It’s called the “Little Elephant Folio” due to its size.  From 1981 in the Hardcover case which is rare, I knew this was something.  I had just been watching “Buried Treasure” the night before with my two favorite guys from Antiques Roadshow, Leigh & Leslie Keno who had found two Audobon prints in a home that were worth tens of thousands of dollars.  I knew this book, at 1981, wouldn’t be worth that, but I figured it would be worth more than the $20 I paid.  It is a beautiful book that my daughter, who thinks all garage sale items are useless, said I should keep.  We shall see since the going rate is:

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Soooo…. $90 spent.  Potential gain…  $1,750.  Not to bad for a day’s work…

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