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’80’s & ’90’s Toys from Miss Bargain Huntress

Click on the images for more information and ordering from my Etsy Store.

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Bakugan from Miss Bargain Huntress

Bakugan have shot up in popularity lately according to what’s flying out my inventory’s door. These are general first through third generation.  All are available in my Amazon Store, so click on the images for more information and ordering.

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Toys

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SF Bay Area Beer & Wine Events for July 2015 Weekends

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Beer, Events, Food, Websites, Wine

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Littlest Pet Shop from Miss Bargain Huntress

I am constantly adding to my Littlest Pet Shop inventory as I tend to sell several per week.  Click to my Amazon Store and search for whichever pet your looking for or just “Littlest Pet Shop” to see the following:

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Strawberry Shortcake from Miss Bargain Huntress

I recently added to my Strawberry Shortcake inventory as my supply had begun to dwindle.  More to come in the future.  Click on the images for more information and ordering:

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Vince Camuto Landry Wedges, The Twin Cities Starbucks Mug & The Runaway Bunny”

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

You can see I photographed the result of this trip outside as I was trying to find some peace and quiet considering it’s summertime.  I had to cut things short this trip because I was getting multiple texts from multiple people that my son had a very bad headache. (He was fine, by the way) So who knows what more I may have ended up with had I been able to finish my treasure hunt.  But at $59 for 26 items, dollar cost average to $2.27 per item and only because at the last minute I pulled down some Vince Camuto Landry Wedges for $10, I could have been at under $2 each.

Starting with toys, I found the bag of Little People animals at 99¢, the bag of to Calico Critters at 99¢, a bag of stuffed toys at 99¢ that included the Miyomi Aurora Classics Mini German Shepherd, the Halo Ty Beanie Baby, and the Audubon bird that makes sounds.  I also found the Runaway Bunny plush, the My Friend Mandy Doll and the Purr-Fection Praline Bunny.

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In shoes I found some cool Nine West Bethel boots for $3, some MIA western clogs for $3, the Etitenne Aigner Valentine loafers for $2 and the fantastic Vince Camuto Tribal Landry Wedges for $10.

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In clothing I only had time to pick up a few pairs of shorts, one from Express, one from CAbi and one from The North Face, each at 99¢.  And in the back aisle I picked up a vintage Santa at 99¢, a set of cute little pink Christmas figurines at 45¢ each, a Bob Harrison Otagiri White Persian Cat Vase for 99¢ and a Starbucks Twin Cities mug I took for $3 after looking at what it was going for online:

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Okay.  $59 spent.  Could make $450.

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

 

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Sarah Kay

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When I was little, my relatives in Germany would often send birthday or Christmas gifts that involved Sarah Kay. Sarah Kay is not as popular here in the US, but to me resembles Holly Hobbie type little girls and even little boys. I know I had notepads, stickers and various other things, and something reminded me of Sarah Kay one day and so I researched to find that there is indeed a website:  http://www.sarahkay.com where you can join the Loyalty Club.  I recently received my first email from them which included free downloadable book name plates, a sampling of their new pillow line that they have for sale, and a Spiced White Hot Chocolate recipe!  Logging back into the website under the Loyalty Club, I found they not only had downloadable book name plates but Christmas Gift Tags:

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Bookmarks, Garlands, Coloring pages, Screensavers and more.  And don’t forget to check out their online store where you can shop from different collections for Apparel, Accessories, Gifts, Home Decor, Stationery and more!  Super fun for young girls and even moms to find things to keep everyone busy this summer!

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Ernie & Bert, The Peek A Blocks & The Vintage Fisher Price Toys”

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There weren’t very many sales in my town, so I actually looked up the listings for the town just north of us.  That town had three times the listings and I pondered if I shouldn’t just head up there early Saturday morning. Instead, I started in my town, hitting a few of the early sales only to purchase zero.  Which then made me change my mind and decide to head north.  I was a bit wary as I wouldn’t know exactly where I was going, but I pressed on.  The first was a block sale that I eventually found after zig-zagging through a maze of tract homes. Everyone seemed to be gravitating to one end of the block, so I headed over and found all of the shoes for $1 each, I could have bought more and maybe should have, and then the Mickey Mouse Tray Table for $3.  Around the corner I picked up the Eden Peter Rabbit from 1993 and the stuffed cat, both for $1.

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On to find the next sale, I wasn’t going for the grandson’s $15 in Pokemon cards that he said were worth $1,000.  Back through the maze I found the bag of Fisher Price Peek A Blocks with Giraffe and trains, all for $5.

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After one last try at another block sale, I decided it was time to head back.  I had wanted to hit one other sale, though there were many others I could have tried, but there was no way to get to it without weaving back and forth onto the freeway.  Just not worth it considering my luck, I thought.  Heading back, again I was finding very little or nothing, sale after sale.  Until the next to the last when I could not believe that previous customers hadn’t nabbed all of the super cool vintage items like: a vintage nursery lamp with little yellow ducks, vintage Bert & Ernie puppets, a vintage Dream Dolls Elf, three Vogue Ginny Dolls, a Fire King McDonalds mug, a Ford Tonka Truck, a huge bag of vintage Fisher Price toys, an old Playskool Gingerbread Man Wooden Puzzle, a stack of Disney books, a Bag of vintage Richard Scarry figures and vehicles and finally a handy dandy laundry basket in which to carry everything.  I was out of there for $20.

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Other than one last scary sale a young man was having in two rooms of his house, that was it.  A very pale day that would have been much worse without the second to last sale.  Thank goodness for it.  $34 spent.  Could make $750.

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

 

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The Best Lobster Bisque

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My daughter was watching an episode of Ina Garton’s Barefoot Contessa as she does on a regular basis and Ina was making Lobster Bisque.  Which made me think of the best lobster bisque I have ever had.  It was a Locke Ober, an amazing old restaurant in Boston.  I was sad to find out that it closed in 2012, but happy to find out that the newer owner had given out the Lobster “Stew” recipe.  It actually doesn’t sound that hard and I’m thinking of trying it as soon as I can get my hands on 6 one pound lobsters.

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Vintage Monchhichis

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When I went to Germany when I was 8 years old, my Oma bought my brother and me Monchhichis (I always forget the extra “h” in the middle).  At the time, I’m not sure they had hit the US or were not as popular as they were overseas. Wikipedia confirms this fact stating that the line of dolls was first exported in 1975 to West Germany and Austria and that the height of their popularity was indeed in Germany during the 1980’s, surpassing even Japanese sales figures at the time:

Monchhichi  is a line of Japanese stuffed toy monkeys from the Sekiguchi Corporation, first released in 1974. They were licensed by Mattel in the United States until 1985, and later distributed worldwide directly by Sekiguchi. Three television series were produced based on the characters: The Japanese anime series Monchhichi Twins  in 1980, produced by Tokyo 12 Channel (now TV Tokyo), the American cartoon series Monchhichis in 1983, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and Monchhichi in 2005, by Kids Station.

The Monchhichi franchise is held by the Sekiguchi Corporation, a famous doll company, located in Tokyo, Japan. Monchhichi was created by Yoshiharu Washino on January 25, 1974, as an improvement to the already successful “Kuta Kuta Monkey” (Exhausted monkey). Sekiguchi claims they created these characters in order to inspire respect and love in the young (Japanese) children and adults, their name is derived from the words “Mon” which translates to “Mine” in French and “Chhichi” which closely resembles the sound a child’s pacifier would produce according to Japanese phonetics, also the resulting word has a similar sound to the word “Monkey” in English.

The dolls were successful in Japan, and the animated TV series, Futago no Monchhichi (Monchhichi Twins) which ran in 1980, helped increase its popularity even further.

Exportation of the doll line started in 1975, towards West Germany and Austria. The following years would see the Monchhichi line marketed in all of Western Europe. The original name was changed to “Chicaboo” in the United Kingdom, to “Mon Cicci” in Italy, to “Kiki” in France and to “Bølle” in Denmark. The height of the Monchhichi dolls’ popularity was in Germany during the 1980s, surpassing even the Japanese figure sales during this period.

The Monchhichi doll line reached the North American shores in 1980. Mattel bought the license for the toy line. The American cartoon series Monchhichis was produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1983 and aired on ABC (as part of The Monchhichis/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show) in an effort to promote the doll line. The line was dropped by Mattel due to poor sales in 1985, but was reintroduced during Monchhichi’s 30 anniversary in 2004 by Sekiguchi. As of 2013, Monchhichi dolls are still available in the United States from retailers such as Target.

At some point I picked up most of the dolls above, I’m remembering perhaps from one garage sale.  My original doll is in the mix along with a couple of minis purchased back at home when I was young.  But you can see that there are variations in size and coloring.  In looking at their tags, many are different.  Some say “Futago No,” which was one of the TV shows, some are made in Holland, and some by Mattel in the US.  Most also say 1974, but I’m not sure that means they are from that year or that is just the year that they started or copyrighted the dolls.

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If you’d like to sell yours or buy one, don’t forget to add the extra “h” in the middle to get more results.

 

Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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