Last weekend I picked up a bag of little dolls and other things as part of a huge lot I purchased at a great garage sale. Inside was a little doll that reminded me of my past and looked like a combination of both a Matchbox Doll and a Rosebud Doll. With a bit of research, I figured out that it was a Mattel Shoe Baby Beans Doll. I have to admit, I don’t think I ever encountered these in my youth and instead focused on the aforementioned Matchbox Dolls (which my brother brought to me after I realized that no one was picking me up after kindergarten and I followed the neighbor home, quite sad, but then quite proud of myself after I made it and sat in the backyard waiting for someone to show up and unlock the house):
And Rosebud Dolls (which I still love and keep on a shelf):
Apparently the Shoe baby Beans was packaged like so:
And can sell for the following:
I did, however, have a regular Baby Beans which I’m pretty sure was yellow with red hair:
Though the blue with flowers and pink also look quite familiar. Who knows, my mom could have picked a few extra for me at a garage sale back in the ’70’s:
The bigger Baby Beans apparently do better on the second hand market than their much tinier counterparts:
If you come across any of these in your travels to thrift stores or garage sales, they are worth a minimal monetary purchase as you can flip them for likely much more than you paid.
While looking up some vintage Shiny Brite Ball Ornaments I bought for a couple of bucks at garage sales the other weekend, I came across these amazing vintage ball ornament wreaths. Notice, they are trying to market some as “Spring” wreaths while most would expect they would only be for Christmas. Looking at them and their prices, I thought to myself, “I can do that.” And that I would have fund doing it, too. I used to love to make Pepper Berry Wreaths and I’m sure that these vintage ornaments would react much better to super glue or hot glue than pepper berries (that are very fragile and break and make a big mess). Now to start hoarding vintage ornaments that I find and consider possibly making one of these. Or just sell the ornaments to those who make them! In the meantime, here is just a sampling of the vast inventory marketed to various holidays and times of the year that are available online:
The first sale was a Disney Extravaganza. And seeing as I had just sold ten total items to one buyer on my birthday who had asked to be notified when I had more Disney items, my eyes widened. This was the same sale where I purchased the fantastic Paradise Pier Disney Rides that the other garage-sale-goers were clamoring over not long ago. At this one she had the Tea Cup Ride that also works and has Donald and Daisy Duck figures. Along with that I also bought all of the below:
Vintage Ultimate Mickey Cleo Wrapping Paper, a Schylling Balancing Donald Duck, a Treasure Craft Dalmatian Teapot, a vintage Auto Shade from 1986, a vintage Minnie Mouse Ceramic Picture Frame by Walt Disney Productions Japan, a wind-up Schylling Mickey Riding Pluto, a small wind-up Pluto toy, Princess ribbon, a new Disney Memories Castle/Small World – esque Picture frame, a Carousel Minnie, Mickey, Donald Mug, vintage Seven Dwarfs soap and a Bambi handkerchief. Total was $40. I found the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Exclusive Video Boxed Set and vintage Team Mickey football at later sales.
I moved on to a 10 family neighborhood sale. There were several things I would have bought, but I only ended up with a Thomas Train Set for $3, a beautiful set of vintage Childcraft Book for $20 and some Spawn and Super Man action figures for $2 each. I was almost going to buy more figures from a box of loose ones until a little woman swooped in and offered a dollar each and the older man said okay. I was a little perturbed as I would have bought them for that price myself. But you snooze you lose.
Things really weren’t going that great after the initial Disney sale, but I realized that at that sale I also bought a few bags of little toys which also included a Mattel Shoe Baby Beans, a Littlest Pet Shop Pug and a Barbie Baby Krissy Doll:
At a later stop I picked up the Victoria’s Secret pink dog for $1 and some vintage Style Brite Ornaments for $2.
Hitting a new little Flea Market, I picked up the Team Mickey football for $1 and the adorable Chinese Checkers set for $3. The interior graphics are as cute as the exterior and the marbles even look old.
Almost heading home, I realized I had missed writing a few down a few sales on my list, and headed further out only to find some vintage Hallmark Thanksgiving Salt & Pepper shakers for 50¢.
Then doubling back to what looked like a fabulous Estate Sale, I was a little taken aback by the wind-up tin toys I had seen in a photograph in the listing sitting on a shelf at $48 each. But not to worry, I found the Disney mug for 50¢, and then went to a back room where I found all of the Looney Tunes and Grinch Trinket Boxes at 50¢ each also. Then I asked about a little old Hummel, “Let’s Sing,” one of my favorites, but it had a tiny chip. It, too, was 50¢ along with a few old Little Golden Books. Then I asked about the Snow White boxed set that comes with prints of the original movie posters, a book, etc. I was told $2. By then I had quite the pile. One lady wrote me up as I took everything to the front and asked about an adorable print that was hanging in the hallway. The two ladies there began gushing about it, saying that it was signed and said it was $20. It is an adorable print of three girls by Dorothy Klyver. I thought it was worth it. I was out of there for $28.
That was it on the day. A whopping $106 on the day is a bit more than the norm for a smaller haul. But I could net $1,350.00.
Last year or more ago this one house had a sale where I bought a carload. I still remember it fondly. And this day they had another sale. But they didn’t list it on craigslist, I just saw a sign for it. Which meant that even though I got there later in the morning, I don’t think many other people had come by. Because there I found the two Coach Purses (one already sold the day I listed it which paid for more than the lot), the two Michael Kors Uptown Astor Bags, the two pairs of Over The Knee Twisted Knit Ugg Boots, the black suede Manolo Blahniks, the Black Patent Cole Haan flats, the Prada tan suede flats with purple stones, the Betseyville sandals, the Born Suede lace up heels, the J. Crew Beige Flats, the Michael Kors Olive Flats, the Steve Madden sandals, the Laundry by Shelli Segal dress still new with tags, the Erdem Dress, the Citizens of Humanity Kelly jeans, and the Polly Pocket Wizard of Oz toy. All for $45. What’s funny is that they charged me more for the purse with no brand because it was new. Basically I paid about $2 an item.
But back to where I started. At my first stop I found the Mickey Mouse Club Weeble Wobbles with an additional two Weeble Wobbles for $2 total.
The next couple were duds and I was off to the semi-annual Boy Scout sale that has been consistently deteriorating. This one was no different and I was a bit irritated to pay $5 for a handful of small stuffed animals including a Monchichi, Toy Story Woody and Bullseye and Bob the Builder puppet.
Up the street there was a neighborhood sale, but it was still quite early before the listed start time. I drove around and found a few sales open where I bought the Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy mini ceramic figures, the boxed set of Hot Wheels, a vintage book, some pieces of fabric, the vintage Humpty Dumpty ornament and a vintage Garfield on a Sled. All spent there: $7. I was a bit disappointed that more sales weren’t open and that the ones that were were not that exciting.
I looked at my list and figured I should move onward, realizing there was another sale not as far away as the others. It was up a narrow road to a narrow driveway and parking was precarious. But I pulled past another hesitant car and parked on the side of a hill. This guy had a lot of antiques and I found bags of old dolls, Nancy Ann Storybook, a Vogue Ginny, Duchess Dolls and others, and asked the man how much. He said “cheap.” I said, “How cheap?” He said, well, if I wanted them all, “$25.” I said, “$20?” He said okay. I also picked up an old children’s book and he said, ‘Well, I get my $25 after all.” To which I replied I would put the book back. I gave him the $20 and was off with my doll haul.
I stopped at a few others, one where a crazy lady had all of these high end Barbies out of their boxes. Some were missing shoes, some were missing parts of their outfits. She was bargaining with another family who brought out their little daughter from the car as bait to get her to bring her price down. I was milling about, waiting for the father to put them all back down. Which he did. And then I said I’d give her $20 for the six. She said she’d take $20 for three. That’s when I looked at them more closely to see what they were missing. And then she brought out even more dolls. But I, too, put them back down and was on my way.
On to another condo complex where I spotted yet two more Ginny dolls, one in the box, plus a bag of clothes, a pretty necklace, a bag of Peanuts (Charlie Brown) Nativity figures, and a vintage Minnie & Mickey Mouse set from the free box. The rest of it was $5.
Heading over the hill, I thought about calling it quits, but plugged on. The next sale was a madhouse. People were carrying away boxes full of stuff. I felt very late to the party. But at the first table I did pick up the Bug’s Life Flick that moves and talks, a little Hallmark ornament German Stein with little mice sitting on it, a The Dog Artlist Collection in the box, and a pile of the guy’s own books from his childhood including many vintage Golden Books, all for $10.
I hit a few more sales, but by that time, all of the good stuff was gone if there had been any originally. All spent: $92. Potential gain: $2,500.00.
First time ever, I think, walking out of my favorite northern thrift store empty handed. Just wasn’t my day. And until I spotted the Fossil patchwork purse for $9 at my second stop, I thought I might have the same fate there. Like I did at my third stop. And then I hit the Goodwill with a lot of time to kill until I had to pick up my son early from school. So I perused and browsed and filtered and pilfered, finding some pretty interesting things. In shoes I nabbed the really cute Steve Madden Destin heels that I might even keep, the Cole Haan Roslyn Mary Jane Slinbacks and the I-can’t-find-anywhere-in-my-research Report Green Suede Satchi shoes. In purses I picked up two black leather Apt. 9 Hobo/Satchel styles. In toys I found the Super Zeros Hippo stuffed animal. In scarves I could only find the very pretty Rima Pareo. And in clothing I found an Olsen Europe Gray/Black Wool Jacket, a Stella Star Gray jersey Coat, a Blue Quilted Barbour Sweater jacket, an amazingly awesome Roar western shirt with rhinestones and orange stitching, and a Dana Buchman brown snake print twin set. All spent there? $60 big ones. Like I said the last time, that place is expensive. Dollar cost average to $5 an item. But I did get some very nice things that should bring in a good amount. Hopefully around $530. Click on my listings at the very bottom to check out more detail.
My son was home sick so maybe I flew through faster than usual, or maybe my pickier, more specific shopping mode is continuing to work as I search for the best and cheapest. I only spent $46 on 23 items which are really 28 items when you take everything out of the grab bags and pick out the good stuff. So dollar cost average under $2 per item/lot. On to the stuff. In grab bags and toys I found a vintage 1987 Hello Kitty still with the Sanrio tag on it, a Fossil Brand Teddy Bear, a Pottery Barn Kids Teddy Bear, a Disney Babies Winnie the Pooh, an Anastasia Pooka dog, a Gund Panda, a Scentsy Buddy Lamb (that sold the same day I listed it), a JMB Jacobsen Asian Doll, a Madame Alexander Little Miss Muffett, a Groovy Girls Noella, three Aurora Gifts of Smiles Black Bears and a bag of small porcelain dollhouse dolls. And in housewares a bag of paper easter eggs and a mustache cup by Royal Crown.
And on to the clothing portion of the post. I found the Red Patent Leather Tod’s bag, the Lottusse black leather boots, the tan stitched suede boots, the Ralph Lauren Rosemary Loafer Slides, the ASH heels, the Borgundsko Norwegian Bunad Shoes, the Dansko Vegan Clogs, the Sanrio Hello Kitty Hoodie and the Oleana Scarf. Approximately $2 each.
I have purchased a number of different super glues over the years, hoping to find the best one at the best value. With most, like Loctite or Krazy Glue, you get all of .14-.19 ounces and the stuff sticks to your fingers and ends up hardening on/in the bottle so that you can’t use it anymore, and they usually costs more than other glues. So, while perusing the super glue section, I noticed the Gorilla Glue that comes in both clear and brown. There is much more in a bottle than any of the other brands, 2 full ounces which is 10-14 times the amount you get with the others, and it has a nice little screw top instead of just a little cap that has the tendency to dry up. And it works great. I’ve learned you have to use less than you think you need as it expands and can bubble up, but I’ve used it on shoes, toys, my kids’ school projects, decorative collectibles, etc. Plus the price of around $5 is better than the rest for greater volume. So if you’re in the market for a good super glue to have in your proverbial back pocket, or junk drawer, for whenever you need it, pick up some Gorilla Glue and give it a try.
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