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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Sasha Doll, The Pancake Popple & The Papo Dragons”

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Well, well, well, it had been… almost three months since I’d been out to the thrift store.  Had I been missing anything?  Probably.  And this particular day I hit the jackpot with a 1977 Sasha Doll still attached to the box that the store obviously had no idea about and priced her at $6.98.

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I also picked up the vintage Horsman Sweet Memory Dolls at the same price, also new in the box.

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Quite another find was the 1985 Pancake Popple.  Since the tag’s writing had worn away, I was wracking my brain trying to remember the name of the thing, only coming up with Wuzzle.  Wuzzles are actually similar and my research led me to Popples.  At 99¢, not a bad deal.  The same for the vintage Dakin 1980 Boo Bear and someone’s attempt at a Halloween bear.

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In grab bags for 99¢, I found all kinds of things like Papo/Plastoy/Safari Ltd. Dragons, a Holiday Tupperware Cookie Cutter Set, rolls of stickers, Christmas napkins new in the package and vintage McDonalds Happy Meal toys.

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On to jeans, I found a few pairs, each under $3.  Antik Denim, Joe’s Jeans Muse, 7 for All Mankind Lexie A Pocket Petite and AG Adriano Goldschmied Angel.

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I also found a cool red Iron thing that I have no idea what I’m going to do with, but it just spoke to me.  $60 spent.  Potential gain $750.

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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Thrift Stores

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Jil Sander Coat, Box of Stickers & Shoes, Shoes, Shoes”

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Last week I went to the same sale where I bought the Michael Kors Purse as well as a Tignanello and a Fossil. Did I just happen to miss the Jil Sander yellow coat or did the Seller decide to sell it this week instead of last?  It was all of $2 and when you look up yellow Jil Sander coats made of wool, angora and cashmere, they tend to go for around $1,500.00.  No joke.  I also picked up the olive Bebe blazer and five pairs of shoes.  My total was $5.  That lady wins for best garage sale prices ever.

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At the next I found the large box of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers.  I’m still going through them.  As well as the Disney Tangled Tower, the Kurt S. Adler Nutcracker ornament, the Schleich polar bears, the bag of McDonalds Madame Alexander Dolls, the two The Sak leather purses and the child’s accordion.  Total: $23.

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I only found anything at two more sales, one was the Fitz & Floyd Christmas Rabbit Pitcher for $5 and at the other, some Star Wars action figures and a model, all new in the box, for $5.

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Short, quick day, I spent $38.  Not sure how high the coat will go and once I get through the stickers, those altogether could fetch $1,600.00+.  The rest may make $500.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “High End Purses, Shoes & Vintage 80’s Toys”

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Starting a bit later than usual, I was trying to hit the main sales I thought would be worth the effort.  But of course a few of the ones I should have hit first, I hit last.  Even though, I still found some decent stuff.  At one of the first, that wasn’t even on my list, I miraculously found a Michael Kors purse, a Fossil Purse and a Tignanello Purse, as well as Sorel Boots, all at a dollar each.

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At a further sale, I picked up another fantastic Fossil purse for $3 and some Dresden porcelain and an ivory flower bouquet figurine.  Also a Schleich unicorn and a Wizard of Oz music box, total at $20.

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Moving on, I picked up seven vintage 50’s hats for $10.

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Closeby was a Playmobil set in the box, a Littlest Pet Shop cat with its stage, an 8 track Sgt. Pepper’s cassette, a Game of Thrones figure, and a Spiderman iDog, all for a couple of bucks.

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Further away, at one I was hoping to get to sooner, I picked up the vintage Little Twin Stars Jewelry box, vintage 80’s plastic charm necklace, vintage Alice in Wonderland tea set, vintage Rosebud doll vintage nursery planter and vintage Hallmark Shirt Tales pendant, all for $5.

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A quick side stop netted the Christmas fabric, all for $1.

Then finally on the end of my trip, I ended up at one of the regular’s sales.  Had I realized, I would have been there first.  I picked up multiple pairs of high end shoes and bags, a Plastoy Knight figure, a Jelly Cat Chicken, a Cabbage Patch Doll, a Lladro Goose, Chloe Sunglasses, all for $25.

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$67 spent.  Potential gain: $1,800.00.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Barbies, Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker & Christmas Dioramas”

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The outlook was poor from the descriptions given for each sale, but the proof is in the pudding.  You never know until you go.  Sometimes the listings will look fantastic and I end up with next to nothing.  Sometimes the listings will look poor and I end up with a full car.

At the first sale, I purchased some lovely high ball glasses embossed with elk that my father may be seeing in his Christmas stocking.  I missed out on some Hummels that went to the elderly mother of the happiest dog I’ve ever met.  And continuing on… To the middle of town.  Where I realized I should have this one particular address red-flagged for good sales.  They have a sale semi-annually if not quarterly and in the past I have found some great stuff. This day was no different.  I found multiple vintage Barbies, bags of toys including vintage McDonalds happy meal toys, a Hello Kitty and Juicy Couture purse, a vintage Cabbage Patch kid and Baby Beans, Tigger puppets, Madeline and Sponge Bob Patrick dolls, vintage king puppet, Little Tikes jeep, Christmas Dioramas, etc.  Total well spent there: $40.

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Close by I found the Monster High doll in box, the Chicago Puzzle, the Melissa and Doug Castle set and Safari Rescue Shape Sorter Truck, all for $4.

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Up the hill I picked up the Rock’em, Sock’em set, the Star Wars Command set new in the box, and the Automoblox Purple Car all for $5.

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Then there was a guy with a great selection of music, CD’s and albums.  And he was playing a Police album while I was there.  He was asking too much, but somehow I caved on a few Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Sting albums.

Then I came upon a young man with some German stuff.  A Hamburg blanket and a beautiful Cuckoo Clock that I nabbed for $20 total.

Coming around the bend, I picked up the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for my daughter and the Villeroy and Boch Switch Plantation Sugar, Creamer, Pitcher and 4 small plates, total $10.

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And then we round out the day at an Estate Sale where I found the vintage 1970’s Kewpie cards and postcards, a vintage porcelain doll, a 1972 Joan Walsh Anglund ornament and a vintage Doll Catalog, all for $15.

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Day is done.  I spent $94.  Potential gain: $1,275.

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Friday Rummage Sale: “Hallmark Angels, Bakugan & He-Man”

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I can only blame packaging up two large orders of stickers in two days that distracted me from the fact that the preview sale to this annual rummage sale was Thursday night, not Friday.  So Friday morning, after packaging the second large sticker order, I checked craigslist, as I usually do, for garage sales, and I realize…. I’m late. Very, very late.  So I head out.  Somewhat sad.  Realizing what I may have missed.

Approaching the parking lot.  It’s full.  Overflowingly full.  But I find a space close to the entrance.  Score one for me.  I enter.  I find the Bakugan tower.  Not terrible. Possibly redeeming.  Also the bag of Animal figures and the bag of princess Pez dispensers.

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But the rest is slow-going.  I’m so flustered, I’m not even sure of my plan of attack.  I knew first was toys. What was next?  Christmas.  Outside.  Nothing.  Sad.  Next?  Boutique.  Where I found the 6 Hallmark Angel Ornaments for $10.  Score again.  But that was it in the Boutique.

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Outside, Inside, there is a lot of nothing.  I consider two Lucky Brand Purses, but pass on their high price tags. Outside I score a Tokidoki backpack that needs some TLC for 50¢. Outside on the other side I find a wad of quality Christmas Fabric for $2.

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Back to toys again, I spot a Golf Teddy Bear that I’m pretty sure I saw in catalogs when I was 12, with a doll stand, for $3.  Also a Mickey Mouse, a vintage Christmas Miss Piggy, and a My Little Pony at $1 each.  Digging deep, I come up with a vintage He-Man action figure at 50¢ and Schleich Knight’s horse that probably won’t be worth anything without the knight.

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I spent a whopping $13.50 with the potential gain of $600.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Fisher Price, Playskool, Duple & Little Tikes Toys”

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As you can see, my major score was at one garage sale where I bought all of the vintage toys, most of them in their original boxes, for a whopping $10.  Sets of Duplo blocks, Fisher Price Rock-n-Roll Xylophone, Fisher Price Chatter Telephone, Fisher Price Mailbox from 1989, Fisher Price Teddy Beddy Bear Jack in the Box, Playskool Keys of Learning, Playskool Cobblers Bench, Playskool Match Ups Matching Puzzle Cubes, Little Tikes Wee Waffle Blocks, Fisher Price Corn Popper, Fisher Price Shape Sorter, Fisher Price Snap-Lock Animals, and even a sealed Lisa Frank Stationery Set. Plus a vintage Rushton Pajama/Curler/Nick Nak/Cosmetic Doll Bag.  Whew.

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The only other items I picked up after my many stops were the Hummel Doll 125th Anniversary for a dollar, the Haflinger Patricia Sandals that were never worn for $4 and the Tommy Bahama Clutch never used for $5.

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A fabulous total of $20 spent and an impressive potential gain of $700.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The African Kalimba, The Speed Racer Car & The My Little Pony Night Glider”

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All of us “regulars” started at what was imagined to be an amazing neighborhood sale in quite the hoity toity neighborhood.  It has never been more pathetic.  As we passed each other on the street we murmured how bad it was, wondering why we stopped there first or stopped there at all.  Even at sales afterward we were talking about it.  And even people I didn’t know were making comments at each of the sales.  I mean… just sell it yourself online if you want online prices or donate it to charity for a tax write-off.  The only word that kept flashing in front of my eyes was, “inflation.”  I don’t think anyone I saw bought anything.

So on I went in hopes of better finds for less.  Next stop, I picked up the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” game for 50¢, the bag of vintage My Little Ponys for $2.25 and the cool Speed Racer Movie car with action figure for $1.

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On to the next to the far end of town, I picked up a mini Breyer Stable with horses at 50¢ and an African Kalimba (one of which I sold in the past for $79.95) for $3.

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The next few were not impressive, and I moved on the middle part of town.  At the first in the area, I picked up a whole bag full of Disney Infinity Games and figures, all for $10.

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The next was on a precarious corner, I asked about a box of Pokemon cards, but they wanted $20.  I moved on the massive stuffed animal box in which everything was 50¢.  Inside I dug through and found two Jellycat blue dogs, one Jellycat maroon dachshund dog and an Uglydoll for a total of $2.

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Up the hill a nice young man told me that everything was a dollar if there was anything that peaked my interest. The nearly new pair of Clarks flip flops had, so I handed him a buck.  He then enticed me to a rack of clothing which he said his wife received from doing clothing swaps with her friends.  On the rack I found a Max Studio coat and a Catherine Malandrino dress and handed the man two more dollars.

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One last one in that area netted me the entire set of All Clad Ltd. pans for $10.

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Then came the decision of whether or not to venture over the hill into another far neighborhood.  What the heck. I finally arrived at the first sale in the area and the place was mobbed.  The lady had nice things and seemed to be charging low prices.  So I figured I could wait while she dealt with her line of customers to ask the price on a black leather briefcase.  Instead of the “$5” or “$3” I was hoping for, she came up with, “$20,” and I set it back down and left.  Not far away I hit another sale that was also a dud.  It was at that time that I figured the time itself was growing late and I should return home.  I did swing by two more sales on my way, both of which proved I was right in heading in that direction.  Total spent: $42.  Potential gain: $1,275.

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Boxed Toys, Furreal Friends Dog & Jim Shore Santa”

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The list of sales looked promising as I ventured out that morning.  I started at one end of town and arrived early to a sale that had advertised vintage boxed toys. I quickly made a stack and asked the guy how much.  He asked me what I thought.  I said, “$15?”  He said “How about $20?”  I said “okay.”  In the lot was the Continental Train, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, The Disneyland Playset, the two Remote Control Trucks, the Jeep with trailer and the Scooby Doo Van with Shaggy Action Figure.

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At the next stop, I picked up the Schleich Feya Fairy and Horse for $1 and the animated Furreal Friends Dog Cookie for $3.

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Up around the corner I picked up four little Beatrix Potter Books for 50¢ each and a Martha Stewart Cast Iron pan that had never been used for $3.

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Further off, I found the Melissa & Doug Pasture Pals new horse set for $5.

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Back around again, I picked up the two Jim Shore figures, one Santa, one angel, for $5.

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Moving on to the next neighborhood, I made the wrong decision to pick that neighborhood as I found nothing, and continued to the neighborhood I should have chosen second.  At one I found a set of new dish towels for $2 and at another a pair of green Fluevog Oxfords for $2 as well.

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But that was it and I was done.  Not as great a day as I had hoped before leaving with my promising list of sales. $44 spent, potential gain $600.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Roseville Pottery Vases, Dresden Angels & The Dollhouse”

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Finally a Garage Sale Weekend Recap to recap!  I don’t know what’s going on lately, perhaps the economy is improving, and as a result, the garage sales are not what they used to be.  Apparently people don’t have to wake up in the wee hours of a Saturday morning and sell their prized posessions anymore.  But I did find some very nice things, few though they were.  I started at a neighborhood sale.  It’s an annual sale that I’ve been to year after year.  And I have never seen it so poorly populated with sales.  Normally there would be fifty or so homes selling and this day there were, maybe, ten.  Nevertheless, I picked up the green pot, the Toss pink cosmetic bag, the Telletubby, the two Care Bears, all at a dollar.  Then the print of Koenigsberg, Prussia and the Swedish wooden wall-hanging dolls, all for $20.  Plus the price tag cutter for 50¢.

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Then I came across the Roseville pottery vases and asked the price.  $25 for the two small, $35 for the large. The lady said her friend would kill her if she knew she were selling them.  But her sister had moved in and she just didn’t have any room.  After running back to the car to do some quick research on what Roseville was going for these days, I skipped back and asked what she would take for all three.  She stuck to her prices and I said, “How about $80?” and we had a deal.

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Also in the area I picked up the vintage Disney Japan Mickey, Minnie and Eeyore, a nice Hagen Renaker Coyote and an awesome Crayola Draw N Do desk, all for $9.

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On to the next several sales.  I found the LeSportsac Alice in Wonderland for $2. Then the vintage Cabbage Patch and vintage Fisher Price Mandy at $1 each.  And the Wedgwood Moonstone Decanter for $1. Also the vintage beaded purse for $1 and the dollhouse with two boxes of stuff for all of $3 made by the older gentleman’s father.  And finally, two Dresden Angels, one Lenox Angel and a Coach wallet all for $10.

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There we have it.  Quite a bit spent because of the Roseville at $132 total.  Potential gain: $900.

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Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

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With as busy as I’ve been over the past six years and even more so over the past two, writing this blog and maintaining my online stores, I’ve neglected a lot of things in the interest of time.  Especially, my plants.  I used to watch them carefully, water, repot, move, prune, etc., whenever needed.  And I used to cut bouquets of flowers for my family, friends and for myself.  I can’t remember the last time I cut a bouquet.  And because I am now in the depths of summer and my children are home (off and on), I’ve felt the need to take some time away to do some of the things I used to have more time to do. Spend time with my dogs. Oil some furniture. Clean out closets.  Reorganize inventory.  Buy new sheets. Rearrange my beer steins. Watch Copa America and Euro Cup. Clean out the pantry. Get on the treadmill. And cut some bouquets for the house.  If only to prove to myself that I’m still capable of doing those other things, rather than sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.  So forgive the spotty summer posts.  I also haven’t had the time to hit the thrift stores and garage sales like I’m able to when the kids are at school and my schedule is my own for a few hours at least.  I’m sure you’re all very busy, too.  In the blink of an eye I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule.  But for now, let’s stop and smell the roses….

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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