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North to Thrift Part I: “Vintage Toys, Imperial Jingdezhin Porcelain Plate & The Cutest Vintage Jewelry Box”

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This was quite a day.  You won’t believe the haul in the clothing department that I’m setting aside for another day or I’d be here all day.  I found so much at my favorite Northern Thrift Store that the poor volunteer ladies were amazed and then exhausted after the three person job it was to ring it up and pack it up.  I found most of the toys there including the Mattel Magic Nursery Doll 1989, the Hallmark Yum Yums Purple Gumdrop Bear, the pristene white Gund Luv Me bear from 1976, the Wrinkles Dog Puppet, the Bialosky Treasury Alexander Edward Bear from 1984, the “Let’s Get Physical” Funshine Care Bear that moves and sings, the 1985 Velveteen Rabbit, the Marin Chiclana Dancing Flamenco Couple, the Hoppy Vanderhare Santa’s Workshop, the McDonalds Madame Alexander Bad Wolf doll in the package, the bag of VTech cartridges, the Monogram model Porsche and the Fast Freddy Jalopy Model, The “On The Farm” Coloring Book unused from 1966, the Abruzzi Doll Couple from Italy, The Napoli Doll from Italy, the Celluloid Doll from Germany, the fantastic 80’s clip-on, bell charm necklace, and the cutest hand painted, glass-etched light blue jewelry box.  Whew.  Total spent there was under $40.

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Over to the next street, I picked up the Barbie Dress-Up Game that missed the photo because it was in the bottom of a bag of clothes, and the panel dollhouse that I have yet to find in my research, both for $7.

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At the sister store down the street, I thought I had found a Lladro for $4, and was nervous as the two people at the counter contemplated the same idea, but in the end, it’s actually a copy made by Meico.

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And at the Goodwill, I picked up Imperial Jingdezhen Porcelain Plate from 1986, paying up $7 because initial research showed it was worth more than it probably is.

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$58 for this portion of the day.  Potential gain: $650.

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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Thrift Stores

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Latest Thrift Shop Trip: “The Cole Haan Coat, The Marker Ski Jacket & The Coach Purse”

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I’m just putting both photos up top this time as they’re more exciting together than alone.  Continuing with my increasing selectivity, I spent under $60 on 20 items bringing my dollar cost averaging to about $3  per item.  (I also bought the most awesome leather jacket for myself for $5, two pairs of boots for myself for a couple dollars each, a pair of shorts for myself for $3 and my son a pair of shorts for $2 – mostly very unusual and I’ve kept those several dollars out of the total, though they, too, bring it to $3 apiece.)  Starting with the clothing:  An amazing Cole Haan Wool & Cashmere Gray Coat that was marked down 75% to $12, another amazing pink Marker Ski Jacket, also marked down 75% to $6, an awesome vintage red Gap Leather Jacket that I’ve been looking at for weeks, marked down 75% to $5, a super cute little reversible blue bolero jacket that is of very nice quality for $2, an Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Gray Sweater with fancy sleeves for $2, a cute sailor Tokidoki Hoodie for $3 and some Joy Jeans City of Angels Denim Bermudas for $2.

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In purses I found a Coach Leah Tote, a bit roughed up, but only $4, a Maxx New York Gray Pinstripe Tote for $3 and a Duke et Duchess (a fancy boutique in San Francisco) canvas and leather cross body bag for $3.

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Strolling by the gloves I picked up a fancy leather and cashmere pair by Lambertson Truex for $2 and a Mukluk multi-pattern pair of mittens for 99¢.  In shoes I found some really nice Aerosoles Sponge Box Suede Loafer Heels for $3.

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In toys I found one Applause Tazmanian Devil for 99¢ and one grab bag that contained an Eden Jeremy Fisher and a Yomiko Classics moose, 99¢.

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And finally a Hallmark ornament for 25¢, a South Park ornament for 99¢ and two plus yards of Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Fabric for 99¢ also.

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Total spent: $60.  Potential gain: $700.

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80’s Plastic Clip-on Bell Charm Necklaces

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I thought I had bought a Lladro Clown Head for $4 that is worth $225, which was to be the subject of this post until I figured out it was a clone/imposter made by Meico, but still worth $55.  That’s when I decided to look up the fantastic 80’s charm necklace I also purchased for $2.  I just love the detail in each one like the rainbow abacus, the camera, the skis with poles and the clown faces. When I saw it in the case, my eyes widened and some little corner of my childhood brain was screaming out, “YOU HAVE TO BUY THAT!!!”  I didn’t really know why, but now I do.  Look at what they go for:

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Would you ever have thought they could possibly go for so much? There’s a cool thread on them here: http://www.inthe80s.com/clothes/undadog_8hotmailcom0.shtml. Even the charms are pricey:

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So if you have any of these stuck in a box in the attic or a storage locker somewhere, go get them.  You may be able to make a cool hundred, or eighty, or fifty-eight….

 

Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Fighting for Flea-Free Furry Friends

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Where I live in California, the flea season has been worse than ever.  In fact, every dog owner I know whose dog has never had fleas, now has them (mine included).  So I’ve been on a rampage trying to get rid of them. Washing dog beds and steamvac-ing rugs and vacuuming furniture and washing dogs and giving dogs medications I would otherwise rather not give.  I have heard in the past that topical medicines and even pills given internally can be harmful and it stands to reason: they’re pesticides.  And who would want pesticides to seep into their skin or ingest them on purpose?  Plus the fact that some fleas have become immune to the same repetitive treatment with the same types of chemicals.  So I’ve delved deeper and have read some interesting things that vets have written and I’m going to try them out.  I thought I would share them with you and anyone can chime in if they have any suggestions with proven results.

Fleago – This is a powder made of boric acid that is relatively harmless to humans and animals.  I plan to sift it onto my rugs and carpets where my dogs live, brush it in, vacuum up the excess, and some of it should stay to kill adult fleas, baby fleas, and the eggs.

No Need for Flea Shampoo – Apparently you don’t need special shampoo to kill fleas, you just use your regular shampoo but leave it on as long as the flea shampoo, that being about five-ten minutes, and the fleas will die because of the lather.

A Flea Comb – Once you have the other flea attack missions in place, just use a flea comb to get any of the leftover guys that haven’t died yet.  You can drown them in soapy water or wrap them up tightly and dispose of them in the trash.

And yes, you should still wash all of the beds and areas where your pets go and sleep.  Once all of these methods are being used and in place, hopefully we will all be able to live in a flea-free environment without harmful chemicals to our animals and ourselves.

 

Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting, Pets

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My Favorite Easter Decorations 2015

You’ve seen what I have to offer in my online stores back there in “Easter Gifts from Miss Bargain Huntress.” But let’s see if there’s anything new and exciting out there in the way of Easter Decorating that has snuck upon me with less than three weeks from St. Patrick’s Day. Click on the images for more information and ordering.

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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Easter, Holidays

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120 Littlest Pet Shop Lot

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In my occasional travels around the internet searching for “lots” (one grouping of many instead of just many) of items to buy to resell, once in awhile I come across a deal that I finally deem worthy of purchasing.  One such lot popped up in the daily emails I get from eBay (even though I still detest the website), because I’ve set up the “Follow This Search” option for many of my regular searches.  This particular lot was a “Buy It Now,” (good because I don’t have to bid, wait out the bidding and expect to be outbid), and also had “Free Shipping,” (a huge perk because most people gouge you on the shipping to make a little more on the side).  It was even marked down 10%!  The listing read, “LITTLEST PET SHOP HUGE LOT 120 PETS HUSKY DOG CAT FROG BUNNY LESS THEN $1 EACH!”  For that many of them, and after carefully scanning the photos, I knew that I could pay the hefty price tag of $115 expecting that at least 5 of the pets that would go for surprisingly high prices, and at the very least 15 out of 120 should pay for the lot.  The rest would be gravy.  Let’s see what I actually got and what I could actually make:

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Stopping at 44 with a few that were “currently unavailable” brings us to an early count of $355.  If we say that’s about 1/3, I could be looking at around $1,000 depending on the rest of the prices as I list!

 

 

Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting, Toys

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “The Suede Knee High Boots, The Momiji Message Dolls & The Avanti Applause Cocker Spaniel”

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An unusual day, I was in a bit of a hurry with lots of things to do after this trip.  Nevermind that I almost ran out of gas getting there which is something that makes me majorly freak out.  But I didn’t and I made it to the cheap gas station next to the cheap thrift store if only to gain a few extra dollars from my gas budget.  Continuing with the strange, I found mostly clothing and shoes.  There was nothing in grab bags but the little momiji dolls and kimmidoll pen and keychain.  I knew they were something special, so I paid up for them, $3 and $4 a bag.

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And onto shoes/boots.  A pair of Bandolino Eye Candy, a pair of Nine West Samella Black Suede, a pair of Vintage Acme Cowgirl and a pair of Lands’ End Blue Suede.  Hefty price tag for the four of $23, but when you dollar-cost-average the entire bill, they were only $5 each.

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Also a vintage Brighton purse for only $3. But onto the clothing.  An Olive Marker ski-type jacket for $7, an Anthropologie Nick & Mo Purple Tweed Jacket for $3, a Harajuku Bananas Hoodie for $3, a Gap Lambswool Scarf for $1.50 and a Fossil flower belt for $2.

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If you subtract the Free People Sweater, Abercrombie jeans and gray sweatshirt I bought for my kids that they may never wear and may also soon be listed, I really only spent under $60, which then makes my dollar-cost-averaging about $4 per item instead of $5.  That’s better. Sort of. But not my usual $2.  Anyway, I could make about $500.

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Easter Gifts from Miss Bargain Huntress

With only just over two weeks to go, the stores have the Easter Merchandise lining the shelves and I’ve already seen shoppers with pre-made baskets in their carts.  I’ve sifted through my online stores to give you some of my offerings that might please the little ones or be used for decorating for the holiday.  Click on the images to be taken to the listings.

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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Easter

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North to Thrift: “The Wowwee Panda, The One Hundred Mickeys Pins & The Lace Jessica McClintock Dress”

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First stop, I found in the toy display cabinet all of the little bags.  One of Caillou figures, one of Little Tykes Toddle Tots, one of One Hundred Mickeys Trading Pins, one of what may be a Liddle Kiddles doll, one of vintage dollhouse furniture and two cases of Marie Osmond Doll Pins.  Then I found the packs of stickers.  And last the “It’s a Small World 78 Record and the Peter Rabbit book and 45 record.  Everything was a dollar or two and my total bill was $22.

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The only thing I picked up down the Street was the pink flannel fabric with women sipping cocktails entitled “Diva Silhouettes” for $3.

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And at the Goodwill I got the Wowwee Panda that makes noise and its eyes and mouth move, the Snoopy’s Sister Belle in Poodle Skirt outfit, the Black Patent Leather Tignanello purse, the porcelain Betty Boop doll and the lace Jessica McClintock Dress.  All spent $26.

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Total spent: $51.  Potential gain: $510.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Kate Spade Heels, GeoTrax Train & Meito China Set”

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My first stop netted the Madame Alexander Friends doll, the Halloween Witch Barbie, the iDog clothing new in the box, all of the DVD’s including Mork & Mindy, the Giddi Groovy Girl Horse and the Sesame Street 3 CD set. All for $10.

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Heading way across town, I hit a sale to which I had been before.  But they didn’t have much this day, either because I had bought it all before or I was there too late.  I did pick up the very cool Santa’s sleigh with reindeer and a propeller that actually spins by battery, and the Lefton Santa & Mrs. Claus that kiss on a bench.  Total: $3.

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Stopping at one for which I saw a sign, I picked up the four vintage brooches, the awesome silver and rhinestone bracelet that I like so much I’m going to keep, and a Barbie ornament, all for $5.

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Heading back across town again, I realized this was another sale to which I should have arrived earlier.  I picked up the GeoTrax train set that has several trains, the Kate Spade purple suede heels, the two metal trees, the Regal Canada Eskimo doll and the Raikes bear, all for $25.

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Going back by one for which I had been too early before, I nabbed the Meita China set for $15 and the iDog for $2.

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Final stop, I picked up the vintage children’s chair complete with metal braces on the sides, and the Gasoline Alley pillow case.  Oh and then I got the stack of awesome records, some still sealed, for 50¢ each.

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