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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “More Vintage Christmas, Fancy Boots and Jeans”

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I was feeling a bit dejected as I circled around, not finding very much, and thinking that the store must have done a recent purge as a lot of areas seemed depleted.  I did pick up one grab bag with the Christmas Woody and Bullseye, the Hallmark Teddy Bear Elf and the Applause White Christmas reindeer.  And then I found two bags of vintage Christmas glass ball ornaments at $1.98 each.  And then the cute little vintage figurine of three choir boys from Japan at $2.98.

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But after that, I was only left with jeans and shoes as all other areas weren’t offering any hidden surprises.  In jeans I picked up two pairs of Joe’s Jeans in the Honey style, a Hudson Woodstock, a gray J Brand Wink and a gray Gap Real Straight, a 7 For All Mankind Lexie Kaylie, Lucky Brand Sweet ‘N Straight, Level 99’s and a Miss Me Lace Pocket.  Jean prices ranged from $1.74-$5.24.

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And in shoes, I found some boots. A pair of olive green suede VINCE boots, some Kenneth Cole Reaction No Turning Back boots in black, and Jeffrey Campbell Havana Last handmade leather Lita booties. Boots ranged from 99¢-$7.24.

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I spent a whopping $65.05 bringing my dollar cost averaging of twenty items to $3.25 per item.  Too much for some, a great price for others.  Potential gain $700.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Decca Records, Fossil Bags & An Automated Snow White Snow Globe”

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I was later than I would have liked getting out there and the first sale was a dud.  I stopped at a second one where everything in the driveway was free, though some regulars had gotten there before me and had already stacked up a big pile.  However there were records on the porch that were 50¢ each.  Even the boxed sets.  I told the guy there were 29 in the two boxes and he said “$10” and even helped me carry them to the car.

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Finally I headed to an elementary school rummage sale that has been great in the past.  They advertised an 8:45 start time, but the place was already swarming at 8:35 and I felt like an idiot.  I should have been there sooner.  But I still found the pink Coach Soho Hobo, the Relic Floral Shopper, three pairs of mens shoes including New Balance, Ugg Ascot Slippers and Birkenstocks, three pairs of women’s shoes including BCBGirls Esther Sandals and some black patent flats, an Automated Snow White Snow Globe by Mr. Christmas that works and a Russ Noah’s Ark baby piggy bank.  All for $20.

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Heading toward another school’s rummage sale that usually wasn’t very good, I had seen signs for what I thought was a regular sale that usually had great stuff.  Sure enough, same house, and I picked up the three pairs of jeans – Miss Me, True Religion and Paige, the two Fossil bags, the beer stein and the red Tahari Valerie flats.  I was a little annoyed that she charged me $42 for all of it and said she gave me a good deal when she wouldn’t deal at all.

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On to the school rummage sale, you could hear crickets.  The only people in there were the people working there.  Granted, it was about an hour after it had started, but they had nothing.  Except the Furreal Friends Baby Cuddles My Giggly Monkey for a dollar.

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Finally I wove my way all the way back across town to one last sale that was packed with people.  It was there that I bought two really nice pairs of boots, my size, for $1 each.

That was it, I headed home.  $75 spent.  Potential $1,175 gain.

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Friday Garage Sales: “Vintage Christmas”

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I am like the Vintage Christmas Magnet these days.  I started at a local church’s “Overstock” sale for their annual rummage sale that doesn’t happen until August.  I immediately picked up the two 1971 Annalee Santa & Mrs. Claus dolls plus a 1982 Hallmark Jogging Santa ornament and a vintage Hallmark Santa pin, all for $5.

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On to a crazy estate sale, the guy running it was quite the character.  He was very nice to me, though frazzled, and when one lady was arguing about prices saying he would never sell any of the stuff, he said, “Well, some customers are more patient.”  It was at that sale where I dug through some old boxes of old Christmas stuff in the garage.  I had no idea how he would price the lot, but I gave it a go.  After waiting for him to deal with several other customers in a very haphazard way, he finally quoted me $23 for the armload I had put together which included the amazing handmade vintage tree skirt that even has a build in battery pack for the lights, the box of vintage jewel lights that work, a few vintage ornaments and some snow globes that missed the photo, and all of the very vintage mini glass ball ornaments that I personally separated into all of those bags prior to taking the picture.  I asked if he would take $20 and he said $22.  At that point, I just wanted to get out of there, and I handed him the money.

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About mid-day there was another sale at a mobile home park with some of the most amazing views.  I had seen in the online photos of the sale that they had some Lladro figurines, some nice cookware, etc., but the prices were quite high and I only walked away with the three singing nuns that are missing their music box for $5.

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$32 spent, potential $400 gain.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Shiny Brite Ornaments, Karen Millen Boots & More Jeans”

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Finding nothing in toys but the vintage Operation game, I spotted bags of vintage boxed Shiny Brite ornaments on the endcaps.  Searching further, I picked up 10 packs of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers, two packs of vintage Christmas stickers, some vintage sewing patterns – the cutest being the toddler jumper/romper pack, and then the coolest tall vintage greeting cards.  Each bag was between 45¢-$1.98.  And in Housewares, only the Lenox mug and Midwest of Canon Falls Cast Iron Santa and Reindeer Stocking Hangers.

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While searching through jeans, I spotted the Karen Millen boots on the opposite rack.  Looking them up, I saw that they retail in the $300 range and figured their $10 price tag might be worth it.

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Over in Men’s Jeans, I found the Tommy Bahama Standard and the 7 For All Mankind Slimmy, each in the $7 range.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 7.32.18 AM

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And in Women’s Jeans, I picked up a pair of Hudson Collins, Harley Davidsons, American Rag, Gap Perfect Boot, 7 For All Mankind Dojo and Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny.

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$73 spent, potential $550 gain.

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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Thrift Stores

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Patagonia Jackets, Earnest Sewn Jeans & Vintage Christmas Ornaments”

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Being Easter weekend, I wasn’t expecting much, but there were quite a few sales clustered together, so I ventured out.  At the first, I picked up the OTBT heels for $2.  At the next is where I bought all of the clothes including a J. Crew dress, three Patagonia jackets and a vest, Citizens for Humanity Skinny jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied Blue The Graduate pants, some active wear for my son and a pile of Earnest Sewn pants – a few new with tag, and the laundry basket, all for $45.

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Stopping next at an estate sale with extremely cheap prices, I bought the vintage Battleship game, the Tinkertoy Crazy Constructions set, a box of vintage dominoes and a box of vintage Christmas Ornaments, all for $6.

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At the last sale where I purchased anything I picked up the two Uglydolls and the Steve Madden beige handbag all for $5.

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$58 spent, potential gain of $900.

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Dansko Mary Janes, More Vintage Ornaments & A Battat Doll”

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I know why it wasn’t a very productive day.  It’s because the two days prior had been very productive days.  I had done quite well at one of our school’s rummage sales and so not much mojo was left for garage sales on Saturday morning.  I had been eager to get to a block sale, where the estate sale I had been to the week before and cornered the market in vintage Christmas ornaments was also located and having their final blow-out.  So I was able to go back and pick up those few extra boxes of ornaments that I had felt remiss in not picking up the first time.  Across the street, I picked up the Battat Our Generation Doll with accessories and the cute LD Brown purse.  A few other stops along the way were mostly fruitless and I only found the Dansko Mary Janes and the stack of new hand towels.  I spent $26.  Potential gain: $200.

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Return to the Rummage Sale: “Yes, I Went Back”

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I said I wouldn’t go… but then I thought about it.  A relaxed Friday morning, fewer people, more time to search. And so I did. And I made two trips to the car.  My first trip consisted of two bags full.  One bag that I brought with me that was overflowing with clothing, so I asked the nice ladies if I could put it on hold.  And they promptly provided me with another shopping bag to continue to fill.  I bought more there that morning than I have in awhile.  The first trip was one bag at $20 and one bag at $15. And my return bag was $8.  Which basically let me know that their posted prices were very subjective.  They didn’t piecemeal out each and every little thing, they just kind of looked through the bag and gave me a number.  Which was great, especially since my German lady wasn’t there.

In clothing I picked up a very fancy Parker Evony Dress, a lovely lace dress, a lacy Loft top and a gray Banana Republic sweater.

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In children’s clothing I found a black Levi’s vest, an OP swimsuit, a floral Gap coat, a Zara Kids brown sweater and Gymboree Cozy Owl Poncho and red heart jeans.

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In jeans I picked up a Citizens for Humanity Skirt, Men’s 7 For All Mankind Jeans and Joe’s Jeans.

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I also concentrated on the shoes.  I found some red Miz Mooz Sandals, some Tod’s flats, some Matisse Maroon Croc Sandals, Steve Madden Trinidad Wedge Sandals, Born Mary Jane Buckle Heels, and Julianelli Brown Boots.Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 12.32.31 PM

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I also found a Lululemon Om Your Heart Out Infinity Scarf and the new DaKine bag.

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Back in toys I picked up a couple of vintage mini puzzles and a Hawaii Wooden Puzzle, along with a Littlest Pet Shop key chain, a Felix the Cat Golf Keychain, a Cowboy Andy doll, a Sad Sam mini stocking, two Kung Recorders from Switzerland, and a Pottery Barn Lamb.

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Finally, during one final swoop I gained the Olympia stoneware mug, the vintage Trim Twist exercise platform and the Waecthersbach red bowl “You Are Special Today.”

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Try to add all of that up… I’m thinking it’s about 34 items for $48.  That’s just under $1.50 each.  Which makes me happy I went back.  Potential gain: $1,075.

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Thursday Night School Rummage Sale: “Vera Bradley Miller Bag, Nordstrom Mugs & Fisher Price Drum Set”

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I actually went and stood in line for the early pre-sale (that charged a $10 entrance fee) and tried to muddle through the many, many people that were hogging space at every table.  I have found quite a lot at this sale in the past when I did not go to the pre-sale which makes me think that maybe they pull more out from all of the boxes under the tables that I tried to look through.  I did find the two Nordstrom Mugs by R. Toledo in the boxes. Not really knowing prices, but recognizing my German lady at the Cashier’s Table from years past, I knew she would give me a great deal.  I did about three loops around, starting with the Vera Bradley Barcelona Miller bag and then filling it with the white Cliffs Sandals, the black Clarks Artisan Vendra Bloom Wedges and the Citizen of Humanity Amber jeans.  Continuing on with my loops, I also picked up the vintage 1979 Fisher Price Drum Set, the Mighty Beanz bag and the Mary Engelbreit Easter plate:

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My German lady with her economical pricing added it up to be $16.  Potential gain of $300.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Disney Carousel, Beatrix Potter Plush & Ugg Boots”

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There were all of three sales on my list.  I headed to the first but was side-tracked by a sign for a sale not advertised online.  There I bought the Fisher Price Imaginext Pirate Ship, the Playskool Heroes Luke Skywalker Landspeeder, the Disney carousel, the three Peanuts characters and the tin Ugly Doll Truck Bank, all a dollar each.

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On to the nicest people on the planet’s garage sale.  A regular whispered to me that the prices were extremely reasonable.  Everything was 50¢ to $2.  I picked up a box of clothes for my son, a faux fur coat, a lovely green dress, a Calvin Klein tote new with tag, a Spode Christmas pitcher, a Ralph Lauren bar set new in the box, the Lucy Hallmark figurine, two pairs of Born sandals, Coach sandals, black Fergalicious flats, all for $20.

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I headed to the second sale on my list which I left quickly because their prices were way out of range. And it wasn’t quite time for the senior center’s flea market, so I backtracked to some signs I had seen.  They led me to an estate sale run by questionable people.  I started in the garage and found the purple hoodie and then went upstairs to find the Ugg boots, total $6.

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On to the Senior Center, I was searching for previous sellers where I had found amazing things, but previous sellers were not to be found.  I did pick up the Eden Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit and Fox for $2, the Lefton angels at $1 and the vintage Dakin Santa bean bag for 25¢.

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Total of about $35.  Potential gain $700.

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Rainy Friday Estate Sale: “Vintage Christmas Galore”

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Of course it has to pour rain in between days of sunshine when I go to an estate sale where I have to carry out armloads in multiple trips.  Because of the rain, I was hoping it wouldn’t be that crowded.  But all of the regulars were there… before me.  But apparently they are not interested in highly collectible Shiny Brite ornaments from the 1950’s.  Because I am.  They usually go for about $30 a box, even better when you have the vintage box, which, as you can see, were widely available at this sale.  The nice lady at the sale made me a space on a table to put my stack as I added to it, constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure someone else wasn’t thinking that it should obviously still be for sale on that table in the middle of the room. My first haul was $27 – the boxes were $1 each.  And I should have bought more… yes, there were more, not many more, but some.  Because when I got home and reorganized the boxes into all like items, I knew I should have bought that one with the broken one because I could have easily replaced it after going through them all.  But let’s learn that lesson, “Buy it all,” (when it’s one dollar) once again and move on.

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Beyond the vintage glass Christmas ball ornaments, there were bags of Mexican Tin ornaments, several bags of vintage felt ornaments, a vintage Angel topper, a vintage green topper, a glass egg ornament, vintage hangers and vintage mini trees.  I paid very little for all that were included in my initial $27 haul.

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Second haul were vintage ceramic figurines.  Most, if not all, are from the 1950’s.  Including a green dog planter/vase, a rabbit vase – perfect for Easter, a Forever Yours Giftware Japan Clown with black panther and tiger on leashes including the cardboard stand, a Singer Buttonholer, and a KTO Japan Blue covered Lady Box. That armload was $5, $1 each.

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So for $38, I came home with that haul. Potential $780 gain.

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