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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Action Figures, Purses & North Face Jackets”

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It was Memorial Day Weekend and therefore I did not expect much from the few sales I had on my list.  But I was delightfully surprised at the outcome.  The first sale was just down the long street from me.  It was there that I bought the huge bin of action figures that held multiple sets of vintage Fisher Price Great Adventures, vintage and newer superheros and various other bits and pieces. Along with that I also picked up the Transformers, the Mighty Beanz and the Smack Down wrestlers.  Total: $15.

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Moving on to some sale with more electronics in boxes than I’ve ever seen in my life where men were going crazy for them, I snapped up the North Face jacket and vest laying in the middle of all of it on a table, both for $10.

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On to the next, I picked up the Coach Barrett Sneakers and asked the foreign seller how much. He said, “$3.” Then I spotted some very nice looking purses hanging on the fence.  A Lucky Brand, a Linea Pelle and he grabbed the beautiful Dooney and Bourke Wavy Tote and was only only concerned about their condition.  He said $7 for all of the bags.  Plus $3 for the shoes made it $10.  I couldn’t get out of their fast enough, worried that the wife would come out of the garage and yell at him for such cheap prices.

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Heading up over the hill, I found some great tops for myself and another Dooney & Bourke purse, this one for $10, more than what I paid for the more expensive wavy tote at the last, but still a decent price.

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I was running out of gas, but thought I’d stretch it to a further sale for which I saw a sign.  That is where I picked up the Littlest Pet Shop Pet Lovin’ Playhouse with a few animals.  Price tag was $10, quite high, I asked for less, she said “$8.”  Okay, It had been awhile since I had picked up any LPS and was feeling a bit like I deserved it.

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$53 Spent.  Potential $825 gain.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Ribbons, Jeans & Wile E. Coyote”

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As usual, I found quite a few pairs of jeans including Black Lucky Brand Lil Maggie, Black Free People, Current Elliott The Roller, Gap Flare Maternity with elastic waist, Paige Skyline, CAbi Style 917 and Gap Perfect Boot.  Each were in the $2-$3 range.

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In 99¢ grab bags, I found the Disney Store Captain Jake, the Ty My Little Pony Rainbow Dash, Koalababy Duck, Russ Berrie Vintage Dog 7685, Applause Curious George Beanbag, and 2003 Sanrio Smiles Hello Kitty Chocolate Cake with tag.  Over in Boutique I had found the Wile E Coyote from 1971 and also a Dakin bear from the 70’s, but it was missing the little bear that was supposed to come with it.  Sure enough, it was in one of the grab bags, though I didn’t know it at the time, and didn’t buy the bear.

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As I was about to leave, I found another few 99¢ grab bags full of adorable baby ribbon, Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, Suzy’s Zoo Baby Bears, trains, etc.

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Also found were Cole Haan narrow heels for $2 and two Bucilla Kits for a Gingerbread house and Christmas box at under $2 each.

Total spent: $35.  Potential Gain: $525.

 

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This is Awesome: Homemade Cleaning Wipes

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What you need:
*½ cup vinegar
*¼ cup water
*¼ cup rubbing alcohol
*1 tsp dish soap
*8-10 drops citrus essential oil
*Paper towel roll
*Bread knife
*Mixing bowl
*Empty coffee can or Tupperware container
Instructions:
Cut a roll of paper towels in half, or to the height of your container, with a bread knife. (Use the other half as a replacement roll.)
Combine the vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and essential oil in a mixing bowl, and stir well.
Cut an X into the lid of your empty coffee can. Spray-paint the color of your choice, (optional), and let dry for a few hours.
Slide the half roll into the can, and cover in the liquid. Let it soak in thoroughly before removing the cardboard roll in the center. Pull the center up and push it through the X slit in the lid. Snap on the lid and pull the first wipe out.
Enjoy your nontoxic cleaning wipes!

 

 

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Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day is June19th – Click on images to be taken to the listings:

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Royal Doulton Figurines, Hallmark Ornaments & Paper Doll Books”

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There were only a few sales that day due to rain in the forecast.  The first was an annual sale where I’ve bought some great stuff in the past.  I spotted the Royal Doulton “Balloon Man” and “Biddy Pennyfarthing” figurines and asked how much.  Since this was a combined sale of many sellers, and the owner of the two pieces was busy unloading a storage container too far away to ask, the sellers overseeing the table said, “How about $2 each?” No problem.  And a dollar for the Brighton clock.

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Then I headed straight for another annual sale, a rummage sale of a local daycare.  I’ve bought piles of clothes there before, but even though I was early, there were a few women who had arrived even earlier and had already made massive piles in their large shopping bags.  This made me somewhat sad, but I went through and found a few pairs of nice jeans, Miss Me, 7 for All Mankind, Lucky Brand, two pairs of new with tag Banana Republic black pants, a pair of Dansko clogs, etc, each piece just $1.  Then I found two stacks of Hallmark ornaments.  I could no longer hold everything and brought them over to one of the ladies in charge.  She recognized me and said I always come to their sales and had me put my pile behind a railing where she would count it up for me as I continued to look. My initial haul was only $13.  I continued to find the Lalaloopsy doll in the package, vintage West German stacking blocks, a bag of vintage Playmobil animals, a bag of Fisher Price Little People Halloween figures, two small limoges eggs, a small Russ egg, two vintage yoyo and clown dolls, and a set of wooden blocks still new.  My total?  $22.  A steal.  I felt like I should have looked longer.

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But I carried on.  At the next stop I picked up all of the Tom Tierney Paper Doll books, 6 for $5 and the really nice large LeSportsac Bag for $1.

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A few other stops later, I ended up with a pair of boy’s Vineyard Vines Swim Shorts for 50¢ and the Roost felt Hedgehogs for $2 and the Austrian Jacket for $5.

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All of $40 spent for all of that.  Potential gain: $950.

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Vintage Fisher Price Lot

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Perusing craigslist I came upon a listing for a massive lot of vintage Fisher Price toys.  The photos weren’t very clear, but from what I could tell a lot of the pieces were quite worn or dirty.  But because there were so many cars and a good number of people, I figured it might just be worth the $100 asking price.  Seeing as I have sold 78 Fisher Price items on Etsy, I knew most of this lot would sell… eventually.  So I emailed the lister and set up a time and place to load up the lot.

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I’ve listed most of the items and will continue to list the smaller pieces.  You can find them here:

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In the end,my gain should be around $500.  In hindsight, I may or may not go through the trouble again of obtaining, cleaning, listing, and ultimately storing until packaging and shipping the pieces of this large lot.

 

 

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Vintage McDonalds Happy Meal & Burger King Kids Club Toys

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Last week when I went North to Thrift, I found four bags full of vintage McDonald’s Happy Meal and Burger King Kids Club toys at $1.50 a bag.  In separating them all out, I found I had some groupings of similar pieces from the same line of certain years.  As you can see from the following research, most sets sell for more or less than $10:

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I haven’t completely finished listing all of them as I’ve gone through and dug up some previous set that I had in storage.  I figure I can piece even more sets together with what I have:

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Currently I’m at a potential gain of $230 and I’m not finished yet.  Not bad for $6 bucks in grab bags.

 

Latest Thrift Store Trip: “True Religion, Miss Me & Gap Jeans, Tignanello Pink Satchell & Black Suede Clarks Boots”

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Not a whole lot on this trip, though I kept circling around feeling as if I had missed something.  In jeans I only picked up the True Religion Hi-Rise Boot, the Miss Me’s and three pairs of Gap – two Curvy Long and one Real Straight.  Each were under $3.

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In shoes I only found the black suede Clarks Bendables at $2.50.

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In purses I only picked up the Tignanello Pink Leather Satchel also at $2.50.

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And in toys I only found two 99¢ grab bags, one with a vintage Dakin Rabbit and Russ Thumkey Monchichi, and the other filled with four little vintage baby dolls.

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A whopping $24 spent.  Potential $225 gain.

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Thrift Stores

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Thumper & Blossom, Vintage Seven Dwarfs & Vintage Beer Steins”

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At the first stop, I wasn’t sure they would have anything, but as I kept looking and picking things up, the lady said I needed a basket. The baskets were so nice and $1 each, so I bought four and filled them with the red Waechtersbach mug, the NAO lladro girl figure, the three pewter figures, the vintage Kodak camera, the German hanging music box, the metal and bead tea light candle holder, all for $18.

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Closeby I hit another sale which had a photo in its listing of beer steins.  As I was staring at them and not liking their $10 price tags, though very intrigued by their age and quality craftsmanship, the lady and son of the sale came over and she said I could have all of them, plus a few I didn’t want, for $60.  I separated out 3 I didn’t want and asked how about $40 for the ones I did want.  The son said he was trying to buy new tires for his car and said $45.  I finally said okay, figuring that was about $6.50 each.  They will require some extra research due to their age and cryptic markings.  If I figure them out, perhaps that will be another post.

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Several sales later after previous duds, I picked up a vintage Sleeping Beauty book and a Choose Your Own Adventure book for 50¢ each.  And at another, the Victoria’s Secret floral print dog for $1.

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Then I hit one I was really looking forward to that had advertised dolls and barbies.  My eyes widened as I quickly made a pile consisting of older Littlest Pet shop, older Polly Pockets, a bag of little baby dolls, a box of miniature flocked animals, an old raggedy ann, a box of Neopets and a Snow White’s Seven Dwarves set in the bag.  Total: $15.  I was giddy.

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Heading across town I picked up the Astronaut Cabbage Patch for $2.  Finally getting across town I also picked up the AG The Protege jeans for $3, the vintage Dakin hugging monkeys for $1, a Tiffany vase for $2 and finally the vintage ceramic Thumper and Miss Bunny for 50¢ each.

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A lot of really good finds.  $87 spent.  Potential $700 gain minus the as-of-yet not valued beer steins.

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North to Thrift: “Rock Revival Patti Jeans, Dakin Hugging Monkeys & Toy Works Humpty Dumpty”

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I only made two stops on this trip and only purchased everything at the first because I didn’t have a lot of time. Luckily, my first stop had a basket of vintage McDonalds Happy Meal and Burger King Kids Club Toys at $1.50 per bag.  More on those in a later post as the multitude of them will take forever to cover.  I also picked up the Space Jam Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck at $1 each, the vintage Dakin Hugging Monkeys at 50¢ each, a Toy Works Humpty Dumpty for $1, a pair of black Rock Revival Patti Skinny Jeans for $4 and a book of football cards, some of them Rookie, for $5.  Total spent: $22.  Potential gain minus the fast food toys to be discussed later: $150.

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