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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Fisher Price Play Family Village, Fossil Purses & Miss Me Jeans”

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Ahh (again), the first time I’ve been back to one of my favorite thrift stores since the last time when I had to rush home because my son had a headache.  After that I figured it wasn’t worth the hassle while the kids were home from school for the summer.  But back at school they are and back to thrifting I am.  And a fine day it was, too. In the grab bags I found the bakugan for 99¢, a Marvel Education Dollhouse Family for 99¢, and a Tomy Pokemon Compact in another grab bag for 99¢. In other toys I picked up the vintage 1975 KTC Holly Hobbie Doll for 99¢, the Madeline Around the World Set for $1.98 and the Furreal Friends Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for 99¢, as well. I also found the two halves of the 1973 Fisher Price Play Family Village, each priced differently though they go together.  $1.98 and $4.98, it’s in great condition.

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In jeans I picked up the Antik Denim for $1.98 and the Miss Me for a splurge of just under $10.

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And in purses I found two very nice Fossils – the green one of which sold just hours after I listed it, and an old Dooney and Bourke.  All were under $5.

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In Boots I picked up two leather pairs, one Gray Cowboy/Cowgirl from Two Lips and one Black Suede from Newport News, each were under $2.  And in the Holiday and Other Crap Aisle I found the Fitz & Floyd Santa Dish $1.98 (for which I emailed the company to ask when it was made and received an answer back within minutes – 1985-1993) and the Mary Engelbreit Peace on Earth Lion and Lamb figurine that I can’t find anywhere online from 1995 for 99¢. And the witch of which I already have two, I just love, and rationalized that no one would likely appreciate her as much as I do.

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Okay…. $56 spent.  Potential gain: $625.

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99¢ Bag of Bakugan = $120

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The other day, I bought a bag of Bakugan at the thrift store for 99¢.  I am often searching other sites to find a grouping of them for cheap, but it rarely gets cheaper than that.  So excited, I brought them home to research their going rates.  And luckily these are Generation 1’s, 2’s and 3’s, all easily found here: http://www.simplifiedinternetdesign.com/bakugan/bakugan_characters_list.htm.  A few I can’t find online to list, but those I could find add up to over $120.  Not bad for 99¢.

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Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Don’t Waste Your Etsy Listings by Deactivating: List Something Else In Its Place

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As those of you who list on Etsy know, each listing costs 20¢ for 4 months.  And those of you who have multiple online stores may also know that listings can sell on one site and then you’ll have to “deactivate” or close them on the others on which the same items were listed.  That is unless you’re more careful and only list one thing on one site in order to alleviate the need to deactivate or close.  Over time I’ve realized… I’m just wasting the rest of the 4 months that are left on that listing that I’m deactivating.  I can just edit the listing with a new item I was planning to list anyway.  I recently sold a pair of ceramic bunny rabbits on Bonanza that I also had listed on Etsy.  And before quickly deactivating the Etsy listing, I remembered that I had a vintage Kent Collectibles Jean Steele Originals Teddy Bear sitting beside me on the counter that I had been planning to list.  Instead of hitting “deactivate,” I hit “edit” and replaced all photos, description, category, shipping, tags, etc. with those needed for the bear.  Voila, I saved the extra time left that I had already paid for and listed something new in my shop.  Happy Etsy Selling & Shopping!

 

Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Etsy

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Valuable LP Albums

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I look at my shelf of LP’s, recently expanded and put on display because we installed an actual turntable, and I wonder if any are valuable.  The first thing you learn when researching what to look for is that anything that is signed by the artist, be they a well-known artist, holds greater value than that which is not signed.  David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles seem to be popular of late:

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Also, items from other countries that would be hard to get here in the US are also going for the bigger bucks:

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And then there are the “sealed” variety:

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The easiest way to find out if any of your albums are valuable is just to type in the artist.  I type in “The Police” and those that are valued highest have the same few characteristics of those above, signed, sealed or from somewhere else.

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All of this is making me think that if/when I ever travel, I have to find the local music store, if there is one, and see if I can pick up any vintage LP’s that will be worth a whole lot more back here in the states.  Other than that, you can collect them for the album art or the nostalgia they bring back to you, memories of the joys of listening to one side while reading the back cover or the insert until you had to flip it over.

 

 

Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Music

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North to Thrift: “The Anthropologie Shoes, The Citizens for Humanity Jeans & The Nautica Pea Coat”

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Ahhh, finally back up north thrifting again after a summer dry spell.  The thrift stores have rearranged all their stuff to ensure me that I’d been gone too long.  First stop gained the Bedtime Bubba, the Kent Collectibles Jean Steele Originals Teddy Bear from 1985, two Tignanello purses, one Giani Bernini purse, a Transformers Happy Meal Toy and a Schleich horse, all for $18.

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Down the street I found the Citizens of Humanity Trouser jeans for $5 and the Timmy Woods Beverly Hills gray and black beaded purse for $10.

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Finally at the Goodwill I picked up the Anthropologie Miss Albright Nava heels for $7, the Nautical Womens Pea Coat for $3.50, and the two pairs of shorts at $2.99 a piece.

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All spent: $49.50.  Potential gain: $495.

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Star Wars Action Figures & More

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Again, I’ve been digging through the storage bins from the shed and focused on a box of Star Wars action figures to see if I had anything worthwhile.  Within them I found a Boba Fett from 1979, some Storm Troopers from 1977 and an AT-AT Driver from 1980.  They’ve long lost their weapons which would have made them more valuable, but they still hold some worth.  And if the Boba Fett had had a removable red rocket in its back pack (mine is not removable), it would have been worth exponentially more.  Then I found figures from the mid to late 1990’s plus a whole bag of Galactic Heroes, some of which I was able to list on Amazon by searching for “Galactic Heroes Loose” as in loose figures out of packaging.  I still have quite a few to go through and identify, so there are more to be added in the future. Not to mention many other action figures added previously which are shown below the Star Wars versions. If you have a pile of action figures hidden away or your son no longer plays with his, dig through and check their feet and back legs for dates to see if you have any vintage, valuable finds.

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Other figures:

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Toys

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Latest Handbags & Purses

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Head to My Closet on Poshmark (best used with the app on your phone) to see what’s new in handbags. Brands include Coach, Michael Kors, Kooba, Fossil, Tignanello, Brighton, Hobo, Steven by Steve Madden, Cole Haan, Perlina and even more than are pictured here. Click on the images to be taken to that category of the closet and feel free to comment and make offers!

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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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1,000 Sales on Etsy

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I’m going to take a moment to appreciate the four digit number that now graces the sales position of my Etsy Store.  Just over a month shy of my two year anniversary on this enjoyable website, I look forward to finding more vintage items to easily offer to their wonderful customer base.  Thank you, Etsy, for creating an online selling and shopping experience that ranks highest to myself and my buyers among all others.

 

Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Etsy

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Fabric, Fabric & More Fabric

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Due to my major fabric haul the other weekend, my Etsy store is overflowing with fabric options.  I have a lot of great children’s fabrics, Halloween & Christmas fabrics and cut-out kits. If you’re thinking about making something for the holidays as gifts or decorations and need some fabric, head on over to Miss Bargain Huntress on Etsy to see what’s available.

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Posted by on August 18, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Purses, The Wallets & The Victoria’s Secret Dogs”

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Another slower day as is generally the case as of late.  I started at one where I should have/would have bought a Sunbrella umbrella and lounge cushions, but the price was just a bit too high and I walked away with a Brighton belt for $3.

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At the next I picked up the porcelain sailor boy doll and the Schleich Bayala Fairy and Horse figures, all for $3.

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On to the regular Stagers sale where, again as usual, I found nothing.  A few more stops were fruitless as well. Finally in the middle of town I bought the Hallmark Scarlett O’Hara and the Victoria’s Secret Pink Dogs, all for $1.75.

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I hurried to a famous sale that was about to start, but only found the little blue stone necklace for $2.  One of my last stops was one of the best, and I should have chosen to start at that end.  There I got the three beer steins and Coach wallet from one lady for $10, and from another lady for $25 the Steven by Steve Madden “Pucker Up” Crossbody bag, the Francesco Biasa Black Leather and Suede bag, the Betsey Johnson Betseyville blue and green Crossbody, the Harajuku Lovers canvas bag, the Tignanello metallic wallet and the Lole green fleece pullover.

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One final stop and I got the Lucky Brand Mighty Sweet Jeans, the Polka Dot Espadrilles and the McDonalds My Little Pony all for $4.

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$49 spent.  Potential $450 gain.

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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Garage Sales

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