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What Super Bowl Memorabilia Is Worth

I have absolutely zero interest in the two teams playing the Super Bowl this year, but I thought it would be cool to know what, if anything, you should or could be collecting that might be valuable now or later.  Rings are quite popular, whether they be authentic player rings (hopefully not from a player fallen on hard times), replicas or even staff rings.  And take a look at the “sets” that I would bet will be worth more later.

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Super Bowl Jerseys, used in the game or signed, or both, can fetch a few dollars:

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Signed Super Bowl Game Balls are another hot item:

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But what about the souvenirs that most people pick up along the way?  And what mind we find in a thrift store or garage sale?  Is any of that worth anything?  Yes, even drinking cups and old tickets can be worth saving:

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So hold on to your Super Bowl stuff or hunt it down while you’re out scouting treasures.  You may have something worth a lot to someone else.

 

 

Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Random Thrift Shop Find: “Bag of Littlest Pet Shops”

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I was in another town for lunch and had a bit of time to kill, so I stopped in an old thrift store I hadn’t been in in years.  I noticed that their prices were quite high as I wandered to the back corner where the toys were.  I spotted grab bags of smaller items stuffed into boxes underneath a shelf and as I dug I thought I saw one of my favorite resale items: Littlest Pet Shops.  In the nano seconds it took for me to dig out the bag, I was guesstimating the potential price of the bag.  $9.95.  Quite hefty in my opinion as I was used to grab bags for 99¢.  But, in turning the bag over and over, I estimated there were about 20 animals inside.  As I can usually net at least $7 per animal, and usually more, I figured the ten bucks was worth, at minimum, the $140 I could make.  So I bought it.  After getting it home and going to work listing the little guys, I found that there were a few gems, like the bull terrier worth about $30.    In the end,  I could make $225.

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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Reselling, Toys

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Guess by Marciano Zebra Heels, Lesportsac Kasey & Vintage Dakin Pillow Pets Bear”

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I wasn’t feeling great due to clogged ears, so I cut my trip a bit shorter than normal.  I did pick up the Guess by Marciano Gwkirby3 Zebra heels for $5 and the LeSportsac Kasey Crossbody for $2.

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In books I found the Fairy Tales and Fables illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa marked down to 75¢ and the Santa Claus book for $1.

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In toys, I picked up the vintage Dakin Pillow Pets Bear from 1976, the American Tail Feivel and Tanya, the Russ Dempsey cat, the Powerpuff Girls, the Heartfelt Pig Chef ornament, the Bakugan Deka Hydronoid, the Figaro cat and the American Girl Dog.  All but the bear were in grab bags for 99¢.

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And the only breakable I found was the pink bunny rabbit covered dish for 75¢.

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About $20 spent.  Potential $310 gain.

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Vintage Fisher Price Toys You Never Knew Existed

I always have my eye out for Vintage Fisher Price Toys as they can always fetch a nice price if I can find them for less.  Sometimes while researching, I will come across certain toys I never knew they made.  Many of them are wooden pull toys with paper graphics from the ’50’s and ’60’s:

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Some are vehicles:

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Some are playsets:

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As you can see, all of these go for quite nice prices, so keep your eye out for any vintage Fisher Price while thrifting or garage sale-ing!

My current vintage Fisher Price for sale:

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Fozzie Bear Hat, The Fisher Price House & The Tinkerbell Hoodie”

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It is more difficult to encourage one’s self to get out there on a frigid Saturday morning when there are only a handful of sales, but a few of the listings sounded good so I went. I almost did a drive-by at the first, but then realized there must be more in the house in addition to the few things they had on the driveway.  So in I went and found the little witch, little doll, Santa head ornament, and the German Smoker figure, $6 total.

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Next stop, I found the bag of Polly Pockets and dolls, the German Goebel Monk bank and salt & pepper shakers, the etched red crystal vase and the three Hallmark ornaments, all for $15.

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At one of the last sales, I picked up the Fisher Price Little People Happy Sounds Home, the roll of Mrs. Grossman’s Europe Stickers, the Tinkerbell Sweater, the Mudd Pink Patent Heels and the Fozzie hat, all for the deal of the day of $5.

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That was about it for the day, a few more sales afterward proved fruitless.  $26 spent, potential $300 gain.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts from Miss Bargain Huntress

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I’d scan through my inventory of offerings for some lovely gifts for the day.  Click on the images to be taken to my online stores for more information and ordering.

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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting, Holidays

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Collectible &/Or Valuable LeSportsac Bags

The other day I bought this Hawaiian Hula Girl LeSportsac Bag at the thrift store for a few dollars.  After listing it, I immediately had a few offers on it which peaked my interest.  With further research I found that it was a print only sold in Hawaii and quite collectible.  I also discovered even more LeSportsac bags online that were going for more than you’d think, including more Hawaiian variations like “Hula Auana,” “Fun In The Sun,” “Onolicious,” Tiki-Me-Pink,” and “Le Petite Bouquet.”

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I knew from my past experience that the Tokidoki LeSportsac bags are quite collectible and I wrote about them in a post awhile back, “Tokidoki for LeSportsac Bags.”  There are many versions but those with Italian names are currently on top at the moment.  Though there is a crossover Tokidoki/Hawaiian line, “Hawaii Dolcezza,” that is currently quite popular, as well.

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A new version with which I was not familiar is the Disney line.  Everything Disney generally becomes collectible by a certain mass of people, just like the Dooney & Bourke Disney line.  But there are even different versions of the Disney line including “It’s A Small World” and the exclusive Hong Kong edition of that print, the “Around the World” variation.  Then there is also the “Blooming Joy” variation, the “Moroccan Sun” variation, and the “Midnight Harmony” variation.   Some of the additional Disney prints include “Alice in Wonderland, “Tink Neverland, “Polynesian Paradise,” “Tahitian Dream,” “Tink Marc Davis,” “Celebrate Minnie,” and the list goes on.  As you can see, they can all fetch quite a price:

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Other notable LeSportsac bags include special designer editions like L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani’s label), Fifi Lapin, and Stella McCartney.

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So when you’re in the thrift store or at garage sales, if you se a LeSportsac bag, check it out – it may be worth much more than the thrift store or garage sale price tag.

 

Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Bargain-Hunting

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Sunshine Family House & Farm 1973

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One of my fondest childhood memories is playing with my Sunshine Family House by Mattel.  I never knew they also had a farm.  Just handling the house, I knew exactly how to set it up and almost had flashbacks of how I used to do it when I was, oh, I don’t know, like 7?  But I attempted the farm and gave up early considering I had quite a bit more to do that day.  Maybe I’ll tackle it again later.

I found the two boxes at my favorite thrift store.  One was stapled closed in plastic and one was taped closed so I couldn’t very well see what I was getting before I bought them.  I was pleasantly surprised with the farm, it looks like it is mostly complete.  The house is in great condition, but it only has a few half pieces of furniture. But it still held the power to bring back memories.

Again, as with most vintage playsets, you have some that go for the high end:

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And some that go for the low end:

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Both boxes that I purchased were marked down to about $20 each. Not know what I was getting was the gamble.  Considering prices are varying so widely, I may just hold on to them for now both as an investment and for the memories…

 

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More Bakugan For Sale

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For 99¢ I bought this bag of early, first generation (for the most part) Bakugan at the thrift store.  I went to work researching each one as I had with all of my son’s leftovers in the past.  A great website to use is:

http://www.simplifiedinternetdesign.com/bakugan/bakugan_season_3.htm

I try my best to research prices over various websites and always try to be the lowest price on Amazon.  In the end, for 99¢, I should make $178.  In the interim between listing and writing this post, I’ve already sold the Apollonir for $19.95.

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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Reselling, Toys

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North to Thrift: “Mrs. Beasley, Vintage Coach Berkeley Bag & B. Johnson San Francisco Print”

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The only two things I could find at my favorite northern thrift store was the Mrs. Beasley for $5 who no longer talks and is missing her glasses, but is otherwise in great condition.  And the Ertl Chevy Camaro Model Car for $2 that is new in the box.

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Down the street I picked up the vintage black suede Coach Berkeley Saddle Bag 9014 for $16 and the Coach Hamptons Patchwork Hobo for $19.  Ironically, the cheaper bag is worth much more as it is vintage and even in a harder to find color being all black suede & leather.  I also found the new Style & Co. Webb Leopard Fur Heels for $5, the Dakin Cory Cocker Spaniel from 1978 for $1 and the Sayami Cashmere Squiggle Scarf for $3.

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And down the street from there, all frames and artwork were 50% off, so I chose the B. Johnson signed “San Francisco” print for $6 and the neat old carved frame for $2.50.

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$59.50 total spent.  $425 potential gain.

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