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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Petunia Pickle Bottom, Kimberly by Tomy & Vintage My Little Pony”

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Things go in cycles.  Sometimes the thrift store trip is great, sometimes not so much.  It also depends on how much money I’m willing to shell out, as well as how much time and effort on potential cleaning, or resurrecting. Right off the bat I found quite a few bags in toys. Basically every toy at the forefront of the photo there was found within the first ten minutes.  There was a bag of vintage-ish Barbies (meaning my era), a bag with a Kimberly by Tomy doll, a bag with a Milestone Porcelain Hawaiian Boy doll, a bag of rubber Polynesian dolls, a bag of vintage My Little Pony’s, two Fisher Price Lil Snoopy dogs – one from 1999 and one from 2005 and finally a few Fisher Price Little People in the mix.  Truth be told, those all cost me $24 which in hindsight seems a bit much.  We’ll see how I feel after I assess their current value:

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And then in the background we see some handbags.  The first is a Vera Bradley Pink Petals Maggie, then a vintage-ish 75082 Fossil, then a Brighton Straw Woven Rainbow bag, and finally a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag in more than decent shape.  I spent only $13 on the four, which seems better than I did on the toys for some reason.

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So I spent $39.  Still working on a couple of evaluations, but potential gain could be $400.

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More Stickers from the Deep Dark Inventory

My multiple recent sticker sales have prompted me to filter through my boxes of inventory and create more listings.  There are always buyers out there asking me, “Do you have this one?” or that one?  So I’ve been consolidating so that I can more easily find what people are looking for.  I can also offer those vintage or more hard-to-find stickers that our twelve-year-old selves remember so well.   Including Mrs. Grossman’s as always, plus some Sandylion and Hambly. I can always make up a custom order for reduced shipping and a discount. And free stickers are sent with large purchases. If there’s something you’ve been looking for – just ask!  So peruse away, I will continue to add even more in the future…. Etsy Stickers

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Bargain-Hunting, Etsy, Stickers

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Coach Bag, Fossil Boots & Fancy Nancy”

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I had a bit of time before lunch with a friend and decided to hit my favorite thrift store.  Still in the throes of trying to organize and minimize my vast inventory, I’ve retained a lower level of tolerance for anything that isn’t a great brand at a great price.  Thus the smaller take home load shown above.  Initially I found the Vera Bradley Island Blooms tote for $3, the Deux Lux bag in great shape for $7 and the Coach Legacy Straw Bag for $10.

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On to jeans, I picked up 5 pairs for a total of $11.  They included Men’s Tommy Bahama, Hudsons, CAbi, MEK San Diego and 7 For All Mankind Edie.

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Then I spotted an awesome pair of boots, even more awesome that they are Fossil, and were only $5.

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And finally, only the Fancy Nancy Fabulous Fashionista, missing a few pieces, for $2. Had she been new:

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Allrighty then.  For a mere $38, potential gain is $450.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “One Good Sale & An Annie Doll”

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The only reason I headed out was because I recognized an address.  I knew one of the regulars usually held her sales there, and I would make the effort to trek all the way across town to see what was offered.  It was there that I found everything in the photo above except for the Annie doll that I picked up for a quarter at a drive-by sale.  I spent $55 and got a vast array of items:  Tin Can Robot new in box, Belleek Ireland Bud Vase, Vineyard Vines Tie, Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter, Android Flakes, Premier Designs Necklace and Earrings, Schylling Curious George in Wooden Car, Brio Train Set, Dimensions Cross Stitch, new Merona Socks, Goorin Bros. Straw Fedora Hat, Cut N Past Anthropologie Olive Green Bag, Arthur Court Rabbit Cheese Plate and Spreaders, Ty Praying Bear Hope, Le Creusset Small Casserole in Indigo in the box, Frye Oxfords, Magnanni Loafers, Red Suede PF Flyers, OTBT Martha Sandals, Carolina Herrera Striped Pants, Catherine Malandrino Top, Mishka Pac Man Hoodie, Lululemon Domain Mens Hoodie, Tibi Flowery Halter Top, Field Flowers Anthropologie Cardigan, CAbi Black Blouse and Eider Black Jacket.  $55 spent, potential $1,015 gain.

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Poshmark Online Has A New Look

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It is now easier than ever to shop from your computer on Poshmark.  Though you still have to purchase through the app on your smartphone, perusing the entire website is actually more easily accomplished from a desktop/laptop/iPad in my opinion.  You get a full screen where you can choose your Type, Category, Brand, Size, Color, Price Range, Condition and Availability all on one page.  You will also see more results on one larger screen than the few you see as you scroll along on your phone. In order to shop with the phone app, you have to scroll through the toolbar and drop-down menus and everything is a bit compact and harder to navigate. And once you click on an item in your full screen, you will have all the information and photos of the piece right in front of you in a clear and concise format. My advice is to do your shopping from your larger screen and then head to your smartphone to purchase. (Hopefully one day we will also be able to purchase from our computer.) So try Poshmark again and see if it isn’t a more pleasurable shopping experience.  And if you want to sign up and get $5 off, use my code: BCNTM

 

Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Apparel, Apps, Poshmark

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Valentine’s Day 2017

One month until Valentine’s Day, you can find vintage gifts and help with crafts in my Etsy Store:

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Check the Balances on Your Old Gift Cards

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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Poshmark

With the New Year, I’ve begun the New Clean-Out.  Going through rooms, closets, drawers, finding things that had been hidden for, probably, years.  One thing that I know I have more of are Gift Cards with leftover balances, never used.  Which is the genius, by the companies, of supplying Gift Cards to their customers. Often, most of the money spent by the Giver, never gets used by the Receiver, and then the company keeps the money for nothing.

I had worried that it might be difficult to retrieve the balances on these and more cards I found.  But it was really quite easy.  Every website to which I went had a link to Gift Cards where you can either buy one or check your balance.  This is money that has just been sitting in a drawer for who knows how long.  You can use it to buy yourself something, a gift for someone else, give to someone else who might use the card, or find a great deal to resell.  You can even donate the cards to a charity.  So dig out those old Gift Cards and find yourself some free money!

 

Posted by on January 10, 2017 in Bargain-Hunting

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North to Thrift for Christmas

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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ PoshmarkMissBargainHuntressShop

Considering that I am shipping out 10-15 packages a day, I’m a little overwhelmed.  And not necessarily interested in adding to my inventory at the moment, just more trying to clear out.  But, I had to be out of the house for the cleaning people and figured I would head north.  I hadn’t been up there in a awhile and hadn’t yet had the chance to check out the Christmas inventory.  I expected the dregs since I had called the store and knew that they had first stocked up the Monday before Thanksgiving.  It being almost two weeks after that I got there, I noticed that they were continuing to refill.  Being very picky, I found the following:  two very cute knee-hugger-like elves with candy sticks, a box of C&D Christmas ornaments, a Batman Uglydoll, a Bendy Santa, a Hallmark Santa Ornament, a Playdoh Clown Ornament, a Tasmanian Devil Ornament, a vintage Felt Dwarf Ornament, a bag of ornaments including three smaller Raggedy Ann Ball Ornaments, two Rodney Reindeers from the 70’s and a Rhonda from the 80’s, a huge bag of Playmobil, most from 1974, and a few other things I can’t decipher.  I would rattle off the prices, but it didn’t matter.  I was waiting in line at one register, and the lady who began to help me started ringing on another lady’s register.  So we had to move to another register.  At which time an older lady started talking to my cashier and asked if I was in line. I said we had come over from the other side. She said she only had one thing.  I moved over.  And waited again.  So when I finally checked out after a couple of mishaps, my cashier kind of glossed over almost everything, since she knew she was charging me $18 for the Playmobil bag.  Everything turned out to be about 25¢ each (besides the Playmobil) when they ranged from $1-$5 each.  I only spent around $23.  We’ll talk about the Playmobil, or Geobra, from 1974, later. For now, I found:

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Without the Playmobil, $5 spent, potential $300 gain.

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Hodge Podge Hospice Thrift Store Christmas Sale

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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ PoshmarkMissBargainHuntressShop

Apologies for the blinding sunshine streak in my photo that I can’t seem to get rid of.  What’s fun about this sale is that I can look back and see how I’ve done the past few years.  Really the first year I went I did the best.  And since then it has been a bit sparse yet not terrible.  And this year there were very few people there, perhaps because all of these Christmas sales are starting so much earlier than every before.  But I circled around, noticing that they didn’t have as much as they have had in the past.  I had heard the employees talking the week before about how they would “refill,” which ensures me that some of the good stuff was probably still in the back.  But I did alright.  I spent $68, feeling okay about that as it is a charity and I bought mostly the cheaper items.  The more expensive were the Dept. 56 Deer Head Candle Holders at $5 each and well worth it, though I had to carry those heavy suckers all around the store as the store’s new policy is not to hold anything at the counter.

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And to think one of the regulars actually put back a roll of Mrs. Grossman’s Christmas Stickers, much to my luck.  Two rolls of stickers and two packs of sticker tags at $1-$2 each.  I also found two Hallmark Snow Buddies (quite collectible), and many other Hallmark ornaments like the Thomas the Train, Dr. Seuss, 1980 tin Santa’s Flight Blimp, Santa and Mrs. Claus 1981, and a cool cuckoo clock ornament I’m keeping for myself.

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And then there were the Pez Nurse & Doctor by Carlton Cards at $4 each which was probably a bit high, as well as the difficulty of finding a venue on which to sell them.

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Moving on, there were random vintage pieces like the wooden Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, the silk Santa in the airplane, the felt Santa head, the Kurt S. Adler wooden Minnie Mouse, and the Spode glass Rocking Horse.  In addition were the Alexander Henry Moose Lodge fabric and the Villeroy and Boch ceramic box.  At $68, and keeping several items for myself, I could make over $300.

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More Fisher Price Little People

Whether your dog ate your child’s favorite Fisher Price Little Person or you’re trying to complete a Farm set or Dollhouse you bought at a thrift store or garage sale, I may have the piece or pieces you’ve been looking for. They’re also great to add to the sets your kids already have.  Small in size, they’re perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season and/or great birthday presents or to use to tie in the bow on top of a gift.  Go to my Amazon, click on the “Products” link in the middle toolbar and type in the search bar “Fisher Price Little People” and the specific piece you may be looking for:

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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Toys

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