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Latest Thrift Store Trip Part A: “The Walt Disney It’s A Small World Vintage Music Box, The Coach, Brighton & Anthropologie Purses & The Paris Bottman White Bear Set”

29 Aug


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Oh, it was so nice to back in the swing of things.  The kids at school, me at the thrift store with multiple hours of leeway.  No stress of getting back anywhere anytime soon.  So I leisurely perused, but quickly filled the cart with toys, detailed in Part B of this installment.  On the second swing through, I found the above, (plus a few things for the family).  I spotted the Pink Brighton purse I had seen in my trip two weeks prior.  It was now marked down 75% to $5.  In the nice condition it was, it was buyable.  I also spotted the Coach Hamptons Houndstooth purse. A bit worse for wear, but it, too, had been marked down to $7.50.  A bit over my usual, but I would chance it. And finally the lighter pink purse by Miss Albright at 50% off for $2.  It just looked to me like it was once worth a decent amount and sure enough, that brand is sold at Anthropologie.

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And then in the shoes, I scanned the aisles and only found the Banana Republic Black Leather Wooden Wedge Ankle Sandals for $2 (plus some awesome Clarks Indigo Clogs for myself for $3.50.)

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Over in the housewares I spotted the oh-so-cute pink with the white bear teapot, bowl and mug set.  I looked at the bottom, not really recognizing the Bottman Designs logo, but new it looked familiar to other 1980′s pottery of the time as the date on the bottom was 1988.  The set was $3.75.

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Spying the large Santa platter and the smaller Santa Trivet, I turned them over to see that they were both by Hallmark.  At under $2 each, I figured they were a good buy for the impending holiday season.  I also noticed the familiar Louisville Stoneware “Gaggle of Geese” plate at under $2 as well. And I just couldn’t put the Holly Hobbie mug down for 25¢ from 2006.

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Then in one of my favorite aisles with all of the cool ceramic crap, I spotted a vintage Walt Disney (engraved on the back) “It’s a Small World” Music Box depicting an Arabian boy with a drum on a camel and plays “Zigeunerweisen.”  Zigoyner-who?  I know… I knew I had heard the melody before.  But then I had to look it up to find that it meant “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo Sarasota.  I guess it was titled in German because it premiered in Leipzig, Germany in 1878:

Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20, is a musical composition for violin and orchestra written in 1878 by the Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. It was premiered the same year in Leipzig, Germany. It is based on themes of the Roma people, and in the last section the rhythms of the csárdás; this section uses a theme previously used in Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13, composed in 1847.  As one of Sarasate’s most popular compositions and a favorite among violin virtuosos, the work has remained a staple on records at least since Sarasate himself recorded it in 1904. It has been recorded by a large number of violinists.  It provided the title and much of the soundtrack for Seijun Suzuki’s 1980 film Zigeunerweisen. Double bassist Edgar Meyer recorded a version with Béla Fleck and Mike Marshall on the 1997 album Uncommon Ritual. Stephen Chow featured it in the cartoon-inspired chase scene in his 2004 film Kung Fu Hustle.

I can only find very few similar vintage Walt Disney music boxes on the internet as I’m sure it’s quite rare.  And the song is quite lovely.

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And out of the large bin of items they were bringing out, I nabbed the Smile Industries North Pole Musical Santa from 1990 for 99¢:

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Nevermind a few good ornaments out of a grab bag for 99¢:

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So for Part A of this Thrift Store Installment, I paid $28.  I could net around $280.  To be continued…

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How Difficult It Is to Ship to New Zealand

28 Aug

I have shipped internationally more than several times in the past, though against my better judgement. Because there is a high probability for any package to be lost or damaged over such a long journey.  Packaging has to be even more secure and precise in such situations.  But usually you just have to print out the nice little customs form shipping label, sign it and be done with it.  Somehow not the case with New Zealand and I’m not sure if this applies to other countries as well, or if it’s only because of the high value of the item shipped.

I was selling a doll that was quite valuable, an artist’s doll, other versions of which had sold in the hundreds of dollars.  I had picked it up for $25.  I listed it on multiple websites, always expecting that at some point in time it should sell.  The doll actually originates in New Zealand, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when a customer messaged me from one website asking if I shipped to that destination.  I said I usually didn’t, but I’ve become more open to it, if buyers are willing to pay for Priority Shipping that provides tracking.  The buyer was fine with almost any amount I charged for shipping as this was a rather large doll in a rather large box.  But the first website from which she had contacted me would not allow her to purchase the doll because she was from out of the country.  I casually directed her to Bonanza.com where she could also find the doll listed.  She messaged back within minutes saying she had found the doll and had purchased it, and then thanked me for the help.

Then the problems started for me.  Little did I know, I had to print out 4 sets of Customs forms and have a special envelope to put them in and then attach to the package.  That was all fine, but first I had to get the customs forms to print on my printer.  I needed to install Java, but the first version wouldn’t work with my operating system.  So I had to try again and download a different version.  Then it would print, but in minuscule size.  How to fix that?  Ask the internet.  A few forums said to change the print setting for the browser, but the ones that said to just change the browser entirely were the ones that I knew would work (after I couldn’t find a way to zoom my printing on the browser I was using).

So the only other browser I had installed on my new computer here, was Google Chrome.  No luck, it didn’t work with that either.  Chrome is apparently only a 36 bit whatever browser and not a 64.  Okay… Firefox. Install.  I had it on my old computer, who knew I’d need it on the new one.  Okay, up and running.  Now I get the error message from Paypal that I have exceeded the number of times I can print out the label!  UGH!  And I would have to void the label (not cheap) and wait multiple weeks to be reimbursed by the USPS.  And then try another label with Firefox.  Which actually worked and printed properly.

Then I had to read the more than one page of instructions of which copies needed to be included in the special envelope that could only be obtained at the Post Office.  Really?  Maybe I could have just gone there and stood in line for an hour and it all would have been a lot faster and easier than this whole process.  But it may have been potentially more expensive as the USPS online postage showed more than a $10 increase for Post Office postage vs. online.

I spent quite a bit of time on this sale, at first just answering the lovely lady’s questions and then figuring out the proper selling venue and finally engineering the shipping.  But the doll did sell for hundreds of dollars so I guess it was worth it.  I just hope she gets all the way to New Zealand, back to the homeland, safe and sound.

 

Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The 15 Piece Russian Nesting Doll, The Big Trak & The Fisher Price Jackpot”

27 Aug

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The best of what I found that Saturday was a one year old, 40″ flat screen TV for $50 and a Vortex Baseball Swing Trainer, along with 2 rolls of wrapping paper, one dog pooper scooper and one automatic pitching machine, all for $60, when the TV was worth $400 and the swing trainer $350.  But those will all remain at the house, so we shall focus on the items up for grabs.  The day started out slowly.  I found the furry little dog and the black leather, silver and turquoise watch, both for $1.10.  At the next stop, I picked up the vintage ’70′s doll highchair, the two lions in the box, the Mickey’s Toontown toteand the red flower vintage screw on earrings, all for $5.25.

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Heading further across town, I went around and around one sale, but found nothing to buy.  Then over the hill and nothing there either.  Even further away, I did buy a cloisonné Unicorn necklace and a tall stack of storage drawers both for $7.

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Backtracking as I usually do, I hit another sale that was not open, nor would it be open the second time I went by.  Moving on, I found the jackpot of the day.  Where was everybody, I thought to myself, when I bought three sets of vintage Fisher Price playsets with all of the original people, vehicles and animals.  I got the airport with the plane, a house and the farm, all for $15.  I also found the vintage programmable Big Trak vehicle, three vintage beer steins that snuck out of the photo, a whole stack of vintage Disney records, a vintage Viewmaster with multiple reels including Batman, and a newer Candyland/Chutes & Ladders set.  All with the Fisher Price: $35.

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At the next stop a very odd young woman sold me a stack of Pokemon cards with some very good cards in it, for $2, and next door I scored the Starbucks mug for $1.

I knew I really should be heading to this one that had advertised some great stuff, but it was the farthest away on the opposite side of town from where all of the earlier sales were.  Anyway, when I got there, I spotted this Vortex Baseball Swing Trainer.  I knew these things went for a lot of money, but this nice guy, who was moving his family out of town and wearing a Chatham (MA) T-Shirt said, “$10″  I’d take it. And then I spotted a baseball pitching machine which he said he’d give to me since I was taking the swing trainer.  And then I saw the flat screen TV and asked the price.  And when he said $50, I would have said “Sold,” but first texted photos to and called my husband.  He actually agreed to buy it and I was quite pleased with myself.  In the $60 deal I also nabbed a pooper scooper and two rolls of Mary Engelbreit Christmas wrapping paper.

Over to another on my list, I bought the Sun Jewel Ken, the Barbie shoes, the Fisher Price Little People van, people and bulldozer, and the Automoblox Hot Rod all for $4.

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Heading back to a few I had missed, at one I found the awesome Abalone pendant in 925 silver, and and Anthropologie cardigan and Report Effie fur boots that missed the photo, all for $7.  One last one, I spotted the amazing Russian Nesting Doll that has FIFTEEN dolls, made in 1995.  Some of those things go for crazy money


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That was it and I was done as I headed back pretty proud of the day. $57 spent on resale items, not counting the Russian Nesting Dolls, I could make $825.

 

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Mattel’s Rosebud Dolls circa 1976

26 Aug

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I had been researching dolls online and there again popped up a childhood favorite: The Rosebud Doll.  I received my first back when I was a little girl, “A Baby Darling Rose” in the peach dress with the long blond hair.  I drooled over all of the accessories in the catalogs at the time, but alas, I was only to have that one doll. Over the years, when I have seen them in garage sales, I have snapped them up with a joy only a 5 year old from the ’70′s could appreciate.  They say girls today, or at least daughters of the girls of the ’70′s, are not into dolls.  I can attest to that with my own daughter.  She never had any interest.  Of course I expected her to be just like me and so when I found any Strawberry Shortcake-Cabbage Patch-Bluebird Polly Pocket Compact-My Little Pony-Holly Hobbie-Barbie-Darci-shall I go on version, I bought it, expecting her to be thrilled.  Eh.  Most of the time they stayed in their containers.  And now I’m finally trying to sell them all, realizing that any granddaughter I may have, if she plays with dolls, will probably design hers on her virtual clear screen computer and have it sent to her within seconds through some invisible shoot that drops things through the air.  The dolls I played with are already “vintage” and while I do keep and cherish those that are most special, I realize that there is little likelihood that anyone will ever like them as much as I do.  Except those other ’70′s kids out there who, right now, want them for any reason like childhood revisitation or just reviving happy memories now so far gone.  But back to Rosebud Dolls….

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Here is my original, she now has a broken arm, with a newer friend I picked up somewhere along the way, sitting in an imposter of a carriage.  I just looked at the bottom of the buggy and see that it is 1985 Hasbro.  Certainly not a part of the original 1976 crew.  And when I research that carriage, bite my tongue or typing fingers, it is from My Little Pony!  Oh well, it goes better with the Rosebud dolls.

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Made by Mattel, you can see a Barbie resemblance.  You set one up against an early Kelly doll or Barbie baby/toddler and you’ll notice they’re almost the same.  The three after the first two are Mattel 1976 and are Barbie Toddlers – they are very similar to the Rosebud Dolls, though not exactly the same.

Of course the Rosebud Doll came with all of this fanciness like pretty nightgowns, rosebud appliqués, flowing cradles and strollers and all things fantastic.  I just purchased the grouping at top with free shipping for $20 which I think was a bargain when you consider that they are in pristine condition, beautiful hair, and that just one alone like that would go for $10+, nevermind the furniture.

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A  great website to help you decipher the rather small line of dolls is: http://www.lilfriends.net/heartrose.html  However, it did surprise me to find that it was as extensive as it was.  I really only thought there was the blond, brunette and redhead.  Of course I knew about the pretty basinets and strollers, but wasn’t aware that they came with their own specific dolls.  As always, research into your childhood vintage toys can be eye-opening.  You never knew what you were missing!

 

North to Thrift: “The Doll Buggy, The Cigar Box Purse & the Polish Doll”

25 Aug

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I was very excited.  I had only dragged my kids “North to Thrift” twice during the summer while the cleaning people were at our house which involved leaving the kids in the car while I promised I’d only be 5 minutes in each store.  They’re now back in school and hallelujah, I did not have to rush.  Not even because I had to head back south and run multiple errands for their school supplies, but goshdarnit, I was going to take a deep breath and enjoy my return to “my time.”  I started at my favorite where at first I was a little worried I wouldn’t find much. Sure enough, as my trip thickened, so did the pile in my arms and I had to retrieve a shopping basket.  I started with the Sports Themed Peek a Blocks in a bag with other little toys for $1.50 and the Sleeping Grump game from 1981 that looked interesting, also for $1.50.


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Back in the purses, I found the Cigar Box New York City purse and the Marc Ecko tan purse, each for $5.

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In crafts I found the Hon E. Bear Christmas Dress Sewing Craft for $2.

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And in Housewares, I spotted the two cute little tiles from 1981 by Jasco for 50¢ each, the little English pillbox for 50¢ and the Lap Puppy Cutting Board by Cloverleaf from England for $3.

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All spent there: $20.  For what I’m going to sell, potential gain: $120.

On down the street, I was a bit dejected at the masses of people in the next store, or more at the piles they were holding on the counter.  Some included toys I would have purchased, but most were pants as they were going for only $1 a piece that day.  I’m not too into selling pants, but if I find a good brand, I’ll go for it, especially at a buck.  I did find some Not Your Daughter’s Jeans in great condition and I know they go for the big bucks at Nordstroms and are highly desirable by consignment clients.  So for a dollar, we’ll see if they ever leave my inventory.  I also picked up the little doll that is highly intriguing to me.  It appears to be made of paper mache, straw hair, and a sticker on the bottom that says “Made in Poland.”  After initial research, it is likely a “Kasia” doll with horsehair for hair,  and may be made by one of the only doll makers in Poland, but it requires additional delving.

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Down that street at the sister store, I picked up the “A Breed Apart” Bulldog for $3 and the vintage Strawberry Shortcake mug for 50¢.

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On to the Northern Goodwill, I really was coming up empty handed.  Until I went into the larger pieces/furniture room.  There it was.  Right inside the door.  It looked really well preserved.  I squinted at the price.  $9.99.  Let me take a closer look.  Yep.  All pretty much intact except for the little white washers under the bolts at the shade.  It was a fantastic example of a doll buggy.  Can’t be sure of the era, but it certainly looks like something I wanted desperately as a little girl.  Which is probably what made me grab it and drag it up to the register, my only purchase at that location.

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So there we have it.  $37.50 spent.  Over $300 in potential gain.  So happy to be able to head North to Thrift again….

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End of Summer Tomatoes

22 Aug

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As the summer sun dwindles and our potted tomato plants begin to brown and wilt, the grocery stores will soon be losing their heirloom tomato inventory as well.  Or they can just get them from Mexico like they usually do. But the Tomato, Avocado, Mozzarella, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Balsamic Glaze meal, whether on a Garlic Toast, with a Garlic Toast on the side, or just by itself, has been my daughter’s go-to all summer.  Each time I hit my three-plus grocery store circuit, I search for the best ingredients at the cheapest prices.  My local Grocery Outlet has been carrying these Kumato tomatoes, which are more interesting now after reading more about them:

‘Kumato’ is a trade name given to a cultivar of tomato developed in Spain called ‘Olmeca’, which went by experimental number SX 387. It is grown in Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Canada and Australia by specially selected growers. ‘Kumato’ is a standard size tomato cultivar weighing between 80 and 120 grams. It is firm, with a color ranging from a green to reddish brown or purple, varying in flavor from almost no flavor, to sweeter than typical tomatoes due to a higher fructose content.

Unlike other tomato cultivars, seeds cannot be purchased by the general public. Syngenta has stated that they will never make ‘Kumato’ seeds available to the general public as the ‘Kumato’ tomato is grown under a concept known as a club variety, whereby Syngenta sells seeds only to licensed growers that go through a rigorous selection process, and participation is by invitation only. Syngenta maintains ownership of the cultivar throughout the entire value chain from breeding to marketing; selected growers must agree to follow specified cultivation protocols and pay fees for licenses per acre of greenhouse, costs of the seeds, and royalties based on the volume of tomatoes produced. Typically, Syngenta licenses only one large vertically integrated greenhouse producer per country that has well established relationships with grocery chains.

The introduction of ‘Kumato’ into the marketplace has spurred the interest of both consumers and plant breeders. Through a similar growing club concept, Dulcinea introduced the ‘Rosso Bruno’ tomato.

As the ‘Kumato’ is a hybrid, planted seeds will not grow plants identical to the parent.

On the package they are referred to as “the brown tomato,” though that doesn’t give them their due.  They are sweet and firm, and at $1.99 for a package of 6, they’re a great staple to keep around as long as I keep seeing them in the store.

Avocados always seem to be on sale, also, and no matter to which store I go, I will see them on some kind of special.  I usually buy them in bulk because they get mowed down pretty quickly, plus there is a tendency for them to ripen even quicker than they can be eaten.  I hear that you know that they’re ripe not by their slight tenderness but by whether or not the area under the pit is yellow/green and not brown.

And, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned in previous posts, there are few things more fantastic than Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze.  Comes in the little squeeze bottle, it is perfect for any meal requiring a visual and tasty, stationary drizzling of balsamic vinegar.

As for the cheese, I like to buy a ball of buffalo mozzarella at Grocery Outlet for a couple of bucks.  Or I like to use my micro-planer to shred little clouds of Pecorino Romano joy all over the plate.  You can also use Parmesan or Mozzarella or your favorite cheese of choice.

Get yourself a fresh Basil plant at Trader Joe’s or at pretty much any store that is selling them these days.  For about $3.99 you can have fresh basil for months instead of having to buy a little tiny bunch of it for the same price when the recipe requires.

Don’t be scared away by the prices of the heirlooms, they’re worth it.  But lately, you can find them at pretty good prices.  Just figure you’re foregoing what you usually spend on regular tomatoes and by spending just a bit more, you’ll compound the enjoyment of the tomato portion of your meal.

So hurry, quick, eat up all of the tomatoes.  And avocado and mozzarella and etc., etc., etc., before they’re gone… or at least harder to find for as cheap a price.

 

Sunday Sales: “The Patio Cushions, The Cone Nesting Dolls & The Action Figures”

21 Aug

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I was up later than usual on a Sunday morning and thought I had remembered that there might have been a few sales that day that had not been open on the usual Saturday before.  Sure enough, there were three whose listing’s encouraged me enough to go get out there.  The first one was highly overpriced and I left a bit dejected, wondering if I shouldn’t have just stayed home.  The second was quite sparse, but I spotted the conical Santa and Girl Nesting Dolls that they lady said her brother had sent her from Germany.  I wasn’t sure they were German as in my experience these things are more likely Russian, but she would sell me the Santa for $3 and both for $5.  Okay.

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Last one on the list, I spotted piles of outdoor patio cushions.  Just the day before I had gone to the trouble of almost ordering new lounge chair cushions from Target.  The only thing I had left to do was input my credit card number.  But my credit card was in my purse far away from me at the time, and the cushions sat in my shopping cart on my phone.  In the meantime, there I was at this sale looking at Pottery Barn Sunbrella cushions at $10 each.  Sold. Plus two sets of chair cushions at a dollar a piece.  That began my pile.  Then I picked up the $1 basket and began shopping around the sale, picking up the cutest Little Boy Surfer & Shark Salt & Pepper Shaker, a handful of action figures including Spiderman and some Papo pieces, and then a very pretty German platter that I just couldn’t put back down.  All spent: $58, far less than I would have spent ordering those cushions from Target.

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$63 spent, the value gained is likely in the $600 range.

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The 1975 Mego Cher Doll with 19 Outfits

20 Aug

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As detailed in this weekend’s Garage Sale recap, I was lucky enough to arrive on time to a sale advertising a 1975 Cher Doll by Mego with outfits.  I had originally thought, from looking at the photo in the sale’s listing, that there were only a few outfits in the box.  Actually there were 19, all complete, with shoes and all pieces, half with their “Magic Mirror” cards for the Cher’s Dressing Room Playset.  When researching sales of these outfits, you will either find that they are in their original, well-worn boxes, or that they are incomplete.  Rarely did I see any online that were out of the box, with shoes, all pieces and a Magic Mirror card.  Pairs of shoes alone generally go for $15 and singular pieces of outfits can go for as much as $25.  There is one fellow online who seems to have cornered the market in these boxed outfits, but he generally asks in the $125 range.  And on Amazon, the few that are for sale almost hit $200 for a single outfit.  Then again, you look on ebay and you can find that some have been sold for only $10-$20.  So at the very least, I should have $200 in sales, though Cher’s original doll dress and shoes will be going with the doll. If they go for the prices at which I’ll begin listing them, (much lower than other people are attempting) I could make almost $1,000.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The Boba Fett Helmet, The Cher Doll & The Audrey Brooke Bag”

19 Aug

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During the end of the week prior to sale day I had perused the garage sale listings on craigslist.  There weren’t too many but one in particular caught my eye.  In the multitude of photographs the seller had added was one of a Cher doll and a box of out her outfits and another of a mannequin.  The Cher doll was listed at $40 but the price of the mannequin was not listed.  I looked up the Cher doll and clothing to find that most had sold for more than the singular $40 price for all.  And I had been in the market for a mannequin for months, wanting to use it to sell my miles of clothing on Poshmark and Threadflip.  But since I was so eager to attain these two items, I was pretty sure they’d be gone before I got there.  As luck would have it, I walked into the house, spotted the mannequin and the Cher doll at opposite sides of the room, still available for sale.  I picked up the doll and the box of clothing and asked if I could hold it there are the register while I also asked if they would also take $40, down from $50 for the mannequin.  The young lady started going on about how she had researched her prices and thought they were reasonable, but after a few moments she reconsidered and said, okay, she would take $40.  So along with a Tickle Me Elmo and a Lou Rankin Elephant, I was out of there for a handsome $84.  A lot of money, but worth it.  I’ll detail the crazy amounts people are asking for and getting for the Cher clothing in a later post. Safe to say that for 19 outfits and the doll, I should make at least as little as $200 and potentially as much as $1,000.

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From there, I headed to the middle of town, stopping at a sale for which I had only seen a sign and was not originally on my list.  I snapped up the Teeniest Tiniest Littlest Pet Shop Safari, the Barbie in the box, the Schylling Fairy Jewelry Box and the bag of Polly Pockets, all for $4.

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Next was another sale I had been looking forward to and I quickly filled my arms with dolls and other cool items, only to have one of the strangest ladies I have ever encountered quote me $24 for the current lot.  That was far too much in my mind so I went and put some things back.  I had then picked up an American Girl doll which the lady promptly took away from me saying it was not to be sold.  I was getting more disgusted as my second lot was quoted at $20.  Finally whittling down to only the ceramic boxer dog figurine, the Mighty Mouse bobble head, the Japanese beaded purse and the Garay purse, all for $9.

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Another one not on my list and followed by a sign, I bought the three skirts for $1 each.  Another one nearby found me the Audrey Brooke purple leather bag for $2.

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Finally, at one of the last ones of the day, I found the Boba Fett Helmet and Winter Winnie the Pooh, the two for $5, and the amazing handmade quilt, also for $5.

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$72 spent, minus Cher, I could make over $400.  With Cher, stay tuned….

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Quick Thrift Store Trip: “The Military Jackets, The Brighton Flip Flops & The Fred Flintstone”

18 Aug

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My kids were at the nearby theme park and instead of sitting in traffic to pick them up, I went early and spent a bit of time at my favorite thrift store.  I hadn’t been there for most of the summer and, due to my overwhelming garage sale finds as of late, I wasn’t overly eager to fill my cart.  I did find a few things for the family, some shorts for my son and some Citizens of Humanity jeans for myself.  I also noticed that quite a few of the price tags had an “R” on them which meant that they had been retagged and “R”educed from their original price as they had not been sold over one month of weekly discounts.  I pondered that for a bit thinking that many other people probably hadn’t had the chance to frequent the spot as often as usual during the summer because the kids were at home, etc.  Which led me to think it must have been and still be a good time to get in there and look for some great brands at greatly reduced prices. But I was on borrowed time that day…

I did find the military jackets.  The best one, of course, I couldn’t even purchase because it had lost its price tag. Nevertheless, I found a few great vintage versions.  In the past, I have sold these jackets in the $50 range, while I purchased these for around $3 each.

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In the grab bags, I only found one full of vintage Avon Nativity figures and some Taco Bell Star Wars toys.  Who knew Taco Bell had toys?

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In the toys, I came across a vintage Fred Flintstone, another of my favorite Baby Alives and a Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube:

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And finally, passing by a shoe rack, I spotted the Brighton Gilda Flip Flops:

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Total spent was under $30.  Total potential gain around $275.

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