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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “The African Kalimba, The Speed Racer Car & The My Little Pony Night Glider”

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All of us “regulars” started at what was imagined to be an amazing neighborhood sale in quite the hoity toity neighborhood.  It has never been more pathetic.  As we passed each other on the street we murmured how bad it was, wondering why we stopped there first or stopped there at all.  Even at sales afterward we were talking about it.  And even people I didn’t know were making comments at each of the sales.  I mean… just sell it yourself online if you want online prices or donate it to charity for a tax write-off.  The only word that kept flashing in front of my eyes was, “inflation.”  I don’t think anyone I saw bought anything.

So on I went in hopes of better finds for less.  Next stop, I picked up the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” game for 50¢, the bag of vintage My Little Ponys for $2.25 and the cool Speed Racer Movie car with action figure for $1.

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On to the next to the far end of town, I picked up a mini Breyer Stable with horses at 50¢ and an African Kalimba (one of which I sold in the past for $79.95) for $3.

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And on to the next one nearby, I found a Nicole Sayer Angel, some Miss Albright from Anthropologie Black boots, some Jeffrey Campbell black heels, and a little music box Tyrolean house, all for $10.Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.29.26 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.31.45 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.32.35 AM

The next few were not impressive, and I moved on the middle part of town.  At the first in the area, I picked up a whole bag full of Disney Infinity Games and figures, all for $10.

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The next was on a precarious corner, I asked about a box of Pokemon cards, but they wanted $20.  I moved on the massive stuffed animal box in which everything was 50¢.  Inside I dug through and found two Jellycat blue dogs, one Jellycat maroon dachshund dog and an Uglydoll for a total of $2.

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Up the hill a nice young man told me that everything was a dollar if there was anything that peaked my interest. The nearly new pair of Clarks flip flops had, so I handed him a buck.  He then enticed me to a rack of clothing which he said his wife received from doing clothing swaps with her friends.  On the rack I found a Max Studio coat and a Catherine Malandrino dress and handed the man two more dollars.

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One last one in that area netted me the entire set of All Clad Ltd. pans for $10.

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Then came the decision of whether or not to venture over the hill into another far neighborhood.  What the heck. I finally arrived at the first sale in the area and the place was mobbed.  The lady had nice things and seemed to be charging low prices.  So I figured I could wait while she dealt with her line of customers to ask the price on a black leather briefcase.  Instead of the “$5” or “$3” I was hoping for, she came up with, “$20,” and I set it back down and left.  Not far away I hit another sale that was also a dud.  It was at that time that I figured the time itself was growing late and I should return home.  I did swing by two more sales on my way, both of which proved I was right in heading in that direction.  Total spent: $42.  Potential gain: $1,275.

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Boxed Toys, Furreal Friends Dog & Jim Shore Santa”

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The list of sales looked promising as I ventured out that morning.  I started at one end of town and arrived early to a sale that had advertised vintage boxed toys. I quickly made a stack and asked the guy how much.  He asked me what I thought.  I said, “$15?”  He said “How about $20?”  I said “okay.”  In the lot was the Continental Train, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, The Disneyland Playset, the two Remote Control Trucks, the Jeep with trailer and the Scooby Doo Van with Shaggy Action Figure.

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At the next stop, I picked up the Schleich Feya Fairy and Horse for $1 and the animated Furreal Friends Dog Cookie for $3.

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Up around the corner I picked up four little Beatrix Potter Books for 50¢ each and a Martha Stewart Cast Iron pan that had never been used for $3.

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Further off, I found the Melissa & Doug Pasture Pals new horse set for $5.

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Back around again, I picked up the two Jim Shore figures, one Santa, one angel, for $5.

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Moving on to the next neighborhood, I made the wrong decision to pick that neighborhood as I found nothing, and continued to the neighborhood I should have chosen second.  At one I found a set of new dish towels for $2 and at another a pair of green Fluevog Oxfords for $2 as well.

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But that was it and I was done.  Not as great a day as I had hoped before leaving with my promising list of sales. $44 spent, potential gain $600.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Roseville Pottery Vases, Dresden Angels & The Dollhouse”

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Finally a Garage Sale Weekend Recap to recap!  I don’t know what’s going on lately, perhaps the economy is improving, and as a result, the garage sales are not what they used to be.  Apparently people don’t have to wake up in the wee hours of a Saturday morning and sell their prized posessions anymore.  But I did find some very nice things, few though they were.  I started at a neighborhood sale.  It’s an annual sale that I’ve been to year after year.  And I have never seen it so poorly populated with sales.  Normally there would be fifty or so homes selling and this day there were, maybe, ten.  Nevertheless, I picked up the green pot, the Toss pink cosmetic bag, the Telletubby, the two Care Bears, all at a dollar.  Then the print of Koenigsberg, Prussia and the Swedish wooden wall-hanging dolls, all for $20.  Plus the price tag cutter for 50¢.

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Then I came across the Roseville pottery vases and asked the price.  $25 for the two small, $35 for the large. The lady said her friend would kill her if she knew she were selling them.  But her sister had moved in and she just didn’t have any room.  After running back to the car to do some quick research on what Roseville was going for these days, I skipped back and asked what she would take for all three.  She stuck to her prices and I said, “How about $80?” and we had a deal.

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Also in the area I picked up the vintage Disney Japan Mickey, Minnie and Eeyore, a nice Hagen Renaker Coyote and an awesome Crayola Draw N Do desk, all for $9.

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On to the next several sales.  I found the LeSportsac Alice in Wonderland for $2. Then the vintage Cabbage Patch and vintage Fisher Price Mandy at $1 each.  And the Wedgwood Moonstone Decanter for $1. Also the vintage beaded purse for $1 and the dollhouse with two boxes of stuff for all of $3 made by the older gentleman’s father.  And finally, two Dresden Angels, one Lenox Angel and a Coach wallet all for $10.

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There we have it.  Quite a bit spent because of the Roseville at $132 total.  Potential gain: $900.

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Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

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With as busy as I’ve been over the past six years and even more so over the past two, writing this blog and maintaining my online stores, I’ve neglected a lot of things in the interest of time.  Especially, my plants.  I used to watch them carefully, water, repot, move, prune, etc., whenever needed.  And I used to cut bouquets of flowers for my family, friends and for myself.  I can’t remember the last time I cut a bouquet.  And because I am now in the depths of summer and my children are home (off and on), I’ve felt the need to take some time away to do some of the things I used to have more time to do. Spend time with my dogs. Oil some furniture. Clean out closets.  Reorganize inventory.  Buy new sheets. Rearrange my beer steins. Watch Copa America and Euro Cup. Clean out the pantry. Get on the treadmill. And cut some bouquets for the house.  If only to prove to myself that I’m still capable of doing those other things, rather than sitting in front of a computer for hours on end.  So forgive the spotty summer posts.  I also haven’t had the time to hit the thrift stores and garage sales like I’m able to when the kids are at school and my schedule is my own for a few hours at least.  I’m sure you’re all very busy, too.  In the blink of an eye I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule.  But for now, let’s stop and smell the roses….

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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Etsy Coupon Codes

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On occasion, I’ve been asked by my Etsy buyers if I have any promo or coupon codes.  And in the past, I didn’t think there was a way to add them to my store.  But now, after my last post, “Friends & Family Cards from Miss Bargain Huntress,” and adding coupons to my packages, I realize I can simply add a coupon code to my Etsy store so that buyers can easily use it if they receive a coupon in their package, or if they ask for it ;-), instead of having to contact me directly to use it.  If you have a store and want to add a coupon to your store, go to your top toolbar of your dashboard and click on “Your Shop,” then “Promote” on the left side, to “Coupon Code” on the right. My current code is M6B1H6 for 10% off.  Happy Shopping!

 

Posted by on June 28, 2016 in Etsy

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Friends & Family Cards from Miss Bargain Huntress

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After meeting a new acquaintance who imparted her marketing wisdom upon me, it made a whole lot of sense to start including “Friends & Family” cards in my shipments.  Initially I’m starting with 10% Off and hope to add 3-5 cards to every package.  Buyers who receive their orders from me and my various websites will be able to give out the cards and/or save one for themselves for their next purchase.  In order to use the code, customers can contact me through each website’s contact form or simply email me at MissBargainHuntress@gmail.com.  I also suggest this idea to all of you out there with your own online shops with the hope that you will spread the love, knowledge of your website/s and the discounts among your own customers to hopefully make more sales and expand your business. Using Vistaprint is the cheapest way to print these coupon cards, cheaper than printing them yourself and they look more professional.  You can even find coupon codes online from Vistaprint for 50% off (or use “SALE40” for 40% Off). Happy Shopping!

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Posted by on June 24, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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Vintage & Valuable Coach Bags

I picked up a few vintage Coach bags last weekend and I generally find that they don’t sell for all that much when all is said and done.  Most buyers want them in pristine condition which is hard for a bag that has been around for a few decades at least.  So it surprises me when I look up the most expensive Coach bags that have sold and see many in the multiple hundred dollar range.

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Most of these do look to be in very nice condition, but some look to be not that special.  It appears that we are looking for the word “Cashin” when we want to be spending a lot of money. Apparently these are the ones originally designed by a Bonnie Cashin who started there in 1962.  I believe I have at least one of her bags in my inventory:

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If you familiarize yourself with the different versions of bags, especially the older vintage styles, you’ll be able to spot them easier while thrifting or garage sale-ing.  I usually snap them up for $10 or less, but spending $20 is worth it if the condition, etc. is good.  Keep your eye out for your next Coach to keep or sell!

 

 

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Popular & Valuable Pop Up Books

I have always loved pop up books, ever since I was a child.  So when I have found them at garage sales and thrift stores, because they are usually 25¢-$1, I snap them up.  Last weekend I came across a Seller who was kind enough to alert me to the multiple boxes of vintage children’s books she had, including one of vintage pop-up books.  I quickly made a pile and paid 50¢ a piece.  I don’t have all of them listed quite yet, but I’m working on it:

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These books prompted me to do a bit of research into how valuable certain versions of these books have become.  Depending on the age, size, author, publisher and topic, you can find quite a variety in the higher ranges:

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Some of these are actually not that old and you may have them in your collection.  If your children and/or grandchildren are through with them, you may want to think about putting them up for auction or sale to make a tidy profit.

 

 

Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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My First Sale on Mercari

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It took awhile, but I just made a sale on Mercari.  The great thing about it is that they don’t take a percentage and everything is done with your phone, similar to Poshmark (but Poshmark takes 20%).  I was simply notified by email that a pair of boy’s cowboy boots had sold, I clicked for the shipping label and it was sent to me via email.  I packaged the item, shipped it out and clicked in the app that I had shipped it.  They sent me multiple emails letting me know that the item was in transit and then another when it had arrived at its destination.  My balance was ready to be transferred to my bank account and with a couple of clicks and another email to me, I had deposited my funds.  Quite simple.

If you’d like to give Mercari a try, go to https://www.mercari.com/dl and use code EGXJUG to get $2 off your first purchase!

 

Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Coach Purses, Vintage Toys & Books & Vintage Christmas”

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Another very light weekend as garage sales go.  In fact, once again, I didn’t get most of the haul until the end of my route at an out-of-the-way sale I might not have even bothered with.  But let’s start at the beginning.  Which was at one end of town.  Two sales on one street where I found nothing.  Then on to a block sale.  An hour early from the specified “no early bird” start time, there were several sales that had already started.  And I started with two Littlest Pet Shops at a quarter each, then the Vintage Tomy Answer Clock for a dollar, and the black Patagonia shoes for a dollar also.  Down the street I found the Sweet Valentine Barbie for $3 (and some coloring/activity books for my niece at 10¢ a piece).

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And that was it, I moved on.  Next couple of stops, again, nothing.  And then a sale where I could have walked out with my two vintage Coach purses and an awesome Gap tote all for $24.50, but since the sale was benefitting an Irish pet shelter, I felt compelled to wait for one of the multiple vendors to have time to take my money.

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It was time to head out to the far reaches of town.  At the first I found the talking Little Bear and Popeye and Olive Oyl Salt & Pepper Shakers for $5.50 total.  Even further away, I picked up yet another vintage Coach purse for $5.  And coming around the bend, the Diesel messenger bag and Lincoln Logs for $5.

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Then the final sale where I picked up the three bins of vintage Fisher Price cars and people, the Thomas the Train cars, the “Cars” Movie cars, the vintage Samsonite Noah’s Ark (for Free), the vintage weeble wobble chicken, the vintage set of Christmas ball ornaments, a vintage knee-hugger elf, a vintage wind-up Santa on tricycle, more vintage Christmas ornaments, 1981 Muppets Valentine Decorations, and all of the vintage books including several vintage pop-ups (I love those), and others.  Total?  $14.  A deal and a steal.

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Total spent on the day:  $60.  Potential gain: $900.

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