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Milky Way iPhone Cases

A friend of mine set her phone down at a restaurant and my eyes widened at how cute her case was.  I’ve been looking for one as cute as my Cath Kidston case two phones ago.  I love their floral cases, their wood cases are beyond awesome though maybe more masculine, and their puppy cases are too cute though they need to add additional breeds of dogs.  And they’re affordable, about a quarter of the price of the cases you’ll find at your local Apple or cellular service store.  Click on over to Milky Way and get yourself a cool new case.

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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “2 Tignanello Purses, 2 Cabbage Patch Kids & 2 Pairs of Cowgirl Boots”

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Initially, in grab bags at 99¢, I found the Gund Grover, the Hallmark Snoopy, The Disney Parks Abominable Snowman, the two Wendy’s Furskins, the Club Penguin Hockey Player with tag and coin, the Webkinz Pug with tag and code, the Furreal Friends Baby Chimp, a vintage Happy Meal Toy from 1994 and a vintage Space Mountain Mickey Mouse photo viewer.

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In larger toys I found the two vintage Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls marked down to $5 each and the Ralph Lauren Bear at 99¢.

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In my favorite knick knack aisle I picked up the Fitz & Floyd Town & Country Santa Music Box for 99¢, an Anthropologie plate for 99¢ and the Otagiri Jonah’s Workshop Kitty Mug for 45¢.

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In purses I found two Tignanello’s, one green suede that looks like it has never been used, and one brown satchel in nice condition, both at $5.

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In boots I picked up a pair of Cathy Jean suede cowgirl boots and some very detailed Circle S cowgirl boots, each at $3.

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And in jeans I found a pair of Free People Brown Velvet, Level 99 Black Wide leg, 7 for All Mankind Kimmie, AG the Middi, and Rock & Republic Jaguar.  Each pair was under $5.

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Just under $80 spent.  Potential gain $800.

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Still Selling Christmas?

I’ve let my Christmas listings expire thinking that no one would be looking for Christmas stuff in the early months of the new year after all of the holiday hullabaloo.  But I’ve been proved wrong!  I’ve recently had several orders for Christmas items.  I’m not sure what people are doing with Christmas stuff in February but maybe there are those people that haven’t yet put everything away.  Then again, even I buy Christmas stuff all year round when I find something I like for a good price.  So I pondered it for awhile and then finally decided, okay, I’ll just relist all the Christmas stuff and see if any of it sells during the year.  Prove me right by checking out my Christmas listings to see if there’s anything you’ve been missing:

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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Christmas, Holidays, Vintage

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North to Thrift: “Arcadia Italian Handbag, Muppets Animal Puppet, & Anthropologie Cardigan”

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Find My Finds: Amazon ~ Etsy ~ Bonanza ~ Ecrater ~ Poshmark ~ Threadflip

Starting at my usual starting spot, I found the pile of Disney, CRG, RCA Victor, Kid Stuff and Rocking Horse Records at $1 a piece, the Fisher Price Muppets Animal Puppet from 1978 at $3, the 1982 Cabbage Patch Doll at $4, the Toy Works 2 Sided Cloth Doll at $2 and the Dimensions Fish Haven cross stitch at $1.

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Down to the next corner I found the HWR Anthropologie Pink Cardigan Half off at $4, the Black J. Crew Cardigan half off at $2, the True Religion Jeans at $7 and the Vintage Brighton Belt at $2.

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On the Goodwill, I picked up the beautiful Arcadia, Made in Italy, Light Green Leather Satchel for $15, the Relic by Fossil Tan Leather Satchel for $3 and the AG The Aubrey Jeans for $7.

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Total spent $65.  Potential gain $725.

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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Vintage

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My Vintage Valentine Stickers are Cheaper than Mrs. Grossman’s

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I get the Mrs. Grossman’s Newsletter.  In the recent email I was a bit surprised to find the above offering.  These few vintage stickers for $35?  You can get a better deal at my Etsy Shop with the following:

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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting, Stickers

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Latest Thrift Store Trip Part 2: “The Fisher Price Playsets, The Paddington Bears & Fancy Nancy”

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As I entered the store that day, I pondered how it had been a few weeks since I had visited.  And as I was off to a slow start, I worried I might not find much.  Boy was I wrong when you consider yesterday’s post was also what had to fit in the cart with all of the stuff above.  In grab bags at 99¢ I only found the Scentsy Buddy Monkey, the Skip Hop Turtle and the Phineas & Ferb Agent P.

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In stuffed animals, I picked up the Gymbo the Graduation Gymboree Clown for 99¢, the Gingerbread Man from Target 1990 for 99¢, the Fabulous Fancy Nancy doll for $5 and the Merry Christmouse that talks, moves and sings for 99¢.

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In Boutique Toys I found the amazing vintage red velvet poseable doll-face elf for $3, the two vintage Paddington Bears at $4 each, the Uncle Wiggly Game at $2, the Fisher Price Merry Go Round at $5, another Fisher Price Merry Go Round but this one’s a record player at $5 and the Fisher Price Play Family Village for $17 because it’s in great condition and came with additional original pieces.

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In my favorite Knick-Knack aisle I picked up two Care Bear ornaments, a Lenox ornament and two Waterford ornaments, each in the box for 45¢.  Also the Santa Claus Tissue Paper Centerpieces for 99¢ and the bag of Jim Shore 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments for 99¢.

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Total on this portion was bout $50.  Potential gain: $975.

 

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Latest Thrift Store Trip Part 1: “New AG Jeans, Coach Soho Hobo & Brighton Baby Flats”

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In the interest of time (the deadline for posting), we’ll be starting with the Apparel Portion of this thrifting trip. Tomorrow will be filled with vintage toys and whatnot, but today, we look at New With Tag jeans, purses and shoes.  And for some reason, probably because I hadn’t been in a few weeks, I felt okay with spending more than I usually do on carefully chosen items I expect to sell somewhat quickly.

Starting with jeans, I found the two pairs of AG Adriano Goldschmied The Deco jeans, new with tag, one size 29 and one size 30, each at a whopping $15, a price I’d never usually pay.  But since they were new, I was hoping for a bigger return.  I also picked up the Joe’s Jeans Bow with cuffs and really cute waistband label, the Citizens of Humanity Stanyan Wide Legs, and the two Paige Denims – one Hillhurst and one Hidden Hills, each of those under $5.

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In shoes I found the Brighton Baby Leopard Fur Flats for $2, and the two Coldwater Creek Western Mules, one at $3 and one at $1.

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And on to bags, I found the Betsey Johnson Sweet Pop Cargo Lunch Tote – paid up at $7, the Coach Soho Hobo – paid up half price at $15, the very cool Tignanello Tote at under $5 and the Brighton-like purse at $3.

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Until tomorrow when you see the additional items that overflowed my cart.  These items could fetch $600.

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Pink & Red for Valentine’s Day

All ship Priority 2 Day, bundles get 10% off, Download the Poshmark App on your smartphone and get $10 with the code “BCNTM.”  Click to be taken to My Closet on Poshmark.

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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Apparel, Bargain-Hunting

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Valuable Vintage Books

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I have a thing for books, old books.  I have shelves and shelves of them.  Many are antiques, over 100 years old, and as I hold them in my hand I wonder about how many people did the same.  Every time I’ve purchased an old book, I’ve wondered about their rarity and their value.  As time has gone by, it has become easier to use the internet to search for these books to find out more about them.  I generally look for popular titles as they are obviously more desirable by a greater number of people a.k.a. potential buyers.  The other day I thought I’d slide a few books out from the shelves and see what I might find.  When I picked my edition of Mary Poppins, I found it was a first edition, with the dust jacket, that some people are trying to sell for quite a lot and some people have sold for a decent amount:

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I also looked up my Pinocchio book to find a wide range in price as well:

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And then I brought out my favorite “My Travelship” books including “Tales Told in Holland” of which I have a first edition from 1916 as well as a 1952 version and “Nursery Friends from France” from 1927 and 1952.  There is also another book in the series, “Little Pictures of Japan” which I will soon be adding to my collection.  I love these books as they are marvelously illustrated.  But as much as I value them and as much as others may value them, you can easily find one or more for a very affordable price:

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Many other books that I have, some from the 1800’s, are harder to find, so I stuck with a few for which I could find results.  As you can see, what people might ask for a book can be quite different than what people will actually pay. In the end, it’s a toss-up.  You may be able to find a buyer for your book at a very high price, likely providing that book is in excellent condition or very rare and hard to find.  You might also want to become a collector of books as it appears less than difficult to find very nice books at affordable prices.  Whether a buyer or a seller may you be, always keep your eye out for first editions, as they will always be your best bet for value now and in the long run.

 

Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Bargain-Hunting

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North to Thrift: “Tokidoki LeSportsac Eco Mondo Backpack, Anthropologie Nest Purse & Fossil Castille Satchel”

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The weather has been less than pleasant lately and so my thrifting and certainly any garage-saling has been negatively impacted.  But I finally got up north to thrift one day this week, not finding much, but a few things here and there.  At my first stop I picked up the new Freeworld Jeans and Articles of Society Jeans, half off at $2.50 each.  Then I found the vintage Russ Berrie 80’s Balloon that everyone used to hang in their rooms back then, $2.  Also a Russ Berrie Tubby, Monchichi knock-off for 50¢ and a Baby Gap Bear, also for 50¢.  The grab bag of toys containing a Littlest Pet Shop and other random animals was $1.50.  And finally the Offhand Designs Clutch – their bags are normally for crocheting and knitting and sell in the over $100 range – I paid half off at $2.50.

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Next two stops were fruitless and it was on the Goodwill where I found the rest of the purses – a Lesportsac Tokidoki Eco Mondo Backpack for $6.99, a Nest for Anthropologie Embroidered Flower & Leather Brown Hobo for $4.99. a Red Fossil Castille Drawstring Satchel for $5.99 and a Tignanello Crossbody for $6.00.  Plus the Gien France Candleholder for $1.99 and a couple of shirts, not shown, for my husband.

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That was it.  A total of about $40 spent.  Potential gain $300.

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