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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “TOMS, Dansko, Hummel & Shiny Brite”


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Another late start due to a lingering cold, but my list of sales dragged me out of bed.  There were a few supposed good ones that were not to be missed.  I started at one that was listed late that advertised Hummels. I bought one that I love and will keep of two girls dancing called “Spring Dance” for $25.  I would have bought more, but invested instead in the three cute chicks, a Jelly Cat Rabbit, vintage Scottie Dog Salt & Pepper, two vintage Christmas Tree pins, a pair of Dansko Janie Sandals, a small round porcelain box to also add to my collection and finally a massive Crate & Barrel rug that didn’t make the photo for $25 that brought my whopping total to $62.  Great first stop.

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Then I bee-lined toward the next top two on my list.  The first was the Boy Scout sale that has had great stuff in the past, but not lately.  Sure enough, I only ended up with a Power Ranger and two Spiderman Action Figures and a boxed Fitz & Floyd Christmas Salt & Pepper, all for $2.

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The next was another elementary school rummage sale that always proves fruitful.  Just walking in I spotted the large Raikes Teddy Bear in the $1 Stuffed Animals box.  Walking around with it under my arms, I went over to the holiday area where I picked up a basket of Shiny Brite ornaments, some small plastic angels in their box, a Cinderella ornament, Star Wars ball ornaments in the box, a Lori Mitchell Halloween figurine, a cute teal purse and some Joe’s Jeans.  My total was $14.50.  Then I went back to take one more look and found the Madame Alexander Ballerina doll, the rag doll and the Lego doll, each a $1.

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Going way across town I hit an estate sale held by the same crazy guy from a couple of weeks before where I bought all of the vintage Christmas stuff.  Guess what I bought again?  More vintage Christmas stuff.  His prices were high, but I knew the tree toppers can do well and the couple of Shiny Brite boxes, I paid him $15.

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One last stop and I bought the rest of the shoes, two pairs of Banana Republic sandals and two pairs of TOMS, plus a very cute necklace I just might keep, all for $10.

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That was that, a good reason to get out of bed.  $106 spent, more than the usual due to the rug and the Hummel.  Potential gain $800.

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Rainy Friday Estate Sale: “Vintage Christmas Galore”


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Of course it has to pour rain in between days of sunshine when I go to an estate sale where I have to carry out armloads in multiple trips.  Because of the rain, I was hoping it wouldn’t be that crowded.  But all of the regulars were there… before me.  But apparently they are not interested in highly collectible Shiny Brite ornaments from the 1950’s.  Because I am.  They usually go for about $30 a box, even better when you have the vintage box, which, as you can see, were widely available at this sale.  The nice lady at the sale made me a space on a table to put my stack as I added to it, constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure someone else wasn’t thinking that it should obviously still be for sale on that table in the middle of the room. My first haul was $27 – the boxes were $1 each.  And I should have bought more… yes, there were more, not many more, but some.  Because when I got home and reorganized the boxes into all like items, I knew I should have bought that one with the broken one because I could have easily replaced it after going through them all.  But let’s learn that lesson, “Buy it all,” (when it’s one dollar) once again and move on.

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Beyond the vintage glass Christmas ball ornaments, there were bags of Mexican Tin ornaments, several bags of vintage felt ornaments, a vintage Angel topper, a vintage green topper, a glass egg ornament, vintage hangers and vintage mini trees.  I paid very little for all that were included in my initial $27 haul.

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Second haul were vintage ceramic figurines.  Most, if not all, are from the 1950’s.  Including a green dog planter/vase, a rabbit vase – perfect for Easter, a Forever Yours Giftware Japan Clown with black panther and tiger on leashes including the cardboard stand, a Singer Buttonholer, and a KTO Japan Blue covered Lady Box. That armload was $5, $1 each.

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So for $38, I came home with that haul. Potential $780 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Christmas, Hummels & Cake Toppers”


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It’s finally here!  Garage Sale SEASON! After months and months of rain, we finally had a sunny weekend with all of… like five sales.  But better than nothing!  At the first, people were carting out boxes before the 8:00 start time.  All I found there was the Lucky Brand purse.  The first lady quoted me “$10” so I went to the other lady who said, “$5.”

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On to the next stop, another Estate Sale where in one room I found all the Christmas stuff.  Vintage glass balls from Shiny Brite and Premier Glass Works, some vintage figurines, plastic nativities, a Santa Bell, a Hallmark Sweetheart Bicycle ornament, vintage German Angel candleholders, the whole box bargained down to $15. And then I found a vintage Madame Alexander doll and vintage cake toppers in the garage for a total of $3.

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A driveby had the True Religion jeans for $2.

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The next had nothing and the one after that had the Hummel wall pockets, small Hummel angel, Hummel Collectors Club plaque, the vintage wire chair pin cushion and the vintage Dakin German Shepherd dog, all for $6.

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And then later I took my son to baseball practice and stopped by one last one that had the gall to start at noon where I picked up two German steins and a little Christmas teaset, both for $2.

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$33 spent.  Potential gain of $500. Not a bad morning for the start of the season.

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Vintage Ball Ornament Wreaths for All Occasions

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While looking up some vintage Shiny Brite Ball Ornaments I bought for a couple of bucks at garage sales the other weekend, I came across these amazing vintage ball ornament wreaths.  Notice, they are trying to market some as “Spring” wreaths while most would expect they would only be for Christmas.  Looking at them and their prices, I thought to myself, “I can do that.”  And that I would have fund doing it, too.  I used to love to make Pepper Berry Wreaths and I’m sure that these vintage ornaments would react much better to super glue or hot glue than pepper berries (that are very fragile and break and make a big mess).  Now to start hoarding vintage ornaments that I find and consider possibly making one of these.  Or just sell the ornaments to those who make them!  In the meantime, here is just a sampling of the vast inventory marketed to various holidays and times of the year that are available online:

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Christmas at the Hospice Thrift Store


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After heading North to Thrift the day before, in the back of my mind I had been wondering when my local Hospice Thrift Store was going to close for a day to put out all of their Christmas stuff.  The year before I had nabbed a major haul (Hospice Thrift Christmas Sale: “Vintage Tins, German Ornaments & A Lenox Platter”) and was naturally excited for this year’s offerings.  So I decided to swing by on my way home and sure enough, I saw lit-up trees in the window and a “CLOSED” sign on the door.  Therefore my plan was made for the next morning.  I got there early and waited in my car as I watched a few women that I had seen last year, milling about.  By the time the store opened there were about 10 of us waiting, but nothing like the crazy crowds from the year before.  I ran to the corners of the store picking up a few things I had seen from the window, but kept noticing that there wasn’t quite the quality or quantity of last year.  Nevermind, I did find all of the above including a Starbucks mug, a bag of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, a Lenox bear Cookie Press ornament, two Hallmark Rodney the Reindeer, a bag of wooden angel ornaments, a Fontanini Angel, A German glass lion ornament and German glass Penguin ornament, two very high quality Santa figurines that I’m having a hard time researching, a ceramic angel and an Italian Limited Edition Angel.

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As many items are hard to research, I’m not sure of the value for several of what I found and in the end I’ll likely keep most of them for my own Christmas decorating.  But after spending around $20, I probably have around $200 worth.

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