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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “New Coach Clutch, Moorcroft Pottery & More Bags, Bags, Bags”

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I was on vacation the week before so I missed out on the prior weekend and was eager to get back to the treasure hunt after a limited night’s sleep.  I revved up my engine with a cup of hot coffee in my travel mug and took off to start my well-mapped-out route.  The first was a repeat sale where I had previously purchased two cuckoo clocks, but they had nothing left or new in which I was interested.  At the next I paid up $2 for vintage Barbie Christmas cards.  Finally, at the third, I picked up the 1992 Clue game and some festive paper garlands, all for a dollar.  Moving on, I found the vintage He Man Two Bad Action figure for 50¢.

It was a half hour to the next sale’s start time, but I was eager to get there because of the pictures in the listing. Luckily, they were open, and there I saw the wall of bags, $3 each, and I started loading up one arm, eight total. Then I found the Moorcroft Pottery covered bowl that I just knew had to be worth something, for $2.  And finally the pretty green pitcher that I will be keeping for $3. The deal was made at $20 for all.

A few blocks away I found the vintage yellow duck Waechtersbach mugs, the vintage Japanese shoes and the two vintage Fisher Price playsets, castle and garage, $4 for all.

In the same neighborhood I found the vintage Vanity Jars set for $1, the “Robin Finds Christmas” book from 1969, and three bags of vintage fabric, embroidered ribbons, baby buttons and a little baby bonnet – if anyone can tell me the potential origin it would be much appreciated.  All for $10.

One last one in the area where I would have purchased shoes, but the older lady with a thick Russian accent only said, “I don’t know!” in a very angry voice when I asked her prices.

Time to move to the middle of town where I majorly scored.  Seeing a purse on the ground, I opened it up to find a Coach Signature Stud Clutch with tag at $268, dust bag and paperwork.  I asked the nice lady in the modest house and she said, “$2.”  Major score.  And across the street I picked up the black Fossil Satchel for a buck.

A few more duds and I was up over the hill for another dud and then making a U-turn to hit one I missed.  There I picked up a vintage Beatrix Potter Christmas ornament and swatch of fabric, both for 60¢.

At the next I met a lovely German woman whose father was there in town from Germany and spoke no English. I picked up three German sweaters she said two of which were hand-knit by the old ladies in Germany who get together and kaffee klatsch while knitting, the other a Giesswein.  She said $5 each, I asked $10 for three, she said $12, and I handed her the money and said, “Dankeschön.”

Two last sales over the freeway where at both I found stickers.  At the first a bunch of large sheets I asked for half price at $5 for all.  And the last, a box of remnants, though some good finds, $2 for the box.

That was the day.  An even $60 spent. Potential $800 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Bags, Bags & More Bags”

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After the drought of last weekend as it was a holiday, I was eager to get out there and see what there was to be seen. Well… there wasn’t much.  And, as seems usual these days, I picked the wrong place to start.  Though, all the regulars were at that same starting point, so I didn’t feel quite so bad.  Nevertheless, my next to last stop, a community sale, was the best.  I left it for last because for the past few years, there had been next to nothing to be had. But this year was slightly better.  Not great, but better.

Back to the beginning, I started at a block sale with extremely high prices and left with nothing.  Bouncing around in a well-organized fashion, I first purchased 6 bags/purses at a sale, $5 for each large, $2 for the one small.  Funnily (not a word but I like it) enough, the one small bag I got was the light blue Coach and I had that thrown in to pay $25 for the six.  Included were 3 Tignanello’s and 2 B. Makowsky’s.

Sale after sale, prices were too high, the weather’s temperature was too high, and I finally arrived at the community sale.  Initially I found the Tom Clark Gnome sculpture, the Little Puppy book, another Coach bag and the German Easter Egg, all at about $10.

And then I found one of my regulars selling in another nondescript location.  By this time I was hot and exhausted, it was later, and a lot of the great stuff had probably already been sold.  But I made up a pile including See by Chloe suede boots, J. Crew leopard flats, a Native American Indian Girl head vase, a Free People crochet top and leather pouch, a Chala wristlet, a vintage Coach wristlet, two Kangol berets and a Hobo International Basket Woven bag, all for $20.

Not the greatest haul.  $55 spent.  Potential $650 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Free Coach Bag, Lionel Train Clock & Barbie Safe”

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There were two block sales that I wanted to hit first.  The initial block sale held an armload of stuff including a vintage Barbie Safe, a stack of Tin Tin books, a vintage Aesop for Children, Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales, two Avon Small World Doll bottles, a vintage Dakin Frou Frou and a vintage Commonwealth Thumb Sucking doll.  $13 spent.

Down the street I picked up the Peanuts Nativity Set for $5.

On to the next block sale, I picked up the Lionel Train Clock, the vintage Tea Set and the Jim Shore Easter Egg Basket, all for $12.

Down that street I picked up the free Coach Penelope bag and the $1 Kenneth Cole Satchel.

Across the street I found the Tiny Dreams Play Set, the Minnie Mouse Snow Babies on Skis,  the vintage Hallmark Ornament and the Lenci Doll, all for $11.

A few other random sales brought the box of vintage Christmas Ornaments for $10, the Christopher Radko ornament for $1, the Jewelry Box for $2, the Dream Pets Horse for 25¢ and the Doc Martins and True Religion boots at $5 each.

$65 total spent.  Potential gain of $700.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “4 Coach Bags, 2 Cuckoo Clocks & A Dionne Quintuplet Doll”

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Starting at one of my favorite regular sales, I was slightly disappointed to find that I had previously purchased most of the vintage toys they ever had.  But I did pick up the Tomy Rabbit Pull Toy, the Gymboree Harmonicas, the two Build A Balls, the Fisher Price TV Radio, The Little Tikes Wagon N Friends Animals, the Power Rangers Dino Action Figure, the two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, the Dolce Vita Red Suede Wedges, the Sock A Bye craft, the Dolphin Needlepoint, the American Tourister Train Case and the Coach Chelsea bag.  Total spent: $20.50

Just a house away, I found the Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet Doll for $5 and the cool beer stein for $3.

Around the corner I picked up the Cole Haan White Satchel and the small Coach Wristlet, each a dollar.

Moving on over the hill, I bought four bags for $20 including the Capisce Pink Leather bag, the Hogan White Satchel, the Coach Maggie and Coach Signature 9362.

Down the street I picked up the Steve Madden Tipie flats for a buck.

Further down I found the Josef Originals small girl figurine and the vintage Bambi figurine from Japan, each a dollar. Last purchase of the day were the two amazing, large Cuckoo Clocks at only $10 each.

 $71 total spent.  Potential gain of $1,075.

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Shoes, Bags & Action Figures”

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Because it was the end of school weekend and our town was having its Art & Wine Festival, I figured there really wouldn’t be much.  But I was wrong.  Beginning at the far end of town, I started with a Free People floral dress that sold an hour after I listed it, as well as an Anthropologie sweater.  At the next I picked up a BCBGMaxAzria blue dress.  Spotting a sign in the area, there was a Lions Club sale where I bought a bag of shoes at a dollar each, along with a Roxy wetsuit new with tag, some lacy jeans, a Disney purse and a Betsey Johnson tote.

Then I wanted to head to a church rummage sale which was completely across town.  On the way, I did stop at one sale where I picked up a green canvas messenger bag for $1.  Finally getting to the church sale, some crazy person was trying to sell vintage Barbie cases for $20 each, so I passed and headed inside where one of my regulars had a table.  There I piled up Muppets and Anime action figures, a Power Rangers transformer, a Kermit mug, a Brighton wallet, a Lenox cat and some shoes.  At surrounding tables I found the Kamenstein carousel teapot, the Ugg clogs, the Fossil bag, the Calico Critters house, and the vintage child’s sewing machine.


Moving backward to the remaining sales, I picked up some Lucky Brand booties, a couple of vintage children’s books, a couple of Hummel figurines, a Strawberry Shortcake mug, a Japanese Pose Doll, a Sam Fink lipstick holder, a vintage nursery lamp, a pair of John Fluevog shoes, some Ariat Fat Baby boots, a set of a leather liquor bottle and shot glasses, and a vintage Bossy Bell Fisher Price Cow Pull Toy.

All in all, I spent $115, quite a bit in retrospect.  One dress already sold at $49, potential gain of $1,000.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Boxes, Madame Alexander Hallmark Ornaments & A Large Paddington Bear”

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Honestly, I was out waaaaay too late the night before, though I really didn’t want to be.  And had I known, as I had suspected, that one of our larger neighborhoods would be having their neighborhood sale, I definitely would have gotten more sleep.  But alas, I even woke up late, had to take my son to his baseball game, and then decided to hit the random singular sales near the ballpark. Well, they were weak, and I was telling myself I should have started with another neighborhood sale I had seen actually advertised.  The only things I bought at the random sales were a pair of Born sandals and a Polly Pocket set at a dollar each.

So I headed to the first neighborhood sale and made my way around.  I found a beautiful red vase I will be keeping.  Then two awesome patent leather Hobo International bags in white and blue, the talking Jessie doll, the Disney Infinity figures and game and the cute Gap Academy blazer all for $11.  Another sale in the area had the beautiful glass Christmas ornaments that I couldn’t resist, a small box full for $4. One last sale held the Josef Originals June Girl figurine and the vintage black poodle set, all for $6.

Still dissatisfied, though later in the morning, I decided to tackle the next massive neighborhood sale.  This one spans several very long blocks and can take the entire weekend to cover if you don’t do some drive-by’s. Excitedly, I ran into the guy from whom I had purchased the mother lode of stickers way back when.  He had one more box of Mrs. Grossman’s gift boxes and bags, the whole thing for $10.  He also had a collection of Hallmark Madame Alexander ornaments at $1 per box, a very large Paddington bear and some Nike free runs. I paid him $30 and was happily on my way.

At various other sales I picked up the Coach Sneakers, the clogs, a Steve Madden bag, a vintage Austrian hat, four beer steins, a vintage Christmas reindeer tea set, Donald Art Co Cat prints, a Smith & Hawken wire tree with Crystal and Mercury ornaments all for $10, a few pairs of jeans including an Adriano Goldschmied Tomboy Cropped and a few other items.


A grand day’s expenditures of around $100 could lead to a potential gain of around $1,000.

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Latest Trip to the Thrift Store: “Coach Chelsea Jayden Tote, Fossil Patchwork & Knee High Suede Boots”

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In desired fashion, the Fossil Patchwork Satchel sold before I could publish this post.  I’m still working on the Coach Chelsea Jayden Tote to get it all spruced up for listing.  Both bags were under $3.


While filtering through the jeans, I intermittently glanced over at the boots hanging from the opposing rack and found the Carlos Santana Deseo Brown Suede Studded Boots and the Black Guess Balere Suede Boots, each around $5.

 

I also came upon a pair of brown heeled loafers by Pikolinos which I knew was a good brand and I only paid a few bucks for the shoes:

In toys, I only found the vintage 1982 Dakin Ludicrous Lion for under a dollar and a bag of souvenir dolls for $2.

And then on to jeans.  I was only looking for pairs in the $3 and under range, so I found a pair of distressed 7 For All Mankind Dojo, Gap Always Skinny in peach, Lucky Brand Sailor Moon Trousers, Paige Denim Foothill, black Earnest Sewn Decca and black Joe’s Jeans Honey.

There we have it.  I spent $45 on 14 items.  Dollar cost average to about $3 per item.  Potential gain (plus the already sold Fossil bag): $500.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Chotchkies, Handbags & Yarn”

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Memorial Day Weekend would generally say to one contemplating garage sales… “probably not a lot going on.” I had a decent list of sales, but the sales weren’t decent.  I should have bought more at the one where I found all the little chotchkis.   The prices were right and there was some interesting stuff, but sometimes those little doohickeys take forever to sell.  But, then again, sometimes they don’t.  We shall see.

At the first sale I spent $23 buying the Brighton bag, the Michael Michael Kors Green bag, the Pelle Studio Patchwork bag and the Kolf Austrian purse that I will be keeping to add to my weird necessity to have a collection of that stuff.

There were so many sales in between where I purchased nothing that I should just move on in this post to those sales where I did.  The blue baby yarn was free.


And then the chotchkie sale where I picked up a set of Japanese Dachshunds, a Chinese Snuff bottle, a Spanish Sword letter opener, a Wedgwood green vase and an Otagiri wooden music box that works, plays “As Time Goes By” and the wooden man’s head and arms move. Total of $6.  Like I said, I should have bought more.


$29 spent.  Potential gain of $325.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Shoes, Cookbooks & Elmo”

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There was a large neighborhood sale where I started.  Who knows, there could have been more sales than I found but there were no maps provided.  Only signs pointing one way or the other, but none further up streets that may or may not have held more sales.  The first two were the best, as is the custom, which is where I found some Hallmark ornaments, the Rodney Reindeer, the Bakugan, most of the fancy shoes, the Steve Madden belt new with tag and the Elmo.  I spent $30 at the two sales.

A couple of further sales in the neighborhood is where I found the water bottles for a dollar each, the North Face fleece for $3, the J. Crew nautical dress for $2, the Sakroots bag, new with tag for $5, the batea for $1 and the Boulevard Cookbook for $2.

I ventured away from the neighborhood sale to what I thought was another neighborhood sale, but it was only a multi-family flea market in a parking lot and I only walked away with the America’s Test Kitchen and Culinaria France Cookbooks at $2 each.

Time was quite late after those and I found my way to several more sales that were all sold out of anything good except for an estate sale that had just started.  I found my way to a back bedroom and a bookcase that held old dolls and stuffed animals.  I picked up the Madame Alexander baby doll, the vintage Babar and the vintage Biker Bear in my arms.  An older gentleman who came in the room told me he thought I was holding a baby.  I said, “That was a long time ago.”  He said, “For me, too.”  We proceeded to have a lovely talk about our children and his lack of grandchildren and I was on my way to the front cashier to see about a price.  Two ladies argued and in the end I agreed to pay $25 for the three.  Quite a bit, I know, but I was hoping they were worth it.

That was the day.  $72 spent.  Potential $650 gain.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Anthropologie Jacket, Nordstrom Coat & Vintage Christmas Decorations”

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I had to postpone my weekly trip due to a sick child which kind of threw off my whole schedule and mojo, but I made it work.  The store continues to stock vintage Christmas items like Shiny Brite ornaments, Angel Hair and Tinsel Garlands, all a dollar or two for multiple boxes.  I also found a bag of Hallmark and Disney ornaments and a bag of Mexican tin ornaments for under a dollar.

One additional grab bag held a vintage Vogue Brownie doll, a new Miyim Organic Rabbit Rattle new with tag and two vintage My Little Pony’s for under $2.

In Material, I picked up a few yards of an Easter and two 4th of July fabrics for 99¢ each.

In Jeans I found a Gap Perfect Boot, an Ed Hardy pair, a 7 For All Mankind bootcut and a men’s khaki Adriano Goldschmied Matchbox, each under $5.

And I spotted some other pieces of clothing while walking around including an older Gap Turquoise Leather Jacket for 99¢, a Gap blue jersey dress 75% off for about $2, a Tulle cream coat for $3.50 and an Elevenses Anthropologie brand orange velvet jacket for $1.98.

Total spent: $37.  Potential gain: $500.

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