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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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Digging Through Stored Action Figures

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Back when I was consolidating and organizing the garage, I put all of the action figures I found in one large storage bin.  I expected that one day I would get to the box and go through what was in there, hopefully having access to more knowledge about what was what.  The other day, I had a question from a customer on an Incredible Hulk figure, which led me to the box. I spotted a few bags of Power Rangers that I thought needed another look, and that in turn led me to dig through the whole box.  All in all, I found twenty “vintage” figures that were 20 years and older, and therefore could be listed on Etsy.  Total potential reward for my efforts could be $215.  Who knows what else is sitting in those storage boxes….

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: Part 2: “21 Pairs of Jeans”

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Last I posted, I was on Part 1 of the Latest Thrift Store Trip.  Now for Part 2, we have the denim portion of the second post. My cart gradually piled high with pair after pair. I picked the best brands and some not so best brands, but those that were long and/or skinny, basically those which I thought would sell.  Brands included 7 for all mankind (finding three Dojo styles that always sell, one of which had an offer the day I listed it), Citizens of Humanity (including Boho, Margo, Kelly and Ingrid styles), Hudson (including a Reilly), Levi’s (including a Bold Curve Skinny and a 515), Fox Racing Hesher Skinny, Joe’s Jeans Provocateur, Lucky Brand Classic Rider, Gap Perfect Boot New With Tag in a size 29 Long, and CAbi #222’s.  I managed to get most of them listed, but are waiting on the laundering of a few others.  I spent $54 on 21 pairs making my per jean cost approximately $2.50 each.  Potential gain around $1,000.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: Part 1: “Paul Green Boots, Vintage Stuffed Animals & Awesome Vintage Dog Fabric”

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Because I found twenty-one pairs of jeans, we’ll first focus on the additional items that also found their way into my cart.  In toys I found a few vintage pieces including a Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil Pumpkin from 1994, a Rowland the Lion from Macy’s Bullocks also from 1994, a Sunny the Bear from 1975 and a Remy from Ratatouille plush, each under $2.

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Circling around, I found three mugs, one Starbucks, one Lucy Rigg and one from ABC Stores in Hawaii that I will just keep.  Each were 45¢-75¢.

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In Holiday, I picked up the vintage Avon Santa for under a dollar, The vintage Rauch gold ornaments for under $2, Hallmark Uncle Same Nutcracker ornament, Avon Peace Ornament and a Precious Moments May Your Christmas Be Delightful ornament all in a bag for under $2.

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On the fabric wall I picked up the adorable red Dog with doghouse yard with a quaint vintage note that says:

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It was under $1.  Plus the Power Rangers flat sheet for under $2.

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Finally, we have some Paul Green boots for under $5 that retail at Nordstrom for around $300.  And a Kate Young dress and White House Black Market Ruffle Wrap (that missed the original photo), each under $5.

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$38 spent.  Potential $440 gain. Stay tuned for Part 2 “21 Pairs of Jeans.”

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “My Child Dolls, Tasmanian Devil Mug & Emma Fox Bag”

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Looooong list of sales that day, 18 to be exact, plus additional signs that popped up to drag me a bit of off track. All in all, including a neighborhood sale, I likely hit 30 if not more.  But only this to show for it.  At the first, I had to dig through to find the mates to two pairs of shoes, the Birkenstock-like JBU’s and the Softspots sandals, as well as the Goebel cow, each a dollar.

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At the next, I picked up the Kenneth Cole Going Studly Boots for $3.

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Moving on, I found the four mugs including Donald, Goofy, and two Starbucks at 25¢ each.

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Then it was time for the neighborhood sale.  At the first stop I found the Schleich Smurfette for $1, the Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Paper Dolls for $1 and the Star Wars Computer Mouse Pad and Mouse for $3.  At two others I picked up the white Nanette Lepore blouse for $1 and the Nursery Rhyme Game for $1.

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Continuing on, sidetracked by a sign, I could only pay up $1 for the Hallmark Little Tikes Ornament.

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At the next I first picked up a $2 bag of more Mrs. Grossman’s dress up dolls and other sticker packs, as well as two vintage Applause mugs of the Tasmanian Devil and Pepe Le Pew at $4 each.

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An apartment sale offered the Koi by Sanita Purple Butterfly clogs for $5.

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My path led me then to find the little box of Hallmark pins for $3.

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Up over the hill I found the Emma Fox Grommet Purse for $5.

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And finally, at an estate sale where I had missed the initial weekend, everything was marked down and I found the two My Child dolls and the awesome vintage green wicker doll buggy.  As I brought it to the cashier, the sister and aunt were in an uproar as they had had a bet whether or not it would sell.  Believe it or not, one of the contingent wanted to throw it away.  in the end I paid $20 for the buggy and the dolls.

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A whopping $53 spent.  Potential $1,200.00 gain.

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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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Friday Estate Sale: “Baby Beans, Drowsy Doll, Peter Rabbit & Monopoly”

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I’ll admit that I got up late that morning, still trying to get over a long-lasting cold.  So when I looked at the garage sale listings on craigslist and saw the one Friday sale, I figured I should try to hustle.  In the photos for the listing, I spotted a Baby Beans.  And for the next hour I wondered if it would still be there.  As I approached the house, an hour after the initial start time, I was surprised to see that the street was lined with cars.  Shouldn’t everyone have left by then?  No, the house was packed full of people.  I searched for the table I had seen in the photo and sure enough, there was Baby Beans.  I grabbed her and then found a Drowsy doll under the table.  I had had a Baby Beans in my childhood as well as a Drowsy, though they went by different names.  Also on the table was a 1936 Monopoly game and a Russ 1983 Rocking Horse ornament that I mistook for one from the Hallmark Series.  Lying in the middle of the floor was the Holly Hobbie Carrie doll, near and dear to my heart and in good condition.  And upstairs I picked up the vintage Eden Peter Rabbit.  After marveling at the unique architecture of the house, I walked outside to the dude in the surfer T-shirt and he said $5 for all.   I’m thinking maybe $175 potential gain.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “More Vintage Christmas, Fancy Boots and Jeans”

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I was feeling a bit dejected as I circled around, not finding very much, and thinking that the store must have done a recent purge as a lot of areas seemed depleted.  I did pick up one grab bag with the Christmas Woody and Bullseye, the Hallmark Teddy Bear Elf and the Applause White Christmas reindeer.  And then I found two bags of vintage Christmas glass ball ornaments at $1.98 each.  And then the cute little vintage figurine of three choir boys from Japan at $2.98.

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But after that, I was only left with jeans and shoes as all other areas weren’t offering any hidden surprises.  In jeans I picked up two pairs of Joe’s Jeans in the Honey style, a Hudson Woodstock, a gray J Brand Wink and a gray Gap Real Straight, a 7 For All Mankind Lexie Kaylie, Lucky Brand Sweet ‘N Straight, Level 99’s and a Miss Me Lace Pocket.  Jean prices ranged from $1.74-$5.24.

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And in shoes, I found some boots. A pair of olive green suede VINCE boots, some Kenneth Cole Reaction No Turning Back boots in black, and Jeffrey Campbell Havana Last handmade leather Lita booties. Boots ranged from 99¢-$7.24.

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I spent a whopping $65.05 bringing my dollar cost averaging of twenty items to $3.25 per item.  Too much for some, a great price for others.  Potential gain $700.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Decca Records, Fossil Bags & An Automated Snow White Snow Globe”

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I was later than I would have liked getting out there and the first sale was a dud.  I stopped at a second one where everything in the driveway was free, though some regulars had gotten there before me and had already stacked up a big pile.  However there were records on the porch that were 50¢ each.  Even the boxed sets.  I told the guy there were 29 in the two boxes and he said “$10” and even helped me carry them to the car.

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Finally I headed to an elementary school rummage sale that has been great in the past.  They advertised an 8:45 start time, but the place was already swarming at 8:35 and I felt like an idiot.  I should have been there sooner.  But I still found the pink Coach Soho Hobo, the Relic Floral Shopper, three pairs of mens shoes including New Balance, Ugg Ascot Slippers and Birkenstocks, three pairs of women’s shoes including BCBGirls Esther Sandals and some black patent flats, an Automated Snow White Snow Globe by Mr. Christmas that works and a Russ Noah’s Ark baby piggy bank.  All for $20.

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Heading toward another school’s rummage sale that usually wasn’t very good, I had seen signs for what I thought was a regular sale that usually had great stuff.  Sure enough, same house, and I picked up the three pairs of jeans – Miss Me, True Religion and Paige, the two Fossil bags, the beer stein and the red Tahari Valerie flats.  I was a little annoyed that she charged me $42 for all of it and said she gave me a good deal when she wouldn’t deal at all.

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On to the school rummage sale, you could hear crickets.  The only people in there were the people working there.  Granted, it was about an hour after it had started, but they had nothing.  Except the Furreal Friends Baby Cuddles My Giggly Monkey for a dollar.

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Finally I wove my way all the way back across town to one last sale that was packed with people.  It was there that I bought two really nice pairs of boots, my size, for $1 each.

That was it, I headed home.  $75 spent.  Potential $1,175 gain.

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