I just did a major clean-out of the inventory that had been relegated to the garage. What I found was storage box after storage box of things that my kids are never really going to want, nor do they likely remember, most of which are vintage. So I consolidated into new boxes that I can grab and list when I have the time. So I’m working as diligently as I can to list these items. Check back often to Etsy and Bonanza as more and more will be added in the coming weeks. For starters:
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I recently attacked the massive task of ridding my son’s rather large bookshelf of all of its books. He’d grown out of the piles and piles that turned into bags and bags and are now boxes and boxes of books. Because many are the same topic, author, genre, character, etc., I realized I could gather like versions together and sell them in bundles. Where can I do this? Bonanza. So far I have Magic Tree House, Scooby-Doo, Jigsaw Jones, Stink, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bionicle, Henry & Mudge, The Bailey School Kids, The Littles, Horrible Harry, Dark Horse Comics Star Wars and Yu-Gi-Oh. Yet to be listed are mountains of Pokemon, more Star Wars, SpongeBob Squarepants, Bone, and more… If you’re looking to fill you child/s’ library with some of their favorite characters, check back with my shop on Bonanza to see if there’s a bundle you’re looking for.
Vintage finds can be found at MissBargainHuntress on Etsy
This was a mission. A last ditch effort to find Halloween costumes for my kids. I know, I know, I said I found great ones before, which I did, but these kids still come up with other ideas of grandeur that I can only afford by way of the thrift store. For some reason both of them wanted to be something Christmas-y. So when I came home with a Santa costume, all holly berries broke loose. And that costume was only $3. I was sure the fantastic Mermaid costume or the Princess dress, each for $1.49, would be far more interesting for my daughter. But I kid you not, when each of them returned home that day, at different times of course, they both immediately tried on that gosh darned Santa suit. But I guess that’s my problem.
I couldn’t control myself from perusing the rest of the store to see if there was anything else to be had. In case my son would be sticking with his Nerd costume idea, I found him some suspenders. I looked through the ties, hoping for the bow variety, but only found two packages of some very nice neck varieties.
I also found my son some really cool nerd pants and a not-so-nerdy cool Crazy Shirt from Hawaii with a hammerhead shark on the front, back and arms. I also found myself and my husband some Levi’s at under $5 each. Hanging on the card display, I found a bounty of vintage cards and stickers at under a dollar a bag:
In the housewares I found a couple of cups, a Jan Hagara mug and a Regency England cup, one 75¢ and the other 45¢:
And in the toy grab bag department, I found one bag that had a Papo Catapult and one that included two vintage barbies and one vintage Vogue Ginny:
I also found an Applause cloth doll from 1984 and a Tomy Train from 1992, each for under $2.
And… that’s it. Quite uneventful, I know. But that’s how it goes some days. In the end, it all evened out to about $1.50 per item or grouping, so not terrible. I should be able to make at least $200 on the leftovers… Next time I won’t have to have costumes on the brain and the bargain hunting mojo should be flowing….
A frigid morning it was when I headed out first to the bank as I had forgotten to reload during the week. Second stop was a sale I had been to the week before. This week I picked up the Hummel Snowglobe Music box for $5:
The next few were duds and I was feeling a bit discouraged when I flew past a street and spotted a sale that wasn’t on my list. That’s where I found the all of the vintage ornaments, the Mexican silver money clip, the flower basket brooch, the little beer stein and the bag of glass birds for my vintage light-up ceramic Christmas tree – all for a total of $6.
It seemed as if everyone was repeating their sales, some at which I stopped, some at which I didn’t, most of which held no finds until an estate sale that I barely had time for the last go round. There I picked up three ornaments, total 50¢, and I just knew they might be something. The Santa with “Starbucks” painted on his mug is actually a Christopher Radko:
Seeing a sign for one other that I hadn’t bothered to put on my list, I found the Pottery Barn Reindeer Placecard holders and the Pottery Barn Noel Ornament, all for $5:
It was still so early and since things weren’t go so smashingly, I decided to head all the way to the other end of town, even though I was almost home. It was a good address, so I figured it may have potential. That was where I found the Hosung Orangutang puppets and a stack of awesome books, all for $11. When I look up the Laura Ingall’s Little House Christmas Theater Kit on Amazon, the prices go from $245.00-$885.00… I have no idea why. I’m thinking the first guy made a mistake and meant to list it at $24.50 and everyone just followed suit moving their decimal point over one space too far. I can only bring myself to try to get someone to buy it for $49.95, as I’m the first listing in the screenshot.
I was home early, a quick morning, but after spending all of $27.50, I could make about $425…. time will tell…
The past weekend’s finds will be found for sale during the week at:
I thought as the months grew colder as the year nears its end that garage sales would dwindle into the sunset. Man, was I wrong. Just take a look at the photo. And the two close-up photos:
This day was a major haul. And I could have kept going far past noon, but I thought that was a bit ridiculous. Anyway, I started out at a sale where I found the Bakugan backpack, the green luch bag, the Star Wars game and the two boar’s hair brushes, all for $3.
Then around the corner was this nice older couple who liked to talk and had a new 9 week old Jack Russel/Dachshund mix puppy that was the size of a chihuahua and super sweet. This lady had to tell me how she was selling her grandchildren’s Thomas the Train set because they always fought over it. I felt a little bad buying it, but hey, teach the kids a lesson. I also bought the super cute Hallmark Dancing ghost that sings “I Want Candy” and moves around the table while dancing for 25¢, the box of glass candy corns for $1, a new in the box fishing Santa for $1, a big vintage ceramic Santa for $2 and the pretty blue Shaker box for $1. After hearing all about the lady’s 92 year old mother, I was a bit behind in my schedule and was on my way.
I continued on and stopped at another great sale where I found a bunch more cool stuff like the little hanging witch I had to have because I like witches, the two Piombanti boxes and cat, the Vera Bradley purse, the Folkmanis Bear puppet, the bag of Sesame Street cars, the vintage deck of playing cards, the new in the bag Wind Sock, the Hallmark Raccoon ornament, the Villeroy & Boch church candle and the german paper playsets. I was out of there for a few bucks.
At the far end of town, I found Benji, the Bombay Company Godinger silver Santa Bell ornament and candle snuffer, the vintage Snoopy Tennis trophy, and the vintage crocheted blue, white and green pillows, al for $8.
Back to the middle of town, I found the little blue perfume bottle, the pretty scalloped edge frame, the green Uglydoll Ox and the little yellow house, all for another few bucks.
On to a neighborhood sale, one lady had some awesome vintage stuff including the old covered yellow tin cake plate, the vintage green tupperware containers, a vintage ceramic elephant planter I forgot to photograph because it was inside the tupperware along with a glass door knob, and the awesome Pennsylvania Dutch painted small tin tray, all for $8.
Next stop was near the high school where they were having a football game and there was no parking, so I had to hoof it a couple of blocks because I just had a feeling I really should go to the two sales beside each other. I found the two Banana Republic clutches, the large Lenox Butterfly Meadow bowl, the new roll of vintage santa wrapping paper and the tin of vintage buttons, all for $8.
And then I was off to the greatest sale in a long time. I didn’t know it beforehand, but when I approached and saw the iCade (arcade game iPad box) and the Polly Pockets, and so much more, I knew I was in heaven. I asked for a bag to collect all of the Polly Pockets that were 3 for $1. The iCade was $3. Then I found the Lego Mars Aero Tube Hanger for $2. The PB Teen pillow cases and bedskirt in the packages. The Playmobil bus, the AG Mini illuma room, the Toy Story Train, the Tiger laser gun, the Hello Kitty Stapler, the Spiderman action figure, the Furreal Friends Dog, the Boyds Bear with the french country dress, a russian zither, and then the SHOES: Hunter boots, Hunter white flats, Christian Laboutin with the red soles heels, Cole Haan loafers, J. Crew Loafers, J. Crew flip flops, and Polo saddle shoes – all $2 each. I was out of there for $40. I thought I had won the lottery.
Whew, that was amazing. On to a fantastic estate sale over the hill, a beautiful old home on the golf course with wonderful elderly people running it. I found the vintage Rushton Santa, the vintage Mary Poppins puzzle, the vintage Matchbox Construction Site complete with 1970’s Matchbox & Hot Wheels cars, the Minton Shreve & Co. cup, the Shreve & Co. C. Ahrenfeldt Limoges cup, the Minton Ovington Bros. covered dish, a Six Million Dollar Man Oscar Goldman doll and the Han Solo from 1977. I paid all of $8.
And then I had a bit of time before I had to pick up my daughter from volleyball practice so I headed over to the Senior Center’s Flea Market for the second time because the first time I couldn’t find parking. I found one of my favorite booths – these people always have awesome toys for beyond awesome prices. I totally wanna tell this guy he could be the next Toy Hunter. He knows the year, maker, purpose, line, function, etc. of every little thing he’s got going. I should partner with the dude. I should have bought more, but by that time I was counting my pennies after all I had found that day. I came away with the black and red Hello Kitty, the vintage Garfields, the McDonald’s Fozzie bear, the Incredible Hulk action figure, the Star Wars Micro Machines vehicles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Spider that was apparently never featured in any of the TV shows, the vinylmation Darth Mol, the Star Wars Micro Machines Snow Speeder, the Star Wars Jawa Figure, and the 2009 Yoda figure. I spent $8.
And that, my friends, was it. I’m not sure I can calculate all of this, I know I’ve left several things out, but I’ll try. I think I spent around $105. I could potentially make in the conservative neighborhood of $1,500. But let’s just see how it goes….