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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Alice in Wonderland, Disney & Bluebird Polly Pocket”

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There was really only one sale that weekend, but I had been to the house a few times in the past and bought some amazing Disney and Polly Pocket items. So that’s what roused me to get in my car and see what was to be seen.  I will just run down the list.  I started at the “Free” box where I picked up the 7 Dwarf tablecloth, a bag of Disney Tissue Packs and a Star Wand that requires new batteries.  Moving to the other tables, I quickly snapped up a Polly Pocket Bluebird 101 Dalmatians house with a doll, a dollhouse bed, a Mickey Mouse View Master, a Malibu Ken Doll, a Minnie Mouse Mirror, four pairs of earrings including three cloisonné of two butterflies and flowers and one of rhinestone Mickey heads.  Then the two Snow White mugs, Peter Rabbit Mug and bowl and the multiple pieces of Paul Cardew Alice in Wonderland dishes.  And finally a Kool-Aid Wind Up Toy, a Pluto Mini Puppet, more Disney Tissues and a Winnie The Pooh Light up Wand.  $30 Spent, potential $400 gain.


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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “60 Things for $80”

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I continuously say that winter is a bad season for garage sales.  Which is generally true.  But then you come upon a regular’s sale and you can buy 60 things for $80.  And this regular knows good brands and has great stuff like a Tory Burch Skirt, a Chanel Top, a vintage Paddington Bear, a Stylebuilt Jewelry Box, Free People Skirts… and things you’ve never heard of like Jack Rogers Flip Flops, Dries Van Noten Heels, a Fuzzi Dress, a Wijn Ants Scarf and a Seafolly Bikini Top…. and the list goes on. There was more like Harley Davidson boots, a Raikes Bunny Rabbit, Lucky Brand Flip Flops, Sunglasses from Marc Jacobs, Fossil, Oakley, etc., Lularoe leggings, a Seatbelt purse, Moschino pants, a Pokemon Teapot, and I could still go on.  It’s been over a week and I still don’t have everything listed.  But slow and steady wins the race.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Coach & Michael Kors Bags, Jambox & Lefton Miss Priss Kitty”

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After quite a long dry spell due to cold weather and the holidays, there was a sunny enough day for all of three sales… that were held indoors.  The first was a repeat sale wherein the listing were photos of things I knew I had to pursue.  When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at my luck and began building quite the pile.  I started with shoes, blue Nautica sandals, Blue Nine West wedges, Dolce Vita suede ankle boots and Aerosoles black knee boots.  Then a Big Buddha black bag for a dollar.  I asked about the green Coach and the black Michael Kors and she wanted $20 for each.  I asked if she would do $30 for both and she said yes.  Then the Hummels. $20 each.  I asked $30 for both and she said yes.  Jewelry was 25¢ a piece and I found four pairs of earrings and she gave me a pink pearl necklace for my daughter.  She had a collection of vintage dish towels and I picked up 2 for a dollar each.  I spotted the Jambox for $5 and the vintage Japanese binoculars for $5.  The felt and yarn wreath that she had made for her daughters was $2.  A Gap maxi dress was $2.  The Peter Rabbit children’s dish set was $2.  And she threw in an adorable vintage paper Christmas ornament.  In all, I spent $90.

On to the next, it was an estate sale that I had been remiss in attending the previous day.  Lucky for me, everything was now half off or less.  All shoes were two dollars.  Even the Coach Mylar wedges and the silver Kate Spades, along with black patent and tortoise Jessica Simpson heels and a blue Kenneth Cole clutch.  Plus a bag of vintage ornaments, a vintage nursery rhyme book and a Portmeirion Christmas mug, all for $10.

Finally, a storage unit sale.  I had seen in the listing photo a Lefton Miss Priss Kitty Cat Pitcher and just my luck it was still there.  Plus a Jellycat Lamb.  Each for a dollar.

$102 spent on the day.  Potential $1,150 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Coach Umbrella & Beatrice Sunglasses, Ellington & Fossil Bags”

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I should have started at the last sale where I found the Coach Beatrice Sunglasses the Ellington Satchel and the Urban Expressions Black Crossbody all for $12. The lady said she had had a lot more, but they all sold earlier.  Darnit.

But moving backwards, at the first I found a pile of clothing for myself, Coach Umbrella and Fossil and Red by Marc Ecko bag, all for $30.

The only other two sales included a vintage wooden painted box from Rdo Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina that looks like a vintage German box for $1 and a Disney Store Minnie Mouse that was free.

$33 spent.  Potential $225 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Barbies, Vintage Religious Print, Vintage Doll Hamper”

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I know, I know, I know, I’ve been off the grid for awhile.  Up here in Northern California we’ve been dealing with the wildfires and I’ve had friends and family affected.  And as my inventory continues to stay at a very high level and the garage sales diminish, my posts have suffered the consequence.  If I had a massive storage unit or a large store, I could keep up at my regular pace.  But my recent goal is to try to thin out what I have during the coming holiday season.  Even though, gosh darn it, I do love what I do and I’m pretty good at it.  So this weekend, when there were two sales I knew I had to give a shot, there were a couple of others in the interim. As I walked out of the senior center flea market with a large shopping bag and the lady in the stall next to the door said, “Well, it looks like you found some treasures,” I had to reply, “I feel like Santa.”  (large bag thrown over my shoulder, you get my drift).

I started at my furthest point and found nothing.  Retreating, I picked up the two Pyrex bowls and the Spode Teapot and Cup, all for $5.

Moving on to the first of my appointed rounds, a repeat sale where I have bought plenty in the past, I made several rounds, first picking up the vintage doll hamper for $2.50 that matches a set I had as a child.  Moving on I found the Mexican tin candle holder for $2, the three purses at $2 each, the box of vintage recipes for $2, and that was it after several walk-arounds.  The poor older ladies were searching for their calculator as I added everything up in my head, verbally repeating, and giving them exact change after which they wanted to hire me for the sale.

On to the next appointed round, the senior center flea market.  I was actually early (I’m never early to this one). So I had to stand in line, of all things.  But nevermind, I began my rounds.  I started with the Lladro book for a buck just for my personal reference.  Then I found a great toy table.  I picked up the cowboy toys and the two Barbie Corvettes at $1 each.  Then the Gymboree Turtle Purse and small pink Barbie case at 50¢ each.  And a piece of cute dog fabric for $2.

Circling around, I found two vintage Barbie cases on the ground, two barbies in each, for $5 each case with Barbies.  I handed the lady a $10 bill.  Circling around once again, I spotted the religious print at $10 and the Smurfette for 50¢.  I also saw the most amazing vintage nightstand with multiple different woods and great knobs for $5!  I wanted to buy it.  The top needed work.  But…. I just can’t have these bigger pieces sitting around my house.  If I had a store….  but, anyway, it was super awesome and I’m still thinking about it.

$46 spent.  Potential $500 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Kay Guitar, Coach Wristlet, Vintage Action Figures”

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This photo looks like a Goodwill run.  I had THREE lists of sales.  Two neighborhood sales on two pieces of printer paper.  Approximately 30 sales on each page.  I started at the wealthier neighborhood because they “said” they were starting at 8:00.  No one was open.  And the few that were had extremely high prices.  I almost bought an antique doll buggy for $20… but I already have a few so where was I going to put it?  After several drive-by’s, I decided to chuck it and head to the other neighborhood sale where I have had more luck in the past and I expected the prices to be cheaper.  No luck there also.  The only things I found were the four vintage action figures all for a buck and the pretty cool Kay Guitar for all of $3.  So I chucked that list, too.

And moved back into town to the people who really wanted/needed to have a garage sale.  Though by that time I had already wasted and hour and a half on the other sales.  So pickings were slim.  I first picked up the McDonald’s Madame Alexander dolls for 50¢ each (never can pass those up).  Moving on I got the really cool Kooba Claudia Leather Studded bag for $10.  Then the Coach Wristlet for $5 and the Halloween Jack-O-Lantern that reminds me of the stuff I used to tape in the window as a kid, for a quarter.  And finally a full ream of gold ribbon for a quarter.  Disheartening.


Maybe it’s because I’ve begun a massive clean-out of my house that I just wasn’t inspired to buy a lot.  But then again, if there was stuff worth buying, I would have bought it.  Or maybe it just had to be at the right price.  Or maybe it’s the end of the season and everyone just drug out their dregs to be a part of the sales.  I was so sure I would have a great day with all of those sales on three lists.  Even with my vast experience, you never can tell. At least I saved a lot of money.  $20.50 spent.  Potential $200 gain.

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Posted by on September 25, 2017 in Bargain-Hunting, Garage Sales

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Tory Burch Heels, Le Creuset Baking Dish & A Stack of Comic Books”

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I know I said before that it seemed that the season was dwindling down, thus the lack of posts on my part.  But this weekend was a huge exception.  I could have been out all morning if not all day. There was a huge neighborhood sale, but I chose to start at all of the little guys along the way, hoping that everyone would be at the neighborhood sales and miss out on the good stuff at the 20 other sales in town.  But that actually meant that I would miss out on all of the stuff at the neighborhood sales – but we’ll just pretend they didn’t really have much to begin with, right?

At my first stop I found nothing.  At my second I picked up some nice hangers, a bag of stickers and a little box of little books.  And at the next I picked up the two boxes of glasses, one full of Garfield and various other Christmas glasses and the other full of Flintstones and Batman, both for $12.


Moving on, I lucked upon one of the regulars having a sale where I loaded up three bags full.  I bought an entire lot of Madame Alexander Figurines at a dollar a piece, Free People Shorts, Tory Burch Green Heels, Emporio Armani Boots, Naot Mary Janes, L.K. Bennett Sneakers, Laura Bellariva Loafers, a Hobo International Pink Clutch, Fossil Key-Per, Banana Republic Hobo, Le Creuset pan, Polish Boleslawiec Pottery bowl and covered jar, Halloween Raggedy Ann and Andy, Ed Grimley Talking Doll, Brighton and Kate Spade Sunglasses, Japanese Asuna figure, Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz figure, Autumn Fairy Figurine, Goebel Mary bust, and possibly more stuff that I can’t even remember… $70 spent.

Down the street I picked up some more stickers and some Reindeer place card holders all for $7.  Then regretting a long trip to the top of the hill, I found the stack of comic books for $2 and the Micro Machines Star Wars X Fighter and the pack of X-Men playing cards, both for $1.

Moving on to another sale way down a long road, I was going to see what she had advertised in Coach bags. The one there had a zipper issue, but I did pick up the super cute black leather floral bag which I almost want to keep, for $5.

It was finally time to attempt the massive neighborhood sale and I started by picking up a map at one of the corner kiosks.  The list had 28 sales and so I began.  But because I was late, I wasn’t finding much.  At one I came across the Rubber Cookie Monster and the plastic Pinocchio, both for $1.  At another I found the beer stein for $5 and the Lladro girl for $15.  One final one, I picked up the Alice in Wonderland White Rabbits, the Dakin Rabbit with a Pink Heart and two Holt Howard Christmas Angels from 1961.  The lady misheard and only charged me $1.50 for all.

A long morning, I spent $119.50, quite a bit.  Potential gain: $2,100.00.

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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Bargain-Hunting, Garage Sales

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Shiny Brite Mother Lode, Anthropologie Necklace, Helly Hanson & North Face Jackets”

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The season appears to be dwindling down as kids are back to school and we all look upon the impending autumn with a sense of sadness.  Well, maybe that’s just me.  Though I may be back to the thrift store route sooner than later.  This weekend only held a handful of sales.  The first was a “block” sale of all of three sales. Which would have been disappointing except that it was at two of those three sales where I bought everything but the Anthropologie necklace.

At the first I found the Manas Shoes, the laptop bag, the Madame Alexander doll, The Sak black leather purse, the Steve Madden Wallet, the white Fossil Crossbody pouch, the blue North Face quilted jacket, the Helly Hanson black jacket, the Spirit of 1776 engine and the vintage tin tray table.  Grand total: $15.


And I circled back around to see what I had missed and luckily walked all the way to the back of the driveway to fine the massive box of vintage Shiny Brite Ornaments.  $10 for the whole box.

And stopping at the next sale a bit early, they tried to shoo me away, but let me look anyway.  They had owned what must have been a pretty fancy store considering the leftover inventory they were selling with prices to match.  I only picked up the Anthropologie necklace that I thought was pretty, even for $5.

So I was done quite early.  Good enough, I had to go back home and deal with some impending autumn cleaning.  $30 spent.  Potential $825 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Coach Shoes & Bags, Frye Boots & Nanoblocks”

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At my first stop I picked up the Coach Addisyn Signature Wooden Sandals, the silver Tignanello Perfect 10 Satchel, The Junior Drake Black Leather Bag, the DKNY Kisslock and the tiny tan Tignanello Crossbody all for $12.  Next door I picked up the Odille Black lace skirt, the lace top, the Frye Cowboy Boots and the Sofft Brown Mary Janes all for $10.

Hitting a block sale of all of 3 houses, I found the large Vera Bradley Indigo Pop Blue Duffel Bag for $2.

Heading across town, a friend was unexpectedly having a sale, and I picked up a bag of Mighty Beanz and some Lego and Nanoblock sets for a buck each. (Who knew Nanoblocks were so expensive?)  A neighbor decided to join in and I grabbed a Coach Hamptons Tan Satchel for $5.

Even further across town I found a small Coach Poppy Pink Purse for $3.

At one last sale I picked up the Vera Bradley Safari Sunset Cosmetic case new with tag for 50¢ and a new, shrink-wrapped Rummikub game for $2.

That was all for the day.  $34.50 spent.  Potential $800 gain.

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Church Rummage Sale Part 1: “Barbie Trading Card Album, Sega Hello Kitty & Hallmark Twirl Abouts”

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I know this doesn’t look like much, but wait until you get to Part 2 (140 vintage action figures).  I didn’t have room on the table so I had to give these little bits their own photo and post.  The Barbie Trading card album, 39 pages holding 8 cards each, 312 total card from 1990, all for $2.  I may just have to keep it, it’s that cool.

I grabbed the Rodney Reindeer, Pillsbury Dough Boy and what I thought might be a Steiff Lion right off.  I paid $1 for all three.

In Christmas I only found the Hallmark Twirl About Santa (the same one I found just the other weekend) and a Twirl About Angel, each for 50¢.  Also the Mary Engelbreit Santa and WWA 1981 Elf on a Candy Cane at 50¢ each as well.

On my second swing through I picked up the Sega Hello Kitty for $1, the Little Boys Room sign from 1971 for 50¢, the vintage Harmonica for a dollar, the Lisa Frank roll of cat stickers for 50¢ and the Fisher Price Car with figures for $1.

$8 spent on this round.  Potential $285 gain.

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