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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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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Lenox Mickey Ears, The Year Without A Santa Claus & Pop Rocks Beatles Yellow Submarine”

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A slow beginning to the day, driving by the first two because one wasn’t open and one was a repeat sale.  Then the first at which I stopped had absolutely ridiculous prices, but two different white dogs that wanted to jump in my car.  Finally purchasing the stack of vintage wooden puzzles at the next, $10 for 7, but the guy, or whoever put the masking tape on them, didn’t realize that they were ruining a few of them.  One had paper graphics that came up with the tape, one’s paint came up with the tape, but that same one also had a tiny missing piece I didn’t realize before.  So I was left with five.

One sale from seeing a sign had a lot of kids arguing with their dad about their exorbitant Nintendo DS pricing and I scurried away as the discussion continued.  The next was a repeat sale with different stuff. This was the “tool sale” for an estate that held some great things including Hummels, months before.  I picked up the Christmas tree covered in vintage ornaments for a dollar.  My husband scored the score of the year on a chipper shredder for $20.

At the next, I was expecting to score some shoes and clothing, but because of their pricing, I only wound up with “The Year Without A Santa Claus” playset, new in box, for $5.

Another dud in between, I found a Lenox Christmas Salt & Pepper, two Lenox Mickey Hat ornaments and a vintage Furbee, all for $10 around the corner.

Moving on to another repeat sale, where the lady told me $2 on the Mary Jane Dansko’s and $3 on the Sorels, so I started piling shoes into a box.  I also bought the Basket Hamper for my son’s room.  Down the street I picked up the Brighton clutch for $3.

I almost killed myself, well, twisted my ankle, in a well-disguised hole in the lawn of the next sale.  Fortunately, everyone saw and I got a great deal of $5 on the Pop! Rock Beatles Yellow Submarine set, Giants mug, Vacation and Chupacabra ornaments, Star Wars Mighty Beans and some swim shorts for my son.

At the next block I picked up a Coach Frame KeyChain for $2.

Attempting the outskirts of town, stuff was only found at sales not on the list.  At the first, I picked up the Calico Critters Country School with figures and furniture for $4.  Next I piled up clothing and bags including two Coach purses, a Kate Spade, a black Chloe, and then a pile of clothing that missed the initial photo. They included a lovely long J. Jill cardigan, black quilted Coach Jacket, a few pieces of horse riding clothing new with price tags over $200, etc. I paid $32 for all.

One last stop at one not on my list and I picked up the Jeremy Fisher for a dollar.

$93 spent.  Potential $1,475.00 gain.

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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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