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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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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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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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Friday Garage Sales: “Vintage Christmas”

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I am like the Vintage Christmas Magnet these days.  I started at a local church’s “Overstock” sale for their annual rummage sale that doesn’t happen until August.  I immediately picked up the two 1971 Annalee Santa & Mrs. Claus dolls plus a 1982 Hallmark Jogging Santa ornament and a vintage Hallmark Santa pin, all for $5.

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On to a crazy estate sale, the guy running it was quite the character.  He was very nice to me, though frazzled, and when one lady was arguing about prices saying he would never sell any of the stuff, he said, “Well, some customers are more patient.”  It was at that sale where I dug through some old boxes of old Christmas stuff in the garage.  I had no idea how he would price the lot, but I gave it a go.  After waiting for him to deal with several other customers in a very haphazard way, he finally quoted me $23 for the armload I had put together which included the amazing handmade vintage tree skirt that even has a build in battery pack for the lights, the box of vintage jewel lights that work, a few vintage ornaments and some snow globes that missed the photo, and all of the very vintage mini glass ball ornaments that I personally separated into all of those bags prior to taking the picture.  I asked if he would take $20 and he said $22.  At that point, I just wanted to get out of there, and I handed him the money.

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About mid-day there was another sale at a mobile home park with some of the most amazing views.  I had seen in the online photos of the sale that they had some Lladro figurines, some nice cookware, etc., but the prices were quite high and I only walked away with the three singing nuns that are missing their music box for $5.

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$32 spent, potential $400 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Patagonia Jackets, Earnest Sewn Jeans & Vintage Christmas Ornaments”

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Being Easter weekend, I wasn’t expecting much, but there were quite a few sales clustered together, so I ventured out.  At the first, I picked up the OTBT heels for $2.  At the next is where I bought all of the clothes including a J. Crew dress, three Patagonia jackets and a vest, Citizens for Humanity Skinny jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied Blue The Graduate pants, some active wear for my son and a pile of Earnest Sewn pants – a few new with tag, and the laundry basket, all for $45.

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Stopping next at an estate sale with extremely cheap prices, I bought the vintage Battleship game, the Tinkertoy Crazy Constructions set, a box of vintage dominoes and a box of vintage Christmas Ornaments, all for $6.

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At the last sale where I purchased anything I picked up the two Uglydolls and the Steve Madden beige handbag all for $5.

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$58 spent, potential gain of $900.

 

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Dansko Mary Janes, More Vintage Ornaments & A Battat Doll”

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I know why it wasn’t a very productive day.  It’s because the two days prior had been very productive days.  I had done quite well at one of our school’s rummage sales and so not much mojo was left for garage sales on Saturday morning.  I had been eager to get to a block sale, where the estate sale I had been to the week before and cornered the market in vintage Christmas ornaments was also located and having their final blow-out.  So I was able to go back and pick up those few extra boxes of ornaments that I had felt remiss in not picking up the first time.  Across the street, I picked up the Battat Our Generation Doll with accessories and the cute LD Brown purse.  A few other stops along the way were mostly fruitless and I only found the Dansko Mary Janes and the stack of new hand towels.  I spent $26.  Potential gain: $200.

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Thursday Night School Rummage Sale: “Vera Bradley Miller Bag, Nordstrom Mugs & Fisher Price Drum Set”

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I actually went and stood in line for the early pre-sale (that charged a $10 entrance fee) and tried to muddle through the many, many people that were hogging space at every table.  I have found quite a lot at this sale in the past when I did not go to the pre-sale which makes me think that maybe they pull more out from all of the boxes under the tables that I tried to look through.  I did find the two Nordstrom Mugs by R. Toledo in the boxes. Not really knowing prices, but recognizing my German lady at the Cashier’s Table from years past, I knew she would give me a great deal.  I did about three loops around, starting with the Vera Bradley Barcelona Miller bag and then filling it with the white Cliffs Sandals, the black Clarks Artisan Vendra Bloom Wedges and the Citizen of Humanity Amber jeans.  Continuing on with my loops, I also picked up the vintage 1979 Fisher Price Drum Set, the Mighty Beanz bag and the Mary Engelbreit Easter plate:

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My German lady with her economical pricing added it up to be $16.  Potential gain of $300.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Disney Carousel, Beatrix Potter Plush & Ugg Boots”

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There were all of three sales on my list.  I headed to the first but was side-tracked by a sign for a sale not advertised online.  There I bought the Fisher Price Imaginext Pirate Ship, the Playskool Heroes Luke Skywalker Landspeeder, the Disney carousel, the three Peanuts characters and the tin Ugly Doll Truck Bank, all a dollar each.

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On to the nicest people on the planet’s garage sale.  A regular whispered to me that the prices were extremely reasonable.  Everything was 50¢ to $2.  I picked up a box of clothes for my son, a faux fur coat, a lovely green dress, a Calvin Klein tote new with tag, a Spode Christmas pitcher, a Ralph Lauren bar set new in the box, the Lucy Hallmark figurine, two pairs of Born sandals, Coach sandals, black Fergalicious flats, all for $20.

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I headed to the second sale on my list which I left quickly because their prices were way out of range. And it wasn’t quite time for the senior center’s flea market, so I backtracked to some signs I had seen.  They led me to an estate sale run by questionable people.  I started in the garage and found the purple hoodie and then went upstairs to find the Ugg boots, total $6.

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On to the Senior Center, I was searching for previous sellers where I had found amazing things, but previous sellers were not to be found.  I did pick up the Eden Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit and Fox for $2, the Lefton angels at $1 and the vintage Dakin Santa bean bag for 25¢.

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Total of about $35.  Potential gain $700.

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