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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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Rainy Friday Estate Sale: “Vintage Christmas Galore”


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Of course it has to pour rain in between days of sunshine when I go to an estate sale where I have to carry out armloads in multiple trips.  Because of the rain, I was hoping it wouldn’t be that crowded.  But all of the regulars were there… before me.  But apparently they are not interested in highly collectible Shiny Brite ornaments from the 1950’s.  Because I am.  They usually go for about $30 a box, even better when you have the vintage box, which, as you can see, were widely available at this sale.  The nice lady at the sale made me a space on a table to put my stack as I added to it, constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure someone else wasn’t thinking that it should obviously still be for sale on that table in the middle of the room. My first haul was $27 – the boxes were $1 each.  And I should have bought more… yes, there were more, not many more, but some.  Because when I got home and reorganized the boxes into all like items, I knew I should have bought that one with the broken one because I could have easily replaced it after going through them all.  But let’s learn that lesson, “Buy it all,” (when it’s one dollar) once again and move on.

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Beyond the vintage glass Christmas ball ornaments, there were bags of Mexican Tin ornaments, several bags of vintage felt ornaments, a vintage Angel topper, a vintage green topper, a glass egg ornament, vintage hangers and vintage mini trees.  I paid very little for all that were included in my initial $27 haul.

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Second haul were vintage ceramic figurines.  Most, if not all, are from the 1950’s.  Including a green dog planter/vase, a rabbit vase – perfect for Easter, a Forever Yours Giftware Japan Clown with black panther and tiger on leashes including the cardboard stand, a Singer Buttonholer, and a KTO Japan Blue covered Lady Box. That armload was $5, $1 each.

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So for $38, I came home with that haul. Potential $780 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Playskool Cowboy Puzzles, Sesame Street Game and Christmas Platters”


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And I thought the season had started….  not so much on a cloudy Saturday morning.  Only a few sales and not a lot to be had.  The first was a friend of mine’s, though I had no idea she was having one prior to showing up. I picked up the Fitz & Floyd and Lenox platters.

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Backtracking, I stopped at one where I had stopped before a year or so ago when the vintage Playskool puzzles and Sesame Street Games for Growing were priced at around $5, but today they were 50¢ and a dollar. I also picked up the Fancy Faces from New Orleans, LA Santa head for a dollar.

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I swung by another that was out of the way, and they weren’t really open, so I left. Moving on to another that was one of the most pathetic sales I’ve ever seen.  Then on to the Mother’s Club sale where I only found the Vulli Sophie Giraffe in the box for a buck.

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Finally on to a sale where I probably should have started as people were carting off things that I would have purchased, but I only picked up the Abercrombie and 7 For All Mankind Jeans at $1 each.

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So a grand total of $16 spent.  Potential gain of $260.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Christmas, Hummels & Cake Toppers”


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It’s finally here!  Garage Sale SEASON! After months and months of rain, we finally had a sunny weekend with all of… like five sales.  But better than nothing!  At the first, people were carting out boxes before the 8:00 start time.  All I found there was the Lucky Brand purse.  The first lady quoted me “$10” so I went to the other lady who said, “$5.”

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On to the next stop, another Estate Sale where in one room I found all the Christmas stuff.  Vintage glass balls from Shiny Brite and Premier Glass Works, some vintage figurines, plastic nativities, a Santa Bell, a Hallmark Sweetheart Bicycle ornament, vintage German Angel candleholders, the whole box bargained down to $15. And then I found a vintage Madame Alexander doll and vintage cake toppers in the garage for a total of $3.

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A driveby had the True Religion jeans for $2.

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The next had nothing and the one after that had the Hummel wall pockets, small Hummel angel, Hummel Collectors Club plaque, the vintage wire chair pin cushion and the vintage Dakin German Shepherd dog, all for $6.

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And then later I took my son to baseball practice and stopped by one last one that had the gall to start at noon where I picked up two German steins and a little Christmas teaset, both for $2.

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$33 spent.  Potential gain of $500. Not a bad morning for the start of the season.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “One Good Sale & An Annie Doll”


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The only reason I headed out was because I recognized an address.  I knew one of the regulars usually held her sales there, and I would make the effort to trek all the way across town to see what was offered.  It was there that I found everything in the photo above except for the Annie doll that I picked up for a quarter at a drive-by sale.  I spent $55 and got a vast array of items:  Tin Can Robot new in box, Belleek Ireland Bud Vase, Vineyard Vines Tie, Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter, Android Flakes, Premier Designs Necklace and Earrings, Schylling Curious George in Wooden Car, Brio Train Set, Dimensions Cross Stitch, new Merona Socks, Goorin Bros. Straw Fedora Hat, Cut N Past Anthropologie Olive Green Bag, Arthur Court Rabbit Cheese Plate and Spreaders, Ty Praying Bear Hope, Le Creusset Small Casserole in Indigo in the box, Frye Oxfords, Magnanni Loafers, Red Suede PF Flyers, OTBT Martha Sandals, Carolina Herrera Striped Pants, Catherine Malandrino Top, Mishka Pac Man Hoodie, Lululemon Domain Mens Hoodie, Tibi Flowery Halter Top, Field Flowers Anthropologie Cardigan, CAbi Black Blouse and Eider Black Jacket.  $55 spent, potential $1,015 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Two Great Sales”


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I’m sounding like a broken record, but at mid-November one has to expect that the garage sale season is dwindling.  To the point I almost didn’t head out.  But I had to drop my son at a baseball thing, so I thought, what the heck.  I’d try the few that were out there, even if, in my opinion, I was quite late both in time of day and in month of year.

There were two great sales. At the first, the ladies were super nice where I found the Russ Berrie Halloween Vampire with pins, small Christmas tin, Small Halloween Pumpkin with what seem like nesting doll contents, a bag of Bocce Balls (in case I’m ever out and happen to need to play at a local Bocce Ball court), a portable tupperware cake container for a buck, an awesome vintage camera suitcase for $5, some photo Christmas cards that you can’t find anymore, a pack of pocket tissues for 50¢, a vintage 1956 Clue game, vintage 1984 Candy Land game, vintage 1987 Guess Who? game, and three Hot Wheels cars that were thrown in. Total $13.

At the second, I spent $36 between three different sellers and bought the set of pitchers for $1, the three pairs of Banana Republic Suede Heels and one BCBG black patent leather heels, the Lucky Brand Classic Rider jeans, the infinity scarf, the mint green Italian Suede clutch, the Nine West new with tag tote, the red patent leather ribbon bag, the Poliwoggs Santa Mickey, the two Kirkland Santas with girl and with boy, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Snowglobe that has an original tag of $98 and looks never removed from box, the Italian box, and the Starbucks Demitasse cup. Whew.

So a very nice haul for an otherwise expectedly unproductive weekend. $49 total spent and potential $950 gain.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Boots, Sandals, Two Bags & A Tootsie Toy”


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You know it’s getting down the wire when there are only a few sales and you only buy anything at one.  I had high hopes for the Boy Scout sale, but they leave everything out the night before.  Which means everything is wet and soppy.  I still managed to find a Betseyville Skull & Rose Satchel, a Roxy Suede Crossbody, some Clarks sandals, some Gianni Bini Black Cowboy boots and a 1988 Tootsie Toy Truck.  I was wondering the whole time what the lady was going to charge me and was pleasantly surprised at her $7 answer.  For that $7 I could make $175.


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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Vintage Hawaiian Records, Annalee Christmas Figures, Thomas the Train”


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After a previously rainy and therefore fruitless weekend, my list this weekend promised a wonderful outcome. Well… not so much.  High prices just seemed to proliferate throughout and so I was only left with a few good possibilities.  Plus the fact that the sales were spread over a good distance at various starting times.  I started at one down the street that had absolutely nothing.  Then I moved on to the mid part of town where I would have bought a lot if the lady’s prices weren’t in the $20 range for each and every thing.  At the next spot, I did pick up the McDonalds Mug, the German rose plate and the box of stickers, all for $4.


I moved on to another regular sale.  The lady there was so nice.  Like super quiet librarian nice.  I thought afterward that I should try to be her friend, but that probably wouldn’t work out.  Anyway.  She had all of these Annalee pieces that her little daughter was taking all of ten minutes to put each and every one out on display.  I gathered them all up, along with a vintage barber shop quartet mug and a New With Tag Kipling backpack and ended up paying her $30 for the lot.  More than I wanted to pay, but sometimes I get schmoozed.  And she had advertised that she had Hummels, but decided not to bring them because she was worried they would break. So I’ll be emailing her, at her request, about those.




Around the corner, I filled up a bag with all of the wooden Thomas Trains, one Babar book and the Automoblox truck, all at prices from 25¢.

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On to the far reaches of the earth, I picked up the cool Cowgirl boots and the vintage book of Hawaiian Records that belonged to the older lady’s husband’s father, all at $10.

Streaming all the way back across town again, I picked up a high school sweatshirt for my son and another Babar book both for $3.  When I pulled out my well-stacked wallet full of ones, the guy said, “Wow.  You’re prepared.”  I said, “You gotta be prepared.”  🙂

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One final estate sale in the mix and I nabbed a Las Vegas Starbucks City Scenes mug for a dollar, far less than anything else they had priced there.  (I asked about a vintage Coach purse and received a response of “$50, Five Oh.”  No thank you).


$54 spent.  Potential $520 gain.  The season is coming to a close…. hopefully more sales to come or more thrift store posts in the future…

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Stickers, Vintage Children’s Books & Antique Ceramics”


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I started at one of my favorite regular sales.  They always have vintage toys.  I’m not sure how they keep these in inventory but I keep thinking they are just gradually parting with them as they go.  They even had a bag of Strawberry Shortcake Dolls I totally would have bought if the price tag wasn’t $20.  Instead, I found a couple of bags full including bags of vintage action figures like Fisher Price Adventure People, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers, a Little Tikes Dollhouse Pool, Fisher Price Matching Middles Oreo Cookies, Little Tikes Nesting Farm Animals, Barbie Tawny Walking Horse, McDonalds Ty Beanie Bears, and various other little doodads all for $17.screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-07-13-pm screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-12-59-pm screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-18-43-pm

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On to a block sale, I found a stack of vintage Coloring Books, Little Golden Books, Tell A Tale Books, Golden Shape Books, and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny Tray Puzzles all for $9.  His Co-seller gave me an Anthropologie tea cup and charged me $1 for a pair of Betula Birkenstocks that I’ve already sold for $49.

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At the neighbor’s, I picked up a Bingo Bear Hallmark Ornaments, a couple of vintage handmade dough ornaments and a couple of Russ Clip on Santas, all for 95¢.  Moving on, I picked up a Jim Shore Santa for $5 and a Starbucks mug for $1.

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Then I was on my way to the local Senior Center’s Flea Market and stopped at one sale where I found a vintage Lefton Cissy Cabbage Cuties Teapot, a vintage Napco June Bride Bell, a vintage Lefton Cuckoo Clock, a vintage Cabbage Patch bag and a vintage My Beautiful Valerie Doll, all for $17.

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On to the Flea Market.  I spotted a lady with vintage Mrs. Grossman’s stickers, rolls of them.  There were a few people milling about in front ripping off stickers.  I figured I would come back after those people left to see what kind of deal I could finagle.  In the meantime, I went and bought a Vinylmation Mickey Mouse of Lombard Street in San Francisco for 50¢, and Tignanello Black Satchel for $3 and a bag of Polly Pocket Dolls and animals for $3.


And then I went back to the sticker lady.  More on that in the next post….


Minus the stickers, I spent $65 and could potentially gain $700.

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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Star Wars Goblets, Fisher Price Camera, True Religion Shorts”


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The season must be winding down as I find fewer and fewer items each weekend.  I only picked up a pair of Girls True Religion shorts for $2, a Fisher Price Changeable Picture Disc Camera for $1, a Sound N Lights Animatronics Flapping Ears Dog that plays “Witch Doctor” for $2, three Star Wars Goblets all for $4 and a Star Wars Lego pen for 50¢.

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I spent $9.50 and could make $165.

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