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Latest Trip to the Thrift Store: “Coach Chelsea Jayden Tote, Fossil Patchwork & Knee High Suede Boots”

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In desired fashion, the Fossil Patchwork Satchel sold before I could publish this post.  I’m still working on the Coach Chelsea Jayden Tote to get it all spruced up for listing.  Both bags were under $3.


While filtering through the jeans, I intermittently glanced over at the boots hanging from the opposing rack and found the Carlos Santana Deseo Brown Suede Studded Boots and the Black Guess Balere Suede Boots, each around $5.

 

I also came upon a pair of brown heeled loafers by Pikolinos which I knew was a good brand and I only paid a few bucks for the shoes:

In toys, I only found the vintage 1982 Dakin Ludicrous Lion for under a dollar and a bag of souvenir dolls for $2.

And then on to jeans.  I was only looking for pairs in the $3 and under range, so I found a pair of distressed 7 For All Mankind Dojo, Gap Always Skinny in peach, Lucky Brand Sailor Moon Trousers, Paige Denim Foothill, black Earnest Sewn Decca and black Joe’s Jeans Honey.

There we have it.  I spent $45 on 14 items.  Dollar cost average to about $3 per item.  Potential gain (plus the already sold Fossil bag): $500.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Anthropologie Jacket, Nordstrom Coat & Vintage Christmas Decorations”

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I had to postpone my weekly trip due to a sick child which kind of threw off my whole schedule and mojo, but I made it work.  The store continues to stock vintage Christmas items like Shiny Brite ornaments, Angel Hair and Tinsel Garlands, all a dollar or two for multiple boxes.  I also found a bag of Hallmark and Disney ornaments and a bag of Mexican tin ornaments for under a dollar.

One additional grab bag held a vintage Vogue Brownie doll, a new Miyim Organic Rabbit Rattle new with tag and two vintage My Little Pony’s for under $2.

In Material, I picked up a few yards of an Easter and two 4th of July fabrics for 99¢ each.

In Jeans I found a Gap Perfect Boot, an Ed Hardy pair, a 7 For All Mankind bootcut and a men’s khaki Adriano Goldschmied Matchbox, each under $5.

And I spotted some other pieces of clothing while walking around including an older Gap Turquoise Leather Jacket for 99¢, a Gap blue jersey dress 75% off for about $2, a Tulle cream coat for $3.50 and an Elevenses Anthropologie brand orange velvet jacket for $1.98.

Total spent: $37.  Potential gain: $500.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: Part 2: “21 Pairs of Jeans”

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Last I posted, I was on Part 1 of the Latest Thrift Store Trip.  Now for Part 2, we have the denim portion of the second post. My cart gradually piled high with pair after pair. I picked the best brands and some not so best brands, but those that were long and/or skinny, basically those which I thought would sell.  Brands included 7 for all mankind (finding three Dojo styles that always sell, one of which had an offer the day I listed it), Citizens of Humanity (including Boho, Margo, Kelly and Ingrid styles), Hudson (including a Reilly), Levi’s (including a Bold Curve Skinny and a 515), Fox Racing Hesher Skinny, Joe’s Jeans Provocateur, Lucky Brand Classic Rider, Gap Perfect Boot New With Tag in a size 29 Long, and CAbi #222’s.  I managed to get most of them listed, but are waiting on the laundering of a few others.  I spent $54 on 21 pairs making my per jean cost approximately $2.50 each.  Potential gain around $1,000.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: Part 1: “Paul Green Boots, Vintage Stuffed Animals & Awesome Vintage Dog Fabric”

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Because I found twenty-one pairs of jeans, we’ll first focus on the additional items that also found their way into my cart.  In toys I found a few vintage pieces including a Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil Pumpkin from 1994, a Rowland the Lion from Macy’s Bullocks also from 1994, a Sunny the Bear from 1975 and a Remy from Ratatouille plush, each under $2.

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Circling around, I found three mugs, one Starbucks, one Lucy Rigg and one from ABC Stores in Hawaii that I will just keep.  Each were 45¢-75¢.

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In Holiday, I picked up the vintage Avon Santa for under a dollar, The vintage Rauch gold ornaments for under $2, Hallmark Uncle Same Nutcracker ornament, Avon Peace Ornament and a Precious Moments May Your Christmas Be Delightful ornament all in a bag for under $2.

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On the fabric wall I picked up the adorable red Dog with doghouse yard with a quaint vintage note that says:

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It was under $1.  Plus the Power Rangers flat sheet for under $2.

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Finally, we have some Paul Green boots for under $5 that retail at Nordstrom for around $300.  And a Kate Young dress and White House Black Market Ruffle Wrap (that missed the original photo), each under $5.

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$38 spent.  Potential $440 gain. Stay tuned for Part 2 “21 Pairs of Jeans.”

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “More Vintage Christmas, Fancy Boots and Jeans”

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I was feeling a bit dejected as I circled around, not finding very much, and thinking that the store must have done a recent purge as a lot of areas seemed depleted.  I did pick up one grab bag with the Christmas Woody and Bullseye, the Hallmark Teddy Bear Elf and the Applause White Christmas reindeer.  And then I found two bags of vintage Christmas glass ball ornaments at $1.98 each.  And then the cute little vintage figurine of three choir boys from Japan at $2.98.

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But after that, I was only left with jeans and shoes as all other areas weren’t offering any hidden surprises.  In jeans I picked up two pairs of Joe’s Jeans in the Honey style, a Hudson Woodstock, a gray J Brand Wink and a gray Gap Real Straight, a 7 For All Mankind Lexie Kaylie, Lucky Brand Sweet ‘N Straight, Level 99’s and a Miss Me Lace Pocket.  Jean prices ranged from $1.74-$5.24.

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And in shoes, I found some boots. A pair of olive green suede VINCE boots, some Kenneth Cole Reaction No Turning Back boots in black, and Jeffrey Campbell Havana Last handmade leather Lita booties. Boots ranged from 99¢-$7.24.

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I spent a whopping $65.05 bringing my dollar cost averaging of twenty items to $3.25 per item.  Too much for some, a great price for others.  Potential gain $700.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Shiny Brite Ornaments, Karen Millen Boots & More Jeans”

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Finding nothing in toys but the vintage Operation game, I spotted bags of vintage boxed Shiny Brite ornaments on the endcaps.  Searching further, I picked up 10 packs of Mrs. Grossman’s stickers, two packs of vintage Christmas stickers, some vintage sewing patterns – the cutest being the toddler jumper/romper pack, and then the coolest tall vintage greeting cards.  Each bag was between 45¢-$1.98.  And in Housewares, only the Lenox mug and Midwest of Canon Falls Cast Iron Santa and Reindeer Stocking Hangers.

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While searching through jeans, I spotted the Karen Millen boots on the opposite rack.  Looking them up, I saw that they retail in the $300 range and figured their $10 price tag might be worth it.

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And in Women’s Jeans, I picked up a pair of Hudson Collins, Harley Davidsons, American Rag, Gap Perfect Boot, 7 For All Mankind Dojo and Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny.

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$73 spent, potential $550 gain.

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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Thrift Stores

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Vintage Jack & Jill Lamp, Fisher Price Little People & American Girl Twin”

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Another beautiful day to head across the bay to the thrift store.  In toys I immediately found a grab bag of both new and old Fisher Price Little people for $1.98  Also a bag of what look to be Russian dolls at $4.98, about a dollar a doll. And finally the American Girl Twin, in great condition, though she’s missing clothes, also $1.98.

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On to purses, I found the Vera Bradley Angel Tote for $1.98 after half off and the vintage Fossil Patchwork at $2.98 after half off.

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Strolling by electronics, I picked up the awesome vintage Jack & Jill lamp by Nursery Plastics Inc., paying up at $7.48.

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Nearby were the dresses and I thought I’d give them a bit of time.  I picked out a Tommy Bahama Olive and Cream Zebra Stripe Maxi Dress for $6.98 and a Bisou Bisou banded dress, new with tag, at $6.48 after 75% off. And then down the jean aisles I scooped up another pair of 7 For All Mankind Dojos, a Current Elliott skinny pair, J.Crew Toothpick Ankle in a lovely watermelon hue, Black Hudson Carly Straight, Antik Denim and a more vintage pair of AG Adriano Goldschmied The Angel.  I paid up a bit for some of the pairs, only because I know how quickly they sell.

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Okay, paying up this time at an $88 total, potential gain could be $650.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Cabbage Patch Kids, Jeans & A Long Leather Coat”

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All excited once again, the inventory in the store did not quite meet my expectations.  Maybe I should start going on a different day.  I found nothing in grab bags, but as far as toys went, I picked up a Rodney Reindeer for 75¢, a 1977 Gund Bear, and then two Cabbage Patch Kids, half off, from behind the boutique counter at about $3 each.

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In jeans I found a pale pink CAbi pair, an older 7 For All Mankind Dojo, Aristocrat Windsor, Joe’s Jeans Fitzgerald, Gray True Religions, and a Gap Perfect Boot.  Each were under $5.

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Scanning the jacket rack, I found the Lili Rose long brown suede coat.

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And during one more sweep I found the vintage nursery lamp.

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Total spent was $42 on 12 items, dollar cost average to $3.50 per item.  Potential gain of $380.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “More Jeans, A Purring Lion & Vintage MLP”

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I was really geared up for this.  The sun was shining and I had had about enough of rainy weather, no garage sales and limited thrift store trips.  It was time to add some new stock to the store.  Not that I found a ton, but at least I made a good effort.  In toys I only came across the vintage My Little Pony’s and a Dandee Cuddly Kingdom Purring Lion Cub.

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In more grab bags I found the Christmas ornaments, including a Hallmark Keepsake Meadow Snowman from 1997 and two Traditions ornaments from 1992 – a Jack In The Box Santa and a Squirrel on a Clothespin.  The bag for 99¢.

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On to jeans, every size section seemed to hold a decent pair.  And all were under $3.  I found J Brand Skinny Leg, Paige Skyline, AG Adriano Goldschmied The Angel in Black, Hudson, 7 For All Mankind Dojo and A Pocket, and Lucky Brand Sant Tropez.

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And in shoes I picked up a few pair for a few dollars.  Miss Bisou heels, Born Concept Laurina Sandals and Via Pinky Naylie Sandals.

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Also in the mix was a nice yard of Braemore Fruit fabric, some heavy metal bells and a couple of pretty hand-painted ceramic boxes that I will needlessly add to my collection.  $37 spent, twenty items gathered for dollar cost averaging of under $2 per item and potential total gain of $600.

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Latest Thrift Store Trip: “Petunia Pickle Bottom, Kimberly by Tomy & Vintage My Little Pony”

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Things go in cycles.  Sometimes the thrift store trip is great, sometimes not so much.  It also depends on how much money I’m willing to shell out, as well as how much time and effort on potential cleaning, or resurrecting. Right off the bat I found quite a few bags in toys. Basically every toy at the forefront of the photo there was found within the first ten minutes.  There was a bag of vintage-ish Barbies (meaning my era), a bag with a Kimberly by Tomy doll, a bag with a Milestone Porcelain Hawaiian Boy doll, a bag of rubber Polynesian dolls, a bag of vintage My Little Pony’s, two Fisher Price Lil Snoopy dogs – one from 1999 and one from 2005 and finally a few Fisher Price Little People in the mix.  Truth be told, those all cost me $24 which in hindsight seems a bit much.  We’ll see how I feel after I assess their current value:

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And then in the background we see some handbags.  The first is a Vera Bradley Pink Petals Maggie, then a vintage-ish 75082 Fossil, then a Brighton Straw Woven Rainbow bag, and finally a Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag in more than decent shape.  I spent only $13 on the four, which seems better than I did on the toys for some reason.

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So I spent $39.  Still working on a couple of evaluations, but potential gain could be $400.

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