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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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Boxes, Madame Alexander Hallmark Ornaments & A Large Paddington Bear”

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Honestly, I was out waaaaay too late the night before, though I really didn’t want to be.  And had I known, as I had suspected, that one of our larger neighborhoods would be having their neighborhood sale, I definitely would have gotten more sleep.  But alas, I even woke up late, had to take my son to his baseball game, and then decided to hit the random singular sales near the ballpark. Well, they were weak, and I was telling myself I should have started with another neighborhood sale I had seen actually advertised.  The only things I bought at the random sales were a pair of Born sandals and a Polly Pocket set at a dollar each.

So I headed to the first neighborhood sale and made my way around.  I found a beautiful red vase I will be keeping.  Then two awesome patent leather Hobo International bags in white and blue, the talking Jessie doll, the Disney Infinity figures and game and the cute Gap Academy blazer all for $11.  Another sale in the area had the beautiful glass Christmas ornaments that I couldn’t resist, a small box full for $4. One last sale held the Josef Originals June Girl figurine and the vintage black poodle set, all for $6.

Still dissatisfied, though later in the morning, I decided to tackle the next massive neighborhood sale.  This one spans several very long blocks and can take the entire weekend to cover if you don’t do some drive-by’s. Excitedly, I ran into the guy from whom I had purchased the mother lode of stickers way back when.  He had one more box of Mrs. Grossman’s gift boxes and bags, the whole thing for $10.  He also had a collection of Hallmark Madame Alexander ornaments at $1 per box, a very large Paddington bear and some Nike free runs. I paid him $30 and was happily on my way.

At various other sales I picked up the Coach Sneakers, the clogs, a Steve Madden bag, a vintage Austrian hat, four beer steins, a vintage Christmas reindeer tea set, Donald Art Co Cat prints, a Smith & Hawken wire tree with Crystal and Mercury ornaments all for $10, a few pairs of jeans including an Adriano Goldschmied Tomboy Cropped and a few other items.

A grand day’s expenditures of around $100 could lead to a potential gain of around $1,000.

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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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Garage Sale Weekend Recap: “Chotchkies, Handbags & Yarn”

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Memorial Day Weekend would generally say to one contemplating garage sales… “probably not a lot going on.” I had a decent list of sales, but the sales weren’t decent.  I should have bought more at the one where I found all the little chotchkis.   The prices were right and there was some interesting stuff, but sometimes those little doohickeys take forever to sell.  But, then again, sometimes they don’t.  We shall see.

At the first sale I spent $23 buying the Brighton bag, the Michael Michael Kors Green bag, the Pelle Studio Patchwork bag and the Kolf Austrian purse that I will be keeping to add to my weird necessity to have a collection of that stuff.

There were so many sales in between where I purchased nothing that I should just move on in this post to those sales where I did.  The blue baby yarn was free.

And then the chotchkie sale where I picked up a set of Japanese Dachshunds, a Chinese Snuff bottle, a Spanish Sword letter opener, a Wedgwood green vase and an Otagiri wooden music box that works, plays “As Time Goes By” and the wooden man’s head and arms move. Total of $6.  Like I said, I should have bought more.

$29 spent.  Potential gain of $325.

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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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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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Digging Through Stored Action Figures


Back when I was consolidating and organizing the garage, I put all of the action figures I found in one large storage bin.  I expected that one day I would get to the box and go through what was in there, hopefully having access to more knowledge about what was what.  The other day, I had a question from a customer on an Incredible Hulk figure, which led me to the box. I spotted a few bags of Power Rangers that I thought needed another look, and that in turn led me to dig through the whole box.  All in all, I found twenty “vintage” figures that were 20 years and older, and therefore could be listed on Etsy.  Total potential reward for my efforts could be $215.  Who knows what else is sitting in those storage boxes….



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



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:


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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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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