I was going through withdrawals not antique shopping this week! So I decided to go out and hit a few thrift stores to scratch that itch. I stopped by an estate sale and hit gold! Never got to the thrift stores, but filled the trunk of the car with only one stop. This sale had great advertising, and had tons of great stuff. Semi-organized, but still had to root through boxes – that is where the good stuff is! I just got home and unpacked, so I have tons of work to clean, research and list this for sale, but I had to share the goods!
First up is a bunch of dollhouse furniture. I like to buy small, easy to pack and ship stuff to resell and this fits the bill. I will have to look it all up (and clean it up), but there looks to be some nice pieces in here. The room dividers in the lower left are very cool, the diamond blue bathtub, yellow kitchen stuff and the light blue bathroom stuff look good. I will likely break this up into a few lots of similar items, it will be fun to research!
Bunch of miscellaneous stuff. The music items were a whim, I loved the note caddy shaped like a piano and picked up the other items to round out a nice lot. The sewing patterns I took a chance on, could be good, could be duds, but I liked the artwork – especially the cool western ’70s guys! My best finds are the two cowboys in the middle. I believe they are Hartlands – I am not an expert, but the plastic, molding and paint jobs are key tells. Hartland gunfighters can go for a TON of money, and they came with hats and guns (they might not go to these figures, but you can still sell accessories for collectors to complete sets), so I am hopeful.
I hear you now – “Knee highs and thigh highs?!?” – yes, these can go for quite a bit of money. I don’t question why the buyers want them, but new in package hosiery is quite popular, and I love how easy to ship! The mermaids and fish are all repainted and some are repaired, but they are also very popular with collectors. I can try to get the paint off, or sell as is. The ones with sea horses and fish are the most popular, but I can sell these all day and night as they are. I think the mermaids are Lefton or Norcrest, which are the cats meow for collectors.
Halloween is a hugely popular holiday. Collectors, of course, prefer older items, but even recent vintage stuff with good graphics and design is popular. The two skeletons in the middle are pirates, and I bet they glow in the dark. Horror VHS tapes can be worth big bucks, especially some of the more cult classic flicks. I will always pick up these if they seem to be in good condition. I don’t have a VHS player anymore, but if they are clean and in good shape they still command good prices.
Finally another bunch of miscellaneous. Needlepoint kits and books, especially discontinued, are easy sellers. I found 2 older bags from local businesses with great graphics, so those might go to the antique booth. Vintage Christmas is hit and miss. I got the tree topper because those tend to be popular and this one was in nice condition. The glass ornament is totally faded, but I loved the ‘Made in the US of A’ around the top. Don’t know if I have seen that before.
Hope you enjoyed – I know I will be busy for the next few days having fun playing with my purchases. So get out there and happy hunting!