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Friday, February 24, 2017

Vintage Fisher Price #952 Yellow Family Playhouse

The Vintage Fisher Price #952 Yellow Family Playhouse.......FINALLY I found one!! In a charity shop for 6$ on Tuesday. I had one when I was a little girl and been looking for one for years. eBay has them often but with the shipping to Europe it was pretty expensive. Patience paid. I wanted one just to ring the bell (I remembered the sound!).

BUT now that I have it, should I keep or sell. Big question. My daughter will play with it until I decide.

Here's what I wrote a few years back about that playhouse:  The Fisher Price 952 House

fisher price 952 yellow house
Fisher Price 952

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update on Last Week Big Toys Haul

Remember my big toys haul from 10 days ago (see post here: http://www.myyardsalefinds.com/2017/02/2017-ebay-toys-haul.html)?

part of last week haul

Well I have already made some sales on eBay. I still haven't list everything (although I did quite a good job of trying to not let the "not listed" pile growing) and I haven't sell everything that I have listed, but so far I sold for $135 worth of toys from that haul. Including a few ELC, some of the vintage Star Wars figures and a few LPS and Playmobil. Still many things to list and some of what I listed have not yet sold.

Very happy so far with this bunch of toys. Oh and I haven't told you yet what I found in a charity shop yesterday. You'll have to wait tomorrow for it. But I can tell you it's yellow, it's Fisher Price and it's vintage. Anyone want to make a guess? It's something I had when I was a kid and I have been dying to get one but they are quite expensive on eBay (especially when you factor in the shipping cost to Europe). Make a guess....

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 eBay Toys Haul

Good weekend! I went to a few sales on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday didn't start too good. On the 2 sales I went, only one had a few interesting things. One was organized by a school and they were selling some of their older material, including old furniture. I decided not to go there first because my chance of finding small things I could resell easily were small (not to mention that it was most likely attracting lots of antique dealers). So I went to a community sale organized by school kids parents in hopes to find some good toys.

I only found some ELC Happyland fairy sets. Not a big deal, but I'm sure to net a small profit. I also bought a nice women Zara top that I will list on a specialized site. Then I went to the school sale, nothing interesting left by the time I got there. I decided to hit some charity shop to help paying for train/tram/coffee fees. The more I find the more I make especially when I have to pay around 25 euros of train/tram and food. Yes I usually add the coffee and snacks to my fees.  At the charity shop I found some Littlest Pet Shop houses with pets and a bag of Fisher Price little people. These where like blind bags, I couldn't see the figurines inside the LPS houses, but I figure that selling the house alone would net me a profit anyway. Upon opening, I found a kitten and some accessories that will sell ok. Houses and less interesting pets/accessories will sell locally for pickup.

ELC Happyland Fairies ebay
LPS houses and ELC Happyland Fairies

On the way home, I bought a France Starbucks mug at the local Starbucks. They usually sell, not fast but I like to carry some in my store.

Sunday I went to a local community sale and I score some good stuff. A guy was selling little baggies of toys for 2 euros each and they were good. Some nice LPS, some more Early Learning Center figures, some Playmobil pieces and figures, vintage early Kenner Star Wars figures and some Fisher Price stuff. Good stuff really, I'll need to research the Star Wars pieces a bit, haven't sell any since I sold my brother collection about 10 years ago. I know the market is not as good as it was, but at the price I pay it's still a great deal. I also bought a table cloth that I may sell or keep, not sure yet, and a few things for the kids and myself.

lot of vintage star wars figures
Vintage Star Wars Figurines

I spend a total of 77,30 euros (around $82). That includes train, tram and coffee/snack, and exclude things I bought for myself (a top and a scarf) and for my son (Pokemon cards) and daughter (shoes). Also not in the total is the new Starbucks mug. As of tonight Monday, I have listed 9 Pet Shop, 1 lot of Fisher Price and 1 lot of ELC figures for a total of 147$ Still tons of stuff to list, the pile haven't even start to shrink! Have the fairy sets to lost, Star Wars stuff and lots of playmobil, as well as the LPS houses and many more accessories and pets!

ebay toy haul
Big toys haul for ebay

Friday, February 10, 2017

Best & Most Interesting Finds of 2016 Part 2

Part two of some of my favorite 2016 ebay sales (part one here in case you missed it)

A Mickey Mouse Disney's Duvet Cover (European Release) sold for $58. Paid 3 euros (around $5). I have good success selling bed sheets, duvet covers and the likes. I stick to kid's stuff. I may need to expend!

This fantastic piece of french architecture sold for $48. Not a big huge profit because I paid 33$ for it but I had no use for this one (bought two, kept one) so off it went.

A fun and cute Snoopy t-shirt, vintage, European release. Sold for $13, paid $2

 This old Edwardian dress clip sold for $16, paid a bit less than $2

These The Art Company Shoes sold well for $55 (I paid less than $5). This is a brand that I look for (along with my other favorite brands of shoes to sell on eBay)

 Biche de Bere necklace. A brand that always sells well for me. I buy this designer whenever I can find some pieces. Paid 15 euros (around $20) and sold for $110

 This pair of typical French Pastis tall glasses sold for $18. Paid less than $0.50 each

Another bed sheet. From the 70's with all the favorite Disney character (Mickey, Pluto etc). Paid less than $2 sold for $58

This hard to find international exclusive My Little Pony sold for $32. Paid around $1 for it.

 And one last because this one is by far my favorite find of the year. An absolutely fabulous vintage fitted sheet with Disney's beloved Snow White and her prince. Sold for $125. Paid less than $2

Thursday, February 9, 2017

First 2017 Finds

It's been quiet in January, but I still managed to hit 2 sales. One was a collector's sale with the usual array of stamps, postcards, coins. I did end up buying quite a lot of French epiphany feves. I realised just recently that they do sell and not just to French collectors. I sold quite a few nativity pieces before Christmas as well as some themed ones. So from now on I'll buy them if I find pieces that can appeal to collectors and if the price is right.

What are these "feves" you ask? The feve (broad bean) is a little figurine (usually porcelain, sometimes plastic) hidden in the French epiphany cakes (King cake). "Tradition holds that the cake is “to draw the kings” to the Epiphany. A figurine, la fève, which can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds the trinket in his or her slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake. Originally, la fève was literally a broad bean (fève), but it was replaced in 1870 by a variety of figurines out of porcelain or—more recently—plastic. These figurines have become popular collectibles and can often be bought separately. Individual bakeries may offer a specialized line of fèves depicting diverse themes from great works of art to classic movie stars and popular cartoon characters." (cf: King Cake article on Wikipedia)

You can see some French Feves here:

I also went to an indoor community sale and bought a few playmobil and Littlest Pet Shop. Not a big profit, but I have good success selling Playmobil, either as custom sets or for replacement parts. Also bought a stunning necklace, heavy and beautiful, by Scooter Paris. I'll list it on ebay or Etsy.

And last, yesterday I went to a charity shop and score two nice vintage bed sheets... you'll have to wait until a bit, I'll take some pics and show later this week in a new post . Also looking forward to hit a few sales over the weekend!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy New Year / Top 2016 Post / Best 2016 eBay Sales Part 1

Happy New Year to all, I know it's a bit late for the wishes, but better late than never!

I hope 2017 brings you and I good sales, cool finds and huge eBay hauls!

2016 most popular post on Yard Sales Finds Sold on eBay

This year again, to most popular post on this blog was.... yes that's right: Fake Littlest Pet Shop Sold on eBay by Chinese Sellers ! Rather sad and telling. Not that it's not just Littlest Pet Shop that is affected by this influx of counterfeits and knockoffs unfortunately. It's getting worst and worst everyday. And it's bad both for the collectors and sellers of genuine products.

The LPS market is almost destroyed. So many buyers got scammed that they don't return. And legit sellers are getting buried in search by Sellers from China selling fakes for 0.99$ free shipping. And eBay? Well I doubt they make a lot of money on a 99 cents sale, especially when the real deal can fetch anywhere between 4$ and 30$ + shipping (ebay does money on shipping too). Most products/collectibles that are popular and in demand are most likely being fake by the Chinese. I am always surprised when I check ebay to see the amount of counterfeit. And it's not just the expensive stuff. Collectables and toys that sells well in the 5/10$ range are getting counterfeit.

Rule of thunb: do not buy ANYTHING from China sellers. Of course that doesn't mean you cannot get fakes from other sellers (some sellers do buy their stock from Alibaba and Alibaba is the biggest maket of fakes and counterfeits. You can buy ultra cheap toy brand knockoffs such as Disney's, Hasbro's and Mattel's. But buyer beware on eBay and for us sellers it means less sales in some categories.

Some of my Best and Favorites Sales on eBay in 2016 Part 1

part two is here


Pair of Red Glass Kugel Antique Christmas Ornaments Etched With Mistletoe Leaves
Paid 5 euros each sold the pair for 85$ in January. Also sold a similar pair in blue later that month.

Saint James Nautical Wool Sweater French Mariniere Striped 
Sold for 70$ in January. Paid a bit less than 8$ for it.

This one was very cute and shabby, sold for $35 : Antique French Enameled Cast Iron Trivet Pink Timeworn Shabby Cottage Decor. I paid 9,5 euros for it (5 + shipping). Not huge profit but still, these are usually safe sales for me because this cute French antiques often brings out the "oh so cute, I want" in buyer

Sold for $65, paid around $35 (29 euros) : French Mermaid Cast Iron Trivet Signed by Deville Timeworn Blue Enameled. Again this one was not cheap when I bought it but I was 100% sure it would sell for much more. It was just so unique and original

Paid around 10$ for it: Vintage French Provencal Sewing Box Fabric Covered Bright Red Green Yellow . Sold for $35

I paid 3 euros (about 5$) for this in Limousin during a local fair and brocante. Sold for $36: Old French Handmade Basket Harvest Gathering Wooden Basket 

Paid around 1$ in a charity shop, sold for $20 

Snoopy bed sheet paid less than 5$ at a yard sale (hubby's comment: you are not going to buy THAT are you?! Well yes I am!). Sold for $48 

Part two will follow later this month! Also soon pics from the first two community sales of the year. Not much to show, but still...