Let’s Start with Some Scores!
I found this awesome puzzle just over 2 weeks ago at a garage sale. I absolutely LOVE vintage round Springboks! I asked the guy if it was complete (if it’s not complete, it will not sell as well or for as much!), he said “No, but we can put it together right now.” Funny guy! I took it anyway and for just a $1. I immediately brought it home and started putting it together to be sure it was complete and for fun! I have to say this one was very challenging! What a gorgeous puzzle in the end, AND complete! Put at auction the next day and sold for $50! WAIT! UPDATE: You will not believe this. The buyer contacted me and said he wanted to cancel the transaction because he thought it was a real Baccarat Millefiiori paperweight! Seriously?? Like you can get that for $50 bucks. True story! So I cancelled his order and offered it to the second highest bidder at $49 and it sold and they paid immediately! Yeah, $48 profit in just over 2 weeks. Love it.
Fly Me a River!
Airline and airplane vintage stuff is great. There are so many collectors out there for this stuff! This was the first plane related item I found, a stuffed pudgie PSA plane! Here was my description: PSA Airlines VTG Pudgie Plane Stuffed Airplane? Plush? What a darling stuffed airplane, looks just like the old PSA planes. Very good condition for it’s age. Some slight surface darkening overall due to dust and handling, may be removable. 1979 Pudgy Planes by Aero-Antics. 14″ wide x 8.5″ tall. This cute little guy sold immediately for $59.99! That was when I knew to buy any and all airline and airplane stuff!
Here are a few more recent airplane-related items I’ve sold.
Got this martini pitcher for just $1.50 at a thrift store. I knew this would sell at auction, no problem. You know how I love barware, so this one was a no-brainer for me.
This next one, a West Coast Airlines timetable from 1966 came in a bag of other ephemera. Here is the wikipedia definition of ephemera:
Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.
The bag was stapled up, so I couldn’t be sure of the entire contents, but I could see there were some interesting vintage maps, including a New York World’s Fair map from 1964. For $2.50 for the bag which had about 25 different pieces in it, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. When I got home and sorted through this, I was excited to find this timetable. Not only was it vintage, but for a defunct airline, yeah! It would appeal to 2 different type of collectors: vintage ephemera and airline fanatics! I was happy with the final outcome.
Do you see how awesome vintage airline/airplane stuff is??!! I have this cool retro bar set up for sale. These were used on United Airlines commuter routes in Chicago and New York. Love these!
Find of the month!
I was in California in August for a college sorority reunion. We had a super fun time! I hadn’t seen these gals for over 25 years. There was almost 60 of us that came from all over the country to San Diego that weekend. We rekindled some great friendships that night! Love these gals!
One of my sorority sisters, Maryann Miller AKA Mimi, is also a thrift store fiend like myself. She is an avid collector of all things vintage and a clever re-purposer, check out her awesome blog here.
The Sunday after the reunion, I headed up north to Orange County to visit my family. Took a small detour along the way and stopped at one of my favorite Goodwill’s in Vista. I was fortunate enough to find this valuable figurine! I knew the signature was familiar, but had to get out my readers to figure out what it was! Herend, yes, super score! I paid just $4.99.
Herend is a Hungarian company founded in 1926. They are the largest porcelain manufacturer in Europe. Apparently, Queen Victoria dined on it and Princess Diana loved to find it in her stocking. Very collectible! I have only found one other Herend piece, a blue and white vase that sold for $85. You can read more about Herend here.
In my research I couldn’t find this bride figurine except an online ad where someone was selling the bride and groom together for $340. I wanted to figure out the real value for just the bride. I contacted Herend directly and they told me she was $320 plus a 10% import fee PLUS a 6 month wait list!! Wow! So I priced her high, since there is not another available on Ebay right now. I hope I get a nice buyer who wants her so badly they can’t wait 6 months! You can see the listing here.
Thanks for reading!