Valley of the Dolls.
Last Friday we hit the road again with Cindy, who is now a world-class eBayer. (We know this because she read some of her positive ebay feedbacks aloud.) Cindy has a good eye, so sometimes I worry about her finding all the treasures before me. Luckily, the sales on Friday were hoarder houses, and there were enough treasures for all of us (plus some).
The first house was jam packed with old stuff, particularly dolls. We should have done some research before going because the amount of dolls was honestly overwhelming. There had to have been some collectible ones here. And everything was priced SUPER CHEAP.
I’ll let Sarah discuss the dolls that she and Cindy bought. I bought a bunch of random kewpie things and some old rubber squeak toys. I’ve figured out that squeak toys can be valuable if you get them super cheap, like 25 cents. I sell them in lots. So far, it seems like Rempel brand squeakies are the most collectible. So keep an eye out for those!
Here’s one of my kewpies. He is a salt shaker, but despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find his mate.
Perhaps my most exciting find was a large Rushton clown doll. I’m not sure if he is super collectible or anything, but I am hoping that being a Rushton means that he is. I got him for $3. I also found a similar clown made by Ideal toys, so I am selling them both in a lot on ebay. I figure if someone wants ONE of these horrifying things, they might as well have TWO.
(Rushton is on the right.)
On the way out, I bought an old wooden duck decoy which I hope will sell for more than the $10 I bought it for. I know that some decoys are crazy collectible, but as of now, I am pretty uneducated about them. Ok, so lastly at this sale, I bought these amazing slippers:
They were TWO DOLLARS. I don’t know what kind of world we live in that BRAND NEW bear slippers sell for $2, but lemme tell ya, I LOVE LIVING IN IT.
This is actually the first of two pairs of slippers I bought that day, so stay tuned for part two of this adventure.
Update from Sarah: Again, I’m away from home so I can’t really show pictures of the things I purchased at this sale, but I got a LOT of stuff, for not very much money at all. I did buy a gross old troll doll because judging from eBay, they are collectable. It looks sort of like these:
I also found a bunch of other dolls and some really old doll eyes that are sort of cool, sort of scary, and sort of remind me of something in Labyrinth. They look like this:
We talked my mom into “taking a risk” on one of the composition dolls that was in this super packed doll room. I’m mad because I took a picture of Erin in this room and for some reason it did not turn out. I cannot even describe the quantity of dolls in this room. Here’s one from the sale site:
Want to hear something crazy? This is a picture of the dolls that REMAINED after the end of the sale. The sale is going to run again this coming weekend because there was so much crap in this house, they didn’t open the basement or garage. So this weekend the basement and garage will be open and you can bet I’ll be there, getting dirty again.
Anyway, back to my mom’s doll—it had a Madame Alexander stamp on the head, but she was so old that it was hard to tell if she was just put together by someone or what. My mom took it home and then got creeped out by it. She told me she couldn’t handle how dirty it was so she washed the clothes. I actually think she’s sort of cute:
Before I wrap this up, let me just say that those clowns that Erin purchased are SO SCARY but I’m really jealous. I hope they sell for a lot! I’m just resting easier knowing that I’m not the only one who buys terrifying clowns.