Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dolls For Sale! Pre Bitty Baby Gotz Doll and Magic Attic Megan Porcelain

  Sometimes you have to let go of things! Here are a couple of things I'm letting go of.
Gotz Bitty Baby look alike doll.

This doll is marked Gotz Puppe. Bitty Baby were  molds used. (Goetz used the original American Girl molds before they were bought by Pleasant Company.) Rooted dark, curly hair and brown sleep eyes. White cloth body. Clean, no odors. Initials written in marker on the back of her head, right under her hair line, and name written on the side of her body.She'll come with her candy striped dress. I have no idea if it's an original Gotz dress. $30 plus shipping, which depends on your location.

Magic Attic Club Exclusive Megan Porcelain Doll

  This is a really pretty porcelain version of Magic Attic's red head, Megan. She's wearing a cute outfit with a plaid skirt and red twin set, tights and black velveteen shoes.She has a porcelain head, lower arms, and legs. Her arms are wired for posing. She comes with her stand. She has never been removed from her original box, and still has all her restraints on, as well as her hair net. Her purse is in plastic. Her hang tag is on her. I got very excited when I found this doll, until I realized she's porcelain, not vinyl. I really don't like porcelain dolls, so since I need to thin things out, she's going to go. $30 plus shipping,which will depend on where you live.
  That's all for this time. Hopefully these guys will find new homes and I will post some new ones soon.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Some Rare Stuff At The Flea Market

   Several weeks ago my friend Lori and I went to a flea market. I am always looking for something I want, and something I can sell to pay for my thing. We went for most of the flea market without me finding anything I wanted, although I bought some records for Ivy and Emma. Finally, we were looking for a place for Lori to rest, since she had recently had another problem with her heart. (She's having a procedure to have her problems fixed next month, so any good wishes, prayers, or whatever you believe in sent her way would be appreciated.) We passed a building with a vintage doctor doll, about 24" tall, standing just outside the door, and the promise of more toys inside. I got Lori a bottle of water for her dogs, and sat with her while she gave it to them and geared back up to continue. When she was ready and decided to buy a water for herself too,I made a quick run back to that building to check it out while she drank her water. Here's what I bought:

  I got a bunch of stuff from one seller. She had it all priced individually for a total of $30.First, this Galoob Baby Face So Shy Sherri was priced at $5. Love her red hair and bright green eyes.

Isn't she gorgeous?

  Galoob made the Baby Face dolls for only two years in the early 90's. They were designed by toy designer Mel Birnkrant, who was heavily influenced by Kewpies and Betty Boob. His influences really show in the Baby Faces, with their big eyes, cartoonish expressions, and those hands with the pudgy, spread fingers. There were 19 head molds and over 30 dolls made from them. The clothes, which my doll is missing, were designed by Judy Albert, who also designed the clothes of Baby Face's big competitor, Cabbage Patch. 

This signed Lee Middleton baby was priced at $10.

 I'm not into Lee Middleton,and closed eyed baby dolls creep me out, so baby goes bye bye.
I also got the electronic Hogwarts Castle and three Harry Potter playsets,with some figures. It was priced at $10.

And something I've been wanting for a while, a Fisher Price My Friend Becky,was priced at $5. I bought her, and have already misplaced her in my clean up and consolidate raid! She looks like this though:

 Now I have Mandy, Jenny, Mikey, and Becky. Becky and Mikey are my favourites.(You may have seen my post on Mikey.If not,you can see it HERE.) The Fisher Price My Friend series of dolls was launched in 1977, and ran until 1985. I bought Mikey for Unsentimental Niece  when she was little. There was also an African American Friend named Nicky, but I have never come across her. The dolls are 16" tall,have silky rooted hair, vinyl heads and limbs, and firmly stuffed cloth bodies. Their arms and legs fit into sockets on the body that allow the arms and legs to be posed,so the dolls can wave,sit, and even stand unsupported.

That adds up to $30, but I got a 'group rate', and got the whole bunch of stuff for $20!

  After leaving the building where I made the haul I nearly left immediately because Lori was waiting for me. But as I was walking away I noticed something sitting on the ground around the tables outside the other half of the building. I got pretty excited because I recognized it as something kind of rare.

The Barbie Goes Travlin' case from 1965. I had seen pictures, but I had never seen one in person before.
 Barbie can sit inside and be "travlin" in a plane or a car. It was a pretty cute idea to make a case that could also be used as a toy like this. Maybe that is what accounts for the wear though.
I did some clean up on it before I took these pictures, so it did look a bit worse when I bought it.

It's missing the drawer from the spot in the upper left corner.The seat has a few melt marks, but it's not broken and is still attached.
It's not perfect, but it is hard to find. It was priced at $7, but when I asked the lady if she'd take less, (Because I only had $6 left!) she said she'd take $5!  I actually had money left!
  Elsewhere I also found an Annalee elf, on his cardboard base, for $1.
  And that doctor doll at the entrance to the building? Well, I didn't buy him because he was about $50 or $60, and I didn't know who he was. I did a little research, and turns out he was a 28"  Dr. Kildare. Dr. Kildare was a TV show which ran from 1961 to 1966. And the doll is pretty rare. The doll I saw had his doctor outfit, but was missing his stethoscope,pin, and doctor's instruments. So I'm hoping he wouldn't have been worth the $175 I saw someone trying to sell theirs for...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy--YARD SALE!!

   I have been so busy lately that I haven't had much time to do anything on here except reply to comments. Ken's sister and her husband visited from England for a few days. We took them around to some things we hoped they would find interesting.That included a visit to the home of President Harding, which is right here in town. We have the president's tomb too, but they've seen that. Not that there is a lot to see, just a couple of tombs and a tree.  The house is a lot more interesting. It's got some replaced wall paper, but otherwise it looks pretty much like it did when Harding died in 1923. (That suits me fine. I could move right in, but I think the historical society would have a problem with that...) It's furnished and decorated almost 100% with items that actually belonged to the President and his wife. The things were all put in storage when the Hardings went to Washington, and since the president died in office and his wife couldn't bear to go back to the house, they stayed there. There are lots of rumours about the house being haunted by Mrs. Harding, but our guide assured us that none of  the people working there had ever seen anything. I was disappointed by that! While I don't wish Mrs. Harding the misery of walking the Earth for eternity, it would be interesting. As it was, the most interesting part was the clock on the stair landing.It was a wedding gift to the Hardings, and was hung on the stair landing before the wedding. Since then it has stopped only a handful of times:at the exact moment of Harding's death, and on that minute on the 50th anniversary of his death, and one other random time. The staff of the home these days make an evening of the anniversary of Harding's death every year, sitting around the clock, waiting for something to happen. Or, in this case, stop happening. Well, the clock has stopped one other time: while we were there! The minute was right for the time Harding died, but not the hour. Hmm.
  They also have a big interest in cars.So we took them to a small nearby town that is home to the world's largest collection of running Edsel cars. Whoever would have thought that such a tiny town would have such an unexpected collection? I love any old stuff, so I enjoyed the cars too. 
 What else have I been up to? Fall house cleaning for one. We don't have air conditioning, so Spring cleaning is pretty uncomfortable. Part of that 'cleaning' involved taking stock of all our stuff. I think I've mentioned that we used to do doll and toy shows. We quit for years when the kids were growing up.We did a few doll shows in the last few years, but I have retired from shows again. It's just too hard to make a profit with the amazingly high cost of tables, and poor sales. The huge show we used to do is now a tiny show, which is going to kill it. I have been organizing all the stuff we have and trying to get rid of a lot of it. I have made several hauls to Goodwill, but there is still alot of stuff here! I have also actually pulled a bunch of stuff out of my personal collection and I'm letting it go. I just have too much stuff and no room for it. Having said that, I have bought some stuff lately!
But this stuff was so amazing!

I had been keeping an eye on a place here in town that always has some great stuff at their yard sales. The people there used to go to a lot of auctions and had a stall at an antique mall in a nearby town. Their place is where I made the amazing finds I told you about HERE and HERE. They always have some interesting stuff. It's also the same place I got the Ginny wanna be and Barbie patio set last year, which you saw HERE.Anyway, they had their tent up and had looked like they were getting ready for a sale for weeks.Finally they had it, and I stopped. I went through the loads of old sheet music and bought several for Ivy, and a 1947 "Night before Christmas" book.We had paid, and on my way to the van I remembered I was going to look at a bag a miniature houses. It was even better than just houses! It had these great cats in it!
The lady is my favourite of the two. Love her dress.She needs a parasol. Maybe someday I'll make one for her.

The guy is pretty amazing too.Look at those whiskers.

Look at their hair! In spite of their tripod look, they don't stand up on their own. Their previous owner has put sticky tac on their feet.

                                                              They're only 2 1/2" tall.

If anybody knows the artist I'd love to know.

  And there was some really cool really tiny stuff in the bag too.

You can tell how tiny this stuff is by comparing it to the cats in the big picture below.
And besides the cats and the tiny stuff  there was something else I spotted in the bag that I thought might pay for my cats.

This barn and these tiny houses are 1/144 scale They're wonderfully made.

Look at that tiny little saddle!

Unfortunately it has a broken roof.

I'd live in a real house like this one.

Uhh, except I'd want furniture.

And of course the big one.

Look at the little walkway.

All those tiny details.

There's a tree missing from this end.

Nice place, but it's unfurnished.
 And this one has something extra special about it...

It's numbered and signed.

 I hadn't heard of Pat Russo, so I looked her up. I found a "Row Shops" that had recently sold for $350! 

This was in the bag too. i guess it's the original price sticker.
I still like the cats best though!