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$8 Grab Bag

In our lovely little town of Hamilton, Montana, we have a lot of estate sales. I know it sounds odd, but frequenting these sales is one of my favorite things to do with my free time. Although golf is his favorite activity, my husband enjoys these sales too; and about 3 months ago, I introduced my mom to the one that is held indoors in a heated building, and easily accessible for her. Now she is addicted, too!

You never know what you are going to find. Two weeks ago, the pictures the company posted was almost entirely of dolls...literally hundreds of old dolls...which does not really interest me. (Miniatures, yes...dolls...not so much...) But Mama wanted to go, and, like I said, you just never know what you will find. It turned out to be a combination of two estates and a liquidation of sorts from the local museum. One of the estates did indeed have a few miniatures, but not much I was interested in. I did find a gallon sized ziplock bag with lots of odds and ends doll-related items and miscellaneous small toys in it. A tiny ceramic baby doll with moving arms and legs, and dressed in a tiny jacket and diaper caught my eye. I have been looking for a little baby for my 12:1 scale dollhouse, and I knew that these little hand-painted babies sell for a pretty penny. So I sprang for the $8 bag.

At home, I took the bag apart. I got one new wind-up toy to add to my collection (literally HOURS of entertainment for any visiting children!), a couple of small tin cases and a Micky Mouse Pencil to pass on to my little nieces and nephew, and my adorable little porcelain baby. But what I thought were a bunch of little wooden Christmas ornaments, turned out to be these:

This sweet little band of angels are barely 2" tall and stamped "Italy" on the bottom. I found 2 other partial sets that had sold on Etsy and Ebay, but none currently selling. I listed them on Ebay for $29.99 plus S&H and they sold in 3 days!!

I also found this in the bag:

She was also only 2" tall and also had her original label on the bottom. After doing my homework, I found she is a highly desirable vintage German Erzgebirge brand little angel. I listed her on Ebay for $19.99 plus S&H, and she sold the next day!

Never overlook the Grab Bags!

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