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ISSUE 55: Aug. 1, 2008

Yard Salers: August 1: Swarovski Crystal & New Flips

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Hello, all!

I hope you're all having a great summer. It's hard to believe it's more than half over (don't tell that to my kids!). And also that I'm going to have a high-schooler come fall! Well, time marches on.

I've worked and also attended several estate and yard sales since the last newsletter. At one recent sale, I saw more Swarovski crystal in one place than I've ever seen (and will probably ever see again, unless I go to the Swarovski headquarters in Austria). For that reason, I decided to focus on Swarovski crystal prices in one article in this newsletter.

I still get out to yard sales whenever I can, though it's been a mixed bag this summer. I've found some interesting pieces of art, some original, some signed repros...and one disappointment that I thought I had examined closely enough to be sure it was original, but when I later looked at it more closely with my loupe, found the dreaded "dots of death" that told me it was in fact a computerized image.

Quick tip: I have found that some of the most easy to find and lucrative books are the ubiquitous Harry Potter books -- esp. the "First American editions," which are not hard to find. (If you find a first British edition, you trult have a find!).

Grab them piecemeal until you have a set of four or more...especially complete sets of all the editions will sell for around $50 or more.

The Winston Churchill "Second World War" set also does well and seems to pop up frequently for me, so keep an eye out for it.

I still have a lot of eBay swag from the convention, and more of it is getting awarded in this issue with the flip entries. If you want a piece of the swag action before it goes bye-bye, be sure to send your flip entry in!

Let's get on to the rest of it without further ado.


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In This Issue:
1) Swarovski Crystal -- What's It Worth?
2) Flip of the Week Contest: Prizes for All
3) Reader Mail

1) Swarovski Crystal -- What's It Worth?

According to the Swarovski web site, this gem of a company was begotten when Daniel Swarovski "invented an automatic cutting machine at the end of the 19th Century" and "opened the door to a world of fantasy."

The material they used was crystal - "a raw material, which even the most ancient cultures ascribed beneficial, valuable, indeed miraculous properties."

Swarovski makes a number of products including jewelry and accessories, but at this sale there were mainly the collectible figurines, a whole world unto themself.

When I was poking around doing research, I found that one of the most valuable figurines was the "Lovebirds" piece, which had sold on eBay for $2750 and $1990, respectively. Here's a look at some of the others:

Other Completed Swarovski Prices:





Swarovski Crystal Red Cockatoo Figurine 2 $635.00


Swarovski Crystal Jonquil Green Rosella Parakeet Parrot 12 $610.00

Crystal Swarovski Panther on Granite Base NIB with COA Buy It Now $569.95

Crystal Swarovski Panther on Granite Base NIB with COA Buy It Now $564.95

Here we see the elephant, woodpeckers, parrot, and panther are also highly coveted pieces. At the estate sale where I saw these pieces, the dragons also sold early on.

Some of the most valuable pieces are also limited edition pieces you can only get by joining the Swarovski Collectors' Society, or SCS. For information about how to join, go here: http://www.swarovski.com/content/10007.5807/Web_US/en.

Not every Swarovski figurine sells for big bucks; some of the little and more common ones can be found on eBay for around $10. So be sure to do your research before buying these to resell or as an investment.

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2) Flip of the Week Contest: eBay Swag Prizes for Everyone

Hi Julia,

I enjoy your newsletter. I have a flip story for you.

I found a box of small china animals in an antique store, marked at $1.00 each. They were all tossed in together & many of them had already been broken. I spotted a few I was sure were Hagen-Renakers & one of those, I was sure was also the Disney decoration. It was a deer from Bambi, miraculously it was still in perfect condition. I had no idea what it was worth, but knew $1.00 was a bargain! I put it up for sale on ebay the 1st week I started selling. I was hoping to get maybe $30-50 for it. Well it ended up selling for $485.00! That certainly got my attention!! I've been selling on ebay ever since, wish I could find more deals like that one!

I asked Susie if she had a photo of it, and she came back with:

Hi Julia,
Sorry, I don't still have a photo of it. If someone wants to look it up, it is in the Charlton catalogue of Hagen-Renaker. It is model #5028, identified as Bambi style two, or Faline. It's a small figure- less than 2" high. They give a book price of $150 (2nd edition of book)- but I have found the prices in this book to be pretty low, especially on the more rare figures. Hagen-Renaker is a California pottery, still in business today. The figures very rarely have marks on them, most had a paper label, or were attached to a paper card. They are pretty easy to identify once you are familiar with them, but because they have usually lost the identifying labels or cards you can often buy them very cheaply. Older ones have much more detailed decoration & are more valuable.

I actually collect & sell mainly dog figurines. I collect & sell all breeds, and any makers. I'm a dog groomer by profession- so dogs are my life!

Thanks for your interesting newsletter.

Thanks, Susie! I was able to dig up a photo on the web..thanks for that info! Here's the photo I found:

Wow..I feel like I've seen those around. I'll check in my own collection..lol. How fun to collect dog figurines. I have a friend who wants me to be on the lookout for Staffordshire dogs..we'll see.

I dug up a little info about the Hagen-Renaker co. from its web site (always a good place to get a co.'s history).

The co. was started by John and Maxine Renaker started Hagen-Renaker in their garage in Culver City in the latter part of 1945. Maxine's Dad, Ole Hagen, built the couple their first factory, so they named the co. Hagen-Renaker to honor him.

Once the co. was founded, they started producing things like plates and butter pats, But almost by accident they discovered how well figurines could sell: "John Renaker noticed a small duck that Maxine had on her work bench. She was a Camp Fire Girl leader, and she had designed it for the kids. He saw potential in it and put it on the bottom of the company's order sheet. When he saw how it sold, he decided to change direction and produce small figurines."

It seems to me these Hagen-Renaker figurines can be great sleeper items at yard and estate sales, as Sherry found. I poked around eBay to see which were going for big bucks and which for just a few:

Amazingly, even with a glued-back-together leg, a Hagen-Renaker percheron draft horse crusader went for $660.00. Some others: 1968 DW VINTAGE HAGEN RENAKER FEZ, ARABIAN STALLION for $750; Hagen Renaker Mint Sespe Violette Belgian Mare 1953 for $500; and HAGEN - RENAKER ELEPHANT WITH STICKER for $318.99.

How to tell a real Hagen-Renaker? Some of them have stickers on the bottom, like the above elephant, but I also found this tip on one web site: "Buy a Charleton's catalog of Hagen-Renaker or visit www.animalfigurinesgallery.com, cause you need to be careful at ebay - not all figurines listed as HR actually are."

Thx again for the wonderful flip!



Subject: Flip of the Week - Bakelite ring

Julia, I have been enjoying your newsletter for a few months now, but have been selling on eBay for about 8 years.

My most recent flip involves a Bakelite ring. I was at a garage sale close to where I work and found this 10 cent mustard-colored plastic ring in a pile of junky jewelry. I know with Bakelite, if you rub it really vigorously it will emit a carbolic acid smell. So I tried the test, and what do you know...it was Bakelite.

Actually it was a deeply carved, vintage, butterscotch Bakelite ring. I put it on eBay last week and the ring went for $36.01! Not bad for a dime investment.

Sherry/ebay seller ID is A_Memory_Maker & eBay Store A_Memory_Maker


Hey Sherry!

Love your Bakelite story..thanks so much!

Oh it's big and beautiful (have u noticed big rings are in?)...no wonder it sold for so much. Love it!

I have dabbled in bakelite myself and find it interesting and nostalgic. It often does go hidden at sales, too!

Another test is to run it under hot water and then sniff..this is of course similar to warming it up by rubbing it.

Anyway, thanks again, and u're the first entry in the new contest. :-)

[ Sherry, at ebay seller ID A_Memory_Maker, says she sells a variety of vintage ads and collectibles. "I will be listing more jewelry this week and next," she said. (Although that was more than a week ago because it's taken me so long to get this newsletter out. But check anyway). A_Memory_Maker is also the name of her store. ]


Now for the winners:

Again, everyone wins something in this contest, because I still have so much loot from eBay Live.

- Susie is in first place and wins a Zippi.com tote bag with embedded pen, and a collectible eBay pen in a case.

- Sherry is runner-up and wins an eBay light-up whistle, set of two green eBay pens, eBay branded mints, and an eBay lollipop (who knew?).

Susie and Sherry, please email me your mailing address so I can ship the loot out to you.

Didn't win this time? Fear not! There's plenty of loot left for the upcoming contests, including more eBay Live pins, tote bags, the eBay Live t-shirt, and all kinds of strange little bits of swag like endicia.com tape. (You know how we love tape in this newsletter because we did a whole issue on it).

3) Reader Mail

Garage Sale Cow and Yardbits: Two New Sites

There are now many great sites out there facilitating finding and posting notices for yard sales and estate sales. One I just learned about is called Garage Sale Cow, at, of course, garagesalecow.com. With it, you can search garage sales, post garage sales, and submit a "find of the week." They also offer a free magnet. Here's an excerpt of email I received from them:

Hi Julia,
We have been telling a lot of folks about your book store! Actually I was talking about it tonight at dinner. Great idea that will save people valuable time. Hope we are one of your newest "Favorite Links".

We are currently working on a "links" page for our website. We will be attending the Yard Sale in Jamestown, TN. Hope to see you guys there.

Sincerely, The GarageSaleCow Team



Thanks again, GarageSaleCow people! They are now in my "Favorite Links" section..and I may be picking their brains about the Jamestown sale (otherwise known as HQ of The World's Longest Yard Sale). :)

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that Yard Salers is now a sponsor of the World's Longest Yard Sale! I mean, it's only natural, right? You can see our lil' old logo at http://www.127sale.com. (OK, so you have to scroll to the bottom).

And if anyone is willing to give me a ride to the 127 sale, and watch my kids for four days, I'm all for it! Hehe..just kidding. I'm still trying to work a way to go to the sale this year, though.


Another site I found out about is Yardbits at...yes, http://www.yardbits.com. I'll let Mike tell it:

My name is Mike and I'd like to tell your readers about my site, www.yardbits.com.

This is a new site dedicated to yard sales, garage sales, etc. Yardbits easily and quickly lets people become members to do several things like: advertise your sale (which is map-based; shows locally, state-wide and nationally), has an events calendar that everyone can use, has a message board to share your thoughts, and many other useful tools for you to use.

All the ads you enter run for 10 days with an option to extend them for 10 more days. Also, this site is free for you to use, no credit cards needed! Visit today and become a member!



Thanks so much, Mike! I look fwd. to checking it out.

Bob's Tip for Books

Hello, Just a tip for book hunters, probably old hat to experienced scouts, but anyway if you find a non fiction book that is valuable, check the books in the bibliography too. Sometimes you can find titles there that are worth looking for too.


Hi there Bob,

Great tip! I never thought of that. May I run it in the next newsletter?

Thanks so much!


Have a great (and profitable) week, all!



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