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Posted: 9/28/2013 7:25:45 PM
We haven't had one of these in a while, though I've been getting out every weekend, and have found some great stuff this season.

Today was no exception. Dh was riding, so I went with a friend of mine. My favourite finds all came from one sale, which was also a contents sale. I love vintage items and found several at this sale.

First I spied two vintage cookbooks, one Better Homes and Gardens and one Betty Crocker. I paid 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. Then inside I found two vintage fur wraps. They were in beautiful condition and fit wonderfully. One was mink, the other seal dyed black. The seal was soooooo soft.

I asked the prices and was told $20 a piece. I thought that was a great price actually, for the pieces. We chatted a bit and they came down to $10 a piece. I offered $15 for both and they accepted to my joy.

They are both well made, with furrier labels and monograms. I really wouldn't have cared whether they were 'real' fur or not, I just loved the look of them and the vintage aspect. But I have done some research on how to tell real from fake and they do happen to be real.

Then I came across the two vintage gingham aprons, one red, and one green. I paid 50 cents total for those. And on my way out the door I spied a vintage crinoline that I added to my armful, for only $2.

Other finds for the day were a Christmas themed shower curtain and matching hooks for 50 cents, a Company's Coming Slow Cooker recipe book for a quarter, a pair of cute Adidas plaid low rise Converse-style shoes and stylish rain boots for $5 (this was a cancer research fundraiser so I was okay paying that price).

I found two dressy tops, new with tags, for $2 each. And a really pretty beaded dressy purse also for $2.

Another good buy was a rowing machine that they were asking $5 for and for which I paid $3. It'll be a nice addition to my workout routine.

In previous weeks I've also found a wool and cashmere blend Jones New York double-breasted coat in primary red with black buttons for $2. I got a pair of suede Aldo winter boots for $1. A Danier leather beige suede jacket for $3. An oil burning fondue set, with oil, for a quarter. A stainless steel clothes drying rack to hang items on hangers, for $2.

There have been so many great buys recently. It's been a good season for me. I've been very lucky.

So did anyone else get out garage saling today? To the thrift store? Hold a sale of your own? Found a killer sale at a retail outlet?

I always love to hear about the treasures others have discovered as well!



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Posted: 9/28/2013 8:08:21 PM
The whole family went today and we went to this neighborhood that has a yearly sale. It's between 25-30 blocks all together. We have never managed to look at every sale.

We were there 2 hours today, but when the 3 year old asked to be picked up, we left.

I bought

*25 young adult novels for $5.00
*a vintage Lefton Holly tray for 25 cents (I have a matching bowl that was my grandmother's, so this was a nice find)
*Spode Christmas Tree S&P shakers in the box for $1.00
*60 learn to read mini books for $3.00
* a brand new flour sifter for 50 cents. Perfect timing as our old one started to rust.
*2 enamel containers in the Pfaltzgraff pattern that my MIL has for $2.00
*6 pairs of jeans and one pair of track pants for my son
*a few misc. toys for the kids as we walked around...of course, plus a few misc. snacks/drinks as well (One house apparently had a Pepperidge farm employee living there, because they were selling tons of it, all set up in the official store displays!)



But DH found the best item of the day. DH has wanted a strainer for making sauce for awhile now, but we never put it on top of the priority list. Well he found one today. It was in its box, with the instructions and all the pieces. He asked what they wanted for it, and they told him one dollar! He had no idea what they were worth, just that he wanted one, so he forked over the dollar and walked all the way back to the car so he wouldn't have to carry it around the whole time.

Here is one like it on ebay, only the one DH bought had 3 screens instead of just one. He's so darn happy with it. We'll be hitting up the farmer's market for tomatoes this week, I guarantee you.

Squeezo Strainer



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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:03:15 PM
My son found a duck tape outfit that had been made for prom and never worn. It has a jacket, pants, shirt, belt, hat, and cane. All for $5.00. He's going to wear it for Halloween.

I bought three panels of sheer curtains for a quarter each. I'm going to hang them in front of the screened areas on my screened porch to give it a soft look for Fall and Spring.

A Mary Kay consultant was getting rid of her stock and I got eye shadows for $2.00 each.

I picked up a couple of latch hook pillow kits for $.50 each. I'm putting them in my treasure chest at school.


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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:13:06 PM
Best find: I found a set of 8 new placemats (tags still attached to the placemats) for $4. Books/toys for the kids.

My friend got some cute things. Her best deal was a chair she saw at a store for $30 to go in a playroom for $5.

I had so much fun spending the day with my friend!

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:15:36 PM
I'm only looking for board books when I go to yard sales lately because my ds is very rough with them, but they are his "thing" (he has autism). I also have a basement full of crap that needs to go before I buy anything else.

Went to 1 yard sale, paid 50 cents. Went to the last of another yard sale and got a big bag of them and they said they were free. I gave them $5.00 anyway. I cannot tell you how relieved I was to find so many at once. I think they thought I was weird for insisting, whatever. I have been to many yard sales and a thrift store in my area and they are a PITA to find when I need a lot to replace the beat up ones.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:44:32 PM
Melanell you did very well! I did not know what Lefton Holly was and had to google it. It is very pretty!

I see that the strainer is already $61 on ebay with lots of time still left. So your dh got a heck of a bargain!

Bobomommy, you MUST share a photo of that suit some time, lol! Great buy on the curtains and what a wonderful idea to use them on the porch.

Amanda, it is fun to get out to sales with a friend. As long as you both aren't looking for the same things! Thankfully my friend and I have different tastes and were looking for different things, or it might have gotten ugly.

I don't think some people realize how much 'new' stuff you can find at garage sales, in unopened boxes, or with tags, etc.

IScrapCrap, I am glad that you found so many books for your ds. It was nice of you to insist on paying them something, but I have to admit I probably would have accepted the gift!

Thanks for sharing, ladies. I love hearing about what other people have been able to find. thumbup2:


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Posted: 9/28/2013 9:58:35 PM
I rented a table at a community centre toy and kids clothing sale today. As always i had way too much stuff that the table was overflowing lol!. I made about $325 after my expenses which is about my average for one of those sales. It's perfect - no advertising, my kids don't even know i'm doing it so they can't be there trying to take all their stuff back in the house......, i get my target market and it's only for 3.5 hours. It's a great way to get rid of the kids stuff!

I also had some things listed on auction sites on facebook and made almost $100.00 in pick ups from those items in the last 24 hours so i'm feeling great! And the house is looking a lot less cluttered already!

I also got a gap snowsuit for 10 bucks and a pair of skechers runners for my 3 year old for $3.00. It's been a good day!

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:14:15 PM
Mel I had been trying to get one for a decent price on ebay but kept getting outbid. I finally broke down and bought a new one with a shield.



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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:19:30 PM
I got a great deal on a new entry chandelier with shades. It's this one but the amber shades have been replaced by these.

It was 50.00. I think it needs rewiring, but other than that I'm really happy.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:32:57 PM
DD has been looking for a wagon for DGD's first birthday party but due to a very tight budget she has not been able to find one they could afford. She decided to check out a garage sale and as she was walking away noticed a red wagon on the side of their house she said is the wagon for sale? They said no we were throwing it away but if you want it you're free to take it. She could not believe her luck. So very grateful

We've never been garage salers but have decided we may just have to check them out

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:46:43 PM
I haven't had really any luck this summer. Here in Florida the season is just really starting. No one wants to go to a garage sale with 103 heat index.

My pet peeve is when people advertise HUGE yard sale, GIANT garage sale, Tons of stuff, etc. and they have 4 kids toys laying in the grass. I guess my idea of huge and their idea are two very different ones.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:48:15 PM
I haven't had really any luck this summer. Here in Florida the season is just really starting. No one wants to go to a garage sale with 103 heat index.

My pet peeve is when people advertise HUGE yard sale, GIANT garage sale, Tons of stuff, etc. and they have 4 kids toys laying in the grass. I guess my idea of huge and their idea are two very different ones.

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Posted: 9/28/2013 10:49:57 PM
I haven't had really any luck this summer. Here in Florida the season is just really starting. No one wants to go to a garage sale with 103 heat index.

My pet peeve is when people advertise HUGE yard sale, GIANT garage sale, Tons of stuff, etc. and they have 4 kids toys laying in the grass. I guess my idea of huge and their idea are two very different ones.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:28:33 AM
I bought 2 long (think 1960's) pendant lamps shades They are in my bedroom entry.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:41:50 AM
I've been searching all summer for books...to stock our Little Free Library and to donate to the other little libraries in our town. At first my limit was $.50 per book, but that quickly got reduced to a quarter a book, as I found SO MANY for 10-25 cents a piece! And these are good quality children's/young adult/grown-up books. All in extremely good, like-new condition. Many best sellers and popular authors.

It's the tail end of the yard sale season and it was raining like crazy, but I still found a few sales with books.



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At an auction last weekend, they had shelves of stuff that you could make into your own box lots. I noticed some beautiful stemware on a lower shelf. Imagine my surprise to discover it was six water glasses made by Waterford Crystal. They had the Waterford mark on the bases. I put them in a box along with two other crystal stems from an unknown maker. Only one other woman and I bid on them and I got them for $10.50 (plus buyer's premium & tax so $12.24 all together). Yay! They are gorgeous and in perfect condition.








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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:18:48 AM

I don't think some people realize how much 'new' stuff you can find at garage sales, in unopened boxes, or with tags, etc.



Definitely!

I forgot that I also bought a toy cell phone still in its packaging for DS yesterday. That was $1.00.


I have purchased Lego sets still in their packaging, unopened 3 different times. I love finds like that. They go straight into my closet for the kids for Christmas.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 10:27:48 AM

I don't think some people realize how much 'new' stuff you can find at garage sales, in unopened boxes, or with tags, etc.


So. True.

I have gotten fabulous deals at yard sales!

DS bday is next week; he'll be 13. I remembered when he was 5 and VERY into Buzz Lightyear. I found the coolest rain slicker for $1. If it wasn't new, it was very, very close. I have a scrapbook page with him grinning from ear to ear. So sweet!

I didn't go yesterday but often find amazing deals. I love the thrifts stores and garage sales. Much like Florida, our season is just starting here, too!

Lisa

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Posted: 9/29/2013 11:20:24 AM
Oh, speaking of new in package items, I forgot, I also picked up a 4 pack of dymo label refills and a box of photo squares, both NIP.

It's always nice to find new, useful things at sales.




Msbee, I'm sorry you couldn't nab a strainer on ebay. So now that you forked over the bucks for a new one, do you love it?



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Posted: 9/29/2013 11:21:13 AM

My son found a duck tape outfit that had been made for prom and never worn. It has a jacket, pants, shirt, belt, hat, and cane. All for $5.00. He's going to wear it for Halloween.


Awesome!



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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:41:01 PM
Shannigan, that's awesome! I have never made that much money holding a garage sale before. Between that and the other listings you've got a good chunk of cash. Do you have special plans for the money?

Nantini, that is a HUGE savings off of retail. Such a pretty fixture and I really love those other shades! What a statement that will make in a room once it is up.

Shecallsmenana, that is so nice about the wagon. Garage sales were a godsend for our family in the early years when we were on one income with two small children.

Ceepee, I know what you mean. I feel the same way about 'giant street sale' that turns out to be two houses, lol.

Megmc, vintage things are the best!

Katiepotatie, what a nice thing to do. I really admire that! Glad you found so many for such great prices.

Spongemom Scrappants, wow! You can't get a set of cheap glasses for that price.

Melanell, ds loves Lego and I sometimes pick up pieces or rarely a set, but I've never found anything new in box.

Gottapeanow, awww, what a lovely memory! My kids have gotten gifts over the years that came from garage sales too, and have loved them.

Thanks so much for sharing, everyone!








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Posted: 9/29/2013 12:54:04 PM
Doesitmatter, I do understand the aversion to fur. I would not go out and buy a new fur coat or support the continuing fur industry. I do have ethical issues towards that end.

I don't begrudge someone else who might enjoy new furs though (unless they are from endangered animals). I can understand why some people would be at peace with it.

For me personally, vintage furs are different. These are pieces from another era, when people had different mindsets and perspectives. They say something about our past and who we were as a society.

I do not see a point in throwing them in the landfill or leaving them to rot.

The Persian lamb coat I bought has held up for decades. I will never have to buy another winter coat made from man made materials (often in another country, at slave labour wages, or using child labour, or made of questionable materials that might not be good for the environment) because in my socio-economic bracket what I could afford would be made cheaply overseas.

I am not going to need to buy a new coat every so often, with the old one going to the landfill.

The wraps too will last me forever. And I will not have to buy something else in their stead.

The way I see it, the damage is done. I would be just as happy if no one had ever made or bought fur to wear for fashion's sake. But they did, and those furs exist. I see no point in wasting them.

I respect though that the idea of them is abhorrent to some people. And I apologize if this thread was upsetting to you or anyone else at all.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 2:55:10 PM

my kids don't even know i'm doing it so they can't be there trying to take all their stuff back in the house.



LOL!!! I hear you!



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Posted: 9/29/2013 3:18:20 PM
I have been collecting old correll dishes. We use them everday and with a extended family living in one house we need them. I got 8 of the old gold flower ones for 8.00 total. They are just like the first set of dishes that we got when we were married.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 3:30:27 PM

My pet peeve is when people advertise HUGE yard sale, GIANT garage sale, Tons of stuff, etc. and they have 4 kids toys laying in the grass. I guess my idea of huge and their idea are two very different ones.



I feel the same way about 'giant street sale' that turns out to be two houses, lol.


Around here, ads in the paper are spendy. Your basic bare-bones ad can run you $35-$40. So when I arrive at an advertised sale and they have one card table I'm always left scratching my head at why they even made the investment of the ad in the paper.

And a few weeks ago there was an ad for a "neighborhood sale" in a development with about 50 homes. Three homes had sales.




At first my limit was $.50 per book, but that quickly got reduced to a quarter a book, as I found SO MANY for 10-25 cents a piece!


I joke with my kids that I base a sale on their book prices. You can easily buy books for 25 cents or less a piece around here. So if your books are 50 cents each, I will only buy them if you have something I really want. And if you're out of touch enough to be charging $1.00 each, I figure the sale is likely be of no use to me.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 3:33:03 PM
I have no interest in furs at all. However, when it comes to vintage furs, I agree with this:




I do not see a point in throwing them in the landfill or leaving them to rot.



I don't like to see items with use or wear left in them simply thrown away. I prefer to see someone get further use out of them if possible.

If a vintage fur is being sold, I'd rather know that someone else continued to get use from it than see it tossed into the trash.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 3:38:19 PM
We had a two family garage sale last weekend. She sold baby and toddler clothes and toys and lots of big baby stuff. I sold books, adult clothing, and my boys sold a lot of their 6-10 year old toys. Alex made $70 selling a lot of Beyblades and other items. Total our family made $250 and I was happy with that.


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Posted: 9/29/2013 4:11:48 PM
I'm jealous of those who find Legos at garage sales. I've been looking for a couple of years and have not found any yet. I want them for my classroom when it's rainy and we can't go out for recess.


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What year is your Betty? I've been on the hunt for the 1964 (ish) edition for years.

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Posted: 9/29/2013 6:50:53 PM
A couple days ago, I got my thrift store 'score of the year' I think!! There's a local thrift shop about 2 blocks away from my office, so I go during lunch once or twice a week just to check and see what new inventory has been put out.

This store always has an interesting selection of scarves, which I started collecting a few months ago- a scarf tied as a neckerchief makes an easy way to jazz up a sweater or a tee-shirt, plus, I just like them. They also have a small selection of markdowns- some items get marked down first to $1.98 then eventually 99 cents, so I always check those sections, too. Then because the shoes are right by the scarves, I peruse the shoe shelves. Usually I spend only $5-10 per trip so I use cash, but last week I needed to use my credit card, because I scored big!

First I found a pair of Clarks booties (mid-high heel, brown leather), lightly worn, for $4.98. They are a bit small for me, but I'm hoping I can find a cobbler that can stretch them out a bit. For $5, I was willing to take a chance on them.

Next, I saw a men's silk pocket square that I sort of liked, but it was $4.98, so I didn't buy it (that's a bit more than I like to pay for scarves). After doing a little internet research back at work (shhh... don't tell!), I went back after work to buy it- It's a beautiful beige and blue paisley pattern, and it's a hand-rolled silk Christian Dior pocket square, perfect condition, with the Made in Portugal tag still on. I couldn't find one exactly like it online, but I'm guessing it's worth at least $50-$75 or more, so $4.98 was well worth it.

But the REAL score is this: I scored a pair of Cole-Haan Country woven leather loafers (brown woven leather), NEVER WORN, for $9.98!! NO wear on the soles or inside the shoes, at all. I was like, " " when I saw them and realized they fit me PERFECT!! I couldn't find the exact style online, but Cole-Haan loafers are regularly around $200, so woo-hoo for me on that one, for sure!!

I like 1950s-style 'classic' dressing (as evidenced by the collection of scarves and neckerchiefs), so I've also been slowly amassing a collection of cardigan sweaters.
(I have thyroid issues, so I get cold in the A/C at work really easily, and cardigan sweaters make an easy layer to put on and remove when necessary.) Yesterday afternoon, I trolled thru a Goodwill and I scored a navy blue heavy cotton cardigan- Talbots brand, perfect condition- for only $3.00! (I love finding good-quality items that are actually the right color tag to be 50% off!)

I LOVE thrifting; the thrill of the hunt- and the feeling of scoring a big find- is great!!




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Posted: 9/29/2013 7:14:04 PM
I had a garage sale a couple years ago (garage sale season is just heating up, here-- fall and spring), and it is so much work!! I have a garbage bag full of clothes that are out of style or the wrong size (too big, yay!) so I just re-donate them back to the thrift store, to sort of 'even out' my thrift store karma, as it were. I should think about it again, though...

Heartcat, you've gotten some great scores recently, with your Persian lamb coat and the fur wraps... I'm like you- if I can find something 'used' or gently-worn that's still perfectly good, I'd rather pay the money for that than something new. (plus, the pieces sometimes have tons more character and individuality.)






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Posted: 9/29/2013 8:20:19 PM

I joke with my kids that I base a sale on their book prices. You can easily buy books for 25 cents or less a piece around here. So if your books are 50 cents each, I will only buy them if you have something I really want. And if you're out of touch enough to be charging $1.00 each, I figure the sale is likely be of no use to me.



I judge by that as well. If you're above 25 cents for paperbacks/kids and 50 cents for hardcover...all your items are likely to be overpriced. I laugh silently at those asking $1, $2, $3....even $5 for books. SO many Twilight books are found for $3-5 because the teens selling them have an attachment to them. I will occasionally spend 50 cents on a book for my personal reading....but rarely. I have a huge personal stack to read from this summer's yard sales.



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Posted: 9/29/2013 11:20:47 PM
Mine was at a thrift store, not a garage sale.....

I got a pair of overalls for my 5yr old's Halloween costume, 2 pairs of jeans for my 9yr old, a pair of jeans for me, and a long sleeve tshirt for me.......all for $11.00!!!!

I don't find many clothes for my older boys anymore, especially pants, that are in great condition.

I find shirts from time to time for myself but I haven't ever found pants for me, either. Im plus size so the selection is slim (HA!) already.

That was on Friday and Im still excited! LOL!



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Posted: 10/1/2013 9:53:04 AM
A few weeks ago I got a Keurig at Goodwill for $4.00! I was ecstatic, as I have been wanting one for a long time but I couldn't see spending the money.


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Posted: 10/1/2013 10:36:07 AM

I don't find many clothes for my older boys anymore, especially pants, that are in great condition.


I've noticed that the older they get, the harder it gets to find garage sale clothing deals for them.





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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:32:20 PM
I just found a small chest of drawers with the drawers on nice heavy rollers. It was $6 I put all my cricut handbooks in the top drawer (181 of them) and the cartridges in the second drawer.........all organized and I can just pull open the drawer and get what I need. Ihave them all numbered so easy peasy.

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Posted: 10/3/2013 4:07:12 AM
Haveitall, we had those Corelle dishes when I was a teen. Glad that you found some!

Fredfreddy, wow that's great for your ds! And that's a good total for your family for items you no longer want or need. At garage sale prices that's a lot of stuff sold. Glad to know your sale was a success.

Bobomommy, that's too bad that you have been unsuccessful so far in finding any Legos. I don't see a lot offered here, most people tend to hold onto them I think, but I have managed to get quite a few boxes of assorted pieces over the years. I wish you luck and hope you come across some soon. I think it's nice that you want them for your classroom.

Crimsoncat, you managed to score some awesome buys, especially on the footwear. There is a shoe repair place in the neighbourhood, and I've often wondered whether they do much business or what someone might use them for. I had not considered something like that, stretching out a pair of really good quality shoes to make them usable. I hope you find a place in your area that can do that for you.

I had not heard of Cole Haan shoes, and googled their woven leather loafers. I LOVE that look! I would love to find something similar, they seem very versatile and look great.


so I just re-donate them back to the thrift store, to sort of 'even out' my thrift store karma, as it were


Lol, that is exactly my philosophy too!

Amanda, I am glad that you had a successful shopping trip. Our Value Village has an excellent selection of plus-sized clothing. When I was wearing those sizes I could always find great stuff. It's a very large store though and the only one in town, so they get everything from the area. It's good that you found something for yourself though.

What is your 5 year old's Hallowe'en costume going to be?

Grammanisi, wow I can't believe you scored a Keurig for that price!

Paperkrafter4life, I picked up a small older dresser like that one time, though not for such a great bargain as you got. They are very sturdy and well made. It sounds perfect for your use! I painted mine for my dd's bedroom when she was a baby, and just recently moved it to the living room as a lamp table and to hold my camera lenses and some miscellaneous things.

I am glad to read of everyone's finds and sales. Thanks!

It looks like it is supposed to rain here this weekend, so probably no sales for. Good luck to everyone else who manages to get out though.


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Posted: 10/3/2013 6:51:48 AM
Can I ask how you find the garage sales and thrift stores? I'm finding myself with some time on my hands this fall. I've been shopping ebay and made some really nice finds. I discovered that I can afford the Eileen Fisher and Not Your Daughter's Jeans, which I would never pay full price for. But a pair of $130 jeans for $20 seems like a deal to me

I think I've gotten the bug, and I don't know where to start shopping in real life (not online.)

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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:21:40 PM
You can probably google thrift stores in your town/city.

For garage sales, I check listings on kijiji (like craigslist, if someone does not have a local board), or the on line classified section of our local newspaper. I also signed up for notifications from gslr.ca (in Canada) where you can punch in what areas you want to search and they will send you emails for sales listings in that area. They send me daily updates.

There are lots of sales that aren't listed as well, I find. We'll start in one area, going off of ones I've found in those places, and then there are almost always other signs up. It helps to have a map book with you, as many people rather than using arrows (which are best) just write down their street names. You have to watch the dates on signs though, lots of people leave up old signs.

If you are looking for specific items like the jeans, kijiji is also often a good source. The prices are generally higher than garage sale pricing (but not always). But you can locate what you want, in your size and save a lot of driving around if you don't particularly love just garage saling in general.

I have purchased things from our local kijiji as well.

Good luck in your search!





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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:25:12 PM
Facebook has a garage sale section. And Goodwill has a "find Goodwill" app for your phone.


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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:33:02 PM
I check newspapers, craigslist, and a few online bulletin boards for the area.

Plus, the vast majority of sales here are on Saturdays. So I keep my eyes open for flyers at the grocery store, post office, or library bulletin boards and sign around town on the Thurs. & Fri. of each week.

This weekend I have 2 rummage sales & a book sale to hit tomorrow. Then I found 4 advertised sales for Sat. online at our local paper's web site.

And Monday I'll go back to the booksale for the "bag Day".



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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:48:23 PM

I judge by that as well. If you're above 25 cents for paperbacks/kids and 50 cents for hardcover...all your items are likely to be overpriced. I laugh silently at those asking $1, $2, $3....even $5 for books.


Now see, I lived in an area where people were perceived to be wealthy (we are far from it), and when we had our neighborhood sale, I threw two or three large boxes of books in my sale at the last minute. I priced them at .50 for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers, and they were all in like -new condition. They sold like hotcakes! Twilight books, Diana Gabaldon, Christian fiction...loads were sold.

I also had tons of kids clothes and all were
marked .25 to 1.00. My prices were good, not out of line, so your statement kind of shocks me!

I haven't hit any garage sales this year, but I'm jealous of the steaks you all have gotten. Grammanisi, that Keurig buy is unbelievable!!!


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Posted: 10/3/2013 7:54:26 PM

I also had tons of kids clothes and all were
marked .25 to 1.00. My prices were good, not out of line, so your statement kind of shocks me!


Everywhere is different, but as a seller or buyer at garage sales, it pays to know the going rate in the area.


So when I see people selling kid books for $1.00 a book, I know they are out of touch with garage sale pricing for my area.

They might be right on track for someplace else, but unfortunately they are not selling "someplace else", they're selling here.



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Posted: 10/3/2013 8:00:57 PM
Melanell, I didn't sell any kids' books at all. I sold clothes for that price, is what I said.

Not that it matters, I just wanted to clarify.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 1:02:22 PM
Heartcat===========I too want to paint the chest of drawers I got of course hubby pooo pooed the idea, but think I will anyway. I want to upstyle the color it is a blonde woodgrain, yuck...............not up to date IMO.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 1:07:05 PM

Now see, I lived in an area where people were perceived to be wealthy (we are far from it), and when we had our neighborhood sale, I threw two or three large boxes of books in my sale at the last minute. I priced them at .50 for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers, and they were all in like -new condition. They sold like hotcakes! Twilight books, Diana Gabaldon, Christian fiction...loads were sold.



Yes, that is the price I usually see for used books and I am VERY happy to pay that price. Yard sales are a ton of work. I understand people want real bargains when they go, but come on, let's be reasonable. The price of new books in a store now is crazy. .50 and $1 is a huge savings.

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Posted: 10/5/2013 2:26:43 PM

Melanell, I didn't sell any kids' books at all. I sold clothes for that price, is what I said.

Not that it matters, I just wanted to clarify.


You're right. Sorry about that. Those prices are right in line for clothing prices around here. And your book prices are what I would expect to pay for adult books around here. But people tend to sell children's book for less than adult books here.

I just bought 12 kid books for $3.00 today.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 2:34:13 PM

I understand people want real bargains when they go, but come on, let's be reasonable. The price of new books in a store now is crazy. .50 and $1 is a huge savings.


It absolutely is! I absolutely agree.

But today for instance, I saw kids books (which is what I was originally talking about) at 6 different sales. One of them had each book marked with a sticker (which I already don't love, but it's better than the time someone wrote the prices on the covers in sharpie marker!! ) and the prices were 50 cents to 1.00. I didn't buy any.

If I was only comparing those prices to new books, I'd be thrilled with them. But I'm comparing to them to other sales in my area. And just 2 tables down (It was a multi-family sale), is where I bought nicer books, without price stickers, for a quarter each.

I did go to a book sale at a library yesterday, and I know ahead of time that they charge 50 cents per kid book and 1.00 per adult book. So when I go there, I buy only books that we really want.

Next week is another library sale and they sell their books 1.00 for adult books and 25 cents for kids books. I'll buy tons of books there.



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Posted: 10/5/2013 2:36:32 PM
Oh, and I'm on a Lefton roll it seems. I purchased a Lefton Holly 2 tier tidbit tray at a rummage sale yesterday, with its orig. box, for $4.00. They had other pieces, but they were all chipped. The 2 tier tray was perfect, though.


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