June 14, 2010

Garage Sale Jackpot!

I am definitely not a morning person and I love to sleep in late on the weekends, heck, I sleep in pretty late on the weekdays too! But there is one thing that will get me up early on a Saturday morning, garage sales! I can't help it, I love going to yard sales. I think it's the thrill of the hunt, combined with great bargains, that have me itching to go to garage sales every Saturday morning.

Recently, there were a few neighborhood wide yard sales held in my area and boy did I find the mother-load of all yard sales! I went to the garage sales with my sister, a fellow garage sale enthusiast, and we made out like bandits! We got so much stuff, that I'm actually even a little embarrassed to show off the following photos. Check out my car at the end of the day, packed to the absolute brim!

At least I was right when I insisted that my husband and I buy an SUV as our next car. I folded the backseats down and packed the entire car!

But the best part of all, was that we only spent about $16 on this entire carload of stuff! Believe it or not, but I bought an all wood end table for $10, a tray table for $4, and two other small items for $1 each (in all my excitement I can't even remember what those items were), and the rest of the stuff was FREE! My favorite four letter word!

I'll have more photos to share later, but here's a preview of the great tray table I found:

We really struck gold with our findings from this day! In one neighborhood, we met a woman who was ready to pack up shop and take all her stuff inside, but had to get rid of a large indoor plant, complete with nice pot, because her dog kept eating it. Since it was the end of the day and she needed to get rid of it she gave it to me for free!

My sister and I were about to head home after this, but decided to stop at just one more sale. Turns out the garage sale was already over, but the owner didn't want to hassle with the stuff that didn't sell and gave it all away for free! That's where my sister snagged a set of 6 tray tables (perfect for parties), picture frames, and candles amongst other small items all for free. I made off with some books, brass candle holders (that I'm planning a diy project with), a brand new makeup train case, and a ton of Christmas decorations! At first I felt bad about taking all this stuff for free, but the owner really didn't want it and would rather give it away for free than hassle with getting rid of the rest of it. Talk about hitting the jackpot! I think we can both say this day was our best garage sale finds ever.

What's your best garage sale find?

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Grannys Attic said...

Girl you and your sister did hit the jackpot! Love it when its free and don't feel bad about taking all that stuff, I am sure you did that lady a big favor! Blessings, Vicky

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful thrifty finds and a very smart idea buying that SUV!:-)

Vanessa said...

So many beautiful free things! Thanks for the break down, it inspires me to stay on the prowl for cheap- and free - goods! Cute blog, I'll be sure to follow!

Kristen said...

You did good! I love it when "free" happens!! How fun!

Anonymous said...

Those thrifting gogs smiled on you this weekend. I don't feel guilty about free things at yard sales. Many times people will toss them rather than even donate them, and I am finding thrift stores toss almost as much as hits the floor.
Much better things go to someone who appreciated tham.
I look forward to more posts.

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

Looks like a greal haul!