Thursday, May 28, 2009

Garage Sale Fun


Head over to Homebody Holly's to see what others thrifty deals have been found this week.

As I mentioned in my weekend recap post, I did a bit of garage saleing on Saturday morning. I went with a whole slew of my in-laws, I think there were more than 15 of us at one point.

The morning started off pretty well. SIL #1 was got a bag of gender-neutral infant clothes for $5 for the baby that is on the way. The clothes were all in great shape and some looked like they had never even been worn.

At the second sale we went to, I picked up these Brandy glasses, which I will use for desserts and parfaits and a microwave popcorn maker that I had been contemplating purchasing at Walmart for quite some time. My total here was $5. Not the greatest deal but still good considering I would have paid $15 for the popcorn maker alone at Walmart.

We stopped at a few other sales, some were okay, so not so much. But then, we saw a sign pointing down to an area on the water where lots of people have cottages. We followed the sign and drove, and drove, and drove, and drove. We began to wonder if they were trying to lure us into some sort of trap.

Eventually, we made our way to the sale that was located at a little cottage on the water. When we got out of our car, we saw boxes and boxes covering the ground all around the cottage. My first impression was that this garage sale was not very organized. Well, organized or not, it was a sweet sale. We discovered that the previous owner of the cottage had passed away and so they were selling many of her things (I am not sure if the seller's were her children/family or the new owners of the cottage). Apparently, the previous owner was a bit of a shop-a-holic, as was evidenced by the possessions. Most boxes were filled with unopened and unused items. AND, they were practically GIVING this stuff away. Most boxes were labeled 10 cents each, but some things didn't even have a price. What we discovered was that we could pretty much fill our arms, bags, boxes, what have you, and they would either say $2 or $3. Here's what I scored at this garage sale....

Two country fair drinking jars (I collect Roosters)

Two old lanterns. My plan here is to clean them up and possibly spray paint them. I have an idea for a decorating scheme I want to incorporate into our home and these will fit perfectly.Christmas Loot. If you can't tell all of this is unopened. There is a cookie recipe book, a package of cookie cutters, two packages of candy cups, a package of Christmas cards, Snowman element covers, Jell-o mould, self-adhesive decorations (perfect for cards, scrapbooking and adding an extra something to gift tags), and a Penguin decoration.

8 mini storage containers (unopened). These are the perfect size for granola, trail mix and even craft supplies such as beads, brads and other embellishments

A Tupperware patty press. This might have been my most exciting find of the day. Last week when I was making my Greek feta burgers, I was wishing for one of these. My mom had one when I was growing up and it is really quite handy when making homemade burgers. It makes them the right shape and size and even comes with storage containers to keep them in. When the FD's uncle found this and asked if anyone wanted it, I leaped at him like a rapid squirrel and got it before anyone else could. Trust me, we were vicious at this sale. FD's 5 year old cousin was diving into all the boxes, holding up items and yelling, "Mom, do you need this?" Classic....Lastly, I got these bread baking supplies. First up, a set of 5 disposable mini loaf pans, perfect for gifts. Those mini pans are sitting inside a regular sized loaf pan, that is clearly brand new. And the best deal of the day - two sets of miniature locking loaf pans. Each of these pans have 4 little loaf pans and they are all connected for easy storage (should I be on infomercials or what?). Both of these are brand new and still had the price tags on them. 16.99 each!

And I got all this for a total of ..... wait for it ....

$2.25!!

So, my grand total for the day was 7.25. I'd say it was a pretty good haul, especially considering those linked loaf pans which are worth more than $30 alone! If I had kids, my haul would have been even better because there were a couple really great sales selling tons of baby clothes, blankets and other items as well as toys and books. But, I guess you have to stop somewhere, right?

13 comments:

Holly said...

Holy cow! You're not kidding, they gave you that stuff!
I wish I could find a sale at a cottage on the water, just for the atmosphere of it.

Brittany Ann said...

WOw! What steals! Good finds!

Sassenachs in Scotland said...

oooooooo I LOVE those lanterns!

~Caro~ said...

WHOA!!!! total score!!! How cool!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

I love those glasses! =) Looks fun!

We went garage saleing on Saturday too! It's always so much fun! *grin*

Kali said...

Wow! You got an amazing deal! I'm jealous.

Snow White said...

Nice job! Can't wait to see what you're going to do with the lanterns :) And, I am jealous you have a hamburger patty maker -- I grew up using one of those things!

We have a garage sale "land" back home ... an upscale neighborhood holds garage sales on the same days -- they even have street vendors -- and practically give things, really nice things, away :)

Snow White said...

oh - ps... we have a popcorn maker like that too... so nice!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi there,
I just wanted to say thank you so much for not only visiting, but following me. Deep breaths.... ;)
You're sure no cops came a knocking on your door after that sale? You got some great deals!
I'm off to explore your blog!
*Tricia

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Wow!!! You spent soooo little and walked away with so much! I'm incredibly impressed!!!! Those baking pans....gosh!! I have a list of things that I am on the hunt for at thrift stores/yard sales and lanterns are on that list. I'm so insanely jealous! In the nicest way possible. :) Good scores girl!

Tereasa said...

I'm sorry, but the hamburger patty whatever is hilarious!!

Denise K. said...

Oh my goodness...you made out all right!!! What awesome finds! I thought of my situation coming up next week and having a big estate sale with practically new and unused things. My mom was a huge crafty person so there are oodles of things I can't use but someone can...so wish you could come to our sale! ;-) So glad you had a fun outing! Happy Thursday!

Southern Pathways said...

wow. you found some great stuff! I haven't been to a yard sale in forever. Love the Lanterns! =)