Sunday, July 17, 2011

Garage Sale Stories Week #2

Hard to believe a week has flown by!  
We've been finishing up this round of swim lessons and I've had a sick little boy.  I got off to a late start on Saturday and managed to find some great things for Lauren.

There was a huge community sale in the parking lot of a local grocery store.  Some booths were great and their items were priced really well.  Some thought they were actual retail shops and were looking for full price on their items.  I've never understood how people can ask $5-10 for a shirt that they are selling in their front yard? 

The green dress was the most expensive at $4 but I got all the rest at $2 each.  They are all in like new condition and LuLu LOVES her dresses so I was pleased about that.  I've washed them and put them into a bin downstairs so they are ready to go for next summer!

 I paid .50 cents and $1.00 for these items.  Just cute little t-shirts and play clothes.  The little pink corduroy jacket looks adorable on her so we'll keep that out for preschool this fall.
 Doc Martens in like new condition - $2.00!  I'll sell these on ebay.
Same with these Dansko shoes I picked up for .50 cents.  

I actually got to go by myself this week!  What a treat!   When I do that I try not to be gone too long so Dan isn't grumpy trying to get things done with the kids.  I really wasn't in a super shopping mood anyhow so I only hit 10-15 sales and I was done.  But I think I did pretty well for my time out!

Did you find anything fun this week?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Garage Sale Stories Week #1

I'm going to start a little weekly series called Garage Sale Stories...because you know how much I love garage sales and I meet the weirdest people out doing it. (Not sure what that says about me?)  Hmmmm.

I love talking about the deals I get! 

I was exhausted Saturday morning and debated going at all (gasp!) when I realized that Dan would be at Scout Camp with Graham.  This meant I was heading out with both Greg and Lauren.  Greg is a yard sale ninja...he is quiet and quick then goes in for the kill.  Lauren yells at me across the lawns and driveways holding every piece of junk up asking me to buy it for her. 

We did okay - got the scouts off at 7:30 and we were on the road with our map.  Greg, once again, hit the JACKPOT!
 I didn't give him a dime.  He bought the Bionicles for $5.00, scored a tin full of 75 rare Pokemon for $1.00 (and they threw in the sticker books!) K'Nex Motercycle for $3.00 New in Box, a Lego puzzle for .25 cents, and night vision goggles that work awesome (we all tried them out in the basement last night) for .50 cents. 

 I did not fare as well since I was trying to keep LuLu away from everything.  I did manage to find her a pair of jeans, three dresses (2 are Gap so great for resale) and a TCP raincoat for $1.00 each.
 Another pair of jeans, Gymboree sweater, and Gap khaki skirt. $1.00 each
The clothes were marked $2-3 each - but the husband of the husband/wife team got left outside with the baby while she went in to take a phone call.  You could tell he was irritated and so I made my move.  Cash in hand, offer ready. 
Worked like a charm!
I did score a J.Crew pullover jacket and this HRC Los Angeles jacket for $1.00 each that I will list on ebay.   We didn't even make it until 9 a.m. when LuLu was crying/begging to go home.  

So it's still fun to take the kids now and then, I especially love that Greg is really learning that not everything needs to be brand new and full price!

Did you find any great deals this weekend?