Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Secondhand Scores #7

When I was a kid my parents went to garage sales all the time.  I admit I was totally embarrassed by it.  I never really bothered going regularly until after I had my son.  I realized I could get clothes and toys and things for him for pennies on the dollar and that is when my love for secondhand was born.

Garage sales are my favorite but I also go to flea markets, thrift stores and auctions.  I am always on the hunt for furniture to paint, stuff for myself, my house, my kids and unique items that I could put to future use.  I love the thrill of finding something that was once very expensive for as little money as possible.

In this series, I will share my scores to show you how much you could get for your hard earned money.  Some days I hit jackpots, some days I get nothing, but I always have fun.


This weekend, a nearby neighborhood held their community garage sale.  There were SO many sales, almost too many!  They were from one end of the town to the other.  

At one of the first sales I went to I scored this:

A box load of HUGE burlap sacks!  There are at least 15 sacks with graphics on BOTH sides!  There were another five bags with nothing on them.  I got them all for $20!  Now this is only a deal if I can figure out what I am going to do with them, but I knew if I didn't get them I would regret it.  My first thoughts are curtains, pillow covers and upholstery--after I figure the best way to wash them!  Suggestions are welcome!

Even though there were so many sales, I didn't get much else.  I picked up that little stool on my own block for free at the end of someone's driveway.  I got the set of steak knives for $1 and a kerosene heater for my father for $15.

Linking to:
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The Shabby Nest  
Finding Fabulous
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  1. WOW! What a score on the burlap bags I love them!!!! I will buy any of them that you don't use :)

  2. Especially great find of the burlap amazing bags!

  3. Awesome bags! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  4. What a score on the burlap sacks! I would have never thought you would find that at a yard sale! - Susan

  5. Jackpot! The burlap bags are great find. You'll find something wonderful to do with them.

  6. Jealous of the burlap bags! Lucky you! Can't wait to see what you create with them.

  7. Steak Knives ! What's for dinner ?

  8. Hello Susan
    I'm visiting from I Gotta Create hop. Awesome burlap bags, what a find. I love yard sales. We enjoy recycling somebody's old stuff into something better and new. I'm a basket junkie and yard sales are my best find spots. I buy them by the trunk loads and with paint, ribbons etc I have great decorations or gift baskets. Sorry, I'm rambling. I've enjoyed your blog and I'm your newest follower. Hope you will visit me and hopefully want to follow my blog also.
    Angel @

  9. Great finds!!! Love for you to share them at my new "Share your deals" blog party!!!
    Those burlap sacks are amaz!!

    1. Thank you so much for joining my party!! I was so excited to see you linked up!!!

  10. Love those burlap sacks. I think that little stool would be so cute painted and then covered with one of the sacks.

  11. My wheels are turning on all the things I would do with those burlap bags. Upholstered chairs would be really cool. Or a floor poof! I would love if you would link up to my "Go Get Your Garage Sale On Linky Party"!

  12. wow, looks like you really struck pay dirt getting all those incredible sacks. I am green with envy. It'll be fun seeing what you make with those sacks. Better keep us all informed.
    Love name of your blog, so cute and sweet. I agree with other commentor, cover stool with one of the sacks.
    About washing them. I washed one I found, only on cold for a very short cycle, do not put them in the dryer. Don't wash too many at once, maybe 3 or 4 at most. You could let them sit in washer for about 10 minutes to soak if they're really dirty. then turn washer back on. Just be really careful not to twist them out of shape. I used Dawn to wash them, just a little as it will suds up like crazy in the washer.

  13. LOVE those neat bags!!!


  14. Can't wait to see what you do with them, I'm sure it will be GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  15. Awesome finds! Those bags are fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! We love having you party with us! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  16. The bags are great. When I went to the worlds longest yard sale a guy was selling potato sacks and I only bought two. What was I thinking. I haven't used them because since I only have two I hold onto them for the "perfect" thing, never wanting to use them up. At least with a whole load of them you won't have that problem. Hope you dig in and enjoy creating some fun things with them.

  17. Those sacks are totally fabulous!! So jealous. I have used burlap rice bags as pillows at our place:)

  18. Can't wait to see what you do with the sacks. I have one I've been holding on to for years. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  19. Ooooh, so fun. I LOVE yard sales. I'm currently banned from them as we're moving in 11 days... Can't wait to get back on the hunt.


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