Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Secondhand Scores #8

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.


Even though I planned to go to garage sales on Saturday, the flea market and a furniture auction on Sunday, I felt the need to stop by the Salvation Army Friday morning.
I am so happy I did because look what I scored for $14.99 for the pair--which is cheap for this store.  The paint on the tops is peeling off and I think that is why they were priced so low and still available (the matching dressers were marked sold).  I already sanded them off to be stained!

I scored all this between Saturday garage sales and the Sunday flea market.
The group of handles were $1 total.
The sand paper was $1 per pack.
The ceiling lamp was $2.
The pie plate and egg slicer were $1 each.
The little plates were $1.50 total.
The glass vase and wooden spatula were $.25 each.

Saturday I found these two tables at the curb of a neighbor's house.  They are press board, but I thought since they were free I didn't need to be so picky.  I can see these painted and distressed.  I am also going to try to decoupage fabric or paper on the tops since they are damaged.  I haven't done this before and I think it would be best to experiment on free stuff.

Finally on Sunday afternoon there was the bi-monthly furniture auction that I love to go to.  Even though there was a lot of pieces being auctioned off, I didn't get anything.  

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  1. I adore the matching night stands! Cool find! x

  2. I cannot even believe you got those two night stands for $14.99! What a steal!!!! And the two end-tables for free! Great projects ahead for you. Do you have a booth where you sell or do you just list your stuff on Craigs List?

  3. Way to go and great scores. Our Goodwill here those two pieces would have been priced separately at no less than $45 - $50.00 each and I live in the hills of Tennessee. I am green with envy but so glad for you as it's so hard to make any money and you will definitely make money on these beauties. Can't wait to see what you do with the curbside freebies. It's great when you can experiment on something FREE, best way to go.


  4. Did you add these to your assembly line? Thank you for sharing on Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Fluster Buster

  5. What fun finds! I love the tables that you scored for free! Lots of detail!

  6. $15 for the pair to tables??!!! That is an amazing score! GO YOU! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  7. A few years ago, I scored a couple of side tables similar to the French ones. I painted them black and they are still in use. I love finding stuff like this. Found you through the I Should Be Mopping hop

  8. Great finds!! Can't wait to see there transformation.

  9. Love those first two side tables! Great score there! I find that our Salvation Army is a great place to look for furniture, too. Goodwill seems to only have a small amount of furniture, so when I'm on the hunt I usually hit SA, too.

  10. the nightstands are just beautiful - what a find - and so cheap!
    can't wait to see what you do with them
    cheers Fiona

  11. Great deals! Love the freebies too!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. Good Afternoon Susan, My word, you certainly got value for money with the two bedside tables, they have a french look to them.
    Oh and I love your egg slicer.....I wrote a piece asking if these little egg slicers were still available as my Grandmother, Ivy used to use one, and blow me down, you found one.
    Susan, I have enjoyed visiting you, so I have become a new follower.
    I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! I look forward to seeing you there.
    Best Wishes

  13. They would never have been priced that low at our local Salvation Army. so happy for you that you got a fair price on them!

  14. Furniture makeovers are definitely your forte! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  15. Great finds! Can't wait to get to some yard sales and auctions this spring. x

  16. You did good! It is getting harder to find "good deals" at our Salvation Army and Good Will stores these days!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll pop over to share at this weeks party...


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