Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Secondhand Scores #19

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.


I actually didn't have any secondhand scores to share this week until last night.  I was driving home and passed a consignment/thrift store and they had this in their parking lot!
Even though I had my misadventure with the wheelbarrow the other week, I really don't have much shame when it comes to free furniture.  Especially when it was very clearly marked with FREE signs.

And to prove my point (that I have no shame), there were two men across the street looking at the stuff when I pulled in the parking lot.  I quickly snapped some pictures and that's when they started to heckle me.

They said--that's right, sell it on ebay!  And--we were just going to fix the signs to say $10 each payable to us!  Did I care?  Heck no!  I told them free is my favorite four letter word and that this stuff was awesome.

I grabbed the best things out of the pile and started to cram them into my husband's car.  Of course I had to have my husband's car when I hit a jackpot of free stuff!  You know, the whole square peg fitting into a circle problem. 
I was able to fit three wood(ish) tables, a metal/glass table and the chair.  I didn't take the other chair in the top photo because I didn't know how to do that kind of reupholster job.  The rest were all press board type storage items.  I probably would have taken the shelf, but I had no more room.

One of the hecklers, after seeing me load all this stuff up, said--that stuff is starting to look a lot better to me now!  I was thinking--you snooze you lose--but who was I to rub it in?

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  1. WHAT?! You are lucky because I have never had a secondhand score like this! It's usually... "oh look, a bag of LEGO".

    I love the end table on the top left... it would fit in perfectly with my shabby chic '60s living room furniture.

    I can only imagine what you will do with these lovely pieces.

    Wishing you an amazing day.

  2. WOW - wish I could land a find like THAT!!

  3. What an amazing find, I wish I could come across such an incredible find.


    Creative Raisins

  4. Lucky duck! Why can't I ever run into the free stuff! Lol. Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    1. Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

  5. Nice Finds Susan! can't wait to see what you do to them!

  6. You are so lucky!!! I can't wait to see what you do with it all....

  7. I can't believe those men would actually stand there an heckle you. Some people! Anyway, you will have the last laugh because I know you will turn them into beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  8. SCORE!! =) Great finds! Thanks for linking up with us at the Pinterest Power Party!


  9. Good for you for taking the chance to grab what you could. I'm like that but my hubs always tells me I don't want that stuff, where will you put it. I missed out on an awesome vintage buffet listening to him at Habitat and I'm still mad at myself. Would have been so cute in kitchen (take out a cupboard) for $45. Yeah for once I had that much to spend. Groan.
    Things are very expensive here (Grand Junction, CO)even at thrift stores, prices are exorbitant. I miss the great shopping and finds in KY where we used to live. Happy daze

  10. Nice score!!When our neighbors moved out across the street, we scored nearly a houseful of furniture because they were moving to a much smaller place. I can't believe a thrift store was giving stuff away - good job! My husband used to be just like the men who would heckle me if I insisted he stop for curbside finds - until we found a perfectly good vanity and stool. Once we brought it home I looked it up and new, it sold for $250. He sold it first thing the next weekend at the fleamarket for $60.......Now he stops too!

  11. Jackpot! I'm a little jealous :)

  12. Hi Susan, great job, LOL I wish I had a vehicle so that I could do it too. I just have a little shopping buggy but it's amazing what I can put in that!! I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  13. You ought to carry around a photo album of all your creative reburfishings, just to show the peanut gallery the magic you can do with this stuff.

  14. Wow, none of my secondhand finds are nearly this good!

  15. That was free?!? I'm so envious! Those tables are to die for! Great job finding them and snatching them up!

    Cathey with an E

  16. Great finds! Looking forward to the reveals when you get a chance.

  17. I just love a free find! You hit the jack pot here!

  18. I'm right there with you girl. enJOY your new finds.

  19. Great freebies! And you're totally right, nothing is better than free! Screw those guys! : )

  20. Good stuff, it is going to look great after you work on it. Looks pretty good as is actually.

  21. Yes to free stuff and a big YES to free cool stuff! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  22. oh man, that's awesome! that bamboo glass table and that mid mod one are my faves!

  23. Oh, gosh, I've never seen such great FREE stuff...awesome...and good for you. :)
    Over from Eliz&Co

  24. Oh, and I am about to follow you. :)

  25. Wow! You really hit the jackpot on FREE Stuff!! My husband and I love getting free furniture on the side of the road and make it into something new, but we've never come across a pile like this. Awesome! =)

  26. I am so jealous, I mean you can paint a lot of those shabby chic and then bam sell them for some good $$! Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)

  27. You are going to be busy with those new treasures. Enjoy.

  28. I just discovered your blog and have really enjoyed looking through your Secondhand Scores! You're a girl after my own heart! :) I'm totally drooling over the mid-century style table with 2 drawers and legs- Love it!!

  29. I'd totally grab everything that'd fit too! Especially the table on the top left and the glass table. Good finds!

  30. What a score!! Just wanted to let you know that you were featured at Give Me the Goods Monday. I look forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  31. I've never lucked into this much free stuff! But i sure do get excited when i find anything i can manage to stuff in my little grand am(even more challenging when i have my kids with me! Lol) What's even better is when i have to call my friends to see who can go and pick up the free stuff on the side of the road for me! Thank goodness my friends like what we do (and have bigger vehicles!). What a bunch of great finds. :)

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