Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Secondhand Scores #22

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 scored lots of little things that make me happy this week!
In the housewares department I got:
  • Two tier lazy Susan for $.50
  • Brand new funbites for $3
  • Brand new adjustable bakeware organizer bargained down from $4 to $3
  • A bunch of towels and rags I use when I am painting for $2.50
  • Scrabble for $1.  I have been searching all summer for the Scrabble so I can make the cutting board iPad stand.  I got the cutting board for free at the beginning of the summer.
  • The Applique creation kit for $1.
  • Five potion bottles for $2.  I am going to add Halloween labels to them--something like these.
  • A solid brass buck for--get this--$.25!  I practically pushed someone out of the way the minute I saw it!  And that was before I knew it was $.25!
    • It looks really big in the picture, but it is only about 3" tall.
  • I picked up these four stools curbside on Sunday night.  

Finally, I upgraded a few cork boards that I have been picking up here and there.  
  • For the one on the left I used a sack I got a few months ago. 
  • For the one on the right I used plain burlap and stenciled it.
  • For this board, I wove the burlap like this.


  1. See? Like all of us, you are becoming your parents. lol Great finds!

  2. love the bottles and the buck!!! .25 what!?!?!?

  3. Awesome deals!!! I was looking at that pan holder for $20 at Michaels just last week!

    Are you going to burlap the stools?

  4. We love what you have done. Please come share it with us at Craft Frenzy Friday! The party starts Thursday to 7pm cst. I won't be a party without you!

  5. Jealous of your find on those stools! And what a fab idea for that corkboard! I have some burlap coffee sacks with great logos that would be perfect for the project!!

  6. Oooh! I love garage saling! Love all your new finds and I love what you've done with the bulletin boards!


  7. Great finds ! Love that deer brass...what a deal $.25 !

    Have a great weekend !

  8. There you go again !! You should open up a boutique !!!

  9. Love the bulletin boards but I would watch out on using the fertilizer bags.
    Some fertilizer can be a health risk -- especially if the stuff is old.

  10. Those old bottles are the neatest! And I love the fun projects you've worked on. My kids always hated for me to stop at garage sales, too! lol But that's where I found a lot of their toys and sports equipment! Hugs!

  11. You and I would have so much fun thrifting together - or maybe not!
    We'd be competing.

    Love your list of thrifty parties. Do you know about Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove? (blogspot)

    You would enjoy the Halloween apothecary display at Victorian Station. (another blog)
    I am posting the link later today.

  12. Stools rule, a buck for less than a buck - just luck, and those message boards are seriously cute. But what are funbites?

  13. I was shopping curbside Sat morning:) Love your woven burlap! Pinned. I posted Halloween banner to Fluster.

  14. One of these days I will have some time to scour garage sales and curbsides. I just cant seem to make it work while working full time. poo. You're certainly an inspiration!

  15. Amazing finds. Great job. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Great finds! Love the makeover on the cork boards!! Thanks for sharing your great thrifty finds at TTF!

  17. Fun finds. I love the bottles. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x


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