Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Secondhand Scores #25

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.



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I spent a few hours at an auction last Sunday. I specifically went to the furniture part of it, but after that was done they did a few tables of "smalls" so I scored some extra items.
This auction is relatively small, but they organize it so the better selling items do get auctioned off first and the mismatched one-offs go at the end.  This is when I find my treasures. I got both tables for $1 each.

In the smalls, I got:
  • Stainless steel garbage can for $8
  • A super awesome cuckoo clock for $6
    • Turns out it is missing a few parts though
  • The two mason jars for $1 for both
These last things were from some random garage sales at the very end of the season last year.
  • Deer paint by number was $.25
  • Bottle lamp base was $.75
  • Sports theme table was $1
Can't wait for garage sale season to start!

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15 comments:

  1. I wonder if the cuckoo is originally from Germany? A lot of soldiers bring them home as gifts but they are still very expensive. You could pay anywhere from $200 to thousands of dollars. This is even a score for the cheapest of cuckoo clocks. good for you!

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  2. I think you should mail that cuckoo clock to me immediately lol - I want it badly !!!
    Great finds - incredible prices - I'm a little jealous !
    XOXO

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  3. I'm looking forward to yard sale season here in the Northern Virginia area! A few hardy souls did have their sales last weekend when we had a couple of nicer days--no snow. Your $1 tables are a sensational buy! Love the bottle lamp, too.

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  4. Can't wait to see what you score at your garage sales too. Love seeing Sunflower Hugs in my emails....

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  5. May I ask what auction you went to? Where it is located?

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    1. I'm also wondering where it is that you consign your finished pieces?

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    2. Susan, my email is hah50@hotmail.com

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  6. What amazing deals. Like everyone else I love that Cuckoo clock! Thanks for sharing your amazing deals with us at our Round Up. Have a great week.
    ~Jenn
    housewivesofriverton.com

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  7. love all the finds gives me inspiration and ideas for my own thrifting thanks for sharing following on bloglovin from create it thursday

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  8. great job one of favorite things to do is to thrift
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  9. Great finds. Love to see how you paint the tables. I love the bottle lamp!! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  10. Great thrifted treasures Susan! I featured this post today at TTG FB page. https://www.facebook.com/thethriftygroove

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  11. Insanely jealous of your clock! Even though it's missing parts it's still a great statement piece. Hubs and I bought a very small one in Salzburg, Austria for $250. We are total suckers but the quaint shop on a cobblestone street with the owner dressed in traditional attire sucked us in. I'd love to have more of them, but in the $6 price range!

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  12. We are the trader of second hand office furniture London . We have a great range of office desks, corner workstations and straight desks. I am sure you will find a perfect piece which fits your needs.

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