Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Secondhand Scores #10

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.


Oh my goodness there were so many sales on Saturday.  Three different town-wide sales.  Look at this listing of sales...
This was for just ONE town!  There was no way to get to them all, but I sure tried! 

I picked up this desk from the first sale I went to.  It was $5 and I paid $3.  When I got it home I noticed it was in worse condition than I originally thought and will probably need more fixing than it was worth.  Note to self--do a better job inspecting!

I scored the Rubbermaid containers for $.25 each, the glasses cleaner for $.25, the food processor for $1 (I hope it works!) and bargained down the tiny crock pot warmer to $2.

And that was it!!!  I am happy with what I got and what I spent ($7 total).  Even though there were so many sales and tons of things to choose from at great prices, they were things I just didn't need or want.  

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  1. Good Evening Susan, I am always amazed at the things people sell. Like you I am a thrifter, I love finding items for my home and do you know, my friends never know they are from a car boot sale. I have a very eclectic taste, which fits perfectly with car boot sales. In fact I am visiting one on Saturday in aid of a local hospice and I cannot wait to see what I will find.
    Your finds are at such an amazing price.
    Best Wishes

  2. I love looking at what you score! I marvel at the desk price...I can't touch furniture in my area, no matter what condition, for less than $20. Good finds and good bargains are slim picking, no pun intended! Can't wait to see what you do with this desk!

    Sherrie, A Fan!

  3. Great find on the desk. If its too much work to repair, tear it apart and use as parts. For example, I did something similar and used the drawers painted and papered in my pantry. One holds spices savory, one spices/flavorings sweet or for baking, one for rices, one for beans, and so on. The desk top was flipped over, sanded, painted and used on top of a metal stand I had. Now it stands in my mudroom/service entrance for my purse, keys, cell phone, mail.
    Another option is to use both drawer stacks as night stands. No matter what you got a fantastic deal at $3.00. That desk would have been about $35-$40 dollars where I live.

  4. I do that all the time...grab something b/c it's too cheap to pass up! You'll turn it into something beautiful, I'm sure!!

  5. Great deals! I spent a little more than that on my first yard sales of the season. You know how to find a bargain. Glad I blog hopped over from The Shabby Creek Cottage!

  6. awesome! You really did great at all those sales!

  7. I love a good thrift store or yard sale!!! I bought a brand new couch and bed when we moved into our house 3 years ago. It's fairly safe to say everything else came from family or thrift stores!! I just love to reinvent something and give it a new home;) You always score on some great finds!!

    Jenny from

  8. Love the desk and at the price you got it, you can turn it into a lovely piece of furniture again ! Wish we had sales like these {we only have ads in the paper for a specific item :-( Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party ! Hope to see you linking up again tomorrow :-)

  9. The desk is surely a good find!

  10. I have a desk in my garage right now that also probably requires more fixing than it is worth, I know the feeling!! It sure has great lines to it though:)

  11. Oooh, I love the shape of that desk!

  12. Those are some great finds! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends! I can't wait to see what you share this week :)


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