Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Secondhand Scores #18

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.


On Friday I stopped by a small thrift store I haven't been to in a long time.  I scored a couple of things I have really been wanting.  First I got this awesome squirrel brass figurine for $3.50.
I picked up a pair of brass deer a few years ago and I have been wanting to add to the collection since.  The only brass figurines I see are those same deer!  This was the first time I came across another shape and I love that it was a squirrel.

The other thing I got was this huge wall stencil for $3.
It is three different stripes patterns.  I can't wait to try it out on a piece of furniture.  

Saturday I went to some garage sales.  I normally do not post toys or clothes I get for my kids, but I had to put this week's scores in because the prices were so unbelievable!  I wanted to show that this is the exact reason I am out there going to garage sales!  

I know it takes time and you don't always find what you want, but I when I do actually go retail stores, it takes me just as much time and not only do I not find what I want, I certainly don't find the prices that I want to pay. 

My daughter is three and loves Disney and dress up. These are the scores from Saturday.
  • A box of plastic jewelry for $.25!  Tons of bracelets and necklaces that are perfect for her age.
  • Four Disney costumes--Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty--along with two deluxe pairs of shoes and six pairs of other shoes for $5!!
  • Stuff a bag of clothes for $5 (and boy did I stuff it)!
    • 3 bathing suits and a terry cloth cover up
    • 1 pair of winter pj's
    • 2 long sleeve Disney t shirts
    • 1 Disney sweat jacket
    • 1 Gymboree summer outfit
    • 3 pairs of Gap leggings
    • 7 short sleeve t shirts--almost all were Disney
    • 1 velour Christmas dress
    • 1 winter jacket--Carters brand
    • 1 Disney princess gold brocade dress with matching sweater
I probably took the same amount of time as it takes to go to the mall to find an outfit.  But I got all of those clothes for less than what one of those items cost brand new.

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  1. Love yard sales, too! It is amazing the cool pieces of furniture and accessories offered up on a Saturday morning for very little $$. When I look around our home, I see lots of refurbished yard sale purchases. My husband is keen on yard sales, too, and is out every Saturday morning with a route all planned out. He found a site,, that provides a map with all the yard sales on our local Craigslist pinpointed and uses it to make his list of stops--easier than reading through the long list posted on Craigslist! Happy hunting, Susan!!

  2. The princess dresses are the best steal item! I would have paid a lot more when my daughter was that age...enjoy the princess ends too soon!

  3. I like the squirrel. Not real ones, but this one's cute.

  4. I saw a brass reindeer and a brass swan the other day at my favorite thrift store. I almost got them cuz I know brass is really hot right now but it just doesn't do it for me! Maybe next year when the trend is over! The stencil is great!

  5. I love that squirrel! So cute. I'm obsessed with ceramic and brass animal figurines - your squirrel reminds me of the owl I found at an antique store -

    Mine wasn't the $3.50 steal that you got, but it so stood out to me so I had to get it!

  6. ooh, the squirrel! LOVE him! I have a bit of a brass animal obsession, too :)

  7. those look like some definite deals and steals, especially the Disney. my sister in law spends so much on that stuff for her daughter! love the squirrel!

  8. those look like some particular deals along with sucks, specially the Walt disney. my personal cousin inside law usually spends so much with that stuff on her child! love the actual squirrel!cheap runescape gold

  9. Score on the kids clothes! I love yard sales for that alone and the money saved! The squirrel is a great addition to your collection. Thanks for joining TTF this week.


  10. I love your squirrel! I have a few brass birds (hornbill and owl) but would love to expand my collection to different animals. Unfortunately I only find really expensive ones! Great finds at the garage sale, too!

    Cathey with an E

  11. the hunting is half the fun enjoy it. Do you go to estate sales where at the end of the day if its not sold its free. I do this occasionally and have gotten alot of nice things. lorraine at checking out from Sundae Scoop link party.

  12. I have been on a brass kick lately and I love your squirrel. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. Cute squirrel and I see a happy little girl with all her treasures. Do you stick some back and give them out as gifts?

  14. Oh!! Those Disney dress up costumes were a total score!! My daughter would love those!

  15. As an Alpha Gam I totally love your squirrel! :)

  16. I love the squirrel! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  17. Theres not much I love more than thrifting! Love that squirrel!

  18. That little squirrel is too cute! And you sure got a lot for a great price!

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