Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Secondhand Scores #24

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.


The past few weeks there have only been a handful of garage sales.
  • Small framed art for $.50
    • To be turned into a chalkboard
  • Box of rubber gloves for $4
    • To use when staining and waxing furniture
  • Twig pumpkin for $.25
  • Practically brand new LL Bean Boat and Tote bag for $.50
    • I LOVE these bags and have only found one other in the past in much worse condition
  • Wood sign for $.10
    • I will paint over it to make a more updated sign
  • Two knife blocks and knives for $1
  • Pfaltzgraff sugar and creamer set for $2
    • I am using the sugar pot to store salt by my stove
  • Brayer $.25
  • Bag of five Rit dyes $1.50
  • Mounted sword for $3
    • I got this for my son to hang in his room--he really wants to take it off the mount and use it though!
  • Poinsettia shower curtain hooks $.25
  • Alarm clock $1.50
  • Wood wall art was free
    • I plan to paint over this to either make a sign or a chalkboard
I have painted a bunch of the artwork, that I have gotten at the garage sales this summer, to make chalkboards.  I usually do a few at at time while I have the black paint out.  
I added the chalk art (done with the help of my overhead projector) to hopefully help sell them faster.  **The Laundry one is the artwork I got at the top of this post.


  1. I had so much fun looking at your frugal finds and your chalkboards are so cute. I too like a good deal and have repurposed many items from thrift stores and garage sales to help make my house a home. I'm a new follower from Polkadots on Parade. If you have a few minutes - come visit sometime.

  2. I remember also being embarrassed when my mom took me (kicking and screaming) to a garage sale once when I was little. :) Now I love them! You really found some great things! I love that twig pumpkin. Your chalkboards look amazing too!! By the way...I love the name of your blog! :)

  3. I enjoy seeing what you find at yard/garage sales. My husband and I love to go to them and always take a picture of our "loot" when we get home so we can remember what things looked like before we fix them up. Good luck on your next foray out when you go "sale-ing"!

  4. I love going to garage When I was a kid, not so

    You got some good deals!

  5. This makes me want to find some garage sales or visit the thrift shop! I am visiting from Work it Wednesday =)

  6. Fab finds and I love how you make chalkboards! I have some 'artwork' I bought and hope to turn into a chalk board!! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  7. Very cool finds and I love your chalk art :)
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  8. Your chalkboards are so cute! What great finds and I'm just a chalkboard lover at heart. :) Pinning this for some inspiration art on my own chalkboard! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love your chalkboards! I'm hosting a fall wreath giveaway that you should enter!

  10. What a neat idea! I have got to start hitting up garage sales. I'm sure there are so many treasures out there up for grabs that can be upcycled. I'd love for you to link this post up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party!

  11. Super cute boards! I just love garage sales too :) Thank you so much for linking up with Get Your DIY On in Feb. I hope you'll join us March 2nd to share your Trash to Treasure.

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog


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