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.


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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  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!

  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 !

  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.

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

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

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

    2. Susan, my email is

  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.

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

  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!

  10. Great tables...and what a buy!

  11. Great thrifted treasures Susan! I featured this post today at TTG FB page.

  12. 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!

  13. 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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