Saturday, August 16

I love yard sales

I *heart* yard sales.

Yeah, that's right: I said *heart*

Because there's no other way to emphasize just how thrilled and excited I get from glimpsing "yard sale."

It's the unknown.

You might find treasure (like when I found most of the serving trays for the weeding for a total of $13).

You'll probably find trash. (People don't want this stuff, after all.) But it's also good for a chuckle.

Mom and I were both manic about hitting as many as possible each weekend last year, to make sure we got all sorts of great stuff for the wedding. Between illness, vacations and generally bad timing, we've been pretty poorly organized this summer.


  • A full set of ionic curlers (and clips) for $3
  • A fab Christmas gift for Tim (can't say what because he reads this blog). Suffice to say, he'll have a hard time figuring out which is from a store and which I got from a yard sale.
  • Ankle boots for $1 (After 8 years, my Payless ones are beyond dead.)
  • A pair of jeans for 25 cents. (Technically, 75 cents, since the other two pairs didn't fit.)
Sadly, yard sale season will be dwindling soon. And I'm not up for too much scouting in this current heat wave. (Seattle folks are not cut out for this weather -- we have fans, no air conditioners.)

So let this be a reminder to shop early and often for birthday and Christmas gifts. You'd be amazed what you can find -- for yourself and for others.

What have you found this year that you just love? What's your favorite yard sale coup?

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Blogger lot 2 learn said...

I am a yard sale junkie too. It is like a treasure hunt. I once found a 1972 Fender Strat guitar for $50 bucks. It is worth well over $1000

August 16, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Wow, that's an impressive haul!

I think the best deal I've ever seen is when my mom got a vintage Lane trunk -- about three feet long -- for $15. If I had had any room in my apartment, that sucker would have been mine!

August 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Blogger Donna said...

Actually, the trunk is a hair under FOUR feet long -- it's 46.5 inches. What was that old saw about there being a reason women are bad at math?
I agree, though, that it was a great deal. It's also a great place to hide Christmas gifts that I buy at *other* yard sales. (Tim, if you're reading this: No peeking!)

August 17, 2008 at 12:58 PM


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