Saturday, July 14, 2012

Show & Tell Saturday

Hello Garage Sales R Us readers!!  I’m Brandi and I blog over at Don't Disturb This Groove.  I am excited to be here today and share with you a recent thrift store bench makeover.  I originally blogged about it here.
  While visiting my favorite thrift store I came across this little bench.  I wasn't quite sure where I would place it, but for 7.99 I figured "what the heck"!  After a little primer, paint, and distressing I had a new piece of furniture.  I was able to use leftover paint from a previous project and the fabric for the seat was leftover from kitchen curtains I made.  I smiled every time I walked by my new bench!
 But as much as I loved the new color on the bench, I grew tired of the fabric.
After a visit to Joann's, I replaced the fabric for a fresh, new look.
It was by chance that the fabric matched the wall color exactly.
The new fabric really brightens the bench.  The old fabric had become dull and boring.
I like being able to change out the fabric for an instant and inexpensive update.
I love having this bench around for extra seating.   

 Thank you so much, Robin for inviting me over!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 7th 2012

This week I took a chance and went out to a large community sale that was about 20 minutes away. I always get a little nervous doing this this because to be honest sometimes it doesn't pay off. I am happy to say that this week it did! I got some great things. Here is what I found.
I bought a bunch of Mason jars for the wedding. I paid .10 cents a piece for these! There are 38 jars so I paid a total of $3.80 for these! Along with the mason jars I also got this spray can of varnish. The seller threw it in for .20 cents to make it an even $4 dollars.
I also bought these beach bags for when we go to lake. I paid $2 dollars for the pink one and $1 for the brown one.

These next few pictures I offered a lot deal for. I got these 4 shirts for .50 cents each
 plus these 3 pair of sandals for $1 a piece
 and three pair of high heels for $5 dollars a piece

 I spent a total of $20 dollars on everything!

 I bought this gray skirt for Jaysa for $1.
I bought these crocs for Paisley for another $1.

I found another canvas. This is really pretty cute for a boys room but I don't have a boy! I am going to do something similar with it like I did in my S monogramed canvas
Here is the original tag on the back.  I paid $2 dollars for it. It was more than I wanted to pay but I have a cute idea for a baby gift.
And I will be using this yarn! I bought all this yarn for $2 dollars!!!!
I also got some granite cleaner and kids bubble bath for .25 cents a piece. The bubble bath was brand new! I bought the granite cleaner cause I have a strange spot on my counter top that is not coming clean so I will give the cleaner a try. 
I bought this bag of hardware for $1! They are not very pretty now but I have no doubt that I will be able to make them look pretty with some paint! There are 25 in the bag so I paid .4 cents a piece for these! Even at the Re-Store handles like these are $1 a piece!
I also bought these cool old handles for .50 cents a piece.
Jaysa will be starting a soccer league called Kicks soon so I talked the person selling these into giving  theme to me for $1. She is so excited to start. I bought her some black and pink cleats a while back from a garage sale for $1 too!
I bought this bird cage to use at the wedding for $3 dollars

This is my favorite thing I bought this week.
This is going in my Master bathroom above my tub! I can't wait to be able to put it up! The guy wanted $12 I asked him to go down to $10 on it. He said he would do $11 but couldn't do $10. I knew I wanted it so even if he wasn't willing to go down I still would have bought it!

Here is my Deal of the Day this week.
I have mentioned a few times wanting to make a bench out of a headboard for my front porch. Here she  is! I bought this headboard for $3 dollars!!!!! I am hoping to get this to the top of my list soon.


Here is a fun kids bed that sold for $30
Here are some action figures if you have boys. They were .50 cents to a $1 for each. I am sure you could have done a lot price and gotten a better deal.
Here is a dog bed. This could be made so cute with a little paint and a cute fluffy pillow! He wanted $3 dollars for it but then said "I don't know. Whatever you will give me".... YOU BETTER ASK IF HE WILL GO $1.50 ON IT! When a the seller says this they will ALWAYS go down on their price!
These two mirrored candle scones we $7 each but the lady let me know that she would be willing to go down on them.
Here are some Holister t-shirts for $1 a piece

This jogging stroller was only $45. It was in very good condition!

Here is an air hockey table to keep the kids entertained. The seller only wanted $40 for it.

How cute is this? This has obviously never been played with. Look how white that white is! The lady only wanted $25 for this. I wish I had the room for it!

Here are a few other things that I thought were a little pricey but were a really good quality. If you really liked them it would be worth barginning for them.
This large clock was $50

This mirror was $75. I loved this mirror. I went straight to it.  However, $75 was WAY too much! So sad.

Here is a really cute bedroom set. It had a navy blue twin headboard and footboard a trundle bed and a matching dresser. It was a really good quality wood. They wanted $500 for the set. Still pretty high but they had lots of people asking about it. My neighbor just bought a bed almost exactly like this one for $20 at a garage sale!

Garage sales are the best way to furnish your home, dress your family, provide entertainment and so many other things, on a budget! Please WAKE UP and get out there and see what you can find! Don't forget to show us! Email me @ I would love to feature it in my Show & Tell Saturday!

July 7th 2012

Here is what I found that you men might be interested in!

I know a lot of women might like these also but I decided to put it in the Men's section. These were $3 dollars. Does anyone do P90X? Try it with the bands! It's harder than the weights!
I know nothing about telescopes but this one look really nice so I took a picture and asked how much the guy wanted it for it. He said, "$3 dollars". Thinking I heard him wrong I said "what?" Then he said it again... "$3 dollars, I just want to get rid of it. It's going to go to D.I. if you don't take it" THREE DOLLARS?!?!?! I wish I wanted a telescope because this would have been a buyer's rejoice buy if I had. The brand is MEADE. I looked on their site and the telescopes were anywhere from $100 to $350! After I got home I told my husband about this and he said "Why didn't you buy it?!" 
Here is another turkey fryer for $15

This is a brand new traveling golf bag for $20
I always seem to find traps. This one was $5.
Here is a double camping chair for the kids. I know that when my husband edits this he is going to ask me why I didn't buy this. They guy wanted $10 for it. I thought it was a little high and I didn't bother to ask if he would go down. I would have bought it if it were between $5-$7. 

 This shade canopy was $20. 

Here is something I haven't really seen before. This is one of those model airplanes. The lady bought it for her husband for his birthday because he really wanted it but I guess it just turned out to be a fling cause he never used it! She said she paid over $100 for it. She only wanted $5 for it. 
Here is the box. I turned the picture upside down so you could read a little bit more about it. 

If there are any men out there that read this blog I would LOVE to see what kind of deals you find! Email me @ so I can feature you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


My little brother Justin will be getting married Friday! Since the wedding is now here I thought it would be appropriate if I posted about their engagements. I took their engagements and of course used garage sale props.  Since they are getting married on Friday the 13th they wanted to do a bit of a superstitious theme. They wanted pictures of them holding a broken mirror and under a ladder. I knew this would be a tricky photo session and that if I was not careful no one would understand what they were trying to convey.  I also knew we couldn't use just any ladder. I wanted it to be an old ladder. Unsure about whether we would find something like this at a garage sale I decided I would make one. I will be guest posting my DIY ladder over at Little Mudpies July 20th! Check it out then!

Here are their engagement pictures! The chalkboard frame was a mirror my mom bought at a garage sale for .50 cents. I painted it teal, bushed some white over the top and used chalkboard paint right over the top of the mirror. The stool by the tree my mom found for $1 and the rusted teal pot I found for $1. The fabric we used to drape over the ladder, the tree and as a blanket was found on craigslist! We bought 30 yards of it for $20 dollars. 

 The gold frame I bought at a garage sale for $1. I went to Jones Paint and glass (best prices out of anyone!) to get the mirror made. The mirror cost me around $2.50.

I was also hoping to be able to find an old bike at a garage sale. I saw one about 6 months ago that was so cool. The lady wanted $75 for it. I had this feeling that I should try to talk her down and buy it. It would look AWESOME in pictures but even if I talked her down to $50 I still thought it was a little too much. I didn't buy it and a few months later I needed one just like it!!! Thank goodness I was able to borrow one from a friend of a friend!

This was my brother's FAVORITE picture of all the engagements! It shows his personality well I actually think it's even on their announcement! Ha! 
 Even some of the flowers were found at garage sales!

The total cost of the props in this photo session was about $25 dollars and everything will be used as decor in the wedding!