Saturday, July 28, 2012

Show & Tell Saturday

It's time for another Show & Tell Saturday! This week we have Sue from House Pretty who is going to show us what she found on a Saturday out garage saleing!

If there is anyone who would like to participate in the show & Tell Saturday please email me at! I would be happy to feature you!

Hi everyone, my name is Sue and I blog over at House Pretty, or better known among many as Sue@housepretty.  I found Robin at Garage Sales R Us several months back and was instantly hooked, because we share a common passion – garage sales! 

So, when Robin contacted me with an invite to come do a guest post over here on her blog, I was thrilled, because, have I mentioned somewhere before that I love garage sales!  Also, because I love her blog, and to be a guest on it is rather awesome!  And, on top of that, this is the first guest post I’ve done.  So, if you see any bloopers, show some leeway, ok? 

Now, for the problem of deciding which garage sale to post about…my solution, slip two past her (shhh…this will be our little secret!)

The first one I picked, mainly because there was a picture of me in it.  No, I’m not that vain, lol!  I just thought you may wonder who you were “listening” to. 
One of the yard sales I went to was clear across town, at a church. They were raising money for a short term missions trip. And, this is what I wore. I have wondered if I should dress down more, perhaps get even better deals, because people might feel sorry for me, lol?!
I will prewarn you, I didn't take closeups of the individual purchases, rats!

I tried to arrange the placement so that each yard sale has it's own step, however, a couple of yard sales had to overflow to two steps.

So, here goes.

The top step, a picture frame, cost $1.50, and I think, 4 of the books, cost $ .10 each., as well as a scale, which I have been looking for, cost $5.

The second and third steps, a white/black polka dot blouse, $1, heck, cheaper than Frenchy's, I'm lovin' it! A Tanita, digital scale, like new condition, including all manuals, $3. Remember the first scale I bought? Wish I had have found this one first,grrr...! A pack of 3 pictures frames, $.50.

The third and fourth steps. Now here is where it gets interesting.

First, I will show you what the scene looked like where I got all the items on the third and fourth steps.

Yes, you see that right, and no, you haven't had too much to drink, it is in fact, two tractor trailer loads, full of goodies! There were a total of three long rows, made up of several tables joined together. Plus, there were various pieces of furniture! It was HUGE!

I got to this one half way through the morning, unfortunately. Hey, you can't be at three yard sales at the same time, after all! So, by the time I got there, around 10 a.m., they just wanted to get rid of some stuff, so they had a sale. Anything you could fit in a grocery bag, whether it was hanging out the side, balancing over the bag, they didn't care. (Hee! hee! I'll tell you the price at the end. Oh, I'm just awful!) So, I got 3 CD's, two of classical music, brand new, still sealed, 5 Dr. Seuss books, a couple of other Christian non-fiction books for myself.
This baby for myself

And, a small sample of what's inside this little treasure.
Check out the lamp, whose base is made out of an antique purse. Love That!

I also got a Max and Ruby DVD, a red and white checkered picnic table cover, AND two picture frames, which were 11 x 14, with mat, 8 x 10. So, can you guess what I paid for all these?!

A whole $5 bucks, people, $5 bucks! And, let me tell you, my grocery bag was jammed, with the picture frames half in, half out of the bag.

So, for all three yard sales, I paid a grand total of $16.40! That's how to start your Saturday off!

And, the (secret)second one.
I had, probably 20 yard sales on my list, but only got to three or four. But, where I got everything was in two of them.
This was my "haul"

And, here is a breakdown of the individual costs

No, I'm not talking about the plant, you silly people! I'm talking about the item in front of it, that goes over a window, covering the hardware. I love these! This one is going in my kitchen window. I'm going to spray that baby out in my Benjamin Moore - Dove WhiteI paid $3.00

Please excuse Honey Babes platform rocker, and my wicker chair in the background. The reindeer family, covered in Christmas lights (yes, they all work). I have wanted a set of these for several years. They are going to go in the middle of my front flower garden below our kitchen window. I paid $5.00 for the set.

I have a couple of ideas for this picture frame. I paid $1.50. (I hope I didn't pay too much for it?!)

New figure skates, with skate guards included! I have needed a pair for the last two years. Too cheap thrifty to pay full price. I paid $5.00.

So, there you have it, this is what gets me up early, even on Saturday morning!  My motto, whenever possible, is “buy used and save the difference”. 

Again, I want to thank Robin so much for inviting me here today.  It’s been a blast!  And, I hope you are all getting convinced by Robin’s garage sale successes, that there are still treasures abounding, if you just keep on the lookout for them!

Take care,


Great finds Sue! I love the window valance and the frame! There is something for everyone out there! If there is anyone who would like to participate in the show & Tell Saturday please email me at! I would be happy to feature you!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Reception Sneak Peek

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 I am still working on the post about my brother's Reception. I was put in charge of all the decorations. With an extremely tight budget I knew exactly what to do. We hit the garage sales!  Here are a few sneak peek pictures to get you excited for the rest of the post.

This is a .25 cents frame from a garage sale.

Our center piece boxes were made from pallet boards so they were FREE!!! The votives were pick up at a garage sale. I found 58 of them for $5 dollars!!!! Thats less than .10 cents a piece!

We made all the bows for the end of the table runner.

This is a frame collage of the Bride and Groom. All the frames so this collage we found at a garage sale. There were a total of 32 frames bought for $10 dollars! That's just over .30 cents a frame!

How cute is this! My sister bought this old typewriter off ebay and typed the bride and grooms names on it. 

The white picture frame... shutter thing...(not sure what else to call it) was bought at a garage sale for $15 dollars and the scones on each side were $4 dollars a piece at a friends garage sale.

This frame was bought at a garage sale for $1! I lined it with cardboard and cover it with burlap and lace so we could hang some pictures of the bride and groom on it.

We also did a mason jar ceiling. Mason jars are so popular right now but PLEASE do not buy them from the store! We found all our mason jars at garage sales and paid about .10 cents a piece for them. We used about 50 mason jars for this ceiling. That means our total cost was $5 dollars! 

I will have pictures from the rest of the reception up soon with a break down to let you know how much we sent. Just because you have a poor mans budget doesn't mean you have to have a poor man's wedding! I will show you how it can be done!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 21st 2012

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Please excuse all my typos! My editor/husband is also out of town! 
As I mentioned in my Girl's Weekend post I was in Phoenix on Saturday. Shelbie and I of course didn't want to miss out on the awesome deals that morning so we took a break from painting and hit a few garage sales that morning. Here is what we found! 

I scored on the clothes this week. I hit two garage sales that had some really cute clothes. I spent $11 dollars at the first one and bought two pair or skinny jeans. The white pair still have the tags on them!
I also got this small bottle of Victoria Secret perfume .
I also bought the teal shorts on the left hand second row and the flats that are to the right and just below them in this picture. 
At the second garage sale I spent $20 dollars and bought everything else you see here. There are 5 shirts and 5 dresses. When I was picking out what I wanted from the sale the ladies prices were a bit high. She had $5 dollars on some of the dresses and $3 dollars on the shirts. I grabbed what I wanted and then asked her if she would give me a deal if I got everything. She added everything up and it came up to $40 dollars! WAY to much for me. She then said since I was getting so much she would do $25 on everything. I told her I was comfortable paying $20 for all of it and that I would put back one item of clothing if I needed to unless she was willing to take $20 for it all. To my surprise she then said that $20 was fine for everything!

I also bought a few things for my girls.
I bought this 2T dress for $1. I haven't tried it on Jaysa yet but I am hoping it will fit her more like a shirt because it's so cute. If not I will just save it for Paisley.
I also bought Jaysa 4 more leotards for .50 cents a piece and some ballet shoes for $1.
I also bought this little girls pair of pink sparkly Tom Toms for $1! This is probably my favorite deal I got on Saturday. They are a bit scuffed up on the toes and a little big for Jaysa right now but they are so dang cute! I have been secretly hoping to find some for me but oh well, Jaysa will sure look cute in these.
My deal of the day would be this Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag. Shelbie has one and LOVES it so when I saw this one I decided I would give it a try. I bought it for $2 dollars! Here is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Website. There is not a diaper bag on there thats under $100 dollars!
Here is something my girls will LOVE. These are those crazy rubber bracelets that are all different shapes and really popular right now with the kids. I bought this whole tub of them for .50 cents. The picture makes the tub look small but it is taller than my hand. There are probably a few hundred bracelets in it.
Shelbie bought this white shelf for her bathroom for $2 dollars.

She also bought these three glass bottles for $3 dollars. She paid $2 for the whiskey bottle on the right, .50 cents for the cup and .50 for the the one on the left.
Shelbie bought this clock for $2 dollars.
She also bought this iron decorative piece for $2 dollars.
Here is Shelbie's cute little girl Mya. She loves to sing. Shelbie found this cute little Christmas microphone that plays songs so you can sign along with it. Mya LOVED it! She was singing us all kinds of songs in the car. Shelbie had seen these during Christmas time and wanted to buy Mya one but they were $20 dollars! She bought this one for $1 dollar!

Shelbie also bought Mya some new DVD's. She got these two for $1 each. She also bought her Lady and the Tramp for $1.50 but I forgot to get a picture of it.

My cousin also sent me this picture later that day and said that she bought 20 Baby Einstein DVD's for $6 dollars! Thats .30 cents each! GREAT DEAL!
She messaged me yesterday and said she actually listed them on Craigslist and sold them for $40! 

This cute Elmo chair was $7 dollars.
This crib was $75.
These two matching little boys beanies were $1 a piece. If I knew someone with twin boys I would have bought them!
This matching set of 4 lamps sold for $20 dollars.
These packets of scrapbook paper were $7 dollars a piece. I thought it was a little high but when you think about how much paper is in each packet it's actually a pretty good deal.
This is that really fine glitter that is really popular right now. The lady only wanted $1 a piece on these. 

Getting ready for the arrival of a little newborn can get REALLY expensive, especially when your buying everything from the store. If you buy what you can at garage sales you can save yourself SO much money!
These are those baby safety outlet plugs and latches. $1 a piece. I found this package of plug protectors, latches and a door handle for $6.50 online at

This bottle drying rack was also $1. I couldn't find a price on this one at the website. Prices varied between stores but I bought this one when I had Jaysa and I believe it was just under $10 dollars
These snack containers were .50 cents a piece
These are Avent bottle nipples. The ones that say .50 cents on them only had one nipple in the case but the one that says $1 was brand new and unopened. None of them had been used. These are 4.97 a piece at Walmart

This pack n play was $50 dollars.
This cute little boys tool set was $3 dollars and came with a little truck that everything could be displayed on. Only if I had a little boy!

This ABC puzzle was only .50 cents
Here is an I pad cover for only $3 dollars!!!! 

We also went to a Man's Garage sale.
The guy had screws and nails of every kind and lots of other tools. Sorry guys! I have no idea what all this other stuff is! Men, if you jump on craiglist before you get out there Saturday morning and plan your route around the garage sales that advertise tools and other things your interested in you will be able to find so much more than what I show you on this blog! Everything I show you is what I just happen to come across while I am looking for stuff for me. If you plan out your day right you could have a very successful day.