I rarely buy anything new. When I look around my house, it is filled with things that I found at garage sales or thrift stores or Craigslist over the years. My couch....a Craigslist find.....my desk, another Craigslist find. My entertainment center, a garage sale find. On and on it goes.
I go into town once a week (we live in the country) so I try and get everything done on that one day. This time of year, I make sure to go in on a day when garage sales are going and depending on how much time I have, I may stop at a few or quite a few. Here are some of my find this year so far:
Here is my favorite for the year! This is solid oak and they wanted $20.00 for it. We settled at $17.00. I usually will offer less for things and often people will take what I offer or counter offer so I can usually get it for less than what they are asking. I try to be respectful and offer a decent price, not too far from what they are asking. If I think they are too high, I will usually search elsewhere. I then decide what I am willing to offer and what my top dollar will be.
I got a cute set of 6 orange juice glasses for $1.50. I paid what they were asking on these since they were just .25 each.
Our old BBQ grill had definitely seen it's better days so when I saw this one I jumped on it!. My husband doesn't like gas grills and sometimes it's hard to find a nice charcoal grill. This one is very solid and has a number of nice features. It had green going down the legs and so I scrubbed it and re-stained the wood. They were asking $15.00 but took $10.00 when I offered it. I pulled our old one out to the front of the driveway and put a free sign on it and it was gone within an hour!
We have been enjoying this little glider! It was broken and the woman was asking $5.00 which I gave her without hesitation. My husband put about 10 minutes worth of work into it and it works very nicely.
Garage saling can be a lot of fun and you can find so many great bargains this way! I find almost all my shoes and boots this way and I only buy them if they look like new or very close to it. I found my husband some Mossy Oak hunting clothes and I also found a box of 40 music CD's in nice shape for .10 each that I decided to buy and donate to our new local up and coming library!