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Still waiting for warm weather here. It’s supposed to be spring, but feels like it’s not. Where is the weather that is 60 degrees and sunny? I can’t wait for regular yard sales to start, but the weather just doesn’t seem to be cooperating yet.

DH and I went to two mommy markets this Saturday (believe it or not, we really do enjoy spending our “date” mornings this way. . .sometimes we mix it up and go grocery shopping. . .we’re exciting that way.)

Anyway, here are just a FEW of my finds for this week:

For Thing #1

Soccer Cleats — $2

soccer cleats

Lord of the Rings DVD — $3

Lord of the Rings

Timberland Boots — $2

timberland boots

For Thing #2

Transformer Bumblebee Pajamas — $1 (also got him a Star Wars pair)

transformer bumble bee pajamas

 

For Thing #3

Converse  Shoes — $3

converse sneakers

Lands End 2 pc Rash-guard swimming Suit– $3

Lands End Swimming Suit

Columbia Sneakers in Box — $5

columbia sneakers

 

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This week my husband and I went to 3 local mommy markets. I am still waiting for the official “yard sale season” to start around here, but the mommy markets have been a lot of fun. They help ensure that my kids have way too much clothing. However, I buy quality brands, and sell a lot of their outgrown clothing on Ebay.

Here are my just a FEW of my finds for this week:

1. Baby Gap plaid sundress set–$2

Baby Gap plaid sundress set

 

2. Converse sneakers for my younger son–$1

converse Sneakers

3. Lilly Pulitzer Skirt/Skort–$1

lilly pulitzer skort

4. Baby Faith DVD– $2

Baby Faith Animals DVD

5. BRAND NEW socks (7 pair) — 2 bags– $1

brand new bag of socks

6. Pirate Sweater–$2

pirate sweater

7. Ralph Lauren polo shirts — $1 each

Ralph Lauren shirts

8. See Kai Run girl’s summer sandals in original box — $3

See Kai Run white sandals

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my finds this week. It was a busy week, and we spent our whole morning out at the mommy markets.  Did you go out to any sales this week? What did you find?

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I am so excited for yard sale season to begin. It is only a few weeks away now, and I am already imagining the bargains I will find.  Yard sales bring the same fun to me that some people get from going to the mall.

Why shop at yard sales (in case you are not a yard sale addict like myself)?

1. You save money. Seriously. You can’t beat beautiful artwork for $2 a picture, a $2 coffee-table book (with gorgeous portraits), lots of name-brand clothing for children for next-to-nothing (see picture below of my daughter in a Lucky shirt and Janie and Jack skirt). I bought this outfit for $1.00  at a yard sale last year!

Lucky Shirt and Skirt from Yard Sale

2. It is a way of “recycling”. If you are big on “reusing, renewing, and recycling”, you ought to be shopping at yard sales. You are purchasing items that many sellers would otherwise throw away!

3. It is fun. . .like treasure hunting. Yes, some yard sales are really only junk, but some have fabulous treasures to be discovered.

Anyway, those are just a few of the reasons you ought to try yard-sale shopping. You just never know what is waiting at the yard sale for you to discover. I will be posting some of my own yard sale finds each week throughout the yard sale season! Hope you join me.

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As a yard sale buyer myself, I am sure I do things that annoy people. I probably annoy sellers when I ask for lower prices. I do think that it never hurts to ask. However, some yard sale buyers have particularly irritating habits. . here are a couple:

1. Buyers who grab things out of your pile or your hand. You pick up a shirt that you think might be cute for your child, and the rude buyer snatches it out of your hand and says “I saw it first” or gives no excuse at all for such behavior. Or, the buyer says “that was in my pile” when it obviously was not. Clearly, this buyer cannot stand for someone else to get a good deal, and wants everything “nice” for him/herself. This type of buyer also tends to hog the entire table or box. . .it is almost useless to try to look at a yard sale with this buyer.

2. Buyers who do not buy, but steal. I see this way too often, and it’s almost impossible to bring it to the attention of the seller in time, particularly if the seller is busy with another customer. It’s unfortunate that someone would go to the effort of shoving an extra $1.00 item into their bag, but it happens frequently. If you are hosting a yard sale, I recommend you never “man” the sale alone, but always have a few people to help you, so you don’t have things stolen.

3. Buyers who keep arguing with a seller. The buyer offers a lower price, the seller counter offers. These buyers do not accept, but continue to argue loudly. I have heard some of them go on and on for ten minutes or more, trying to get a lower price. Now, do not get me wrong, I am a fan of offering less, but at some point, continuing to argue loudly with a seller becomes harassment.

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This summer, I’ve been spending my Saturday mornings going to yard sales (no different than usual), BUT, the one difference is that I’ve been going with my husband (hereafter referred to on this blog as DH).

Because with three young children, time together is sparse, I found a Saturday morning babysitter, and DH and I spend our “date mornings” yard saling. We actually enjoy it. We each hunt/look for different things, and we get time to talk in between our finds.

This past Saturday, we were at a community-wide yard sale, walking from house to house, when we stumbled upon an estate sale (more on estate sales to come in future posts). After pondering purchasing some old conch shells (which I decided against), and DH deciding against an antique and slightly rusted lawn edger, I stumbled upon IT. . the CHAIR.

When I was a child, at one of my grandparents’ houses, they had two of these chairs. They are vintage and hard to find– step stool style chairs, with steps that can be pulled in and out. The one I found happens to be a COSCO brand chair.

As a child, one of the fun parts of visiting Grandma’s house was playing on/sitting on the chairs. A little girl, after all, could spend a good deal of time climbing up and down such a chair. And pulling the steps out, and pushing them back in, and then pulling them back out again.

If I discover something that brings back a good memory, it has value and I want to hold on to it.

When my grandmother moved, after my grandfather died, the chairs disappeared. However, I always wished I had been lucky enough to inherit one of them.

So, when I found the chair and showed DH, he agreed that it was a good find. Most surprising, though, was that the sellers wanted to move the estate items and were only asking $3 for my chair! What a steal! I was quite happy.

It turns out that DH sat in chairs like this, also, when he was a child.

I would like to refinish the chair, particularly put new vinyl and padding on the seat and back cushions at some point in time. But for now, the chair is sitting in my home, ready for a new generation to discover.

Yesterday, my son (Thing 2) discovered the chair while helping DH cook in the kitchen. This morning, he climbed up on it to sit before school.

And,  my daughter (Thing 3) has discovered the chair. She enjoys pulling out the steps, climbing them, and ascending to the top—hey, that’s a big task for an 18 month old baby girl!

And so, THE CHAIR, lives on. . and creates more good memories.

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I *LOVE* yard sales. I go every week, every Saturday. In the winter, I wish there were yard sales, but I have to settle for consignment sales or thrift stores.

As a mom, I clothe my children almost entirely from yard sales (and they wear mostly name brand, designer and boutique items). I decorate my home with yard sales items. I get almost *everything* (other than food) at yard sales.

This is the story of my yard sale finds (and other great deals I stumble upon). It is the story of  lots of thrifty things. The story of online yard sales, and online deals. Sometimes I will share favorite quicky recipes or budgeting ideas. But mostly, everything yard sale.

I sell on ebay and make a good amount of money with yard sale finds.

On this blog, I will post tips about how YOU can also become an expert at yard-saling. I will share my tricks, my bargaining ideas, and what to look for. I will introduce you to the world of online yard sales, and tell you the pros and cons. I will discuss Craigslist, freecycle, and more!

I look forward to sharing my yard sale finds with you!

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