6/1/09

Yard Sale - SCORE!



It was an unusual yard sale day.

Normally I'll go yard-saling by myself or with some girlfriends. But today I grabbed my husband.


We only went to a few.

He found his favorite garden tool.


I got some great succulent plants and a cool, old cooler (my imagination went wild with what I can do with this beauty!)


Who can beat $2 succulents?


And a $1 apron?


$2 salad bowl (the bowl I've used for years just cracked in half!)


A $2 cooler on wheels - for summer fun.


We'll be planting this $5 maple tree in our front yard.


One of our favorite trees at the house where we lived for 10 years, was a yard sale tree.  

A whoppin' 75-cents!

What has been your favorite yard sale find this year?  And do you ever score on plants or trees?

(If you have minute, check out Rhoda's Treasure Hunting.  Really neat stuff!)

37 comments:

An Adventurer in the World said...

Those succulents are GORGEOUS! And love the old cooler.

This year: not a steal, but have been looking a long time: a brand new synthesizer for my composing son -- $20

Of all time: a 10 cent lawn edger with seasoned hickory handle. Every time I clean the edges of the walkway and mulch, I bless that seller : )

deb meyers

The Real Me! said...

Great finds! I love going to garage sales. Around here people are always selling plants and flowers for real cheap and the good thing is is most of the time they are right out of their yard so you know they can survive in that environment. Most of the flowers from WalMart have been in a nursery and when you plant then in the ground they freak out and die. Yes, I'm speaking from personal experience.
I think this year my biggest scores recently were brand new Disney Incredible shirts for the boys for .50 a piece and a 4 bowl serving platter for $1.00 and 2 citronella geraniums for .25 each. Which are now huge by the way.
Hugs.
Kim

Jen said...

I'm hoping to hit the sales this weekend....its been so crazy around here that I have missed some....great buys for you though!

Sandy Toes said...

Plants at a yard sale..that is great!!! I would love that!!

sandy toe

emily said...

Love that apron! And those succulents! I love yard saling. What a fun date to have with your man.

linda t said...

Hi Sandy!
How funny that you should ask when I just happened to post a couple of my favorite finds of the season!

And they were all found while my sister Ginny was visiting from Wisconsin last week.

Come see my best deals!
http://lindathompson.blogspot.com/

LOVE your succulents Sandy! Great finds!

Jill said...

One of my most favorite "treasures" (that is what my girls and I call yard sale finds)was an old wagon for the girls. We also got Disney stories on cassette that even after eight years, still hold their attention and have nutured good listening skills. A microwave for our camper,an antique good and an ameythst bracelet. We always have plants at our yardsales.

Lucy said...

What a great haul!!! Absolutely loving those succulents... and that's my favorite gardening tool too!! Just love the way it cuts down those nasty weeds in one quick stroke!!

Holly said...

I love all of your finds! I haven't really been bitten by the yard-sale bug yet. I look at all the wonderful finds you and other creative people find, and think I should get going, but. . .maybe this year. . .

~~Carol~~ said...

I love that old cooler so much! I would like to find one to just sit on my porch, looking cute. I don't do well with plants at garage sales. They always charge way more than I would pay at the store. I realize that they had to dig it up and divide it, but come on!

babyyahyah said...

wow i never thought of selling plants at a yard sale. thats a good idea.

ellen b. said...

At a garage sale in Washington last weekend I got some beautiful cut glass dessert plates 6 for $3.50. Kind of pricey :0)
This Saturday I over spent again and got a very long tablecloth in perfect condition with 11 napkins to match for $5.00 (I don't bargain well)

ellen b. said...

Forgot to say I love the succulents and that salad bowl. Enjoy....

GiBee said...

We have AWFUL yard sales in our area. AWFUL. Most of the items are so beaten up that they should just be tossed. We NEVER have plants around these parts! Sad!

cassi rash said...

I've NEVER been to a yard sale that sold plants. I'm jealous!

Abby said...

I just found the coolest old 1950s Mix Master that even included the original instructions manual with the best prim and proper 1950s housewife on the front. My kitchen is decorated in retro items from the 1950s so this just made my day!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Love the cooler! I wish I could find plants at a yardsale, I love your succulents!
Toni

Gina said...

How fun! It's so great to find a cool deal. I can't say I've found a good yard sale deal lately-but I just find a super cool outdoor light at Lowe's for 3.12! Normally $50-I was pretty excited about that one!

Julie Gillies said...

Wow, you did score...BIG! Good for you, Sandy.

My husband and I used to hit yard sales all the time. Nowadays we have far too much stuff...we're more likely to have a yard sale than go to one.

Enjoy your new finds. :)

Melanie said...

My best find was a Lloyd Loom wicker sofa for $40. Retail is in the hundreds!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Last year I scored a huge English bowl made in the late 1800's for $10! My best find yet!

Nick and Becky said...

I LOVE the feeling you get from finding a Treasure for $5 or less!! The last steal I got was 8 pyrex custard cups, a new pair of shoes and a hat for my husband, all for $3! Oh I just love it. Unfortunately, we have not been able to find any good thrift stores in Oahu yet...we'll keep checking the garage sales!

An Accomplished Woman said...

I should put a post of all the yard sale scores I found this weekend. It was awesome.

You did fantastic. Love the succulents. I need to look for plants.

Cynthia

Kirstin said...

I have not hit the sales yet this year, but hope to, there are some things I'd like to find. One thing I did years ago was make a list of things I wanted to find. It was handy to know what I was looking for.

Those are great finds....especially the plants.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great finds, Sandy! Glad you and hubby made the rounds. I love the plants & yes, I look for those too. Last year, I found a big container of hens & chicks for $3. I'd love to find more of those like you did. Thanks for joining the party this week.

Short Stop said...

WoW!!!

Awesome finds, Sandy!

BTW, I'm a friend of emilymcd - been following your blog and I love it. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful posts!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, we must have similar taste, because I LOVE everything you found! That cooler is fantastic, I can't wait to see what you do with it.
My favorite find this year, so far, has been 2 chairs for my kitchen table that we bought for $7.50 each to replace some broken ones. Not that fun, but practical!

Holly said...

WOWzers--you did score some good (and useful) finds! I've never been to yard sales that sold plants or anything like that--wish there were more like those around here.

Now I've got the yard sale bug...

~j~ said...

Wow! Did you and your hubby score!!!
What a fun morning you both had, you have definitely inspired me to go out next weekend to see what treasures I can bring home :))
j

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

I've never shopped a yard sale! Maybe when my kids get older I'll have to check them out. I had no idea people sold plants at yard sales, either. Guess I've been living under a rock :)

Tuscan Lady said...

Wow, what a blessing God bestowed on you! I have never found plants at a yard sale. Very cool!

Donnetta said...

I haven't been able to get to any yard sales yet this year. Seeing your great finds makes me even more eager to do so!

I'm also planning to have one of my own. Every cent will go towards the cost of the adoption. Now I just need to get my act together...!!

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Score!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

I got some irises, and another plant with blue flowers at a garage sale. They seem to be doing well so far, if I can just keep my 2-year-old from stepping on them. Your maple tree is beautiful, and a great deal!

Maureen said...

I love that salad bowl and old cooler. Great stuff. So far this year, I was able to get a pair of old ice skates that I plan to use in a winter wreath. And, my son got a scooter - something he had been wanting.

The Hip Hostess said...

Love your little treasures, especially the succelents.
Since we've moved into our new diggs, I've haven't had time to go treasure hunting but you've inspired me, so this weekend that's my mission!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I haven't found any great yard sales this year, but I am always on the lookout. I truly need to pay more attention.

My best find ever? A $300 playhouse that I picked up for $25.00 and after all 3 of my kids, my cousin is now using it for HER three kids. It's been in my family now for 17 years. Not too shabby.