Yesterday I spent $2.80 at garage sales for 12 items, at an average of 24 cents an item.
What I got:
a small frame
Tupperware thingy perfect for spaghetti
four gifts - Jeff Gordon ponchos stuff for two NASCAR fan friends, a porcelain lemon for a collector of fruit things, and a wool sweater in excellent shape
A very nice high quality childís sweater that I will give to some grandparent or parent at work (I stuck it in the bag of clothes for a dollar bag)
Clothing for me: one piece footy jammies (these things sell new at $35!), a sweater, a nice blouse, and a pair of slacks
A shirt for My Guy
I spent perhaps two hours at the sales, and Iíd say used no more than half a gallon of gas maximum.
I canít recommend garage sales enough. Iíve heard various arguments against it, but I feel they have their place. ďItís too easy to buy things you donít need.Ē If someone has trouble scooping everything up I understand that. But if you avoid garage sales for this reason, you miss the items that you do need. Iíve been wanting a crock pot with a lift out crock for quite a bit. I was able to get a very nice one last week for $3. Iíd have missed it if I hadnít gone to the sales.
One thing that I plan to use sales for this year is gift shopping. Iíve gone to thrift stores and garage sales with a different mindset: if I see something a friend would really like, I buy it, then stick it in a gift box until a birthday or Christmas comes along. Iíve gotten nine gifts for $4.90 so far, an average of 55 cents apiece. Since I didnít have to pick out a gift, what I have selected has been very spot on-I feel confident that most of these gifts will please the recipient.
Now, you wonít always get lucky, but sometimes you hit the jackpot. One year I was getting cases of 24 canning jars for a buck. Iíve been looking for footie jammies for years, and now I own them for a quarter. I also saw other peopleís jackpots waiting: at this one sale, there was a large quantity of beautiful large sized womenís clothing. A woman who wore a 2X to a 4X would have had an excellent selection of high quality clothing that looked very well taken care of, at excellent prices. Even though I didnít need any of those items, there was part of me that was excited for a woman to come along and see that smorgasbord!
One last thing about garage sales: they give me an appropriate sense of sticker shock when I am at regular stores.