Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm Ga-Ga for Garage Sales!!

Just call me Lady GaGa. I love this time of year. Every Thursday, I plop myself down in front of my competer with my D 'n D coffee and a piece of blank paper. My fingers don't even wait for the signal from my brain, and peter is so smart, all he needs is for fingers to plug in "cr". Within seconds I come face to face with what I like to call, the Top Ten List. And believe me, there is nothing Sarah Palin would find offensive about this list. With props to Craigslist, I now have a complete guide to garage/moving/estate sales within a who-knows-how-many-miles radius complete with pictures and lists of items to be sold. Craigslist has revolutionized the world of garage sales so that now, in no time at all, I can map out my Top Ten route and not have to waste my time stopping at driveways filled with "Baby Items" (no more use for that!) or "Exercise Equipment" (I belong to a gym). And thanks to my BFF's handy dandy GPS, we no longer have to worry about getting lost or wasting gas. It just doesn't get any better than that! Unless you count finding some diamonds in the ruff! So without further ado, or incessant babbling, here are some of my diamonds of the past few weeks.

I met the most charming lady at a church rummage sale who was selling the most amazing vintage treasures straight out of her '55 Ford Fairlane. She had adorable antique dolls and toys, jewelry and bags, but I fell in love with these candleholders the minute I laid eyes on them. She sold them to me for $5 for the pair.

She also sold me this vintage embroidered bag for $4.

Of course, I couldn't resist these books. I can't seem to get enough these days. I got the whole set for $1.

I had no idea what I was going to do with this silver hammered tray, but I had to have it - $1.
I think it will look great with a few candles of varying height on my coffee table. But for now its a base for my fern.

Couldn't believe someone was selling this brand new lamp with shade for $11. I saw it at target for $30 and that was just for the base! I love this and for now it is being used in the play room.

This pretty topiary was only a quarter and I already spray painted the base. Can you guess what color?? Yup, Heirloom White. Is there anyone who hasn't used that color yet? LOVE IT!!

The other side of the ticket on this baby said "rare". There's no better way to catch my attention than with that one little word. Can you say "EBAY"?? Paid $1

A sweet little old lady sold me this vintage needlepoint bag for $4. It's a Verde and I love it!! I found an old match inside - I wonder what interesting stories come with that bag......

I've been accumulating junk jewelry for my little shadow, but I decided to keep these rings for myself. They were only fifty cents apiece.

Many of you have a version of this cabbage. I already used it to serve whipped cream at my brunch last week. It was fifty cents.

Now I'm lost on this one. I just saw it and thought it was interesting. It's a Geisha Liqour Bottle. I know this because there's a piece of the cork on the bottom and it smells like liqour. The back is stamped V-something, Italy. Anybody?

So those are just some of the things that made the cut into my trunk over the past few weeks. Thrift Stores and Goodwill are on the back burner for now as I bask in the sun and the glory that is Garage Sale-ing.

I will now leave you with one final thought. Don't be afraid, when you see that sticker that says $5, to put on your P-P-P-P-P-P-P-P-Poker Face and say, "will you take $3?"


Nancy said...

I can't believe it! You got yourself some great deals! Way to go!


Amber B. said...

Great finds! Love that lamp in your playroom!!

You'll have to let us know how much you sell the little baby doll for--people go nuts on ebay!!

Nancy said...

WOW! Kim, You found some great things! Those candle sticks are a great deal! Good luck with that baby doll, Probably another great buy!


Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Great treasures. Let me know about the baby on ebay.

Paula said...

You really found some great things. I'll bet that your doll is worth some money and that you'll have no trouble selling it on Ebay. I enjoyed seeing all of your finds for the week!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh you're the master of finding treasure -- great finds!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Kim,
I've missed ya', girlie! I took a week (almost) off and here I am. Feels good to be back, and catch up. Missed talking to ya'.
May I say a simple AMEN to your love of Craigslist for yard sale searching. Life saver (well, at least gas and time saving).
You scored some great deals here. I love the lamp and black bag.
Lucky you!
I'll tttys,

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow you are an organized shopper. You have so many great finds.

its so very cheri said...

I love so many of your finds.

And I thought I would let you know I did see several "in the rough-needing tender loving care" chandeliers at a shop a week or two ago. I did not check the prices when I was there but if you want me to run over and do that, I could shoot you the price.


Anonymous said...

Oh made out like a bandit!!! What great stuff!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

OMG! You got some of the most fabulous deals! I wanna go shopping with you! laurie