Monday, March 7, 2011

Thrift Haul: Yard Sale Hunting for Treasure

This weekend I encountered an enchanted yard sale. Junk was piled, bathed in the golden light of the setting sun. Piles of grimy junk spread as far as the eye can see. I came home with the haul pictured above (Leaving other fun finds, like a giant stack of Playboys, behind.)


The teapot, globe book end, and two oriental planters were 50 cents each from a yard sale next to my apartment. The rest was picked up for the sprawling yard sale I described.

I bought the owls, Japanese bunny bowls, small dinosaur, 60s yellow planter, little casita, 60s mushroom set, and a couple of other things for $7.00 total. I love yard sales, they are one of my favorite second-hand shopping resources. Thrift store prices are rising, but yard sales keep giving me the goods for cheap.

What did you find this weekend?

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18 comments:

  1. I probably would have gotten the stack of Playboys too. Some of those older copies sell pretty good on Ebay!

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  2. Nice finds with the owls and other stuff - I have to agree that the thrifts have gotten more expensive over the years. I'd favored them over yard/estate sales, but have been switching it up more frequently to try get lower prices.

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  3. No yard sales in my neck of the woods yet (I live in the country in the still-wintery PNW) but I am definitely looking forward to the season starting. My thrift store luck has dwindled recently - I hope it's because people are plotting their mega yard sales with their extra stuff!

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  4. I forgot to add that they were modern, not vintage Playboy magazines. Or they would be mine, and treasured forever :) I love vintage pinups.

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  5. Ahhhh, excellent!! I'm so jealous you live somewhere where yard sales are going on already! Here, it will be a few more months.

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  6. Funny, I just bought the very same mushrooms a couple of weeks ago at a thrift shop!

    Cool finds!

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  7. Love that teapot! 50 cents was a steal!

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  8. Owls and toadstools = a good day in my book!

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  9. I still haven't advanced to garage or estate sales but I rarely pay over .99 for any item at Goodwill or the thrift stores I frequent - keeps the hunt challenging for me - and saves me money. I REALLLY want to start going though but I have to learn how to sell online better first because I have too much already haha. Thanks for sharing...

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  10. that "little cassita" (which i'm assuming is the 3D wall hanging of a room) is a blast from my past. my parents had two like that from Brazil... now i wonder whatever happened to them? i visited a little thrift shop in my neighbourhood that i don't see often and found a leather belt. but the best thing that happened was that i went thrifting with a friend whose son is getting married in april and we found a mother-of-the-bride dress for $8. sweet...

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  11. Angelika:

    My mom and I collect the Hispanic mini 3D wall hangings you recall from your past. She has a few from Mexico, and I provide her with more every time I find them. I'm completely enchanted by them. (I'm half Mexican/Half Puerto Rican, they remind me of the tropical, colorful habitat where my extended family lives.)

    I think this one will mark the beginning of a casita collection of my own...

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  12. I really like the 3D wall hanging. That's sweet. Love the brown pitcher and 'shrooms S&P shakers. Too cute. I'm into the brown dishes and such. I have several Hull and McCoy brown pieces. Great treasures! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Love your finds.I have the same mushrooms that my mum gave to me.Owls are sweet.

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  15. So many goodies! And seriously, yard sales are the new thrifts. Because Goodwill is looking more like Ross nowadays. I saw shoes for $30 and cameras for $40. Grr.

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  16. Nice score!
    I can't wait for yardsale season to kick in this spring!

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