Saturday, August 22, 2009


Thanks again to Raechel for encouraging us to share our yard sale finds each week. Check her blog at Finding My Feet and also check out the links at the bottom of her page for today where others link to their blog posts. It's so fun to compare our finds with everyone elses.

We hit the yard sale mother-lode today. A woman and her son had obviously bought almost everything that Linens and Things had left in their store when they closed and were selling it C-H-E-A-P!!! I hope they made some money because they were practically giving stuff away (YEA! for me).

A few weeks ago, Maggie had told me if I saw a simple Mr. Coffee coffeemaker at a yard sale to get it for her. Today, I found a new one, never been used for $5. Snatched that up right away. Also, I needed a new iron (not that I do THAT much ironing but Charlie does ;-0) so picked up a new Black and Decker iron. $3 for the iron. (Original price Mr. Coffee: $25; B&D Iron: $64.99)

A few months ago, I was in Belk when they were having a 1/2 price sale on their bed pillows. Pillows and I have a running battle because I can never find one to suit me. We have a king size bed but the particular pillow I wanted only came in double but I liked the pillow and ended up paying $45.00 for one pillow. Today at the yard sale, I found another like it for which I paid $3. Original price:$89.99 and I got it for $3. Am I happy? You bet!!! It has a suede-like cover on it and is made by Tempur-Pedic (pictured below with the cream-colored covering).

I also found two Serta-Perfect king pillows for son's bed along with 7 luxurious towels. Original price on the king pillows was $39. each and we got them for $5 each. Original price on the towels was $16.99 each and we got them for $1 each.

Hubby had said for a long time that we need a new toaster oven. We use our toaster oven EVERYDAY...gets a lot of use and our old one is getting pretty ratty! At the same sale, we got a Hamilton Beach Convection Toaster Oven, regular price $59.99 for $5. Mind you, all these things are new, still in the box; no dents, scratches, missing parts, etc. BRAND NEW!!!! Can't beat the price.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a daybed with trundle and two mattresses on CraigsList. Got a steal on it but thought I wanted to cover the mattresses with some kind of topper/mattress pad. Found a twin, 2" memory foam mattress cover, regular price $99.99 and paid $5 for it. Do you see a pattern here? Almost everything there was $3, $5, or $20.

For years, I have wanted a nice stainless steel trash can for my kitchen. All my appliances are stainless and wanted to match it up. I've looked at them once in Bed, Bath and Beyond and Linens and Things (pre-bankruptcy) but never felt like I could spend the kind of money they asked on a really good one. Have made do in the kitchen with just white plastic garbage cans from Wal-Mart. Guess what I got at the yard sale today? Yep, a SimpleHuman Stainless Steel can, original price $129.99 for $20. Still am not believing it! AMAZING!

The two things Maggie had asked me for were the Mr. Coffee and a toaster. Again, found a B&D toaster, original price $35 for $3.

Now, for the Tuck-N-Run finds of the day! We've been using a Keurig single serving coffeemaker at work for a couple of years that belonged to one of the professors. She no longer works at the university and when she left, so did her coffeemaker. So, we were thinking we would have to go out and purchase a Mr. Coffee and brew a pot everyday. There are only four of us in the department that drink coffee so we didn't really want to do that. Another good thing about a single serve is buying the pods in different flavors along with tea pods if someone preferred a cup of hot tea. Would you believe that the yard sale had several of the $169.99 PLATINUM model Keurig single serving coffeebrewers so not only did I buy one for work, I bought one for home too!!! I made off like a bandit for $20 each!

If you recall, last week, I helped my niece put items out for her yard sale and remarked that I could use and would buy two of the items she was selling if they didn't sell. I got a call from her late in the day Saturday afternoon telling me she wanted to GIVE me FREE of CHARGE the two items I had talked about. One is originally a china cabinet but I am going to paint it and do my painted glass mosaic on the glass doors and use it for a bookcase. Many of my books are stored in a storage building and I want to bring them home. I have the perfect spot for it and it will look great. I am anxious to get it painted and will post my pics when it is finished. Can't beat FREE!.



Dumpster diving has become my husband's new hobby. Well, not really dumpster-dumpster but trash can haunting! While out riding his bike early one morning when we were at the beach recently, he spied something that he thought I would like. Not being able to carry it while riding his bike, he came back to the house, got the car, coming home with the neatest thing again FOR FREE from the trash. I have no idea why anyone would have thrown it out, but they did and we made a my new wicker plant stand! Don't you?