It's been a busy, successful morning with lots of bargains. I don't have any chit-chat in me this morning, so we get to skip straight to the good stuff!
Here's what I bought this morning:
$1.00 - A plastic tote - I saw it and knew it would be great for storing all my gorgeous fat quarters of fabric for my upcoming quilt project. It was marked $2 and I was willing to pay $1 but I wasn't sure if she'd take it. You might hate me or love me for this, but I offered $0.50, the lady looked at the $2 sticker and said $1. I got my price and she felt like she'd done a bit of bargaining. We all walked away happy!
And, I walked away with a more organized sewing room!
$0.50 - a string of 150 white lights on green wire, brand new in the box - I just told Ryan yesterday that now that September was here I was finally emotionally prepared to consider things like Christmas lights at yard sales (no matter how good the bargain, it's hard for me to think about sweaters and wreaths when it's 98 degrees out). Sure enough, I found a box for $0.50! I'm going to thank myself in December when I have enough working lights for our tree and don't have to run out to the store mid decking the halls!
Free - 2 large manilla mailing envelopes (I am always buying these things to mail skirts and things. Two free envelopes are two fewer that I have to spend cash on!)
Free - bundle of pipe cleaners (I love it when people just give me things. Oliver will get a little joy out of these, then I can pitch them guilt-free!)
$0.50 - expanding file folder and brand new box of Crayola crayons (Had both of these on my to-buy list!)
$0.50 - awesome shape and color sorting tool/game - There are a lot of basic preschool skills that can be taught and tested with this game. I picked it up for our co-op, but Oliver played with it for a solid 30 minutes when I brought it home. Evidently he's got those skills figured out.
$0.25 - Agatha's Alphabet book (pictured above) and a transportation puzzle. Not bad to get two for a quarter! (I love that alphabet book, by the way - it's excellent!)
$0.50 - Melissa & Doug 100-piece puzzle - It's time to move Oliver up to some more challenging puzzles now that the 40-piecers are no longer a challenge. I think this one will be tough for a while and I'm looking forward to working with him on it. It's going to take some real focus!
$0.50 - Linen tablecloth - it's totally 'Anthropological' (as in, it looks like it's from Anthropologie) and it's just in line with the color I have in my kitchen and dining room right now. Unfortunately, it's a little small for the table so I think I'll cut it all up and make a bunch of lovely reusable grocery bags. (I use those things all the time for so many things!)
$3.00 - sleep shirt, black cardigan (H&M), grey tank and super cute trousers. I never know whether to show each one individually or to just show them as a bunch...
$0.25 - Handsome striped hoodie for a certain fall kid.
Free - Madeline magnet. For Bea. :)
$0.75 - bunch of decorative lemons and limes - weird price, I know. The lady gave me these and the puzzle & book above for a dollar. I think they look sort of Eric Carl-ish in person. They're neat!
$0.50 - "Au Lait" milk bath powder - hm... might need to use this during Oliver's nap today!
Okay, I totally win today's Tuck-And-Run prize. I'm so excited - it was the first thing I bought and my mom was so jealous!
(I'm guessing some of these will end up at her house anyway!)
$0.50 - NINETEEN Yankee Candle tarts. NINETEEN!!! For fifty cents!!! Um, I love these things and always want to buy them but it's hard to bring myself to spend $1.99 for one tart. (I'm sounding cheap, aren't I?) Anyway, I just got almost $40 worth of tarts in my favorite scents for $0.50!! (Just picture me doing a happy dance and you'll have it about right) :)
And, since I'm not technically allowed to award myself the "tuck-and-run" prize, I do have a legitimate winner for the week as well:
Congratulations to the VanOrden family who described a tuck-and-run sort of feeling as they drove away with a beautiful bike trailer/double stroller for only $15 last weekend! Those things are hard to come by and they're killer to buy brand new. Excellent find, VanOrden family! Thanks for sharing!
Are many of y'all still going out on Saturday mornings? Is the weather beginning to slow down the sales in the North and midwest yet? We usually get garage sales into October here (although I bought one of my favorite sofas at a yard sale on a sunny December day one year!).
Show me what you found this morning - I always love to see!