Yard Sale!

At the crack of dawn on Saturdays, I force myself to get out of bed to get ready for the week’s main event during the Spring, Summer and Fall months – YARD/GARAGE Sales and Flea Markets! America’s favorite past time is mine too. I have been a yard sale enthusiast since we got here. Where else can you find a $10.00 coffee table, $0.25 books and knick knacks ranging from $0.10-$1.00?
For those of you who’ve never been to yard sales or flea markets, I highly recommend that you go. You will not believe the bargains! You can even find new stuff in mint condition and some new in packages for a fraction of the cost.
It all started when we were just starting out and needed stuff for the house. Being on a budget, I refused to spend more than we can and so I turned to yard/garage sales. I was hooked ever since. As a SAHM with 2 small kids then, it really helped a lot. I also had an eBay business and I bought stuff at yard sales and then sold them on eBay. Of course this was when eBay was just starting out – insertion fees and final value fees were low, not a lot of people were selling and buyers always paid for the items they won and left feedback for you. Now, forget about it! Unless you’re selling big ticket items, it is not worth your time, gas and mileage to list anything. But I digress. It did help me when we were just starting out and the kids were still small. Every Saturday, the whole family piles up in the car, 2 car seats in the back and loads of food and at least 3 kids cds (just in case they get bored or hungry, I came prepared 😉 ) and off we go to wherever the sales are. During that time, that was the big event. Our weekend getaway. The kids got used to being driven every Saturday morning and I was able to memorize more than 2 dozen children’s songs. We were able to fill up our house with finds and saved money in the process.
Now, the kids have grown (9 and almost 11 y/o) and they would rather stay at home with their video games. My house is filled with things but I still go anyways. I don’t know, there’s something about the hunt. The thrill of the find. Sometimes I stumble upon treasures – a rose tea pot, a bell for my collection, out of print books, hard to find CD’s, the list never ends. There will always be something that I will find. Like what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

Published in: on April 28, 2007 at 5:34 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Wow! I wish there are as many garage sales enthusiasts here too! I have a lot of stuff here that needs to go, but I don’t know how to dispose them. Sometimes, when I really desperately want more space in the house, I just give them away to neighbors.

  2. Hi Rhodora, yes I’m so lucky that I can still get stuff even on a budget and not feel guilty about it later. I hope you can find a way to dispose of your stuff, sayang naman. What some of my friends in the Philippines did was to organize a sale with some other friends then passed out fliers advertising the sale. They had so much fun while doing it. They bought stuff from each other and maybe accumulated more stuff but it was another excuse to get together. 😉

  3. It’s ukay-ukay ang uso d2.
    I love to scan all the stores just to find
    the perfect boots. Lucky me, I always find
    a hard to find-unique pair with my size.
    Sana makapunta rin ako sa mga Yard Sale =)

  4. Hey Lizzz! Don’t you just love it when you find hard-to-find stuff at a bargain?

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