Friday, May 22, 2009



That's the most accurate word to describe this day.


That's the most accurate word to describe the amount of good deals we found on our Yard Sale/Goodwill Adventure.

My good buddy, Arlene, from a few doors down shimmied her lights to and fro as her car flashed into my driveway for a pick up time of 7:15 AM. {I can't help but get the visual of Chick Hick's lady twin fans from the movie CARS here.}

Sorry I had to go mom there.
Not only mom, but boy mom.
Not only boy mom, but boy mom of toddlers.

My little men tucked in nicely with their daddy watching what only every little man looks forward to on a PBS Saturday morning, the click of my seat belt never felt more uninhibited.

Arlene felt the need to play Russian Rue let with the "Mamaws of o-dark-30" and risk the the premier yard sales steals with breakfast.

I obliged as the coffee and spinach souffle was divine, but knew in the bargain of my heart we were being a bit too big for our good deal britches.
First stop, Ramsgate. A gated community where lots of really important people live. Important people with lots of important money. Better yet, important people with lot of important money and lots of important items to sell in their yard sales and little knowledge of what things normally "go" for when one chooses to unleash Baby Gap in their front yard under a pop tent.

Let's take house 6416 for example. I have cleverly used my FBI dyslexia to ensure homeowner identity here, but 6416 nonetheless.

The above items were purchased for $1.00 a piece.

  • 3 Polo shirts/sweaters
  • 1 pair of Gymboree pants
  • 2 POLO golf shirts (not photographed)
  • 1 Thomas the Tank DVD (not photographed)
  • 3 train books ($.25 each--not photographed)

"Ummm, excuse me, ma'm?

"I realize pouring rain is doing nothing but sabbotaging your perfectly set-n-style hair palace, but perhaps next time you SHOULD NOT leave your husband out in the garage to fetch prices on items."

"Why? You ask?"

"Cause he is robbing you of all of your giveitawaynow money!!!"

I also purchased 3 items for myself at another home. I plan on doing a small fashion show post of my summer thrift finds sometime in the near future. At least 2 of these items will be on the catwalk just as soon as find the perfect coordinate for the 1 trendy and take about 1 1/2 inches in of the other trendy.

Again, $1.00 a piece.

I won't even go into Arlene's treasures or the fact that she found a $50.00 toy from Target in the yard sale for $5.00.

Holla if you here me, girls?!!

Next stop, Goodwill.

Goodwill, how I love thee.
This picture is of our brand new store in town! No more cluttered aisles and darting around Mamaw motorized go-go carts.
Oh yeah, it's on, baby!

Allow me to completely show that I ain't above taking one for the team of thrift.
Hair? Who needs it?
I just came from $1.00 Mania at the homes of Donald Trump's distant relatives, I do declare.

Arlene's got a thing for color coordination. I caught her several times not even looking for deals, but OCD sorting and re-organizing the colors of the shirts according to everyone's palette of standard: the rainbow...ROYGBIV.

A simple twist of the wrist and yank of her dang good perfect pony tail and she was back in the game.

We had 64 items to try on or consider purchasing for our family as we huffed and puffed our way to the place where magic happens: Goodwill's dressing room.
This was only 1/2 of my stash as I had to take it in shifts!

Here's my other 1/2.

Home just in time for lunch only to relieve the best husband ever of parental duties, the above is what I scored from Goodwill. All nothing short of cuteness, sass, and comfort. Just keep your eyes peeled for my summer stint on the catwalk of cash savings and you'll see these fun finds soon enough!

Play shorts for the boys. $1.24 less 50% each. That's $.62 each, sweets.

And last, but NOT least, I found the perfect fitted Tennessee Vols tee I had been after but SO unwilling to pay the full price of $24.95 plus in the store.

And with our new lead dog Smokey, I have a feeling I am going to be wearing this little $1.50 find quite often.

That was my total spent.

That was my number of items purchased.

Steals and deals riding on wet wheels,
That's the way this mama gets her good feels,


.mac :)


Our really empty nest said...

I just found your post when I was reading Jen's. I am so inspired by what you and she and I am sure many others find. I have start GW'ing for kitchen and other house "stuff", just a matter of time before I am a true GWer I think! Sue

Anonymous said...

Seriously amazing. I don't ever have that kind of luck (or patience) but need to find some!
We've got a couple of new GW stores in town I've been wanting to try out but haven't may have inspired me to take a trip

The Pink Potpourri said...

OH MY. i am very jealous! i LOVE garage sales and goodwill! you girls look like you had such a fabulous time! i love all the pictures :) congrats on your fantastic purchases!!! isn't that the best feeling?

pam said...

Wow, I love all your deals. I need to come and go shopping with you, I never find those kinds of deals.

Thank you so much for the lovely comment about Meem. I guess yesterday there was issues with internet explorer. (Not that I really understand any of that)LOL. I am hoping everything is fine today.

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

You are my kind of girl friend!! I love this post, and you show that it's possible and is TONS of fun. Thanks for linking it to the Frugal Fashionista post. I didn't announce I was going to do Mr. Linky, so hoepfully you'll get lots of people coming on over since there are only a few of you. It would be great if you could add a link in your post, so others can join in on the fun. :)

April said...

I am blown completely out of the water by what all you purchased and what little you spent! You are amazing, girl! I think I hear Good Will calling my name! You ROCK!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

I love hearing about your steals. Especially, since I am so not a bargain shopper like that but I love it that you have the patience to do it.
I thought I got a great deal on some Lily Pulitzer pants orginally $148 got them for $33!! That's a deal for me!!

Kacey R. said...

That is AWESOME! I will be hitting a neighborhood yard sale tomorrow and I hope I find some sweet deals like you did! Amazing! We only have one Goodwill in town and its not that good which is a MAJOR bummer. In CO we had several thrift stores and it was Glad you had a ball and found some great stuff!

"Can I get an encore, do you want more?..."

CandiceM said...

Wow!! That's awesome! We finally live in a place where there are 'ritzy' neighborhoods- I have found my best deals there!!

Jessica Morris said...

can't wait to see the clothes all put together in outfits!!
Thrift and yard sale clothes are THE BEST!! I just did a post on outfits I have gotten my boys second hand.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Holy cannoli batgirl. You did outstanding. While I am not a huge shopper of clothes I must admire that spinach souffle from Panera. I had that once. Yum. But really, you did great and I know how those people feel who sold you those things. We just had a garage sale and I practically gave things away. An elliptical machine for $25. Should be a crime but hey. And she had the nerve trying to get down to $20. AND pick it up the next day. Hah.

Sarah said...

Hey girl....I love yard saling!!! My one question to you is....can i come next time?! great dad growing up drug me around to yard sales and I loved it!! I was always dressed in resale clothes...once I got to middle school I started caring and got pickier.....good memories.

Our really empty nest said...

no no no, I was 15 when the hubs and I started dating, we grew up living across the street from each other. We did marry early though, I was 19. I would have killed my kids had they wanted to be married at such a young age, lol. Yes shout used to come in a can, it was tough finding a pic of that on the internet, lol. thanks for stopping by hope you'll stop back! Sue

Shannon Strong said...

I am cracking up! I love garage sales first of all...and Goodwill-another fav as well :-) Looks like you had a total blast, and you go bargain girl ;-)

Toia said...

My mom and I was just talking about the good deals she found @ GW this past week. I see nothing wrong with saving some el dinero.

I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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