Monday, April 30, 2012

Yard Sale Love

This weekend I decided to go yard sale hunting again.  I am so extremely thrilled with the amazing finds that I scored.  I went back to that same area I went last week and had such great luck. 

There were so many yard sales and a great amount of Community Sales.  From my experience, Community Sales present a great experience for me because there are so many people who get together to get rid of things, and then I come in and get to buy things at super low prices.

This summer my daughter will be having her birthday.  I decided that it would be fun to throw her a surprise tea party.  I have been looking around for ideas and found some great pictures of nicely decorated tables with real china sets and glassware full of sweets and treats.  I decided that would be the perfect thing for her party.  In looking around at prices for china and glassware, I have had a bit of sticker shock.  Typically I can find great deals at thrift stores.  Unfortunately, $3.00 for one plate doesn't sound like a great price in my humble opinion.  I have looked high and low at thrift stores with not the greatest luck.

Thankfully this weekend I found a great old china set!  It was in a cardboard box and the lady said $10.00!!  I couldn't believe my luck.  Imagine my surprise in myself when I negotiated her down to $8.00.  Yes, $8.00 is a much better deal than purchasing everything separately at thrift stores and such.  I also found clear glass dishes and platters for the party.  I couldn't believe the great luck.  There was such a great selection for these items and I happily scored.  I found a white glass pitcher that matches my dish set at home for only 50 cents!!!

My son likes Imaginext toys and has been wanting this pirate ship for a while now.  He looks at the stores and excitedly exclaims how much he wants it.  At about $50 - $60 there is no way this mama wants to spend that much.  Well, imagine my surprise when I found the complete set for only $5.00 at a yard sale.  Jack spent his own money on it and was so excited about buying it.  Score!!!  He also found a space ship shooter thing for $1.00.  (When we got home we cleaned up his toys and he played with them on his own for hours.  Definitely worth the money spent.)

My daughter found this Pucci pup for only $1.00 which was paid with her own money.  She has been wanting another one to go with the one she has that Santa purchased for $2.00.  Another score!

I found a nice JC Penney queen size comforter for only $2.00!  The lady said she purchased it new at JC Penny for $80.00.  No worries for me.  I will happily use it. 

We had a birthday party to go to that evening, and I found a brand new Baby Phat purse with the tags and everything on it for $7.00, with the birthday girl in mind.  I tried to talk them down to $5.00 but they wouldn't budge.  For $7.00 I figured I couldn't go wrong.  The birthday girl is into fashion and purses so why not?  Much cheaper than spending a lot more at the store like I was planning to do. 

I found a vintage Disney blanket for a dollar that I talked her down to only 50 cents. 

I had my sister with me as well and she bought a bunch of nice things for herself.  Needless to say, I sure love yard sales.   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yard Sale Season Is Upon Us

You all know that I love yard sale season.  This past weekend our neighbor mentioned how she had been at her sister's house the night before and had seen a substantial amount of yard sale signs being put up.  She hinted at going in that area to check out the sales.  I happily acted upon her hinting and off we went.  I had never been in that area before and was so happy in my experience. 

Let me tell you how thoroughly excited I am about the amazing finds we stumbled upon. 

I found a number of items of clothing in different price ranges.  The best just so happened to be a jacket for 25 cents.  Yes, you read that correctly.  25 cents! 

My neighbor found so many clothes that her and her family will wear.  She found toys and an awesome oil painting for $10.00 which is really big.  Needlesss to say in my little car with three kids and two grown ups plus all our finds, we were squished. 

The greatest find of all though was the amazing bicycle I found for my daughter.  It was in great condition in a nice light blue color for only TEN BUCKS!!!!!  I was so excited because I have been keeping my eyes out for a bike for her.  I have seen plenty of them but in pretty bad condition.  When I say bad, I am talking about completely rusty and sellers still asking for about $10-$15!!  I was mightily excited for this find, as was Bug as well.  My camera isn't working the greatest or I would take pictures of it to share with all of you. 

Tonight as I was driving home, I saw a church yard sale sign up and a parking lot of things.  From my experience in yard sales, I tend to have pretty good success at church sales, so I decided to stop and have a little look.  I ended up finding some really nice clothes for my daughter for 6 dollars total.  Two were cute t-shirts for fifty cents each, two were nice light long sleeved shirts, one nice Arizona jean company sweater and One was an H&M brand Hello Kitty red shirt with black sequins.  These will be for Bug to help dress her for next school year.  (Yes, I am already thinking of next school year as I shop in advance in hopes to spend a lot less on clothing while I can find the great deals.)

The weekend is almost here and most people think happily of relaxing and lounging.  Me?  Heck no!  I am thinking of yard sales.  A thrifty, sassy, mama life for me :)!  I love being able to save money by hitting up yard sales. 

Have you been yard sale shopping lately?  What finds have you found?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Any Toy Story Fans Out There???

Are there any cool Toy Story fans out there?  If you head here to Go Graham Go, you will see a great giveaway for an RC set giveaway.  I loved watching the video The Great RC Rescue.  I know in our house, I have some fun Toy Story fanatics.  Get over there and enter right away!  :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mom Spotted Is at it Again

Mom Spotted is at it again everyone!  She is having an awesome giveaway for a Chuggington MEGA Bloks Set!  My son is a huge fan of Chuggington.  The giveaway includes not one, not two, but THREE MEGA Bloks sets.  Do you have kids in the home who loves MEGA Bloks?  How about Chuggington?  Wouldn't they flip to have the Mega Bloks brand and Chuggington together. 
I think this set would definitely give children the opportunity to keep their hands busy and fascinated.  Happy entering!

Chuggington Mega Bloks Giveaway

As some of you know, my son is a fan of Chuggington.  If you head here to Crafty Mama of 4, she is having an incredible giveaway!! 

In her review and giveaway, she mentions that Each set comes with 8 part buildable characters like Wilson, Action Chugger, Old Puffer Pete, Brewster and Calley.  I  love that they use building blocks as a means for children to create and build the structure intsead of it just being made for them.  I think this would be a lot of fun to create with your kids.

Head over there now for a chance to enter.  Happy entering.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Epic Thrift Store Review

I was listening to the radio show this past week and they were talking about a new thrift store.  The name of it was Epic Thrift Store, and they were selling certificates to the store.  Basically the certificate was worth $20.00 and if someone wanted to buy one, they were $7.00.  You just take the certificate in and use it just like you would as cash.  I decided to buy a certificate and check out the store so I paid the radio show the $7.00. 

Upon pulling up to the store, I noticed the window had painted words stating everything was 30% off in store on Friday and 50% off on Saturday for Easter.  Since it was Friday, I was excited.

Upon entering the store, I will happily admit that I was impressed.  Everything was color coordinated.  I immediately went to the children's clothing section.  I started looking through the racks to see what all they had. 

I looked in the children's jeans, which I was specifically on the look out for Bug.  I swear that child grows out of everything so fast.  They had a great variety and the average pair of pants ran $4.00- $4.99, though I did see a few pairs for even less than that.  (Add into account that 30 % off special for that day as well and it would have been even less.)  So I checked out the racks to see what else they had. 

I loved how organized the entire store was.  I really liked the decent prices on clothing.  I had been in Savers recently and noticed them charging $4.99 for children's shirts!  Epic was nothing like that.  Their children's shirts were typically priced in the $1-$3.00 range.  Obviously the $3.00 shirt being really nice and not to mention Tony Hawk brand. 

Although I absolutely loved the selection for clothing, I was not very impressed with their housewares, books or furniture.  Then again I wasn't really on the hunt for those sections this weekend.  I was a little shocked to see a wall hanging priced at $30.00 which didn't seem very reasonable or nice. 

I ended up finding Jack (3) sturdy jackets, (one of which was, a thick, wind and water resistent jacket in great condition for $7 plus the 30% off so the total for it was $4.90!!!), a costume for him for Halloween (Transformer's BumbleBee) for $3 plus the discout, 2 pairs of pants for Bug, some shirts, and a few other things.  In all, my total was $22.00 including the 30 % discount.  Since I had my certificate, I handed that over and paid $2.00.  So my total was $9.00 out of pocket for all those items!!!

(I wish my camera was working so I could take pictures of the items.) 

As a result of their 50 % off deal on Saturday, I decided to go back that morning on a whim to get some more clothing for my kids.  My kids are sporadic with their sizing and fitting clothing.  For a long time they can stay in one size and the next minute it seems they keep growing and growing.  I swear I can never win.  ;)

I ended up walking out with about 10 pairs of nice jeans for Bug (some of which were larger sizes for her to grow into since I never know how long she will stay in a size of clothing), a bunch of nice shirts for Jack in a size or two bigger than he is in now (some of which included Tony Hawk, Transformers, Spider Man, Cars, and various other logos/brands), 4 shirts for Bug, a jacket for Bug, a really nice dress for Bug for Christmastime, and a couple other things.  I walked out with 5 or 6 bags full of clothes.  My total was about $54.00!

In conclusion I highly suggest checking this store out to anyone looking for a hip, reasonably priced, organized, color coordinated thrift store!  I know I will be going back there for future shopping.