I love to shop as much as the next woman, but since I am back to staying at home, I really don't want to be spending the extra money by shopping until I drop. Well, at least not by going to shopping malls and paying full price- I can certainly do without that. While I often shop at stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx, sometimes it makes more sense to save even more money. And we all like to save money, don't we?
City-wide garage sales are a great way to find treasures amongst what other people consider used up trash. I love city-wide garage sales in particular because they make for a very productive day. Personally, I take off on a whim and a budget, meandering through neighborhoods. I don't look at ads... I'm simply out and about, wandering aimlessly (but with purpose), hunting for bargain treasures.
This week my budget was $40.00. I received payment for a couple of mystery shops I did, so I had extra money to play with. I want to redecorate our living room, but I don't really want to spend a lot of money to do it. I found a pair of white chairs that have great bones but need a little fixing up. They were only three dollars each. I can work with that!
These will be great centered with a small table in front of our picture window- perfect for chess or checkers, or an afternoon game of scrabble. I would love to have mostly black furniture, so I'm thinking that I might keep these white or paint them blue with some kind of black and white fabric cushion.
Check out this amazing basket! $1.00- you can't beat that unless its free. I'm not sure where this will go, but I can always use another basket around the house to catch things before it becomes clutter...
Thinking along the lines of our new living room decor... whenever I finally get to painting and decorating and figure out a new couch, I saw this little decorative black and white accent and black lab puppy. $1.75 combined. I love finding bargains like these.
This lamp is practically brand new and sells for at least twenty dollars at Target. I snagged it for $2.00! My daughter is going to absolutely LOVE it, and how perfect is it that it matches the color scheme of her bedroom.
I haven't had a magazine rack in years, but we desperately need one. We always have magazines laying around, and having a place to stash all of them would be so useful! I have a feeling this is going to take a lot of work to refinish, because I want it to be black, white, or blue. I'm still not sure on the color, or how exactly I'm going to refinish it. However, for less than $2.00...it was worth it.
A few more finds for our daughter's room: mirror, shelf that will be painted black, and ladder things that I was told are for beanie babies. Those will also be painted black and I think probably placed horizontally on one of her walls and used either as a place to hang accessories or to tack photos. I paid less than $4.00 for all of this:
This poster will look a ton better once it is in a frame. I can't pass up a picture of New York, a city I just love.
So... all those great home decor finds, but that wasn't all I got. Can you believe I also go:
So... I would like to know- do you shop at garage sales AND if you do (or if you hold garage sales from time to time):