Category Archives: Thrift Shops / Yard Sales

8-14-2017 A Few Frugal Things – Moving to a Rental with a Pool

I am on summer break which is always exciting! We found a new rental house with a pool as the owners of our current rental have decided to sell.  We have been seriously farm hunting for over 8 months and have put in multiple offers but so far, no luck. It’s incredibly frustrating and we will likely have to rent for another year. That being said we, are really enjoying the pool in our new house and having a lot more space.

 

I took the puppy to the thrift shop today and found a couple of outside chairs for $9 each that fold up really small but can be used in both seated and laying positions. Now that we have a pool I we will definitely use them and can also fold them up to take to the beach. I saw the same chairs sold brand new today for $50-$100.

Moving is EXPENSIVE because of the deposits and higher rent we will now be paying. However, we are thankful to have a new rental home with a pool in a nice neighborhood.

Now that we have moved into a 4 bedroom house we don’t have enough furniture. I did find the above vintage table with leafs that fold out and it’s great for my new sewing table.

The house is definitely larger than what we need, however, the price was decent for the area and we wouldn’t have saved much by going for a smaller house without a pool. Having the extra rooms is a huge benefit because family came to visit 3 days after we move in. No pressure! There is a huge thrift store near our new place and also some really cool discount stores that I can scope out now that we have moved in.

Thrift Finds: $5 Magic Bullet 

I was so excited to stop in at a small church thrift shop in my home town that has odd hours but great prices. My visit with my mom lined up so we decided to go. My best find was the above Magic Bullet blender for $5 with a LOT of accesories! I’m excited to make more smoothies with it!

Goodwill Outlet North Austin Shopping Trip, $1 Hydroflask!!

My husbands friend was coming over for a few hours this Sunday so I decided to leave the babe with him and go to the Goodwill Outlet in North Austin. Im trying to start selling more on eBay so the outlet is a great place to find items for my eBay store.As always you never know what you will find at the “bins” as people call them, but it is always fun! I also was able to take a few pictures of the inside to show what this brand new Goodwill outlet looks like. 

My first find of the trip was this super cute Lucky Brand shirt. I plan on selling this on eBay

This is a mens xxl Polo Club shirt. Ive been told before that ugly and big sells well on eBay so I am going to try with this strange hurricane shirt.

Victoria Secret Pink always sells super well and quickly so I picked up this shirt off the floor. It has dirt from the floor on it, but I think if I just wash it the stain will come out.

American Eagle Tank

I’m not sure if this is a dress or a shirt, but I thought it was cute.

I plan to list this Ergobaby infant insert on eBay or on a local Facebook site to see how it does.

Stella & Dot makeup case.

Motherhood Maternity Robe

A friend of my sisters is a few months pregnant so I picked up this dress for her. I am going to see if she wants the robe and this dress.

American Eagle shorts sell very well for me on eBay so I am glad I found this pair.

I also found a Nine West wrap dress, American Eagle khakis, and a few breast pads.

My favorite find of the trip was a 40oz Hydroflask! I was so excited. I own a 20oz Hydroflask and spent around $25 on it on Amazon. I spent $13 so each item was around a dollar.

Now here are a few pictures of the outlet.

 

 

 

Salvation Army finds 5/17

Wednesday’s are 50% off clothes at the Salvation Army so I picked up a few things!

 

I spent $9 total and I plan on selling the women’s Brooks Brothers polo dress for around $20 on eBay! So it will pay for the whole trip!

 

2-7-2017 Donations and Thrifting

Today was half off with a professional ID day at our local thrift store. I had some good luck on a few things but didn’t buy very much.

I found:

  • 3 Baseball caps
  • An adorable baby play mat for my friend who is decorating her baby’s room in bee theme
  • A knitted minion hat for my baby nephew
  • Some small stuffed animals for Gimli Puppy
  • A pair of shorts for B
  • Some shirts for work

All for the bargain price of $13. 

Gimli was so excited about his new Eeyore toy that he grabbed it before it made it into the picture.

I also donated 5 boxes of stuff to the thrift shop while I was there. It was very motivating and now I want to get rid of even more junk! I’ll never be a minimalist but we know we will be moving this year and I find that very motivating.

It might have been easier to donate to a Goodwill drive through but I would rather donate to this small local thrift shop that benefits the local community directly.

Dec 2016 Recent Thrift Finds

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One of the fun things about winter break is having more time to do some thrift shopping! With my sister and good friend both expecting babies I had a lot of fun looking for baby items! Thrift shops are great places to get baby items because they don’t usually get worn for long and people tend to buy a lot of nice stuff for baby showers. Thankfully both my sister and friend don’t care if items are brand new or not.

In the above picture you can see:

  • Burp cloths on the left
  • Cute baby clothes in the middle
  • Some cute dog clothes on the right

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One of my favorite local thrift shops sells shoes for $1 on Fridays and I was very excited to find two basically brand new pairs of ballet flats and then a pair of 9 West Black Sling back heels that I have been search for forever!

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I’ve wanted a closet hanging jewelry holder for a long time and this one was only $4 and I love the color and pattern.

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I was excited to find this Boppy Pillow cover for my sister for $2 because I know they are usually $15-20

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B found these Timberland boat shoes for $1. This isn’t a great pic of them but they are comfortable and he can wear them to his office job.

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More cute baby clothes with Gimli testing them out.

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I was excited to find the adorable basket on the left with the tags still on it and the queen sized sheet set for our bed in green. The cow pot holder will be a gag gift.

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We use all towels in this house until they are falling apart and then use them as rags. The hand towels were 75% off because they are Christmas themed and the other two towels were in great shape. I’m really picky about towels.

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More cute, cute baby stuff!

8-20-16 Thrift Shop Finds

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I was excited to pick up some clothes for teaching like the Ann Taylor skirt on the lower left.

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This Express dress was only  $6 and I think it will be perfect for all of the baby showers I will be attending this year!

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Nine West shoes (left) are my crack cocaine of shoes because I can wear them for 12 hours without them hurting my feet. And I adore the Christian Siriano (love him from project runway!) slingback heels on the right!

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I was also super excited to pick up this copy of The Tightwad Gazette for $2! This is only the first book and I have the complete one you can see below but I absolutely love this book! It’s full of amazing money saving ideas! I will pass it along to someone else who wants to read it.

Austin Goodwill Outlet Haul

This past Saturday I was spending time with a friend who had mentioned she had started selling some old jewelry on the site Postmark and was interested in eBay too. I was telling her my experience about the Goodwill outlet in Austin, Tx. We were a short drive away so we decided to go. I had only ever been to the Goodwill outlet on one other Saturday night. This time it was super busy and hot. We did still manage to find some good stuff. Here is what I found:image6-14

I plan on selling this brand new Stephen Colbert book on eBay and keeping the Jim Gaffigan book. Ive already started reading it! Books were 4 for $1.

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I picked up this Little Golden Books out of curiosity. Turns out they really don’t sell for much on eBay but i might just list them anyways!

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A story book from 1981.

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We found so many old interesting books this visit. I believe the maroon book is a 1961 reprint from 1879, the blue book is the complete collection of William Shakepshere published in 1926, and the small brown book is a shorthand dictionary from around 1916!

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I found both these mugs to sell on eBay. If I sell just on I will make enough money to pay for my whole shopping trip!

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Lastly, I found four small like new Ikea plates I was going to buy a few months back, but for some reason decided against. I found two pyrex bowls, one anchor bowl, and a vintage Welchs Looney Tunes jar from the 80’s.

I also found a Maxi dress from Charminig Charlie (at least $40 in store), a pair of Jessica Simpson maternity shorts (at least $34 at Motherhood Maternity), and a cute tank top. My total was $10!

6-10-2016 Thrift Finds – 25 Cent Clothes and a Griswold Cast Iron Skillet

 

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I had a fun day out and about thrift shopping last Friday with my mom. The best find of the day was definitely this above Griswold Cast Iron Skillet for $5. These skillets are basically heirlooms because they can be used forever. I haven’t decided if I will keep it or sell it on eBay. I already have a cast iron skillet in this size but it’s not as high quality which is ironic because the one above is probably many, many years older.

Cast iron is prized in the chemical free community for not leaching harmful chemicals into food like the non-stick coating on so many pans.

I also got the below clothes. They were .25 cents to $1 which is significantly cheaper than the $3-7 each item at Goodwill. I love smaller, less expensive, charity thrift stores but happen to live closer to several Goodwills. Still secondhand is sooooo much cheaper than buying new and has a lot less of an impact on our planet.

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Selling on eBay- Flamingos Sweater – Unusual Thrift Finds

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I found this really crazy but adorable but so not my style Flamingos Sweater for about $3 when I was thrifting the other day and I was super excited to find out that it sells on eBay for $45-$120! Who knew???? I currently have it listed here but I will let you know what it sells for but this is a great reminder that eBay is all about unusual and unique items so if it stands out to you some might be willing to pay a good amount for it.

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