I have a love hate relationship with going to garage sales. When my kids were little it made more sense because they outgrew everything so quickly it was an extremely affordable way to keep up. Now not so much. I find my list is short and as I’ve simplified over the years I’ve learned that one of the best ways to reduce clutter in my home is to stop it from coming in the door in the first place. We all know how easy it can be to add to our clutter collections when the price is too good to pass up. That’s the hate part of the garage sale relationship. However, despite that, I have to tell you that a lovely turn of events has turned this garage sale season into one I will treasure forever.
You see here in my new community, garage sales happen late Friday afternoons, which I love and look forward to week after week. Why? Because I’ve got a standing date with my middle son (11) who absolutely loves to hit the garage sales each week (he’s always on the hunt for cheap Yu-Gi-Oh cards). Since my other two kids couldn’t care less about garage sales, it’s become our thing to do, just the two of us. I love spending one on one time with my kids and this has been such a great way to hang out with my boy.
Oh how I’ve enjoyed our Friday nights together even if it does mean I end up buying a few things that were just too good of a deal to pass up. The entire DVD series of Golden Girls that I purchased for $30.00 was a steal and I took one look at them and knew I had to have them. I grew up in the eighties what more can I say and the theme song? Only the best there ever was. Seriously there is just something about this song that puts an instant smile on my face and makes me start singing at the top of my lungs. My family especially loves when I do that :)
For the most part though I’ve been pretty controlled at garage sales I must say. Of course I always keep my eyes open for things to help me organize. Two of my favorite finds this summer were only $2.00 a piece!!
First you know how I love my Pampered Chef Turnabout for my kitchen utensils. Well when I found one on sale recently for $2.00 I snatched that thing up so fast and high tailed it out of there yelling “start the car, start the car!” Yes I’m a total dork like that. I use this one as my son’s art caddy. LOVE it!
Second was this simple Closet Maid shelving unit, also for $2.00. I’m always on the look out for these as they are the BEST for inside closets, I think every one of my closets has a least one :) My daughter also uses one for a nightstand. Not sure yet where I’ll use this one but I can assure you it will be put to good use.
So how do you feel about going to garage sales? Love em or hate em or somewhere in between? Did you find any great deals this summer?