My Best Garage Sale Finds

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Years ago, Mom introduced me to the idea of going to garage sales. People sell the darnedest things at their garage sales. Garage sales take time, you have to hit quite a few before you find the item you want or need. If you are in more of a hurry, find a thrift store instead. Expect to pay a bit more in a thrift store, but if it is run by a charitable organization, you can feel good about paying a few bucks more because you are helping out the cause.

10 Steps To A Successful Garage Sale

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Garage sales are a great way to make some extra money, and they are a great activity for kids during the summer break. With the proper amount of planning, you can have an easy, stress free garage sale where you make a profit. If you follow these tips, it will be easy to manage your own garage sale. Get With Friends One of the easiest things that you can do to help ensure that you have a successful garage sale is to get with some of your friends.

All The Furniture, Is In The Garage

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XOXO Cardigan, Thrifted Tank, Target Denim Leggings, Target Necklace, Self made Boots, Matisse Bag, Thrifted. Tags: boots Target self-made denim leggings Thrifted I am in training all day today and tomorrow. Via video conference. And it is BRU-TAL. I am not enjoying it. The other people in the room with me are great, and the instructor is a doll, but the material is dry and there is not a lot you can do to make a video conference entertaining. I am comfortable though!

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It Amazes Me What People Throw Away

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Last summer, a different neighbor was cleaning out their garage and put a Sears Cargo Carrier for the top of your car to the curb. ThriftingOur trash pick-up day is Wednesday. So most of our neighbors put their trash outside on Tuesday afternoons or evenings. We noticed the neighbor up the street had put a pink and purple tricycle out on the curb with their trash. My 3 year old already has a tricycle, but the girls and I were intrigued to see if this one was functional or broken.

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7 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

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There are tons of garage sale ads placed on Craigslist, so the more descriptive you are of your location, the better chance that the reader will head to your sale first. Thrifting Yard sales. People either love them or hate them. I happen to LOVE yard sales. I love going to them and I love having yard sales. If I have a free Saturday morning from April thru September--unfortunately it''s rare--I try to hit a community yard sale.

Save Money and the Environment By Buying Second Hand

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Just look at the many people scouring garage sales in the summer. Likewise, thrift stores are always full of people. Blender Fifteen years ago, I bought a blender at a garage sale for $3. Toaster Oven I bought a toaster oven at a garage sale for $2. Instead, I settled on a garage sale stand mixer I found for $10. Rather than spending money buying clothes in a new size every few months, I bought at garage sales and thrift stores.

Go Green This Halloween

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We do put up decorations (ones I buy at garage sales or thrift stores and reuse each year). If your child (or you) just has to have that store bought costume with all the non-biodegradable materials (you know, that one that costs you at least $20), then after its typical one time use, just donate to your local charity or sell it at your next garage sale or online. Search the attic, the backs of the closets, the garage and see what inspiration presents.

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No Fuss DIY Swiffer Dry Sweeping Refills

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I keep it charged in my garage and I have now gotten into the habit of Swiffering (is that a word?) And when these squares wear out, I’ll head to the thrift store for some cheap flannel shirts. This post is linked to Follow Our Thrift. I hate to spend money on things that end up in the trash. I am also madly in love with my Swiffer Sweepervac. And there lies my dilemma. The flooring in every room in my home is either laminate or hard wood.

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4 Simple Strategies to Save on Children’s Clothes

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You can find used children’s clothing at thrift stores, garage sales, or online via Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Children grow like weeds. Since they change sizes so quickly, it can be challenging and expensive to maintain an appropriate wardrobe. But you don’t have to empty your kids’ college funds to keep them decked out in the latest fashions. With these four simple strategies, you can save a ton of money on children’s clothes. Buy Out of Season.

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Declutter Update #1

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I pulled out clothes that I don’t wear and I’ll donate to the thrift store. The shoe shelf in our garage. On January 1st, I declared my word for 2014 to be DECLUTTER. I found myself feeling suffocated by our home, my schedule, my diet, our budget, and my mind, so I’m focusing on decluttering in 2014 and hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll feel much freer and less stressed. In the first 3 weeks of 2014, I have made some decluttering progress.

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Do You Save Wrapping? – Thrifty Ways to Wrap Christmas Gifts

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Shop garage sales and thrift stores and estate sales. Christmas decorations, wrap, bows and ribbon all are continuous offerings at pretty much every garage sale, thrift store or estate sale I’ve ever shopped. My parents and their siblings were of the generation that grew up during the depression in the 1930′s. Things mattered to them, even something as small as Christmas wrapping was considered precious.

Halloween Spending Through the Years

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My favorite thrift store has a section dedicated to seasonal items. The number and variety of Halloween items in this thrift store surprised me. Now decorations range from creating entire ‘haunted’ garages to carving scads of pumpkins from your trip to the local pumpkin farm (to which admission is charged, rides to spend on are available and of course food and drink consumes funds as well).

Repair, Don’t Replace

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He built his own garage. At garage sales, are you attracted to those still usable but slightly defective items that no one else wants? 5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money- Part 2 Interview with a Self-Made Millionaire How to Make Your Own Clothes How to Shop for Furniture at Thrift Stores 10 Ways To Make Your Home A Zero-Waste Facility. What do you do when a pair of socks gets a hole in the heel? How about when a lamp stops working?

Don’t be a Buy-It-New Snob

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Here is a short list of some of my favorite finds at garage, estate and thrift store sales. I used an old seat cushion I had and wrapped it with brand new material from another garage sale to pretty it up and make it softer, then stacked new throw pillows I found at yet another sale for $.50 I used it for years and sold it – for $25 – last summer in my own garage sale. My ribbon however came from a garage sale. Do You Know a Millionaire Garage Sale-er?

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Take Control of Your Money in 2015

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Choose Thrift First Challenge. In 2015, the monthly challenge will be the Choose Thrift First Challenge. We will be challenging ourselves to resist buying retail and instead choose thrift by borrowing, buying second hand, or making do with what we already have. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage. New year. Fresh start. Lots of possibilities and many opportunities.

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Organize Your Home

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I carried this idea to our garage. Every home has those out of the way, hard to reach places, whether it is the top shelf of a closet, the attic, the basement, a far corner of the garage or the shed outside. The Best Place To Hide Valuables In Your Home Less Obvious Things That You Need To Buy Before Moving Out How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Clothes To Save Money Three Reasons I Prefer Experiences to Things Staying Organized With A Big Wardrobe And a Small Closet.

Our 2018 Financial Goals

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Choose Thrift First. While I love thrift stores, I can be easily swayed to run into Target, TJ Maxx, and/or Kohl’s when I feel like I need something. I’m curious to see how much we can save and also how creative we can get by making do with what we already own or looking for things at a thrift store. I want to go through our basement, closets, and garage to look for unused items that we can sell. Did you make 2018 financial goals ?

Five Home Renovation Savings Tips

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Garage or estate sales. Thrift shops. I scouted for tiles as I went to garage sales for other items and was lucky enough to find not only a big lot of beautiful travertine tiles, but also two very usable Kohler bath faucets – for which we bought one replacement part off the Kohler repair site. I found wood frames for my national park posters and a wildlife themed shower curtain at the local thrift stores. Home renovations are a necessary process when you own your home.

Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet!

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However, I wait until spring and summer to buy decorations – and get them at garage sales. These get donated to thrift stores or placed in consignment shops so you might keep checking your local stores for these. For many, the end of the year holiday shopping frenzy can override our saner, more thrifty selves. We get desperate to find gifts for everyone on the list. Spending our precious and all too limited time searching online and in stores.

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What Makes a Saver?

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As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other? Are we predestined from birth to be one or the other as at least one study proposes? Or is it our earliest environments that mold us to be one or the other? What is it that makes a person a saver? The act of saving.

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Growing up in the 1950?s

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riding lawn mowers, garage door openers and many, many more things we take for granted today. Ours was smaller (about 700 square feet) – 2 bedrooms (my brother and I shared one and my parents the other), a kitchen and a living room, No basement or garage. There were no garage door openers. I was born in 1948 so my early childhood was spent in the 1950′s. I remember it as a simpler time, but a less convenient and more labor intensive era.

3 Savvy Ways to Save on Kids’ Sports Gear

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You can find secondhand sports gear at thrift stores, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and sports resale shops, like Play It Again Sports. Going to your child’s baseball game may be a fun way to spend an evening. Watching your child get nothing but net may be super exciting. Seeing your child run the ball down the field to score a goal may get your adrenaline pumping.

Our Big Financial Goal for 2016

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Choose Thrift First. I have made a pact with myself that if I don’t already own something that I need, I will either: make do with what I have, find said item at a thrift store, borrow, or forget about it. I want to go through our basement, closets, and garage to look for unused items that we can sell. 2016 will be THE year. As God is my witness, it WILL be the year that we pay off the last of our non-mortgage debt.

How Little Could You Spend on Your Child in a Year?

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Many of the other items I needed like cloth diapers and clothes for the baby in bigger sizes I bought from garage sales. 8 Ways to Inspire Children to Help Others How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Clothes To Save Money. When a woman is pregnant for her first child, she’ll likely have a baby shower (or several). I had three baby showers when I was pregnant for my son–one from each side of the family and one from my co-workers.

Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

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There is a lovely thrift store not far from my neighborhood that receives donations from the folks in the local golfing gated community. Of course there are certain things I haven’t attempted – putting on a new roof (although my spouse did this); cleaning out the septic tank; installing automatic garage door openers; or installing windows and new doors. Sometimes I wonder about myself.

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Daily Frugal Tip: Make Bread At Home

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You can often find them at thrift stores and garage sales, though! One of the simplest ways to save money (especially if you love bread as much as I do) is to home-make your bread rather than buying it at the store. A loaf of bread from the bakery at the grocery store costs at least $2. If you buy all the necessary staples to make bread at home, you can make never-ending loaves of bread for probably less than 50¢ or 25¢ each.

How to Simplify Your Life to Make it Better

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Have a big box ready to take the throw-away items and another for anything that is good enough to go to the local thrift store. What about the old refrigerator in the garage you only use when you have a party? Modern life is so frantic. We have more labor-saving devices than ever before in human history but we are living life at a faster pace than ever.

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7 Side Hustle Ideas for Stay-At-Home Parents

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You might look for deals at thrift shops, garage sales, auctions, or stores that frequently sell discontinued products (like T.J. There’s no doubt about it: stay-at-home parents work hard. But while raising awesome children is rewarding in itself, the financial rewards are much less remarkable. Sure, you may be saving on daycare costs, but sometimes it would be nice to bring in a little extra cash.

Stuff – Full Circle

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Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes. Maybe you put it at the curb, hoping someone will take it and use it – or you sell it at a garage sale or some other used stuff venue.

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Used Furniture – Re-purpose, Recycle, Re-use.

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Garage sale and thrift store furniture bargains abound. Furniture is expensive, no doubt about it. In spite of the expense, some of the newer furniture is much less well made than older pieces. Whether you are just starting out; wanting to freshen up your own older items; or furnishing a second home, furniture buying can make a big dent in your budget. But there are ways to save – consider used furniture. Ways to save on furniture.

Super Saver Holiday Ideas

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Plan ahead and hit garage sales, but especially estate sales. Thrift stores are also a great place to shop. Holiday time can be fun, but so very expensive and consequently stressful. Amidst the frantic schedules we keep all year long, the extra tasks thrown in for the holidays and all those expectations, sometimes we are just glad when it is all over.

Should You Learn To Sew?

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Today it is much less expensive to buy your clothes, even if you buy brand new and certainly if you shop some of the chic re-sale shops or even the thrift stores. I bought out a lady at a garage sale long ago, made several dresses, shirts, shorts and cover ups out of some of the material and still have a gob left over. Learning to sew takes time and equipment. Is it a skill that is worthwhile to learn these days? Will it end up saving you money or costing you money in the end?

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Donating Household Clutter and Taking a Tax Deduction

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I've been tackling clutter since January and I had the boxes stacked in my garage to prove it. You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops.". Every year, I have a yard sale. It usually coincides with our neighborhood's big sale and I make out quite nicely with the profits. However, this year we were in Pittsburgh and I missed out on the event.and the cash.

Beginning Exercise without Breaking the Bank

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Check out local thrift stores, Craigslist ads, and garage sales for low cost (and sometimes free!) Think you need an expensive gym membership to get in shape? Think again! You can’t escape the radio and TV ads this time of year boasting amazing deals at your local gym. While it may seem like a good idea – you’re paying for it so you’ll use it right? more times than not the money is spent while the membership goes unused.

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10 Ways to Repurpose Picture Frames

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Whether you are browsing at a local thrift shop, flea market, garage sale, or just perusing your own garage or basement, we all seem to have an abundance of them! 10 Ways to Repurpose Picture Frames. Picture frames are one of those household items you can find anywhere. After all, they are fairly inexpensive to come by, and you never know when the need for one might pop up.

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3 Tried-and-True Tips for a Frugal Family

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You can find lightly used clothes and toys at garage sales or thrift stores to save as much as 90 percent off retail, according to LivingOnADime.com, a site dedicated to frugal living. Everyone knows that you can clip coupons and eat out less to save money. That is not rocket science. What if you already do those things and are still looking for more ways to save? Then you are in luck! Here is a rundown of three easy ways to save money, and a lot of it. Buy Used.

20 Tips for Frugal Living

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Shop around at garage sales, thrift stores and online classifieds for furniture and other household items. 20 Tips for Frugal Living. Living frugally allows you to not only spend less than what you earn, but also allows you to earn less. You can use the difference in income to pay off debt, save or invest. If you need to earn less, this allows you to choose to work less, or work more but retire early. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.

Beginning Exercise without Breaking the Bank

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Check out local thrift stores, Craigslist ads, and garage sales for low cost (and sometimes free!) Think you need an expensive gym membership to get in shape? Think again! You can’t escape the radio and TV ads this time of year boasting amazing deals at your local gym. While it may seem like a good idea – you’re paying for it so you’ll use it right? more times than not the money is spent while the membership goes unused.

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6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

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Check out some thrift stores, vintage stores, flea markets, and garage sales. It is no secret that most people today are trying to find ways to save money. And people are getting creative in how they do it, too. While there are still plenty of people clipping coupons the old fashioned way, people are taking much bigger steps to build their bank accounts back up. They are selling their gas guzzlers and choosing to take the public metro system instead.

10 Tips to Save on Halloween

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Thrift and craft stores can also inspire your creative spirit, as well as offer great low cost accessories for your new costume. Check closets, the garage, the linen closet, or your craft cupboard to make your own costume! Halloween is a week away, and I know many of you are dreading the drain on your wallet. But, there are a few things you can do so that you don’t overspend on this holiday and still enjoy your treats. Costumes. 1) Don’t Pay Full Price.