For garage sales! One person's junk really is another person's treasure. I'm convinced that if you're patient you'll find anything you need or want at a garage sale. For a fraction of the price you'd pay in the store. If you're on a tight budget, if you're looking for furnishings or toys or play clothes, garage sales can be the answer to your prayers.
In our beach town of Ocean Shores (aka Moonlight Harbor) Memorial Day kicks off garage sale season. You can see by the picture below that they spring up like mushrooms. (Those signs were just for one area of town.) Here are some of the treasures I found. Notice the brand new Queen sheet set marked $5. You know what those cost in the store. Score! Same with that smoothie maker, brand new in the box, that I got for a buck. A fun little decoration and Hello Kitty brand new earrings that will make a great present for a granddaughter. In the background you can see a cool painting of Vienna that we picked up years ago. We thought the picture was lovely and it brought back memories of a visit to Vienna when we were newlyweds, living in Germany.
Other finds in the past? How about two twin beds and all the bedding for $150. A Livingston boat? Coffee table? Glider chair, wine glasses, dishes... we basically furnished our beach digs with garage sale finds. Oh, and espresso machines - I have never paid full price for one of those. (I actually have one in my store room right now for backup in case my current model breaks. Gotta have my morning latte!)
Now, it's your turn. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale?