Saturday, October 31, 2009

Frugal Finds -Garage Sales

Audra over at The Frugal Missus inspired me with her post yesterday about her thrifty finds. I’ve been haunting op shops lately (ooooh how spookily appropriate for Halloween) So with a hot day forecast I was out early scouting garage sales.

First sale I scored a car play mat in excellent nick for about 10 % of the cost of a new one and a pottery casserole dish that looked like it had never been used. I’m doing a gorgeously frugal Christmas this year and both these items will be gifts.

Second sale had a fabulous garden bench but I couldn’t work out how to get it home so I regretfully left it there. I’m gonna kick myself sometime later today unless one of you would like to come over and do it for me.

Third sale was retro fabric heaven. These aprons are going to look soooooooooo cute in my quilts. I bought 4 aprons for a dollar each. Score! They’re almost too pretty to cut up. I am totally in love with old people who NEVER throw anything away.

When I walked in and saw this vintage pink chenille, it took all my tact not to shove everyone out of the way screaming “It’s mine- It’s mine” . When I explained to the guy that I collect vintage chenille he started to tell me how they had sold another one unopened still in it’s packet and never used and I started sobbing uncontrollably. (Well actually I didn’t-but I told him I felt like it)

I stopped in at my favourite op shop on the way back. They almost always have something to tempt me into parting with my hard earned cash. Today was no exception, three material pieces in green floral , yellow floral and black butterflies – around 2.5 metres of material for 4 bucks. More material for string quilts!

I get so excited about vintage fabric.

I also picked up 2 unusual glass bottles for the bathroom, and a cut glass butter dish (I have been looking for one of these for AGES) for the grand sum of $5.00. The ladies that volunteer in my favourite op shop are always so pleasant and never mind me rabbiting on about what I’m planning to do with my finds. Their prices are totally awesome as well.

(  Butter sold separately)

Thrifty Décor Chick has a great post on her blog at the moment called Perfect. For anyone who has ever strived to make their house “perfect” I encourage you to read it. It’s great stuff and really resonated with me.

On the down side while I was out this morning my car started  screeching at me to “Check Power train”. I’d check it if I knew what it was, so now I’m waiting for Mr. Pyjamas  to get home. Whatever it is, from the intensity of the dashboard flashing lights and alarms it’s probably not good.

I'm off to take my fabric off the line and do some sewing.

Have a fabulous Halloween weekend.

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