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My Long Lost Love- Yard Sales!

Years ago, when the boys were small I would wake up early to hunt for yard Sales, looking for large items like playpens, activity tables and pricey toys. I loved rushing from one place to another buying things, I would not have been able to afford otherwise, for a FRACTION of the in store prices. Well, the boys got older, my income increased, the things I purchased were not typically found at Yard/Garage Sales and I did not really have a "need" to shop at them anymore, so I stopped.

Last October I was lured into a large neighborhood sale with many houses and tons of stuff. This regenerated my love for Yard sales. I got some great designer cloths including two pair of Seven for All Mankind jeans that still had the tags on them for $1 each.  I also found tons of old CD's for a couple of bucks that I was able to download to my iPod (which saved me tons of money). SCORE! 

Since then I have been hooked. However, until recently I just stopped by ones I stumbled upon as I was out and about and picked up a few things here and there.

Today, I took a new approach. I wanted a new purse and needed something to listen to music on at work that I would not have to worry about locking up every time I step away from my desk.  I got on craigslist last night and found a yard sale with an old iPod shuffle and some designer purses for sale. I arrived 15 minutes early (waited in my car of course until 8) and snagged the shuffle a speaker and a few other things but someone else beat me to the designer purses.

It was still really EARLY, so I hit another garage sale that advertised designer clothes hoping they would have some purses too. They did, I was thrilled. I just hit up a few more but only bought things I need.
I got everything you see here at 4 different yard sales this morning all for $51.50. That may not seem cheap to you, but believe me it is a steal. I only bought stuff in excellent condition and I got 4 purses (3 designer), cloths and barley used Jansport backpack in my Favorite color plus all this other cool stuff!!!

If you have never tried garage sale-ing before or have not done it in a while, GIVE IT A TRY! You just might love it!!! It can save you tons of money and keep a lot of stuff from being dumped in landfills.

Check out this close up of my new favorite purse that I "stole" for $5!


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