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Friday, February 4, 2011

Share your op-shop and garage sale bargains link -up.


Welcome to this special post. There are lots of people who love getting a bargain. Shopping at Garage Sales and Op-Shops is GST (Goods and Services Tax) free. That plus such reasonable/cheap prices is my main reason for shopping like this. Ian and I love looking at Garage Sales,you not only get to check out what people have for sale you get a sneak into there backyard, We have often seen something in someone's backyard and got great ideas from them. Over the years we have bought heaps of things from Garage Sales,though we can go for weeks without seeing anything we want. The biggest item we have bought is a car for David. Though this was a car that was for sale on the verge,a garage sale was down the road.

Since the start of the year I have been on the lookout for Aida cloth. I want to get back into doing some cross stitch but with the cloth priced at about $33.00 per metre here I decided to keep an eye out for some in the Good Sammy's Shop. They have a great range of haberdashery at our local store and I always call in on a regular basis. I even call in here before I go to the local craft/patchwork shops. I was searching through a box of haberdashery last week and there at the bottom of the box was a piece of Aida cloth for $2.00. I grabbed that and also bought a bag of new wool for $4.00. I don't knit but I can crochet so will keep this for later on.

There is nothing quite like finding something that you have been looking for and it popping up right in front of you.

This would have to be my best bargain from a garage sale. I got this box from a lady who was leaving town and having a lifestyle change. It was full of patchwork material,plus there was a heap of blocks made up and several bags of blocks ready to be made up. The total amount I paid for this was $20.00. I am still using up the material.

This is some of the crochet cotton,wool and sewing cotton I have bought from Good Sammy's. I just love the Jo Sharp wool which I paid only $10.00 for the bag. It retails for about $8.50 per ball. So a great bargain. The big cones of cotton were only $2.50. I have also purchased bags of DMC thread for a few dollars,cross stitch kits and material from Good Sammy's. The savings to be made are enormous. Another good thing about buying at op-shops is you are helping the community.

We have bought lots of things for the garden,we paid only $3.00 for this piece.It is quite heavy and will be great for a climber to grow on. We have bought old wheelbarrows tools lattice and even a garden shed from garage sales.

I paid just $3.00 for this hanger. I know it is supposed to hang in your kitchen but I have it hanging outside. I have taken of the garden tools that usually hang on there.

It will be fun to see what bargains you have found at your local op-shop or garage sale.Please link up so everyone can see them.

Happy days.
Bev C


allsewnup said...

WOW!! You hit the jackpot! I love the Rooster hanger thingy.


Anonymous said...

I'll link up tomorrow Bev when I get the chance to take some photos (still Thursday night and pitch black here)!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,

I know exactly what you mean. I love to bargain shop and you really founds some great items there. Love that rooster hanger. Hope there are more happy finds for you.

BubzRugz said...

So much to find isn't there.... you have some great things... I need to do more hunting.... I have linked because I had a bit on my last post about a find I thought was so pretty...

Jossie said...

I can feel the excitement Bev. You show some great finds. Love to find bargains. Infortunately we don't have any garage sales here but we have thriftshops where you sometimes see nice things you are not looking for ;-)

Anita said...

Hi Bev, You do find some treasures don't you! Who finds a big box of material like that? Lucky you. Kind regards, Anita.

Nicky said...

Oh my goodness, you have had lots of bargains - I love that Jo Sharp wool and your garden tool hanger is awesome. Sorry I missed your posts about your freak storm, I hope things are returning to normal for your community soon.

Maria said...

You sure have found some great treasures. Love your outdoor bargains.

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing your find Bev, the rooster hanger is fab! Thanks for such a fun post, I've linked up mine :0)

Pauline said...

Good treasure hunting, Bev.

I've passed on an award to you. Hope you don't mind.

RG said...

This is a great post Bev.
There are so many garage sales at home and soooo many people that I kind of avoid them... truthfully..
BUT this is a great idea and I think we all need to save where we can.
Must try this sometime soon.
Thanks for the tips!!

Nat Palaskas said...

Great bargain there Bev. I'm a bargain hunter queen, but I won't join you this time. I have been sick and the time has come for me to return work on Monday. I will keep an eye on what everyone got though.

Great fun Bev.


Nat Palaskas said...

Great bargain there Bev. I'm a bargain hunter queen, but I won't join you this time. I have been sick and the time has come for me to return work on Monday. I will keep an eye on what everyone got though.

Great fun Bev.