My World's Longest Yard Sale Finds
An Entire Box of Freebies
Thinking about hitting the World's Longest Yard Sale? Here's what I found at this year's sale:
My kids were digging through a box of smalls, when the vendor walked up and told us we could have the entire box for free. Score! Stay tuned because I have some cool projects planned for the watches and souvenir spoons.
This big galvanized tackle box was marked $8, but everything was half-price by the time we got to there. Can't beat $4 for a big storage container! I think I'll use it to house all of my rubber stamping supplies.
I scooped up a big bag of vintage beads for $3. Now to get busy creating.
The beaded bracelet was free (sweet!). The woven bracelet was just a buck. I love how these look together.
I've long-admired vintage Valentines, but I've never come across any in my price range, at least until now. I scored all five of these `1920s cards for $7. I can't wait to display them.
NYC Souvenir Pictures
Souvenirs aren't nearly as cool as they used to be. Apparently back in the day, when you visited NYC, you could send your friends a stack of pictures of the city, all neatly bundled in a little package complete with a spot for the recipient's address and a stamp. A 3-cent stamp got this souvenir to its priginal destination. $1 got it to our house today.
Vintage Bin Pulls
We're in the process of redoing our kitchen, so I was determined to find a set of vintage bin pulls for the drawers. I finally came across a booth specializing in antique hardware towards the end of the last day. After lots of digging, I unearthed seven matching pulls, and paid $2 a piece for them way cheaper than anything I've seen on eBay.
I paid $.25 for each piece of silverware pictured here, and I'll be upcycling most of them into pendant necklaces and keychains soon. The Army fork on the end, however, will be a gift for my father-in-law, who collects military silverware.
My dish set continues to grow. I snagged three more bowls and two more dessert plates for a grand total of $2.
It's nice to have extra glasses on hand for parties or to serve as replacements when things get broken; so whenever we see our glasses for a good price, we add to our collection. This set of seven juice glasses was just $1.
Aluminum Christmas Tree
This is a not-so-great picture of a really-great Christmas tree. $55 bought this 6 foot aluminum tree, complete with its original box and a plastic storage tub. Can we have Christmas early this year? I'd really like to see this tree decorated.
I've been looking for an 8x8 brownie pan for quite some time, so I was thrilled when I spotted this one. It had a $6 sticker on it, but I negotiated it down to $3.
This stainless steel strainer is the perfect size for washing a single serving of fruit, and it was a great deal at $1.
Wall-Mounted Rotary Phone
I've been looking for a wall-mounted rotary phone for the kitchen for a while now, but they've become rather collective (read: pricey). I finally stumbled upon this one for $25, and talked the man down to $20. Can't wait to hang it on the wall.
I'm not sure what these knit corn were originally used for, but I plan to stick our napkins inside them on Thanksgiving. Total cost: $2.
Vintage Santa Ornment
I started collected vintage Santa ornaments last year in the hopes of doing an all-Santa tree. My youngest daughter spotted this one in a box of Christmas decorations, and got it for $.25.
Copper Pumpkin Stake
A cute copper pumpkin stake for $2? Sold!
Handmade Stuffed Animals
I try to minimize my kids' accumulation of stuffed animals, but these two were just too nice to pass up. Both are handmade of wool, and were $1 each.
My kiddos bought these glass bottles to use in their sand art projects. They got all 10 for $1.
Fox River Socks
$2 for two pairs of Fox River socks in my husband's size equals two more days before we have to do laundry.
This pink shirt is the only clothing that I bought on the trip. At $.50 it will be a nice addition to my youngest daughter's wardrobe.
My husband bought these casters to build a piano dolly for the free piano that we just got. Total cost: $10.
My husband recently rescued a really nice touring bike from a curb pile. It's brand-new, but had evidently been assembled by someone who didn't know what they were doing; and it looked like they had finally just given up and chucked the thing. A few parts were missing, so my husband spent $10 on a bike that had everything he needed.
Shopping at yard sales is a great way to build your tool collection on the cheap. My husband spent $4 on the sander, $2 on the sandpaper and $1 on the rafter square.
This kid-size guitar was our first purchase. The seller only wanted $1 for it. Can you believe it?
Globe Yard Art
This globe yard sculpture caught my eye from the parking lot. It actually spins! The seller was asking $60, but we talked him down to $55. I had to carry the globe portion of the sculpture in my lap for the rest of the trip, but I didn't mind a bit.
Rock Duck Yard Art
When I saw this piece of yard art, I had to have it. It's a duck made from a (very heavy) rock, rebar and scrap metal. Very creative indeed. So how much does a rock duck cost? A very reasonable $20.
Heinz Pickle Advertising Tray
I loved the strong graphic design of this Heinz Pickle advertising tray. I plan to hang it in our outdoor room. The asking price? $2. Couldn't argue with that.
Brown Transferware Plates
I've been trying to put a set of this brown transferware together for quite a while. I scored five more plates for a total of $8 and five more bowls for a total of $2.
Galvanized Steel Coasters
My husband spotted these galvanized steel coasters, and snatched them up for me. He got the set of eight for $1.50. I think he got a great deal.
Galvanized Flower Pot
I also added this galvanized flower pot to my collection of galvanized steel objects. The asking price: $1.
Le Creuset Sauce Pan
I found this Le Creuset in new condition. The seller was asking $10, but I talked her down to $8. Now I get to have the fun of breaking it in.
I've been searching for more freezer baskets ever since we bought our freezer, but for some reason they're always expensive. I finally found this one for a quarter.
Pizza Pans and Rollers
My husband has been looking for some large pizza pans for a long time. He snagged these restaurant-grade pans for $.50 each (there are five in all). The pizza roller came from another sale for another $.50.
Vintage Pearl Costume Bracelet
I'm not big on jewlery, but this vintage costume bracelet caught my eye. I got it for $5.
Vintage Pearl Bracelet
My youngest daughter found this vintage faux pearl bracelet. It closely resembles a bracelet that her sister has, so she was wanted one of her own. I tried to talk the seller down from her $5 price, but she said she had just marked her bracelets down. Rats!
These necklaces have real butterflies in them! I bought one for each of my daughters at $6 a piece.
Several dealers were selling strands of turquoise beads for $6 each. I got this strand on the last day for $5.
Handmade Wool Purse
My youngest daughter (the fashionista) had to have this handmade wool purse. She talked the lady down from $2 to $1. Impressive work for a six-year-old.
Italian Leather Belt
My husband has just two belts in his collection, so this $2.50-Italian leather belt was a great find.
I bought these cute suede boots for my oldest daughter to grow into. They're brand new, and were only $1.
These black loafers still have the tags on them. The seller was asking $3, but I talked her down to $2. They should fit my oldest daughter by this winter.
Brown is my favorite color, so I couldn't help but love this t-shirt. I got it for $1, and it came with the hanger.
Green Girls' Shirt
This green shirt was my one-and-only kids clothes purchase. I paid $.50 for it.
My six-year old spotted this jacket. I talked the seller down from $4 to $3. It has definite hand-me-down potential.
Gillette Razor Handle
My husband scored some dirt cheap razor blades a while back, but they didn't fit his razor handle. Bummer. His solution? This old-school Gillette handle that he found in a pile of junk. It's solid metal and had never been taken out of the package. Total cost: $2.
Vintage Linen Napkins
Vintage linens are my major weakness, so I showed great restraint in only buying these two napkins. I plan to use them as dresser toppers in my oldest daughter's room. Total cost: $1.
I don't fish, but this big pile of spinners caught my eye anyway. I plan to make a wind chime out of them. Total cost: $2.
Curious George Stuffed Animal
It's Curious George, and you just can't say no to Curious George. I tried to talk the seller down from his $1 asking price, but he wouldn't budge.
My husband bought this bell from the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics for $3. It's engraved and numbered.
I'm not into baseball, but my husband informs me this is a good set (I'll take his word for it). It has a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card in it.
This antique workbench was our most exciting find. It's 6'9" long; has three deep drawers for storage; and a big vise grip on the front. The seller was asking $1,295, but we talked him down to $1,000; and got him to throw in free delivery (a three hour round trip drive). We plan to use it in our kitchen in place of the stock cabinets that we have now. More Pictures:
- Back of Workbench