I have noticed something about yard sales at different times of the year. In the spring, prices are higher, there are more shoppers, and the stuff is generally a bit nicer. In the fall, prices are lower, there are less shoppers, and the things arent quite as nice (across the board). Generally, the people in the spring are your 'early birds' and more organized then the fall procrastinators, and they take care of their things accordingly. The spring sales want to make money, the fall sales want to GET RID OF STUFF!! What I love is to hit those few procrastinators that actually have nice stuff, but are still willing to sell them cheap!
Last weekend, especially, we did quite well. Here are some of the highlights:
Some school stuff:
Banana Grams, 2.00
Silver tray with a cream and sugar bowl-great for pouring work, 75 cents
Books, including a Madeline book that we gave Mustang for her birthday, 2.25 total
A really fun find that I hope my MIL enjoys as much as I think she will. This is her Pfaltzgraff set. For 5.00I got 8 salad plates, 8 pedestal mugs and a serving bowl. If she doesnt want any of it, I will sell them.
I found a bunch of fun stuff for school trays:
Green and white cream and sugar, 1.00
Beautiful Noritake cream and sugar, 2.00
Cute little basket with two duck baskets, 50 cents
3 sets of fruit coasters for a very simple sorting game, 30 cents for all
Up close of the Noritake cream and sugar. BEAUTIFUL!
Three fun games for school. LOVE the Symmetrix game. It is a board of 1/2 the pictures and you have to match the other side to the picture. Also, there is a box of Transportation lacing cards. I love to have different lacing cards for themes :). 2.50 total.
And THIS, my friends, made the entire trip worth going. I hit a Ben Franklin parking lot sale. If you dont have a Ben Franklin, think mini Hobby Lobby or Michael's. They've been around a lot longer, too. A location in another town closed, and they brought all the extras to our local store and sold it in the parking lot. Fill a bag for 5.00!! They were pretty big bags, and I filled 3 of them!! The apple basket was extra at 2.00. So I spent 18.36 for everything in this photo. Oh man are my Tot Trays and sensory bins going to get an upgrade!!
Summary of what is here:
Tons of bananas, cherries, limes, and oranges
A bunch of orange leaves
Whole can of Easter eggs
A bowl full of wooden balls for painting
A huge basket of little wreaths for Christmas and Easter projects
A huge basked full of stickers, pom poms, pipe cleaners, gems, clippies, Popsicle sticks and more
Plastic lacing animals and people
11 baskets and bowls in various sizes (including the apple basket)
A wire shelf that Mustang HAD to have
and 4 St Patrick's Day stampers
Yes ALL THAT for $18.36 (I had to pay tax since it was a store).
I was in a bit of Learning Trays HEAVEN :).
So, I know that the weekly link ups are over, but if you went yard sailing lately I'd love to read about your finds. Leave me a link so I can come read!!
Have a great weekend and God Bless!!