Monday, June 27, 2011

Salvation Army Store

I found such great finds today that I literally came straight home to blog about them. I know, I'm a dork.
So here is the loot I found...15 items for $50...that makes everything about $3.33 each.

My favorite find of the day was this dress. Gorgeous!
So, first I went to one of my 'regular' thrift stores and found this awesome black dress. It's the brand INC (International Concepts) and it's sold at Macy's. The dresses are usually anywhere from $70 to $100. I got mine for $4. Ah, I'm so excited to wear's kind of gauzy material and it's flowy...the picture didn't pick it up but it has cute little detailing around the empire-waist. SO EXCITED!

Well, after that I decided to go check out our local Salvation Army store because I've actually never been there (gasp!)! I know, crazy right, I can't even believe it. I was going to try to stop in a few times but they close early and the parking lot is small...excuses, excuses... but now it's my new favorite and here is why...
I went in and apparently some lady who is the same size as me, dropped off a bunch of clothes from Ann Taylor Loft. If I could meet her and give her a hug I would. 4 of the tops I got where from Ann Taylor Loft which is the 'cheap' side brand from Ann Taylor. It's cheaper but not necessarily cheap enough for me. One of the tops I got (the white one in the middle) still has the original tags on it! I found a couple cute Old Navy tops, one from Charlotte Russe, a cute new swimming suit, and I found my husband a Banana Republic polo. I found some way cute brown wedges and a pair of Panama Jack flip-flops too. So much fun- I can't wait to go back. If I would have needed some furniture it would have been a good day because it was all 25% off.

After that, my mom suggested we run to Goodwill. Turned out to be a great idea. I found a brand-new, tags still attached top from Forever 21 (the floral one in the middle). Also, I found a way cute pair of turquoise wedges.

I am thrilled with my finds- I can't wait to wash 'em and wear 'em.

If you have any great finds you would like to share with me, please tell me about them! I love good bargain stories!

Looks like I have some laundry to do...until next time- Good luck searching for your own great finds....Happy hunting :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Garage sales with the twins

My husband's father and uncle (who are twins) came to town this weekend to celebrate their 50th birthdays. This morning we decided to go garage sale shopping. These two are serious garage sale shoppers...I've never seen anything like it. They bought all the 'boy' type stuff like tools and well, 'boy stuff'. They got some great deals, but really, we're here to talk about my finds... :)
Here is my stash I managed to pick up.

It is pretty obvious that I found some good books (56 to be exact).
Some not so obvious great finds...
Avon Anew Retroactive repair cream (because you can never start preparing too early) bought for 25 cents- it is brand new, still in the box, hasn't been used. I looked it up online and the closest thing I could find to it was around $30. Great find if you ask me.

Pampered Chef tongs and measuring cup. Pampered Chef items are usually too expensive for me to buy and surprisingly you can find them at garage sales and thrift stores- you just have to look. For example, the black tongs- my father-in-law found for me (and bought for 25 cents for me). The measuring cup thing is one of the small ones for measuring ingredients a teaspoon or less.

I found an Old Navy skirt- brand new, with the original tags and hanger for 50 cents.

I found some holiday items- the turkey (which I love) and pumpkin plate. Like clothing, you have to think ahead- it doesn't hurt to buy seasonal items out of season.

After going to garage sales, a little later in the afteroon, I found a new thrift store near my house (can't believe I didn't know about it). I'll admit, when I drove up I was kind of worried- it was an old building and looked pretty ran down. It was a lot nicer than I thought- although it was one of those places where you have to dig. Once I got inside, the owner told me everything was 50% off. Cha-ching!

I got all this for $3.85!
I found those two Valentine's day items (remember you can buy holiday items after or before the actual holiday because you'll be wishing you had it when the time comes around).
The denim skirt is Nautica. The brown shorts are Wal-Mart brand, but they still have the tags attached. The two shirts are both Ralph Lauren- they were only a quarter- for two shirts!

So, once again I was able to snag some great finds. I hope this inspires you to check out some of your own local yard sales and thrift stores- remember- you never know what you'll find! :)