Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lots of sales, not much loot

I was so anticipating this weekend. Several neighborhoods around town were having community garage sales. I went on both Friday and Saturday. But there just didn't seem too much out there, at least not for me. Tons of kids things, so people who were searching for those items scored big.

I've been looking for an old iron fence piece to use as a trellis in my flower bed. Every antique store I've been to has them priced ridiculously high, as in $100-$150 minimum for small pieces. So imagine my excitement when I saw this baby at one of the last sales I stopped at on Friday.



{LOVE!}

It was sitting off to the side leaning against a fence, so I wasn't sure if it was even for sale. It didn't have a price tag on it. I walked up to the lady ans asked her if she was selling it, and she said yes. She told me she'd bought it for $100 and wouldn't go any less than $50. So hubs and I were discussing it, trying to figure out where to put it and she said "It's a great piece, I won't go any lower than $40." ha! She haggled herself down $10. Love when that happens!

So we snatched that puppy up. Too bad we hadn't taken my Xterra that day. It was out of gas, so we took hub's car. Big mistake. Moral of the story: never take a car to a garage sale, because that's the day you'll find something huge you want to buy. This baby is just shy of 7 ft. long. Now picture in your mind the two of us trying to fit it into the car. Hilarious! We finally managed to put it in the trunk, but at least half of it was hanging out. We didn't have any rope (another big mistake), so the trunk lid was left open. About a mile down the road we hear a loud CRASH. Oh %&$#^!! I looked out the side mirror expecting it to be laying in the road or hitting the car behind us. Luckily, the loud crash was just the lid falling down.

I'm not sure where I'll put it. But I'd like to plant some morning glories or jasmine against it. Wouldn't that be cute?

I found this little metal watering can for 50 cents. I think it will be cute planted with petunias.



I also got a red vase for my neighbor (I got her addicted to making those glass garden totems, and she's been on the hunt for red glass pieces) and a bowling ball. What, a bowling ball you ask? Yes, for a future garden project. Stay tuned for that!

Join the fun on the Southern Hospitality blog! We're sharing our garage sale finds!

Also, a great arty giveaway at Lindsay's blog, check it out.

26 comments:

Carrie said...

Love it! I had to laugh at the car thing I have VW beetle needless to say I have been very creative getting stuff in it like a lazy boy recliner. lol

I am going to try my hand at one of those totem thingys!

Cant wait to see what the bowling ball is for...

Carrie

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I went from driving a silverado to a little Pontiac and I've had to adjust my "attitude" in shopping...
what a great fence..you did great...

Angie said...

Great deal on that awesome fence piece!

Joanna said...

What a beautiful fence!

Linda said...

So glad you got such a great find. Some days the sales seem bad, and others are wonderful. You just never know. Love the story! Linda

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Unreal! $10? Lucky girl!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Absolutely every time I'm JUST GOING TO DRIVE BY, I see something that won't fit in the car! Hilarious! What a wonderful piece; you got a steal!

Candy Allen said...

You know what I'm going to say about the iron fencing piece, don't you. I love it! And what's great is the former owner haggled the best price for you! $40 is an absolute STEAL.

Candy
AKA Junk Sophisticate

kathi said...

I'm so with you on garage shopping with a small car! I've crammed things into mine more often than I care to admit! Wish I had a truck!
But then, I'd need more money too!
Love your fence and what a deal you got!

Mary said...

The planter is adorable, I would love to hear about the totems? Any pictures of one you have done?
You did well with your finds!

Ally0005 said...

What a cool find, I love when that happens.
Our subdivision had a huge yard sale this week-end. I didn’t' get to go look as I was given a 5 year old a party, but I did find something really cool after the yard sale was over. After the sale is over there is a truck that comes by and picks up the items you don’t want, the homeowners just need to put all items at the end of their driveway. While driving I saw something and stopped and asked if I could have it, they said sure, score it was free.
I will post on my blog before and after pictures soon on my blog.

Shannon said...

That watering jug will be so cute with flowers in it.

That car story is hilarious. I can totally picture it. :)

Sunny said...

That trellis is great!

Speaking of loading things into a car that is to small for what you're loading. When Mr. and I were dating we were in his apartment one night watching the 13in TV he had that was a bujillion years old. He looked at me and said, "let's go get a real tv!" We headed down to Circuit City in his 300ZX and put a 36" tv into his hatchback! It looked crazy! Thankfully, we only had about 2mi to drive to get it home. LOL

Good times!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I LOVE your fence piece! I would have loved that one too. And I was laughing at you getting it home. Been there, done that! My car is not that big & only 2 doors, so I have to do a lot of cramming to get things home sometimes. Luckily, it's all worked out.

Thanks for playing along, I look forward to these fun Mondays!

Lindsey said...

What a steal!!

Chrissie Grace said...

I have a guess at what you are doing with the bowling ball...
can't wait to see!
Love the trellis!
xo
Chrissie

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I've just switched to a tony sedan to an SUV and now I am in so much trouble yard saleing. I can fit much more loot in there!

:)

Floral Still Life said...

It must be a part of Murphy's Laws - when you have plenty of room and plenty of time you don't need any of it. I love going to thrift stores and flea markets - you can find the neatest things. I'm into floral still life photography so I'm always on the lookout for some neat vases, bottles, etc. I posted a some blue morning glories today. Come by and visit me at http://versesphotos.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

Cute stuff! Thanks for visiting my blog. :) A neighbor of mine has a similar fence piece and I have always admired it.

Amy said...

Great fence, and watering can. Looks like you did pretty well.

debbi said...

awesome deal on the fence.

i popped in from southern hosp. i too live in the dfw area...great blog...love the totems the look great in your garden.

btw: what's the name of your husband's band?

Liz said...

Great find! I ALWAYS find fantastic things at yard sales that I cant fit in my tiny car.

kimmcl said...

I am SO glad I found this blog! I enjoyed reading your profile - what a great sense of humor you have - my kind of girl! So I hope you don't mind if I follow you from now on. Enjoy the rest of your week! ~~Kim~~

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

So great!! That is amazing that she bartered herself down that low. I have heard of that happening, but I must just cave too early, or else I look like a sucker! You must have the bartering gene? :)
Carrie

Bonita said...

At last a kindred spirit! I read your "about me" and almost cheered. It's hard to find another less than domestic woman in blogland, but I think you and I come from the same gene pool.

However, after scavaging your blog a bit, I think you're way more domesticated that you think. You got me beat, sister!

You scored big with that fence!

Gwen said...

Good scores! I am excited about garage sale season, but don't really need to buy stuff as we're leaving the country! LOL