About 5 years ago, I went to a garage/estate sale of a deceased long time teacher. They had about 20 boxes of books with about 50 books per box. I bought all of them for 20 bucks. These were old antique and highly collectible books. I sold about half of them on Ebay for almost 700 bucks and then sold most of the rest at a yard sale I had.
By the time they were all gone, i was so sick of looking at them, I never wanted to buy or see another books again!
One of the boxes had the entire 1st edition set of the boxcar children!
I think my best deal was one that started out as a crappy deal.
I bought a pack & play for $4. It was all wrapped up for storage (you know how the bottom of the bed wraps around the bed itself) and I didn't unwrap it before buying it. I got it home and the sides were broken and wouldn't stay up.
The next day I happened to be at the pediatrician's office for an appointment and noticed the pack & play I had bought was recalled! So I called the 1-800# and they gave me instructions to cut out the bottom and the net & mail it to them (pre-paid by them) so it couldn't be used again. They then sent me a BRAND NEW pack & play free of charge
Three solid mahogany tables with leather inserts. Got all three for about $20-30 dollars. When I stopped at the yardsale I had no money since I was on my way to the bank. The person held the tables for me. When I got back they said people were stopping and asking about them. This was years ago. The tables have the blue mahogany stickers on them. I still have them and really love them. One is a low coffee table style with a pie crust top, another is a regular table height drum style table, and another is a small round side table. They all have brass covered feet.
I got a super cute set for outside this year. It is 2 tall chairs and a table. It is a green wrought iron and glass. I paid about $40. and just love it. Perfect for reading and keeping snacks away from hungry dogs.lol
There are a few, but the best one is a buffet that I got for 20.00. I stopped at the garage sale because there was a hutch out in the driveway. I asked about it and it was already sold. I asked how much and she said 20.00. I was like wow. She then said she had another piece of furniture in the garage that she would sell me. I had no idea of the condition I figured I would paint it white anyway. I got it home and it was in really good shape. Only needed slight cleaning. I had dh remove one of the drawers and make it a shelf. And then on the bottom he added a shelf. I stained them to match the rest of the piece. and it is what we have our t.v on and the shelf holds the dvr and the dvd player.
I think the best deal we ever got was when one of the pharm people out here was being relocated and they had to get rid of everything. We got 2 Ikea bookshelves and and entire set of Ikea wooden storage shelves for $50. They were brand new. If we had bought them at Ikea we would have spent around $700.
They also had lots of other pieces of furniture I would have loved to have had, but they were HUGE, and our home in tiny.
A relatively new desktop computer with monitor for $3. It was sold by the wife in her "divorce" garage sale, and she said it had been her x's and to buy at your own risk. Of course, it was full of p*rn, but after a format and reinstallation of the OS, it was like new!
Our living room furniture...a sofa and chair...actually ended up being free. We looked at it and walked away because we couldn't afford it. A couple day's later a moving truck pulls up to our front door and the guy who was selling it rings the doorbell and asks if we want it for free. He was surprising his wife with a new set for their new condo!
We had that set for 15 years before we got rid of it. It was so ratty DH had to cut it up and throw it in the garbage. No local charities would take it!
My best deal so far was a law bookcase. The wood and all the glass doors are perfect and I got it at a yard sale for $25.00. My kids have filled it with their nature collections and it looks wonderful with all the rocks, shells, birds nests, and mounted insects in it.
I generally go to a flea market about 30 minutes away from me. I've picked up some nice wood stuff, like a butter press and darning eggs. But I think the best purchases I ever found was a wooden spinning wheel for about $50 and a hand made lute. The lute was a bit pricey ($200) but it was handmade by a craftsman in the Middle East and, well, it's a lute.
A turn of the century carved pump organ....love antiques and it was so pretty....called my hubby to come look at it before I purchased it. He ran a quick search on the web and got a rough idea of worth. I paid $200...he found a few online that were going for over $2000. So it sits in our front room with all the other pretty pieces.
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