Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm coming back

I noticed today that I've neglected my blog a lot lately mostly because we haven't been to the garage sales. All is about to change, hopefully, because DH and I have decided we're ready to go out and hit the sales on Saturday morning again. One thing I've done since I've been gone is to have a few garage sales of my own and the one thing I've noticed is that people don't really go to garage sales anymore. I had more than a few people tell me since the economy has gotten bad that people don't shop at the sales like the used to which doesn't make much sense to me because that seems like the best time to find great deals at the sales. Hopefully, I'll have some fun finds to share again soon with everyone. Until next time . . . ThriftyAnnabella

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ready for Summer

I am so ready for summer but I'll settle for Spring instead. Why? Garage Sales, of course and I can't wait to hit them again this year and see what great treasures I can find. In the meantime this winter weather has me cooped up in the house. To keep myself occupied I've been entering contests and doing good so far. My 2013 wins $10 Amazon GC (blog) - $10 received Free Twix Candy Bar (IW) - $1.29 iPad Mini - (Facebook Contest) - $329 received House at the End of the Street BluRay - $25 received Free Twix Candy Bar (IW) - $1.29 Free Twix Candy Bar (IW) - $1.29 Christian Siriano for Payless Shoes (blog) - $32.99 received $75 K-Mart GC (blog) received $25 Visa GC - Ziploc Back to School Promo - received $10 Pizza Hut Gift Code (IW) received Bubble Bath Sheet and set of two hand towels - $115 received Free Twix Candy Bar (IW) - $1.29 Free Green Giant Product Coupon - Dr. Oz Free Twix Bar (IW) - $1.29 40 Coke Reward points - (IW) - $1.20 received $25 GC - Camel IW - received (1) ‘Rich 40 for 40′ prize pack that include one (1) Rich Frosted T-shirt, one (1) Entenmann’s Travel Mug and two (2) Entenmann’s Coupon Vouchers. Approximate Retail Value of the prize pack is $40. Free Chips from Subway - $2 $25 Amazon Gift Card - Facebook sweeps $20 itunes - IW Free Box of Belvita (IW) - $3.69 Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain Gift Pack (blog) Until next time . . . ThriftyAnnabella

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Goodwill Before Christmas

This past weekend we had a daybed gave to my daughter. She's been wanting one of these for a while so we drove to a town an hour away to pick it up. While there we stopped at their local Goodwill store. I'm always amazed by how much cheaper their Goodwill is than the one we have in our town. The prices at the Goodwill store in our town are double what theirs is. I found the kids some shoes and clothes but I also found these . . .
We were some of the first people in the door when they opened and I made a mad dash for this Santa. I've been wanting one of these for a while and he looks great sitting by my front door. He's missing his light but still makes a great door greeter.
These two cute little reindeer were in a basket full of Christmas ornaments. They had .39 stickers on them. I thought they were both so cute and can't wait to add them to my Christmas decor. We have to go back there again next weekend to pick up an antique drop leaf table that the same couple that gave us the bed are selling us for $50. I still can't believe it myself - it's so pretty and I can't wait to share photos. While there I might see if I can sweet talk DH into letting us stop at their Goodwill again. Until next time . . . ThriftyAnnabella

Friday, November 2, 2012

Still Here

Oh Wow - I didn't realize blogger had changed so much since I last posted. I almost couldn't figure out how to add a new post. I'm still here though. This past year hasn't been too good to my DH and I financially - he's been having a hard time working steadily. So, because of that we haven't been hitting the garage sales or Goodwill too often. I will be adding a post soon about my latest garage sale finds. I finally gave in and stopped at a sale last month after months of no sales for us. It was the end of the day around 5 p.m. and they were letting people fill a bag for $2. Unfortunately, there wasn't much left but I did manage to fill a bag. I should be posting that soon. My kids had a great Halloween this year and we're looking forward to the upcoming Holidays and hopefully a great 2013 full of garage sales and great finds.
Until next time . . . ThriftyAnnabella

Sunday, April 15, 2012

First Spring Garage Sales

Participating in the following parties this week . . .

Thrift Share Monday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Today's Thrifty Treasures

Yesterday DH and I decided to go into the city to check out all the garage sales. We didn't go to many garage sales last year after taking a small break so we weren't sure what to expect. There were quite a few of the "I got all this stuff at storage auction" sales. Now that all the Storage War shows are popular I look to be encountering quite a bit of that this summer. I tend to find these garage sales to have high prices although at one of them I did find a mini George Foreman grill for $4. Nothing else, though.

I also came across a couple of those "I'm an Extreme Couponer" sales where the only thing really being sold were toothpaste, body wash and anything else you can get with a coupon. I have nothing again couponing and use coupons myself - it's just when I go to garage sales that's the last thing I'm out hunting is more body wash and toothpaste.

At the first house we stopped at I purchased these three things.

I saw this great tablecloth still in the package for $5. Figuring it was still brand new and had never been used I didn't mind paying that for it. I later discovered when I got home and unfolded it that it was only made to look like it never been used. It actually had a nice yellow stain on it and the people had ironed it and folded it neatly and placed it back in the package. I would like to call that False Advertising and have now learned that even though it looks brand new it may not be.

Check out these nice embroidered flowers though. I'm going to try to treat the yellow stain and see if I can't get it out of the cloth.

I also picked up this nice Sterlite organizer. It looked like this when I bought it but I have since scrubbed it with a magic eraser and removed the masking tape and it looks brand new again. I've been wanting one of these for DD to use in her room to keep her hair bows organized.

My final purchase from this house was this cute T-Shirt. I told DH I may have to wear this to the next family reunion. ;)

The next garage sale had mostly children's items. There was one table full of t-shirts for .50 a piece and I found 4 great ones to wear around the house. As mentioned in an earlier post I love peace signs and was real excited to find this one.

The next few garage sales mostly had baby clothes and baby items - nothing I'm looking for. In another neighborhood we came across a garage sale that was hidden behind a house and we actually passed it up a couple times before we finally found it. I'm glad we did because it was there that I found these two nice jackets.

Our final stop of the day was at a benefit garage sale for a lady with cancer. Really the only thing they had was tables full of clothes. They were telling everyone to fill a bag for $1. I dug around for a little while but these were the only two things I came up with.

Until next time . . .

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Last Goodwill Trip

Participating in the following parties this week . . .

Thrift Share Monday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Lately DH and I have made a couple of trips to Goodwill. We don't like to visit our Goodwill stores around here too often because the prices are so high. After our last trip Saturday we both decided to hold off on anymore trips to Goodwill since Garage Sale season is about to start around here and we can get a lot better prices at them.

On our trip to the smaller Goodwill store in our area I found a cart full of Home Interior pictures. I picked up these two since they go best with my decor. One was $9.99 and the other $6.99

Saturday we visited the bigger Goodwill in our town and there wasn't much to choose from. I did find these great juice pitchers for $1.99 each. They had four of them but I decided two would probably be plenty.

I don't know about everyone else but I am so ready for Garage Sales to kick into high gear around here now that the weather is pretty and can't wait to see everyone else's finds.

Until next time . . .


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Garage Sales, Goodwill and Remodeling

Happy 2012 everyone. Things have been busy around here lately since the start of the year. We're in the process of remodeling one room while working on others in our home. I've officially declared my house a disaster until we're finished and warn everyone before they enter of the chaos inside.

Under three layers of flooring in DS's room we found these great natural hardwood floors. I was so excited because I wasn't particularly looking forward to linoleum floors in his room which is what we had first decided on.

During all this work though, I have managed to squeeze in a couple trips to Goodwill and have attending my first garage sale of the season. Last weekend we went to a storage sale at DH's cousins house. She has these usually once a month during the year. This time the pickings were slim and my only buys were a Ralph Lauren shirt and a Cato jean jacket.

Things haven't been too great at Goodwill lately either. I did find this Hannah Montana guitar hanger for DD's room. We're redecorating her room and we're going to hang it for her as soon as we finish painting her bedroom. $3.99

Also I found this goblet for .99 - I eventually hope to have a whole set of these but for now this one will do.

My only other purchase was this Tommy Hilfiger purse for $3.99. It didn't have tags on it but looked brand new.

I had to get creative with my picture taking today to try not to show off my big mess. However, I can't wait to show pictures of everything once it's finished.

Until next time . . .


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goodwill before Christmas

Christmas has had us very busy, but not too busy for a stop by Goodwill. I walked all over the store and except for finding 3 shirts for myself - one which didn't fit after I got home - I had given up on finding anything that day when DH walked up to me holding an old box. Normally, this is something that I wouldn't have given a second glance but DH is a lot more curious than me and found something great inside.

I tried to find out more about this interesting mosaic ornament on eBay but so far haven't found anything that looks like it yet.

While walking back to the rear of the store to return something we had picked up earlier but decided not to buy we saw something new that had just been brought in from the back. DH quickly grabbed it and ran to the register to check out.

I've seen these chair on eBay and other blogs before but have never been fortunate enough to come across one at a decent price - until now. For $9.99 DH made a great buy.

Until next time . . .


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Goodwill Before Thanksgiving

Today DH and I decided we didn't want to sit around the house all day so I suggested we go check out the Habitat for Humanity Restore in town. I read everyone's adventures at these stores and see pictures of all the great furniture and cabinets that they sell. We finally found it and went inside to see what great treasures we could find only to find disappointment instead. Our store is small and doesn't have nothing in the line of furniture.

So since we live a good piece out of town we decided to go check out the two Goodwill stores so our trip wouldn't be in vain.

Apparently the Goodwill stores in town have started a new program. Using this card you can get items with a certain color tag for 50% off - today's color was purple.

I just may be tempted to stop at Goodwill more often to take advantage of the savings. At the first Goodwill I found nothing. My kids were with us and they each found a book - our total - $3.25.

The second Goodwill store brought better pickings. I've been wanting one of these for a while and am so excited to finally have one.

What is it you ask?

A shoe organizer - I wonder if I can use the fact that I have more space to store shoes as a viable excuse to buy more. I don't know if DH will buy that excuse - hehe. For a total of $19.99 it was mine. Priced a little high I know but that's the only drawback of our Goodwill stores around here are that they are very high priced. I searched online after I got home to see if I'd gotten a good price and realized that I have the shoes in there upside-down so I've got to rearrange them now.

My only other purchase was this book. I haven't seen the movie yet and may wait to watch it until after I've read the book.

I'd like to wish everyone a safe and a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Until next time . . .


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Goodwill 50% day

Today while dropping off a box of items at Goodwill we noticed they had a sign that said 50%

Unfortunately, it was only 50% green tag items and everything we found didn't have a green tag. We left with a couple items for the kids.

DD found this great dress for $6.99

DS insisted he needed this pajama top to stay warm this winter - $1.99

My only item of the day was this great Valentine M&M mug - perfect for hot chocolate - .99

Until next time . . .


Friday, November 4, 2011

New Thrift Store

WOW - has it really been that long since I posted. I haven't been going to any garage sales or flea markets lately which is why I haven't had anything to share.

My mom and I were out together recently and decided to stop by a new thrift store that opened in town. She found a lighthouse sun catcher and purchased something for me also. Growing up I always had a thing for anything with peace signs on it so when we saw this we knew it had to come home with me.

Sorry about the dirt in his lap. I was so excited to share that I didn't take the time to clean him up before taking the picture.

Until next time . . .


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dragonfly and First Day of School

I can't believe summer vacation is already over and school is back in session for our area of the country. This summer has flown by and believe it or not I've gone to very few garage sales this year.

As many of you know I have a love of dragonflies and yesterday while playing with the kids after school we got a visit from this guy. He sat and watched the kids play for the longest time and as much as I tried to get a picture of the way he had his head turned sideways, I couldn't.

Miss Sugar sure was glad to see the kids back home and they had a blast playing "Catch the String" with her. I love the expression on her face in this picture as she tries to catch it.

Until next time . . .


Thursday, August 11, 2011


Hi everyone - I know I haven't posted any garage sale finds lately. Truthfully, I haven't been to any garage sales but hope to start back soon.

In the meantime I found a program that is like Swagbucks. You earn points and cash them in for Gift Cards. It is invite only so I'd like to extend an invitation to anyone interested.

The site is and here are some invite codes. Please post a comment if you use one so everyone will know it's taken. Thanks


These expire in 2 days.

Until next time . . .


Monday, July 18, 2011

My Latest Garage Sale Finds

The Thrifty Groove

I'm also going to be joining Rhoda this week at Southern Hospitality

I cannot believe I haven't posted since the first of June. Then again I haven't time to go to any more garage sales so far this summer. I'm hoping things slow down for us soon and we can start taking the time to go again.

Truthfully, we had been going to the sales in DH's truck which was only a single cab. Two adults and four kids crammed into a truck that small and it being as hot as it has been lately is one of the reasons we backed off of going to the sales. Problem solved - DH now has an extended cab truck with a nice roomy back seat for the kids to ride in. However, that brings up a new problem in that it doesn't have an air conditioner so until he gets it repaired we won't be going in his new truck to any sales.

I did notice in one weekly newspaper that there was an ad announcing that DH's cousin was having one of her monthly storage building garage sales. As I've mentioned in previous posts she goes to storage building auctions like you see on the show "Storage Wars" and then sells what she finds at garage sales. Always finding great stuff at her sales the kids and I loaded up in the car to see what we could find. I had exactly $18 in my pocket and spent every dime of it on these great things.

This table was my most expensive purchase of the day at $16 - but being a Broyhill table I felt it was worth every dime I paid for it. It's very solid and hopefully will last us for years. It's going to get a white paint job and join my other nightstand in the bedroom. Now I just need to find a couple more dressers and a bedframe and my bedroom remodel will be complete.

This pan was $1 and looked to be brand new.

This great top wasn't marked so she let me have it for .25 :)

I paid .50 for this great magazine. I'm a sucker for any type of home improvement or home decor books or magazines I find at garage sales.

Hopefully, I will be posting pictures of my little table all painted and pretty soon but with 100 degree weather in our area I've been putting off taking it outside and painting it just yet.

Until next time . . .


Saturday, June 4, 2011

First Weekend in June Sales

The Thrifty Groove

I'm also going to be joining Rhoda this week at Southern Hospitality

The first weekend of June and the garage sales were everywhere. Before I bought anything new this weekend I was determined to finish that nightstand I bought a few weeks ago for $10. Okay, maybe DH was a little more determined for me to finish it so he put me to work. :)

I took a screwdriver and pried all the leaves and vines off of the drawers then gave the whole thing a coat of Antique White. The handles also got a new look thanks to a can of black spray pain. I can't wait to find a new lamp to go with my new bedside table.

Saturday morning we had a long list of sales we wanted to visit. However, by 9:30 it had already gotten so hot outside many people were closing their garage sales down early. Thanks to the heat though I did manage to score some great buys. At one sale we were told everything is priced 25 cents. They were already starting to close their sale down and was trying to get rid of everything quickly. I managed to pick up three skirts at this sale.

I also found another sale with a large table full of ladies tops, most of them in my size, for only .50 each. I came away with a grocery bag full of new tops for summer, some with price tags still on them.

We only found one Estate Sale this morning and the house was packed full of stuff. My only purchase from this sale was this Cosco stool for $5. I have to say that I love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. The top of this stool was brown and dingy and looked to have a few stains but after a little scrubbing with Mr. Clean it looks as good as new.

Some of my garage sale finds of the day . . .

I fell in love with this little purple piggy bank. It's missing it's stopper on the bottom but for .25 it makes a great decoration.

I thought the little reindeer on this were so cute. It has a battery compartment on the bottom and I can't wait to try it out and see what it does.

At two different sales I found this great purse and two DVD's - my total for all three - $3.

Hope you found some great buys this weekend.

Until next time . . .