Over the past few years, yard sales and thrift stores have become favorites of mine. You just never know what you will find! The prices can’t be beat and I love knowing that I saved something from getting tossed.
When my daughter was about 18 months old, I filled our backyard with loads of fun outdoor toys for her. All from yard sales. I don’t think I spent more than $20 total. We had more than she could ever play with – a play kitchen complete with fake food and dishes, riding toys, a Cozy Coupe (we ended up with 3 of these when her twin brother and sister came along), sand toys, a rocking horse, you name it.
One year for Christmas, all of my son’s gifts were purchased at yard sales. I would have gotten some for the girls too, but everyone seemed to be selling boys’ toys that year. Again, you never know what you are going to get. And I have to mention, that the one item I purchased from the store (because I couldn’t find it on Craig’s list or yard sales), he rarely played with.
Kitchen items are plentiful also. Here are a few of my favorites.
I found several of these glasses. I think I bought 12 of them for about $2. We use them for pudding mostly. I also found a set of ice cream sundae glasses. Those are fun! I am still on the lookout for long spoons.
This was a great discovery. A set of 4 Pyrex Amish Butterprint nesting “Cinderella” bowls. At the time I had no idea what pattern they were or anything. I just thought they were pretty! I debated because I really didn’t need any more bowls. The woman selling them wanted $5, so I bought them. They are by far my favorite bowls!
Several of my glass storage containers came from yard sales and thrift stores.
Now, the piece d’resistance, my whip cream dispenser! I found this, again, by chance at Savers last week. Savers is a huge thrift store that donates a portion of their sales to charity. I had seen one of these in a kitchen store a few years ago, but couldn’t justify the cost. They sell for at least $50 new. I took a gamble on this, since I couldn’t be sure if it still worked. But for $3.99 (less my 20% off) I took the risk. You need NO2 chargers to make the cream whip. Found those at Bed, Bath and Beyond (10 for $7.50).
We tried it out that night and Voila! Homemade whipped cream in about 30 seconds!!!!! I can’t wait to try out different flavors.
The real fun now is going with my daughters. They are learning that they can get cool stuff for very little money and that just because something is old, doesn’t mean it isn’t any good.
Do you go to yard sales and thrift stores? What is your favorite find?