Wandering Creek is a gated 55+ community a short distance from my home.
Every year they hold a Community Garage Sale.Once a year the gates remain open all day and any homeowner who wants to participate sets out their merchandise.
The participating homeowners hang a Garage Sale Flag up to attract shoppers.
Personally I prefer thrift stores to garage sales for my second hand purchases, just because garage sales take a LOT of time and gas and they usually have a limited selection of items for sale. Wandering Creek’s Sale is different in that a couple of hours of wandering from house to house give a wide variety of goods to shop from and LOTS of free piles (not to mention an aerobic workout).
The sale runs from 9-3. Like with all garage sales its best to get there early. However I worked until noon. That gave me only 2 hours to make my rounds and hope some good stuff remained. I wasn’t disappointed.
The best strategy is to bring some kind of cart or wagon. I didn’t, but when my hands got too full I left my pile at one house and drove around to pick it up later.
Here’s my haul.
I spent $10.25
This skunk will be found on the OREGON TRAIL next year.
Skunk Toy $1.00
I dislike the low-cut style pants available today so I picked up this pattern to make myself a new pair of pants.
25 Cent pattern
Hankies are not only environmentally friendly but much easier on the nose than paper tissues. I have a large collection so I only buy if they are 50 cents or less and in new or like new condition.
Hankies 25 cents each
I’ve been thinking about making a “Let It Snow” display to decorate my entry next winter. These silver snowflakes and sleigh will work nicely.
Sleigh and Snowflakes $2.00
$3.00 table lamp
I need a reading lamp on my back porch. I was delighted to come across this one, just the right size.
50 Cents for both
The large urn has a significant crack in it so I’m using the smaller pot as a liner to keep the dirt from washing through. After a good scrubbing I potted up this rubeckia
that I picked up on clearance at Home Depot.
The salesman said “those plants need a lot of Tender, Loving Care” My reply was “right now I have more TLC than money”. The dahlia seems to be adjusting to its new home well
(it may look like it has powdery mildew but I think the spots on the leaves are residue from the compost tea I watered it with).
Cold Pack Canning Kettle
Home canning seems to be “IN” right now so Ihope to make a little profit by reselling this on Craig’s List.
Craig’s List ad
As I approached one house the homeowner was just putting out this sign:
I picked out a bike helmet
and a suet cage.
FREE Suet Cage
A lone box sitting on someone’s lawn said FREE that’s where I picked up a mug rack.
FREE Mug Rack
It now holds my scissors and other stuff in my sewing room.
My last purchase of the day was also from a free box.
FREE sewing notions
an assortment of sewing notions. I may be a pack rat but I’m not a sequin or rhinestone type girl so I only kept the things I may actually use. The rest are in my donate box.
I’m going to share a secret with you… I am a really bad procrastinator. One thing I like about blogging is that in order to share what I’m doing with you I actually have to DO it. Without the blog who knows how long it would have taken me to scrub and plant the pot, hang the mug rack, or post my ad on Craig’s List.
If you are not a procrastinator please share your secrets with me in the comments.