Wandering Creek Community Garage Sale

Wandering Creek is a gated 55+ community a short distance from my home.

Every year they hold a Community Garage Sale.wandering creek sale signOnce a year the gates remain open all day and any homeowner who wants to participate sets out their merchandise.open for business

The participating homeowners hang a Garage Sale Flag up to attract shoppers.yard sign

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.haul

I spent $10.25

This skunk will be found on the OREGON TRAIL next year.

Skunk Toy $1.00

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

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

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

Sleigh and Snowflakes $2.00

$3.00 table lamp

$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.Lamp on table

50 Cents for both

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. scrubbing potAfter a good scrubbing I potted up this rubeckia

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

that I picked up on clearance at Home Depot.

$3.50 each

$3.50 each

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

Dalhia

Dalhia

(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 $3.00

Cold Pack Canning Kettle
$3.00

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

Craig’s List ad

As I approached one house the  homeowner was just putting out this sign:free sign

I picked out a bike helmet

FREE Helmet

FREE Helmet

and a suet cage.

FREE 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

FREE Mug Rack

It now holds my scissors and other stuff in my sewing room.mug rack in sewing room

My last purchase of the day was also from a free box.

FREE sewing notions

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. sewing stuff keptThe 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.

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One Response to Wandering Creek Community Garage Sale

  1. Nathalie says:

    Oooh, I love community garage sales but it’s been years since I’ve been to one. Thanks for sharing your great finds with us. I get to shop by proxy, hahaha. That lamp looks really good on your porch and the mug holder is an ingenious way of hanging your sewing supplies. I agree with you that a great benefit of blogging keeps one accountable, which is why I keep doing it.

    I have no anti-procrastination secrets to share… I’ve been procrastinating more and more these days. The thing is, I used to do everything right away but I’ve found out that many times that didn’t work in my favor because either I could have saved myself the trouble, or I had to redo everything. So now, I wait a little (or a lot). And I don’t feel (too) guilty. I do pay all the bills on time, though!

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