Week 10 - July 24
Summary: Slim pickings today, but I was on a mission. My job was to find something AMAZING for my new BFF enjoiElise. Our entire friendship is premised on the assumption that I will teach her to spell "enjoy" properly one day. Oh, and that I procure her WICKED items at garage sales. (Since she is busy selling shirts with tassles to cowboys at the mall on weekends, she must garage sail vicariously through me).
I got her a GROOVY lighter with a giraffe print on it. It was very expensive. This proves my loyalty.
- Pine Box ($1)
- Razzmatazz MEC shirt (25 cents)
- Carabiner (free)
- German novel ($1)
- Giraffe lighter (free)
Week 10 - July 24 continued ...
Okay, now, this technically doesn't fall under garage sailing finds, but it is critical information that needs to be mentioned. After finishing up in people's driveways for the day, we headed down to the flea market for more digging around.
Brand new Black & Decker toaster over for five bucks. Photo box that matches one I already own for a quarter. But the pièce de résistance ...
So, I am digging around in the back shelves of the flea market, trying to find some matching handles for a dresser, when I hear Jay behind me ask "Hey, do you know what this is?"
I turn and IMMEDIATELY start hyperventilating. Do I know what this is? DO I KNOW WHAT THIS IS? It's an ICE CRUSHER!
I have been looking for one of these for, quite literally, years. Growing up, back in the days where fridges didn't dispense water, crush your ice and do your homework, my parents would use this hand-held, nutcracker-like tool to crush ice for, among other things, gin and tonics on a hot summer's evening.
And now, in the day where I am poor amateur athlete who doesn't own a fridges that dispenses water, crushes ice and does your homework, but who DOES drink gin and tonics (hey, family tradition!), I have tried everything from blenders to rolling pins to automobiles looking for quick, effective way to break up ice cubes for my drinks. And nothing works as well as this stupid little galvanized aluminum trinket. Well, except maybe a fridge with an ice crusher built in.
But now ... NOW!
Week 11 - July 31
Summary: It was one of those small, but quality weekends. There were only a few sales out there, but I'm feeling pretty positive about my purchases. And yes. Even that 1980s-coloured-sewing-box-which-I-will-use-as-a-toolbox. Y'all can't shake me, with your "Oh, look the handles are pink."
It's not pink. It's Wild Strawberry.
- 1980s-coloured-sewing-box-which-I-will-use-as-a-toolbox ($6)
- SÄG messenger bag ($1)
- The Incredibles DVD ($1)
- Desk drawer organizing tray (25 cents)
But WAIT! That's not all ... the find of the week ... an IKEA pong chair and footstool, which I bartered (if not with a certain amount of trickery .... ) down to a steal at ten bucks.
- IKEA Pong chair and footstool ($10)
Week 12 - August 7
Summary: With visitors in town, I still manged to sneak out and get my weekly fix ...
- Marco Pierre White pot ($1)
- Glitterry teal honeycomb wax candles (25 cents)
- Scarf ($1)
Week 13 - August 14
Summary: Only went to one garage sale today. In my front yard. And trust me, I wasn't interested in buying a single thing ...
Week 14 - August 21
Summary: After a few weekends spent packing, organizing, purging and moving, I was back on the streets, with plenty of panache. Seeing as I just spent a great deal of time and energy fretting over the amount of STUFF in my life, I am trying to be a little more diligent and vigilent about the items that enter the Bartcave.
Truth was, the prices were dirt cheap this week ...
- Silver whiteboard for fridge notes (10 cents)
- Spaghetti scoop (10 cents)
- Wooden rice spatula (10 cents)
- Cookie spatula (10 cents)
- Two water bottle ice cube trays (25 cents)
- Bottle of liquid turtle wax (25 cents - talked him down from 50 cents)
- Silver plated tray ($1)
- Two pillow shams (free)
- Bumblebee hat pin (25 cents)
My find of the week was this tiny bumblebee hat pin ...