Weekend Finds: Saturday Estate Sale Treasures

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Do you go through a garage sale slump during the winter?

Winter usually slows down my secondhand hunting. Garage sales won’t pop up again until the weather warms, but estate sales are still happening. Don’t overlook these sales. They’re actually my favorite kind of secondhand sale.

If you’re not familiar with estate sales, they’re a way of liquidating the belongings of a family or person, so everything in the house is for sale. Room by room, all of the items from towels to beds to muffin tins are tagged and sold.

If you haven’t been to an estate sale before, I can see how it might be a weird experience. You’re basically going through someone’s entire life. But if you can get past that, these sales have some advantages.

Looking for specifics
If you need a specific item (I needed a muffin tin, for example,) you have a pretty good chance of finding it. I also find that estate sales are great places to find tools. I’ve purchased everything from hammers to boxes of screws for next-to-nothing.

Half off days
Most estate sales begin discounting all of the items after one or two days. Estate sales often run Thursday through Sunday. On Saturdays and Sundays, all of the items are typically half off. On Sundays, it could even be 75 percent off. This works out well for me because I can’t usually go to estate sales on weekdays any way.

Junkers heaven
Every time I visit an estate sale I beeline for the basement. I’ve found that if you’re willing to dig, basements are where you can find the best stuff. Why? People overlook it. One time I found an all-wood four-shelf bookcase with pretty details that wasn’t even priced. The estate sale workers hadn’t noticed it. They sold it to me for $10.

Fixer-upper furniture
Scoping out furniture at estate sales is my favorite. I skip the items at the front of the house. Estate sale companies typically move the most-pricy items to the front (usually in the living room). This is also true of jewelry and other valuables. I’m looking for the cheap stuff, so I search in the nooks and crannies that other people miss. Often this is the garage. I found a beautiful dresser at an estate sale gathering dust in the corner of the garage. It needed some work, but that’s the kind of furniture I want! I got it for $35 and now it holds my T.V. in my living room.

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Last weekend after a yoga class and a stop for coffee, I spotted an estate sale on my way home. It had a few too many tchotchkes for my taste. And I’m saying that as a self-proclaimed tchotchke lover. It was tchotchke overload. Still, I found a few treasures.

Here’s what I found:
-White deviled egg plate: $1.50
-Half dozen muffin tin: $1.50
-Mini baking pan: $1
-Garden twine: $0.50
-3 postcards: $1.50

I got all of my treasures for a meager $6.

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I have a thing for vintage postcards. I’m going to use the two Christmas postcards for scrapbooking. I’ll hang the deer postcard as art somewhere in my home.

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I seem to use twine for just about all of my projects, so for $0.50, why not?

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The deviled egg plate, mini loaf pan and muffin tin were all baking tools I’d been wanting. All of these items still had the tags or labels on them, so they’d never even been used. Score!

Check out my past weekend finds!

I’d love to hear about your secondhand finds. What’s the best deal you’ve ever scored? Tell me about it in the comments.

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Weekend Finds: Neighborhood Garage Sale Galore

Weekend Finds: Neighborhood Garage Sale Galore | redleafstyle.com

Saturday morning garage sale hunting is one of my favorite activities. Especially this time of year when the spring coolness lingers until late morning and you can just browse and enjoy being outside.

Yesterday, I was treasure-hunting solo, but usually my twin sister goes along. We both love bargain shopping and get really excited when we spot a good sale. We’re super efficient and can gauge the quality of a garage sale quickly. Without even speaking, we both know if it’s time to leave after just a few glances, or if the sale is worth a closer inspection. Twin intuition or lots of garage sale practice? Hard to say.

Garage sale shopping was easy this weekend because the neighborhood across the street from my house was holding a neighborhood garage sale. House after house of garage sales in a small area. My bliss!

Here’s what I found:
Ship bookends: $2
“Tom Sawyer” book: $0.50
Four small plates: $0.50
Crate: $10
Two mini clipboards: $2
Industrial light (not pictured): $0.50
Silver chandelier (not pictured): $10


These miniature plates were labeled $0.25 each, but I got them all for $0.50. I was immediately drawn to the bird plate and the others went so well with it that I couldn’t pass them up. I have a thing for objects that don’t match, but still “go” together.


I’m often drawn to the eclectic covers of old books. This copy of “Tom Sawyer” is happy and bright. At $0.50, why not?


These cast iron ship bookends are heavy! They’re a couple of quirky items I just like. I’m also inspired to see what I can do with them besides just holding up books. Although with all of the books I have, I need a heavy-duty pair like these for the job.


That crate all of these items are sitting on? Found that for $10. It’s rather large, and I wasn’t sure where I was going to fit it into my tiny house when I bought it, but I have a thing for boxes people. (And books and bookends apparently.)

I did, however, find a spot for it. I turned it on its side and it’s holding a plant like an end table.


I snagged a couple of mini clipboards for $1 each. I like displaying postcards, papers and other items on them, and swapping out the displays regularly. After snapping these photos of the clipboards, I immediately added one to my gallery wall.


If you like seeing what a scrounge up at garage sales, check out my past weekend finds!

What do you think of my finds? Let me know in the comments!

Weekend Finds: Saturday Garage Sale Haul


Last weekend I got up early and hit the garage sales. Driving from spot to spot, I scoped out some good deals. It was a prefect weekend for garage saleing. The cool weather meant tons of people were having sales. I didn’t drive far at all and found some great stuff for low prices!

Here’s what I found:
Small wooden end table: $3 (Yes, $3)
Glass ice bucket: $5
Two books: 25 cents each
Random hardware: 25 cents
Two 4×6 Crate & Barrel rugs: $35 total
Two dark wood shelves: $15 total


I bought a couple of cheap paperbacks to take on my upcoming trip to Cambodia!. You can’t beat 25 cents each.


I’m excited to add this ice bucket to my vintage bar cart!


Perhaps my best finds of the day were two barely-used 4×6 Crate & Barrel rugs. They’re a pretty white and beige color and they feel so soft! Also, they’re pup-approved.

Check out my past weekend finds!

What do you think of my finds? Let me know in the comments!