Garage Sale Season

Posted 05-3-2013 at 03:06 PM by whitneywalters

It is finally starting to warm up here in Iowa and that means garage sale season will be starting soon. While this year I have no plans of having one, I do plan on shopping at a lot of them.

I love garage sales. My husband and I like to go together, he is always hunting for old video games or collectibles that might be worth something. I like to go mostly to find great deals on kids clothing. We did not get a chance last year to do a lot of them, we really only went to a few but the ones we did make it to were pretty great.

The first one I went to last year was early in the garage sale season. It was a huge moving sale, the family had three kids that were all older then mine and they were selling all the outgrown clothes. I walked away with three large bags full of barely worn clothes for my kids and I only spent $20.00. The others we went to we were able to get some house hold items we needed and my husband hit one that made his day. My husband is a huge star wars fan, he is always looking for cool old collectibles but rarely finds anything. He was actually out with his mom when they drove past a yard sale that caught his eye. The owner was actually a customer back when Chris was a Schwans driver. He was moving out of state and they wanted to get rid of all the stuff he had collected over the years. He had an At At for sale, this is something Chris had been wanting for a long time. The guy had it listed for $40 but since he knew and liked my husband, he gave it to him for $15. Chris bought a few other star wars things there but his biggest buy was that toy. A friend of ours came over that evening and about fainted when Chris showed him. We were a little surprised when he told us that they sell for over $300. Chris has no intention of selling it but it was nice to know we were able to get something high valued for so little.

This year my main goal is to get more clothes for the kids but I plan on keeping my eye out for collectibles as well. That is what is so great about garage sales, you really never know what you are going to find.

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4 Responses to “Garage Sale Season”

  1. SheenaBee on May 3rd, 2013 8:21 pm

    I love finding the big toys for my son at consignment sales, thrift stores, and yes… garage sales. I almost hate when family gets him new toys that I know cost $40+, because I know that if I’m patient that I can find the exact same thing in great condition for less than half that. Happy hunting this summer!

  2. whitneywalters on May 4th, 2013 7:27 pm

    Very true. We have bought a lot of big toys at garage sales as well.

  3. kiewi on May 7th, 2013 8:48 pm

    love garage sales! can’t wait!

  4. FilipinaMama on May 13th, 2013 12:37 pm

    I love garage sales too, especially when they are about to close and it’s half off or they just let you have it!

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