Yard sale season is finally here, and I saw a post on Instagram that there was a community street sale near me. It’s so much better to yard sale when there’s a larger group participating, you can walk from one cute front step to the other. Since I found out about this yard sale on Instagram, here is my instastory photos of my haul!
I ended up getting a few things for free like the microwave popcorn maker, which I’ve been wanting, and a white ceramic lantern that will look cute on my balcony. I was also given a local print that was made for Nocturn a few years ago, and have always liked it. I was more than happy to take one. My total yard sale spend was $22.25. I paid $10 for the WILCO tour poster in frame, $5 for all the lovely Eco-friendly bric-a-brac, $5 for the metal clothes drying rack (pictured but hard to see because it’s boring) .25 cents for the Christmas Starbucks mug, and $2 for the floating frame to put my free print in.
I’ve always wanted a closet full of clothing hung on wooden hangers, like a fancy boutique. The price outweighed that desire so my closet goal was never reached. That is until I happened upon this amazing deal, 20 hangers for $12! Of course I already had hangers… lots of hangers, but I couldn’t pass up these wooden lovelies. As you can see, I purchased quite a few packs, probably more than I needed.
Most of my clothing, shoes and baskets pictured above are thrifted. Actually, most of the wicker basket I have in my closet I found on the curb. Free – the ultimate thriftiness!
I’ve been really trying hard lately to reduce the amount of clothing I own. Even though it’s mainly thrifted, and therefore not terribly expensive, I feel like I have too much (and never anything to wear!) This is why I haven’t been blogging. Instead of thrifting, I’ve been selling off my wardrobe! As for the old hangers, I sold those off too!
Okay, so we’ve all been there, you’re at the thrift shop and you spot something so amazing you can’t believe your eyes! How could someone donate this new with tags, last season Club Monaco trench? (Real life scenario).
Luckily for me, the trench was in my size. But, lots of times I’m not so lucky. The last trip to the thrift I found so many amazing pieces, I had the buy them. People sell on eBay all the time, why not me? So when I got home I started my journey as an eBay reseller. (< click that link to view my current items!) I’m pretty excited, except I’m having more luck with the local buy and sell groups. I’m not going to give up, and keep hustling on eBay. If you have any tips for me please leave me a comment!
Let me show you some of the things I picked up while thrifting last week at Frenchys. Buckle your seat belts! This is only a very small portion of what I bought. I wish I had taken photos along the way. My haul included a Love Moschino dress new with tags, the club Monaco trench new with tags, Givency sandals for $4.50! A Tory Burch purse (also $4.50) and Tory Burch bracelet.. the list goes on…
Wilfred free by Aritzia dress (sold)Madewell Reversible sweater! Kendall + Kylie dress (sold)new with tags ($349) Current Elliot sweater, I’m on the fence about keeping so haven’t posted halogen sweater from Nordstrom, new with tags ($159) Love Moschino dress NWT size 4 so had to sell. Tory Burch resin cuff JCrew NWT ($79.50) size XL so selling love this tank that originally was sold at Aritzia, but the brand is Azure Skies. Bought this Salvatore Feeragamo to resell, but trying to clean the suede a bit first.
So what do you think? Please let me know if you have any tips! I’ll have to show you the things I kept in another post.
After a long, hard week I decided I could use some thrifting time. I had a small list of things I wanted to find and set out. First to Value Village (I had a 30% coupon) and then the Salvation Army. I found most of the things, including 2 Marie Kondo ‘life changing magic of tidying up’ books. The woman beside me asked if I’ve read it, and she’s been wanting to find it too, then asked if she could have the other one. Of course! I’m not buying both. Happy to help someone else also find what they’re looking for. I was also looking for fliptop jars to use for buying bulk products at the Bulk Barn. I found these at the Salvation Army for $1 each. I also found two new, black Ikea tea towels $1 for both. I picked up a resable black cotton tote bag for $1.50 and a blue and white stripe tea towel for .48 cents. I didn’t need another purse, defiantly not two. But this lableless black leather bag had to come home with me. ($5.59) I love handmade looking leather bags. I also saw this cute little Roots purse. Basically it can only hold my phone and a few cards. Will be good for shopping or traveling. This was free, the cashier didn’t scan it through. I only noticed this when I got home. Oops. Sorry Value Village. It would have been $10. The last thing I picked up at Value Village was this Roots sweater ($7.69) Another oatmeal sweater to add to my basics collection! While I was hunting around the Salvation Army, I noticed a lot of Zara items that still had tags. It looks like Zara donated a buch of returns and damaged items that they couldn’t sell. I got this Zara knit sweater (regular $49) for $10. I had to sew up the arm, but it looks good as new!
I initially went to the thrift store to find candles to fit a votive a friend gave me. I did find some, plus a bag of IKEA tea lights but that’s boring. Let’s talk about the other things I found while I was there! First off is this Friendship patterned refrigerator dish. I’ve pretty much stopped my vintage Pyrex addiction, but what’s one more for old times sake? Vintage Pyrex – $5.99
Next thing I didn’t need was this little Betsy Johnson makeup bag. I love the cream and black sorta polka dot pattern. I only picked it up because it was .69 cents Lastly I found this fabric swatch of barns of Nova Scotia by Kat Frick Miller. I love locally made things, and I’m always lusting over Kat’s tea towels at craft markets. I’m going to finish the edges and maybe use it? It might be too pretty to use. Originally her tea towels are $25. I got this one for $1.49. If you want to check out other work by Kat, here’s a link to her Instagram page.
Also, I had a 10% coupon, so my total thrift cost was around $11.00. Locally made items plus vintage Pyrex at thrifty prices are my favourite things!