Bargain hunting is in my blood. I’m pretty sure that had there been thrift stores and garage sales in the dark ages, my ancestors would have been rummaging through them and giggling like school girls when they struck “gold.”
A few weeks ago my family and I went on a morning jaunt around town. Donuts were on tap. Donuts and garage sales.
We had stopped by a handful of places where I got a few nice new shirts and my kids spent some of their piggy bank money on little trinkets. We were just about ready to head home so I could get ready to go shoot a wedding when we saw a sign for an estate sale. Estate sale signs always get my blood pumping because… well, I love old stuff.
This estate sale did not disappoint.
It was almost 2 o’clock which is pretty much closing time for Saturday sales for a lot of people.
Mid-afternoon is the best time to find the greatest deals.
Earlier in the day people are more likely to hold onto something if they don’t get the desired price. Later in the day, reality sets in and they really just want to get rid of the dang stuff without having to haul it off themselves or worse, PAY to have it hauled off!
We found a couple of smaller treasures. In the garage I found a complete pink metal Beautyware canister set from the 1950s, including the original breadbox. I can totally picture this freshly painted and renewed for some creative purpose. We also found a partial set of pink (this lady loved pink!) Stetson Melmac Dinnerware. I don’t know why but I decided to grab these because they reminded me of childhood. For all of these items together I paid $2.
When I went upstairs to the living room I immediately let out a small gasp because there before me was what I would call my “dream couch.” A mid-century modern sectional sofa. Sure it had wear and tear but for its age it was in remarkably good condition.
I could not imagine being able to afford it so I sighed and followed my husband into another room of the house where he showed me these little beauties.
As a photographer I have a little thing for cameras of all kinds and ages. Even better? One of these still had a partially used roll of film in it. I have since used up the remainder of the roll and am looking forward to getting it all developed.
Next, I found this adorable vintage bead necklace. I can’t get enough of it. I’m not sure why. It reminds me of my grandma. But beyond that I just find it adorable.
After scooping up all of these other little deals that made me inwardly giggle with delight, I went and sat back on that beautiful mid-century modern sectional sofa. I sighed with desire.
The woman who was running the estate sale sat down across from me.
She said, “Make me an offer!”
I told her that I wouldn’t even know what would be a fair offer. Truth be told, I knew that this sofa was worth a lot of money. I’ve seen what people pay for reupholstered sofas of this quality and it’s no chump change!
She whispered, “Twenty-five dollars.”
My bargain-hunting heart stopped. Fortunately my glee acted as a kind of defibrillator and I was resuscitated enough to eek out the words, “I think, Yes!”
Did it matter that I had no idea if it would fit in my living room or if I could get it to my house or that I didn’t even have the $25 for it at the moment? No. I said YES! The rest was just details.
This is by far the best bargain I have ever found at a garage or estate sale.
What is the best deal you have found in your weekend bargain-hunting adventures?