|Bottles were $.50 apiece. Bottle cappers/stoppers were $.10-.50 each|
|Half apron for $1.|
Before we headed out in the morning, we took everything out of the car and rearranged it. We packed small items in multiple bags into fewer bags, and played tetris with the wine cabinet, barbell set and garden tools we'd purchased the previous day. The car had seemed to be almost full since everything was tossed in haphazardly the previous day. By rearranging, we freed up over twice the space. We filled our travel mugs with coffee from the hotel room (terrible though it was) and we were off!
|$5 for 6 lbs of Kentucky Wonder beans and $1 for 3 lbs of squash|
Driving through the back roads of Kentucky, I fell in love with the hills. It seems every half mile we were hitting a spot with a view. At one point, Trucker pulled over to hit a yard sale and when I got out of the car, I gasped and called him over. We stood at the top of a hill overlooking a meadow with a pond tucked away off to the side and a view of rolling, wooded hills. I told him, "Now THIS is what I'm talking about when I say I want to move away to the country."
|I bought this dehydrator for $5. It's |
older and cheap, but it will help as I
preserve the harvest this year.
|Socket set for $15 and was on Trucker's list.|
|Two of my sisters work for a nursing home.|
I found these scrubs for $1 each.
I like to keep an eye out for things that friends and family members need. This year, I was looking out for yarn for one friend, a giant stock pot for a coworker, an industrial mixer for my boss (I knew it was a long shot, but I was sure hoping) and scrubs for my sisters. I found some yarn and scrubs, and loved being able to find a good deal for the people I care about.
|Bench Scraper for $1.|
|$1 for a book by my favorite author? Yes please!|
|This small cast iron skillet cost me $3.|
|Cloth napkins for $.25 each.|
|$1 for the tea ball; $.25 each for the jacks and thimble.|
|Outlet covers for $.50 each for the bathroom redo.|
* Bring your own food and drink. It will save you money over going to a restaurant or buying from one of the stands set up. It will also allow you to stay on the road and not have to stop and wait for your food to be prepared. Since these sales only last a few days, you don't want to miss a moment! We bring travel mugs and a thermos with coffee for the morning and a small cooler of iced drinks for the afternoon. Don't bring too large a cooler or you'll waste valuable space that could allow you to purchase that bulky item. Bring a lunch that won't go bad like pasta salad with a non-dairy salad dressing. Bring some dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars or easy-to-eat fruit like bananas or apples.
|Lavender scented candle, free the last few hours|
of the sale.
* The first day of the sale is the best for selection. The last day of the sale is best for bargains. Plan accordingly.
|I found this leather purse in a $.50 bin.|
* Make it fun. In other years, we'd go for one day then come home in the evening. This year we made a trip of it. There was a pool at the hotel, we went out for dinner (using a BOGO coupon I found online) and enjoyed relaxing in a new city for the evening. The next morning we headed back out, refreshed and ready to go. If you start to get burned out, take a break. Just drive for a bit, or stop at a park for an hour to just relax. Stop at a coffee shop.
|$5 for three medium sized woven rugs.|
|50 lb scale, $10.|
|Knives were 2 for $5; wrench was $.50|
|Cast Iron pan, $3.|
Here are some of the weird things we found that didn't come home with us.
To find a long yard sale near you, check out the list at Frugal Living.
Have you ever gone to a long yard sale? Any tips you have that I missed? Any fun stories or fantastic finds?
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