Monday, July 20, 2009

Hello, I'm Helen Joy and I'm addicted to Yard Sales.

I must admit, I do not think I will ever set foot in a goodwill again (ok we all know this isn't true), but seriously, I have not really had the wonderful experience which is a yard sale, until this past weekend. I've been to a few but mostly with my mom as a little girl. I went to a Unitarian Universalist "Church" yard sale. I've always been curious about what kind of people attend a church where the sign outside reads. Embrace the trees...find your balance...and other things of that nature. Well, the people were really nice, the book collection, QUITE interesting. But the finds were incredible.
I'm not joking when I say I cried several times that day because I was so excited! I think I called every one I know.
I really was in the mood to shop and spend money. So for about $25 I got all this:

I got this cute silk, note pad (where you can replace the paper) for free. It's the perfect size and really quite precious.

I teach violin and my Suzuki book 1 was pretty beat up (it is 15 years old) and so I picked this new one up for 50 cents.

I got the old, rusty shoe rack for 50 cents. I've already spray painted it white and will use it to display either towels or a quilt. I'll post pictures of that soon.

HUGE nice wooden, black frame that I don't need to spray paint. It's for a 16x20 photo:-) $2

I went on a little glass jar binge this week. I found so many beautiful ones. I actually bout 7, but have given some away already to friends who need them. I kept these three to myself and I'm so excited about what to fill them with! $2 each.

I got this beautiful gold plated necklace for $3. I absolutely LOVE leaves. I'm very picky about jewelry and so it is rare that I find something I like and would wear

My 11 year old sister is OBSESSED with the sixties. She asks me questions all the time about it, and I wasn't even alive then! She also is a huge puzzle fan. I found this puzzle for $1. We'll have so much fun doing it.

I found this good basket for 25 cents. Took the handle off...and

Now I have a place to keep Barclay's bibs in my cabinet.

I got this cute bird cage for $2.

And put it in my entry way. I think I'm going to buy some moss or ivy to put inside of it. It think it's really cute though.

I bought this tiny life jacket for $1. It'll be great for Barclay next year.

I saw this little wooden pinoccheo doll. I thought it would look awesome in Barclay's "classic little boy" room. When I got home, I looked him up and saw that it is from the 1960's from Italy. They aren't going for much, plus he doesn't have feet, so I'm going to keep him and enjoy him.

I found this unbreakable, new french press for 50 cents. I'm giving it to my sister who needs one and loves coffee.

I found this large wooden soldier for 50 cents. I am very lacking in the Christmas decor department so I try to pick up some cute things here and there for Christmas, even though it's forever away.

These are European, wooden toys, that are usually very expensive. They are of the brand Beeboo. I saw them in a bag for 25 cents and picked them up. This is a balancing puzzle and all the pieces are there. I really love it!

These are original, signed artwork of sail boats. They are professionally framed, but I'm going to probably paint the frames white and the mattes red...maybe. But I love them for my baby boy's room and they were $5 for both of them.

I've been meaning to go buy a little stool for myself. Since I can barely reach my top cabinets. I go this for free:-)

I found this beautiful, new milk steamer for 50 cents. My husband loves him a Latte so I was so excited to find this so we can make them at home!

I found this dress up Larry for 25 cents. He had marker all over his face, but magic eraser took care of that! It is so cute and fun and I know a very sweet little girl who absolutely loves Larry who will be receiving him in the mail this week. I can't wait for her to play with him!

I found this heavy metal "b" marked 5 cents. When I went to check out the lady just gave it to me for free. I think she just wasn't good at math. I'm going to spray paint it red for Barclay's room:-)

I have been wanting some white shudders for a LONG time. I want to put them on either side of a large painting or picture and it goes perfect in my newly painted brown room:-) They were both $1 total. Yay!

I also bought a $3 excersaucer for a friend who needed one!

On the way home, I pulled over to a yard sale which looked like they were giving up. I looked around and saw nothing until I saw a sign on this that said, "For Sale"

Barclay's room is a mess right now (post soon to come). His white shelf broke and so I've been on the look out for a non cheap shelf. I found this at the end of the day, I asked if she would take $6 for it and she did! I'm going to repaint it white and soon that room shall be clean!

Thanks for visiting and make sure to check out everyone else's find over at Rhoda's!


  1. I have a little boy, Lucas, born only a week before your little Barclay. I am eager to see your nursery as I am still working on ours.


  2. It sounds like a great sale, and you found alot of things that made you happy! LOVE the birdcage and those jars! And that necklace is really pretty too! I bet with this much luck, you'll be hitting the sales again this week! Good luck!

  3. Your got some good deals - don't you love free.

  4. Wow! You found a lot of great treasures! Love the metal B!

  5. Wow, you racked up. I can see why you are addicted now!

  6. Oh my gosh, I want everything you found! Those wooden toys are awesome! And of course I love those glass jars & silk notebook too!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Miss P would be in every picture if I let her :)

  7. WOW you found tons of fabulous things!!!! I LOVE that little wooden balancing toy!

  8. Score on the shutters! Like everyone, I love the glass jars and cute bird cage. Great deals!

  9. You did great this weekend. I love the b and the jars. And your entrance is lovely.
    Thanks for the visit.

  10. Ohhhh seriously can I come shopping with you? AWESOME finds! I love everything but am so jealous over those jars, the letter B, the shutters, everything really, lol! Love it all!

    Thanks So Much for stoppin by and leavin such a sweet comment! You definately need to go to Hobby Lobby as it's awesome, especially when they do the 90% off sales! So true about the husbands, they should be happy we aren't shoppin at Pottery Barn! They are lucky, lol! Hope to see you again!!

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You found some GREAT things! I like the B a lot and the jars and that balancing toy! Wow. Yeah for the milk steamer and what a great price on the shutters. Good tip for using the magic eraser on Larry's face. :) Kelly

    p.s. I really like the look of your blog, the colors, background, etc.

  12. great deals! the unitarians have a nice sale in my town every year and they alsways have lots of plants.

    I read your previous post about your son, I'm so sorry you've had such a rough 5 months. Parenting is hard work and I think you are doing a great job.
    your son is 2 days younger than my grandson.

  13. goodness, did you hit a treasure trove, claps for you!!!!

  14. Oh my totally scored! Love all the pieces:)

    Thanks for dropping by Poppyseeds.

  15. You got some amazing stuff! My fav is probably the Pinocchio, who needs feet:)

  16. Great bargains. SO jealous of the milk steamer!! :) Thanks for the visit!

  17. WOW! You REALLY scored!!! SO much was for other people. It touched me the ways that you think of your family :)

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the thoughtful comment. I will be back :)

  18. Marvelous finds. I love that letter "b". The toys you found are super for a little growing boy. He will love them. I am so touched that you thought of others. What is life if we don't share with others who would love it more than we do. Thanks for sharing.


  19. Hi!
    Thanks for stopping by Domestic Princess in Training! Looks like you found some wonderful deals as well! I love the layout of your blog; I’m all about polkadots!
    Hope your having a wonderful week,

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You found lots of wonderful things! Love the wooden soldier!


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