Most Saturday mornings I am up and out the door, usually by 7 or 7:30 am. I like to be early, but not too early. The early bird does get the worm when it comes to yard sales. Most of the time I go solo, sometimes Computer Girl goes with me and occasionally we all go
The Lord has majorly blessed us through yard sales. I can not even begin to to tell you about the very nice clothes that we have got for the kids at. I mean really NICE stuff. I am especially thinking about all the long sleeve button up dress shirts and corduroy pants that I have found for Alpha Boy. Yard sales are a great place to find church dresses for my girls. Games for the kids... yard sales. Books, books and books....you guessed it, yard sales.
I have a general route that I drive through the neighborhoods and I normally stop even if the yard sale looks like a dud. I have found some great things at yard sales that don't look like much. For instance, a few months ago I was out with Computer Girl and we found a yard sale. This guy had a small table and that was pretty much it. BUT we stopped and I got a cast iron griddle that I have been wanting for a while. These things are $50 new, I paid $5 for mine. I am still excited about this one!
In addition to my normal route I will usually check Craigslist. Several weeks ago, I came across a yard sale that had lots of HOMESCHOOL books! Can I tell you I loaded up on science and history readers, as well as a microscope and some math manipulative's, for like $25 total!
Yard sales that have kids books are a dime a dozen. Yard sales that have homeschool books seem to be a rarity, but I found another one today! I got a few grammar books, science readers and some great history books. Most of the history read alouds that I got are about $10-20 each, if purchased new. I got the following books for a TOTAL of $16:
- George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
- The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster
- Poor Richard by James Daughtery
- Of Courage Undaunted by James Daughtery
- From Sea to Shining Sea for Children: Discovering God's Plan for America in Her First Half-Century of Independence, 1787-1837 by Peter Marshall & David Manuel
- The Light and the Glory for Children : Discovering God's Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington by by Peter Marshall & David Manuel
So when people have asked me questions like, "Is it really worth getting up early and going to yard sales?" or "Do you find anything good?" My answer is Y-E-S!!! Some people think that yard sales are full of junk but really there aren't. Yard sales are full of great treasures, you just have to be willing to go find them. I have found some amazing things at yard sales and am so thankful for them!!
Do you have any yard sale tips? What great things have you found lately from yard sales?