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What is the best "score" you've gotten from thrifting/garage sales? One mom mentioned she got her son an entire wedding ensemble for 10 bucks (!!) and another mom said she found a practically new Hanna Andersen for 5! So tell me your greatest find. Clothing, furniture....anything! :lurk5:

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My favorite? I got a complete set of Wheelock's Latin (text and workbook) for a dollar. :)

 

I am a serious thrifter, though, so I have had many great finds. Recently I got a mint condition black jersey J Jill cardigan for 99 cents at Goodwill.

Omg....I am jealous! LOL

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I was at a fund raiser type yard sale (bunch of junk) late in the day and clothes were $1 a bag. I saw the cutest Little Black dress and shoved it in my bag. Only later, when I had my 13 yr old trying it on did I noticed it was Dolce & Gabbana. There's a similiar one at Saks online for $595.

 

A couple weeks ago, I got a laptop for $20. It was older but runs well and was from a business so is very tricked out.

 

I love yard sales!

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I once paid 10cents for a cross stitch pattern booklet at a yard sale. After I used it I resold it on eBay. Little did I know it was a hard to find pattern book - it sold for $50.

 

Wow! I love my Kenneth Cole down coat that I got at Goodwill for $5..... but DH is really the king of thrifting here. We often use computers that he has gotten for under $20 and for 16 months our primary car was one he got off Craigslist for $200 and it got over 40 mpg!

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I love thrifting/junking. Love it. I just bought my dd a bedroom set from a thrift store I repainted white and it is darling in her room, $57 for desk, large dresser and nightstand.

We bought a tent recently for $20 priced $150 on the box.

My son has about near new or new RL/Polo pieces I picked up for 50cents a piece from a Humane society thrift shop.

FL has the best thrift shops!

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Unfortunately, we do not really have thrift shops besides overpriced Goodwill. My best scores were at a scout rummage sale.

 

I got this castle

http://www.littletikes.com/toys/classic-castle.aspx

 

for $25

 

and a full bag of Hannah Andersson clothes for a dollar! They were almost all in mint condition! I think I ended up with 5 dresses, 3 leggings, overalls, hoodie, and a few shirts and skirts in the bag!

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What is the best "score" you've gotten from thrifting/garage sales? One mom mentioned she got her son an entire wedding ensemble for 10 bucks (!!) and another mom said she found a practically new Hanna Andersen for 5! So tell me your greatest find. Clothing, furniture....anything! :lurk5:

 

A copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons from a day school book sale. Not only did I teach all three kids to read with that books, but it probably marks the beginning of my thinking of myself as a homeschooler.

 

Priceless.

 

On a different note, dh found inscribed first edition of The Sand Pebbles that he'd picked up as a reading copy. Unfortunately, because it was worth about $2k he had to turn around and get another one as a reading copy.

 

The one I'm very jealous of is my friend who bought a Compact OED at a thrift store for about $50.

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A GBC binding machine worth over $400 for $15!

 

Some contractor had brought it to a tiny thrift store that didn't even have electricity. The people working there didn't even know what it was. I had to buy it not knowing if it would work or not, but it works like a charm. It was the same model of which our entire technical writing group shared one machine!

 

It's a big, heavy, unwieldy beast, but I use it often, and hubby knows better than to suggest I get rid of it.

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I bought a beautiful China cabinet at a consignment store for $1,000. Now that's not expensive, considering much of it was hand made by a company in VT and it would have cost 6k - 7k had I bought it brand new. It was delivered, heavy and solid as can be, without ONE scratch. It looks brand new.

 

ETA: I also got a solid oak book case with glass doors for FREE from a recycle place that's only offered to teachers and non charity business owners. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!

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A GBC binding machine worth over $400 for $15!

 

Mine was only $3! Again, no one knew what it was, including me, when my dad got it at a flea market. We all were kicking ourselves for letting him loose with any money. Now, I couldn't homeschool without it. *So* perfect for creating custom workbooks! I love to combine the best pages from, for example, a variety of grammar workbooks, or a variety of phonics/handwriting/early math/coloring books, or math textbooks (I choose all the word problem pages).

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