Monday, April 14, 2008

Church Yard Sale

The Church of the Bargainsta family hosts a huge garage sale every year in April. It's the only fundraiser for short term mission trips and the total is usually 2o to 30 thousand. Yes, thousands!

Of course Mr. Bargainista and I contributed. Check out our goods.

Deal of the day was this fabulous Columbia parka for Mr. Bargainista. It has the zip out jacket liner and weather proof outside. We've both had our same parkas for a good 8 years. There just isn't a need for it in our town and we usually wear dressier coats for work, etc. However at $15 it was time to update for Mr. Bargainista. This is totally a parka he'd have chosen for himself too. It didn't have tags but there is absolutely no sign of wear. Purchase price: $15.

I'm only jealous because the J. Crew peacoat I loved was a small. Boo!

However, I managed to do well for myself with this array of sweaters. Left to right there is a blue Ralph Lauren, a cream button down Ann Taylor Loft, and brown merino v-neck from Banana Republic. I paid $4, $3, and $5 respectively. The Banana Republic sweater is brand new with the $45 price tag.

I also racked up with a nice selection of shoes. I know garage sale shoes seem gross, but you can tell if they've been worn badly and also spray them with disinfectant. Anyway, it doesn't bother me. Left to right are Banana Republic tweed look ballet flats, cute printed ballet flats from Target (these are currently in the store and I've had my eye on them to go on sale. They were brand new), and the uber casual Gap wedges. The picture doesn't show it but they have a great rope style wedge heel. I have tons of cute skirts I can wear these with this summer. I paid only one dollar each for the shoes. Not pictured is a darling pair of polka dot flip flops from J. Crew. I must have been wearing them.

Mr. Bargainista spotted these hiking boots for me last minute. They'll be great with the backpack for our upcoming trip. The boots were scuffed but the soles were pristine. I think they were $2.50.

I found these cute little things for my house. I'd seen this pumpkin jar at a thrift store last fall but didn't get it. I only paid $1 at the sale. It will be a cute cookie jar when entertaining or having tea, but also a nice centerpiece or decoration when filled with pine cones and acorns, fresh flowers, or seasonal potpourri and spices.

The silver trays are darling. I purchased them last minute at the half off sale and I can't believe someone didn't snag them earlier in the day as they are quite nice. They were seventy-five cents for each piece.

I'll have to take complete inventory and pictures of my silver collection. I've purchased all of it at garage sales and thrift stores and it's quite lovely.

We also had a few other miscellaneous purchases that day but the highlight for Mr. Bargainista was the hotdog lunch: hotdog with the works, chips, drink and cookie for $1.75. He purchased two.