This weekend, I had the opportunity to go to some garage sales in my MIL's area out here near Des Moines. Have you ever been to one of those city-wide garage sale weekends, where a lot of people have garage sales, so you can just walk around a neighborhood and go to a bunch of sales? Well, that's what my Hubby's parents' town was doing this weekend, so we walked around their neighborhood, and I found a lot of great deals! Some stuff I wanted, and some stuff I didn't even know I needed... :)
Like this Kidopotamus plastic bib - I've always wanted one of these. I paid 50 cents for this:
And a like-new swimsuit for me from Land's End for $1!
One garage sale had a bunch of these handmade signs - so cute! My MIL actually bought this for Natalie's room - all the pieces together cost about 2.25!
At the first garage sale, I bought this alphabet desk for $1. I felt bad because the lady gave me something for free, so I felt like I had to buy something... :)
At the last place we went, I got this programmable 12-cup coffeemaker for $3. And an insulated mug to go with it - 5 cents! :)
And I paid 50 cents for these adorable pink Nike sandals for Natalie - they're a little big, but hopefully they'll fit her by the time July or August rolls around!
This was one of the purchases I was most excited about - I paid two dollars for this, but it's so neat! You can use the letters to spell the words, as shown, and there are a bunch of cards on it - what a neat way to teach the concept that letters make words!
And we all know how Z loves his wipe-off books - I have been looking for a wipe-off letter writing book, and I found one for 50 cents!!!
One of the things I really wanted to find was a Little Tikes basketball hoop - and we did end up finding one - for $5! It was missing the net, but there was another little clip-on basketball hoop at the same sale for 50 cents, so we got them to throw that in, and Mom zip-tied the net onto the hoop, and it works perfectly!
We picked up this potty chair for FREE! I think you can put batteries in it and it will light up or sing or something when the child goes potty - I have no idea if it works, but hey, it was free. :)
The first garage sale we went to, I asked the lady if she'd take a dollar for this caterpillar ABC puzzle, and she said, "Oh, just take it, I don't even know if all the pieces are there." They are! So this awesome wood puzzle was FREE!
On Thursday morning, I ran out to a garage sale really quick, because they had Little Tikes toys advertised, and as I said, I was looking for the basketball hoop. Earlier that week, Z had been watching some neighborhood kids ride bikes, and seemed pretty excited about it. So when I saw this little trike for $5, I had to get it for him. :) It even has a little dump bed on the back, that really dumps! He loves it, as you can see. :)
Oh, and so much more... two crib/toddler bed mattress pads for $1.50 each, a Super Baby Food book for 50 cents, and a few kids clothing items, too. Garage sales are awesome!!! :) Now we just have to figure out how to fit everything in the car for the ride home tomorrow!!!
What great deals have you gotten lately?