19 April 2009

Can we find treasure in other's trash

Saturday there was a community garage sale in an elite neighborhood that is in close proximity to the Newport Beach Temple. Christi was so excited to go she made sure that we left the house at 6:30 to be at the neighborhood by 7:00. An hour before the garage sale starts.

We pack up our SUV, grab some straps out of our garage (hoping to find some new surfboards), pack some snacks and head out with our life savings to see what we can find.

The first purchase we made was at Mark's $5 Madness.

High Chair thing - FisherPrice

Itsy Bitsy Bouncer -FisherPrice

Starlight Papasan Craddle Swing - FisherPrice

Deluxe Jumperoo - Fisher Price

After getting all four of those for $20 bucks I felt like the day was already a success and we still had 30 minutes before it even officially opened.

I wasn't sure if we would be able to top the first deal, but then that idea was knocked out of my head when I found...

Boxing Gloves (4 for $6) - Original Soccer Ball Free!!!

Next up we receive a call from Nick who had found a $10 Pack 'n Play. We gave him the green light to purchase it curious to see the condition it was in. As you can see we were delighted.

Pack 'n Play

While Nick was picking up the Pack 'n Play I was trying decide if I was ready to commit $40 to a Kelty Back Pack Child Carrier. I finally decided to go for it, knowing Grandpa Pobst would be excited to be able to see his lil grandkids out hiking around before they hit the one year mark.

Kelty Backpack

Next up we found a $5 space heater for Christi. Fancy enough it was even made by Honeywell. Then from the same people we got a Graco Snap 'n Go (I think they should rename everything so it has a 'n in it. Instead of calling it a high chair - Sit 'n Eat, a crib - Lay 'n Sleep, a car seat - Buckle 'n Drive and some women may even consider changing; husband - Shut it 'n Listen) for another five spot.

Space Heater

Graco Snap 'n Go

So then we were reviewing our list and one of the items was a metal bed frame. Lucky enough next house we passed had a metal bed frame on sale for $3. The also threw in as an added bonus the leather ball as seen above with the boxing gloves.

Bed Frame

Next up we found a baby monitor being sold for $5. I asked if it was missing the back and the lady said we took it off because we had rechargeable batteries and it was a pain to unscrew the back. She said we could have the monitors for free, then her husband was like why don't you just give us a buck then I'll feel better about this. He was being very facecious. We also then got a little tub for another buck. We aren't sure how good the monitor is going to work it seems to be fairly basic and looks like it has seen many days.

Baby Monitor

Bathing Tub

We were driving by a garage sale and Christi pointed out another Snap 'n Go. I slammed on my breaks when I saw that this one had square tubing and black rims. I asked the homey how much for the baby ride with the sweet kicks. $20 later we now had two Snap 'n Go's.

Maclaren Easy Traveller

We then revisited our list, one of the items was a yoga mat. I told Christi how supprised I was that we hadn't seen a yoga mat yet. Then, just like before there one was. The lady first said she wanted $5 for it. I was about to walk away because $5 was way to steep for a purple yoga mat. Then when the price was instantly lowered to two dollars I gave my wife the signal.

Yoga mat

Last item we got was our super sweet blue camouflage umbrella stroller!!! This was a little pricier at $50 but hey, if it matches my ski goggles it is worth it.
Wendy Bellissimo Umbrella Stroller

Here is a little shot of the Maclaren Traveller and the Wendy Bellissimo umbrella stroller. Awfully similar!!!

Here is our fleet of strollers and backpack:

And all of our toys bundled together:

I hope you enjoyed seeing our marvelous Saturday morning adventures and our sweet deals. We'll try to get some photos of some of the deals are friend Nick was able to secure.

Also, I am hoping the soccer ball I got is from the 1920's - 1940's and worth some serious cash


Anonymous said...

Wow! That's awesome! But where the heck are you going to keep all of that stuff? And what are you going to do with so many strollers? I have never had so much luck shopping garage sales. When is that area having their next garage sale? Maybe I'll come.

Anonymous said...

PS I love the idea of adding an 'n to everything. I'll try and come up with some good ones. The only one I can think of right now is 'sit 'n veg' for the couch.

Us Bailey's said...

Dang! Take me with you sometime! I wish I could have found half that stuff. You will have to let me know how you like your Snap n' go-- I'm curious how they are. Oh, I don't know if you know about this but if you want some really fun boutique items people sell check out etsy.com -- they have really cute girl things all the time, but I have gotten some cute things for Joel there. They have good deals on binkie clips. Good luck! And great job!!!

Christine and Nick said...

we have those baby monitors and they work great for us. but we still have the backs on ours. :) And you will LOVE that swing. I'm assuming it switches positions, because that will be nice. Somedays Callie liked the side to side and others she wanted front to back. Nice work on all the loot!

Jenni K said...

your guys scored big time!!

thesvancaras said...

I cannot believe you guys found all of that stuff for so cheap!! That is awesome! We need to try a high end garage sale sometime.

The Speirs said...

That is amazing what you got for such deals. Very impressive you guys. You've inspired me to keep my eyes open for great deals too. It was good getting to talk to you last night. Have fun camping.

Ruth said...

You guys are definitely expert garage-salers now. Those were some amazing deals! Maybe you are now rethinking your idea of selling your garage space???

The Speirs said...

You guys are so funny it kills me. Three strollers? You did find some pretty awesome deals though. Way to go. (ps. this is James of the Speirs commenting, the last was Paula.)

kris and cathy said...

I'm beginning to think Matt sabatoged us by telling us not to go.....Oh Matt, we know where you live. You're in trouble!!!

Nice finds guys. You rock.

Matt said...

Sorry but you sabotaged yourself. Early bird gets the worm. J/k, what kind of stuff did want anyway.

The Pritchard Party said...

Dang... I'm jealous! What steals!