Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cheap is Not a Bad Word!



My middle name should have been Frugal, but my mother got it wrong and named me Julie Kristine. Likewise, Mr. Computer Geek Genius’s middle name should have been Full-Price, but his mother got it wrong, too. Normally, we balance each other out financially. These days, unfortunately, are different. Mr. Computer Geek Genius, is having to learn about frugality. He’s not happy about this new form of schooling, like many people I know who have begun attending classes with him. Yes, it seems everyone is having to cut back or cease driving. In light of this, I’ll be occasionally posting blips regarding the art of being cheap. These thrifty tid-bits will be archived under the title You Paid How Much for That? And, I’m going to start right now with an introduction to a three-part series regarding everything I know about garage sales and estate sales. Let me know what you think. I also have a couple of small contests on the horizon because free is good!



You Paid How Much for That? : How to Get the Best Deals at Garage Sales and Estate sales

I love antiques – I have been in the business for a couple of years. I even had a fabulous job with an estate sale company. Unfortunately, the job required using a lot of gasoline which depleted paychecks quickly. Many moons ago, I began scouring garage sales and estate sales for old treasures. I soon realized I could save a bundle of dough buying household items, kids stuff, and gifts at these sales. My recent deals include, but are certainly not limited to the following:

$1: A full bottle of Channel #5 cologne for my mama

$2: Brand new Bobby Brown bronzer

$60 A gargantuan, antique, stained glass window that is larger than I am

$10: New belts from Orvis that retail at over $55 each

$5: Vintage skateboards for Mr. Mohawk

$.50-$2 Tide, Swiffer, Clorox Wipes

$2-$5: New Candles and Gift Sets

The deals are abundant if you know how to find them. Tomorrow, I’ll begin a three- part series to pass along my knowledge of estate sales and garage sales in hopes that others might find a way to keep more of their hard-earned money in the bank.

1 comment:

h2ofossil said...

Mom always calls me "tighwad"....at least is has two syllables....like my chosen middle name "Crawford"!

Love your blog!

When I figure out how to put favs on my blog, I will include you....but that may take a while. Speaking of "mother boards", mine is going out. Do you know a good technician? I wanna keep my XP rather than get a Vista model.....

If you have any suggestions, leave me a message on Sharwon Wenee Wichawrdson post.....Thanks girl!
It is good to see what you are up to these days!