Category Archives: estate sales

There is a special face you make…

… that face you make – it’s completely involuntary – when you have to reach back into the garbage disposal which is full of too-old broccoli and cat barf. You know what I’m talking about – you can feel your upper lip creep up towards your nose and you imagine you start to look a little like Sandra Bernhard.

Sorry girl.

Sorry girl.

Well, I made that face I’m pretty sure, when I spied this (lying on top of a wedding dress, no less) at an estate sale. Did it put me off estate sales for good. Nope. An errant pube, perhaps.

Savings: crabs

Savings: crabs

You gotta hand it to those estate sale people though, they were working for every dime.

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I’m going to post some pictures today of what I didn’t buy since that IS the title of this blog.  I won’t lie to you, I bought some stuff.  However, I will add that MOST of what I bought, and by MOST I mean 2 of the 5 things I bought today, were things I intended to buy anyway and just got lucky and found them at yard/estate sales instead of paying full price.  Those were:

  1. A plant for our home office which I’m in the process of re-doing and had JUST mentioned this morning to Michael that it needed a plant.  Whoah, ho, what do we have here???  A very healthy ficus tree?  For only $10???  I’ll take it.  (Some bitch sniped the gorgeous platycerium I wanted too.  I coulda slapped her.  But I didn’t.  See?  Mature.)

    $10 for this lovely.  Ignore the messy desk, please.

    $10 for this lovely. Ignore the messy desk, please.

  2. Some black framed picture frames to put some family photos in and hang in the office.  Did I mention we have close to ZERO family photos on the walls of our house?  Sure, there are lots of photos of people on the walls of my house – I just don’t know who they are.

    7 frames for $10.  Tell me that's not a good deal, I dare you.

    7 frames for $10. Tell me that’s not a good deal, I dare you.

And I bought a 50 cent toy tow truck for Nico and two other things which we’ll discuss later.

So, that means that 11 things need to go.  The HARD way.  Yes, we’re talking “FREE” box on the sidewalk.

Getting rid of stuff for me can be a little hard.  I have found and subscribe to a few “minimalist” blogs lately, but inevitably, I get too frustrated  by their success and my failure at it, I usuallyend up over on Pinterest, cyber hoarding.  Occasionally, I get very inspired, but it often fails to materialize into more living space and less things to bang into and add to my growing bruise collection.   So, desperation is creeping in.

Much like Dante talked of the 9 circles of Hell, I find there are approximately the same number of layers to the purge cake.

Circle One:  Sell something… for more than you paid for it!!! Whenever I do this, I feel like such a PLAYAH!  This is purging nirvana.

Circle Two: Sell it for what it’s currently worth after you’ve used it for however long you’ve used it.  Really, this is the most fair so it’s pretty high up there because you get to feel good about it too.

Circle Three:  Just get something for it, it’s not great, but not a total loss.  Or sell it on eBay, which is annoying no matter how much you get for it.

Circle Four:  You need to get a gift for someone and you happen to have this thing you don’t want but they will love it. Two problems solved!  In a way, this could possibly be better than Level Three and may need to be promoted.

Circle Five:  You give it to someone you know who wants it

Circle Six:  You post it for free on Craigslist and someone wants it and, after exchanging multiple emails, finally makes it to your house to pick it up.

Circle Seven:  You stick it in your car and drop it at the Goodwill when you finally go by it after 3 weeks.

Circle Eight:  You put it out on the sidewalk with a sign on it that says FREE and someone takes it.

Circle Nine:  You put it out on the sidewalk and no one takes it for 3 days so you throw it in the trash and feel super guilty about it.  Or, worse, bring it back in the house.

Oh, the shame.  Now, here’s a palette cleanser:

Didn’t buy:

Savings: Judging by the prices at this estate sale, I'm going to guess $75.

Savings: Judging by the prices at this estate sale, I’m going to guess $75.

Didn’t buy:

Saving: I didn't ask, but I'm gonna guess $3.  Hey, every little bit helps, right?  You KNOW I have a hard time resisting squirrel shaped things.

Saving: I didn’t ask, but I’m gonna guess $3. Hey, every little bit helps, right? You KNOW I have a hard time resisting squirrel shaped things.

Didn’t buy:

Chubby lady from Napoleon Dynamite:  "I want that."

Chubby lady from Napoleon Dynamite: “I want that.”


OKAY, I DID buy this but I gave it away, does that count?

I guess the main point is to declutter my life, the secondary point is to save money. So, in that regard, I failed on the second point. And nearly failed on the first because I found this at an estate sale and quickly took a picture of it and sent it to my best friend Stacey in Colorado to ask if she wanted it (it seemed like “her”).

Spent: $20 (but gave away, so that’s okay, right?)

She didn’t write me back right away (what, you have a life or something???) and so I hesitated as it was $20. Not that she’s not worth $20 but what if she DIDN’T want it? I’d be stuck with it.

At this point, you might wonder what I’m doing at an estate sale in the first place when I’m trying to declutter but we’ll just ignore you for a while, k?

So, I bought it and took it home and just randomly decided to hang a nail and put it on the wall.

Then I started liking it.

Well, thankfully, I was headed out to Colorado that next week and Stacey wrote and said she wanted it or it would have stayed because it’s really quite cute. And I researched the artist and he’s still alive and something like 103 years old.

Friends, if you have one friend you love so much you don’t mind parting with things you love so long as you are giving them to her, that friend is a keeper.


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A moment of silence

Savings: $500 (I don’t know the price but that’s what I would have paid for it so we’re going to go with that.)

This estate sale started 2 minutes ago. I’m pretty sure this sofa has sold already. I would cut a bitch for this sofa. So, I’m glad I didn’t go. I couldn’t bear to see it walk out with one of those scruffy dealer guys who will then quadruple the price and sell it in their shop tomorrow.

I simply can’t put into words how lovely it would be to own this. It combines table and sofa. So, it would only require me to remove ONE item of furniture to add it to my home. And yet, I let it go. Because I have you, dear blog.

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I didn’t buy this nun playing the accordion

Savings: $5

Because I have a “nun holding a nun puppet” figurine in my guest bathroom cabinet already. It’s to welcome nosy guests to my world. If I bought this nun, it would start a collection of nuns doing unusual things and I don’t need another collection.

This nun inspired this blog.

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