Saturday we decided to go yard sale-ing on a whim. Jerry had seen a few signs not too far from us, so we went to check them out. We couldn’t believe our luck! We found some really awesome stuff.
At one yard sale we went to there was an elderly couple selling a wood stove in their basement. We went down to check it out, and immediately I noticed that the walls of half of the room were filled with shelves of empty canning jars. I asked the woman if she would be interested in selling some of her jars, and to my delight she shrugged and said, “Sure!” She offered them to me for $3/dozen, which was exactly the amount I’ve resolved to pay for my jars, so I scooped up as many as she would part with- 8 dozen pints, quarts, and a couple of half gallon jars.
I also noticed on the top of one of these shelves there sat two dust covered water bath canners. Since I didn’t yet have one I asked her about them as well. She said she had another one in her kitchen, so she didn’t see why she needed three. I was really excited when she pulled the biggest one down and said I could have that one… for $3! This thing is huge! It will hold 8 quart jars.
She was happy that somebody was going to be getting use out of these things, and I was excited to have found some things I could really use for awesome deals! She gave me her telephone number and told me to call her if I ever have any canning questions. She also has an apple tree, pear tree, and fig tree in her yard that she said she just lets people come and pick from since she no longer cans much anymore. What a blessing!!
A little up the road was another yard sale where I found these two cute skirts for $2 each. They are just a tad too big, but nothing that can’t be easily taken in. The tan skirt was brand new with the Old Navy tags still on it. I desperately needed some new skirts, so this was a wonderful find!
We stopped at one more yard sale up the road, but after checking out the prices I thought they were a little too high. I really liked this kerosene wall lamp, but the man had it priced at $5 and wouldn’t budge. I set it back down and we headed home. Once back home though, I flipped through my Lehman’s catalog and found that they sell lamps very similar to this one for $120!! We ended up going back to the sale and picking the lamp up for the very reasonable price of $5.
I also picked up this outdoor kerosene lamp.
But let me share with you the pièce de résistance:
An old wooden, hand crank washing machine with clothes ringer, in excellent condition. We debated over this one for some time, but ended up going back to get it the next day. We just couldn’t let this gorgeous contraption slip through our fingers. And I do plan on using it!
*Update (3/27/13)- We decided to sell the old washing machine after all. It needed some work to be useable, and we soon realized that we could wash our clothes in a bucket with a scrub board for much less! So, I sold it to a man who is opening a museum locally, for the same amount we bought it for. So, no loss. It was fun to show off while we had it!
Exciting, huh?! I’m so thankful for all of the neat stuff we found this weekend.
Did you go yard sale-ing over the weekend?? Find any awesome deals?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.