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Chutz
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   Posted 6/20/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever gone yard saling? Some places call them tag sales or garage sales, but whatever you call them there are some treasures to be found. As the old saying goes...what is one person's garbage is another person's treasure. What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?

I think mine would have to be a steamer trunk I bought from the early 1900's. I have always loved old trunks and collected several over the years...mostly at yard sales. One day I was out looking for sales and stopped at one early in the morning. It was a man selling all kinds of household items at quite reasonable prices. He said something about a divorce, she was gone that day and he was clearing out the house. Yikes! But who was I to just let someone else get those good buys. People were arriving and items were leaving.

I saw a trunk and decided I was going to have it. I took a peak into it at the sale, saw it was full of papers and pictures, shut the lid, paid the $20 and got outta there quickly. I couldn't stand to wait until I got home to look at what was in there. It was full of personal letters, pictures and documents from a lady who lived in the early 1900. Her college diploma was in there along with teaching contracts and such from around 1908 - 1914. Also were letters sent and received while she was traveling on the Lusitania. There was even a couple of 'Dance Cards" with the pencils still attached. And if I remember right they were full. smilewinkgrin Can't remember all of the items right now but I did try for a very long time to track down a relative. I would like to return the documents and pictures to them as I feel that's where they belong. Someone would love to have them I'm sure. But no luck so far...may try again some day. I was looking at some of the post cards a few days ago, ones that were unused, and decided to research it. It's a photo postcard from the maybe 1905-1910 and is of a log cabin in a wooded setting. Under the picture says "Original Cabin, The Berry School, Rome, Ga. I found them online and they have a very similar picture to mine in their history section. So, I emailed a staff member to see if they 'd like some of these post cards. Hopefully he'll give me a name and address so they can enjoy this part of their history. It doesn't mean anything to me and likely will to them. My pictures seem older than theirs. Sure hope I hear back...

Have you ever gotten something really fun, valuable, interesting at a yard sale? It doesn't have to be like mine at all...but something that has a fun story with it. Oh, I do remember another.....OK, enough!!! tongue

Chutzie
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edt
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   Posted 6/21/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I have heard many stories of people finding treasures at Garage Sales, most stuff that I've ever found has been JUNK....I was able to find a beautiful armoire for my daughter for $25 that was 5 yrs ago and she still has it!

Not as lucky as you Chutz!

XXOO
Patti


Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
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     Garage sales, omg! My husband is a pack rat! Have you ever seen a grown man crumble over a tiny box of computer parts being thrown away? Sheesh, He acts like im throwing away gold or something... And what is the deal?!?! I got box on box on box of computer parts and everyone elses computer is fixed except my happy lil facotry Dell? No Garage sales for HIM! On more box and Im gonna, gonna... Something! Trade him in for a younger Model! Alrighty then.. that felt good. smhair
     *huggs*
    dani
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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood


Chutz
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Patti! That armoire sounds fabulous. Wanna trade??? lol I would love something like that and I have just the place to put it...

Chutzie
Co-Moderator Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums ~~~
Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, PTSD, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteoarthritis, collapsed disk, and a few other side dishes.

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If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I love garage sales. My mother raises my sister and I on weekends full of running from one to another. My sister has the best luck. For $20 dollars she got an original radio dated to 1932. She had it appraises at $1200. She also has alot of original print ad for coke a cola the size of posters in frames. I myself have a hard time buying furniture for I have three kids and two dogs. I'm always afraid they will destroy them. So I keep telling myself we will get these pocessions when they move out.

Its father day today so my husband is watching a few movies from NetFlicks then he wants to go garage saling then BBQ some prime rib steaks.

To me if it wasn't fathers day I would say no it 100 degrees here...lol Can we all say heatstroke....

Laurie
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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