Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Garage Sale Christmas

If that is not the most red-neck sounding blog post title I don't know what is. The only redeeming factor is that I don't know if red-necks write blogs. lol Anyway, if you've read my blog for a significant length of time you may know that I LOVE garage saling. If you didn't know that about me now you do....if you would like to see some of my conquests this summer just visit the garage sale tab under my labels.

We were very fortunate to be able to find excellent gifts for all of my kids this year from garage sales. I wanted to see what shopping for Christmas would look like for my littles if I did it all second hand. I'm pretty excited about their gifts!

This is an entire Sweet Streets collection from Fisher Price. I was breathless when I saw it sitting there in a HUGE tote (which came with it) at that garage sale. It wasn't even a sale on my list to stop at! I was ready and willing to pay up to $50 for all of this stuff. I asked the lady how much she wanted for it (yeah ....one of those sales where they don't price anything). When she responded $15 I almost said out loud, "ARE YOU CRAZY??" Instead I said, "Ummm....I'm going to pay you for that right this second before I even look around anymore."
I was delighted to get this home and find that it is in pristine condition. Absolutely like new.... (this is the hotel and the grand mansion)
AND all but 2 pieces are accounted for!! Beauty Salon/Pet Shop, Candy store/Dance Studio
Country cottage/Beach House
School/School Bus
Horse drawn carriage/Ice Cream Truck, and the floormat too! This will actually be Annabelle's only present from us since it is such a HUGE amount of stuff.
These little Kelly Dolls will be in her stocking. We don't really do Santa (not that I think there is anything wrong with him), but we still do stockings....they were my favorite growing up....my parents did AWESOME stockings.
This little one is my favorite with her red hair and freckles. :) $5 for all!
This mini beanies will be in her stocking too....ladybug, cats, butterfly. She loves little things like this. $1.00 She will also get a toothbrush, jammies, and I'm thinking about Hot Dots OR Bob books too.
I actually bought this Little Leaps a couple years ago at a garage sale. I think I paid $10. I forgot about it and then just remembered it again this year. I am also looking into getting a couple more games for it off of Ebay. Asa really enjoys computer games and watching people play video games so this will be a lot of fun for him (plus, they can use it to control netflix!)
Geo Trax were by far our most expensive purchase this year. I found a huge 'main city' set for $15...it came with trains, people, fire station, train terminal, and some extra vehicles. At another sale I found a Western type one for $10 that came with another train....
...that same day I found this cool airplane one for $8. I was pretty happy. Everything is clean and in working order. I asked Zak to set it all up for the pictures, but he politely refused and said that he would not set it up to just take it apart again. lol :)
Silas is going to have a blast with these Shake n' Crash cars by Fisher Price. I believe I paid $15 for this (note to self: these will need new batteries!).
Silas is adores puzzles. We've asked for a lot of these for Christmas and also got him a couple ourselves. Two of them are from the Target Dollar Spot. The Tonka Truck book I got for $1 or $2 at a garage sale. It is brand new and every page is a 12 piece puzzle.
This Clip-on table will be fun for him too. I really think that he will enjoy building on it. It is in new condition. In fact the lady I bought it from said that her little one never touched it. I got it for $5.
This little guy was .25. He is in grand condition. He will be part of Silas' stocking.

So, yup....that's it. I think that we did pretty good. Just have to figure out stockings...and those are always fun for me. :)
Kids Christmas Total (minus stockings): $87.25!!!! Our budget last year was $100 per kid (including stocking items). This is quite a savings! I may be cheap, but will kids will never know the difference (at least not this young any way lol). Happy blogging!



  1. I think you found some wonderful finds! I have given thrift store and garage sale items as presents to my kiddos before. I think its smart. One year I traded my friend for some toys and the kids never even knew!

  2. fantastic. i think you did a grand job! my boys are now at an age were they want things they see on tv....... i have managed to get stocking bits from the boot sales though!
    your kids will have a great christmas with that lot!

  3. Holy smokes, you did awesome!!!!! We never find good stuff at the garage sales or thrift stores around here! :(

  4. I too have shopped second hand for christmas this year. It's a bit harder for me as I try to buy as natural as I can ie: wood toys. I must go look at your finds in the past:)
    ~Jada Roo Can Do

  5. YOU ARE AWESOME! So proud of you! What a way to be a good steward! Your children are going to have so much fun come Christmas Morning!!

  6. Wow! What a wonderful array of toys your children will wake up to on Christmas! I did some thrift store and ebay shopping for Christmas toys too.