Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Part I: "One man's trash is another man's treasure"

Over the next couple days I will be looking to upgrade a few things in my apartment, specifically kitchen items. I never realized how pricey simple everyday items were, as I still had my rather irregular set of kitchen essentials I was sent off to college with. 

I knew I didn't want a set of pots and pans that would end up with half a chicken breast stuck to the bottom every time I cooked, so I started to brainstorm ways I could score moderately priced kitchen items for less. When I went to hit the department store (even with a sale and a coupon in my pocket) I realized I was looking at about $150+ for a set of six non-stick pots with matching lids. Whoa! I knew it was time to use my noodle. Here is what I came across today...

Garage Sale in Queens

I'm not sure why these two words have picked up the "grunge" vibe in our modern vocabulary. Garage sales are a magical land of goodies from pencils to lawn mowers - all for prices ranging from a quarter to a couple dollars bills.

As city living only allows for crammed apartment living, I had to travel to the "city suburbs" to come to the motherland of all garage sales. Queens anyone? Eventually I came to a quaint residence, that had the most precious new-to-me glasses and silverware I had been searching for. For just $1 I was able to scoop up new glasses and say adios to my modge-podge of un-matching, chipped, random golf and charity event glasses my family had no use for. For another $2 I was able to own REAL silverware. Imagine that! I was stuck later on riding home with a box FULL of bubble wrap, but hey, I lived through it. 

Bonus round

If you live or are near an ACTUAL suburb you may want to check out estate sales! For me, these are few and far between. But if you're lucky enough to have a vehicle you can hit up these awesome sales! My mother raves about her awesome estate sales on the regular! 

I'm looking forward to my thrifty shopping adventures tomorrow! 


1 comment:

  1. I think the idea of a garage sale is awsome! I would really like to take a shot with things like that in Romania, too. So many pretty things with just a little money!