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Deb Rebel
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A neighbor nearby, they re-clanned, the adult children coming home to live close to mom and dad. Who do a lot of communal gardening, cooking, etc, as well as going to area auctions and finding fodder to sell at flea markets. Well, on occasion they hold a really good yard sale. Which they just did.

30 towels, only a few had a slight bit of fraying or a small hole or two, 20c each. Full bath sized. Two washer loads...
2 Chicago cutlery knives, next size up from paring and good edges, have tips slightly out of true, 25c.
A full sheet pan, steel, had a corner dented up. 50c. It took me five minutes with our auto body hammers to make it like new and 20 minutes with the elbow grease to get it pristine.
Eight assorted smaller baking pans that were also a little dented up. Same thing, a little auto body work over. 25c each (nothing coated!)
A lovely Oneida stainless steel sauce pan, needed some CLR and elbow grease, 50c
2 big garbage bags full of jeans with a few minor holes that just needed a little TLC, 27 pairs for $10. Most will fit my spouse. Some look like they've been worn maybe twice.
12" stockpot flat lid, 25c.
One complete set of eight, the OLD glass corelle ware in almost brand new condition. Sometime in the early 80's they switched glass types, and the older stuff is the miracle stuff that will live forever, for $10. It matches the mostly complete set I still have that's nearing 35 years old. Plus two serving platters. No large bowls though.

And the other one-I am out of last year's pickles so needed to go buy some. This place taxes food yet. So. A jar of brand name pickles, 1 pint and not that tightly packed but sliced up, $4.24. One gallon glass jar, of full sized kosher dill, $7.89. I cut them up and repacked them into wide mouth pints, very full, and had a half gallon of brine left, and filled every jar... he's in pickle heaven and I got a pristine gallon jar for storing stuff, got the lid off in perfect shape. My soybeans are secured!

Okay, what have your "scores" been lately?
 
Dan Boone
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Nice scores!

My most recent awesome find was a $10 "zombie apocalypse" 9-quart pressure canner. It's a "Kooks-Kwick" model from before WWII that is a gasketless design, which means that come the zombie apocalypse (or whatever) it will keep working forever. I tested it (carefully!) and it works fine, holds pressure, and vents through its relief valve at 22psi just like the manual I found in an online archive said it should.

I also picked up three "dead" gasoline string trimmers for $1.00 each last week. I haven't tore into them yet but if experience is any guide, at least one of them will be dead of nothing worse than busted fuel lines or a dissolved primer bulb.

 
Andy Moffatt
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I found two cast iron skillets at my landlords and convinced him to give them to me. Both are Holcroft & Sons.
I also managed to get a copper hot water cylinder for almost nothing from the dump, not sure what I'll make with it yet. Pretty crazy I'm not supposed to take things away from the dump though, I had to bribe the guy on the gate $20
 
Karen Donnachaidh
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Great Goodwill find:
Kodak easyshare z650 6.1mp 10x optical zoom digital camera with Denali carrying case and 128mb SD card. Works great, perfect condition for only....$1.95!!!
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Dale Hodgins
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My almost-new, all leather Rockport shoes cost $3. The SAS shoes are almost new as well.

Probably the best recent deal were the the very high end hiking boots that my daughter is modeling. I paid $4 for those.

The rubber boots have a steel toe and steel shank. They are new. I paid $6 at a thrift store.
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Dave Hunt
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My last few finds include 2 Pekin ducks, 2 pairs of pants, and a craftsman riding mower.
The Pekins I got for free from a neighbor who decided they didn't want to "bother" with ducks anymore. With the deal they included 2 bale sized packages of wood shavings and a half bag of non GMO feed. I will give them a few more weeks until they become dinner.
I picked up 2 pairs of pants from a thrift store for $2.00 each. Both still had tags on them and fit just right.
The craftsman 48" riding lawn mower I got for $100 from a friend of a friend. I put about 2 hours and just under $60 in parts into it and sold it for a quick $400.

I'm always looking on Craigslist and free cycle for any local scores. A lot of it isn't stuff I actually need or want but occasionally you can find something really good.
 
Deb Rebel
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Great finds everybody.

The week after the great rummage sale, they tossed out fifteen dozen modern mason/ball and kerr canning jars. 12 doz were pint, 3 doz quarts, plus a few extra quarts. They had them marked for $2 each when brand new widemouths with rings and lids are $1.30-1.50 each with tax included. Had they marked them at say 50c each (what the thrift store gets) they would have sold. I dove the dumpster and retrieved them, plus some sheets and sheer curtains. So win-win.
 
Destiny Hagest
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I know this isn't really a bargain hunting win, but I just signed up for one of those sites where you review stuff you get for free/discounts, and just got a 1 lb bag of this organic raw cocoa powder for free, no shipping even All I've gotta do is use and review it, and disclose that I got it for free in the review.

ilovetoreview.com if anyone's curious - I don't get a kickback or anything, it's just kind of a neat little money saving thing we've started doing.
 
Deb Rebel
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Destiny Hagest wrote:I know this isn't really a bargain hunting win, but I just signed up for one of those sites where you review stuff you get for free/discounts, and just got a 1 lb bag of this organic raw cocoa powder for free, no shipping even All I've gotta do is use and review it, and disclose that I got it for free in the review.

ilovetoreview.com if anyone's curious - I don't get a kickback or anything, it's just kind of a neat little money saving thing we've started doing.


I call it a win. I've been reviewing stuff for Campbells for years. They send me product, I use it, fill out a questionnaire. Free foodstuffs.
 
Josephine Howland
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I was visiting with my brother, who was having surgery soon, and I was going to be his short term caregiver.  Since he could only have liquids and soft foods, I mentioned that I wished I had brought my juicer as this would be a great time to do a juice fast.  So he came back from the dump with a Breville juicer, the same model Joe Cross used in his film, Fat, Sick, and almost dead, where he toured the USA telling everyone about juicing.  I did a 10 juice fast and lost 12 pounds!  After that, I started going with him to the dump!  You would not believe what rich people throw out! You could go to that dump and then fill a thrift store, or hold your own yard sale!

Oh and then at my own dump a couple of weeks ago, I found a whole box of Tea Rose dishes from Pfalsgraf.  It wouldn't be so exciting, except that it's my best friend (since 5th grade) dishes, and she had just mentioned that they were discontinued.  7 dishes (on with small chip) 8 soup/cereal bowls, 8 salad plates, and 7 coffee mugs. 
 
Dana Jones
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Our 20th Anniversary was February 14, my husband asked what I wanted to do. I was looking at Craigs List and I said, "I want to go shopping!" We went to a clean out the barn sale. We got a 3-level chick brooder on a wheeled base for $100!!! And we got a sewing machine in the case and a park bench with rotted boards (the ends are good) for FREE!





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Deb Rebel
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Dana Jones wrote:Our 20th Anniversary was February 14, my husband asked what I wanted to do. I was looking at Craigs List and I said, "I want to go shopping!" We went to a clean out the barn sale. We got a 3-level chick brooder on a wheeled base for $100!!! And we got a sewing machine in the case and a park bench with rotted boards (the ends are good) for FREE!


I have a Kenmore just like that. If it's not bent or totally wore out, that is an older metal body, and it will last a very long time. Massive good score.
 
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On that same shopping trip, we also got a pet carrier, a heavy iron and porcelain double sink and a nest box, also free!
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Josephine Howland
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Deb Rebel wrote:
Dana Jones wrote:Our 20th Anniversary was February 14, my husband asked what I wanted to do. I was looking at Craigs List and I said, "I want to go shopping!" We went to a clean out the barn sale. We got a 3-level chick brooder on a wheeled base for $100!!! And we got a sewing machine in the case and a park bench with rotted boards (the ends are good) for FREE!


I have a Kenmore just like that. If it's not bent or totally wore out, that is an older metal body, and it will last a very long time. Massive good score.


I still have my Kenmore machine from 1977 that is metal.  I've used it, even professionally, and it is still going strong.  I never even had to have it serviced.  Just keep yours oiled and remember Never, ever touch your tension knob unless your pressure foot is down and engaged.  Those two things will keep you sewing along for a long time.
 
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We had a 36'x36' barn built. We hired a couple of friends, as barn building was beyond our abilities. So yeah, we had to pay for labor and we made the decision to buy brand new metal to clothe it with, so we did spend some money. Buuuut---I am a scrounger and had a huge pile of used lumber, reject lumber, 1/2 price from Lowes, and telephone poles. The savings came from my piles of what is to me, wealth, and to everybody else, junk. Well, I guess I showed them! LOL

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Linda Secker
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A nice slatted bench for my allotment (freegle) a heavyweight Jones sewing machine (circa 1970) from swapshop, swapped for a bar of chocolate and about 20 lengths of pitch pine flooring from a demolition site round the corner!!
 
Casie Becker
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Two nice winter coats (one stylish wool, one snazzy trenchcoat) for just over 100 dollars for a 10 and an 11 year old girl.

Doesn't sound impressive until you learn that we expect it to be the last coat we have to buy for them till they're adults. Careful tacking of the cuffs and reinforcing the buttons will let these coats grow with them without looking tired and ragged.

We stumbled across the Fourth of July sale at the leather outlet on the way home from work shoe shopping.
 
Deb Rebel
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Favorite dumpster to dive: 41 sheets, 2 sets of curtains (100% thick cotton) two old lace tablecloths and two pairs of disreputable jeans. Totally righteous collection. I always can use old sheets and old jeans...  oh, and 8 pillowcases. Took two trips. (had to add, forgot the floor length denim skirt--it'll turn into another front covering work apron. I can just get enough out of one to turn it into a front full apron with pockets)
 
Dan Boone
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Last week it was a genuine old-fashioned heavy galvanized steel watering can with the screw-on brass water-sprinkling spout.  For $2.00, because somebody had uglified it by painting a bad design on the outside and stuffing it full of plastic funeral flowers.  I didn't get to keep it though, because my sister had a standing request for a "real watering can" and this was it.  She professed to be delighted.

This is actually something I have observed: all manner of nice containers that would normally cost $5 or $10 or $20, and that I see for sale at such prices every week, become one and two dollar bargains because somebody has stuffed them full of plastic flowers and made them "decorative".  I don't know why this depresses the price of wooden buckets and brass spittoons and steel watering cans and miscellaneous pottery, but it emphatically does!  I throw away so many plastic flowers after my garage sale outings....

Also last week, a new-as-in-barely-used "full" sized mattress for $10.00.  Had a 2000 date on the mattress label but looked and smelled fine.  As we were coming up on a hard deadline for getting a particular bedroom habitable and were looking at having to buy a new mattress, this was very fortuitous.

This week: four 55-gallon plastic barrels (for rain barrels or to be cut in half for the container garden) for $3.00 each and a steel Craftsman toolbox (slightly rusty) for $2.00. 
 
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