Friday, September 23, 2011

Garage sale finds Friday 12


Welcome to another week of Garage Sale Finds Friday, where I share with you some of my best garage sale finds. Are you ready?!

I have been sewing for most of my life, but the thing that is most discouraging for me about sewing is the cost for handmade vs the cost for buying mass produced. Which is why I love garage sales so much.

Several years ago, I was dying to have a serger, and guess what? Good things come to those who wait! I found this older Toyota model in very good working condition with all of the manuals and extra spools of thread for $50!

Knowing that I couldn't pass this in the box dress form up, but not really knowing what I would do with it, I snatched it up for $15. The original receipt was still inside the box for nearly $150!


My current machine is nothing special. We have a love hate relationship, but after taking it apart several times on my own to fix problems, I feel like I know it too well to get rid of it and get a new machine. BUT, there are those days when I want to throw it out the window so when I saw this fully restored Singer machine for $5 I bought it...you know, just in case!

Garage sales are a seamstresses dream for fabric and notions. I picked up these three still on the bolt ruffles for 50cents!

I also got a bag of bias tape and zippers as well as a jar of vintage buttons all for $1!

I can sometimes even pick up patterns. I love vintage patterns, and some of the simpler patterns are great for using as guides when I repurpose 25cent garage sale clothing. For 10-25 cents a pattern, it's worth it!

I even scored on this stack of fabric. There are several yards of corduroy, an organza, denim and about 4 yards of black jersey fabric. Guess how much I paid for the WHOLE stack? $1...yep, such a steal!

I even picked up my sewing cabinet at a garage sale. Before I had my cabinet I was dragging my machine out to the kitchen table. This cabinet has a table that can pop up on the side, several drawers and lots of little places to put pins and scissors. I paid $10.


Hobby's can get expensive, but I love to have garage sales to help keep the expenses down.

So, what did you find this week?

8 comments:

Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOOR!---- And i thought I lucked out this week by finding $10 in a pair of Jeans at the Goodwill! Great finds--I found 3 fall outfits all from the Goodwill!

hawkeyejlp said...

WOW! Great finds!

Katy said...

Um, I am SO jealous right now. Those are amazing finds.

Cap Creations said...

Awesomeness!!! Come see our thrifty finds and I'd love for you to link up to our first ever thrifty link up! http://blog.capscreations.com/2011/09/does-anyone-love-thrift-store-more-than.html

Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com said...

Fantastic Rachel!! I too have a love/hate relationship with my machine, great to have a back up!! Loving the serger and dress form especially!!

Halle said...

You really scored!!

Jann Olson said...

Just gotta say, JEALOUS! I have been looking for an old dress form. They are costly girl and usually not in great shape. I found a few treasures today. Oh how they make my heart soar. Now a new follower.

Jackie K. said...

Wonderful finds - and your dressform is in SUCH good condition. Way to go!!