If you read my “About” page you will see that I love going to garage sales. It is honestly one of my favorite times of the week. My daughter and I get up bright and early every Saturday morning, grab some Starbucks and head to the sales near our house. We are usually out the door a bit before 7. I look at Craigslist on Friday night and figure out where the sales are and I figure out a route based on the ones I want to hit. We have a great time together and it has really become our little ritual. My youngest daughter usually sleeps in and calls me on my cell phone at about 8 and asks me to get her a doughnut. We always try to find something to bring home to her and I leave it to Ella to pick something out. We usually arrive home between 9 and 10 and unload all of our fabulous finds.
As Ella will tell you, sometimes we have a great day and sometimes we hit a lot of duds. We have even developed our own “garage sale code.” We came up with these one day when we were talking about all the different sales and how we can tell if one is going to be good or not. Ella thought it would be a good idea to come up with these so that we can indicate to the other one how we feel about the particular sale without hurting the owner’s feelings…or without letting them know how excited we are about the finds and thereby ruining our negotiating power:-).
NWG– Not Worth the Gas
HTJ – Hit the Jackpot
RTL – Ready To Leave
We live in Apex, North Carolina which is a nice suburban southern town just south of Raleigh. Apex is right next to a town called Cary which has some relatively affluent neighborhoods. The garage sales here are incredible. Sure, we will hit some duds – hence the “NWG” code, but there are also times when we totally HTJ – “Hit the Jackpot.” These are the sales that get me up every Saturday. These are the sales that have me addicted to garage sale shopping…..
I had an HTJ sale this Saturday and I thought this would be an opportune time to do my first garage sale post. I literally get a shopper’s high when I find sales like this one. A mother was selling these clothes for her daughter who used to work at Nordstrom. The daughter had recently moved to NYC and left these clothes with her mom and that is why they were for sale.
These shirts are all from what I think of as designer labels. I think that she purchased them all from Nordstrom (with the exception of the Banana Republic coat) although I am not sure if you can still get Lacoste (at least women’s clothing) and Michael Stars there anymore.
Polo’s typically retail for about 80 dollars and I purchased for this one for $2.50 in new condition. I love how these shirts fit and I just like the preppy look. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are made in France anymore – not completely sure. I have bought about 10 Lacoste shirts between Jim and I at garage sales or thrift stores so I am starting to have a collection. Haven’t paid more than 5 dollars for any of them. We also have a few that we have paid full price for – oh well:-)
Michael Stars shirts typically retail for about 65-70 dollars and I paid $2.50. This shirt would look great with a tank underneath and a pair of skinny jeans and some heels. It is a loose-fitting shirt – very cute. It even has some shiny threads running through it so you could wear it out or to the office.
BCBG tops range anywhere from 78-188 dollars retail at Nordstrom and this was another $2.50 shirt – in gently used condition. I wore it out today with a pair of white jeans and it looked great!
This is a Halogen trench and this picture does not do this cute jacket justice. If I get some time this week I am going to wash it and iron – it’s really in perfect condition. It’s a light, but waterproof trench coat and its longer than the picture in the link, which is on sale for $98. I bought this one for $5.
This is a new, hardly worn Banana Republic Lambswool/Cashmere blend coat. The mother told me that she bought it for her daughter when she moved to NYC but the daughter said it wasn’t warm enough for New York City winters. It is knee-length on me and it’s extremely soft and luxurious feeling. I think she paid about $200 for it and it has hardly been worn. I have a camel colored BR coat that I bought probably about 9 years ago and I imagine that this will be a coat that I will wear for years as well. I paid $15 dollars for this one.
I LOVE this denim jacket and as I am looking at this picture, I think that the shirt would look super cute under the jacket! The Jacket is Classiques Entier Atelier and it is in new condition. This brand retails anywhere from $89-$298 and I paid $5 for it.
The shirt is another BCBG and would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and some high heels. I paid $2.50 for it.
I have no idea where this shirt is from. The brand is Love Notes and I actually got this at another sale and just thought it was really cute. I paid a buck for it so it was worth it no matter where it came from!
So wasn’t that fun?? I love finding new clothes at garage sales because there is nothing like raiding someone else’s closet. I’m always amazed at what people want to sell and when someone just really wants to get rid of something they usually will sell it for a good price. Sometimes people gain or lose weight and sell off perfectly good and stylish clothes. Then there are times when people buy or are given an item and decide later that it just doesn’t look right on them. I am very often affected by the sellers when I buy their clothes. If they smoke and seem kind of messy, I usually won’t even look at their clothes. However, if they seem clean and their garage sale is well-organized (or their house and yard is nicely maintained,) I will look closely at their clothes. Sometimes I can even tell as soon as I drive up whether its going to be a good sale or not.
I have a lot more garage sale posts to write so I hope that you will enjoy reading about this on my blog. I have some similar clothes from Nordies that I bought for Jim that I will put up and oodles of posts that I can do for things around the house or stuff for the kiddos. I will even do some general posts about garage sale and thrift shopping. Hopefully you will find this interesting and maybe even inspiring enough to get out and check out the garage sales in your area as well!