Another weekend in June saw me getting up early to go to another garage sale which sounded promising. Unfortunately, when there I found nothing that excited me except a small decorative jug - and I wasn't going to be rude enough to ask the seller to break a $50 note for a $1 purchase!
Lesson #1 - Have change! Large notes are often unwelcome to the seller and might limit what you want to or can buy.
The weather was unseasonably wet and I was feeling miserable as I drove back home. En route, I spotted another garage sale and faced the wet once more to see what this one had to offer.
I saw a little red transfer-ware decorative saucer with a hunting scene on it. It came with it's own hanging wires and was $4.
A dig through a box of linens produced two barkcloth curtains. I wasn't sure if it was enough to make a short skirt from but for 50c I was willing to try. I asked the lady running the sale if she had any sewing patterns. She replied that she didn't but a few minutes later dug out a 1950s sewing manual which she sold to me for 50c.
Lesson #2 - If you are after something in particular it pays to ask the seller. The clutter at garage sales can sometimes hide that prized item.
My husband has a decanter with Brandy in it but we've been on the lookout for a nice and reasonably priced one with matching glasses for his whiskey. I saw this decanter and glasses set for $35. I asked the seller if they'd take $25 for it and they were happy enough to agree.
Lesson #3 - Don't be afraid to haggle on prices. Often people just want to get rid of things and are flexible on price.
I had better luck finding clothes and accessories at my next thrifting attempt.... but that's another post.