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Greenwood Yard Sale

May 23rd, 2010 at 04:31 am

Saving log - $0
Spending log - $5 coffee, yogurt
Found money - $0.02 (parking meters)

Saving log - $5 tip box
Spending log - $1.75 coffee + $5 groceries
Found money - $0.11 (corner, road, Safeway floor)

Saving log - $0
Spending log - $22.50 yard sale finds + $1.50 cupcake
Found money - $0.62 (driveway, inside purse I bought)

In case anybody else is tracking me, Big Grin, ever since mid-July I've found $43.77: 942 pennies, 38 nickels, 158 dimes, 38 quarters, 2 $1 bills, 1 $5 bill, 1 10 pence coin worth 15 cents.

Today was the Greenwood Neighborhood Yard Sale, 2010 edition. We started late, but we still found some good stuff. There's always two ways to handle a yard sale: get there early to be the first to pick, or get there late for the desperation.

Desperation worked very well this year. I bought: a purse, 1 tablecloth, 1 HP photoprinter (along with cables, and picture paper). Most people were willing to deal - 50% off as soon as you showed an interest. The four pm stroll from site to site picking in the "Free" boxes was just as productive: 1 shower head, 1 tablecloth, 2 frames, a little salt spoon. I still am a sucker for purses, but while the handle was shaggy (why it was 50 cents) this one really had the layout that I liked. Best of all, I got home, shook the purse and found 52 cents left for me. The purse gave me a profit!

The photoprinter was the 20$ purchase. I was attracted to it because I now have plenty of fun pictures that I would love to print out. Its been 3 years since Paris, and I still haven't printed anything out. Will see whether the 20$ will pay off.

The free tablecloth was as good as the one I bought for $2. (Actually, a $1.90, because I found a dinged up dime in their driveway.) I bought the one in a very rich dark green, pulled from a free bin one in a rich red-purple. Holiday festive!

Add up everything we shelled out money for and it came to $22.50.

6 Responses to “Greenwood Yard Sale”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Great job! I love that the purse still had cash in it. Smile

  2. Ima saver Says:

    You are so lucky at finding money!!

  3. nmboone Says:

    Have you been to a car wash and found money? I went yesterday to get some stains out of the inside of my car and there were literally pennies dimes and nickles thrown everywhere! I found 60 cents!

  4. baselle Says:

    nmboone - I sure have found money on the concrete at car washes. There's a self-serve car wash on the corner that I cut through, and by the Elephant Car Wash near downtown Seattle. Mostly pennies and a dime. I've never found 60 cents at once either place. Kudos for you!

    The weirdest spot where I consistently find coins is escalators, either on the metal strip covering the gap between the moving stair and the floor or on the railing. Grocery stores are way better for me. Nothing like 60 cents in one day, more like a coin or two every time I'm there. So I cut through daily and always look like I've lost something.

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    The change in the purse made me laugh!!! Big Grin That's rather ironic.

  6. nmboone Says:

    LOL, I probably looked like I had lost something too. I was walking all over the parking lot with my head down.

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