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April 11, 2011

Charity Sale Season Begins

Filed under: Good Causes I believe in,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:18 AM

As much as I enjoy a stroll through a thrift shop and salivate at the opportunity to prowl through other people’s garages for cast offs, my main thrill comes from Church and fundraising charity sales.  The 2011 season locally did not disappoint with opening weekend.

I was able to hit 3 of the 4 charity sales Saturday morning. (The 4th was the smallest sale and charged admission.)

The first sale, and I have to declare it the best, was held in a school gymnasium for a church that does not have its own building. 

They were the friendliest people and had the best prices.  They would carry purchases around for you or stand guard over a box (or mounting pile) of treasures.  Their idea was price it right to make people buy, generate income, help people out, and not have much to clean up after the sale. 
All remains were being donated to another charity.

The second sale was for a cause near and dear to my heart called Bookworm Gardens. 

It is an outdoor educational area where people of all ages can come to enjoy nature, read,
or act out their favorite stories.

Other educational activities also take place there.  (FREE)
Funds are being raised to create a garden “ruins” based on the book The Secret Garden.
Since I had gone to the other sale first this sale was more picked over when I arrived but there were still treasures to be found.  The prices were a bit higher but still reasonable.

The third sale I made it to was for a church school trying to raise funds for playground equipment.

I do not want to be critical but they could have been more reasonable with their pricing.
I spent less than a dollar there and easily could have walked out empty handed.

Sure you are saying, all good causes.  Show us the goods!

I apologize that all photos are straight out of camera and general in nature.  Here are a few views of the van before I unpacked.


Yes, this is just a tease so I can join in and play along with ATG’s Thrift Share Monday
Laura’s Pennyworthy Project 
Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  and
Twice Owned at House of Grace 

Want another Tease?

What can I buy for a dollar?  OK, two dollars for the pair.  I went back to the first sale for afternoon half price clearance. 

Tall, padded comfy, and they swivel!

I am sure this is not the original upholstery and no one will be offended if I recover them, but for the moment I am very happy with this purchase.

Do you think it came from the same donor as this great rolling cart?


This was a dollar full price

but I did not want to wait and risk anyone else seeing its potential.

Do you think I had cause to worry?  It may be for coffee, since you can plug the pot into the cart, but it reminded me of carts we used in high school AV for slide projectors and overhead projectors.

 Please do not be like “someone” who said “what do you want that for???”

I am always inspired by your great Before & After projects.  How could I not?

The rest of what is in the van will be shown in the next post or three.

 Sunday the weather changed

photo from Fox 11 fan page

photo from Fox 11 fan page

so today I will again be picking up debris from the yard.

Pop over and visit Magpie Monday  for more tales of charity and thrift shopping and treasure hunting. 
Penny Pinching  



  1. Did you have fun? That’s what it’s all about. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Great finds!~Ames

    Comment by Ames — April 11, 2011 @ 9:11 AM

    • I could not wait for this weekend. I busied myself emptying the van (good thing) and gathering together other things to donate myself to make room for new treasures. It was a great day.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 11, 2011 @ 11:45 AM

  2. Cool cart! Looks like you had some nasty weather-Happy Monday:@)

    Comment by Happier Than A Pig in Mud — April 11, 2011 @ 9:32 AM

    • On the nice side, temperatures were wonderful (for the day) and all the snow is gone! (for the moment)

      Comment by dogsmom — April 11, 2011 @ 11:50 AM

  3. How wonderful that you were able to go to do so much thrift shopping. We love thrift shopping, too. And we love renovating old things. It makes us feel like we recycled and added our own creative touch, so that our home looks like and has things like none other.

    Thank you for sharing the photos, too:)

    Comment by euthymic — April 11, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

    • Thank you for visiting. You have an amazing site.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 11, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

  4. Oh, I agree. Those church sales can be the best and usually have really good prices. I’m loving that rusty old cart. I had to laugh when I saw it crammed into your van. We know what fits, right? Bookworm Gardens looks like such a nice place to spend a quiet day. Thanks for sharing your treasures.

    Comment by Betsy — April 11, 2011 @ 1:05 PM

    • I need to go back and take pictures when the weather warms and the plants show their heads.

      Comment by dogsmom — April 11, 2011 @ 2:54 PM

  5. You are so right, church sales are wonderful, The rolling cart, I snap them up all the time, I sand and paint them and they sell like hotcakes in my antiques booth…$1.00 great buy!


    Comment by Carol Turner — April 11, 2011 @ 1:51 PM

  6. Wow, thanks so much for linking up.

    What I love about your post is the fact that the charity is at the fore of what you say. It’s so easy sometimes to see the bargain, and forget about the cause!

    The stools and trolley are fab just as they are if you ask me!! x

    Comment by Liz Burton — April 11, 2011 @ 3:39 PM

  7. Great trolley, you could definitely make it over into something fabulous, I am constantly amazed by some bloggers’ creativity

    Comment by Faith Hope and Charity Shopping — April 11, 2011 @ 3:39 PM

  8. I love that cart! Especially with the electric plug on it. Sweet! It will be fun to see what you do with it!

    Comment by katie jean — April 11, 2011 @ 11:12 PM

  9. I prefer to buy at a charity shop as I know the money is going to a good cause. Great causes all but I particularly love the sound of bookworm gardens.

    Comment by Barbara — April 12, 2011 @ 2:44 AM

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