New Feature ~ Friday Finds: Second-hand Scores

Hey everyone, and welcome here! Yesterday on the Baking Beauties Facebook page we were talking about garage sales and finding great second hand items. I loved seeing that so many of you love the hunt for great used items as much as I do! And some of you had some seriously amazing finds too, wow! Remind me to never go second-hand shopping with any of you, I have a feeling I’d end up walking away empty handed. 😉

I LOVE going to the thrift stores and garage sales. Unfortunately, because of our short summers, we only have garage sales for a few months, I’d love it if the weather was not an issue, and be able to garage sale year round. For us, the garage sale season will start in April already, when you might have the odd warm day, but more than likely, you will have to bundle up to go hit the sales. But, it never seems to stop the people from going out to find a bargain; put a bundle of balloons at the end of the driveway, and they will come.

I really began garage saleing 10 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter. We bought a lot of great things for her before she was born. You can find so many great things for small kids at garage sales; because they use it for such a short time, the kid’s items don’t even show any wear by the time they’ve outgrow it.

Since then, we’ve continued to find treasures at thrift stores and garage sales. One of our favorite things to do as a family on the weekends is to visit the thrift store, because you never know what you will find. Our theory is that no matter what you are looking for, you will eventually find it at the thrift store. You just have to keep going, and keep looking, and eventually, you’ll find it. We’ve found that to be true with many things.

I figured that since so many of you love a great second-hand deal as much as I do, I would share my thrift store and garage sale finds with you here. If you have any great finds that week, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Feel free to post links to a Pinterest board that you’ve created with your finds, if you’d like. (I’ve started a Pinerest board to keep track of my finds, you can follow it HERE. If you’d like an invite to Pinterest, email me and I’ll hook you up.)

This week our city is having a fairly large community sale, so we were able to go to about 30 garage sales with nearly no driving, but a whole lot of walking. I had never seen a tow truck driving around by garage sales before, but he was circling today, waiting for people to park on the wrong side of the road so he could tow them. It was crazy!

I actually found these another day, but I think they will be my best find this garage sale season. They are two tart shell presses; with 3 size options. You put the metal tart cup in the press, put a scoop of pie crust dough into the cup, cover it with plastic wrap and close it. That’s it, tarts are made! I’ve seen these sell for $50, and that was only one size. These ones were $3 and $4. Between these two, I can use 3 different size tart shell tins. Very, very excited to find this after swearing off all tarts last Christmas while making gluten-free Butter Tarts. It took me one hour to make 24 normal size tarts. I have a hand press to make mini-tarts, but I had it in my mind to make normal size tarts. Well, with this machine, I can make 24 tarts in about 10 minutes, and they all look perfect! SCORE!

When I begin to look for second-hand treasures, I gravitate towards the kitchen stuff. I like to look through it all, look for old bowls, interesting pans, and things that I can use for props when I take pictures. I try to keep my props to a minimum because when you’re not taking a picture, you still have to store them somewhere. 😉 But, these were some finds I could not leave behind. I found this beautiful, older cutting board (with character) for $0.75, and these vintage napkins for $0.40 and $0.50, each a set of 4. Again, pretty happy to see these, now I just have to figure out what to bake so that I have a chance to use these in a photo.

In addition to these things, I also found (for my daughter) 2 shirts ($0.25 each), a pair of jeans ($1), 2 pairs of yoga capris ($0.50 each), and a swim suit ($0.25). I also got my boy a flannel sheet set for $2.00 and a snow shovel for $1. So, I would say a very successful day. I love going to the garage sales where kid’s clothes are $0.25 each, once you’ve been there, even $2 shirts seem expensive!

So, how about you? What was your “Second-hand Score”?


  1. Susan says

    I like looking for good used “stuff” too..I like my Krupps panni press that I bought for a couple of bucks…and my ice cream maker for $3.00 and the list could go on!

    • says

      Yeah, that panini press that you got was a great find. Yesterday when we were out and about we said that we both couldn’t wait until the Keurig’s started showing up at garage sales. 😉

  2. says

    I am on the lookout after work today for some interesting items to stage a picnic with. I’m doing a video on how to create the perfect picnic this weekend for that other website I’m contributing too (will leave the name out – ha ha ha!) but I want to stage it all really nice. I’ll post pictures on Facebook if I find good stuff. Some of my treasures of the past include a HUGE collection of conrningware in the cornflower pattern. I was obsessed with that for years.

  3. Rebekah P says

    Sometimes if you ask around you can get a deal off season or before the sale. I had to package them up and dig them out but a pressure canner for $20 and 589 Ball jars for $20 was my high point of the season. I hope it’s not all downhill from here. :)

  4. says

    Oh Jeanine, this is just too cool. I love you’re new Friday Finds and Second-hand Scores!! I can’t wait to see more of your finds in the future! I’m crazy about thrift stores too and buy lots of my kitchen stuff, kids clothes, my clothes, and even once and awhile Hubby’s clothes too when I’m really lucky. I scored an awesome Osterizer Commercial blender last week for $5.00 and a bread maker yesterday for $3.00!! Today I got Hubby 6 brand new Tshirts for 10.00! he was pretty impressed. If it’s OK I would love to post my finds on my blog and link back to you. Thanks for the great idea!! Ali

    • says

      Hi Ali, absolutely! I can’t wait to see what you all find, sounds like you’ve had some good scores already too. LOVE second hand!! :)

      • says

        Thanks Jeanine, I will! and I would love to have you guest host on my blog sometime or better yet, talk you into being a regular contributor on my new Friday cookbook adventure!! Let me know if you would be interested. Ali

        • says

          Thanks, Ali, I just don’t have time right now to commit to anything else. :( Thanks for the offer though, I look forward to reading your posts!

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