I've never had a lot of luck at garage sales. I usually find that everything is completely overpriced and/or is a pile of junk.
This week, the garage sales were in my favor. As I drove home from the grocery store, I happened to see a garage sale sign and decided that the ice cream in the back of the car could hold out long enough for a quick look. This was a complete impulse buy, but I came away with a violin for only $20. It's nothing fancy and it's just a student model, but I wouldn't mind trying to learn violin and I figured if either of the boys showed any interest in the future, I would have a cheap model for them to test their interest with before really putting money into it.
Then on my way to a Pampered Chef party hosted by our daycare provider, I spotted a yard full of furniture. Even though it was going to make me late to the party, I had to stop and look. I've been completely overwhelmed at the idea of paying full price for furniture, so I couldn't resist. It was a gold mine! In ten minutes, I bought an antique dresser for $40 and a black miscellaneous cabinet for $20, and had the cabinet loaded in the back of my car. My husband was a little put out when I frantically called him to go get the dresser while I went on to the party, but my hero came through.
All of my purchases need a little TLC, but my faith in garage sales has been restored. What was your best garage sale bargain?