Saturday, I stopped at my first yard sale of the season. I was thrilled to find that they had several items that were on my "yard sale list." The Erratic Homemaker has a good post on planning your shopping. This is important when shopping second hand. I used to be able to keep these kind of things in my head, but now they are in lists on the refrigerator.
One thing that has been on my list is ceiling fans and light fixtures. All of the light fixtures in this house are the basic cheap kind like the one on the left, which was in our kitchen. They are functional, if not pretty. The ceiling fans have seen better days, and the one in our room is not working.
The worst of the fixtures though, had to be the one in our office. The room we use for our office is intended to be a small dining room. The light fixture was ugly and only half working. This is the one place, besides our bedroom where I can say we really needed a new fixture.
At the yard sale, they had two, brand new, in the box fixtures marked at $10 each. I immediately knew I wanted one of them for the office, but was debating about the second one. She offered them both to me for $15. I took the deal.
Tim put them up that night. They look so much better. Here is the one in the kitchen. The other one is the same.
I ended up getting the two light fixtures, a paper shredder, three shirts for Tim for work, and two hunting shirts, for a grand total of $22! Too bad they didn't have any ceiling fans.
An added bonus: This sale was at a nearby house. They moved in last summer, and we had not met. Turns out she has a son the same age as my oldest, and we have a lot in common. They have a pool, and have already invited us to come and use it this summer. Kellen couldn't be more thrilled. We talked for quite some time.
If you don't frequent yard sales, I encourage you to give it a try. Not all sales are so fruitful, but you never know what deals you may find on things you need. Who knows, maybe you will even get to know your neighbors a bit better too!