Bargain of the Week

by Kelsey Norwood

in Shopping

tailors ham

You all know how I love bargain shopping, so I left the house at 8am on Saturday morning to wander about and hopefully discover some hidden treasure. This little gem is my Bargain of the Week. It’s a tailor’s ham, used for pressing curved areas that need shaping (like sleeves, darts, curved seams, etc.). I have been wanting one of these for quite some time now, only I don’t know of any place that carries them locally and I haven’t gotten desperate enough to just buy one online.

Typically hams cost between $10-$30, depending on the size and quality. This baby was .$50. Some people don’t realize that what they are selling is not junk.

kid’s clothes from yard sale

The ham was a lucky find. I was really after summer clothes for Joel, mostly short-sleeved onesies and shorts, and I hit the jackpot! I found bunches of clothes in Joel’s size, summer stuff, church shoes, winter stuff, and two matching sweaters in case we have a boy next. I even found a brand new baby Gap item with the tags still on.

I bought all of this stuff pictured for $10. You can’t beat that price since all of these clothes are name brands and in like new condition. I wouldn’t have purchased any of this clothing at full price from their respective chains because I don’t think paying $15 for a single shirt that my kid will wear for 3 months is a wise use of my $15. I am more concerned with price than brand since kids outgrow things so quickly – I want my kids to be well dressed, but we will do it as inexpensively as possible.

I love yard sales. I used to embarrassed of sifting through stuff other people were trying to get rid of because I felt cheap, but I’m totally over that. Even if we were way wealthy I think I still might go yard saling because I enjoy hunting for good deals. I almost always find something I have wanted or needed. Best of all, I save tons of money!


1 Michelle June 24, 2008 at 7:50 am

I totally agree. It only makes sense to get hand-me-down and second-hand kids clothes. Better for the environment and better for my budget! Plus, it’s a fun hunting :)

2 Tanessa Brower July 3, 2008 at 6:25 am

That’s a way awesome deal. I am all for finding good quality and cute things for cheap!

3 Sue D September 2, 2008 at 7:35 pm

You would be surprised to see how many grandmothers (including me) are out there at garage sales buying clothes for their grandchildren. It really helps out my son and his wife as they both work weird hours and don’t have the time to garage sale and of course the financial savings is wonderful! My daughter-in-law has found good deals at resale shops too–especially when they mark things down.

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