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Thursday, June 05, 2008

It's that time of year again. The birds are singing. The sun is shining. You've barely had your morning coffee and you're ready to hit the . . . 


There are a lot of people who are garage sale fans.  I know. You're the ones who run me off the road first thing in the morning. Yes, I've seen you. White knuckling the steering wheel with that crazed look in your eyes. You're looking for a sale, not just any sale, mind you. No, you're looking for that rare find. The one that gets your pulse up to the near danger mark, makes you sweat, and your fingers tingle. That one find that says, you, dear friend, are the Queen of Shoppers. Yes, you, and you alone, found that $150 Ralph Lauren blouse for--are you ready for this--$5.  You are the Queen Bee.

And then those are the closet garage salers. You know who you are. You wait till the hubby's gone, the kids are busy or off to school. You close your drapes, grab your coffee and slide into your chair. Ever so quietly you click on the computer and anxiously await its starting up. Your pulse kicks into gear, fingers tingle just like your garage sale buddies and you break into a cold sweat as you type in the address for eBay. 

We just can't pass up a good sale. I mean, never mind that I already have five brown blouses in my closet, surely I need one more to aggravate Colleen with, right? *g*
So what's your weakness--garage sales, eBay, Sam's Club, Christmas sales, what?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:43 AM  
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At 8:22 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Ten years this summer for me. I've never been the same.

Course, I sometimes hit a real garage sale.

And bring the stuff home to sell on eBay.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hmm, do I need to stage an intervention like on What Not to Wear? First I find you confused about what shade of green to wear, now I hear you haven't gotten rid of your brown blouses! It just hurts to give that stuff away, doesn't it? LOL

My addition is online shopping. I buy nearly everything online. I check eBay first for electronics. Sooo convenient!

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL! Suzanne, my daughter does the same thing! Goes to the garage sales, then sells on eBay. *g*

Colleen, I really only own ONE brown shirt. I just have to tease you. The brown shirt I own is a DeBrand's shirt about chocolate which I will never part with, and yes, I do wear from time-to-time. *g*

And about the green, well, at this stage in my life, I've given up on looking "good," and I'm all about wearing what makes me happy. Life's a party, all that! LOL

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Pattie said...

BOOKS. Doesn't matter where I get them, but I have too many! and, free exchange shelf at Curves (where I work), free books/50c books at the library, thrift shops, freecycle. Oh, and those enticing Barnes and Noble coupons!!!!

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Books. And coupon sales.

Combine the two and I'm a goner!

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Um, all of the above?

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Mine's those flea markets where they have lots of booths. I collect antique hankies. Hey, they're cheap and the only antiques I can afford. But I can also use them. :D

Between the hankies and designer handbags, I a happy camper. I have my eye on a new Dooney Bourke that I'm saving my pennies for. By the time I get enough saved, I may be able to buy it on eBay.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Ane! I love the handkerchief idea. I never thought of myself as a hankie-kind-of-gal, but when my mother-in-law gave me a stack, I decided there was something dainty and romantic about them. Guess I've been watching too many old movies where the heroine drops her hankie for the hero to pick up . . .

Pattie and Linda, I'm with you--books!! I'm soooo in trouble with books! Full price, low price, coupons, whatever. I'll buy them! Even though I may not get them read for a year or two! Sigh.

LOL, Amy!

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, have you all ever seen the movie Serendipity with John Cusack? I recently saw the last half of it. WOW! Talk about a romantic movie. Sigh. True love at work.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Outdoor stores! I go crazy. I become like Kristin in a high-end shoe boutique (see, I don't even know the brand name of a high-end shoe!). Climbing gear,biking gear tents, cool outdoor t-shirts advertising brands like Petzl, Northface, Kona, etc. I'm a junkie. Expensive outdoor junkie.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

With English books so hard to find in Turkey (at least AFFORDABLE English books--they cost 2x as much because you have to pay the customs taxes.)...I wait until I go to the States once every 2-3 years. Then a month before I order some books from CBD and Amazon and have them sent to my sister. Once I arrive, my sister and I hit the "regular" bookstores (Borders, etc.), the used bookstores, various universities' bookstores. When I'm in Denver I visit Denver's Tattered Cover, etc., etc. If there are too many books to put in our suitcases (and there always are!), we send them by mailbag (m-bag) to ourselves. It takes 6-8 weeks and they arrive at our doorstep. We don't even have to go to the customs department to get them! :)

I've begun saving my book money for next summer when we go!


At 5:58 PM, Blogger WK said...

LOL Books and totes. They are my weakness. And I'll get them wherever I can. Ebay, freecycle,,, library sales,thrift stores, bookstores. anywhere.LOL


At 6:01 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Antique china and silver! I collect teacups and fancy dishes. I love the flowery mismatched look they have when you put them all together, and yardsales are a great place to stock my china hutch. So often people just don't know what they have. Great deals to be had there, but I'll buy anything I can use.

I think I go as much for the Haggler's High as the great deals to be had. My husband cannot comprehend this. He thinks the tags at yardsales are as final as at any department store. I love haggling to get the price I want. It's addictive.

I'm also obsessed with after Christmas sales and just shopping for Christmas presents all year long. I have a big rubber tub I call my Christmas Box. All year long, when I see a good deal on something I know will make a good gift for a person on my list, I buy it and put it in the Box with a post-it note with the person's name. I also buy little items that make good gifts for anyone. Saves me shopping and maybe not finding a good sale when I need a gift for various occasions during the year.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Hello, my name is Krista, and I am a garagesaleaholic.

For me, I have 3 little girls, and dad gum it clothes are expensive! I am really picky about their clothes (my mother used to dress me up in the most aweful clothing imaginable...) but nice clothes = $$$$ = krista's husband not happy with her. SOooo..... I do a LOT of garage saling. When I find that baby gap pair of jeans for only $0.50 or lovin it those ones that say 'fill a bag for a $1.00' I am in my element. I am also a craigslister too, and I used to be all eBay but I have backed off there a little. It is alot of work and I don't have a great amount of time. My house is furnished pretty much soley with used goods. My kitchen table = Craigslist $75.00 Sofa/loveseat/ottoman = eBay for $600 (it was from rooms to go and in brand new cond!) Entertainment armoire = garage sale $100.00 Kid's bunkbeds = $50 garage sale.

Ok, so now that you know my furnishings of my house and their cost... yah, I am a garage sale junky. I even found my dog for free at a garage sale! (not one of my better purchases... her and I aren't getting along just now!)

Someday, when my first book get's published, you all will laugh. I decided my *first* book (which is a romantic humor/suspense) was going to have alot of what I know about in it. My MC is a mix of alot of people close to me, especially myself. Needless to say, Jenny has a MAJOR garage sale fetish.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

My weakness is scouring the internet for free shipping codes, lol. I just scored some cute baby clothes for a friend's new little one from Ralph with FREE SHIPPING. That makes my day. :)

At 8:03 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

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At 8:57 PM, Blogger Rachel Holliday said...

Books...I love I have my wishlist set up so that I am notified when any book goes below my target price (never more than $3). It compares ebay,, amazon, abebooks, etc.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Shipping codes? That sounds very interesting! You all have given me new sites to explore! It's fun hearing of your, um, bargain places. *g*

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Chelf said...

"Hello, my name is Krista, and I am a garagesaleaholic."

Hi, Krista.
I am a member of "Garagesaleaholics Anonymous" too.
BOOK SALES at the local Mardel, of course! Seriously, Christian books of all genres, for next to nothing!

Records. Old, big, vinyl LP's... Disney, Herb Alpert, Bill Cosby. Classic.

Stuff to add to my collection of art projects I will likely never start, much less finish. Paint, YARN, patterns for Halloween costumes; you name it, I surely have it.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Book Sales, all the way.

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

I do Ebay but only if i want something. Like the stargate series dvds. lately i just completed the whole Footrot Flats comic set for my friend. boy I wish i had some to sell i could make a fortune!
I also am adicted to book but have to stop myself even stopped entering some contests cos its a number 3 in a series i dont own 1 adn 2 off.

At 12:38 AM, Blogger MelanieWrites said...

Book sales are my biggest danger. I collect old books (not necessarily antique, just old), even though they're dust catchers and make me sneeze.

I also fell into the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale trap this week. The sad thing is, I'm allergic to synthetic fragrances. I bought things I can't even use, but they were ON SALE.

At 7:04 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I'm really impressed with all of you who can buy used books. I've got a serious issue with books used by someone other than friends or family, lol. Seriously. The thought makes me twitch. Needless to say, I don't use the library and if I decide to buy a book, it's gotta be one I'm sure I'm going to like. Thankfully I've got 4 great authors on here whose work I can devour. Of course, that also means you must keep churning out books to keep me happy, lol.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Melanie, that's too funny! I can hear my mother's voice saying to me, "When is a bargain not a bargain . . ." *g*

Hotcoffeenow, Kristin is the same way with used books. I never thought of that before, but since she talked about that, now I think about it when I pick up used books! LOL

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Is it the germ factor with used books? I'll admit to issues there. If I get a book from the library and I'm at all questioning its cleanliness, I take a clorox wipe to the cover of it. They all have laminated covers or dust jackets, so it wipes clean easier. Then I don't feel like I need to wash my hands after using it.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Karla Akins said...

My weakness is any sale. Especially if it has to do with clothes or SHOES! I love shoes! But my greatest weakness is Amazon or I'm a book addict and I hope I never recover.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

LOL, it goes way beyond just a germ phobia. It's the all-around yuck factor. Hair, food, pages stuck together by who-knows-what, and who knows where they were or what they were doing while they were reading the book. I shudder. OK, I gag too. :) It's just a freak phobia because I have an over-active imagination. lol But I do admire anyone who can look beyond the yuck factor. I do.


At 5:07 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Books and shoes.

I think my eyes just glazed over when I typed that.

At 2:05 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I love Op Shops (I think you call them thrift shops). Dad groans when we drive past them because he knows Mum and I want to go in. When I walk out of there it's usually with a book or 3 or some other random thing that I think will come in useful some day. The last time I walked in I came out with a whole bunch of kids toys (I'm not married and don't have any children) - I ended up donating them to the creche at church.
I recently discovered a book sale that happens every Saturday in the middle of the city - everytime I go I find something.
Not so much online shopping - except when I can't find that out-of-print book I'm dying to have and then I hit Amazon.
Oh, my poor groaning bookshelves ;)

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

hey diann I was wondering about your new book. i had it on my WL on amazon for Bittersweet Surrender but now it's saying Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Did I miss something? is the book not coming out? Actually I noticed this on a couple of other upcoming Thomas Nelson titles as well. Just wondering if something had happened.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Sorry for the confusion, Deborah! Thomas Nelson has recently done some restructuring and the publication of "Bittersweet Surrender" has been delayed. I don't have a new release date yet, but I'll keep you all posted. :-)

At 7:12 PM, Blogger D.H.F.C. President said...

We are VERY anxious for the next book! Can't believe they delayed it. Don't they know that the WHOLE WORLD is waiting for that book!!! By the way, the cover makes me drool.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Deena said...

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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