Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lots of Thrifting Fun

Here are some pictures of my weekend finds from a local flea market and thrift store. I have more time for thrifting these days, so there should be more regular posts her on my blog. I've set a goal to attract twenty followers by January 1, 2009. Wish me luck! :)

Anyhoo - About the finds:

#1 Toys: I found two vintage Strawberry Shortcake items; a rag doll and a Crepe mini. I also found some older Little People, a pair of CPK shoes, a Baby Bratz, and some My Little Ponies. I bought all of those items for resale. The little animals, the Strawberry Shortcake purse, and the dress from the Kelly doll are mine to keep. I can use the little animals and dress for custom dollmaking. The SSC purse is so cute that I plan to use it at the convention next year.

#2 Books: I love cookbooks, especially older ones from the 70's. They include "real" ingredients.
The chapter books are for my classroom and the Bill Clinton books are for my dad. Don't ask. He's crazy.
#3 The scrapbooking goodies: All I can say is Wahhh Hoooooooooo!!!!!!! This lady at the flea market not only gave me wonderful prices but she gave me her phone number. She has "more than 8" rubbermaid totes full of never out of the package, never used scrapbooking goodies. She's a retired consultant for a stamp company and has over 100 sets to sell. I can't wait to dig through all of those goodies.
Please keep checking my blog. Now that I have more time to go thrifting, I imagine that I'll be updating at least weekly.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Yard Sale Haul from Last Weekend

Finally.... A yard sale post!

I didn't go to many sales, but I found something at each one. I was rained out before the day had a chance to really be fruitful. I'll yard sale in the rain until it reaches monsoon status, and then I take my toys and go home. LOL

My deals for the day:
Two crochet books for my momma
A vintage Care Bear bank for my sister
Two brand new rolls of hallmark wrapping paper
Hello Kitty figures and keychains and a Christmas CPK for a friend
A friendship poem for my bathroom
A red Liz Claiborne purse
A super cool dish shaped like a lettuce leaf

No matter how many dishes I have, I can't resist one more. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Papercrafting Blog is up and running!

The link for my papercrafting blog is as follows:

I'd love for everyone to check it out. I have a gorgeous banner that was designed by my extremely talented friend, Veronica. It's just perfect. If you are a part of the BusyBee Bloggers Group, please update the url on your link list.

This blog (The Garage Sale Diva) will continue to include my yard sale posts.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Changes Coming Soon

I've decided to completely overhaul my blog. This blog, The Garage Sale Diva, is going to remain a blog about my garage sale, flea market, thrift store, and bargain hunting adventures.

However, I'm going to be starting a seperate blog for my papercrafting projects. The new blog should be up and running soon. I'm very honored that my new blog will be part of a new blogging group called Busy Bee Bloggers.

I hope to update both blogs on a more regular basis then I've been posting here lately.

So, please keep an eye out for the next couple of weeks. Changes are coming!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Verse Card

I love these Faith vellum quotes from Creative Memories. I've never been a big Creative Memories fan, however, I wish I had purchased several sets of these. They make the prettiest cards, especially when I'm in a rush and don't have time to stamp. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Love and a Hug,

Monday, July 20, 2009

Yard Sale Hauls - July 16/17

This candle holder is beautiful on my front porch.
I paid less than $5 for everything in this picture.

My favorite author is Beverly Lewis. I picked these up for 10 cents. They retail for $14.99 each!

Raulph Lauren Handtowels (50 cents), Adorable tin shakers (25 cents)
Wind Chime ($1), new pot holder (25 cents), Mailbox cover (10 cents), and Tupperware Container (50 cents)

I scored a ton of LPS figures at a great price! :)

I was delighted by the perfect weather, plethora of sales, and great pricing this weekend. Amongst my many finds were a Willow Tree Angel for 10 cents, a brand new Rosetti wallet for 50 cents, a brand new magnetic mailbox cover for 10 cents, and an awesome Pier 1 import candle holder for my front porch (with a gorgeous marble base) for $1.50. I bought even more than is pictured here! I also got a bag of My Little Ponies and other little animals, six badmitton rackets, a bag of badmitton birdies, and a double stroller (I'll donate it to the Care Pregnancy Center).
*The Yard Sale of the Weekend was definitely on Lincoln Avenue in Martinsburg. The Worst Yard Sale of Weekend was definitely the one where my mother-in-law and I both had some things in our hands that we were going to purchase, but we put them down and walked away after the seller was rude to several elderly shoppers. I can't remember the address, but it was in the subdivision closest to the Weight Watchers office off of Rock Cliff Drive. There's no need to be rude - yard sales should be fun!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sweet Birthday Card

I made this card using the sketch over at Carol's Sketch Fun. This was a fun sketch that I will use again. I printed out the sketch and put it in my sketch book to refer back to later. Thanks for the great sketch, Carol!

By the way, I plan to hit the yard sales this week and weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for a new Yard Sale Report!

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whimsical is the Word

While making this card, I was in a whimsical mood. I was also in the mood to use up some supplies that I've had forever, like these brads. The result, was this card for the challenge over at 2 Red Bananas this week. It's whimsical and cute... just like the special friend that I made it for! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Monday, July 13, 2009

Win $1000 from the Cuttlebug Spot!

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Berry Sweet Project

I'm working on my Strawberry Shortcake Convention Scrapbook. The 2009 Convention is only 26 days away, and I haven't finished my 2008 album yet. ;) When I look at these photos, I can really tell that I've lost 41 pounds and it encourages me to keep going on my journey to my ultimate weight loss goal.

Oh, by the way, while at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Chantilly, I learned about a wonderful website: They have 1,500 items for just $1 each. You should check out their site for great K&Company, embellishment, and adhesive deals.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fun Times, Great Friends

Raffle Time Page The Goody Bags (Actually in a Flower Pot)Carolyn in her Garden Party Hat


Today's HappyScrapper Meeting was awesome! I think it was one of the best we've had. I didn't get a whole lot of scrappin' or card makin' done, but it didn't matter. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of such precious, wonderful women. We laughed a lot! We also shared supplies, inspiration, and ideas. Here are some pictures from the party and a couple of pages I managed to finish, using the photos from the 2008 Strawberry Shortcake Convention.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Scrap, Tac, Toe

I made up a game for my HappyScrappers Group called Scrap, Tac, Toe. I made the gameboard around a "Garden Party" theme since that is the theme for this month's crop. I thought I'd share it with any of you that have social scrapbooking groups or crops. If you do share it on your blog or website, please give me credit. I can't figure out how to link it here??? So, if you'd like it, let me know and I'll email it to you.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ho Hum Yard Sales

This past Friday, I went to yard sales. As the title of this post implies, the sales were just Ho Hum. One of these days, I'm going to get around to posting my list of Yard Sale Dos and Yard Sales Don'ts. For example, don't say, "Something for everyone" in your yard sale ad if every single item at your yard sale is infant clothing. LOL

Anyhoo - Here were my finds from Friday:
1. A Phonics book (for a homeschooling friend) - 10 cents
2. Some SSC books and other books for my classroom - 25 cents each
3. Three glass candleholders and a large mason jar (I am going to be using these to decorate for a party)
4. An ice scraper (I accidentally ran over mine last winter - don't ask!)
5. Two rag rugs, perfect for the backseat of my car - 50 cents each
6. Two unopened packs of favor boxes - 50 cents each
7. Floral Wire
8. Three necklaces (They are prettier in person than in these pictures.) $1 each
9. A cordless phone with Caller ID. I need a new one because I have dropped mine so many times that it doesn't always ring and/or show the caller id. (The woman lied; the battery is DEAD. The Yard Sale Fairies will find her. hahaha) $2
11. Tealites
12. B&BW Shower Gel

Motivet Stamps Blog Candy

Motivet Stamps has just released some extremely adorable and versatile new stamps. Aren't they the sweetest images? If you'd like to check out the stamps and/or learn more about the blog candy, you can find more information here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Season of Friendship

I had two general inspirations for this card. First, I was inspired by the wonderful 2RedBananas Banana Split Sunday Challenge. The challenge was to create a card inspired by a summertime photograph. I found inspiration in the summer season, the azure blue color, and the simplicity of the photo.
Secondly, I was inspired by the gratitude that I feel for the wonderful friends that I have in my life. So many friends... real, true friends stopped me in church this morning to ask me how Grandma Thelma was doing this morning. Another friend brought me a bag of clothes because she knows I've been working so hard at my weight loss goals and that buying new clothing before you reach your goal is expensive. Another friend sent me an ecouraging card about my weight loss yesterday. I'm so blessed to have so many great friends and I truly believe the sentiment on this card.... "The Season of Friendship Lasts Forever."
It was difficult to photograph this card - especially the glittery little blue bird in the tree.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'd love to read your comments. Also, it would make my day if you'd choose to "follow" my blog. See my sidebar for info.

Love and a Hug,
All of the materials used in this card were Stampin' Up, except for the Ranger Stickles.

Giving, and Giving, and Giving

This was the Father's Day card I made for Brian's Dad. I didn't have time to take a picture of the one that I made for my dad, which I actually think turned out better. Anyhoo - I think this turned out quite nice.

Love and a Hug,

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank You Card

Using a clean and simple design, I whipped up this thank you card in no time. Use up that stash today and make a five minute card!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lookie at what I won!

I won Blog Candy! I was so excited to receive such a generous package from Samantha. You can check out her very inspiring blog, here. She offers monthly Blog Candy, lots of interesting challenges, and cool Stampin' Up information. Thanks, Samantha! I love the Blog Candy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Congratulations Moose

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love the Stampin' Up Set, "Moose You." I have used it for so many cards and for so many occasions. This is a "congratulations" card for my cousin who recently graduated. He likes the outdoors, so I thought it was fitting. This is one of the cards I made when I visited my sweet friend (and Soul Sistah), Veronica. She let me use her Top Note Die and I fell in love with it. It is something that I am going to put on my stampin' wish list. The ribbon was a $1.00 find at the Crafts 2000 store in Parkersburg, WV.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

HappyScrappers July Invitation - Garden Party Theme

Hello, Friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer sunshine. I'm reminded of God's glorious blessings each time I'm outside and see a new bloom, a rainbow, or beautifully clear night sky.

I've renewed my committment to making HappyScrappers the best that it can be. I know that I've recently been a bit disorganzined, and I promise that is changing. I have many fun things planned for our next Happy Scrapper meeting and future meetings. It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!! Please keep reading for details...

Our Next Meeting:

When: Saturday, July 11th, 10:00 a.m. (As always, the schedule is flexible. You may come late and/or leave early)
What to Bring: Your Supplies, Something to Share for Lunch, a small door prize, and a smile. :)

I plan to make ham salad and chicken salad sandwiches.

You may want to wear a garden hat. ;)

Project Demonstrations:

A Pencil Bouquet (the perfect gift for a teacher, receptionist, secretary, etc.)
A Ribbon Blossom (great on scrapbooking pages, card fronts, or even the top of gifts)

Games/Other Fun:
We'll play a garden trivia game, Scrappin' Tic Tac Toe, and have one card/page challenge.

Everyone in attendance will receive a page of printed garden themed quotations/verses for use in cards or scrapbooking pages, a print out of the ribbon blossom directions, a set of four card sketches, and a Goody Flower Pot.

If you would like to demo a project, add something to the Goody Flower Pots, and/or host a game, please let me know. Also, if you know what you are going to bring along for lunch, let me know. I often receive phone calls and/or emails about what everyone will be bringing. If you'd like to reply to everyone in our group, you can simply hit the "Reply All" button and write your message.

Pretty Please (with tulips on top) RSVP on or before Monday July 6th.


Yes: OtherBecky, Myself, Carolyn, Carla, Mary*, Samantha*, Bethany, Joyce
No: Michele, Peggy, Dawn, Shannon, Carrie, Veronica
*Invited from Standby List

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Yard Sale Hauls 6/6

On June 6th, I couldn't wait to go yard saleing. There were several community yard sales advertised and I had high hopes. It wasn't a terrible day, but it certainly wasn't the best either. Some of the "community" sales were really just two homes. Bummer. On the bright side, I'll give the Willow Ridge Subdivision five stars ***** for their awesome community yard sale. Most of this great stuff came from there.

What I scored:
Vintage SSC ribbon
SSC Purses
Two Beach Pictures (perfect for my bathroom)
A ton of gift bags (Many of these are Hallmark bags marked as 3.99 and up. I paid 10 cents each.)
Picture Frames (25 cents each)
Tupperware Bowl (Brand New - 25 cents)
Longaberger Purse
Tastefully Simple Beer Bread Mix
Pacifier, Burp Cloths, Mommy Bags, and Blanket for the Care Preganancy Center. I also got a huge bag of brand new baby bottles for The Center. The very kind woman on Fiser Lane in Martinsburg gave them to me for FREE when I told her that they were for The Center. God Bless her.

Love and a Hug,