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Thursday, March 1, 2012

What Did I Get With A Vanity?

I recently found this little cherry wood vanity at a yard sale.  
The home owner was asking $10.00.  Next to the vanity was a brand new box of Halle Berry perfume.
"Would you throw in the perfume too?” I asked.

The homeowner agreed, so I had the vanity and Halle Berry perfume for $10.00.
The Halle Berry perfume sells for new around $30.00.  What a deal!

I came home and photographed the vanity.  I didn’t clean it or anything.  Remember, most of the time I’m an as-is kinda girl.  I posted the vanity on Craigslist for $40.00.  It sold the same day for $40.00.
So, what did I do with my $30.00 profit?

I found this darling owl out thrifting for $1.99.  
I’ve been in love with this owl from Anthropologie, 
but it’s $138.00.  I think the owl I found at the thrift store is cuter, plus mine is real vintage.

At Goodwill, I found Eden a boutique white linen Easter dress for $2.99.  
I’m sure it was more then $2.99 when purchased new.  Funny thing, it looks brand new.  Not a spot on it.

I also found this Arcadia Italian leather bag.  I found out this bag retails for around $400.00 by clicking here.  
I paid $7.99.  Score!  I’ve really wanted a huge leather loud bag, but haven’t been able to find one I could afford.  In the old days, I may have put a find like this on eBay, but I’m so happy to keep it all for myself. 

I found this Stella McCartney Italian skirt at the thrift store for $2.50.  
New, Stella McCartney skirts sell for a lot more then $2.50.  I’ve listed it on craigslist for $40.00 and I’ll let you know how it sells.  This is the first article of clothing I’ve tried to sell post-eBay saga.

I found these toll-painted red vintage clogs out thrifting for $3.00.  Can’t wait to take them down to the shop and list them for $24.50.
So far I’ve spent $18.50 of my $30.00 profit from the vanity. 

Last, but not least, I found this gorgeous Foreign Accents rug for $12.00 while out thrifting and love it in the boys' room.  
I did a little research and found the exact same rug for $998.00 here.  I couldn’t order one on the website if I wanted to because they are on backorder.  So glad I found mine at the thrift store.

So, I made a $30.00 profit off my vanity and spent it on trash that turned into over $1,000.00 of merchandise.
Taking trash to the next level, wouldn't you say. 

What are your latest finds?
Linking up to:
Jenny Matlock

11 comments:

  1. Well.... your clogs are really Dutch wooden shoes ( I am from Holland :)
    Recently we bought some furniture at a garage sale, we asked if he would throw in the small desk... he did, & we put it in the garage for a few months. When we took it in, it had a brand new Fossil watch in the drawer that was very stuck shut... (the man had already moved to Calif. or we would have brought it back )
    I would have Ebayed it, but son wanted it... so a free desk & a watch that was well over $100... pretty good deal : )

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  2. Wow! And I thought selling a small bread and butter Stangl Christmas plate for $25.00 on eBay after I paid .10 cents for it at a garage sale was a score.

    You did very well. I don't have the eye for those purses and rugs so I wouldn't know that they are expensive things. ~Ames

    P.S. I would have paid $40 for the vanity too. :(

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  3. Wow... you are a resourceful one. I don't seem quite as good luck finding things at the thrift store!

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  4. what great finds and that vanity was a steal

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  5. You are my idol, Laura! I'm glad you kept the purse. And I'm still reeling that you got that vanity (and perfume) for 10 bucks!!!! Holy Cow!

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  6. Laura:

    Great finds! I LOVE the yellow bag. I've also been looking for a good big bright leather bag but nothing yet. (My $1 day trip to SA on Wed. was a total bomb...next time!)

    Do you two ever read the Goodwill gal?
    http://thegoodwillgal.com/ she is also in PHX area.

    It's amazing what people give away!
    Peace,
    Edie

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  7. O is for Outrageous! Good job on your wheeler-dealing!

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  8. I've been finding all kinds of great scores on my thrifting trips(which are more rare now that I'm back to teaching full time). One of my latest finds was a set of vintage FireKing salt and pepper shakers(black & white polka dots) for only $1.99. I looked them up on Ebay and cant even find B&W pieces...most are red and white,etc... and theyre selling for aLOT!

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  9. You scored big time! Well done!
    Yes, your owl is cuter!

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  10. I think I need to hire you as my personal shopper for this new house. Since it's a rental I can't do things with paint or flooring...the pieces you find are always so darned charming!

    Love that Easter dress, too!

    Thanks for an outstanding (and inspiring) link to the letter 'O'.

    A+

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