New thrifting place in Beaverton!

I discovered a new thrift shopping place in Beaverton!  The Garage Sale Warehouse on Walker Road, just east of Cedar Hills Blvd.  Most recently it housed a JoAnn Fabric store; and if you’ve been around as long as I have, you’ll remember that it was a Thriftway grocery store a long time ago.

This must be a ‘chain store’ or franchise because I’ve seen a few of them around, just never had time to stop in.  It’s set up with individual booths like an antique or craft mall.  There is another one on Western Ave in what used to be the Dollar Shoppe.  I had stopped in that one ONCE, and was unimpressed.  Nice enough stuff and decent prices even; but too pricey for ME to re-sell.

The one on Walker though had LOTS of great stuff at ‘my kind of prices’!  A lot of  the typical ‘garage sale crap’, lots of funky collectibles, some very nice antiques at very reasonable prices, and some great CHEAP CRAP just right for me!!!

6.14.14 projects etsy 078This little flower cart was a bit too expensive for me to buy to re-sell, but will make a great display piece!

6.19.14 Stars wedding signs 027Perfect size for holding journals and note cards in my booth at Stars.

6.14.14 projects etsy 076Vintage child size wicker chair.  Just needs a new paint job and it will be ready for a new home.

6.14.14 projects etsy 077This one was called a ‘project table’ on the price tag.  Gotta LOVE finding pieces that have already been sanded like this.  The legs need a bit more sanding.  I might keep this one for a bedside table on the other side of my bed.

6.14.14 projects etsy 014These ‘book boxes’ were the perfect color.

6.14.14 projects etsy 016Haven’t decided if I can part with them yet or not.  Might be handy to store crafting supplies that I need ‘at hand’ in the living room when I am watching TV.

So, that was my haul from the Walker Road Garage Sale Warehouse.  There were several more items I ‘could have’ bought,  (right price and style for what I do) but my project shed is getting pretty FULL.  I need to get to WORK on that stuff instead of buying MORE!


This is one of my FAVORITE rummage sales!  It is a benefit sale for the Banks christian Academy, and it is HUGE!  Runs through this weekend AND next Fri – Sun!  I usually go on opening day and again the final weekend.  Still good stuff to be found the last day, after the piles have dwindled and unburied  more treasures.

Yes, it IS a bit of a drive.  Notsomuch for ME, since we already live out here in the boonies!  It’s a NICE drive though.  Plenty of signage to direct you to the right place.  Sign up for their email list to get reminders of upcoming sales too.  They have a few smaller sales at other times of the year too.

I’ve pretty much given up on hitting the garage sale trail these days.  Just TOO hit or miss as to whether or not you’ll find something you want.  Now if I happen to be out and about and drive past one, I’ll stop.  But I don’t bother looking at the ads and planning weekly trips anymore.  Same with estate sales.  I’m AMAZED at what some people call ‘an estate sale’ these days!?!?

I do get email notices from ONE local estate sale broker, Kathy’s Estate and Moving Sales.  But they are not out our way very often.  ALWAYS find good stuff at their sales.  And everything under $50.00 is HALF PRICE on the last day at their sales.  I’m always looking for the beat up stuff that no one else wants to bother with anyhow; why not get it for half price??

I have better luck hitting the thrift stores on a regular basis, and really searching out the half price tags; to keep my booth well stocked.    And I can usually hit one or two a week on my way home from stocking at Stars.  AND if it’s a Wednesday, I get my SENIOR DISCOUNT at Goodwill!  Gotta love that!

Happy hunting everyone!

Thriftier thrifting

That sounds kinda weird, but you get the point, right? A while back I shared my insights on getting the BEST deals at Goodwill.

Keeping track of the order their color coded tags rotate in to know when items will be half price, AND combining that with shopping on Wednesdays to take advantage of the additional 10% senior discount. (for those of us who are 55 or older!)

Until recently we didn’t have any Salvation Army thrift stores in the immediate area. We have one now near the Sunset Esplanade shopping complex, over across from Bi-Mart. It’s a good sized store, with about 2/3 of it being clothing. So the furniture and housewares section isn’t terribly big, but I always manage to find a ‘cartfull’ of stuff to buy.

My first trip in I asked if they had any kind of ‘savings card’ , they did not. (but apparently they DO in other parts of the country) I asked about senior discount. They did discount for those 55 and over ANY time. And they have half price sales ‘I think’ on the last Friday and Saturday of the month. (I keep forgetting to ask exactly WHEN the sale days are!)

I’d not braved going to the Salvation Army store on half price days until last week. I’d just heard TOO many stories on other blogs about how insanely busy it is. Not wanting to fight the crowds or be pushed around, I’d avoided the half price days. Last Saturday I had gone to Joann fabric in the Sunset Esplanade and noticed a guy on the corner waving a sign advertising half off everything in the SA store.

What the heck. I’m right here so I may as well go check it out. If it’s too crowded, I’ll just turn around and walk out. It was not too busy at ALL! And I found LOTS of little treasures for just a dollar or two.

Found out another tip just yesterday (this is the thriftier thrifting tip!) They take 40% off all items that are more than 2 weeks old! AND I can get my senior discount on top of that! (no senior discount on half price days though). So, put on your reading glasses and look closely at the date in the upper right hand corner of the price tags and get out there and do some THRIFTIER THRIFTING!