Friday, July 20, 2012

Welcome All Things Thrifty Readers

A few days ago I was featured on All things Thrifty! Click here for Brooke's post.  If your visiting from there Hello! I have made a special post for you so that you can know what my blog is about. At Garage Sales R Us we find almost everything at garage sales. We show you what we find each week and what we do with it. While I have your attention I might also mention that  I am giving away a cricut machine in celebration of my big day! For a chance to win click HERE!

Here are some of my favorite projects 

 For my white and burlap reapholstered chair click HERE
For my DIY Farmhouse Table Click HERE
For my DIY chandelier click HERE
For the mod podge and yellow tufted headboard dresser set click HERE
For the Mint and Gold stenciled bed set click HERE

I also love to show readers how dressing your family can be inexpensive in my Fashion on a Dime series. I have created a simple formula to help you analyze how much your spending on each outfit called Dress Per Wear Factor. Read about it and find out how to calculate it HERE. Since I buy all my families clothes from second hand stores and garage sales I am able to keep my Dress Per Wear Factor to a few dollars per outfit! 

The total cost of the outfit with the teal pants is $19 with a DPWF of $1.90! Click HERE to see where I bought it!
The total cost of the outfit with the red skinnies is $17.50 with a $1.75 DPWF! Click HERE to see where I bought it
The total cost of the outfit with the Navy blue blazer is $39.50 my DPWF is $3.95. Click HERE to see where I bought it

I hope you all will stick around and check out some of the other things we post about here on Garage Sales R Us. Be sure to check out what my kids wear under my Kids Corner tab, updates to our home under Renovation Station and have your hubbies check out our This is a Man's World tab so they can see that garage saleing is not just a women's sport! We will also have lots of fun posts in the future! I just finished decorating for a wedding reception on one of the tightest budgets know to man! Check back soon to see how I did it!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Surprise everyone! 

I have a special giveaway going on right now. I am going to be giving away a Personal Electronic Cutter Cricut Machine!!! I have been saving this giveaway for a special day. Tomorrow I will be featured on the All Things Thrifty blog! As celebration of my big day I want to give all of you a chance to win this amazing little machine. I am not going to lie I have been thinking about keeping this for myself! But I wont!
 Here are the rules:
You must be a follower of the Garage Sales R Us blog.
You must also be a follower of my Facebook or Twitter page. 
You can also earn extra points if you make a special post about this giveaway on your blog,facebook or twitter pages! Make sure to leave me a comment with the link to your post so I can see it!

Here we go! Best of Luck to you all!
Be sure to enter my July Sponsor Giveaway that is also going on right now!

July 14th 2012

We have had some massive down pours this past week. Roads have been closed off due to flooding and small mud slides. I even saw one family have to abandon their car! It's been a bit wild so as you can imagine the garage sales were almost non existent. I drove the first part of my route and found two garage sales signs but only one garage sale. At that point I decided it was not worth my gas and drove home. As much as you might want to keep garage saleing and try to find great deals you have to be smart about your time and your fuel! Sometimes it's just best to throw in the towel for that week and try again next week.
I did not buy anything this week but here is what I found at the ONE garage sale I went to 
 This kids toy chest was $10. I thought it was a little high but may have paid $7 for it. No harm in asking!

These bikes were the best deal that I saw. The red on was $10.
 And the pink one was $15. Bikes are something that I will never buy brand new! Look how nice these bikes are. Your kids probably wouldn't even be able to tell that you didn't buy them from the store and you would save yourself about $100 dollars!
 They also had lots of games from 2-3 dollars.

I mentioned that I saw two signs. The other sign I saw lead me nowhere and I was unable to find the garage sale. The sign was a great size and had great placement but NO arrows. This sign has inspired me to write my next post about how important your garage sale signs are to having a successful garage sale! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fashion on a Dime

This has been a stormy week here in St. George. Thank goodness the weather cleared up long enough for me to go out and take a Fashion on a Dime picture! 

Here are the financial stats for this outfit:
Navy blue blazer- $20 from the Orange County Swap Meet
Yellow lace tank- $4.99 on a clearance sale at Seagull Book Store (I know weird place to buy a shirt right?)
White undershirt- $1 from a garage sale
White jean shorts- $5.99 at Savers
Light blue belt- $2 dollars from D.I.
Necklace- .50 cents from a garage sale
Red heels- $5 dollars from a garage sale
My total outfit cost is $39.50 My DPWF is $3.95. 
I know this outfit is a little more expensive than normal. I have another blue blazer I found at D.I. for $5 that I could have put with this outfit to make it cheaper but I loved the look of this one that I bought at the swap meet so much better. 

Don't forget to entry my giveaway going on here!!!

I am also linking to the Pleated Poppy and blog hopping over at the Welcome Wednesday

Monday, July 16, 2012

July Sponsor giveaway

Alright Everyone. It's finally here. My first Giveaway!!!!! 

I have been trying to get this to the top of my to do list for the last two months. I can finally check it off now! A special thanks to my July sponsors who volunteered to participate! We have some awesome prizes for you including a prize for the men out there! So wives go get your hubbies and have them take a look at the This is a Man's World Giveaway the bottom of the page.

As with everything there are a few rules:

You must follow Garage Sales R Us to participate.
(Please don't make me be a stickler about this. If someone wins who is not following Garage Sales R Us I will run the rafflecopter again.) If you are wondering how to be a follower because you don't have a blog yourself all you have to go is click on the Join this site under the google friend finder (GFC) and it should pick up your email or twitter account. If that doesn't work go ahead and follow me via Facebook and leave me a comment so I know not to throw your name out of the raffle.


Please follow the blogger or bloggers who's item you are hoping to win.  

If your feeling extra nice leave a comment!
 Here is what my July Sponsors are giving away! 

Kathryn over at Destination Craft will be giving away two of the mason jar soap dispensers she guest posted about for my blog back in June.

Lish over at Imprintalish will be giving away a medium ad space. 

Kristina over at From City Corporate to Suburb Mama will be giving away a $15 dollar credit to her Organic Mami etsy shop.

Danielle over at Framed Frosting will be giving away an 8x10 print from her etsy shop.

Brooke over at Covered in Grace will be giving away a Hawaiian wood and glass beaded bracelet.

And I will be giving away this cute heart and turquoise key chain.

I always like to include the men in this women blogging world so here is a giveaway just for you!
 This is an LED cap light that shines green. It's great for hunting and tracking and it's hands free!

Thank you for participating!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Wedding Day

My brother and his beautiful bride were married on Friday. Despite a little bit of rain everything was beautiful! I couldn't be more happy for my brother. I have always said that who ever married Justin was going to be the luckiest girl in the world. I know he will be the sweetest and most thoughtful husband and a great dad one day. Likewise Justin is just as lucky to have married a girl like Katrina. Their love for each other is so obvious and they are a perfect match. I couldn't have picked a better wife for my brother!

 As far as the reception goes I am still editing pictures of all the decor but in the mean time I have a funny story to tell you. Every Sunday for the last month I have been down in Vegas getting ready for the reception. This was often times the only day I could get down there. Sometimes I would drive down early in the morning and leave late at night. I was feeling a little guilty because I would only go to the first part of church and then play hookie for the last two hours to come home and get things done. As the wedding got closer and weather forecast got worse I started to worry. I had worked so hard to make everything look beautiful and it could all be destroyed by the rain. I started to silently pray that it wouldn't rain and as I did that my guilt for skipping church grew stronger. Then the day of the wedding came and I woke up to the rain. I knew it! This was my punishment! I could work as hard as I wanted to but the Lord had power to turn my hard work into nothing. As the reception got closer and the storms continued to roll in I started to panic. We had already had pull in all the tables and chairs and cover everything else with plastic once. At this point I was praying, "I have learned my lesson I won't skip church in order to get ahead again. Please just let the weather clear up for the reception.  Have any of you ever heard the expression the" Lord has a sense of humor"? Well it's true! My parents have a patio that is not fully covered. It has aluminum bars that run horizontal to create a flat roof. Knowing that it might rain we covered it with a durable clear plastic to try to make sure our guests didn't get wet. I was walking around trying to make sure everything was under the patio. I started to pray again and right at that moment somehow the biggest puddle of water fell off my parents FLAT roof right ON TOP OF MY HEAD! HA! I looked up in shock at the people around me. As the water dipped from my head down onto my face I started to laugh thinking "HA! Thats funny Heavenly Father!" I was dripping wet! I am grateful to say that shortly after that, the storm cleared up and we were able to get all the tables and chairs out in the yard and pull the plastic off everything. In the end the storm was actually a blessing because it really cooled everything down. People were able to sit outdoors comfortably without sweating to death.  I am amazed at how it all came together and I am so happy with the way everything turned out! All my hard work paid off. I had so much fun in the process and the Bride and Groom and all the guests loved how beautiful everything looked. I will have pictures of the reception up soon but until then check out my very FRIST GIVEAWAY that will go live tonight at 12:00am!!!!