Friday, 29 July 2016

Bargains Galore

I often mention that some of my cardmaking supplies came from the annual garage sales held at my local papercraft stores.

The store rents out tables for 5 or 10 bucks and the vendors sell their unwanted supplies in the back parking lot of the store. It is usually smoking hot, so most of the regular vendors choose to invest in an awning to give some shade for themselves and their customers. Even with an awning, one vendor passed out at this last sale and had to go in an ambulance to the hospital.

There are even some vendors who have a small business selling overruns and discontinued items. There are several with Tim Holtz only tables, Spellbinders only tables, and Stampin Up tables. The latter are Stampin Up Reps who are selling the"extras" that they themselves buy, when a hostess does not  purchase all the specials he is entitled to on her order...

 The sales was last Sunday and thought I would show you some of my bargains. Sorry in advance for the glare on these photos. The packaging really caused glare!

I was delighted to get these Tim Holtz stamp sets for $5 each sheet of 4 images. I thought that was quite a bargain as they were unused and sell here for $30 new.

Next up are some acrylic and also some cling stamps. All the wee stamps were 25 cents and the tree shaped Xmas sentiments were $1 and the other was $2

A few more stamps...the green dog themed stamps and matching inkpad are for my friend who makes dog cards.

I  am delighted with the acrylic blocks. They have a grid pattern on them and the curved one is perfect for arranging individual letters to form an unusual sentiment style.
The embroidery scissors cut paper really well too...They were new in package and were free!  I didn't need them but loved the style and shape! The Bo Bunny Xmas stamp in the top left corner is Brand New In Package and may become a Rudolph Days Prize! The flowers are micro teensy and match some regular small flowers I already own.

I also bought 75 sheets of double sided 12x12 scrapbook papers which I will cut up to 6x6 and use for card kits when it is my turn to host at  Langley Stampers Club. They were 25 papers for a dollar. I did take a while to go through them all as she had about 500 sheets available, but patience paid off as I managed to get teensy sized patterns or inky looking shaded papers on one side.
I also bought 25 sheets of various coloured cardstock...also a dollar !

Hope you enjoyed the photos. There are 4 of these sales each summer, at the shop about a mile from my house. There is also another sale in the neighbouring village...just once a summer! I have made three so far this year, but sadly will miss the sale in mid August as we will not be home. Drat!!!


  1. Wow, lucky you! It looks like Christmas has come early for you Mo:) I bet you won't know what to play with first, just enjoy. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Wow that was some fantastic bargains, wish I had been there (might have needed an extra suitcase to get home though).

    Sue xx

  3. Oooo i so love a bargain and you sure look like you got some good ones too, that's it, it would worth the cost of the flight, i'm coming next time ;-), Luv Sam x

  4. Hi Mo, I'm just easing myself back and catching up with comments. Because of my sort out I've hardly made any cards in the past couple of weeks so apologies for being absent but I look forward to joining in with Rudolph Day next month.

    Your sales days sound great and you certainly got some super bargains you lucky girl. Have a lovely weekend. Barbxx

  5. Hi Maureen,
    oh my word what wonderful buys and such bargains.
    Wish we had such things near me.
    I always have to pay top wack for my stuff.
    We get a few sales on the internet, but they always happen when I haven't the peniies to spend.

    May I just mention the Rudolf entry for AJ it brings me back to your site not hers.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Wow, what a great deal! Those curved blocks are something I have never seen before. You are going to have a lot fun with your bargains!

  7. I so love it when I can stretch the dollar in crafting supplies - great buys!

  8. Mo, you are a girl after my own heart. I love a bargain, espeicially on stamping supplies, and it looks like you did very well at the sale.

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  10. wow great bargains especially the TH stamp sets. I like that you didn't need the scissors but liked them LOL!

  11. Bargain indeed! Lots of cool and sweet new stuff!

  12. What a great haul! Have fun with it all :)

  13. My goodness Maureen didn't you do well, some fabulous new stash, KATE X

  14. What amazing deals you got Maureen! I love everything you got but my favorite are those scissors!! OMGosh I love them, so vintage looking!!! Have fun with your new discounted goodies. Hugs, Brenda

  15. Just awesome! So impressive! You got so many great bargains! Wish they had something like this around here!


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