We’re sharing our favorite tips for shopping yard sales and our latest finds from the treasure trail today!
Recently, I had the chance to spend some uninterrupted time with my parents at Bliss Barracks.
Both of their schedules really start to pick up once the Fall season begins so it was fun to squeeze in some time with them before the hustle and bustle of the holidays kick in.
Tips for Shpping Yard Sales and Our Latest Finds From Renningers…
While I was visiting, my Mom and I decided to treasure hunt at Renninger’s in Mount Dora, Florida. We’ve been there many times and it’s one of our favorite places to shop!
A few years ago, they added yard sale events to their summer schedule in June, July, August and September in addition to the Extravaganza held in Novemeber, January and February which is always fun.
While the summer yard sales are not as big as the Extravaganza events, it’s always exciting to look for goodies.
Truthfully, we never really know what to expect because it’s scorching hot down here right now. So, sometimes there are 50 or more outdoor vendors and sometimes there are a lot less.
This year, they had a ton of Christmas in July sales and we had a great time!
My Mom and I have been trying purge and organize our homes lately so we tried to select each item with care since we weren’t really looking for anything specific. .
But you guys know how it goes when you’re not looking for anything specific though, right? You wind up finding a few things you can’t live without.
Our Latest Finds…
I need a few more pieces of ironstone for The Crowned Goat Cottage so I was super excited to find this ironstone tureen…
…and this piece of brown and white transferware.
In that same booth, I found a set of antlers I couldn’t live without.
As well as, several pieces of vintage material.
It almost looks like cross stitch fabric but I would love to find a way to use it for napkins or as the base for Christmas cones.
It’s definitely going to need some fray away first though!
While I was shopping one end of the booth, my Mom was finding all sorts of fun goodies at the other end.
Like this beautiful hand monogrammed hand towel for Bliss Barracks...
…and this polo ball that was a steal for $1!
Christmas in July Latest Finds…
Speaking of steals, the steal of the day was probably the huge table of vintage and store-bought ornaments that were 4 for a $1.
Digging through all the ornaments was so much fun!
Truthfully, it was such a great surprise so many vendors had Christmas and holiday goodies for sale.
Since we were shopping “off-season” the prices were amazing and it definitely made me realize how much you can save by shopping that way.
We found these tiny trees for $1 each...
…these beautifully beaded snowflake ornaments…
…and this gray tree which has almost has a snowy sort of feel.
My Mom spotted this blanket and I fell in love immediately.
It’s going to be perfect to use during the holidays, as will, this super cool crown.
She also found this awesome easel!
We found this amazing watercolor in a completely different booth.
Art like this is a really easy way to keep things festive throughout the year without feeling like you have to reinvent the wheel and redcorate every season.
A Few of Our Favorite Tips for Shopping Yard Sales…
- Be sure to stay hydrated while you’re shopping and pack a cooler with ice cold drinks if you can.
- Pack healthy snacks as you never know what food options will be available. Especially if you’re shopping in small towns or off the beaten path.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and to wear a hat and sunglasses. Sun protection is key!
- Remember to pack tissues, hand sanitizer, flush-able wipes and moist towelettes as sometimes portable potties are your only bathroom option.
- Make sure you travel with a market tote, bag or wagon that will be comfortable yet sturdy enough to hold your treasures.
- Be sure to pack paper and bubble wrap for small items and blankets to protect larger items.
- Finally, cash is king! Vendors are slowly starting to accept credit cards but for the most part, they still prefer cash.
I can’t say we buy something at every yard sale or outdoor event, but the hunt is definitely what keeps us going back month after month.
It’s so much fun and we always come home with lots of inspiration too!
I hope these tips for shopping yard sales and our latest finds have helped! What types of goodies have you guys found at a yard sale or on the treasure trail lately?
Other Latest Finds Posts to Enjoy:
- Renninger’s January Extravaganza Recap
- Latest Finds From Renningers
- Shopping the Renningers Extravaganza
- Latest Finds From the Treasure Trail