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Yard sale jackpot

Living in Lakeview, I had forgotten about the concept of yard sales. Because most people on the northside live in large apartment buildings, there is a lack of yards and garages. Hence, very few yard or garage sales. My unwanted items during this chapter either went to Salvation Army or to my mom’s for yard sale-ing. Thanks, Mom.

On the westside, most people live in three flats or tiny houses with yards, therefore, making yard sales possible. My friend Andrea and I actually hosted one a few months back. I managed to get rid of some stuff and make $50. Success! Since I failed to take photos that day, I stole these from Casey:

Dre stylishly holding down the fort. I think I ended up giving away the chair she was sitting in.

Hi. This is Andrea. Isn't she stylishly holding down the fort?

Joe discovered the liberation of "yarn bras." And mostly napped.

Joe discovered the liberating feeling afforded by a "yarn bra." And mostly napped.

There are yard sales over here EVERY weekend. I am intrigued by the range of advertising strategies:

Some employ a modest, straightforward approach.

Some employ modest, straightforward approaches.

Some use elaborate, artistic spray painted flyers. I saw many flyers for this particular yard sale, each more colorful and elaborate than the next.

Others use elaborate, artistically spray paint techniques. There were many versions of this flyer, each more colorful than the next.

A select few use mannequins to market for them. Yes, this neighborhood has a thing for mannequins.

Mannequins work for a select few. Yes, this neighborhood has a thing for mannequins.

I usually don’t hang out at the yard sales. I have the same aversion to them as I do stores like TJ Maxx or Loehmann’s. Love the concept, but lack the patience to dig to find what I want. However, I stumbled upon two today and hit the jackpot. All discovered items were actually things I needed or was in the market for.

A set of espresso cups and saucers. Aren't these adorable? I was informed by their former owner that they are intended for Turkish coffee.

A set of espresso cups and saucers. Aren't these adorable? I was informed by their former owner that they're actually intended for Turkish coffee. Same idea. I made some espresso immediately upon returning home. And washing.

These are actually better quality than the Forever 21 versions they're replacing. Let's not lose these, too.

These are better quality than the Forever 21 version they're replacing. Let's not lose these, too.

I've been eyeing these exact pair of gray Levi's at the Levi store for a few months. These fit perfectly (such an anomoly) and were $67 cheaper. Deal of the century.

I've been eying these exact pair of gray Levi's at the Levi's store for a few months. These fit perfectly (such an anomaly) and were $67 cheaper! Deal of the century.

Since I failed to purchase clothing such as tank tops and summer dresses, I'm in quite the predicament for my upcoming trip to Cabo.

Since I failed to purchase clothing such as tank tops and summer dresses this season, I'm in quite the predicament for my upcoming trip to Cabo. Suddenly, not so bad.

The grand total for these treasures? $9! I might be a convert.

Just please have an intervention with me if I become a fan of “Yard Sales” on Facebook.

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Incredible deals

I’m beginning to think that no one in my neighborhood has heard of Salvation Army. In case it’s a new concept to anyone reading, Salvation Army is a place where you take clothes or housewares when you don’t want or need them any more. It’s also the place you take your skinny pants when you realize you’ll never fit into them again.

Instead of dropping off clothes at the good ol’ Salvation Army, I’ve noticed that people often abandon them on the street or in alleys. True story. I saw these things happen within a 24-hour period.

Strolling across Damen and Division, I noticed bleach-stained flair pants and cut-off white jeans with a few of their other friends. If only there would have been a shirt on this bench, you could have had a complete outfit.

Strolling across Damen and Division, I noticed bleach-stained flair pants and cut-off white jeans with a few other friends. If only a shirt had been on this bench, you would have had a complete outfit.

The next morning, there was this treasure chest in the alley behind my apartment building. Shop for your choice of jeans and fall jackets!

The next morning, there was this treasure chest in the alley behind my apartment building. It looks like someone had already gone shopping by the time I arrived.

I’ve definitely also seen random t-shirts here and there, hanging out on the sidewalk. You’d be surprised. At any rate,  I don’t understand, if not Salvation Army, why not have a yard sale instead? Who couldn’t benefit from a few extra bucks?

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