Follow me on my pathtojunkentreasure as I hunt for treasures at flea markets, garage sales, rummage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and wherever I can find a treasure. I'll share my love of hammered aluminum, vintage Christmas, vintage jewelry, doilies and tablecloths, milk glass, garden items and other treasures. I'll also share some advice on my crafting projects, gardening and recycling items. Please join me on my pathtojunkentreasure!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

McHenry County Wide Garage Sale March 31 in Huntley

I am all signed up to sell my items at the McHenry County Wide Garage Sale at the Huntley Rec Center on March 31st.  Doors open from 8am-2pm.  This is my fourth year selling at it.  It has changed locations 3 times since then.  I have so much fun with it and boy do I sell things.  Last year, supposedly 2,500 people came through the sale.  It's a lot of work setting up at 6am, but Ethan and Austin have been a great help.  They leave before 10am to go to their Pokemon league and then come back to help me clean up.  Usually, right after the sale, I donate everything.  Sometimes there is a Salvation Army truck waiting for the donations. I think that this year I will drive all of the leftover items to the Goodwill in Huntley since it is only down the road from the sale.  I have lots of boys clothes, size 10 and up, to get rid of.  They usually sell well.  I also have vintage linens and metal trays, household items, "lego" table, adult clothes, toys, books, Christmas, you name it.  The booth size is 8x10 and I manage every year to fit all of my stuff into that small space.  The people in charge of the sale are always amazed that the stuff fits.  I am still cleaning around the house and will probably have more items by then.  I still need to go through my garden pots and stands.  I am hoping to fit a vintage orange hand chair into my van to sell.  I think it will be a good place to try to sell it.   

Speaking of Huntley, Ethan needed a whole new wardrobe since he is growing so quickly, so we went to the outlets in Huntley this past weekend.  The President's Day sales were fabulous.  I also had 20% off coupons for most of the stores we were shopping at, plus, free dollars to spend.  Always sign up for the free store rewards cards.  You will get coupons and money back to spend based on your sales totals.  It is worth it and I have gotten a good deal of free things.  I filled up my whole trunk for less than $100.  I was pretty happy.  JC Penney is another good store to stop in right now.  They have great clearance sales going on from about $4 and up and it is not only winter clothes.  I found some great Liz Claiborne tops for the summer for $4-$6.  I love Liz Claiborne clothes.

Rummage sale season is beginning!!!!!!!  I can't wait.  The first one at the Church on First Street in Cary starts on March 1 and then the following week is the one in Prairie Grove.  Usually they are both on the same day, but since they started at different times I could go to both.  They are 2 of my favorite sales.  I expect that the rummage sales will be crowded this year with a lot of people who have not shopped at them before.
I'll try to take pictures of my finds and the sale if I can. 

April 14th is Gardenfest at McHenry County College put on by the University of Illinois McHenry County Master Gardeners.  It is a great way to welcome Spring and to learn about all things gardening.  The price is right and the lunch (wraps) are delicious.  I will be teaching a class on composting and rain barrels this year.  There are some great vendors at the show.  I hope to see you there.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I found a great wooden shelf the other day by a dumpster.  Of course I had to stop and pick it up.  I will find a use for it.  Keep your eyes open for things that people throw out.  I love free things.

The thrift stores haven't had much the past few weeks.  The kids and I stopped in at the Savers Thrift Store in Crystal Lake on Monday since most items were 50% off.  We did find quite a few Genesis video games and even a brand new, never opened, 3DS game for $5.  The video games were 25% off.  Most of the games cost us about $1.  They love Sonic the Hedgehog and most of the Genesis games were of him.  That was a nice unexpected find for a fabulous price.  You never know what you will find.  The thrill of the find is what makes it fun.

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