My recent “Haul”.

First, a disclaimer.  My neighbor, Hugh, is totally to blame for the items you will see in this post.  I take no responsibility for any of this.  It is all Hugh’s fault!

Friday night Hugh called Joe around 8:30 p.m. I was busy with other things and didn’t pay any attention to the phone conversation.  That is until……Joe passed on a query from Hugh to me.  Would I like to go to a Stampin’ Up! Yard Sale on Saturday morning?

Going through my  head was “No”.  I have enough stuff in my room and I don’t need to acquire more things.  What came out of my mouth was totally different.  “Yes”, I blurted out.

Hugh has a system.  A really great system to be exact.  He searches online for the upcoming Yard Sales for the weekend.  He goes every weekend to find deals and steals for the computer repair business he has going on in his home.

Joe was sort of interested.  He asked Hugh if there were any Yard Sales that included cameras or camera gear.  He would just have to come along to see is all Hugh told him.

Once Hugh has a list of Yard Sales he wants to hit he writes down the address in the ads, takes these addresses to his computer and makes a “Turn by Turn” listing in Google Maps.  He has this down to a Science I tell you.  He starts from home and ends up close to home while winding all through our fairly large town.  Hugh’s mapping takes him to the nearest and works in a circle to the furthest then back near home.  That way he is not going from one end of town to another, then shooting up and down in a chaotic foray of the streets.

To really hook me in to sticking with Hugh and Joe, he very cleverly included the Yard Sales with craft items throughout the mornings journey.  First stop was the Stampin’ Up! Yard Sale.  This stop got me in the mode of shopping.  He chose this one first to ensure my sticking with the program and not declaring I was going home.  Hugh is devious.  Devious I tell you!

8 foot tables were positioned in the garage of the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Atop all the tables were discontinued stamp sets, discontinued punches, discontinued paper lines, and all kinds of other goodies.  I spent about 30 minutes looking, touching, and grabbing items before the other shoppers got in my way and made off with the goodies.

What did I purchase from the Stampin’ Up! Yard Sales?  A few things and one that is NOT Stampin’ Up!.

Stamp Sets:

Office Accoutrements.

Office Accoutrements

Peaceful Season:

Peaceful Season

Bright Christmas:

Bright Christmas



Non Stampin’ Up! Item at the Yard Sale:

Pearl Ex:

Pearl Ex

Later in the morning Hugh took us to the opposite side of town to a Yard Sale that I almost sat out on.  I saw clothes, books, and dishware.  Stuff that didn’t interest me in the least….until I looked further in the yard and spied a table full of goodies.


This ribbon holder is full of spools.  Small, medium, and large sized spools of delightful ribbons.  Of course I grabbed hold of that!



Little bag of Christmas brads

Christmas brads

Little bag of Tag brads

Tag brads

Little bag of General brads

General brads

Trinkets and Charms:

Little bag of Trinkets, Beads, and Charms

Trinkets, Beads, and Charms


Little bag of Buttons


Chipboard Embellishments:

Chipboard Embellishments

Reference Books:

Love Your Handwriting

Creative Albums

The big eye popper for me was the iRobot Roomba at one of the Yard Sales in our journey.  I have no idea if it works but I have it plugged in.  I hope to see it wandering around our kitchen 😀

Can you believe it?!  $20.  A discontinued model but for $20 instead of $400 or $500.  Hey, if it doesn’t work then it is just money spent.  I’ve done that on other things before, as I’m sure  you have a list of items in your home – or recently tossed out – that you purchased.

iRobot Roomba

Can you believe it?!

Charging the battery

Once again.  This is all Hugh’s fault! 😀

As a personal rule, I don’t do “Haul” videos or posts.  Watching the “Hauls” I have a tendency to run right out to the craft/hobby store and buy stuff that is totally unrelated to the videos or blogs.

I have an addiction 😦  It can get out of hand from time to time and I go on binges.  So I try to consider others that have the same addiction as I have.  But I could not resist doing this post.  I mean….YARD SALES?!  WHOA, go get um’!

Enjoy your Sunday.  Hope you get to do some crafting 😀



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Indira
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 12:55:07

    Jajaja, you found great items, we don’t have yard sell in my country. If the person don’t want something, they sell it on Internet or the newspaper.
    I really enjoy watching other persons haul, but never thought that “help me” on my addiction. :), hugs..


    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 21, 2012 @ 22:01:02

      Oh, now that is something new to learn! I thought everybody had some kind of Yard Sale. It is kind of fun “legally” snooping through people’s stuff 😉 Seeing what they own and want to get rid of. Some of the stuff should have been taken right to the trash bin.

      I guess if you can make decent money selling your stuff online then that is a really smart thing to do!

      Love you – Leslie


  2. gardenpinks
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 15:44:17

    Well Devious Hugh did well there Leslie finding all those Yard Sales so you could stock up 🙂 That is a great haul too, well done you for doing some bargain shopping and helping someone else clear out their craft room 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx


    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 21, 2012 @ 22:03:50

      The woman I purchased the box of ribbon from, and all the brads, told me she had a closet full of stuff she needed to get rid of. I had to high-tail it out of there before I spent all of our money :\

      Next is to find time to get into that room and get crafty. This time being home I’ve just felt sluggish and not interested in much at all. That cold/flu thing whacked me up pretty good.

      Hope you and Rod are getting better, especially Rod since he seemed to have been whacked with the bug. Don’t wear yourself out packing 😉

      Love you – Leslie


  3. Maureen Mathis
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 07:38:20

    YOU RAN AWAY WHEN SHE SAID SHE HAD A CLOSET FULL TO PURGE! You’re worse than Hugh! You should have gone and at least checked it out; consider it a community service clean-up event!

    I’m doing crafty stuff today, but it’s for Shannon’s Cross Country team. I’m making 30 decorative “things” for their lockers, and we’re decorating the locker rooms tonight with balloons, crepe paper streamers and maybe some posters if these locker door things don’t wear me out. Mostly it’s Cricut stuff, but I did download a cartridge on the weekend, but I need to call Provo Craft today, because designing on the Cricut Craft Room website this weekend kept locking up on me. Technology!

    I’ll send you a pic from my phone once their done. Oh, and I’m making some things for the coaches doors, too.

    P.S. BTW, I’m proud of you for only purchasing THREE stamp sets. Never could have accomplished THAT much self control, so hat’s off to you!


    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 22, 2012 @ 08:48:30

      Indeed, I ran away from the closet full of goodies. The items the woman had out on the tables I was having vapors over. She had an abundance of Chipboard Mini Album blanks – snowmen, houses, stars, trees. Probably about 40 in all. She had two 8 foot tables full of crafty goodness. I probably could have taken it all from her if I offered her $150 for the whole lot…used paper packs and all the different bags of embellishments.

      I was so tempted to buy it all from her. I even considered going back to my car for my cloth grocery bags and just loading up. What stopped me was we are leaving Tuesday and will be gone until Christmas time. I even thought, seriously, about buying her out and then selling the items on eBay or reopening my Etsy account. Time is my excuse for it all 😦

      I’m so excited for you! I know the task you have on your hands is quite a big one. You, my friend, are Super Mom! Truly, you are the greatest Mom ever in my opinion. You are so active with your kids and your community. I know you get uncomfortable with praise and having a fuss made over you for the things you do, but I really want you to know that I think you are AWESOME!

      Send me photos of the lockers and all the decorations. I’m really looking forward to seeing them! Including the coaches door decorations!

      Wait…Cricut has downloadable designs? That is something totally new to me. You must have one of the newer Cricut machines that hook up to your computer. I didn’t even know there was a “Cricut Design Room”.

      I’ve missed out on so much stuff 😦 One day I will get myself caught up on it all.

      Have a great time at Shannon’s Cross Country Team event. Soak up all the praise, you deserve it all 😀

      Love you my friend – Leslie


  4. Tracy :)
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 21:06:28

    Hugh does have a great method to his madness 🙂
    Great finds at the yard sales.


    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:03:58

      Thank you Tracy 🙂 It has been quite a while since I went shopping at yard sales. I think I may have to do it more often 🙂 and not blame it on Hugh next time 😉

      Love you – Leslie


  5. thefrugalcrafter
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:43:06

    I want to go tard saling with you and hugh! wow! I love that with the robot vaccuum you can let it do you cleaning while you craft, nice! Good for you and your fabulous finds. Some people hoard while you actually use your supplies, way to go!


    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:07:26

      Thank you Lindsey. The iRobot does, in fact, work….for about 3 minutes 🙂 I think a new battery will do the trick. I could not believe that tool out on the grass just waiting for someone to come and get it.

      As for the other items I purchased, I really hope to be able to put them to use in December and January when I’m home off the road for a while.



  6. thefrugalcrafter
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:43:29

    that’s “yard” saling….LOL!


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