My favorite frugal find came from a yard sale I went to 10 years ago. My friends and I were out looking for good buys (and probably things we could resell on eBay). We walked up the driveway to a random house and I saw it, a purple leather jacket! This was no ordinary jacket, it was long and flowing and fitted at the waist. It was perfect.
I should probably set the scene here. The person having the yardsale (and yes I can remember this distinctly 10 years later) looked like a leftover hippie still stuck in 1970. She talked like it too. She seemed to be floating on air with a wild mess of hair and a total nonchalant attitude. That type of personality usually means easy negoiating at a yardsale. Jackpot!
“How much for the jacket?”, I asked. The reply was “Oh I don’t know, how about a dollar?”. A DOLLAR! Are you kidding me! I could not believe it. I tried it on, it fit like a glove. I snatched it up immediately and it has been mine ever since. I can not part with this jacket. I love it.
Everyone else hates it but I don’t care. I wear it proudly. It’s purple. It cost a dollar. It is wonderful.
Sidenote: Purple is my favorite color so that makes this find even more spectacular.
I don’t know where this jacket came from, there are no tags in it. It appears to be handmade but I’m not sure. The jacket shows a little wear in a few spots, but that’s ok with me. Afterall, I’m sure it’s an antique. A few of the buttons have popped off and I kept telling myself I’d replace them but I have not gotten around to it. It just wouldn’t be the same if I started messing with it. I like it the way it is.
What about you? Have you found something awesome at a yardsale, flea market or thrift store that you love so much, you just can’t part with it? Can you top the purple leather jacket? I’d love to hear about it so feel free to leave a comment. I can’t wait to hear about other frugal finds!