Garage Sale Finds #1

 
Becoming an expat is a funny thing. You leave most of your life behind in another country and sort of have to start all over again somewhere completely different. As someone who likes to be organised and have a control over any hoarding tendencies, I quite enjoyed moving to Australia armed with just 1 suitcase, however it quickly became apparent that I also enjoyed having my surroundings filled with things that reflected my personality. As me and M are people who don't like to spend a lot of money on materiel items, we've found garage sales here in Australia as a source of many bargains and we have slowly filled our space around us with things we really like.

I really recommend checking out garage or car boot sales around you to seek out bargains when on a budget- there's nothing better than taking something off someone who would otherwise throw it away and use it yourself and get enjoyment out of it! I decided to showcase a few of my favorite things we've picked up since moving here- make sure to let me know any bargains you've purchased at carboot or garage sales!

Polaroid Camera and Bag- $5
I'm starting off with one of my favorites- how perfect is this?! I paid a mere $5 for this and it is in perfect condition (although I still need to buy some film to test it out properly!). When we eventually move into our own place I can't wait to display it on some shelves.   

Laptop Holder- $2
I'm sure anyone who blogs using a laptop can agree with me that they hate the burning caused by laptops when working on the sofa etc. We found this Logitech laptop holder which has become so useful since I started blogging again- I can sit anywhere without having a hole burnt through my legs and our laptop doesn't overheat- win!

Records and LPs- $1 Each
It's hard to find records and LPs that are reasonably priced these days. My mum has so many back in the UK and I think I've been spoilt over the years in being able to play some of my favorite music on vinyl. Now me and M have started to collect some ourselves, and the first I added to my collection was these Pink Floyd and Al Green albums. There's something about the sound of old records that just takes me back to being a child and listening to Jimi Henxrix, Chic and Earth Wind & Fire with my mum which I love.

Books- $1 Each

Australia is notorious for having expensive books and unfortunately they don't have Amazon to help a girl out when I'm in need of some good reads (FYI Book Depositary is the best place I've found). Garage sales have therefore become my faovirte places to pick up a cheap read. I recently got this Gaudi book which takes me right back to visiting Barcelona (one of my favorite places I've ever traveled to) which has been really interesting to flick through- the photos are so gorgeous. M also picked up this geologica book which also has some amazing photos and retails at $100 originally!

DVDs- $1 Each
Now I've never really been a film buff- I've always preferred tv series over actual films, however with M working in a video rental shop as a teenager, he quite enjoys them. Garage sales are such a good place to pick up films- I've managed to pick up some of my favorites (and started a Disney collection) since moving here for less than a $1 per film. I've also watched Breaking Bad, started House of Cards and nearly finished a re-watch of Gossip Girl after finding all of these for ridiculously cheap at garage sales!
Babyliss Curling Wand- $10
I've been after a curling wand for a while now. Back in the UK I have a curling wand with a clamp, however the barrel is quite small which means it takes ages to curl my thick hair. When I saw this I knew I had to get it for a mere $10. 

Do you ever go to garage or carboot sales? What are some of the bargains you've picked up?

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