|Dog purse for my Dog themed classroom. What should it hold? Name sticks? Magnet clips, pets for recess, Dinosaur Dominoes, veggies for Imagination Stations, fence pieces for block play, and a CD player for the reading corner.|
I love to go to Garage Sales! Not only can I buy stuff CHEAP - and who doesn't love that? - but I get my creative juices flowing. "What could I do with a bag of starfish?"
|I use the Polly Pockets items for ABC sort/write activity, the wooden acorns will be perfect for when the Oak falls on the Goat (Jolly Phonics /oa/), and I know those starfish will come in handy during the Ocean Unit.|
*Pick a day to go. In my area sales usually start on Thursday or Friday or Saturday. Whatever day I go I start with the sales that start on the day I go. Huh? Say I'm going to sales on Friday, I make a list of sales that start Friday. There is always more (and better?) stuff on the first day. I am not an early bird.
|Puzzles are easy to find. I got these for $2|
|Great way to pick up non-fiction books to meet CCS.|
*I mostly check the newspaper listings. I don't pay much attention to the description of the sales - you never know what you might find! I've tried Craigslist, but in my area it is not very helpful. One town next to where I live requires permits and I check those on the town's website. Google can work too.
|One of my favorite finds. These are light up magnifiers. Won't the FDKers love reading tiny little sight words with these?|
|A nice BIG basket for $2. Hmm, think it's big enough for headphones.|
*I wear something with pockets for change and small bills (I got 100 singles from my class this year - perfect for garage sales). I get a big McD unsweet iced tea with extra ice and I'm ready to shop!
|Native American blanket? Safety pins. Paper sized basket. Egg beaters are perfect for water exploration!|
|That hat was too good to pass up.|
|Play fruit, need I say more.|
*I try to take the haul to school as soon as possible. I wash stuffed toys - right in the machine. I have gotten some fabulous stuff over the years and going to garage sales keeps me out of Nordstroms (for a while anyway).
|Barely used and Brand New Lakeshore games (even dog themed) $5 total. SCORE!!|