What were your greatest yard sale buys of 2014?

If you're ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You're sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose -- we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch's Food Editor! Anyway, you'll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

If you’re ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You’re sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose — we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch’s Food Editor! Anyway, you’ll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

Well, the yard sale season is pretty much over for 2014 — at least up here in the Northeast , where the Yard Sale Secrets team is based.

It’s been a low-key year for us for sure. We didn’t get out as much as we normally do due to a hectic schedule with the kids.

Still, we did find some great things along the way — you’ve seen them all in our posts through out the year. But what we want to know is what are your favorite buys for the year? ┬áSend us a message, leave a comment or do what this yard sale fan did — she made a video.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/NcsOnE3rvic

Keep an eye out for posts from us throughout the winter. We’ll be here, thinking about those glorious Saturday mornings when deals abound.

And when we do, we’ll be writing about the tips, tricks and hints that can help you.

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Sweet deals at the yard sales

As we expected, it was a great day Saturday for some yard sale shopping. Our primary stop was up at Northeastern High School, where a fundraiser sale was being held.

These jars of honey from Dover were $6 each. It was great to find some local honey since it's supposed to help with allergies.

These jars of honey from Dover were $6 each. It was great to find some local honey since it’s supposed to help with allergies. Thanks, Bawk-N-Buzz Farm of Dover, for being there!

Yard sales are great because you can sometimes find some very specific items to fit your very specific needs. In this instance, we got a nice version-specific  iPod case and a climbing log for our hermit crabs. Total cost of the two items? $2.75.

Yard sales are great because you can sometimes find some very specific items to fit your very specific needs. In this instance, we got a nice version-specific iPod case and a climbing log for our hermit crabs. Total cost of the two items? $2.75.

Our smallest yard sale shopper loves puzzles and Disney Princesses, so this massive floor puzzle was a must-have. It also came with a look-and-find book.

Our smallest yard sale shopper loves puzzles and Disney Princesses, so this massive floor puzzle was a must-have. It also came with a look-and-find book.

DVDs and CDs continue to fill up our car as we shop at local yard sales. Yes, we could go digital, but its great to have a physical copies of media too. The issue, of course, is having enough physical storage space for them. It's hard to say which is better.

DVDs and CDs continue to fill up our car as we shop at local yard sales. Yes, we could go digital, but its great to have a physical copies of media too. The issue, of course, is having enough physical storage space for them. It’s hard to say which is better.

Did you hit the yard sale circuit this weekend? Tell us what you got in the comments below! You can also email us at jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com. Pictures are always appreciated!

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Critter cages and some greatest hits

It has been months, yes, months since we’ve done any truly active yard sale shopping.It may sound sad, but don’t feel bad. Our lack of shopping was the direct result of a summer schedule that filled up too quickly.

Saturday was a real treat. We got out early enough to hit one of the community yard sales and run errands too. It really helped that the weather was great — it seemed like a typical May weekend, not the beginning of the school year.

As for our haul, we didn’t get too much, but liked what we got.

Our favorite purchase of the trip was a set of two "critter cages" for a total of $1. We have a kiddo who just loves capturing animals and keeping them for a day or two. This will help her manage her menagerie.

Our favorite purchase of the trip was a set of two “critter cages” for a total of $1. We have a kiddo who just loves capturing animals and keeping them for a day or two. This will help her manage her menagerie.

This sturdy duffel bag was too cute to pass up. It was clean and has a good zipper -- two musts for any bag purchase.

This sturdy duffel bag was too cute to pass up. It was clean and has a good zipper — two musts for any bag purchase.

Yes, at some point we have to stop buying CDs, but you get such a good deal on them at yard sales they're tough to resist. This group cost us $10 for the seven albums, but snagged some good stuff -- the "Aladdin" soundtrack, "Living in the 90s" and some classic TV theme songs too.

Yes, at some point we have to stop buying CDs, but you get such a good deal on them at yard sales they’re tough to resist. This group cost us $10 for the seven albums, but snagged some good stuff — the “Aladdin” soundtrack, “Living in the 90s” and some classic TV theme songs too.

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Our yard-sale GPS leads us to maps and globes

We zipped around the area to several yard sales this weekend, and found some interesting items to add to our growing collection of must-haves. The weather was a little on the warm side, but still sunny and clear so we weren’t about to complain.

Here’s what we got this weekend, plus a few from a few weekends back that we didn’t get to post until now.

See that toy globe? A few weeks ago, we saw the exact same toy for sale for $10. We thought that was too much and this weekend we got it for $3. Yeah, baby! Also in the picture was a 50-cent stick flashlight and a fancy pink pen that we couldn't resist for 25 cents.

See that toy globe? A few weeks ago, we saw the exact same toy for sale for $10. We thought that was too much and this weekend we got it for $3. Yeah, baby! Also in the picture was a 50-cent stick flashlight and a fancy pink pen that we couldn’t resist for 25 cents.

In a photo that shows the ups and downs of yard sale shopping we have two games. The "Apples to Apples" game was $3, it's a great game and has hundreds of playing pieces. It retails for $12 to $20. A great buy indeed. Next to it was a $1 Disney Princess game set. When we got it home, we realized a ton of pieces were missing.

In a photo that shows the ups and downs of yard sale shopping we have two games. The “Apples to Apples” game was $3, it’s a great game and has hundreds of playing pieces. It retails for $12 to $20. A great buy indeed. Next to it was a $1 Disney Princess game set. When we got it home, we realized a ton of pieces were missing.

A local wholesaler added some of their wares to their yard sale, so we got a bunch of fun items -- including "Madonna" gloves and some Angry Birds merchandise. Also in the picture is a complete domino set we picked up for 25 cents.

A local wholesaler added some of their wares to their yard sale, so we got a bunch of fun items — including “Madonna” gloves and some Angry Birds merchandise. Also in the picture is a complete domino set we picked up for 25 cents.

We've been in a game-buying mood lately, so we also picked up this Dora the Explorer rug-game, which includes all the basics of Dora's show including her pal, Map. Also in the picture a nicely crocheted sweater-shirt.

We’ve been in a game-buying mood lately, so we also picked up this Dora the Explorer rug-game. Also in the picture a nicely crocheted sweater-shirt.

If you're ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You're sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose -- we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch's Food Editor! Anyway, you'll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

If you’re ever in need of dinnerware, buy from a yard sale. You’re sure to note these are mostly mismatched, we did that on purpose — we were buying them for pictures to be used by The York Dispatch’s Food Editor! Anyway, you’ll always find great deals on dinnerware at yard sales. Most of these plates were 25 cents each.

More items from the wholesaler can be seen here -- including tin daisies and an paint set for kids. But note the silver scrapers with black handles? We got them for 50 cents each, and used them for paint scrapers the next day on a home-improvement project.

More items from the wholesaler can be seen here — including tin daisies and an paint set for kids. But note the silver scrapers with black handles? We got them for 50 cents each, and used them for paint scrapers the next day on a home-improvement project.

This assortment includes a stack of felt fabric pieces for a total of 25 cents, two books of violin sheet music for 50 cents each, two DVDs for $2 each and a third for just 50 cents.

This assortment includes a stack of felt fabric pieces for a total of 25 cents, two books of violin sheet music for 50 cents each, two DVDs for $2 each and a third for just 50 cents.

Our favorite purchase of the weekend was at our last stop where we came across this plastic relief map of Southcentral Pennsylvania. It was dated from the 1960s but in great condition. We figure we can mount it inside a shadowbox behind some other Pennsylvania items. The map was $4, and we know we can make it look really cool when we get in a crafty mood.

Our favorite purchase of the weekend was at our last stop where we came across this plastic relief map of Southcentral Pennsylvania. It was dated from the 1960s but in great condition. We figure we can mount it inside a shadowbox behind some other Pennsylvania items. The map was $4, and we know we can make it look really cool when we get in a crafty mood. Click the picture (a few times) for a supersize look at the map!

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The signs of spring — baseball and strawberries

We shot out the door Saturday morning — an absolutely beautiful morning, in fact — and zipped around to a few sales.

We were kind of disappointed by one alleged “community yard sale” that only ended up featuring four houses or so. But then as we drove away, we wondered if maybe we didn’t find the correct entrance to the development. With that in mind, we ask aloud — how do you know when you’ve hit all the “vendors” at a neighborhood sale? Any tips you’d like to share about learning the layout of a development on the fly?

Anyway, here’s our purchases of the weekend:

We actually picked this beaut of a leather softball glove on Friday. The former owner said she bought it for about $60, but parted with it for $5.

We actually picked this beaut of a leather softball glove on Friday. The former owner said she bought it for about $60, but parted with it for $5.

We're always looking for "how-to" books on art, so these Walter Foster books were a good deal at 50 cents each. We also picked up a little chapter book for the junior members of the Yard Sale Secrets team.

We’re always looking for “how-to” books on art, so these Walter Foster books were a good deal at 50 cents each. We also picked up a little chapter book for the junior members of the Yard Sale Secrets team.

It's really common lately to find scrapbooking material at yard sales now. We figure its because people over-buy supplies or people simply give up on the hobby.

It’s really common lately to find scrapbooking material at yard sales now. We figure its because people over-buy supplies or people simply give up on the hobby.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but these "Hashtag" shelves are quite big. We're still not entirely sure what we'll do with them though. At $10 for the pair, we'll find something good!

It’s hard to tell in this picture, but these “Hashtag” shelves are quite big. We’re still not entirely sure what we’ll do with them though. At $10 for the pair, we’ll find something good!

Our favorite purchase of the day -- a big box of strawberries! We didn't get them at a yard sale, but that's one of the great things about going on yard sales -- you pass all sorts of fruit stands!

Our favorite purchase of the day — a big box of strawberries! We didn’t get them at a yard sale, but that’s one of the great things about going on yard sales — you pass all sorts of fruit stands!

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Stocking up on crafts, Crock Pots and Christmas

Is this an interesting looking table or is this a total mess? We like the color, but other than that, we're not too shure.

Is this an interesting looking table or is this a total mess? We like the color, but other than that, we’re not too shure.

Remember last weekend, when we only made one yard sale stop? Well, this weekend we made up for the deficit. We hit a number of sales on Thursday, skipped going anywhere on a rainy Friday and were back out the door on Saturday.

The result? A veritable avalanche of deals.

But what about you? Did you buy anything awesome? Was your yard sale a monster success? Let us know by e-mailing us at jsimcoe@yorkdispatch.com.

Send pictures and descriptions if you got’em!

These crafting supplies were a great find because they were so darn cheap. The garland was 50 cents, the two packets of beads were 25 cents each, the mostly unused paints (in gold and silver) were 50 cents and the big bowl in the back -- filled with tiny floral arrangement clippings -- was 50 cents.

These crafting supplies were a great find because they were so darn cheap. The garland was 50 cents, the two packets of beads were 25 cents each, the mostly unused paints (in gold and silver) were 50 cents and the big bowl in the back — filled with tiny floral arrangement clippings — was 50 cents.

Our deal of the weekend was definitely this totally unopened Hamilton Beach slow cooker. This was big one too -- six quarts. It retails for $40 or so -- we got it for $15.

Our deal of the weekend was definitely this totally unopened Hamilton Beach slow cooker. This was big one too — six quarts. It retails for $40 or so — we got it for $15.

This unruly mess of Disney accoutrements is actually an unassembled Little Mermaid playset. We did eventually get it all together. This retails for $30 or so, and we got it for $5. Are all the parts there? Who knows. Does it matter to our 3-year-old? No.

This unruly mess of Disney accoutrements is actually an unassembled Little Mermaid playset. We did eventually get it all together. This retails for $30 or so, and we got it for $5. Are all the parts there? Who knows. Does it matter to our 3-year-old? No.

We got a "Rio" DVD for $2. But that's not the interesting thing here. That doily is -- it's made out of shells! How neat is that? A little kitschy, sure, but we liked it enough to spend 50 cents.

We got a “Rio” DVD for $2. But that’s not the interesting thing here. That doily is — it’s made out of shells! How neat is that? A little kitschy, sure, but we liked it enough to spend 50 cents.

This slightly old Makita 18-volt cordless drill set works great. We got two drills, which is nice, but we would have preferred to get two power packs. Anyway, everything in the picture came to $20.

This slightly old Makita 18-volt cordless drill set works great. We got two drills, which is nice, but we would have preferred to get two power packs. Anyway, everything in the picture came to $20.

OK, technically this purchase was at a antique store, but who would have thought anyone would put an old LJN wrestling figure in an antique store? We got the Junkyard Dog for $4.50. It's going to a friend who is a massive WWE fan from way back.

OK, technically this purchase was at a antique store, but who would have thought anyone would put an old LJN wrestling figure in an antique store? We got the Junkyard Dog for $4.50. It’s going to a friend who is a massive WWE fan from way back.

Yep, we are still buying Wii games and equipment. This off-brand controller and steering wheels were ours for under $5.

Yep, we are still buying Wii games and equipment. This off-brand controller and steering wheels were ours for under $5.

This too-big-to-be-called-cute Christmas decoration features a train that winds its way through the Christmas Tree branches. This purchase, for $5, might be a bit of a dud. It makes a lot of annoying gear noises when its activated.

This too-big-to-be-called-cute Christmas decoration features a train that winds its way through the Christmas Tree branches. This purchase, for $5, might be a bit of a dud. It makes a lot of annoying gear noises when its activated.

And one more Christmas decoration for the holidays. This sleigh statue retailed for $40, and is very cute. It cost us $3.50.

And one more Christmas decoration for the holidays. This sleigh statue retailed for $40, and is very cute. It cost us $3.50.

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