surplus = happiness & joy

19 Nov

So that amazing place I mentioned yesterday…it was a Washington State General Administration surplus sale.
A what?
A surplus sale!
Basically all the furniture, electronics, dishes, books, and other miscellaneous things that are no longer needed or used in various government agencies gets moved to one of two warehouses.
Lucky for us, the warehouses are consolidating.
So the Auburn location has been selling everything at awesome discounts so they will have less to move.
And when I say awesome discounts…I mean AWESOME discounts.
50% off this week and 75% off next week.
We found old style elementary school desks, school chairs, filing cabinets, wooden library bookcases, walls maps, chalk boards and a million other things.
Looking back I’m surprised I didn’t suffer from overload and just meltdown.
Thankfully I had already been inspired by this post.
So I knew what I wanted and wasn’t afraid to dig and unpack and grab!
Wanna see what I got?





Globe – $4
Rolling cart – $2.50
In-baskets – $0.50 each
Metal bookcase – $2.50
World/United States wall map – $2.50
Washington State Map (brand spanking new, still in the box) – $2.50

A grand total of $15 and some change!
You have no idea what a happy camper I have been over this deal!
And those wall maps…they’re the real deal.
The big ones that hang in front of the chalkboard in classrooms.
I love them and one day I will hang them up and just sit and stare!
And that rolling cart and metal bookcase…those babies are going to become great friends with a can of spray paint.
And I may or may not be sending a dear friend back down to that warehouse to pickup a few items that have been haunting me all week😉
Don’t worry…a few items have been haunting her too😉

To see more pictures of our trip go here.
And you definitely need to go here to see how Tash integrated those adorable desks into her decor.
It’s taking everything in me not to go back down and buy myself a little desk.
I highly suggest you find your state surplus warehouse.
Unless you live in Washington state…I’m not sure I’m ready to share😉

3 Responses to “surplus = happiness & joy”

  1. Tasha B. November 20, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Your dear friend may have gotten YOU the items that were haunting you, but not only did they sell all the things that were haunting HER before she got there, but now there are additional items haunting her!? Does the insanity of state surplus never end!!??

  2. Kristel November 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Lucy has something to say….. jjjjjjj e vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve3j b

    Translation: Leah, I love you and think you need to come and play with me.


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