Yard Sale Find and Some Exciting News

Hi All! Yesterday I went to a bunch of yard sales and got some REALLY great stuff! If you remember, I posted previously about my new tropical theme. I was on the hunt for books and cool tropical items.

Here’s what I got.

Wicker Shelf

I saw this wicker shelf as I was driving by a yard sale, and I just had to stop. I thought it would be great for behind my guided reading table since I plan to get rid of the teacher’s desk and just use a table. That means I will need some teacher shelves back there. They only wanted 5 bucks! I was shocked, but super excited, so I scooped it right up.

Wicker Chair

Believe it or not, I actually found this wicker chair at a different yard sale! My car was full since I already had the shelf, so I actually came back to get it. They wanted 10 buck but I offered $8 and made a deal. I need to get a new cushion (the one that was on it was GROSS!). I plan to use this as my teacher chair for when we’re reading together. Students will also get the right to sit in this chair as a reward. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it’s huge but I just couldn’t resist!

Wicker Basket

I got this from the same people who sold me the chair for $1! I plan to keep my guided reading resources in here. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Dontcha just love the parrot?)

Beach Buggie

The same people also threw in this awesome wooden car for 25 cents. I honestly have no use for it besides it’s cute, but I figure I’ll stick it on a book shelf somewhere.


Every tropical classroom needs a buoy, right? I plan to paint the red a bright blue to match my theme. I think this was 50 cents.

Books Yard Sale Deals

And of course I bought some fabulous books. I got some great deals! I only spent $30 for everything I bought today. I’m pretty happy with that!

I mentioned I had some news… If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you know that I switched from one school where I had been teaching first grade the past three years to a new school where I was doing RTI, working for the assistant principal, and basically being a Jack of all trades.

Well, you might have noticed that the books I bought are all chapter books. That is because I recently found out that I will be back in the classroom next year (YAY) and I will be teaching… FOURTH GRADE! I’m not going to lie. I was very overwhelmed when I found out. I have always LOVED teaching first, and it’s going to be a big change. However, after having some time to think about it, I’m feeling more and more excited for a challenge and a change.

Don’t worry. I plan to continue to create primary resources, as well as branch out and create some upper elementary resources for my new class. I hope you will continue to follow my blog as I continue to share my ideas, resources, and ideas.

This is the first grade level change I’ve ever been through, so I’d love any thoughts, advice, or ideas. Feel free to leave comments below!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Martha from Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Sara Ventrella
    May 19, 2013 8:44 am

    First of all.. I love your house ware finds!! Especially that chair, the little car, and the buoy. Jealous! As for your book finds, that’s so exciting what you found, especially since you’re switching to 4th! Congrats on that ๐Ÿ™‚ You got some great great great deals, especially for $30!!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      May 19, 2013 8:54 am

      Thanks Sara! I am a huge fan of yard saling. I have bought very few new books for my classroom library thanks to yard sales, and I still have a pretty extensive library. :)Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Cyndie
    May 19, 2013 9:13 am

    WOW! You got some GREAT bargains! I can’t wait to see your new room all put together. It’s going to be fabulous!

  • Cindy
    May 19, 2013 9:15 am

    You hit the jackpot today! I have stocked my school library by going to yard sales and thrift stores ~ nothing like getting a good book for 25 cents! Congrats on going back to the classroom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren
    May 19, 2013 10:07 am

    You scored big! Congrats on your new position! I taught fourth grade and loved it! The kids are still young enough to get excited about learning and are independent. I had some pretty abstract thinkers the year I taught. I’m so excited for you! Lauren

  • Susan Casper
    May 19, 2013 10:29 am

    I love the tropical theme. I can’t wait to start going to yard sales next week. I love how much you were able to get for $30.00. Can’t wait to see the pictures when you set up. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer Troupe
    August 4, 2013 7:48 pm

    I love all of your ideas! I am also doing tropical theme this year. I have used some of your ideas too! You are so creative.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      August 4, 2013 10:14 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! I am really loving the tropical theme. Have a fabulous year!

      • Stormee keaton
        September 1, 2015 1:48 am

        Hi i am wondering if you are willing to sell your wicker shelf? Or know where to get one. I had one exactly like it and it got damaged while moving into my dorm and its my grandmas favorte shelf and she knows about the damage but if i could replce it for her thatd be great

        • Primary Paradise
          Primary Paradise
          September 6, 2015 2:05 pm

          Hi Stormee! I’m sorry, but I actually don’t have it anymore. Best of luck!

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