How to Buy Garden Tools and Save Money on a Budget

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How To Buy the Best Garden Tools and Save Money on a Budget

by Carol Giambri

Yes, you can garden, save money, be on a budget and buy excellent garden toolsDon't be fooled by stores saying the words "low prices."  It's a great marketing method that brings in more business to the "value priced" stores.   See the sign above.  Low prices? Sign says so. 

Do you always believe what you read?

Part of the fun is shopping for them.  The other day I left my Apple store and saw a familiar store known for great deals.  I stopped my car and ran inside to take a picture of their new tools hanging up in an orderly way.   They had the "shine and smell" of new which they were. I don't care if someone used a garden tool before me as long as the price is right and the condition is very good.  Sharpening a dull tool is easy to do or find a place that has that business.  

Here's what shiny looks like…       

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A chance to buy new 

My choice and read "whole" sign below…

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Save Money at thrift stores

Tools don't have to be expensive.  You can find great deals, including some new items on my "secret" list below.  Some people are under the impression that all thrift stores have junk only there. Wrong. I bought a new juicer, in it's original box, for $4.99 and new it sells for $200 before taxes.  

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Give me "used" 

I have been to this store many times and love shopping there.  So I always have my camera ready for a photo shoot and got my fill the other day.  All these tools were waiting for me.  I left them for someone else as we own many here.  Warning about thrift stores: buy when you see it immediately.  These don't wait on your return.  They won't be there later.      

Here's some stores to look for in your area…

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Both of these non-profit stores and organizations are on a mission to help people. You never know who you are helping by supporting them.

I have found many bargains, including clothing here.  

Top 10 "secret" places to save money for garden tools…

  5. Salvation Army and other charity ones
  6. Tool exchanges (see papers or online)
  7. Garden, estate, garage or tool sales
  8. Auctions or flea markets
  9. Facebook and Twitter (social media sites listing your city/state) 
  10. Local papers

A penny saved is a penny earned so help others…


Support charities you believe in (food banks, orphanages, etc.). Feel good giving.    

Reflection and action…

As you can see there are many places on my top 10 list to find used garden tools. It may take a few trips to find that ideal bargain and may be worth it.  What garden tool are you needing or even used piece of clothing? Amazing what you can find on a budget and saving money too.   

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden, eating healthy as a frugal shopper and photography.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copywriting content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.




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denny hagel September 7, 2011 at 4:42 am

Great tips on garden tools Carol! We love to watch the flea markets and local garage sales too!

Carol Giambri September 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

Denny, Haven’t been super lucky with garage sales but the prices I find at the thrift store are amazing so I just go there. We have a massive flea market, very crowded and I hate to bargain for prices. A deal is still a deal wherever it is found. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle DeMarco September 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I keep saying I'm going to start a garden.  My biggest challenge of course is that gardening in the desert is a skill all unto its own.  That doesn't mean I don't want to try!!!  Keeping the budget intact will be a huge help as I learn and experiment.

Michelle Pearson September 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Great tips! Passing to my mom! She moved in this year and does all the gardening! Like!

Michelle September 8, 2011 at 12:28 am

We've actually acquired a few tools from folks who simply don't find a use for them any longer.  We prefer to do things by hand and, since so many folks are turning to power tools, we are able to get hand tools for free or very cheaply.  A little elbow grease gets them back into top shape for our use.

What a great post, Carol.  Good job!

Anastasiya Day September 8, 2011 at 12:57 am

Carol, great article! Thank you so much for sharing great tips.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland September 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

Thanks Carol for a great article!! We love hunting for treasures and find the best ones in thrift stores and garage sales…glad to see I'm not alone:)

Anita September 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

Loved this post….I am not a gardener but I can completely relate to being thrifty :)

Liz September 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

I love to garden and have all but given it up as of late. You have inspired me to get back on that. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

Amity Hook-Sopko September 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

Give me used too, Carol :)  
My friend found some wonderful old tools and a beautifully seasoned cast-iron pan at the yard sale of an elderly couple recently.  They had purchased these items back when things were made to last, and they had taken impeccable care of them.  Sometimes it just makes you feel good that the things you bring into your life have a story and were useful.
Love this article!

Nancy Olson, The Celiac Warrior September 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

Carol I love your tips for gardening!  Thanks for the links and different places to find gardening tools.  I never really gave it a thought at thrift stores probably because when I need it, I need it because I would be one to wait until the last minute.
Thanks for sharing!

michele September 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Oh Carol, You fox you! What a great way to save on gardening tools. They can really add up if you aren't careful how you spend your$$$ and while some are truly necessary, some are great because they just make life a bit easier!

Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss September 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Great tips on saving $$$$, Carol!  Love it.  I also find some of these at yard sales… (-_-)
Norma Doiron x0x

Susan Preston September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Great article, Carol! These tips are wonderful, thanks!

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

Thank you Susan for your comment. I love sharing! Welcome hun.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 12:56 am

Wow, Norma–yard sales. I don’t hit any as the prices at the thrift stores if can find, are great. Thanks for sharing. x0x0

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 12:56 am

Oh Michele, anything I can share to save people money count me in. Let me see what other stuff I can dig up for all. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

Thanks Nancy for your comments. Always willing to travel a short distance to save massively. Our thrift stores here in COlorado are amazing. Fun to the max and healing to the soul–better than therapy for some and cheaper.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 12:59 am

Amity, I used to use a lot of cast iron but no more. There are used goodies all over–just have to have opened eyes and when even when you don’t need immediately–people shop these stores and if you don’t buy then you lost out. I recently lost out on some new make up I could have resold but I snoozed so I lost. Oh well. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

Liz, Even if my garden doesn’t rock it is so much fun to be out there with it. Super relaxing and rewarding in just being present to it. Let me know how your garden does. Indoors or outdoors? Will be talking indoors soon for some of us waiting on winter’s arrival. It always comes. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

Anita, the beauty of gardening is that it can be done indoors. Upcoming posts will share more about that: herbs, sprouts and more. Thanks for sharing here.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

Dr. Daisy, here it is like a party. Imagine buying clothing by the pound for kids–not talking junk. Thrift stores are like see and buy or complain forever. I don’t hit garage sales cause all the great deals wait for me at the thrift. Thanks for sharing — we are alone either. Thrift stores are booming here.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

Glad to always share Anastasiya. Come back and if you have questions perhaps I can help.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

Michelle, I too love doing things by hand. My best garden friend is the Action Hoe. It is fast and efficient. I love seeing worms birthed too. Planning or considering may be the worth growing worms to break up my massive amount of produce scraps. Thanks for compliment on post.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

Michelle, thanks for sharing me with your mom. I may be doing an upcoming article on canning alternative– fast and inexpensive. It’s a great way to travel light. Jars are heavy to cart around on a trip or in the air. I appreciate you coming by.

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

Michelle, can imagine the outdoor challenge, but then did you consider indoor gardening as long as you have water and maybe some sun? Okay tune in as that is an upcoming article. I gave the teaser I believe yesterday in a short vid I did on my page. Forget the face–go with the message only. It’s a teaser only there–GLASS jars one.

Solvita September 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Carol! Thanks again for sharing all these practical ideas with people. Good list! Have a nice time! :)

Carol Giambri September 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Solvita. Even going to shop for an online kiddos as a gift as they embrace used. Wish you were here to shop with me.

Kelly September 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

I've never been accused of having a green thumb, but you bring up some excellent ideas on how to get started with the gardening relatively cheaply. Nice job!

Carol Giambri September 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thanks Kelly for sharing your comment. You may not have a green thumb but the farmer’s market may have that or the health food stores. I prefer these for organics but if not possible the grocery market will do it for you. It’s just fun to eat this way but there are short cuts as I shared in the article that you can use for saving money and eating healthy without a “green thumb.”

Jennifer September 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Well I have to admit that I never go to thrift stores because I just don't have time to look through everything they have.  But, your pictures may have convinced me to give it a try – the barrel of garden tools should be pretty obvious!  And, I have to admit, my gardening habit is rather expensive, so I appreciate the advice.

Carol Giambri September 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Jennifer, it does take patience shopping at the thrift store, but I shop and when I see something I want to think I want I don’t hesitate. However, I am fooling myself because about week ago I saw some cosmetics, brand new, and I passed it by. You bet it was gone. Buy when you see is the moral of my story. Thanks for sharing. Maybe one day you will be looking for second merchandise in other places besides thrift stores. It’s fun even alone.

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