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Friday, 15 July 2016

Birthday Bargain Tool Haul

I noticed a bargain whilst wandering around sainsburys and couldn't resist so ended up coming away with these beauties as a birthday present to myself



All FSC timber handles and stainless steel heads, they should last a lifetime and more than pay for themselves with the amount of work they will soon be seeing on our land!



First up was the digging spade for the bargain price of £7.50!



A matching fork also for £7.50


The slightly smaller border spade for £6.50



Mini fork set me back £2.50



Lovely little transplanting trowel also £2.50


and the cultivator which was reduced to £1.68.


So a grand total of £28.18 for the lot. Bearing in mind that the stainless tools usually go for around £15-£20 each and the hand tools £5-8 each, this means we've saved between £31.82 - £55.82 depending on whether you use the higher or lower figures.

I have probably spent more than that in the past on cheap tat tools that rust bend and break within a year, I think that quality tools are one of the areas that you can escape a false economy by investing in quality to begin with. If you cannot find a bargain on buying new I'd highly recommend car boot sales etc since the tools from days gone by were made to last and some have already been around twice as long as the stuff made these days will ever last. I also believe there is a great joy to be had in cleaning up an old tool and putting it back in to service.

I've just noticed that this Five on Friday is actually a six, but I'm sure Amy will let me off!


Also a quick note from Carly's business Lucky Sew & Sew

Our big SALE is now live over on our Etsy shop. Most things half price! 

You can grab both pairs of our ever popular Acacia and Althaea knickers for just £18, or £10 each separately.

Knickers from £8, bralettes from £15 and sets from £23!

Need to make room for our new collection!





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32 comments

  1. Hey, that was a real bargain, lucky you. I could do with some new tools before summer but we'll see.

    Diana

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  2. Love a good bargain, hope they give you many years of pleasure

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    1. I hope so too, time will tell but they do seem very well made :)

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  3. Always great to come across a bargain......and that's getting harder to do with each passing year!

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    1. Isn't it just! now if only the wages would rise in line with the cost of living.......

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  4. bargain ! I wonder if they have them at our local Sainsburys. I need a new spade.

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    1. They may well do if it's a bigger store, best get in quick though because the ones near us are selling out fast, fingers crossed you manage to get one :)

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  5. Happy Birthday, this is where I am going wrong, I need to buy myself a present. Like you, I am sure I would chose something practical too. It is always nice to get a bargain and if it is for the garden, all the better. Have a great weekend xx

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    1. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Lisa :)

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  6. I do like practical gifts, so much better than something that may look pretty but just collects dust, I use a border fork and spade all the time the size suits me better hubby prefers the bigger ones, we used to label them in our other shed as man spade and girly spade :-)

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  7. I am using my mums garden tools, they were built to last. Love yours it's a great birthday gift to yourself. I love gifts which you can use so often, the handles on mine are worn smooth with years of use.

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    1. one of my hopes is that these last long enough to have that lovely "well worn in" smoothness to them

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  8. You certainly bagged a bargain with these garden tools, now you've no excuse but to get out there and dig!
    bon weekend
    Maggie

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  9. Your gardening tools look like a great bargain and they will be well used. I think the favourite tool I have is my gardening fork. It makes weeding so much easier. That's what I'm off to do now! My garden is growing lots of veg but loads of weeds too.

    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. They will be so handy when we move on to our land, although we want to mostly implement a no dig system they will be invaluable for setting it up to begin with

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  10. Oh your tyools look so pretty and shiny! Mine are quite rusty :)) Great weekend!

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    1. hope you have a great weekend too Ritta :)

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  11. Belated birthday wishes, a great gift to yourself and a real bargain. My husband invested in good tools after we were married and they are still going strong, 34 years later.

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    1. that is the beauty of quality, it is built to outlast the cheap throwaway gear!

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  12. Good old Sainsburys, I bought an iron in the sale for £4, it's ridiculous isn't it! Happy digging :-)

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  13. A great buy and you are so right, cheap tools are definitely a false economy aren't they. Buy cheap buy twice and all that. These should see you through lots of work for many years. Your suggestion of buying good quality second hand tools is a very good one too, often good prices and very good quality. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! p.s. of course I will let you off for the six!

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  14. Looks like you hit the gardening jackpot!

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  15. Well done! My trowel just bent again yesterday when I was planting some petunias...I will follow your good advice when I buy a new one...I promise! I predict you will celebrate your birthday every time you use one of your fine tools throughout the coming years :)

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  16. A fantastic bargain! Just to let you know I received the book. Thank you. I am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes. Thank you, also for he lovely comment on my post. Much appreciated. X

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    1. Glad it got there in one piece, hope to see some lovely bread making posts in the future :)

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  17. Well what good bargain hunting especially at Sainsbury's which I consider the posher end of shopping. Well done. Leah x

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  18. Well what good bargain hunting especially at Sainsbury's which I consider the posher end of shopping. Well done. Leah x

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  19. When I first started homesteading in the mountains thirty years ago, I had to buy cheap tools. The money just wouldn't cover everything. But once I got established, I always bought good quality tools and you are exactly right. They last, and they can be passed on to the kids when they take over.

    Happy Birthday. At 63 I don't look forward to them anymore but when you are young they can be fun.

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  20. They all look like a fab bargain, and I hope Amy let you off :) Enjoy gardening!

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    1. yeah I think she's turned a blind eye on account of me being such a loveable rogue haha

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  21. Thanks for the tip I'm going to stop at Sainsburys after work.

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