My best deals came from the trash. I've lived in condos for some time and now have three beautiful patio tables. All are rust free! My most recent find needs scraped and repainted, but still, for free!
My best garage sale deal is a $5 child's dresser that I use as a oversized bedside table. It's a solid wood Sears dresser from the 70s that I re-stained and is a darling shabby chic find. Of course, my $80 worth of crystal drawer pulls probably was a bit much, but from the Shabby Chic line this would cost a fortune.
I have a $20 mink stole that I have never truly taken advantage of, but it's fetching and I'll use it someday.
Biggest regret -- I walked away from a solid silver tea set because it had monogramming. If I had it all to do over, that tea set (which was at a Salvation Army) would be in my corner hutch, regardless of monogram. It was obviously sterling silver.