Man, I'm right there with you, I'm all about foraging and bargain hunting for so many reasons. You'll never second guess yourself about worrying whether or not you've been swindled, you can easily give away the stuff you get as gifts without much worry because you know you can always get more and not spend an arm and a leg, and you don't have to worry too much about something getting lost, broken, stolen, etc. (though you should still do your best to take the utmost care of it, obviously).
You should tell your girl there's so much to be said about bargain hunting. Check out that link at the top. All of that was gotten for less than $40. Literally the most expensive thing was the ceramic insulator. In the comments, Dala posted some cool stuff we saw but didn't want and I don't think a single one of those items broke $60. One time, when we were garage hunting, we came home with two whole boxes worth of hubcaps for like $10. It was a steal. I haven't seen those things in years though, I wonder if we still have them . . .
I've been drawing a lot. Nothing special. I've pretty much started sticking to Sharpie Markers on 5.5x8.5 or 4.25x5.5 cardstock and my best probably doesn't even stand a chance against your worse, but I'm having a lot of fun. Have you made anything recently yourself? I'd love to see it.