yard sale-ing is one of my favorite hobbies. my grandmother was the queen, & she taught my sister & me well. i love the thrill of the hunt, the haggling, & the transformation of another person's trash into my treasure. when we lived in raleigh, nearly all of our furniture was either given to us, made by us, found on the roadside, or most commonly, from a yard sale! we still have much of it in the casa.
as much as i love going to yard sales, i equally enjoy throwing them. we just put on a church yard sale with our youth group a couple of weeks ago, & i realized just how much information there is to increase the effectiveness of a yard sale. this was the sixth church yard sale i've organized, & i learn something new each time. i've also done a few personal yard sales, but one of my top tactics is "the more, the merrier." if i do a personal yard sale, i always combine with someone else. the more stuff you have, the more customers you will attract. anyways, i'm getting ahead of myself. i'm going to post a "saturday series" on yard sale-ing for a few weeks, including how-to instructions, ideas, & tips for maximizing your profit.
this week, i thought i'd simply give you a taste by showing the bounty we found at the church yard sale we organized. i love repurposing things that have been well-used & well-loved by others!
[galvanized cup set]
i can't wait to use these for flower arranging or for holding utensils at a picnic!
[mini copper salt & pepper shakers]
i love all sorts of metals & finishes: galvanized, copper, cast iron... i use alot of copper in our kitchen & in our bedroom. these are so darling, & i thought they'd work nicely on my kitchen table tray.
[tooled leather messenger bag]
this is probably my favorite find! i've been looking for a satchel-type bag to tote around my laptop & notebooks for various meetings & work. my friend, katy, saw this and said, "this screams danae." boy, was she right! the color also perfectly matches my tooled leather clutch i bought at a local thrift store, & it compliments my tooled leather journal cover & key chain, too. i love when form meets function!
we want to collect a handful of cheap bar stools for the basement coffeehouse. we're going to paint the legs all black or chocolate brown, & we're going to cover the tops with padding & red vinyl for a retro look!
this looks like a piece of junk right now [& it is], but i'm going to fix it up with shelving & paint, then use it next to my easel to hold my paints, brushes, water jar, etc. it's the right size & height, so i thought it was worth bringing home.
[yellow school desk]
this is my second-favorite find. i love the chipping yellow paint! i almost didn't take it because i don't like to bring things home if i don't know where i'm going to put them or how i'm going to use them. but we use yellow as an accent color in several rooms, & i just couldn't stop thinking about it, so i snagged it anyways!
hope you enjoyed viewing our new-found treasures! you're sure to see them again when i post "after" pictures of their transformations. and i hope you're inspired to do a little yard sale-ing, too! happy hunting!
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