Thank God it's thrifty Friday Friends! If one of your spring fever symptoms is the itch to hit yard sales, you're in for a treat today! Recently Pam @ House of Hawthornes featured a post titled The Top 5 Things to Look for at Yard Sales this Year. Genius--right? Then Melissa @ Melissa's Antiques was inspired to organize a group blog hop which means you can follow along to learn what some of your favorite bloggers and vintage collectors watch for at their neighborhood sales--it will be the next best thing to going yard sale-ing together! Stay tuned, because after I share my 5 picks, there will be a list of links to the other yard sale hopping bloggers! Thanks to Melissa for organizing and to Pam for inspiring all of us. Ready...let's go!
1. Patio FurnitureWould you be surprised that almost all of the outdoor furniture in my large garden was purchased at yard sales? True, most of it needed to be painted, but even so I've saved so much money! Here's an assortment of yard sale furniture grouped together and painted in blues and yellows. The bunny dish was a yard sale find too! See the full post here.
Another example: I paid $10 each for these vintage lawn chairs! See the makeover here.
2. Vintage Linens
I'll confess I'm pretty addicted to vintage linens. I use vintage pillow cases and table cloths daily and yard sales are where I find the best prices. I also carry them in my vintage Etsy shop.
3. RepurposedI love to create whimsy in the garden and most of the repurposed pieces I create, begin with yard sale finds. A stenciled headboard gives new meaning to the term flower bed.
Junk Art for the Garden
Below, I crafted a teacup tower by combining yard sale and thrift store teacups and dishes. See how here.
3. Vintage Dishes
You didn't really think this self professed dishaholic would leave out dishes, did you? Despite the fact that I may be just a teensy bit obsessed, I've found some amazing deals shopping yard sales. A few months ago, I scored a 13 piece set of these vintage transferware Johnson Brother's Friendly Village Including the covered casserole for $15! See the set here.
Also, since it is common to find small plates and saucers for .25 or less at yard sales, I created a china border around my miniature rose bushes. See the post here.
Here's a peek that shows the repurposed headboard, teacup tower and plate border. It's kind of like having a tea party in the garden every day ;)
Last, but not least...
5. Take-a-Chance-Because-It's-So-CHEAP Project
If you follow my blog, you've probably seen each of these pieces from my living room. They were both $10 yard sale finds that most people would have passed right by, but since their makeovers have become two of my favorites. People simply can't believe I found them at yard sales or how little I paid. First, this yellowed dresser was pretty beat up--but it was $10, so I took a chance...
...even though midway through the project, I wondered what was I thinking? I persevered and was thrilled with the results. See the process here. $10!
Then just last fall, when I came across this at a Saturday morning yard sale, I really almost walked away--as many of you said you would have! In fact, I had started walking to my car but it was $10 and I had been wanting to try my hand at painting upholstery, so I rescued it. U-G-L-Y!
The next several days were a labor of love and by the time I finished, I was in love! Yes, I really painted it and no, it's not stiff or crunchy. See how here. Yard sale. $10 y'all!
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Now it's time to hop over to see what these other bloggers look for at yard sales. Just click on the link and you're there! (Links will be live at 9:00 a.m. CDT.) Also, I'd love to hear what you shop for at yard sales--just leave me a comment!
Until next time, happy hunting!
MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR FEATURING THIS POST: