Category Archives: yardsale

First Yardsale Haul of the Summer

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First Yardsale Haul of the Summer

It’s all about the household goods!

Sometimes when you wait – you can always find what you are looking for… at yard sales. They are always a good place to find used baskets. This one was solid but the handles were fraying and needed some TLC.

So I grabbed some yarn, started wrapping up the handles and here’s how it turned out. I’m thinking of adding some more pops of color with more yarn over the green yarn next.

Another lesson I learned this weekend is always ask “What’s in the box?”. Turns out something that looks like garbage can actually hold some treasures. The hubs spotted two long beat up boxes and asked – turns out they contained two wooden Maine sling rocker chairs. They had been purchased in the 90s and just sat unopened. All the parts were there and nothing was damaged/broken. That day we were so excited we quickly put them together and here they are.

They ended up being made of lightweight wood – good quality with no knots. Next I’ll add some poly so we can bring them on our next camping trip.

Total spent:

$5 for 2 chairs, $3 for basket and plant lights, $5 for shelf in box, $1 for box of patterned post cards.

Happy Summer Yardsale Hunting!

~K

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Summer Lounging

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Summer Lounging

I found this beauty at a random yard sale that I came across one Saturday morning. At college it sadly sat in my parents basement and this is what became of it…

The webbing started cracking and breaking. So after some shopping I found some fun colors to modernize the chaise. It now has life again! All ready for the sun and perhaps a few campfires!

There was no measuring involved. I fit each strap across the frame and screwed it in. The method was simple:

1. Fold webbing end twice into triangles so there are multiple layers.

2. Use Phillips head screwdriver to bore a hole for the screw through the end.

3. Insert screw and attach to the frame.

4. Extend the chair as far as it goes and pull the webbing taught.

5. Bore another home using the screwdriver, fold webbing and attach.

I found a good method is to attach all the short webbing straps first then weave the long pieces into them.

Cost: $5 chaise chair & $30 in webbing

I know I didn’t exactly save any money since these chairs can be found cheaper in stores but at least it stays out of the landfill.

Happy Summer DIY-ers!

~K

Seashells & Containers 

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Sunday morning estate sales are the best. Some late morning casual browsing with no pressure from the early birds. Honestly I thought all the good stuff would be taken, but I got lucky and found some small items for $3. 

Can’t beat all the shells in this cute wicker container. Plus after making my hanging planters, I’ve been searching for a planter hanger bracket. The packaging is amazingly retro – I almost didn’t want to open it. 

My next project will be to fix the missing wooden veneer on the inlaid pearl box. Wish me luck!

Happy Hunting!

~K

The Candle & Fishbowl

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The Candle & Fishbowl

With all the yard sales lately, I have acquired a bunch of random stuff like this candle & fishbowl.

They were both missing something, so I attempted to combine them. 

It’s not too bad – a bit earthy & funky, but perhaps I will come up with another combo when my air plants come in. It’s always fun to come up new combinations whether it’s rearranging the living room or something small like this quick project. 

Happy Thrifting & DIY-ing!

~K

Transformation – odd birdcage to multiple planters

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Hi Everyone – it’s been a while! Today I bring you a story of a birdcage. I found this funny shaped one at a garage sale a few years ago and in all that time I have tried to find a purpose for it. I tried storing books or having it as something pretty to look at above my kitchen cabinets. Nothing ever clicked. Then I really looked at the shape of this thing and thought “this would make great planters – I just need to break it apart”. So I did! and it’s got a purpose now.  It just needs some hanging planter liner and rope. I can’t wait to get some flowers in these beautiful planters and show you the final product! Cheers.   ~K

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(Sorry for the crappy picture – overhead lighting is the worst)

Bathroom Sink Organization

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Yard sales can often be places where you somehow find exactly what you need. For the past few months the area under my bathroom sink has been getting more and more cluttered. Then I find a few random yard sales this past Saturday to go to and WHAM! storage solution solved. This chrome/stainless steel 2 drawer system goes for $30-$40 and the wonderful lady who sold it to me wanted only $3. Did I mention how much I love yard sales? They have spoiled me. It’s so hard to shop in regular stores when I know eventually I can find something gently used on one of my Saturday yard sale excursions. This organization took only 20 minutes.

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Unfortunately I do not have any before pictures, but just imagine a bathroom sink cabinet over filled and a HUGE pain to find anything. Now I can actually find what I need! It’s amazing.

Happy Yard Sale Hunting!

~K

Wow! It’s been a year. Now back to yard sales and gardening!

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Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe it but it has been a whole year since I posted! Time flies! School has kept me really busy and away from all the amazing yard sales and flea markets. Luckily, I had a chance this past weekend and found a few random pieces for my apartment. Yard sales are great places to find simple or, in this case, unique frames.

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They are also good places to find handbags! This tote has been great for work and my internship. It has enough room for all the essentials plus a notebook, tablet and water for days out in the field.

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I also had the chance to pick up a few plants and seeds to begin my garden. Don’t let living in an apartment stop you! Just get a few boxes and mount them on either your balcony or, in my case, a small deck.

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Happy Planting & Yard Sale Hunting!

~K