Category Archives: yardsale

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

Transformation Complete

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Transformation Complete

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s been a while since I introduced you to the odd shaped birdcage…but I finally completed the hanging planters! I just needed to borrow my dad’s dremel to break the spot welds holding the two wire tops together. I used one $2 coconut fiber liner cut in half and leftovers for the string. 

The one in front uses a leather boot shoe tie and the other is hemp that was wrapped around the candle from this post. The hooks at the bottom leave so many options for hanging – I could stack them or add other cute items like the teardrop air plant terrariums that are popping up everywhere. 

Next mission: find a nice spot for them to hang for the rest of the summer. 

Happy DIY-ing & Gardening!

~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

My little toaster

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Have you ever watched old movies and swooned at the kitchenware or the home decor? Well that’s me – I love objects that have lasted the test of time and style well with contemporary design. I feel like products now do not last nearly as long as they did when my grandmom was raising my mother. So when I saw this beauty I had to have it. And of course I was torn because there was another toaster at the yardsale that was equally amazing. I decide on my little toaster because with its chrome and black accents it will ultimately match in any kitchen. Before I purchased it I tested it – and no it didn’t set anything on fire – it worked perfectly. I was lucky because the original electrical cord is in good shape – no fraying or exposed wire. The only thing it needs is a new cardboard cover for the plug (if you look closely, you can see the plug’s inside connections in this picture).

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The best part is this toaster reminds me of one of my favorite childhood movies – the brave little toaster!

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Happy Thrifting!

~K