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First Yardsale Haul of the Summer

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!



Summer Lounging

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!


Transformation – odd birdcage to multiple planters


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


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

My little toaster


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).

my little toaster

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

brave little toaster

Happy Thrifting!


Birdcages & Juice


So I got lucky this past Saturday and only went to 2 yardsales until I found what I was looking for – a glass juicer! The best part was I have been saying for the past 2 weeks, “I am going to make lemonade, I just need a juicer” and then WHAM – juicer! Apparently it is the same one my grandmom had when my dad was a kid. I had a feeling I would find one too. Weird how that worked out.

When I walked up to the first yardsale of the morning I headed straight for them… 2 birdcages. The prices were very reasonable too. I paid only $11 for both of them. Now that they have been cleaned (the green one had dusty fake flowers in it), the plan is to paint the small pink one an off white color and wrap the larger one with small white¬†Christmas¬†lights. I like the non-traditional shape of the small pink birdcage, just not a fan of the bad paint job. If you look closely there are two green painted vines running up the sides of it. A big thank you to the random leftover spray paint I have lying around the house! After pictures coming soon.


Side Note: I couldn’t believe how much a distressed birdcage is going for online – from $35 to $100!

Total Savings:

glass juicer: $9 (est. online price) – $0.50(yardsale price) = $8.50

birdcages: $50 (est. online price) – $11(yardsale price) = $39

spray paint: free (already had at home)

Happy Thrifting!

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