Hi there! I hope you had a blessed Resurrection Day 🙂 My sweet daughter came home for the holiday, which we enjoyed with some extended family. We had a lovely sunny day, which got me thinking about the garage sale season.
Are you looking forward to sales as much as I am? I still have several weeks to wait, but I am anticipating the day, late in spring, when I’ll have multiple sales to choose from, and I won’t have to drive forever to reach them.
In preparation for that day, I considered what sorts of things I should be keeping an eye out for, and have five to share with you today. They aren’t terribly expensive items, but they can take some patient hunting to find. Let’s get started with the 5 things I’m looking for at garage sales in 2018.
Oh, and at the end of the post, you’ll find some free printables that can help you get organized before you head out to garage sales this season.
I love decorating with old leather books, particularly stacking them, as I have here on a baker’s rack that I recently gave a makeover. The colors tend to be soft and neutral, making them easy to decorate with, and they add a certain “cultured” look to your home, even if you’ve never read any of them, LOL.
Because of my frugal nature, I don’t like to pay a lot for them (or for anything, for that matter), so I try to pick them up for $2-4.00 each, depending on their condition, title, and color.
Part of the fun of buying, particularly for myself, is finding treasures at a low cost. That’s because I’m cheap, but also because in many cases, I will sell all or part of my collection at some point in the future and I certainly don’t want to “lose” money on an item.
I’ve found myself over the last couple of years, decorating frequently with vintage or vintage-looking alarm clocks. This one I picked up for a couple of dollars a year or so ago.
My alarm clock collection (yes, it happened accidentally) came in handy for my daughter’s graduation party last June. Perfect little reminders of the passage of time that I used to decorate a vintage suitcase labeled “cards.”
I rescued the rusty old clock(in front) from the garbage heap at an estate sale–you certainly can’t beat “free,” now, can you?
My most popular Instagram photo (above) highlighted these rattan-wrapped bottles. They come in all different sorts of shapes and sizes and make for great decorating, particularly in the fall.
I like to buy them in the $2-4 range when I can. Sometimes they come quite dusty or even a little dirty. I brush them with a soft bristled brush (that I save for this purpose), and often that takes care of it.
However, if necessary, I put them right in the sink and use the sink sprayer to try and remove the excess dirt. If it needs a little more aggression, I’ll use a soft bristled toothbrush and lightly rub, adding some mild dish detergent if necessary. Allow them to air dry.
I buy and sell quite a lot of flower frogs, but I also have several that I keep on hand for decorating. [I don’t really want to call it a “collection,” but I guess that is, in fact, what I have, ha ha.]
What I’m looking for this year, are some more unusual examples, perhaps some pretty ceramic ones or glass versions in unique colors. This ceramic frog is marked “Copenhagen, Denmark. Not in very good shape, I picked it up at a sale for 50¢.
Trophies may be among the most difficult items on my list to find. The combination of decorators scouring the earth for them, and the fact that a limited number were made (they’re not really a repeat buy in the same way that books are, for example), make them hard to come by.
I have five total, in varying sizes. I especially enjoy these two small ones, but I used my largest a couple of years ago as an alternative Easter basket. They look wonderful styled together, but don’t forget that they make great vases and planters, too.
So, that’s what I’ll be treasure-hunting at this year’s garage sales. How about you? What will you be searching for?
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(I made them pretty for Spring):
Garage Sale Checklist
Garage Sale Planner
Bye for now,
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