Showing posts with label garage sales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garage sales. Show all posts

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pintervention Intervention

I see stuff like this and I want to make it. Help! Seriously I need a Pintervention Intervention of some kind. I know I don't have wood like that or lettering rub-ons. Oh, and I really do not have wall space! My walls have so much hanging on them that there is not much free space.

I love to decorate with things I make, photos and crosses. I love sparkly things. I never say no to a knick knack or wall decor at a garage sale. 

As a part of my Pintervention Intervention process, I went to Hobby Lobby and took photos of things I like. I told myself if I took pictures of what I liked instead of throwing it in the cart, and I got home and still drooled over the stuff then I could justify buying one or two of the items later on. Or at least I had something to post about on my blog!

So even though I need this Pintervention Intervention, that does not mean I still cannot "window shop" or ogle cool stuff and share it with you.

Here's some of the coolest finds I have seen lately!

A Christmas tree made of crates and decor. *love*

Get some inexpensive plates (Hi, Dollar Tree!) and let your kiddos use a Sharpie marker
 to decorate. Bake for 30 minutes at 300. Make sure people know these are decorative, you won't
want to eat off them. You can also put a clear sealer over them to keep them longer. 
(Saw this idea on Simply Kinder group on Facebook)

Photo ornaments! Love this diy idea!

Details HERE!

I've been baking a ton lately...made some sugar cookies.

And Loaded Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies!

Photo and details HERE.

Other than that, I have been a busy hamster grandma. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Poppin' tags at the thrift store

My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to go to garage sales and thrift stores. I love the idea of taking something vintage and making it into something new. Sometimes shopping like this gets me into trouble, since I just had to have my own garage sale to de-stash and make room for new stuff!

My son Harrison was my latest partner in crime and spent a day a few weeks ago going with me to garage sales/thrift stores. 

I found this cool owl at a garage sale for a quarter. I am really getting into collecting owl stuff lately. Owls do represent wisdom and so maybe I am hoping to gain some life wisdom.

My son has been a little obsessed with elves. There is this YouTube channel where a family has a creative interaction with their toy elves. The mom is the one that makes it seem magical for her kids and when they are grown, I am sure they will have good memories of these elf stories. So Harrison has been wanting to find the vintage type elves. We scored two for a total of $3 at a garage sale! They still had their old made in Japan stickers, too.

The chubby one we found at the thrift store for 48 cents!

There are three local thrift stores we really love. One sells huge bags of mixed toys for $1.99. That one also gets new clothes from Target or the Limited with the tags still on them. I have found beautiful vintage fabric there and ended up using it to re-cover these chairs:

Another has great clothes, and accessories, along with nice decor. They were having a .99 cents sale so it was a happy day! Got this vintage-looking beauty mirror.

And I got some frames/mirror for .25 that I plan to paint.

And the third one has a good selection of books, toys, and craft/office supplies. Harrison was happy he found a plush Gremlin doll. I found a vintage pink plush bear.

So we go to all three looking for different things. I try to avoid stuff I know I will never make use of. For example, I love love love records. I have a record collection, but my old record player broke and I have not been able to find a suitable replacement--yet. So I stay away from record albums.

I also have TOO many books (can you have too many??). My home office is filled with large, thick wooden bookshelves filled with books. I try to avoid books at thrift stores *most* of the time because I know I buy a ton every year at the library book sale (every February in OKC). 

I don't buy dishes because I am paranoid about what is in the paint, where they have come from, where they were made (I only buy food ware products made in the USA which usually limits me to Fiestaware), etc. And I don't buy undergarments, socks, beauty products like waxing kits, etc. Oh, and older computer products like floppy disks. All of this is just by personal choice. I know some people that can do great things or find great scores by not limiting certain items. And that is great. We are all different, and that is great!

I want to share some thrift store tips:

*See if they have certain sale days. 99 cents sales are the best! Some offer discounts for teachers, students or military if you show your ID. Others have a customer appreciation card or program. One has a program where I sign in at the register kiosk with my phone number each time I go in. Then they send me texts for specials, but also coupons like $5 off!! I love it!

*Take a partner! If you take someone with you, it is like having two sets of eyes on everything. The other person may find something awesome you were looking for and your eyes missed. My husband and son are both good at finding vintage toys that they can re-sale on ebay or keep for their own collections. They scored a He-Man figure from the 80s still mint in the package for a quarter at a storage sale! Now it sits in my son's room on his shelf of collectibles.

*Educate yourself. Look online at Craigslist or Ebay and get familiar with the good, the bad, and the ugly of vintage or retro products. They also have books at the library on collector's items. This helps you to know if you are paying too much for something. You don't want to get suckered so the best tips is to educate yourself. 

*Take your time. If you are buying something, look at it carefully. This is especially true if it is glassware (check for cracks and chips), home decor or dishes. Oh, and anything you plan to use for a baby or toddler. NEVER buy a used baby car seat. Now sometimes I see something has a flaw, but I can fix it at home or live with it since the price is already so discounted, so I buy it anyway.

*Bargain. Never be afraid to ask for a different price at a garage sale or flea market. When I first started, I was shy about doing this but then I realized many people do it. You never want to purchase something that you feel you paid too much for and are unhappy about the price. The worst they can say is no. The best is they take your offer or at least meet you halfway. It is worth asking!

*Go early. Really. Go early to garage sales or thrift store sale days to find the best, beat the large crowds, and save yourself from heat stroke!

*Check the free sections. Some thrift stores and garage sales have free boxes. Always look in them because you never know what you will find. Don't assume there is only "junk" in there. I have actually found several of my childhood toys (hello plastic chicken nuggets in Halloween costumes) in these boxes. I also look in the clearance sections. One of  my thrift stores has a section where orange stickers are 5 for $1.00. 

*Lysol and bleach are your friend. I may buy something dirty or ugly and then take it home and bleach it clean with the intent of making it into something useful. You have to be able to look beyond the dirt and ugly sometimes, especially if you plan on refinishing or refurbishing something. I can drive my husband a bit crazy with my intent to always save or fix something I find. I have been known to never say no if a friend says, "Hey, I was about to throw out this dresser, do you want it? It's FREE...." Sometimes Ben, my husband, groans when he has to take the pick up out on a hot day to get a free piece of furniture lol, but then I always prove him wrong when I re-store it and make it a part of our house, or better yet, if I am able to sell it.  It is my personal quirk that anything we buy secondhand is always set out in the sun, bleached, Lysol-ed and/or washed in the washing machine before we put it in our house.  

I hope some of these tips are helpful. I am sure I will think of others, but I can always do a follow-up post in the future. Before I go, I do have to share this cool metal pig that I saw in a restaurant the other day because I know my mom would like it-

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Garage sale life.

Garage sale life. About twice a year a church down the street from my house has a large indoor sale to help fund missionary work. My mom and I are always crazy about going to this sale because we find so many interesting things (things we probably don’t need).

This year I found a Greek-looking vase that I know my father-in-law would like. I found two tiny doll strollers (don’t judge me) for my dolls (or maybe my dogs lol). Oh! I found a copy of a book I love called “Like Water for Chocolate.” And I got two tin metal signs for the living room, and an old-fashioned oval frame that was painted gold. What elsesome magnetic darts and an electronic putter machine for my son.

I am trying to think of the weirdest things I have bought at a garage sale before. Last year, at the same sale I did buy a creepy old doll. I mean OLD. I am not a doll collector, per se, but somehow every now and then I do end up with one. Am I trying to re-live my childhood? Frighten my husband? Who knows. So I brought the doll home and she was scary in her old dress. I found her a bright, modern dress at the thrift store and gave her a makeover. I admit I used her to prank my husband and child by placing her in odd places around the house. (We also do this to each other with clown knick knacks). A few days later, I walk by the doll and she is holding a tiny little boy doll dressed in a sailor suit. Um, where did that come from?? Is she like out kidnapping other dolls at night while we sleep? Turns out my husband saw it in a quarter bin at Vintage Stock and thought she needed a child.

Another weird garage sale buy was a wooden tree that had holes all over it. It was made to hold beanie babies. I have no idea why I bought it. And I never could figure out what to do with it so one day it went to the curb. I recycle quite a bit by putting stuff on the curb because in our neighborhood someone always picks it up and I like that someone can re-use something that is no longer useful to me. We also donate items to local charities/thrift stores.
(The beanie tree did help with our leprechaun trap many years ago!)
Back to weird stuff I bought. One time I bought an ALF stuffed dolloh, and I have bought lots of old photos of people I do not know. I cannot stand for photos to be unclaimed. Maybe since I love to scrapbook I feel sentimental about photos and preservation.

My husband says I remind him of a bird because I LOVE shiny objects. It is true. I do love to collect. Then I organize and give away. It is my little cycle in life. I guess there are worse habits to have!! I could collect junkoh wait.

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