Garage sales are so much fun. I remember as a child going across the road to our neighbors when they were having a garage sale.
There was some small trinket there that I liked – maybe a small fan. I think it was a fan, and I kept opening and closing it. You know, the handheld fans that fold up when not in use.
My Mom asked if I wanted it and for some reason I wouldn’t say anything, I just kept playing with it. I was a bit shy of the neighbor lady I think.
As a young Mom I loved finding cute clothes and toys at garage sales – especially those fun outdoor toys. In particular the little red and yellow cars. I looked for quite a while before I found one but I eventually did. Best toy ever!
I didn’t love antique stores or malls as a kid – that has drastically changed today – but I did always like garage sales. My girls like them ok if they can buy stuff. They think if it’s a garage sale then stuff is cheap so they should get something at every single sale we stop at. I try to impress upon them the idea that you don’t have to buy something just to be getting something. Save your money for the really good stuff 😀
I typically leave them all at home if I want to go garage saleing these days. My teenager sometimes decides she wants to go along though. Sometimes I let her, but when she starts telling me I don’t need stuff and that I already have enough of something then it’s time to take her home!
Last week on Wednesday I announced that I would be going to the citywide garage sales in our little town. Villagewide sales rather, we live in a ‘village’ not a ‘city’. Emma immediately said she was going too. And don’t you know, that gal was up earlier than I was! She came over saying ‘Mom, I thought you were going to garage sales!’ I retorted that I was and I would get up when I was ready to. It was just garage sales after all – no need to take hours getting ready to go 😉
We headed out before 8 and by 9:15 I had my car full and we headed back home. To unload and check on the other two girls. We had left them sleeping. I unloaded the car, talked to the girls a bit and we headed back out. By noon we had another carload and I was ready to leave the Teenager at home and go back by myself.
I ended up hauling home 3 carloads and going back for a dining room table till I called it a day. Now by carload I mean that I had my back seat down and the back of the car was pretty full – but several things were big and filled the car quickly. Plus when garage saleing I don’t necessarily take the time to pack it in the most space-saving way.
I went out again on Friday midmorning – I hadn’t planned to but I just couldn’t help myself. There were some sales that hadn’t been open on Thursday, I had changed my mind about a chair and messaged a friend that I’d come by and get it, and another friend had text me about a footstool that I needed to buy. I ended up with 3/4 a carload till I headed home.
Saturday I didn’t even give a thought to going out – I had enough loot to find a spot to store. But then I had to get out and pick up Emma from a car wash she helped with so I decided to swing by a huge sale and see if anything were left that was worth bringing home. Everything was half off – we spent $3.25 and both of us had an armload.
Now, before you think I am totally insane, let me inform you that I have a space in the Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield flea in September. A rather large space. I am super excited about it. But excitement alone won’t fill that space so I needed to shop 🙂 A few things I bought were just for me (for now anyway) but most of it is stuff that will get a makeover and be offered for sale in September.
It is so fun to be able to stock up on all kinds of cool vintage stuff that is prices as junk at a garage sale, clean it up, give it a makeover, and make a bit of extra cash reselling it. I’m not getting rich, but I am having fun and I am helping build that fund we have going for our a/c unit. No more financing if I can help it!
Storage is a bit of an issue – I did manage to stuff most of it in my back porch for now. Except the dining room table and a couple of chairs. The chairs are sitting in my living room making it look like a furniture store. A furniture store for old, vintage furniture. The dining room table is in the back of the old van we are trying to sell for my Dad! You would think putting the table in there would make the van sell in a hurry.
The back porch won’t work once I start doing furniture makeovers. And I know from experience that I can’t handle it all piled in our living space for the summer. I’m thinking through my options but if anyone has any brilliant suggestions for me I’d love to hear them!
There are a couple more things but this is the bulk of it. What do you think? Is it just a bunch of junk to you or can you see the ‘treasure’ in it?
Sew a Fine Seam
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