Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Garage Sale is Recycling, Re-Purposing, Money Saving & Fun

Tips on How to get the Bargains and Remodeling Ideas!!!


I could out write the book, “War and Peace” on my garage sale finds for little or even no money.  This only a quarter, that a dollar, etc.  I have a whole house practically decorated in unique, retro, antique, groovy and sometimes classy finds.  

recycling, garage saling art and bargains



Drum Table:
base: flat round table  $1.00
real drum: ( partly torn bottom & dirty) 50 cents,
shelf liner: covering the top of drum (top intact but damaged) 50 cents,
can of used black spray paint: (2/3 full) $1.00.

Total cost: $3.00 for an original Drum Table.






Re-purposing Ideas-Home Decor, Quilts, Coffee Tables &More!

Here’s a few re-purposing ideas:  Over-sized clothes with cool patterns can be made into aprons, or smaller size clothes.  Any heavy, pretty fabric (cloth tablecloths, clothes, etc.) can be used for quilts. Turn awesome graphic t-shirts into pillows. I even got a huge unopened bag of pillow stuffing for a dollar. Oh, I promise I wouldn't start....

Anything can be a table (above drum table) : I'm sure you've already seen the door as a table or porch swing on the internet.  I have a stack of books that is either by all women author or books about women and I turned that into a small table. It’s a decorative table not for your coffee cup, but cute and steady enough to hold knick-knack.  There are all kinds of trunks being sold at garage sales and cedar chests. They make great coffee tables as well. I bought a R2-D2 cooler about 3' high, and I am considering converting it into a table.  Use your imagination!




 

Spray-Paint, Hot Glue Guns and Fabric Make Unique One Of A Kind Furniture and Art!












Buying at Garage Sales is Recycling:

Now you see the treasure in something that may be thrown away after the sale is over.  You are not going into the store and buying a new lamp. You are taking someone else’s lamp base whose shade is missing and you are getting it for a dollar. (Make sure they plug it in to see if works.) And then you can find a lamp shade at another sale or you can make your own.  Because you are queen or king of the hot glue gun. (I could do a blog on hot glue guns that could go on for days, but I will spare you!)  The lamp base will not end up in the dumpster. You will not be buying new. And with some spray-paint and imagination, you will have a one of a kind artistic and groovy lamp for only a couple of dollars!


recycle and decorate with garage sale finds
Garage Sales are a form of recycling which is groovy!

Mathematical Equation:
Recycling is for the groovy--Buying at a garage sale is a form of recycling--Therefore, Those who garage sale are groovy!


Tips for Garage Sales:

Important Notice!!!--Not for Indiana residence. If you reside or plan on visiting Indiana, please skip down to the end of this blog immediately!

*No wonder how cute the kid is, skip the lemonade stand!  While you are making the inevitable lemonade induced pit stop, I'll be getting the bargain of the day at the next garage sale.

*8 out of 10 times-if you ask for a lower price, you'll get a lower price.  9 out of 10 times-if you show some leg!

*Go early:  You can actually go before the advertised sale time.  It is rare that someone denies you a sale.  Beat the mass rush for the primo items!  

*Stay late: It’s bargains, bargains, bargains at the end of the day.  No one after working all day in the hot sun wants to carry all their stuff back in the house or drop if off at the Goodwill.  Their purse is fat and they are tired.  About six times a year at the end of the day, I have stopped and the seller announced take anything you want for free. Yippy! 

*Good stuff is in the free box.  You really can take as much of it as you want too.  I have gotten: serving platters, decorations, brackets, really you name it, from the free box.  Even a kitten once, but that’s another story.

*Don’t drink Starbucks (not just a bathroom issue) or dress too nice.  I’ve never got a bargain with a Starbuck in hand.  They think I have money.  When in reality, I just have a gift card from a birthday present.  I am cheap and poor. I promise.

*If an item is two dollars and you want to pay one, go up there and stretch the item out with one hand and stretch your one dollar bill out in the other hand. Ask nicely, “will you take a dollar for this.”  8 out of  10 times or 9 out of 10 times (see above) they will.





End Table made with just stacked books (no assembly or glue needed-stack them right and the table is steady).  Majority of these books were found in garage sales. No book cost me over a dollar.  My table is made from either woman authors or about great women.

Other ideas: Antique books only, poetry books, books on fishing and outdoors would look cute in a cabin, sewing books in your craft room, etc.  Just personalize to your taste or topical to the room.






The Finale: Well, while you are reading this blog, I beat you to three garage sales! My evil plan is working BA-HA-HA-HA!  So grab your change bucket and give me a run for my money!  Save the planet, be artistic and have the most unique, fun living space of all!

See the inspirational crafts page of our website for more ideas of what to do with your garage sale finds.

And don't forget to show a little leg!
-Poems & Quotes Finder




54 comments:

  1. I love Garage Sales and Thrifting!!! Great Tips and Humor in the post!
    Thank you for linking up to #throwbackthursdaylinkup

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    1. Thank you! Really appreciate the support!

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  2. Garage sales are fun- it's the thrill of the hunt. I haven't gone in a while but have had a few of my own- trying to make more space around here... :)
    #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup

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  3. Love garage/yard sales and giving things new life. Awesome ideas!

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  4. Thanks for some great tips and ideas! I'm excited to start garage sale hunting! I love looking for great finds and projects to take on. #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup

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  5. I have had this urge to garage sale an old piece and refurbish it!

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  6. I love the drum table. I am having a garage sale this weekend so I will keep in mind that some people may want to come early or show up late ;)

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  7. Great advice. It's never easy to find a bargain anymore. It's always good to find out about any city ordinances and home association rules before starting a garage sale.

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  8. I have never been to a garage sale. I see how much fun they are. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

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  9. You sound like a professional garage sale goer! Thanks for the great tips - especially showing some leg! LOL!

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  10. Wow, you impress the socks off me! Creativity is its own intelligence and you have it! I'm thankful that I don't have to be so thrifty anymore. I used to be married to a teacher and we were so poor I remember frying bologne in place of bacon. Still, I resolved to be content. I'm willing to be long suffering, but not unnecessarily. =)

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  11. I love that, "no Starbucks" tip! Soooo true! And great tips all around. I've even got my six year old daughter loving to go with me to garage sales :)

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  12. I'm always intrigued by the awesome finds my friends get at yard sales and on the side of the road, but I have a phobia of such things and I never partake. I should really work on getting over it because I'm jealous! I will hold a yard sale, just not shop one. Because my stuff is clean, right? Oh boy! I have issues! Thanks for sharing on #throwbackthursdaylinkup

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  13. Isn't it advisable as well to go late instead of early? While the disadvantage is that you would run out of good items to buy, the prices would then become cheaper.

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  14. Garage sale is a good way to unclutter if your selling and a good way to grab discounts when you are buying.

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  15. That drum table is so cool! I haven't been to a garage sale in a long time.

    Michelle F.

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  16. We browse around garage sales.. they are so much fun and you can find a treasure in someone elses stuff.

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  17. The book table looks really need. I would be afraid of my toddler knocking it down all day. I love garage sales. I like to go early as well, when it comes to the A-Z ones i go on the second day when everything is half off.

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  18. I have never been to a garage sale, only seen them on TV and movie. It's not something that is done in Finland or in Ecuador.

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  19. yes ALWAYS haggle even my 9 year old son has haggled! You can get some great deals!

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  20. I love garage sales!! But I also spotting great deals from Goodwill and Salvation Army.

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  21. You can really find great items going to garage sales. Best time is going in the morning. My mom and I enjoyed going together.

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  22. This is somethin' I am tryin' to get into more. I am always for a deal.

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  23. I love garage sales and that drum table is amazing!

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  24. We went garage saleing last weekend and I got a dresser for way cheap. I love finding junk and making it beautiful.

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  25. I love rummage sales because some people get rid of really good things. Love to look at everything too.

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  26. I envy people like you who can do garage sales. I don't have the energy to do one and I find it difficult to part with my stuff. Sucks, right?

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  27. I really wish that I had an eye for those things. We just renovated our kitchen and are in the process of jazzing it up with some thrifty finds...but I can't find any. Boo...

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  28. I love it great poem collections for recycling very eyecatching and helpful to see a real true pic of what we need to do.

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  29. Garage sales are hidden with treasures.. who will find them first?

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  30. I love hitting up garage sales (and even antique shops!) the finds you can find are incredible.

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  31. I need to have a garage sale. I have a lot of things I could get rid of.

    Michelle F.

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  32. You are fast to cover 3 garage sales in such a short span.

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  33. ahhh I love the book table! I also love that the bell jar is on top <333

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  34. Such Great Tips I Can Really Use We Have Garage Sales Every Couple Of Month So This Will Help!

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  35. I just love garage sales. It's one of the many reasons I look forward to summer. I try to go every weekend.

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  36. I LOVE going to garage sales. Occasionally, I will find that rare item that can't be bought any longer in a store or one like new that someone just doesn't need any longer. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. These are great tips! We have a garage sale every year and it always feels good to purge and make some money.

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  38. it's a great way to pass along things you no longer need to others. thanks for sharing!

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  39. I'm very intrigued, i love all the ideas but mostly the furniture drum table that is just awesome.

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  40. i'm not into Garage sale, because i always keep what i bought, but this is a wonderful idea.

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  41. My ex used to love to do the garage sale thing. We went pretty regularly and found some awesome deals!

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  42. I love garage sale!!! Lots of great finds

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  43. LOVE garage sales, we just went to one a few weeks ago and my kids made out liek bandits!

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  44. I love garage and yard sales seems like a lot of great finds.

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  45. Some of the best bargains are found in other people's castaways.

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  46. Garage and Tag sales are my idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon

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  47. thrifting is so awesome! i love that book stand picture that you posted! I may need to do that asap!

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  48. I am actually planning on doing a garage sale soon. I really need to get all the extra stuff out of my house.

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  49. I love garage sales, my sister is like the garage sale master.. she is always getting stuff for basically free.

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  50. Recycling really is for the groovy. HAHH

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  51. I have never been to a garage sale. Looks like you scored so neat things.

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