Thursday, July 22, 2010

Garage Sale Finds

I love garage sales, flea markets, anywhere that I can find those unexpected treasures that some would call trash. Trash! Can you imagine? All those beautiful vintage items with the paint peeling off, metal items with a little rust, out of date magazines and old worn books. There are those that call that Trash... The nerve! The lord has given me the gift to see outside the box. To see the beauty in these pieces, the art waiting to be created, items waiting to be refurbished and all the possibilities.

I was on my way to the store this morning and came across a yard sale sign, which is rare in my area on a Thursday. We whipped the car around and headed north. Yard sale, here we come! 

The treasure, pictured below, was the first thing that caught my eye from the street. It's a tension rod that stands anywhere with baskets and hooks to hang things on. Before I could even get to it, I had this organizer placed next to my desk, full of craft items, my most recent magazines that are always taking up to much space on my desk in the bottom basket, ribbon hanging from the hooks and wishing I had more room!


When I saw the price tag said $3.00, I thought "sold"! As much as I love a good garage sale I am pretty picky about what I buy. I am usually lucky to find more than a few items in one day let alone at one garage sale. Not to far from the organizer was a couple of great glass jars, pictured below. I am a real visual person and being able to see my craft items gives me inspiration.


What made it even better, was the price at $1.25 for both jars. A few years back I was forced to sell my home. I had built shallow shelves and placed them all over one wall to store and view my mounted stamps. I loved my wall of stamps and have really missed being able to just look at them and create projects in my head. There was a great shallow shelf at the sale today, pictured below, that is going to allow me to at least be able to put up a few of my favorites. Price... $2.00.

 

I had already paid for my treasures and was on my way out when I saw these great little white shutters, pictured below. I had to have them. For what? I am not sure to tell you the truth. I just knew that I had to have them, for some great project in the future. Can anyone relate? A matter of fact if you have any ideas for these wonderfully old shutters, I would sure appreciate it.

 

How much did I pay for the pair? I paid $5.00, which is more than I paid for anything else, but like I said... I just had to have them! I also picked up a few copies of Rubber Stamper, Stampington Inspirations, Papercrafts and a few Close To My Heart idea books for .10 cents each.

The grand total today was $12.25! I love that! Well, now I am off to get my new treasures put up and stuffed with craft supplies, mount my shelf on the wall and browse through my old magazines.  How much fun is that? Again, if you have any ideas for my new shutters I would sure appreciate them. When I do, do whatever it is I am going to do to them, I will let you all know and post some pictures.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me today. Your comments are a gift to me. Plus, I am really excited to hear all the different ideas you all have for my great shutters. Until next time... Take Care! 

6 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry! Thanks so much for popping on over at my blog. You had asked me about the countertop in my craft room. My husband made it custom for me to fit in that space. It's nothing fancy...just a laminate countertop secured to the wall and some legs. It works out really well. Hope that helps! I'll talk to you soon! Karin

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  2. Thats some great yard sale finds. I love thrifting.

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  3. I just found your blog from when you left a comment on mine awhile back. I love the storage solutions you found at that yard sale. Like you, I'm visual, and prefer storage that I can see into.

    You commented about making your own paper again. I hope you will do that soon. If so, please let me know and I will feature it and you on my blog. I'm off to check out more of your blog.

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  4. Oh my gosh, Sherry, are you going to make her a card with a dress on it????

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  5. Great finds! Shutters are so versitle for so many things. I always grab them if I can find them. You were smart to get them, smart to listen to the prompting. Look at Karen Valentine, Where Bloggers Create, you will get some ideas from other bloggers.
    Have fun!
    Marcie

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  6. What wonderful garage sale finds you have. I just love that pole organizer! I want one too!
    This year's summer garage sales seemed to be pretty good this summer.
    I had fun visiting your blog.

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