Here I was thinking that garage sale season was over.
We’ve had snow and everything.
What kind of crazy people are still having garage sales in this sort of weather?
Well, apparently the Minnesota kind. We’re a hearty bunch.
Besides, last Thursday and Friday were sunny and in the low 60’s. Perfect weather for a sale. Never mind that we had flurries again by Saturday. We seem to be on a weather roller-coaster.
Nonetheless, I made hay while the sun was shining. In the last week I brought home five pieces of furniture.
First, another bed frame that Ken can turn into a bench.
Then a pair of dressers from an estate sale. There were literally only 20 minutes left before the sale closed when my friend Sue (a.k.a. my picker) and I showed up and the sellers were definitely in the mood to slash prices. I got these for 75% off the originally listed price.
Also, I have to mention here that sometimes the staff at estate sales are not the most helpful. I had to send Mr. Q back to pick these up and none of the staff would help him load them. He literally had to get these down a flight of stairs, out of the house and into the van by himself. All the while the staff just stood around watching. Earlier in the day when I paid for them and said I would have my husband come back later to pick them up, I wish they would have mentioned something along the lines of “oh, by the way, we don’t help load so he may want to bring a friend,” but no, they didn’t.
Had I not already paid for them, and taken a drawer from each piece as security, Mr. Q would have walked away from the whole deal.
I purchased the next two pieces at the thrift store (where they were more than happy to help us load them). A week ago Sunday both Meggan (a.k.a. the thrift doctor) and Sue (a.k.a. my picker) texted me to say that I should head over there to look at a piece of furniture.
I figure if two of your best spotters tell you to head to the same thrift store within an hour of each other, it’s time to throw a coat over your painting clothes and get over there.
Sue gave me a heads up on this dresser …
And Meggan gave me a heads up on a sewing desk. I didn’t actually buy the sewing desk, but purchased this waterfall desk that was sitting right next to it.
I’d actually seen this desk that last time I thrifted with Meggan, but I passed on it then. But there is just something about those fab old cup pulls that kept drawing me in, so when I saw it again this time I bought it. I’m planning a simple makeover for this one, something that will allow those handles to be the center of attention.
And while I’m doing this sort of ‘show and tell’ post, I thought I’d also share this amazing pair of kid sized vintage folding chairs that Sue found for me.
They are so adorable. It’s a little hard to tell the scale from that photo but they are only about 22″ tall.
I’m not yet sure what I want to do with them. Do I paint them? Or leave them in their kinda fab original patina? Do I keep them, or sell them?
I haven’t made up my mind, but in the meantime you’re going to see them again on Friday when I share the makeover of this dresser …
and there’s going to be a giveaway along with that post, so be sure to stay tuned!