My sister and I always kick off the neighborhood garage sale season with Bryn Mawr. This sale is always held the first weekend in May and they seem to have incredibly good luck with the weather (which definitely can be dicey this time of year).
This past Saturday was glorious. Ideal garage sale weather. Sunny and in the 60’s. And this year my niece was available to join us as well, so it was the perfect day.
Once again this year I didn’t find a lot, but I nabbed a few gems.
This rustic wooden crate with a handle was $4. I didn’t love the muddy green color it was painted in, but I knew I could fix that. And I already have. I whipped out my Dixie Belle paint in Midnight Sky and quickly painted it. It only took one coat to cover the green. I added some stenciling, sanded lightly to distress and finished with black wax.
Ahhhh, so much better, right? And so easy to do. If it feels familiar, that’s because this is the same paint color and stencil that I used on my piano.
It was the handle that made me decide on black. I definitely wanted to keep that ‘as is’ because it has the most deliciously aged patina.
I couldn’t fit the entire stencil on the front of the crate, so I used part of it on the sides.
I just love the delicate flowing font of this stencil. So perfectly simple, yet it has a massive impact.
I also grabbed this antique child’s rocker.
It’s in great shape and the price was right. The seller had lowered her price twice already because it just wasn’t moving. It’s in great shape and will look amazing with some milk paint.
I couldn’t resist the vintage hardware apron from a lumber shop in Milwaukee.
These aprons were featured in the March issue of Country Living magazine.
So I snatched it up. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet, potentially just clean it up and sell it.
I’m giving ‘find of the day’ status to an adorable collection of vintage handmade wooden pull toys. One of the pieces is signed on the bottom and says it was made by Uncle Karl in 1943.
Believe it or not, I paid $1 for the set and it includes the horses and wagon shown above, an elephant whose head goes up and down as you pull him, and a truck with a trailer. Those last two pieces have already headed over to my handyman/neighbor Ken’s workshop for some minor repairs. Once that’s done I’m going to paint them. I’m just not loving that dull red and green. I have some fun ideas for turning these into gorgeous, unique decor pieces that would be perfect for a nursery. You’ll have to stay tuned to see how they turn out.
In addition to a ‘find of the day’, it seems like I always have a garage sale regret too. Maybe I need to add a ‘regret of the day’ category as well.
As I was lying in bed Saturday night trying to fall asleep, I couldn’t help but think that I was a fool for passing up another dress form. It was marked $45, but when the seller offered to let it go for $40 I still passed on it. Why didn’t I snatch that up? What was I thinking? I could have easily made another of these …
Have you had some garage sale regrets? If so, be sure to share them in the comments so I don’t feel like I’m the only one who has walked away from a good deal!