It seems like there are wildly varying reactions to the COVID situation these days. Some people are still wearing masks everywhere, avoiding social gatherings like the plague (can we use that expression anymore, or does it hit too close to home?), and continuing to work from home. While others are having weddings with buffet style dinners (Mr. Q’s nephew, in Wisconsin) and heading to the casino for bingo night (my mom, in Nevada).
Here in Minnesota, I’m measuring the decreased vigilance against COVID based on the number of garage sales happening. For most of May, garage sales were few and far between. I happened upon a couple of barn sales out in the country at the end of May and that was about it. Since then it seems like the number of sales each weekend has been growing steadily.
The weekend before last, my friend Sue texted me about a sale happening just a few blocks away from me. I hopped in the car and headed over. I ended up having to run back home and get the van to haul away my finds.
Then during this past week, the number of garage sale signs in my area seemed to explode. I went to several sales on my lunch hour. At one of them I had to once again go home and get the van and come back. I came home with four sleds and several iron trellises.
I was especially excited to find the sleds. I revamp them and they tend to sell really well as winter decor. I usually find 3 or 4 at various sales each summer, but I did not have high hopes for this year. So I was really tickled to find 4 of them in one go.
This past Saturday my sister and I drove around randomly looking for garage sale signs and I ended up coming home with lots of great vintage pieces. Here’s just the big stuff.
I also brought home several boxes of smaller items that will get a quandie-style makeover.
I spent most of yesterday working on a few of them, so I thought it might be fun to share one per day for the rest of this week. Yep, you read that right. I’m planning to post every day until Friday.
I’m going to start with this adorable little button box.
I found it at an estate sale on my lunch break. It was the only thing I purchased at that particular sale.
If you know me at all, you probably realize that the fact that it looks like a miniature dresser is what really appealed to me. But I was also drawn to the pretty colors of all of the spools of thread. Whoever owned this must have been fond of colorful things.
It was still full of old buttons and other sewing supplies.
I felt a little bit sad knowing that someone once used this button box when mending clothes or replacing a lost button. Do people even do that anymore?
I also knew it would be adorable with a few little tweaks, and maybe someone will love it once again.
To begin with, I decided to spray paint it. Painting around all of the little pegs for the spools of thread would have been putzy using a brush. I had some Rustoleum spray paint in Heirloom White on hand, so I just used that.
Next I pulled out an IOD transfer that I recently ordered online. Lest some of you get confused, IOD is no longer associated with re.design with prima. I am a brand ambassador for re.design with prima, but that doesn’t mean I can’t occasionally check out the competition. Back in the day when IOD and prima worked together, they had a series of transfers meant for clay pots. I totally LOVED them and used them on pretty much anything that wasn’t nailed down. So when I realized that IOD had re-issued them on their own in a collection called Classic Pots I simply had to have them. They arrived in the mail on Saturday, and you’re going to see them on a couple of the things I share this week.
I cut apart one of the 14 different designs on the transfer to add to the front of the box.
I also added part of the transfer to the trim piece behind the spools …
Seriously, how cute is that?
The spools of thread that came with the box were the old fashioned wooden ones, not those darn new-fangled plastic ones.
I don’t know how much a spool of thread costs today, but I’m guessing it isn’t 15 cents.
And why does it say ‘fast to boiling’? Why would you want your thread to boil quickly? Oh … wait, I get it. They mean the thread is color fast even if you boil it, don’t they?
I had the perfect paper for lining the drawers.
This paper is from October Afternoon’s Farmhouse collection and was called Button Box. Sadly, they went out of business so you’ll have a hard time finding any of it.
The 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper has three rows of four different button package graphics. One row of 3 fit perfectly in each drawer.
Now comes the hard part. Do I keep this for myself, or do I sell it?
I’m planning to head in to Reclaiming Beautiful on Wednesday with a few things, so I guess I have until then to decide.
What would you do?