Aside from the occasional winter estate sale here and there, I got in my first real bit of garage saling this past weekend and I’m so excited that garage sale season is finally here! OK, maybe not quite in a big way yet, but in dribs and drabs.
My picker Sue gave me a heads up on a sale taking place nearby last Friday while I was out plant shopping with my neighbor, nnK. So we headed over there after purchasing our plants.
I didn’t find a ton of things, but I did come home with these items from that sale …
First up, I grabbed that vintage camera. It was priced a little higher than I wanted it to be, but I purchased it anyway. I didn’t realize it was brown rather than black until I got it home and was cleaning it up.
Boy, it’s really hard to see that it’s brown even in that photo. You’ll just have to trust me. It’s dark brown rather than true black.
I won’t be hanging onto this one, I will be taking it into the shop to sell. My non-collection of cameras is mostly black. Although I guess I do have one brown one, the Brownie Holiday camera is also dark brown.
I hang onto this one to use for staging photos around holiday time, although looking back it doesn’t seem as if I’ve ever remembered to do that. Hmmmm, I need to work on that.
And speaking of photo props, I snagged the vintage, green handled garden clippers to use for that purpose as well. They were 50¢, how do you pass that up?
I plan to keep an eye out for red and green vintage books this summer at garage sales. I will hang onto them until Christmas and then sell them as sets. They work great for elevating Christmas village pieces …
But also, well, the book called The Boy Scouts to the Rescue is just kind of fun.
Finally, I couldn’t resist the box because I thought the zinc lining was kind of cool.
I have no idea what the original purpose of this box would have been? nnK suggested it was for storing one’s plutonium.
I’m pretty sure that’s not it.
Could it be a milk box like this example on chairish? Priced at $275! What?! Anyway, it does seem feasible that this box could have been for milk. It seems like the right size for bottles of milk. Do any of you have a better idea what it might have been used for?
Well, regardless of the original purpose, there is some water damage at the bottom of the box.
So I decided to paint it.
I mixed up some Homestead House Milk Paint in Algonquin. If that color sounds familiar to you, it might be because there is also a Fusion paint by the same name (Homestead House is the parent of Fusion). I brushed two coats of Algonquin onto the box. I specifically chose to use milk paint because I wanted a chippy look. So once the paint was dry, I sanded lightly with 220 grit paper but there was no chipping.
No worries, I can fake it with tape.
I always start out with the yellow Frog tape when I’m using this technique. This is the tape for delicate surfaces, so it has minimal sticky-ness. I have run into pieces where the yellow tape won’t pull off any paint, and then I switch up to regular masking tape. If that still doesn’t work, I’ve even been known to use duct tape … but those instances are few and far between.
All you have to do with the tape is press it onto your surface randomly and then whisk it back off again. It’s a lot like using tape to remove cat hair from your favorite black trousers (I have a fair amount of experience with that too). Just use caution and go slowly, especially with that first strip of tape. It can surprise you and pull off more paint than you think it will. Go slowly and get a feel for it as you go.
Next up I added a coat of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat before adding some I.O.D. transfers. If you have chippy paint, sometimes the paint will stick to your transfer (much like with the tape), rather than the transfer sticking to your surface. In fact, even though I’d taken the precaution of adding the clear coat, I still had this happen in one little area …
I lost most of my ‘S’ and a little bit off the end of that flower bud above it. I should have let my clear coat dry longer before applying the transfer, but I’m an instant gratification sort of gal. I can’t make myself wait the recommended 24 hours before adding a transfer.
So, to be on the safe side, let your clear coat dry overnight if you’re going to be adding transfers. Or, if you’re willing to live on the edge, do as I do and wing it.
Just be prepared to live with the consequences.
And P.S., I used sections from both I.O.D.’s Label Ephemera and their Floral Anthology transfers on my box.
This box is for sale if any of you locals are interested (you can store your plutonium in it!). Check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details. I’ll likely take it into the shop in the next week or two.
We had stopped off at one more sale before heading back home that day, and that’s where I found another wooden box.
This box came filled with everything needed to shine your shoes. There were something like 10 brushes for various colors of shoe polish, multiple tins of dried up shoe polish, and lots of well used polishing rags. I tossed all of that.
When I initially grabbed this box I definitely planned to paint it.
But when I looked at it more closely, I thought the markings on the sides of the box were pretty cool.
And I really liked the back of the box too.
So I’m kind of loathe to cover all of that up.
But I don’t love the front of the box, and the top lid is in pretty rough shape.
As is the inside …
So here are some options I thought of …
□ option no 1 – I could paint the interior of the box, and the lid, but just clean up and wax or hemp oil the rest of the box. But what color? Black, green, dark grey?
□ option no 2 – I could do the painting in option no 1, and then also re-attach the lid facing the other way so that what was the back of the box becomes the front of the box (because I much prefer the graphics on the back of the box).
□ option no 3 – I could remove the lid from the box entirely. Paint the interior of the box black or grey, clean up and wax the exterior, but leave it unpainted.
□ option no 4 – I could paint the whole shebang, inside and out, and dress it up similar to the zinc lined box.
This is where you come in. Which box would you check? Option 1, 2, 3 or 4? Or do you have an option 5 that I should consider? Leave a comment and let me know.