I love yard sales! I have to admit that I was a late bloomer when it came to appreciating them. My dad used to go every weekend, when I was in high school and I rarely went with him. I thought it was embarrassing to dig through other people's crap while they stood around and watched. Well, as an adult, I caught yard sale fever and there is nothing I would rather do on weekends than scour through piles of other people's crap! I never know what treasures await! Besides, where else can you pay no sales tax and buy something for a quarter nowadays?
On Saturday, Mr. Rubbish and I headed out to enjoy the sunny morning yard saling with a budget of $20. I am a pretty cheap date!
I found these exquisite tags and cards - a whole pack for $1!
Won't they make darling price tags for my more expensive items in the shop?
This heavy metal urn was also only $1!
My beautiful, heavy cherub knocker with a broken arm
(hopefully fixable with a little gorilla glue) - also $1!
My favorite find of the weekend: a vintage (almost antique) office chair from 1923 for only $8! Do you remember this office chair I painted and sold at the shop a while back? This chair is similar, but smaller, older and armless. This is a really bad photo, but the original finish is actually in great condition with a nice patina. I may just leave it as is and keep it for our home! Mr Rubbish calls this one "his" chair because he loves it and he spotted it first.
The metal base says 1923.
My other favorite find of the weekend is this vintage, wire, laundry basket that we picked up for $3! I am really excited about working on this one! I want to paint it creamy white and make a grain sack-esque liner for it that ties on the sides. Can you picture it?
(I also got the petite cream and sugar set in the picture for 50 cents apiece).
On Sunday, my five dollars was burning a hole in my pocket, so I went out by myself and picked up a few more small treasures.
I found this old, rusty lantern for my collection. I am collecting different, little, industrial style lanterns to use for eclectic lighting on my deck this summer. This one fits in perfectly! I bought the pretty blue bottle on Saturday for a quarter.
Last, but not least, is this gorgeous crewel fabric in the loveliest shade of pale aqua with white embroidery! Look at the beautiful bird! This fabric will make some very pretty pillows.