It’s almost summer and yard sale season is now in full swing. It’s hard to get up early on Saturday mornings and easy to get discouraged if you never find any treasures. I used to run a clothing store on Ebay (lots of work, little profit and not nearly as fun as blogging!) and would be out shopping/rummaging every weekend with the best of them. My yard sale time has been put on the back burner thanks to the kids’ Saturday morning schedules, but when I do get to go, there are certain things I like to always keep an eye out for. . .
Glass bottles and jars
It’s hard to go wrong with glass. Whether for decorative, storage or serving purposes, there’s always a use for it. Mix and match your pieces, and think of new ways to display every day items:
I’m always seeing baskets. Some aren’t necessarily pretty enough to display, but they still make great storage in drawers and behind closed doors. And, there’s always the option to add a stencil or some paint.
You know I love decorating with books. They instantly warm up a space. And, they make great (inexpensive) accessories when used in stacks. I always look for colorful spines or pretty pages to frame.
Decorative Boxes & Bowls
They say it’s all in the details. So, I like to look for small boxes and bowls to hold or disguise every day items around the house, like remote controls, keys or loose change. A pretty bowl or box looks great atop a stack of books or on a bedside table. Again, think of ways you can update them using a stencil or some painter’s tape.
(One of my latest finds now hides our remote.)
I think I just made up that word. But, I’m always on the look out for small accessories or pieces that have a great shape and just need a fresh color. It’s easy to create a collection by buying lots of different pieces and giving them all a coat or two of the same paint. I’m also a sucker for a pretty lamp base, no matter how ugly the color may be.
Ginger jar lamps are some of my favorites. They look great in a bright color and with a fresh shade.
Bella Mancini Design via DecorPad
Another lamp I found for $3. It was a dull brass before I gave it a really red makeover:
Are you an avid yard sale shopper? Is there anything specific you always look out for?