Dan and I have developed a bit of an obsession with garage sales lately. For those of you non-New Jerseyans, a garage sale is also known as an attic sale, garbage sale, junk sale, lawn sale, moving sale, patio sale, rummage sale, tag sale, thrift sale… am I forgetting anything? Essentially, I am referring to an awesome way to get cheap and/or free home decor and furniture. Today’s post will showcase some of our favorite finds, tips, and mention Freecycle, an online community where people give away items for free in their own towns.
Furniture. If you can spy furniture from the end of the driveway, it’s usually worth checking out. I typically look for big pieces like chairs, couches, tables, and benches – though I don’t always end up buying them.
Even if it’s not a usable piece of furniture, finding a cute, bright stool like this can add an element of fun to any room. And it cost us $1.
We found this cute, three-legged side table on Freecycle and picked it up shortly thereafter. Similar to Craigslist but with no cost, Freecycle allows people to give away their free furniture and other goodies in their own towns. Dan actually has an automatic e-mail update sent to his Gmail folder when Freecycle posts are made in our area, so we’re able to snag some of the better pieces. This table has served us well for almost three years!
Storage fun. Garage sales are a great place to find vintage baskets, trays, trunks, jars, and other fun storage items. Instead of spending money at Michaels on 40% off baskets (I’m guilty of this too), garage sales are a great alternative. I had been looking for weeks for a desk organizer tray, and was so excited to find this industrial metal stacking tray for all of our stray papers.
A few weeks ago, Dan and I hit the gold mine of garage sales: a woman was selling her fun and funky pieces out of her Victorian home. Any time there’s a garage sale at a beautiful old house, you can expect some great finds, and this was no exception. This is where I found the “bicycle basket” that’s been hanging out on the foyer table.
Home decor items. Dan and I swung by an estate sale a few years ago and really didn’t find anything worth taking home until right before I walked out of the house. Another bit of advice when you’re strolling through these sales is to do a second walk-through or check the more hidden corners of the sale. You never know what you’re going to find!
I found this tiny easel for about $1, loved it, but I couldn’t think of a use for it so it sat around the guest room for a while until…
Our engagement photo book fit perfectly on the easel (and into the decor of our room!). Now I can flip through the pages every day (we used it as a guestbook at our wedding) and read messages from all of our friends and family. The easel was a perfect way to put it on display.
Last but not least, this frame was one of my all-time favorite garage sale finds. This frame was from the cute Victorian home I mentioned earlier, and we were able to bargain with the homeowner for both the frame and wire basket for $10. Of course, I had a DIY project up my sleeve when I bought this, so you’ll have to wait and see the update.
Do you have any garage sale finds to show off? I’d love to hear about them!