Sunday, April 29, 2012
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
How fun is this one below? It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's got a flat wooden base with a rectangular shade. A little modern, but could be cottage, contemporary or even traditional depending on what you have with it.
I'm livin' by my motto I guess, "There's always room for change"!! :)
Posted by The Changing Room at 2:43 PM
Monday, April 16, 2012
Hey all you junkers out there....this one's for you!
I know you're out there. You tell me all the time when I bump into you that you've been anxious for this time of year to arrive. You've patiently endured through a mild, but junk-less winter just like we have but alas....
The moment you've all been waiting for.....GARAGE SALE SEASON!!!! ( Can I get an "Amen")?
This past weekend, my partner in crime (hubby) and I hit the streets. "Gas-a-chinos" in hand, high hopes in our hearts, and money in our pockets-we hit 'em hard.
Like an expectant mother giving birth, we knew we would eventually be rewarded for our efforts, but it was laborious (pun intended) for the first hour. We misread our newspaper map, couldn't program the ipad gps, forgot to stop at the bank, and were already getting off to a late start. (Were we a little rusty at this already? I wondered). I wanted to throw in the towel before we even hit our first sale, but -ever- the -optimist- hubby made me power through. "It will be worth it", he said.
And worth it, it was. Here's our score for the day:
Our first stop was a neighborhood sale on the southside of Holland. You know we've been at this gig long enough when we've hit areas of town annually now and can tell you the type of decor the residents have at each house in the neighborhood.
I knew one was going to have some cool antiques but they were going to be slightly overpriced. I was right. They had four vintage old school wooden folding chairs but at $8/each I wasn't sure they'd sell unpainted and I didn't have the time or energy to motivate myself to paint them with the starting price of $32 (plus paint and labor) for the set.
Another sale we hit in that 'hood was a living estate sale where I made off with these two retro floral patterned chairs. The price was right and even if I don't reupholster them, some quirky junker (like myself) will find a spot for them.
They're mine for now.
I think I'll sell them to a future client as bookshelves. Saw that idea on Pinterest and it rocked.
After germ -blasting our hands with anti-bacterial, and slamming a Diet Coke, we were off to the last sale of the day. We didn't know how much umph we had left in us and both of us were getting hungry for lunch, but we headed down a two track road and ended up at an executive style home in the woods that was having a moving sale. Everything was immaculate and priced modestly compared to the original price of the items, I'm sure.
Here's what we found there.
And a special treat for my two girls at home that day:
All in all, our first day "back on the job" was a great success. I've already brought some of the items to my booth at Not So Shabby. The other items made their way up the attic steps and will be coming out to play on a rainy day. Looking forward to a spring/summer filled with great weather, great finds, great prices and great company.
On that note...a shout out to my better half today in honor of our 18th anniversary yesterday. I don't know of many other men who would love nothing better than to hit the road on a Saturday morning with a demanding wife who has made a job for herself sifting through other people's junk. He gets his hands dirty right along with me and never complains. He always has the map clearly marked, cold Diet Cokes in the cooler, and an enthusiastic attitude.
"God blessed the broken road that lead me straight to you". Thanks for loving me in spite of the 'junk in my trunk'.
Posted by The Changing Room at 9:31 PM