Besides going to thrift stores and flea markets, yard sales can be an excellent place to find amazing deals. My favorite thing to look for at a yard sale is furniture because most of the time people just want to get rid of whatever they have so their prices are usually much less than you’d find at a thrift store. Plus bargaining is a little easier. Here’s a great example: A couple of weeks ago I went with my parents to several yard sales around town and we found this table at one of them. The lady was asking $15 for it but Pops talked her down to $10 and she reluctantly accepted. We all agreed this was the best find of the day. So…before I get into what I did to “upcycle the piece”, here are some of my tips to help you find the best deals possible when yard sale hunting.
– Look for yard sales that start on Friday, there will be less people there making it easier to bargain
– Try to arrive as as soon as the advertisement says the sale begins. If you show up later, you might miss something amazing.
– If the weather isn’t ideal, its a perfect time to yard sale shop because not many other people will be out and the people selling will be more willing to practically give you whatever they have.
– What to look for: Look for great lines and try to see beyond the condition of whatever the piece is at the time of sale. You can do amazing things with just a little TLC to make trash look like a treasure. Also, follow your gut. If you see something that calls out to you, that’s your piece.
– Great items to look for: Any dresser, table, buffet, Armoire, hutch, mirror, headboards and chairs.
– What to avoid: Mattresses, pillows and cushions. I avoid buying these pieces used because…well, it’s self-explanatory.
Alrighty then…let’s talk about what I did to this piece. First off, I just love the lines of this table, even though there’s not really anything else in our house that matches it. It’s just a great, unique piece and I think having character is a fabulous thing to have when designing any room. So as you can see, the piece was pretty beat-up. But the glass was good and there was nothing a little sanding and new paint couldn’t fix.
Step 1: Take out anything that can’t be sanded.
Step 2: Sand away. I use a power sander for anything that’s not detailed as it makes the job much eaiser.
Step 3: Use a sanding sponge for edges, corners and details. Hint…I also use gloves for sanding as it helps prevent my hands from turning into something The Hubby would run away from 😉
Step 4: I usually sand until everything looks white-ish like below.
Step 5: AHHHH…spray paint, “How I love thee!” Seriously spray paint is a miracle wonder worker…except on a windy day. And…spray paint with the primer built in, AHHHH-mazing! Choose your spray paint and paint away. This table took two cans of spray paint and two coats.
Step 6: Let dry for 24 hours. Then inspect piece to make sure you’ve coated it completely and there are no areas that need to be touched up. And that’s it. Now you have a wonderful new piece of furniture!
Doesn’t it look great?
Have a Fab You Bliss day!