Archive for ‘garage sale find’

September 14, 2010

Best estate sale ever

Usually, when I think of estate sales
I think sadness
Some one passing
who has collected their whole lives
and there is no one left
who would love on what they have
for free
Enter estate sales
and the vultures
(like me)
who will pay no where near
what the person valued their treasures at
just so that it can be taken away
to another loving home
to start a collection anew
When I came across a Craigslist ad
that was a tiny bit false advertising
because they said everything was 90% off
and the title was like “Free Stuff, come get it”
I got over the tiny bit of dissapointment
as I took some time to scan through
the stuff
Inside the house, only a couple of gets.
But outside in the yard…
THAT was where the action was at.
Check out my great gets
from the great
“Moving to Florida, Young Folks Estate Sale”
in Issaquah this past July.
African Ceremonies Cloth Bound dual set
great estate sale 2010
$15 for the set
This was the best find of my life. 
And I almost left it behind
Thank goodness for that false advertising ad
on Craigslist
so that I could email them and beg them to hold them for me.
That dual set is awesome. 
Beyond awesome
Best bookset I ever bought
They are a coffee table set
of VIVID photographs
of African Ceremonies.
Just GORGEOUS photography.
We haggled for a good hour on those.
She wanted $30.
I wanted to give her $30
(aka, my lunch money for the week)
on my pile
Which was a lot.
She finally agreed to do it all
for $35
I left her $7 and went to get my cash
Came back
loaded up the car
and took everything
EXCEPT for the books.
Got all the way home that night
Unpacked everything
(thank GOODNESS since I usually
leave it all in the car
for weeks on end)
Truly broke into tears
when I didn’t see the books
Went online, searched for the sale
sent them a message
Loved the fact that in the PNW
everyone is friendly enough
to tell you their name
especially if you spend 2 hours
in their front yard
and put out a personal plea for the books
Thought she had a change of heart and pulled them back
Come to find out I was just forgetful
(what else is new)
and left them by the door
AND they got back to me super quick.
I can only hope to be that organized
(and still connected to the internet)
day before the next time I make a move.
Wire basket | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Wood ladder | great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Dritz Pattern Perforator | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Task Shortening Super sized Tin
great estate 2010 sale | $5.00

Sears Vintage Orange Ten Key
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Grumbacher Pantograph
(used to trace/enlarge original prints)
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00

Hacks Lemon Drops and Barnum’s Animal Crackers
Vintage tins
great estate 2010 sale | $3.00 for set

Embossed Enamel serving tray
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00

Wood finial
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Large wooden (decorative) ice tongs
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Set of two wire baskets
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00 for set

Large pizza boards
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00 for the set

Flinch card game
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs.

Nothing but awesome vintageness.

Lots more that I got from this sale
that isn’t pictured here
including fantastic shutters
the BEST little yellow waste bin
for my scrap room redo
some glass goods
some linen goods
and various other odds and ends
It was a two loader
(well, three if you count having to go back for the books)
Awesomeness and I wish my mom was here
in Seattle
so that she could go thrifting with me
She has a GREAT eye for this stuff
Now that we’re all gainfully employed again
maybe we can get that world domination plan
back on track.
September 10, 2010

Second Hand Christmas in July

This July,
I found all sorts of great pieces
for Holiday time that will arrive
not soon enough.
All thrifty, fun finds at that.
I found these super sized ornaments
that I will use for some outdoor decor
off of my back porch
for 17 cents each at a 90% off
Christmas in July sale
at St. Vincent’s de Paul
Super sized ornaments | Christmas in July
Salvation Army Find, 8 ornaments at 17 cents each
Photo (c) b3 home designs
This next find
was actually a garage sale
that I almost didn’t stop at
I actually kind of felt guilty about this purchase
because the guy seemed like he took a few things
out of his home
to sell
so that he’d have bus fair.
Everything was from his Holiday stash.
I saw this pile of two different kinds
of light up candy canes.
Last year, we were going to make some wooden canes.
Now, we can use these light up ones.
I asked the guy how much
and he told me $2.  I thought he meant for each cane.
I asked “for all of them”
and when he said yes, I was so surprised,
I asked if he meant yes for ALL of them.
And he did.
So about two dozen canes to stake into the ground
and light up.
 $2 Yard Sale Light up Candy Canes
Photo (c) b3 home designs

My last and absolute best find
was this (and the other half).
Aside from yard sales and thrift stores
I also love Freecycle and found on road side.

I don’t find much on my road sides.
But I do find much on Freecycle. 
In July, I answered the call for this 9 ft tall
faux tree.
And it was free
and it barely fit in my trunk.

And I can’t wait to try to hang it upside down.

Free Roadside 9 ft Faux tree
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Christmas in July was awesome. 
I can’t wait for the first snowfall this year.
I can.
September 3, 2010

Newbie DIYer = White Sofa Table

We love Craigslist around here

I think The Handy One
might actually have an addiction to it

I mean who doesn’t love free or really cheap right?

Back at our old place,
we needed some surface area
to set a beverage or two upon
so we got not one
but two of these tables

CraigsList Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I believe that one of them was even free
For the longest time
in current living room
we placed them next to each other
right behind our sofa
on the way into the kitchen
kind of a divider
but not
I knew I wanted to paint them both
to unify their look
but then, I thought simpler would be better
and I decided to keep only one of the tables
behind my sofa like this
Kitchen to dining room
Photo (c) b3 home designs
perfectly aligned with the
entertainment wall of awesome built in speakers

that The Handy One created

 Wall of speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I painted that table
And, to match the wall of speakers
I painted it white

Primed Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs


Not that black and white and gray
are all that grace my world
But I do have to say that my new white table
looks absolutely awesome looking out
across to my great wall of speakers.

 Finished sofa table and speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let’s not even talk about

that missing piece of glass

on the table top

That happened pre-puppy
For the record.

Linked up over at
August 2, 2010

Second Hand: Pottery Barn Eleanor Mirror

I love Spring, Summer and Autumn up here.
Primarily because this is when the neighborhood garage sales happen.
At the most recent NGS, my better half gifted me $40.
Gifted because I NEVER carry cash.
My first response was “$40?? This is not NEARLY enough”
To which he said “it HAS to be enough.”
Guess which one of us was right?
I did have to teach a little neighborly scouting etiquette.  Such as:
Don’t do the slow creep in front of someone’s cul de sac house, and then not stop
Probably because that is my biggest pet peeve.  You can see from the street if it is all clothes or all baby or all something else you really don’t need.  If you can’t see it is an “all nothing” sale, then you should stop and see what they DO have.
That’s my rule of thumb anyhow.
For a while now, I’ve been coveting an oval mirror.
Like the Eleanor from PB.
So when I rolled past a sale and saw a cute mirror sitting out front, I looked.
Then I looked at the clock.
And it was the end of the day.
And there was a little girl out front and no grown up in sight.
I MIGHT have made a fool out of myself.
Jumping out the car and making him go park.
Garage sneak peak – NGS Summer 2010 Sale Finds
(c) BLM for b3 Home Designs

$5.  Didn’t even have to haggle.
I love NGS.
Love. it.
Aside from Ms. Eleanor, I also got that wood tool box ($1), three cans of paint in my “house theme colors” (because, evidently, those colors are popular out here – free “just take them” she said), a bunch of flower pots (also from a free pile that Mr. Eagle Eye spotted). The black wire wall mount wine racks in the background were $2 a pop (out of my cash at that! he supposedly has great plans for those).
On the upper table are a set of 6 really great serving platters (good for heating under the broiler that we don’t have and serving straight to table – fajitas anyone??) and a stack of three iron stars (red, white and blue…of course) that I paid $1.75 for.
On the lower table, there are two great belts ($1 each), the most awesome vintage Girl Scout camera to add to my camera collection ($1) and another clock ($1) for my vintage clock collection. There is also a small wooden football game ($1) that is the start of a vintage wood game collection.  We’ll see how that one works out.
The two end tables are a story in themselves.  NOT from the garage sales this weekend but a true story in patience, faith and did I mention patience?
Happy garage sale season!
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