(this hutch was $75 dollars at a yard sale)

The other day I was driving down a winding country road.

You know, the one next to the chicken barn right after the fork in the road.

Out of the corner of my eye–I saw it.

Something that made my heart beat faster.  Something that made my eyes light up and my hands twitch and my hair curl up at the ends a little more and sing “Don’t Stop Believing” at the top of my lungs…

…a multi-family yard sale sign.

More than just one family’s abandoned treasures on display for only a quarter.  Welcome to yard sale season.  Before your next trip, here are some of my favorite yard sale finds ever and what I made from them.

10 easy projects made from yard sale finds.

I took the end of a fruit crate.

You know—the ones that you can find at a yard sale that are falling apart.

I added a door knob to make hooks for the pantry.

Here’s the DIY.

Find boxes of old flooring that doesn’t really match.

No worries.

Why not make a book?

More details here.

Speaking of books.

Literally one of my favorite things on the planet.

I’ve found books for FREE before at yard sales.  The spine will be damaged or the cover ripped up.  More projects for me.

Like this book page wreath.

DIY found here.

Find scraps of molding for a quarter?

What could you make with them?

Why not make wood letter blocks to spell out a word?

DIY found here.

Find an old wood table with scratches and dents?

Oh good.  Me, too.

Here’s my $25 yard sale table.

Details here.

Find an old cutting board at a yard sale?

Here’s a way to make it the centerpiece of the kitchen.

Industrial cutting board DIY found here.

If you discover half a rocking chair–tell them you’ll take it for .50.

Then take the spindles and make this.

DIY spindle tree project instructions.

If you find a coffee table with a rough top–no worries.

Just paint it.

DIY blue lipstick makeover found here.

Turn into a yard sale and find an old door?

It becomes a bench.

DIY found here.

Scoop up all the old baskets you can find.

Then spray paint them and add numbers.

DIY for numbered spray painted baskets found here.

I hope this inspired you.

I hope you found a few ideas.

I hope you create and dream and decorate your home with your new treasures.

There is nothing better than a yard sale sign.


Especially if it goes all amazing and adds a little multi. 🙂

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  1. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    Awesome ideas. I love the end of the box ones and making them coat hooks etc. I love doing that kind of thing. Right now where I work is closing (library). I am thinking of all sort of things I can do with what we are giving away. Plus its something special from where I have worked for the last 24 years. Thanks for the ideas!!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Great ideas but one thing I thing every "hunter" needs is a pick-up truck! Yes, indeed, you need to cart those amazing finds home and what better way than a truck. We used to have a truck when we lived in the country. In fact, that was all I drove. Now, that we're city slickers we just have an SUV. I think an old junker truck would be great -- I could hunt and find amazing pieces like your hutch! Right now whenever I find terrific bargains Honey just says we don't have any way of getting it home. Huh!! An old clunker would do the job. Now I'm on the hunt for an old clunker. Have a great weekend!! Hugs!

  3. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I used to see the best yard sales taking my grandson to kindergarten. I told him we'd take a Saturday and go back when we had more time--never did!!! Now we don't have room for one more piece! Lol!!!

  4. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh, we love, Love, LOVE yard sales! Many pieces in our home are finds from years past, also ... really great finds like yours! Our kids might have hidden in the car back then, fearful of "being seen" by anyone they knew ~ but now several of our four lovely girls can be found shopping yard sales, too! And flea markets, rummage sales ("multi-s" ~ the very best!)! Funny how "growing up" and wanting to furnish their homes with unique and rea$onable treasures can change a person's point of view about some things, isn't it ... !?!

  5. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I laughed when I read this! This is so me! Just call me "Phi Slamma Cramma" or file by pile method...and baskets always seem to help! P.S. My friend was Mary Ann from Gillian Island's room mate.

  6. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Love these, KariAnne! And... I'm thinking deep fried Doritos are like ordering your fries well-done at Chick-Fil-A, ya know? And, the next time you go to the fair... I'm coming with... and I'll eat the celery sticks. And, I'm making those crate hangers....someday.

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