Especially one that says “MULTI-FAMILY.”
And you know what goes perfectly with yard sales and signs and heartbeats?
A yard sale decorating short cut.
This week, I’m sharing 14 days are full of tips to make your decorating life a little easier.
We’ve discussed the one thing every lamp needs and how to transform a builder-grade door for under $10 and an easy way to makeover furniture and a unique hardware DIY. and budget centerpiece ideas and how to pick paint colors that make your room smile and how to decorate with thrift store finds and a 10-minute project for each season.
We are shortcutting it through yard sale signs across the country.
Here are 8 yard sale must-haves for under $5.00.
Let’s start with this. Did you know yard saling is an actual word?
I googled it to make sure I spelled it correctly and discovered according to the urban dictionary yard saling is slang for when you are skiing and you’re on the slopes and you lose your hat and goggles and skis and poles. And when you wipe out you shout YARD SALE.
I’m talking about when you see a sign and it says GIANT FAMILY YARD SALE in all capital letters and you follow the successive directional arrows down winding roads until you turn the last corner to discover a broken down washer, a basket of old t-shirts and a Christmas tree and realize the capital letters might have misrepresented themselves.
And then? You pack up your car and close the door and head towards the next sign because hope springs eternal.
I hoped and this is what I found.
This might look like a bicycle wheel, but really?
It’s a possibility waiting to happen.
You can make a clock.
Or decorative art that looks like you are super athletic.
You could buy about eight of those plates for $5.00.
The dishes don’t have to be fancy or stamped with a name or used by a pilgrim.
The key to dish success is quantity.
Buy platters and bowls and urns and vases and luncheon plates and then layer them all together.
They look amazing and purposeful and no one will ever guess you got them next to basket of t-shirts.
Color and style don’t really matter when you are buying a basket.
All that can be changed.
Don’t let that orange color oddly found on some baskets stop you from pulling out your $5.00.
You can spray paint or add ribbons and buttons or paint numbers or add handles to your basket.
All you need is Pinterest and a little imagination.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the possibilities are endless.
They look like art waiting to happen.
Hang them in rows on the wall.
Lean them up in bookcases.
Collect all 50 and never have to play the license plate game again.
I never met an old window project I didn’t like.
You could make a chalkboard.
Or a memo board.
Or a transom window.
Or just hang it on the wall and add a wreath and a burlap bow and call it a day.
I have walked away from many an over-sized bin before I discovered this tip.
Make two bins out of one.
This is a wall organizer I made out of a large bin. You can see the DIY here.
This tip also applies to crates (or even a table), too.
My favorite thing about linens at a yard sale are the possibilities.
They can become chair covers or pillows or no sew valances like these in my kitchen that I made from an old slipcover.
You can find them with monograms or palm trees or embroidery or fruit baskets.
And if you don’t want a project?
You could use them as….wait for it….linens. 🙂
Every now and then when the stars align and the sale is about to end and the sellers are tired and they don’t want to take something home, you strike yard sale gold.
It’s what keeps a yard saler going.
It’s what makes a heart beat faster.
It’s what makes the steering wheel turn when you see a capital letter sign.
Because you never know.
A $5.00 armoire might be just around the next corner. 🙂
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