Some people see flowers and think of spring.
Some people see green grass and know that winter is just about to close the door.
Some people see sunshine and warm breezes and trees leafing out and tiny green shoots pushing their way through the cold hard ground and realize that springtime is just around the corner.
The sign of spring I always look for?
The one that makes my heart sing and my mittens go into storage?
The multi-family yard sale sign.
I saw one yesterday.
It was so tiny I almost missed it.
I blinked and looked more closely and yelled with complete and utter joy and pointed frantically and asked my husband if we could turn the car around.
I didn’t buy anything.
But that didn’t matter.
The point of this entire story is that I COULD.
If you never stop, you’ll never know what you missed.
I was at a yard sale and it was 2018 and all was right with the world.
So in honor of yard sales and shopping and almost-spring, I thought it might be fun to take a little yard sale tour of the kitchen.
Here are some things I’ve found just around the corner from a multi-family yard sale sign.
(total aside: This was the calm yesterday before the super bowl party storm. So many littles. So many chips. So many valentine’s sprinkles. So much joy.)
I wish I knew what these were.
It doesn’t matter.
Just look at that patina.
I bought them years ago for almost nothing at a yard sale and they have the superhero ability to make anything you hang on them look cute. Like these snowflakes. Or a wreath. Or a picture frame. Or a clipped on book page.
Nice to meet you.
I collect this anywhere and everywhere.
Most of these dishes came from yard sales and thrift stores.
The only caveat?
Do not pay more than .50. Unless it’s super cute. Then you can spring for $1.00.
I wasn’t kidding.
You can see more of the whiteware here.
See the pieces on those built-in shelves? I’m pretty sure they were $1.00 worthy.
I collect vintage frogs.
They are perfect for flower arranging and generally looking cute.
I stack them on top of books in bookshelves and under cloches on the kitchen countertop.
Mason jars and clear glass vases like these are a centerpiece’s best friend.
I just took a whiteware tray.
Then I filled the mason jars and vases with water and added flowers.
This sign was the first thing I hung up in the house.
I found it years ago a couple of blocks from here at a yard sale.
This is why I love yard saling.
So much character for so little money.
And this wooden ampersand on the wall?
I didn’t get it at a yard sale, but it’s one of my favorite things in the room.
My brother made it.
The same brother that came to my party yesterday with a quiz for the super bowl. It WAS AMAZING. He had a page full of predictions for the game and had us guess before the game even started. Like what color Justin Timberlake’s shoes would be? And would Uncle Denny win the thumb wrestling contest before half-time? And how long would Pink take to sing the National Anthem. We all guessed and predicted and we all watched the game right next to this yard sale kitchen to see who would be right.
And my mom won.
No one was surprised.
She’s just generally brilliant. 🙂
PS This isn’t a yard sale find, but I just bought it at Target.
It’s from the JoAnna Gaines line.
Cutest door stop ever.
PSS What’s your favorite yard sale find?