oversized chalkboard

When you are a true junker or a yard-saler or an auction-goer or a shop-by-the-side-of-the-roader….

….hope springs eternal.

No matter how many broken dishwashers you find at the end of the yard sale rainbow.

No matter how many times you dig through boxes of junk at the auction and find nothing worth anything.

No matter how many times the “GIANT MULTI-FAMILY YARDSALE” sign lets you down.

You know that you know that you know….

….the next great find is just around the bend.

chalkboard with pear

I know.

I get it.

I understand.


pencil sharpener

That’s why what I’m about to show you makes all those empty-handed shopping trips worth it.

Last week I went to my favorite junk store.

I was looking for absolutely nothing.  I’ve found that’s the best approach.  It’s when you are looking for absolutely nothing….

….that you find everything.

I rounded the corner back by the glass shelf of figurines that look like the seven dwarfs and there it was.

yard sale find


I know….right.

Can you see why my heart started beating faster?

I didn’t even know what it was.

But I knew I needed it.

trash to treasure

Good thing they tagged it “vintage pool cue stand” or I might have never figured it ou.

It has the spaces at the bottom for the pool cues.

Worn and wonderful with a patina from years and years of pool games.

piece of architecture

The top still had the indentations where the cues rested and a bar across the top to hold them in place.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

It’s so heavy and made out of solid wood.


And I lugged it home and my husband added a board behind it painted with chalkboard paint.

When I showed it to him with great fanfare accompanied by tiny dolphin claps and hand-waving and asked him if he could add the board to the back….

….he seemed slightly less impressed.

He stood there for a moment and raised his eyebrows.

And then sighed…..

….and asked me which way was right side up.

I think he was done with truly appreciating a treasure 477 yard sale signs ago. 🙂

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  1. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    What a great find and love what you did with it...hmmm, I wonder if my hubby will let me take his pool stick stand and turn it into a chalkboard....probably not!.....and yes, so true about the hunt...always go into it with nothing in mind and you will always find something...I have a thing that I walk into a HomeGoods and I do not get a cart...that is when I find something and then have to get one...I find if I get a cart, I never find anything and the cart is empty!!! Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!!

  2. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Oooh....great patina! I love visiting " those" places as my hubby would say...you just never know what you will find! Loved how you used this! Enjoy your weekend! ;)

  3. Image for Alice Hanson Alice Hanson

    Karianne, You make me smile with your stories and gasp with awe! Love your creativity and outlook on life. That is just so clever! Happy Valentines! Smiles, Alice

  4. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    I've been a yard-saler for 40 years. It's not that I'm so terribly old....it's just that I started young. =) Long story....really, really short.... I was given...from leftover yard sale things.... a signed 1929 Yankee's team ball... Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Wade Hoit (sp??)...all of 'em.... Today's value is up in the 10's of thousands... Sadly, and much to my family's sorrow....I sold it for $500. Sigh.......... Love me some yard sales, though! They're awesome!

  5. Image for Laura Laura

    It is totally the thrill of the hunt! I will head to the antique mall and hubby will ask, "What are you looking for?" I'm not LOOKING for anything- just whatever happens to be there!! Poor husbands of thrifters and repurposers! This is beautiful!

  6. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Such a great old piece...makes a wonderful chalkboard! I have seen one before...I actually found a big wall sized unit, that had been taken out of an old turn-of-the-century hotel years ago. It was at a garage sale for $10...I couldn't believe it. It was perfect for my daughter and son-in-law's pool table in their Victorian home.

  7. Image for Cindy Brown Cindy Brown

    But I would bet he still truly appreciates you and the wonderfulness you bring into his life each day! Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. Image for Becky Becky

    Wow! It's great. I love it. I can relate completely with the "look" husbands give their wives after bringing home a great find. I get it a lot too. Luckily my husband always helps me out my projects. That just makes it that much more special.

  9. Image for Linda Linda

    LOL! I am so proud I actually knew what it was. I figured it was a if you give a mouse a cookie ending…with a pool table! Chalkboard frame works great.

  10. Image for Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Ha ha I thought it was a gun rack. You know with tiny round ends on them. Your words at the start are words I live by...I just know that if I keep pressing on, even when that HUGE MULTI FAMILY YARD SALE sign turns out to be two neighbors sitting behind a card table full of toddler clothes and old Tupperware. LOVE what you did with your treasure. :)

  11. Image for Lynne B. Lynne B.

    Hi Kari Anne, That is just like the one I remember my grandparents had in their Billiard Room. Maybe theirs was a little bigger and they had a score-board beside it with a matching frame. If they didn't have a ballroom dancing date on, Saturday nights were billiard nights, big events with lots of people and laughter. We children were not allowed in but we still had lots of fun sneaking in and under the huge table. It was enormous with turned legs and ball and claw feet. They had it shipped out from England (I'm in Australia) Your photo brings back lots of memories

  12. Image for gloria gloria

    Ok this is just too cool! I have a whole new lens for my curb shopping adventures. Seriously I just love the detail the rack offers as a frame. Delightful.

  13. Image for Karen Sue Farash Karen Sue Farash

    I love this post! Thank you for saying it for me. I'm a junker and proud of it! You scored! I didn't know what it was either but I would have bought it myself. Now if I find one I know just what I'm doing with it.

  14. Image for Beverly Ozburn Beverly Ozburn

    I just love this, KariAnne! I have been wanting a couple of chalkboards framed by bar wood from the old barn that collapsed at my parents' farm. I just have to find a good place to put them according to my handyman hubby. Do you think the guest bathroom really needs a mirror? That would be a perfect spot!

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