I never met a yard sale or an estate sale or a garage sale or a tag sale that I didn’t like.
But my favorite?
The side of the road sale.
The stuff you can find is amazing. Like broken down chairs someone is throwing away or architectural moldings or doors or drawers or beds or giant 40 pane windows.
Discarded, chippy, left out in the rain, worn a little by life kind of wood.
A while back the wood was having a blue light special.
I found a pile of it.
Scattered and tossed and calling my name.
I gathered it up and took it home and planned out the projects.
I thought I’d start with a sign.
It was so easy. Sign making 101. Simply trace chip board letters with a pencil and fill in the outline with paint.
The sign turned out better than I ever imagined.
The wood was so chippy and layered with age and it looked so….well….so authentic.
As if it came straight off of a farmer’s fence.
I hung it up on the wall and stood back and admired it and told it that it should be in the sign hall of fame and I don’t think it could get any more amazing if it tried.
And then I forgot about it.
Until one day I walked by and saw a little dust underneath it on the table.
“Dust,” I thought.
Where did that come from? Did I forget to dust? Was the table taking up a collection?
Not even close.
It was my sign. My authentic, chippy, distressed, left out in the rain sign.
Apparently some creepy crawly friends thought my sign was a bargain, too.
And grabbed the wood and ran outside and yelled all the way to the trash can and spent the next day sanitizing every inch of the space and muttering about sales and shopping and what was I thinking and that I needed to think again.
I buy my wood new and make it look old.
And make sure I don’t invite friends home after shopping. 🙂
PS This sign is not the one from the post. That sign never stuck around long enough to have its picture made. 🙂
PPS I found a great tutorial for cleaning old wood here.
I’m heading to Tennessee tomorrow and I’ll be at The Cherry Pit Quilt shop located at 115 Bruce St, Sevierville, TN from 2:00-4:00 handing out fabric and samples and yummy snacks.
If you are in the area, I’d love to see you there.