This past weekend I went yardsaling.
I was supposed to be working. The calendar was full of ZOOM meetings and I sat down in my chair and pulled up my computer and looked out the window longingly at the sunshine.
And then I saw it.
Peeking out from behind the neighbors’ shrubbery.
A hand-lettered yard sale sign.
What? A yard sale? Two houses down the street? Should I log in for my meetings?
Or would I?
Should I be late for the meetings and run over to the yard sale?
Ummm. Good thing I made the right decision.
Because it was THE BEST YARD SALE EVER. Wait until you see what I got.
Just between us?
You never know what you are going to find at a yard sale. For example, when I headed out on that bright, sunny day following the siren song of a handwritten yard sale sign, I had no idea I was going to find giant, distressed, gilded oversized frames.
There were actually two of them that were the same size, but they had different patterns. The frames measure 36″ x 24″ and they were…wait for it…
….only $5 each.
I bought the two frames, a smaller frame, another frame with a chalkboard in it and the prettiest wood tray with gilded fox handles all for $25. I told you I made the right decision—skipping a meeting for a yard sale.
But what’s a person to do with oversized gilded frames?
I had a couple of ideas–including hanging them on the wall with Christmas wreaths on velvet ribbons on them.
I looked at this wall.
Remember when we hung all these mirrors going up the staircase?
I always planned on going back and adding more mirrors, but then I was worried about layering mirrors on top of other mirrors going up the stairs. It seemed a little challenging.
But what if I layered those frames instead?
The staircase looks like this.
I only added the three frames and I love the look.
They are lightweight and we hung them on longer nails so they would layer in perfectly.
The gilded edges of the frames layer perfectly with the existing mirrors.
Because the frames were so oversized, it was easy to layer over three or four other mirrors.
I just filled in the spaces with the frames.
Here’s another view of the staircase from this side.
You can see the frame at the top and at the bottom.
I need to add more—so of course—that means more yard sales.
Aren’t yard sales the best?
You never know what you are going to find.
Sometimes life hands you a gift. One minute you are facing a day full of ZOOMs and the next minute you are skipping down the yard sale with the sunlight dancing across a pair of vintage distressed gold frames.
The moral of this yard sale story?
If a yard sale sign calls your name…
….stop and introduce yourself. 🙂
PS Here are pictures of the fox tray for everyone asking. 🙂