Guess what shows up after spring?
Wonderful, glorious, amazing summer.
Bringing lazy days and sunshine and ocean breezes and good books and a Sonic lemon berry slush.
And all those things are great.
But the one joy of summer that makes my heart race and my eyelashes flutter and my hope spring eternal?
A multi-family yard sale sign.
(total aside: a yard sale sign is amazing. But when more than one family is putting their treasures on the curb? I’m in.)
If you are like me and you brake for yard sales, I thought it might be fun to share what I’m on the hunt for all my projects when I shop.
Here are my go-to’s.
Here are the things that make my eyes light up and my toes dance.
Here is my summer (and spring) yard sale watch list.
That is just a super fancy way of saying parts of things that used to be something else.
Like the back of some sort of antique or random pieces of molding or the top of a chair or part of a hutch.
You can usually find them by the trash or free section. When you see them sitting there DO NOT GET EXCITED. Do not. I repeat DO NOT under any circumstances tell your yard sale friends what you are going to do with their trash. If you are going to decorate your kitchen like this or decorate on a budget with your find like this.
DO NOT mention.
Because here is a yard sale truth: ideas make trash MUCH MORE valuable.
Take the trash and run.
One of the most underestimated and overlooked items at a yard sale is the basket with the wired ribbon hot glued to it with a dusty faux flower arrangement inside.
Most of the time you can get it for $1.00.
Take it home and go all Hollywood makeover on it.
Shed the ribbon.
Shed the flower arrangement.
Paint the basket an entirely different color or make a liner from dropcloth or spray paint numbers on it.
The world is your basket oyster.
These are a dime a dozen at yard sales.
Decorate your mantel with them.
Add them to your back porch.
Fill them with flowers at your next summer party.
Simple. Inexpensive. Utilitarian.
I never met a mason jar I didn’t like.
If you are looking for a little inexpensive wall art—let me introduce you to my friend shutter.
Their superpower is that they visually fill up a space or empty wall and then you can hang ANYTHING on to the front of them.
Like a wreath.
Or a chalkboard.
Or a calendar.
And if that’s not enough, you can transform them into an architectural element by covering an entire wall with them.
If you see a stool at a yard sale.
Don’t pontificate. Just buy it.
Stools don’t need your help. They have a way of making themselves at home. If you see a blank spot in a corner and you wonder what to put there, I guarantee you’ll have a stool tapping you on the shoulder.
Stack them up. Place books or baskets on top of them. Use them at the foot of beds. Place them between chairs for extra seating/side tables.
Let your stools do the walking.
Oh, whiteware how do I love thee, let me count the ways.
I almost didn’t put this on the list because it’s so Captain Obvious.
If you’ve read my blog for more than 10 minutes you know how all about a white plate I am.
I never seem to have enough.
Maybe I need an intervention.
I saved this list item for last because I go a little hot and cold on this one.
I buy a bunch of silverplate and make projects like door handles and napkin rings and cutting boards. I hang vintage silver on my Christmas tree and hang platters on my wall and stack them in my hutches.
Sometimes all that silver gets on my nerves a little and I pack it all up and decide I’m in love with brass.
I’m an equal opportunity metal supporter.
Here are a few more of the things I’m going to be looking for:
- vintage books
- typewriter keys
- vintage pennants
- paint by numbers
- vintage mirrors (for the stairwell)
- license plates
And so much more.
Can I tell you how happy typing this post has made me?
Summer and yard sale season are ALMOST here and I’ve waited so long. And when I finally see my first yard sale sign? You might want to cover your ears.
I’m going to honk the horn from here to home and back. 🙂
PS I’ve also pinned tons of fun yard sale projects here.