I haven’t been to garage sales in years — mainly because I’ve been in declutter mode and I knew I would buy things I didn’t need if I went. But I’ve been meaning to go since we moved because we got rid of A LOT of stuff before we moved. We literally sold almost every piece of furniture we owned. We had a huge sale ourselves and Goodwill practically knew us by name we dropped van loads off so many times.

I’m still really in declutter mode. I hate clutter. I hate being drug down by “stuff.” But I’ve also started reading design blogs. 😉

Abe got up early to go with me this morning because the first thing I wanted to do was stop by Ace hardware for the free quart of paint they were giving away today. For some reason he really wanted to go to Ace. He was so funny. He went up and down every aisle very slowly (some of them twice!) and kept saying, “Wow! There’s a lot to see at Ace Hardware. I really like this store!”

We got this:
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I don’t know if the color will show up but we picked a light fresh yellow called “Saffron”:
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I’ve got a small plain three drawer chest I’m going to paint and let Novella use for a night stand.

After we left Ace, we headed out to an area not far from our house where there was a neighborhood yard sale. Gotta love those! 15 sales almost within walking distance from each other. The weird thing about New York is that the sales don’t start until 8 or 9 in the morning and they strongly discourage early birds. In Alabama the sales never start later than 7 a.m. and to be honest most of the good stuff is gone by the time the sale officially starts because the early birds come at 6 a.m.! Abe and I got to the first sale around 8:30 and no one was there. In fact we didn’t really see many people until around 10.

Anyway, I digress. I went hoping to find a couple of matching lamps for our bedroom. The first sale we stopped at had 2 of these:

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They need a little cleaning up and maybe some modern shades but they were $1 a piece, people!! I also picked up a yoga mat for Novella and this cute little Rembrandt print:

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We hit several duds after that. Abe got a pinewood derby car kit for the wood to carve, a lightsaber for 25 cents and a lampshade out of a free pile. I picked up a t-shirt and this Escher print for $1 in a glass frame:

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Remember I said I don’t go to yardsales because I come home with things I don’t need? Yeah. I didn’t need the Escher print. But I’m a sucker for real art prints. And Kenny was excited. He claimed it for his office. 🙂

The biggest mistake of the day? $5 for this bucket of gears:

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I wanted a huge bucket of tinker toys, too, but I ran out of money. Probably a good thing. Abe was totally against it. His point was that he would probably be the one cleaning this stuff up!

Biggest score? At the last garage sale we stopped at we found this:

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For free! And they seemed apologetic that it was dirty. Abe and I were so excited!! I probably shouldn’t go garage saling (is that a word?) too often but it sure did make for a fun morning.