If you've read any of my previous posts, you know that I'm a yard sale junkie. From about April until September, my SO and I don't miss too many weekends of sifting through complete strangers cast-offs. We love the early sales, the ones that start around 7:00 in the morning. In the heat of the summer, it's still cool then and we finish up our browsing and buying by 9:00 a.m. or so. If you don't get to a sale early, most of the desirable items are gone anyway so going later is a waste of time. I usually look for clothing for my grandkids, sometimes for myself, items for my daughter's house and my own, books, but mostly I look for decorative things I can reuse in making my floral designs or old jewelry pieces I can incorporate into my beadwork. We check on-line in the local newspaper's classified section and also buy a paper to see where all the sales are located. Then armed with our list and the city map from the phone book, we take off in search of treasure.
This last weekend, we were headed to a particular sale when we passed a sign for one on a street we'd either missed or that hadn't advertised. So on a whim, we decided to stop. Lucky decision. The lady having the sale had been a Premiere jewelry dealer and she was getting rid of all her display pieces. I bought all the big pieces pictured for a cool $65.00. I now have not only a better way to transport jewelry to shows but display options as well. After we left, I got to thinking about being able to use these for home shows, an idea I've been toying with for quite a while, and I wished I'd also picked up the smaller display pieces she was offering. So, we swung back by and unfortuneately found she had sold some of the pieces but I managed to score three nice necklace stands and a lovely black velvet table cover for another 2 bucks.
This time around I also found two pair of pajamas, two t-shirts and swim trunks for my 4 year old grandson ($7.00), a grapevine wreath and a bag of green floral moss ($1.50), a rather unique lidded basket and a really cool wooden chuch birdhouse ($2.00). Next week? Who knows what treasures await? I love yard sales!!
I love to create and have been involved with crafts all my life. If I could make a living from my beads and floral designs, I would, but I guess I'll have to be content supplementing my income with them.