Junkin' and Thriftin'

Meaningless Drivel Monday: Garage Sale Loot

Garage sale season is in full swing around here.  October has got to be the busiest month of the year with all the festivals, school events, and yard sales.  It is SO much fun to go garage saling, or gs-ing as my sisters and I say, when the weather is cooler, too!  

My parents have started gs-ing on Fridays and last Friday I tagged along.  Here is what I came home with. . .

From left to right:
  • a mini flagpole for only two bucks;
  • a vintage floral sheet I’ll use to cover a chair seat for only one dollar;
  • a vintage Fisher-Price (it still has the label) duck pull toy for only one dollar (great for Christmas decor);
  • a baby’s Mexican dress and Old Navy shoes for one dollar (to be part of a baby gift I’m giving);
  • a super soft floppy-eared rabbit with a microwavable bean filler for only .25 (may be another gift);
  • new plate stands in the package for one dollar (great for chalkboard trays);
  • local artist-made owl clock which still works for only five dollars;
  • old metal flower frog for .50;
  • silver tray for chalkboarding, $2.00;
  • heavy brass curtain rods, $3.00;
  • vintage drawing books, .25 each (Natalie stole these from me!);
  • vintage beaded purse, $4;
  • laminate clipboard, .50.
I made off like a bandit!  I still had cash in my pocket, and that NEVER happens!  What a fun day of junkin’ for me and my parents, who also brought home lots of good loot.

What am I gonna do with all this junk?  Repurpose, recycle, resell, regift, retain!
It’s the thrill of the hunt!

What treasures have you gotten lately from garage sales?



Meaningless Drivel Monday: Sick and Repurposing

Yesterday I found out that a person can sneeze so much that it makes their abdominal muscles sore the next day.  I know because I did it.  Saturday night I sneezed so much I thought I would never stop.  Then yesterday my stomach muscles hurt!

People who live in areas of the country where it is still snowing may not realize that there are drawbacks to living in a more temperate climate like ours in Texas.  In addition to the first days of a green Spring, we are also having an onslaught of pollen, so much so that our cars are completely covered in yellow dust.  Even two days of rain which made little yellow-rimmed puddles in the roads and streets didn’t stop the trees from spitting out their sperm. Ew, my students said last year when I told them that pollen was plant sperm.  Well, it’s the truth.  And lots of people are highly allergic to it!  I even take prescription meds and they didn’t do the job!

So I stayed indoors all day yesterday and today in defense from the pine trees and blustery winds and today felt a bit better.  I actually did some cleaning and finished up some projects for my booth at Uniques & Antiques.

This one I made from a yard sale purchase.  The frame caught my eye.  It made a cute chalkboard, don’t you think?

Then I made this little wall hanging from a piece of house siding my dad had left over from a building project.  I just added chalkboard paint, cup hooks, lace, burlap, a button, and some twine.  It would be cute in a bedroom or closet holding necklaces or scarves.

This little footstool I made from a tattered old wooden tapestry stool.  With more foam, a burlap cover, and rags tied to jute twine glued to the edges, it is totally transformed.

I hope to feel well enough tomorrow to place these items for sale in my booth.  There’s a freeze warning tonight.  Maybe that will slow down those tree gonads a bit!



RANDOM FRIDAY: American Pickers, East Texas Style!

What’s going on here?  What are these people doing?  Welcome to our version of “American Pickers.”  That is my dad and hubby picking their way through the piles of junk in the back of Dad’s property.  This unique collection of old golf course equipment, home appliances, farm equipment, car, motorcycle, and bicycle parts, etc. began in 1975!  It’s a picker’s dream!

So today we picked.  If you have been reading this blog regularly, you know that I am opening a booth in a local antiques mall very soon!  (I can’t wait!)  My dad generously offered me the opportunity to look through his junk to see if I could use anything.  And boy, could I ever!  It was more fun than an afternoon at Goodwill!  The weather was perfect and hubby helped!  It was actually his idea to go down to the junk pile today. . .he is looking for some steel to build a gun safe.

Daddy searching for forgotten treasure.  Some of it was almost buried!

Daddy finds some old golf tournament message poles he fashioned years ago from re-bar.

Hubby finds a heavy duty wrench I can put in my booth.

Hubby discovers more steel he could use in the gun safe.

We had the best time tromping through the weeds finding some great stuff to repurpose for the booth.  

An old golf ball washing basket, some golf hole baskets, and bicycle wheels.

Another golf ball washing basket and an old zoo fence gate.

Some motorcycle and bicycle wheels and an auto fan blade.

I have another month to keep looking before the weeds and insects begin their return to the area, making it impossible to navigate.  The last thing you want to do is stir up a bumblebee nest or get into poison oak while digging around in old junk!