Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Yard Sale Weather ~ YAY!

Yard Sales / Garage Sales

The season for yardsales and garage sales is one of my favorite times of the year.

At last weeks yard sales I came home with a lot of goodies but for only a very few

dollars. My favorite garage sales are when people want to unload extras that they don't need and price things low to get them gone.
This is how I'd price my yardsale if I have one this year. I am not a good yardsale organizer myself, but I love to go to them.
I also try to abide by my self-imposed rule "for every item I bring home, one has to go".
This is so I don't accumulate too many items in my household.
(sounds good in theory)
We did come across some very high priced yardsales and we only browsed these and took note NOT to do this at our sales if we have one.
Asking too much for used items doesn't do much for anyone involved. The people trying to sell the items really are wanting to hold onto the goods. Nothing really sells (that is usually the results of highly priced goods, unless someone REALLY wants an item) Usually high prices indicate the seller is too attached yet to their goods & aren't ready to part with them just yet.
And for those yardsaling, they can either go away disappointed in everything being so high priced, or they can try to make an offer for an item at a more-reasonable-price-for-them.
On Sunday, a few of the sales from Saturday had left items out with a FREE sign.
From the FREE stuff I aquired some interesting items.

A pillar 8"x 4"
I really wanted to make a bird bath for my porch, and this seemed perfect to hold up a railing sized bird bath container.

Then the next sale we went to had another FREE section. I got a brass colored stand that even works better for the bird bath.

At that sale I also got a FREE brass milk can. I have it outside on the stairs comming up to the porch. I'm thinking of shining it up and adding dried branches to it as a decoration for inside the house. At least that is one idea I think might work for it.(oh btw, don't flip out, that's a ceramic cow skull. Not the real thing. )


One of the neat things I acquired from the yard saling last weekend, was this needlepoint kit for only $1.

When I got it, it only had the beak & the small section of the bird's cap done.

I enjoy working on this in the evenings while I listen to the tv.

I'm hoping that Sarah (lilux) & I can work on this project together.

Another project Sarah & I have started is sewing a blouse each. I'm not a sewer, but I do know how to sew as far as running a sewing machine and mending things. I've created a few small projects, but generally I don't sew.

Sarah is taking a class in highschool in which she is working on some sewing projects. One is a pillow that she has finished and it looks wonderful. I'll have to take a photo of it when she brings it back here again. Also she's made a doll that is filled with rice. It's used as a warm up comfy for little kids called a booboo aid, like a soothing heat pack for aches and pains.

Other projects she is working on for class is a couple of tops. One is a halter and I'm not sure what the second one is exactly.

I decided to share in this sewing experience with her. Wish me lots of luck. I have a feeling I'm going to need it. :-)

Here's the pattern and the materials we chose. I'll post a pic if we get them finished. ;-)


MeAndMomsCrafts said...

I love to go to yard/garage sales! I especially like the ones who have their things priced to sell. I can't see paying a whole lot for used items when sometimes for just a bit more you can go buy brand new. When we have sales at our house we usually price pretty low so people will want to buy our stuff!

UxCritter said...

Thank you for stopping by MeandMom's. Oh, can I come to your yardsale? Sounds grrreat! ~ Ux