One man's trash...

16 June 2014

Is truly another man's treasures. When she first moved here, my grandma and I used to wake up around 8 or so on Saturday mornings and spend our day driving around looking for that little black and white "Garage Sale" sign in front of neighborhoods. I was probably around 7 or 8, so the things I found to be interesting and cool at these things were probably not very interesting and cool, nevertheless, I was excited to come home and show my mom the jumbled balls of yarn and old, rusty knitting needles I had spent my $2 on.

Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking about moving into my apartment in August. What am I going to use in my room? I knew my parents were not planning on buying me all new furniture, and I definitely knew I did not want to spend my own money on that stuff, so I decided to look around at some garage sales. Starting off, it was going to be just George and I, but my parents decided to tag along. Back when my grandma and I would do it, we would have to drive around and look for signs, but now-a-days there's a website that'll use your current location and find garage sales near you ( This was a blessing in our search for garage sales! This first weekend with my parents, I did not find a dresser, but I did find a loveseat! Something we needed for our apartment. Super excited about that ($120). I have no picture because it is currently sitting in my garage while the cushions are in the basement, but I'm sure it'll pop up at some point. I also got a cute little bedside table. It needs some fixing up, but I think it'll work out perfect for me ($25).

I'm wanting my new room to be a "rustic" type of look, so garage sales are becoming my saving grace for old, (and what I consider to be) cool stuff. I got a rundown window (the photo's below and next to it is some "pinsperation" of what I'm hoping it'll eventually look like...I'm sure a post about that will be up soon).

The rest of the stuff is just a bunch of little things. I bought a shelf to go over my bed and am looking for some cute, random things to go on top. One of the things, the rubbing alcohol bottle, was a little pricey ($8), but I just couldn't turn it down. I thought it was one of the coolest things I have seen ever in my days of garage sale-ing. I knew it was kind of a waste of money, but I also knew I never would have stopped thinking about it unless I bought it. So I did.

Since right now I have nothing actually growing in my garden, I've just decided to decorate with cute little things. My latest addition was from a garage sale, and I couldn't agree more with what it says. Everyday when I get home from work, the first thing I do is check on my garden. I'm hoping for a sprout of an actual vegetable, but nothing yet. Oh well, it's only June. But anyways, you can kind of tell in the photo how much stuff I have going on in there, but to me, it's important to have a stylish as well as healthy garden.

So as I've recaptured my love for garage sales, I think I've also recaptured my appreciation for people's little items that they will probably never see the beauty in. It is crazy how some people can fall in love with something that somebody else wanted to get rid of. It's also crazy some of the stupid and useless things people have laying around (although, something I think is stupid may be something you love!). If you want one tip when it comes to the whole thing, if you really like it, just buy it, the chances are it'll be a better deal than you'll get anywhere else. Also - don't let people who won't bargain with you get you down! Offer a bargain, and if they don't take it, then so be it... Buy the stuff anyways.

This little nugget wanted to be in a photo, too. She sat there the whole time while I was taking my pictures waiting her turn... Happy garage sale-ing from Stella and I. 


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