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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It must be spring, I see garage sale signs.

I love going to yard sales in historic Phoenix neighborhoods. Because even if you don't find anything, you get to see great old houses and gardens such as this:



Yes, these houses really are in Phoenix.



My pulse begins to race when I pull up to scenes such as this. Does yours? I am such a bargain and treasure seeker.




Oh this chair! Sadly it was out of my price limit range. I always set one so I don't get caught up in bargain excitement/buyers remorse.



Anyone need a wagon? This one was for sale.


Here is what I bought:

A yummy wicker basket for $2.00. It will get painted to hold sweet boys bedside books. A roll of vintage wallpaper for $2.00 for craft projects and such. A gold filigree tray and tissue holder, 5.00, that will also get painted.
The true deal of the day was two Bella Notte white linen euro shams and matching bedskirt. They still had the price tags attached totalling over $200. I got them for $20. Woo hoo! They are for my upcoming guest bedroom project once the fashionista moves out in June.


But my favorite thing was this luggage holder.



Whenever we have guests I always wish I had one. I didn't want to pay Ballards price for something we would only use occasionally and was thrilled to find a $5 price tag on this one. Look at the needlepoint straps!


The wood was a bit banged up, so I took off the straps, sanded it, gave it a coat of primer and then painted on two coats of pale pink paint. How do like it?



What yard sale treasures have you found?

41 comments :

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Yard Sale signs? SCREEEEEECHING HALT!
What beautiful treasures you have found...and such deals(within budget)!
Hey...I wish I would have been there...I really need to find a few lampshades (projects you know)!
Great treasures, great bloghome!

Mildred said...

I love the luggage holder. The embroidery is exquisite and the pink paint is perfect. Can't wait to see the finished guest room.

Housewife Savant said...

Very inspiring, as always.
(Now I know what the needlework straps were for, and wish I still had 'em!)
One of my goals this year is to go to a yardsale. Not a tall order, but without an official "historic neighborhood" there could be a LOT of drive-by sales. (Translation; garbage.)
On a similar note; I also want to glean a treasure from curbside and make it my own.
I'll be watching YOU for all kinds of ideas along the way.

Shelley said...

I LOVE a good yard sale. But more than the actually yard sale, I love the stories people tell. I'm a watcher of people more than any bargain hunter. I love those straps. If I had a pattern, I might be able to work something up like that.

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! I'm like you and just love looking at the older homes. That first one is just darling! Now on your treasures! I love the luggage rack too and it looks so much bettr painted pink. Someone took the time to needlepoint those straps? How pretty they are! Those shams are beautiful! Oh, I want to go to a garage sale!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Terri and Bob said...

Laura, I love the pink. Good choice!

I am so ready for garage sales. It is a bit early here for them. I loved the wagon!

Linda said...

Lovely! Yes, I would love a sale like that, but in our poor little community, there aren't too many finds like that (or houses that look like that).

Funny you mention Garage Sales though - I just contacted the local paper to see about being included in an upcoming Community Wide one. I don't expect we'll make much money, as the poverty level is high, but you never know. Whatever doesn't sell, we're giving away afterwards anyway.

Carrie said...

Oh.... I am itching for garage sale season to start here. We have too much rain right now.

I am so jealous of your luggage stand. I am looking for one of those for my guest room. Love the new paint color.

My best garage sale finds are my red oil lamp and my pearl necklace. I found those 3 years ago...

Jade Creative said...

Wow, Your finds are fabulous. The needle point straps...I'm lost for words. I'll be on the look out hopefully soon, for some great yard sale finds. The weather here is slowly getting warmer.
Have a sunnny day!
Darlene

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really like how you redid the luggage rack--and what a find with needlepoint straps!

Garage sales haven't quite started in my area--but I'll be sure to post my treasures, too:)

Really Rainey said...

Laura! I love that first house you posted... I live here in the Valley of the Sun too... but my neighborhood is more like the typical built homes of the late 90's style, even tho my home is only 3 years old, you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my house and the landscaping... but these older homes have such character!

Your yard sail-in was such fun, thanks for takin us with you! I would have dropped to my knees had I come upon such a wonderful yard sale! You got some incredible finds and the luggage holder... I always wanted one of those too! I wish on the Ballards catalog. The needlepoint and the pink paint, is darling! I can't wait to see your new guest room!

Also... I just want to say... Your engagement photo is THE most beautiful one I have EVER seen and I am not exaggerating. It caught my eye and my imagination and its just so romantic!

Sorry I wrote a novelette on your blog comments hehe
I love your blog...
~Really Rainey~

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, you found some lovely things!

I don't make it out to yard sale very often, as my husband always works on Saturdays. As my little ones grow a bit older, I intend to start!

DesignTies said...

I would never have guessed that those houses are in Phoenix. The wagon is more in keeping with my image of the southwest!! ;-)

Looks like you made some nice finds at the garage sale. Your "new" luggage holder is pretty in pink :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Lady Dorothy said...

I love it pink! Good job!

We don't have any fantastic neighborhoods for yard sales, but some pretty good ones. I also try not to edit the ones that don't look like much, because you just never know. Yes, I return to the car empty handed quite a bit, but I have also found some of my best treasures at the most unlikely yard sales. Usually, they just don't realize it IS a treasure!

Shimmy Mom said...

I love garage sales and thrift stores. Your luggage rack was an amazing find. I love it!
*hugs*

LiLi M. said...

I wish there were yard sales over here..:-(
Though the flea market season has started but I didn't have time to go. But there is good news too. My bfff went and she visited me today like a genuine Santa!
She had a real Dior scarf for my daughter (another fashionista) and for me french fashion magazines from the 20ties, really awesome, some vintage supplies like ribbons and needle maps and a tin card like add to place on a counter, it's French from the 30ties!!! She made my day of course! The weather was lovely, we went out for a coffee and cake (my treat) everybody happy!

Cat said...

Oh Laura, that linen is Gorgeous.. You are a lucky girl.. Happy thrifting..

Lisa said...

Lucky you! That luggage rack is gorgeous. I, too, have always wanted a luggage rack.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That needlework on those luggage straps is so pretty! What an amazing deal - $5 for that beauty, and it is so much prettier than a new one. laurie

from the right bank said...

That looks like a good haul! I need to find a yard sale around here . . .

Miss Sandy said...

SCORE! LOVE the luggage rack redo and the bed linens, oh my! I think I may have to fly to AZ for some bargains, wait, the airfare might not offset the bargains so much, oh well!

I have a luggage rack but it does not have the nifty needle point bands. I painted mine off white and have an old leather briefcase on it, I use it as a side table.

Heather said...

Garage sale season doesn't start here until around June! I have awhile to wait!

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen Bella Notte Linen bedding in person but I just discovered them online and I have a terrible craving to find a set for my Queen size bed. The linen "throw" looks gorgeous and I love anything linen. I can't believe you found anything Bella for $20! You lucky, lucky girl! :) Nancy

TattingChic said...

Oh, I haven't been garage sale-ing in a very long time, but aren't they fun! I don't have the room for more stuff (except I always find more room for one more tatting book or ball of thread, LOL!). I live vicariously through the blogs that show me their flea market finds! :)

The White Bench said...

Fabulous, Laura! I love the luggage holder...
I have found many treasure at garage sales, isn't the hunting exciting???
Have a great day,
Monica.

Blue Castle said...

So fun! Garage sale season doesn't start here until May. It's just too chilly, still. But, I'm waiting, and watching, anxious for the first sign. :)

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets,

ooo such good finds.
i love old phoenix. such cute houses.
what is tzaziki???
i have tried the other flavors. and naan bread. hello! yummo!!!

xooxox,
jessi

Midwest Mommy said...

Ok, your yard sales there sure do beat the heck out of our yard sales here, lol!

The Red Velvet Shoe said...

Thank goodness yardsale season is here! That luggage rack if fantastic, I love what you did with it! My grandparents retired to Tucson and I have to admit I don't remember seeing such fantastic finds when I visited (except, of course, in my grandmother's house!)
M

LMH said...

What a lovely blog. This was my first visit, and I'll be back.

Laura

whitespraypaint.blogspot.com

Pixeltrash said...

Love the pink you painted it! Those straps are awesome too!
Great deal!

Liz said...

Hi Laura! I love the Encanto area of Phoenix.... Willow District too...Sadly I have not been garage sale-ing in forever! Loved the wing back chair. I don't know that I could have just walked away.... Your luggage rack is perfect! Good Deal!

~Liz

Mimi Sue said...

You found some great treasures, Laura. I really enjoyed your Good Friday post. You are truly an inspiration in many ways. Mimi

Mrs. Petrie said...

Those garage sales look wonderful. All the sales I've been to recently have been all about giant plastic toys and old exercise gear. Maybe I need to drive up from Albuquerque... :)

Kass said...

So unbelievably jealous of that luggage rack!!!

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Laura, my first visit to your blog...loved reading about your yard sale buys and seeing the photos. Isn't it such a rush when we find a good deal!

Joy said...

That luggage holder price and redo is fabulous! And those linens you got for 10% of the regular price - wow!

We spent most of the day at Ann Arbor Antiques Market today - no garage sale prices but lots of wonderful things to see. :o)

Kirsty said...

Oh wow, you did GOOD. The linen alone would have made my month!! So, so beautiful :)

Yes, my heart does start to race, in fact it did just over your photos. Yard sale/thrift shop shopping is SO much more fun then regular shopping for me. I love the thrill of the hunt and then the satisfaction of knowing how little I got something for far more then the nagging pit in my stomach when I realize how much I spent ;)

ceekay said...

Can I go garaging with you??? I love to do that! I don't have much luck though....

Kim G. said...

I think I missed this neighborhood when I've visited Phoenix. My Aunt and inlaws live there...must find cool neighborhood next time...great yard sale too!

Tea Time With Melody said...

My cousin lives in Phoenix and her neighborhood has roaming Chickens and Roosters! She said they were grandfathered in. Craziest thing I ever saw. Waking up to a rooster at 5am in the CITY was down right weird. My favorite place there was called "Raw Hide" I think it has since moved to another location. It was a great western theme park.