Last Tuesday, after returning from the furniture market in North Carolina, I knew I’d better start hitting some yard sales to help fill the void left from sales in
my booth over the weekend; but around here, most sales aren’t held until Thursday.
So I messaged a friend of mine who has a vintage store in a nearby town to see if I could shop his garage, since I knew he would be holding a sale later in
the week. He invited me over and I had a field day picking over the merchandise that hadn’t made it into his store, Rusty NChippy.
He let me explore on my own, but also pointed out things that I had missed on my first pass through the garage.
You know how it is- you have to keep going back
over things multiple times to see things that you’ve missed the first few times you explored!
Well, I came home with the back of my SUV loaded with goodies to sell as is and some to “re-do.”
One of the items that came home with me was a tailor’s tool known as a skirt marker. Since I wasn’t wearing my “cheaters” and couldn’t see anything up
close, I couldn’t figure out what I had when I originally picked it up-
I just knew that it looked like an interesting piece of junque and I figured I could turn it into something worthwhile.
Here’s what the piece looked like before I transformed it-
Once I put on my glasses and could finally read the small print on the ruler,
I recalled that my sewing lady used to use one of these when she measured my skirt and dress hems.
For the life of me, I cannot remember how she used this tool, but I knew that I certainly wouldn’t be using it for the same purpose.
Since it stood upright so well, I figured I’d use it as a base for a sign of some kind.
Then I remembered that I had a mini chalkboard tucked away in a drawer in the laundry room, so I dug it out and put my little brain into action.
Yes, the chalkboard could easily fit behind the metal sliding piece on the ruler and I could have a simple sign!
Kinda blah looking and I wasn’t crazy about seeing the printing on the top of the wood, so I pulled out some Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan
and slapped on some Country Gray. Then I both clear and dark waxed it to look “olden and worn” and attached it to the
skirt marker with some hot glue.
What an easy peasy makeover that cost next to nothing to create!
You see, my friend Troy had thrown in this skirt marker as an added bonus to all that I had already bought from him. I had paid $1.00 for the chalkboard and
I only used a few brushstrokes of paint and a few dips of wax, so in my book- I had peanuts invested in it.
For those of you who have never heard that expression before- it pretty much means “nothing at all.”
I think my grandparents used to say that and the phrase stuck with me.
So there you have it~ my made-over piece of junque became something practical.
There is still an entire side of the garage full of stuff to be transformed with paint and decoupage.
I’m hoping to make a dent in it tomorrow if the sinusitis and bronchitis take a brief respite.
We live in what is known as Sinus Valley here in southwest Ohio and I’m draining big time, which makes me cough and sound like a seal.
Not an attractive sound!