I’m linking to the following parties this week. Make sure you stop by to see their hostesses and check out the participating party-goers!
As I drove into the charming little town of Tipp City, Ohio on Saturday, I kept seeing yard sale signs up and down the main street. I discovered that residents were participating in a city-wide yard/garage sale, so I decided that once I was done shopping at a friend’s new shop, I would drive by a few to see what I could find. Alas, I spent several hours in Amy’s store AND most of my allotted shopping money, so I was working on a real limited budget. Like, under $10.
So, I drove through town and circled around to a house that had a hoard of people lingering both on the porch and on the front lawn. I figured it looked like a great place to find something worth buying, and I wasn’t disappointed. I saw glassware and old shutters galore, but I didn’t have the cash to buy them. On my way off the porch, I spied a tarnished brass candlestick with a large glass hurricane. It was on the table with a sign that said everything was $1.00. Well, you bet I grabbed that baby in a hurry! Even though it was icky brass, I knew it could be transformed with my trusty oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Here it is in its before state:
And here is the improved version, all painted and cleaned up:
This little update sure made the candlestick look a lot better, wouldn’t you agree?
I hit a couple of other sales on the same block but didn’t find anything else that caught my eye, so I just came home. I’ll take pictures of all the loot I came away with from Amy’s store so I can show it to you later this week.
But first, I have to show you what I found at a moving sale last week. I didn’t get to this lady’s house until the last day of her sale, so there wasn’t much left. But I came across these linen napkins that just called to me.
They were originally priced at $10, then marked down to $8. I asked if she would consider anything less and she came back with a $6 price, to which I readily agreed. They are quite large- 20 inches square and all in excellent condition. I love the ecru color, and after the napkins are laundered, starched, and ironed, the lace will look great.
But don’t expect to see an “after” picture of them today! When I iron, I have to set up the ironing board in front of the TV and watch movies or shows I have DVR’ed. That way, I am entertained and I don’t have to endure the drudgery of ironing. BTW, is there anyone out there who REALLY likes to iron? Some people might say it’s therapeutic, but I would definitely have to disagree with that opinion!
Instead, I’m off to take pictures of all my purchases from Amy’s and then find homes for them. That is way more fun and therapeutic than ironing, don’t you think?
P.S. Mr. Sullivan went back to work a couple of days ago. He is doing much better and is making big strides. He has progressed from walking on crutches to using a cane (an Ohio State one, at that!). He works out at the gym several times a week, has used the treadmill, and on Friday, he even tried the elliptical machine! Although he still has a very limited range of motion in the knee and has to use very low speeds, we think it is a good start for regaining mobility.
I’m sending out a big thank you to all of you who have e-mailed me and stayed in touch. :-)