Sunday, November 6, 2011

Snowy Morning Equals Garage Sale Scores

Even though it snowed quite a bit the other night, I thought I'd hit one garage sale the next morning that advertised that they'd be open regardless of the weather. 

I wasn't really expecting to find anything, so was pleasantly surprised when I found a lot of stuff!  The first thing I saw was this ladder.  I was so excited, then even more so when I saw the price---$1.  It's old, it's wooden, it's in great shape with great 'patina'. It even has a Montgomery Ward paper label under the tray.  Let's see, $1 for all of this??  Yes,  I was sold! 

I  found some big Atlas canning jars.  I'm not sure what I'll use them for yet, but I think they're neat.  And at 20 cents apiece, I had to get some.  There was another lady buying most of what they had, so I was able to grab five jars and was happy with that.

You're probably wondering about the beautiful filthy chair... As I was walking out, I saw it.  It was $2.  I'm sure I can do something with it.  My husband thinks I'm out of my mind, but structurally it's in great shape and with some paint and some new upholstery, it should look great!  Now it's on to a search of blogs that have tutorials on reupholstering this type of chair.  (And worst case scenario is that I can't redo it and I'm out $2)  :)

I got two frames. One had a painting in it.  I removed it and will take it to a charity, as it looks like someone local would enjoy it.  I spent time this afternoon painting both and will make chalkboards out of them.

I like this sifter. I've cleaned it and put it above my kitchen cabinets. 

So I ended up with the ladder, chair, canning jars, frames, pitcher, sifter and a scale weight and my grand total was $8.60!  I am thrilled with my new treasures.

Thanks for coming by!



  1. What great finds! I can't believe you found all of that for the price.

    Have a great day!

  2. Oh my! What great finds and cheao too! Loving that ladder and the Atlas jars!

  3. well...I love your chair!! What a bargain for everything. Can't wait to see the chair transformed some day!

  4. Girl now you hit the jackpot with that wonderful old chair!!! I'm sure it will look outstanding after her makeover...I know you will give her a great new life!!!

  5. Hi Pam,

    You really did score! Love the snow picture!

    You could always paint the fabric on the chair if you did not want to reupholster it.
    Prime the fabric first them paint with latex paint. A few days later add some clear paste wax. That's all there is to it.

    Dee :-)

  6. what a deal, Pam! :) Lucky you!!
    The chair is awesome and so is the ladder! I bet you'll do a great job on the chair and you're right: if not, who cares! It's all about trying and daring!
    Have fun with your treasures!

  7. Fabulous finds. That chair is fantastic. So wish I lived close and I would totally take it and redo it. Wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  8. Lucky you! Love the jars and the chair! And that sifter - oh yeah I think I need one of those. Definitely worth going out in the snow for these finds :)

  9. Wow, you it the jackpot. I want the ladder. Great idea for the chalkboards. Wonderful items for a great price.

  10. I can't believe people were having garage sales with snow on the ground. Brrrr!
    Great finds!

  11. Great buying, and who would have guessed on such a snowy day too.
    - Joy

  12. I love the ladder. What great prices you got.

  13. THE CHAIR IS WONDERFUL!!!! You really got a haul!

  14. You did good Pam! I can't believe that chair you got for $2!! I know you are going to make her beautiful! Martina

  15. Terrific finds! $2 for that chair? Wow, what a bargain! It would've come home with me, too. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  16. You really scored!!! Love that ladder!

  17. Wow you got some great stuff! That chair will be beautiful when redone.


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