Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oops, I did it again!

I didn't mean to.
I didn't even know they were having one.
But, just like Britney Spears,
I did it again.

I went to another garage sale!

On Tuesday morning I drove to work only to find the placed closed
due to a power outage from Monday night's storm.
Bereft, I drove right back home.  :@
With the exception of one little detour.

About a mile from home I noticed a "Huge Sale" sign at a four way stop.
Well, I had the day off, so what the heck, I might as well check it out.

It was a huge mess, is what it was.  Junk strewn everywhere.
Nothing priced.  Sweaty people digging in boxes.
Did I mention it was hot?

I quickly scanned the merchandise and picked out a couple of
items and offered $1.00 each, which they gladly accepted.

I thought this tin would be a cute way to store color crayons.

Then I looked it up online.  Huh?
  Do people actually spend $50-70 for these 1950's tins?!

Even Dorothy is shocked!

I like the color of this unmarked planter.

As I was handing over my money, I spotted a pile of scrap wood in the roped-off back yard.
And something interesting laying behind the junk pile.  The couple was in the process of
gutting the house and this stuff was ready to be hauled to the dump.

I said I was interested in the big piece, but there was no way it would fit in my car.
The owner's husband overheard our conversation and offered me a deal.
"Ten bucks and I'll deliver it to your house."

Signed ,sealed, and delivered.

Six foot eight.

Three feet high and fifteen inches deep.

Made from wood floors?

Twenty-eight storage cubbies just waiting to be filled!!!

I knew our youngest daughter was looking for a large cubby for Finley's toys
and for $10 I took a chance that this piece would work for her.

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn

All it needs is a little lot of elbow grease and a new piece of
beadboard for the back.   So what do you think,
did I get a good deal?

The accidental garage sale shopper,


  1. Wow!! The cubbies are amazing! My daughter collect Wizard of Oz things and would love that pail too. Looks like you scored big!

  2. OMG Vickie!
    I'm so jealous! That cubby is the best thing ever! I know it will be amazing when you're done working your magic! You got a fantastic deal on everything! I've gone to yard sales the last 2 weeks and haven't even got out of my car! I hope tomorrow will be better!

  3. That Wizard of Oz tin was such a FUN find! I see we share a love for yard selling! It's hard for me to wake up on a Saturday morning and not think about all the potential awesome things I could be buying. It makes it hard to go back to sleep! Thank you for linking up to HOT Fun in the Summertime blog party! I'm your newest fan!

  4. Oh my gosh, you are becoming quite the garage saler! Great bargains and free delivery? Can't wait to see what the cubbies look like after you work your magic.

    Oh, and Max says to thank you for posting that pic of Dorothy... I think he's quite smitten.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Great deal on the cubbies. And yes people do spend that much on tins from the 50's. I had a friend that collected tin sand pails some were worth $100 to $200. Stay cool, Laura

  6. What a beautiful project, awesome job! You found some great treasures...


  7. Where the treasure hunter fairies smiling on you or what!?

  8. Wow, that would be absolutely perfect for toys! I love it!

  9. Holy cow, that cubby is amazing. I live for those unexpected sales. Just think. If it weren't for the power outages, you wouldn't have come across it. You could be the reason for these storms.

  10. I love it Vickie! Perdect for toy organization! I have a pink flower pot like that and mine is unmarked too! The Wizard of Oz Tin is too fun! Love it all. You need to garage sale more often!

  11. What do I think? I think if I had found this I would have been dancing in the street all the way home! I kind of like that little wizard of oz pail too!

  12. OMG.... SCORE!!!! This almost makes up for that piece you didn't get at that estate sale. Lets see if you can actually part with it, I'm thinking it might look nice in the man cave. Well worth hanging out with sweaty people.


  13. I think you hit the jackpot with that adorable pail! I'm so proud of you for offering $ the cubbies, amazing. I can just see them all fixed up! Junky sales like that can have the best 'hidden' treasures! hugs, Linda

  14. Vickie,
    HOLY COW!!!! Great find!You need to get out and go to garage sales.Look at what you could have missed.Can't wait to see it all painted up.I am on the hunt for one of those cubbies too.But I need it for shoes.I know it is out there somewhere and I will find it :-)Love that vintage tin and vase too!

  15. I am so jealous! Wow, what a deal you got. I would have grabbed that bucket in an instant, and those cubbies are the most amazing find. How could you resist with free delivery.

  16. OH are sure finding some deals out there!!! Thanks for putting our party button up!! Hope more join's so much FUN to see all the stuff!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  17. I would have picked those cubbies up for sure! Good eye!! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Common Ground. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. OMGoodness Vickie! What an awesome find!! Now I can't wait to see you work your magic on this piece. I bet your daughter is loving you right now. Enjoy your day, Gail

  19. Lol very cute images of that little dog, and you made a few great finds I see. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,pa

  20. I could swear you said you didn't like garage sales. You scored very well. That tin is amazing, crayons or not, and the cubby is so cute. You could do so much with that. Definitely a Pottery
    Barn look alike.

  21. What great yard sale finds!!! I too am a sucker for a yard sale!

  22. Good eye! That's an incredible find with fabulous potential. I love cubbies of any kind. When the weather cools a bit I am going to repurpose and refinish a vintage hotel mailbox unit. I'm now following you.

  23. I am sure Megs will be SUPER excited! :) Very cool find!!!!

  24. Can I get a big "Heck Yeah!" That is the coolest piece ever, and for ten bucks?! You bet your sweet bippy it's a steal! All this great stuff and a day off, too? It was your lucky day!

  25. Hi Vickie, just wanted to say thanks for linking to the Hot Fun in the Summer party. Your unexpected finds are fabulous.

  26. Vickie I like the cubby hole shelf. It does have alot of potential. I think it was a great find plus being at the right spot at the right time. It's good to stop at those garage sales. You never know what you'll find. You have a nice blog and I'm a new follower.

  27. Amazing finds! Well worth sweating through piles of junk. Your daughter is one lucky girl that, accidentally or not, you keep finding these treasures!!

  28. Omigosh! How do you get so lucky? Love the Wizard of Oz tin and the cubbies. What a bargain, all of it!

  29. Pieces like this are always a good deal because they are always so bloomin' cumbersome to deal with. But usually so worth it. I always have to pass them up! Booooo. You are so lucky!

  30. Oh that piece is amazing with all the cubbies. Nice find!

  31. Love the cubbie and the wizard of oz tin. Yes you had a great deal on these treasures!

  32. YES you got a great need to go to garage sales more often with the luck you're having!! Great finds!

  33. Your the new yard sale queen! That cubby is FANTASTIC! Can't wait to see it after you work your magic. You did gooood!!
    Mary Alice

  34. You must be glad you stopped for that sale. WHat great finds. The little Wizard of Oz pail and the wood cubby are wonderful finds. Good going!

  35. Wow, that was quite a find from a sale you stumbled upon. Bonus for the delivery, too! It's made for lots of storage. :)

  36. Oh I love that cubbie thing, and those doggies are cracking me up. Oh boy. You are too funny.

  37. It was meant to be Vickie! If that storm wouldn't have cause the power outage you would have missed all those treasures. Love the cubby storage...great deal and find. Lucky ducky :-) Have a wonderful evening.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  38. Great finds Vickie!
    Those cubbies are fantastic! A great temptation for someone with the "collector gene" like me...haha. Lucky grandaughter!
    I love the tin too, so cute!
    Besos, Silvina

  39. It's a phenomenal deal! Some of the coolest yard sale finds I've seen so far!

  40. oh my, that was such an awesome find! i would love to find cubbies like that, vickie! sweet bucket, too:) dorthy and britney...too cute!


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