You may not want it but I might? Yesterday, my girlfriend Dana and I went garage sale shopping. She’s getting married this summer, so she was on a mission to find 100 china dinner plates. She’s serving the wedding dinner on fabulously, beautiful eclectic vintage floral themed china dishes. What a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, followed of course with lunch on a patio and a delicious bottle of wine to revel in our finds.
Partly the lure of garage sale shopping is the thrill of the hunt, and the surprise of the find. You truly never know what treasures you will find as you travel from sale to sale. We were successful on with our dinnerware mission, a beautiful place setting for ten for twenty dollars. I found a collection of 156 ounce (huge) champagne bottles for two dollars apiece. Yes, they were empty. Score, for me, as I’ve been wanting to use these oversized bottle as outside candle holders. I’ll give it a good washing, fill it with sand so its heavy enough not to blow over even in the strongest wind and then drip many layers of melted wax down the bottle and replace the cork with a candle and I’ll have the perfect dining table center piece. I also found a vintage round sterling silver tray, that polished up perfectly this morning, a crystal jam jar complete with sterling silver spoon and a couple of brand new Gund teddy bears ( still with the price tag attached) for the four legged kids at home. Not a large haul this weekend, but a fun day and time to have a good visit with a girlfriend.
It’s the perfect Saturday adventure but you need to go prepared. The ability to think on your feet creatively is a must , as you only have a few minutes to look at an item and decide if you can work with it or if it’s a great piece to bring home. You’ll find furniture that you can paint and restore, so you need to be able to recognize good lines or even a mid century modern piece that may need to be sent in to have the legs re-chromed, but once done, you would then be the proud owner of a coveted designer case good. Go prepared with plenty of cash for bargaining purposes, comfortable shoes, bottled water, your creative thinking cap, an open mind and a full tank of gas.
The early bird gets the worm and the best items, so go early and plan your route ahead of time. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t find anything good this weekend as you just never know when or where you will find a true treasure. The fun is in the hunt and the camaraderie. Live fabulously and design well – it doesn’t take a huge budget but rather, a good eye and an adventurist spirit.