I never thought I would say it, but I LOOK FORWARD to spending my Saturday mornings sifting through other peoples stuff.
Ok, that sounds shady.
What I mean to say it that I LOVE going to estate sales. I’ve found a really great company in the Toronto area who organizes and hosts these over the top garage sales. They are usually held in the house and customers are invited to walk though and pick up whatever they see.
What I love is the “hunting” aspect. Seeing pieces that other people have passed up because sometimes it’s hard to see past the condition it is currently in. Digging through a basement storage room to find that piece of gold. I found my dining room chairs in someones cantina, dusty and sadly living out their days in the corner. (Hi Whiskey!)
They are so great! $5 a pop . . . and in mint condition!
I was at another sale a little while ago and picked up this gem for $12.
It was camouflaged in a turquoise room. Seriously, everything was turquoise; walls, furniture, carpet . . . everything! It’s just a simple side table with 4 drawers, but I thought it had character and with a little help it could be awesome!
First I lined all the drawers because they were just bare and kind of gross looking. I got the pre-stuck paper at Dollarama for $2. I think they consider it a wallpaper . . .
Ta Da! Drawers lined! (This picture is a little bit of visual trickery . . . the pattern of the paper and my carpet looks the same! It looks like none of the drawers have bottoms!)
These handles had me on a little bit of a scavenger hunt. I first found them at Canadian tire for $5 each, but they’re knobs and handles were SO disorganized and not stocked, that I couldn’t find them. So I had to go to the Depot. At Home Depot I had to special order them, but they were only $3/handle. Sorry Can Tire . . . you always get first crack at my money!
And there she is in all her glory! Cleaned up like a shiny new penny! Not only does she look spectacular, but she is also hiding all of Eli’s ugly studio gear like cables and other gadgets. Sweet!
Just one of my scores from this sale. Here are a few more:
I found this vintage floor lamp in the basement. It had a pair of matching table lamps, I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t pick them up too. Grabbed this for $20, a little clean-up and it’s like brand new.
There were a million of these chairs in the basement, they must have been intended for parties when you need extra seating, but they’re cumbersome because they don’t stack. The patterned fabric is actually a slip cover, brilliant! Gave it a wash and the colors are as bright as ever! The shoe molds were $5, I wasn’t sure about buying them at first, what do I need shoe molds for? But now I don’t regret it at all … they are so cute!
Anyone who knows me will recall the wall-shelf-falling-and-destroying-everything incident. It’s embarrassing and I don’t like to talk about it (cause that’s what I do for a living) so all I’m gonna say is that pre-shelf falling there was a piece of glass on this coffee table that was smashed to bits, so this glass tray is my replacement solution. It’s sort of cooler because I can fit books and such underneath for a bit of interest.
Ahhhh, my baby! After I had already bought all of the above good stuff, I decided to go back in and do one more round and found this buried in the basement with a bunch of crap in it. It’s a vintage photography bag in near perfect condition. The only flaw is that something tried to chew through the strap, whateves! It’s a beautiful camera bag . . . nows all I need is the beautiful camera to go in it! 😉 Patience V, patience.
That’s all for today folks!