My husband and I LOVE any sort of garage sale-ing, yard sale-ing, thrifting, antique shopping, side of the road stopping…you name it, we do it. Basically our entire home and most of our bookshelf has been filled that way. It is in part because we are thrifty, yes. But I think there’s a good chance we will always be this way, regardless of how much money we make. It is just so much fun and I love the discovery process.
I am not as patient as my husband Solomon if I’m looking for something specific. He has literally searched for a certain book for a year before he finally found it at a thrift store- who does that?! But the longer we are together, the more I find myself also wanted the old versus the new.
As you can imagine, thrifting is one of our favorite things to do together. It’s like a date. So when Solomon came home with a newspaper clipping boasting “34th Ohio’s Annual Largest Garage & Craft Show” at a fairground, you can bet I pasted that ad right in my planner.
We got our Starbucks, put on some U2, and settled in for the hour drive, happy for some extended time together after a long week. And then we waited for a turn that never came. By the time we realized it, we had gone over 20 minutes out of our way. Keep in mind that neither of us are morning people and we had willingly drug ourselves out of bed at 7:30 on a Saturday, okay?
We arrived at the town and at what we thought were the proper fairgrounds only to realize that the auction going on there was most definitely NOT the event we had come for! I finally got a hold of my mom who checked on the ad for me and told us it was in another town. An hour away. SOMEONE (okay, me) had done some poor planning. By this time it’s around 10:00 and the supposed big sale started at 9. No early bird worms for us.
We made the drive anyways because Ohio’s largest garage sale! We had visions of rows and rows of tables, of furniture just made for our new home, and of retro pieces just dying to be displayed on our future kitchen’s open shelves.
It was not that. It was more like a small flea market spread across several fairground buildings. But, we made the most of it and explored the town and the one we drove through on the way, even stopping at several garage sales and the local goodwill (Solomon couldn’t resist. “Who knows what you might find in the middle of nowhere?”). Despite the mixup and let down, we truly had a fun, great day together. One of the ways we value our marriage is through setting aside days like this one.
We did get a couple things, but most of the items pictured below are from local garage sales I went to with my grandma the day before. Between that and our little trip, we actually ended up collecting some nice treasures for the new house.
Here is a breakdown of the items & what we spent:
Books (9 total), for any curious bookworms out there:
The Metamorphsis (Kafka) = .25
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Fower)= .50
Rosie (Anne Lamott) = $6.00
The Food of the Gods (H.G. Wells) =$3.00
Women in Love (D.H. Lawrence) =$6.00
The Woman Who Rode Away (D.H. Lawrence) = $3.00
Custom of the Country (Edith Wharton) = $3.00
Jacob’s Room and the Waves (2 novel set, Virginia Woolf) = $6.00
total on 9 books: $27.75
[note: the first two were purchased at garage sales, hence the lower similar-to-thrift-store prices].
All Other Items
Snake plant = $10.00
Jewelry: 2 necklaces =$5.00, one bracelet =$5.00
Chrome tea kettle= $5.00
Rocking Chair (pier One!) =$10.00
Antique end table =$5.00
Flower coffee cups =$1.00/set
Large floral tray =3.50
Small floral tray =.50
Other items total: $42.00
Grand total: $69.75
Because of the surprise independent bookstore shop where I piled up those books like an excited child, we spent a little more than we usually do comparatively. Still, look at everything we got for $70! I mean, an end table (or guest room side table) for $5? A perfect, light but comfortable rocker for $10? Not bad at all. I feel that the decor items will go far in our new house and I can’t wait to decorate. If you know me in real life or follow me on Pinterest, you know that I am currently obsessed with minimal, eclectic decor – and I’m super excited that that look can be created through garage sales/ thrifting.
But more on that at a later date 😉 happy tuesday!