Recently while walking my dog, I came across some awesome garage sale finds in my neighborhood. Isn’t that when it usually happens? I didn’t even have cash on me. Empty pockets! I had to do some fast shopping and some heavy pleading that I was legit and only lived a mile down the road and most certainly would be back to pick up my haul with cash in hand. On this day, I was fortunate, and the sweet elderly lady saved all the items away for me.
You better believe I was two-stepping it in double time to get home and grab the Jeep. By the time I got home. Both our tongues (me and my dog) were hanging out.
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7 Garage Sale Finds That I Won’t Pass up Ever!
I can’t explain it when it comes to the garage sales, but it’s like a lightbulb that goes off in my head. My mind instantly goes into decorating and repurposing mode. And because I love vintage and anything farmhouse-related, I can usually find a way to incorporate or recreate almost anything into my home decor style. Today I’m sharing 7 categories that I look for when I want to add budget-friendly decor with garage sale finds.
#1 Vintage Books
Books! It’s my go-to item for decorating with garage sale finds. I scored these vintage cookbooks for fifty cents each. Half of a Dolla Dolla bill y’all! If you can find hardback books for .50 cents, grab them all.
CLICK HERE to learn 9 charming ways to decorate with books in your home.
#2 Wooden Decor Items
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how I love DIY wooden churches. You can call it a church decor fetish if you will, but this one came home with me for $1! I know!!! I’m not sure if I will paint it or not. What do you think I should do to this amazing find? Check out the details!
It was insane how cheap everything was at this garage sale. Hang on… there’s more to come.
#3 Tool Boxes | Metal Garage Sale Finds
Here’s some other great garage sale finds… vintage metal toolboxes. Or any metal containers you can use as a tray. I find these all the time, and sometimes they are full of tools. BONUS! $!
I love decorating my patio table, and these make cute trays to display all kinds of fun decor. Use them indoors or outdoors. I added some moss rocks, a wooded tag, and a cute vase with a yard flower. Endless ideas, and I can change the decor out every day if I want. We creatives love a change-out!
#4 Cute Signs
I’m a sucker for a cute sign at a garage sale. I found this Hobby Lobby sign that still had the price tag on the back for $29.96. No way!
I PAID $1!
#5 Antique Decor | Garage Sale Finds
Now this garage sale find was a total surprise. I knew it was old and possibly an antique. It was priced at $1, so it was definitely coming home with me.
Later that day, I discovered it was a wooden printer’s tray. I’m not much of a nicknack/whatnot collector, but I think it makes perfect sense displayed on this side table. And I added a few books with a glass hobnail vase I found at a thrift store.
#6 Vintage Wood Furniture
And always keep your eyes open for vintage wood furniture at a garage sale. This garage sale find side table was $20 and is made of hickory wood, and it was super heavy. Those hand-carved details grabbed my attention. Even if it needs repairs, most can be fixed!
CLICK HERE to see how it looks now with its raw wood ombre finish.
#7 Vintage Quilts!
This doesn’t happen very often but more than you would think. A vintage quilt in any condition is a good find and a great way to add that country farmhouse feel to your home. I hit the MOTHER LOAD on this one. Not only was it in mint condition, but it was also hand sewn. That’s unheard of these days! All that love in every stitch.
I love decorating with these vintage quilts. You can stack them in a wood chair, drape them over your bed, hang them from a wall or simply curl up in a comfy chair with them. There is no right or wrong way to display these amazing works of art.
Being from a family of quilters (Mom and Grandma), I know the value of these quilts. Let’s say I have a few, but I don’t think you can ever have too many of these timeless treasures. Hand sewn quilt sells anywhere from $300 to $500 in my area.
I tried not to look too excited for fear she would change her mind on this garage sale find. Wait for it… $25! I assured her that I would take good care of it. We chatted for a while about quilting, and I could see in her eyes how proud she was of her work.
And that amazing linen-covered wingback chair… I picked it up at another garage sale for $40!
Happiness Is Decorating With Garage Sale Finds
As I drove away with my garage sale finds, my only thought was that I was proud that my Mother and Grandmother taught me the art of thrifting. Yesterday’s treasures are today’s memories, and it gives me great pleasure to know that these items have stood the test of time.
Thanks for joining me today, and I would love to hear about the best garage sale find that you scored. Let me know in the comment section below, and as always, I love hearing from you. You are my kind of people!
Until the next project… xo, Do