Ka-ching! I woke up this morning determined to find a hidden treasure among someone's trash. Not literally trash, their unwanted yard sale items. Always remember...someone's trash may be your treasure! Today, I found quite a bit of treasure.
I have been looking for some wall decor for our bathroom. Guess what...the very first house with a yard sale had two floral wall plaques. Originally these are sold for $70 each retail. Apparently the discounted store had marked them at $30 each. The sticker was still on the back, so I peeked. I paid $4 for the pair. Seriously. That is a savings of 97% retail / 93% discounted.
I found this large wall hanging later for $15.
While there, I saw a pretty, cherry end table. I was about to pay forty dollars for it when I second guessed myself and decided to leave. " I'll come back for it if I don't find anything else," I told myself. So, I kept my forty dollars and left.
Our last yard sale before heading to the flea market was a surprise. There was a beautiful, shabby chic twin bed. It was perfect for my daughter's room. I had planned on redoing her room soon anyway. Out of curiosity I asked the lady for the price. "Eight dollars," she replied barely visible from behind the table of clothes. "I'm sorry. What was that?" I asked slightly puzzled I heard her incorrectly. She said it again this time more clearly, "eight dollars." I wanted to squeal with delight. Could she be crazy?! I swirled around to find my husband's eyes. I was planning on giving him the get it-get it now before she changes her mind look, when I saw he was already on the same path I was. He ended up paying $10...the $8 for the bed plus $2 for delivery since we don't have a truck. The picture to the right is my daughter's new bed minus the new paint and decoration as I will save that task for a later day.
Off to the flea market we go! Not even 10 yards of perusing and I see this coffee table. It was perfect for our living room. I asked the price and was rewarded. She said for the coffee table and end table the total was $30 for the pair. Glancing to my left, I noticed the end table; a perfect match. I hadn't even seen it for I was so entranced by the coffee table. SOLD! $30 for the pair!!!! I'm glad I didn't spend forty for the one end table.
It did have a few scratches, but I have my trusty brown marker. No one will ever notice the few scratches now. I simply colored over the scratches, waited a few seconds, and wiped it off with an old, dry washcloth. They look brand new and like we spent hundreds of dollars. Her trash was definitely a treasure!