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Labor Day Weekend Junk Finds

September 4, 2011

My husband and I stumbled onto a fantastic “yard” sale. It was actually in the parking lot of a liquor store. Our town doesn’t allow liquor sales on Sunday, so the owners of the store waited until Sunday for their yard sale. They had two large storage units they were emptying, so the trucks just kept coming. We went back several times, and there was always something new. A large part of their success was their extremely low prices.

I restyle junk to resell, so this was heaven for me. Many of the things I purchased I wouldn’t exactly call junk finds.

They were fine as is,  but I will still add my special touch to them.

One of the items I purchased isn’t in the pictures. It was an above-stove microwave. Ours kicked the bucket about two years ago. This particular appliance is kind of pricey, so it wasn’t in our budget to replace right away. The microwave I found at the sale was $15. That isn’t a typo. It was $15! SOLD!!! WooHoo!!

Check out the pink shelf. It also has a hanger on the bottom for a quilt. Adorable! $2
This wire angel was $1. It stands about three feet tall.

This iron candle holder was $2. This one will require effortless transformation. I plan to paint it a shabby chic white and add glass tea light holders.

My husband and I make benches from headboards and foot boards. This set was $2. I know, right? I absolutely could not pass them up.

The metal reindeer and sleigh will also require minimal transformation. I’m thinking shabby chic white (yes, I love that style), a pine wreath around the deer’s neck and a wreath on the sleigh. I will probably top them off with bows.

Too cute!

These urns/pots/vases are as beautiful in person as they are in photos. They were 50-75 cents a piece. The metal is very heavy. I love the colors of them. I am not sure what I will do with them as a transformation. They are perfect already.

This $2 cabinet and $1 shelf may be difficult to part with. I want them. Hmmm…we’ll see.

I bought this box to use with a special order for a bride-to-be. The bride had given me a smaller paper mache box to make a card box. I have been waffling on how I wanted to do it. My sticking point was the box she gave me just didn’t seem big enough to insert several cards. There didn’t seem to be enough angle and drop. I am going to make the card box two-tiered with a hole between the tiers, so the cards will drop into the larger bottom box. I love it when I can marry my finds with projects in progress!

This angel is so cute. ($1) It’s a wire similar to chicken wire. I love it, but it practically disappeared in the photo.

This bench is about three feet long. Just needs the screws tightened. It was $3.