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The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Successful Garage Sale!

We had a garage sale this past Saturday, and it was a HUGE success! We made way more money than we expected, and the best part was getting rid of stuff that had been cluttering the house! It went so well that I think we may put out what’s left for round two this next weekend. I figure it’s already organized in the garage and ready to go. I’ve learned there are some misconceptions when it comes to having a successful garage sale. There are also some things that we could have done better — things we plan to do next weekend for round two. So here I’m going to share with you my HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL GARAGE SALE — FOR BUSY MOMS!

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1. Start gathering your garage sale items. First step is to go through everything in the house and set aside stuff to sell. Don’t be a hoarder — if you haven’t used it (or worn it) in a year, you probably don’t need it. Identify space in the house or garage where you’re going to collect your garage sale items so that they are all in one place and ready to go. I have a space in the garage where I collect garage sale items year-round.

2. Don’t price your items ahead of time. That’s right, you didn’t hear me wrong. Who has the time? Most people will tell you to price everything out and have it neatly organized, right? Well, I’m telling you NOT to price your items. Why, you ask? Well, how many times have you been at a garage sale and passed something up because the sticker price was more than you were willing to spend and you never spoke a word to the owner? By NOT pricing your items, it forces the buyer to ask you what the price is. You then know they are interested and can open up a dialogue and get to a price that they are willing to spend. I sold so many items just by a little negotiating. Garage sale customers like to get good deals… that’s why they’re shopping at garage sales! Which brings me to number 3…

3. Don’t price things too high! Discuss high-ticket items ahead of time to identify your starting price and your lowest price for the item. But remember, this is a garage sale and people expect a deal. It’s okay to hold firm to a price if you know that you could sell it on eBay or Craigslist for more. But otherwise, remember the goal is to get rid of stuff!

4. Display items neatly. I could have done way better with this one! Display like items together on tables and when possible hang your nicer clothing items. When your items are displayed neatly, it gives the impression that you take care of your things and that they are nicer items and people will pay more and be more likely to buy.

5. Advertise. Piggy back alongside a neighborhood sale or neighbors who are also having yard sales. This garners more traffic to your home. You will also want to post some of your high-ticket items individually onto Craigslist ads and direct traffic to your garage sale through those ads.

6. Create good signage. Have you ever seen those garage sale signs that are barely readable? The ones where you have to slow down and squint just to see where to go? Don’t be one of those! The best signs are simple, large print signs on brightly colored paper. I just write “SALE” in large capital letters and draw an arrow to show the direction they need to go. Neon colored card stock is inexpensive and will do the trick. Don’t over-think it!

7. Involve the kids! We kept the girls busy by giving them something to sell — Gatorade was the perfect treat in 100 degree weather! And it was a fantastic learning experience for them. They just loved being a part of the whole thing!

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8. Donate what you don’t sell! You’ve already gone through the trouble to de-clutter your home, so why bring the stuff that doesn’t sell back in? There are many organizations that will come pickup your items curbside and even give you a tax write-off slip for your goods. And if that’s too much trouble, post a quick ad in the “Free” section of Craigslist and you will have someone with a truck at your door usually within the hour.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Lots of love,
Mary

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Garage truth

This is my garage stash: five desks, two dining tables, two dressers, two headboards, two accent tables, one coffee table, one armoire, and one decorative screen. I’ve got some work to do! #truth

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Found this on Instagram and just had to share! I was literally laughing out loud!

The good news is that I have something ready to show you tomorrow!

Lots of love,
Mary

Floe – A Vintage Transitional Dresser

Hello Friends! Two nights ago I was up late and had the urge to paint something… I think I was up till like 1am, which is so not normal for me. Once I got started, I just couldn’t stop until it was complete. I’m so glad I finished! Not to get all artsy on everyone, but I didn’t have to think about how I was going to paint this dresser — It just sort of came to me! Introducing Floe:

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I was going to stop naming my furniture pieces, but what fun is that? She just looks like a Floe to me. This mid-century modern dresser has really good bones and the classic modern straight-line shape. Check her out before:
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Please try to ignore the surroundings (my pile of thrift store finds from the day). Yes, that owl is ugly now, but just wait till I’m done with him! :)

I used one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Provence, distressed, and applied a heavy coat of dark wax. Generally, I’m told that you’re only supposed to apply dark wax after you have applied a base coat of clear wax. Well, sometimes I like to break the rules! And I don’t think that art should have any rules right? You just have to play with it and experiment with different colors. I’ve tried this with a white before and it turned out terribly wrong. This time – A big win!
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I only used one base coat because I wanted a lot of the wood undertones to show and I planned on distressing a lot! Since this piece has such straight simple lines, I decided to stencil a design onto the front and leave off the hardware (notice the handle grooves under each drawer). This adds just enough interest and maintains the modern styling since the stencil print is so large.floetransitionaldresser4

I used a paint I already had in the garage (A custom mix in the navy family), and offset the pattern slightly. The stencil is from Royal Design Studio and titled “Large Fabric Damask”. It can be purchased here.
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After painting the stencil design, it was then distressed again, finished with Annie Sloan Dark Wax, then AS Clear Wax. Floe is a feminine, beautiful, classy, vintage masterpiece and I love her!

I’ve posted this piece on craigslist here.
Lots of love,
Mary

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Joy – A Pocket Full of Sunshine

Hello Friends,

I’ve been painting… and I’ve got a special piece to show you! Her name is Joy, for obvious reasons. She’s so bright and cheery and gives life to almost any space — a pocket full of sunshine!

I didn’t venture too far from her original color, a yellow tinted wood vaneer. This piece was found at my local Salvation Army and has solid dove-tail drawer construction with wooden gliders (The two things I look for when determining the quality of the piece.)

I can’t begin to tell you the paint color of this piece. Lets just say it’s a custom mix. It took me awhile to achieve just the right shade. Sometimes I don’t know what a piece is going to be until I get started, and then it just evolves. This was one of those times. I brightened her up and went for a vintage, mustard-yellow tone.

After two coats of the base color, I was anxious to add some detail work to what was a simple frame. Rather than using a stencil, I decided to freehand a crisscross pattern on the top two drawers for a more organic look. Yes, it would have been quicker and easier to use a stencil, but I wouldn’t have gotten such a custom look. I love the imperfection! And when you step back, it adds just the right amount of texture.

I also painted the handle dowels in Behr Off-White to balance out the top detail work. Joy was finished off with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and aged with Annie Sloan Dark Wax. After cleaning and polishing the brass hardware, she is now ready to show her colors!

I really love how Joy looks in front of the grey wall! I’ve posted this piece on Craigslist here. Hoping she will find a good home!
Lots of love,
Mary

Mr. Ed

Let me introduce you to Mr. Ed! This wall art project was rather simple. The two boards used were old matching twin headboards found for FREE on craigslist!

I turned each headboard on its side and painted the background with two coats of Behr Off White. Then using a silhouette image found from a google search, I traced the image onto the boards and filled it in with two coats of a custom mixed matte black color. After some light distressing, I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax. I think I’m going to hang him in the playroom/schoolroom once I get everything set. Loving Mr. Ed! He’s simple, yet makes a big statement!
Lots of love,
Mary

Thomas – An updated vintage porch swing

Its Finished! This piece took WAY longer than anticipated. I probably should have taped off the wood and sprayed the metal base to save time rather than painting every detail by hand, but lessons learned I guess. Here he is…

I chose the name Thomas because he looks so distinguished to me — handsome and smart, showing off his age so well.

I gave you a sneak peek earlier this week. Remember what he looked like before?

This piece was a Craigslist find. I love the wooden slats, you just don’t see these anymore. A perfect example of my favorite combo — mixing the vintage with the modern!

I used some wood stain that I had on hand from a previous project, Minwax Bombay Mahogany. I Just used one coat, my goal was to keep the wood looking old and worn, just warmed up a bit.

Once dry, I taped off the wood and brushed on a mixture of a Behr black color that I also had on hand. (Sorry I don’t have the name of this color. If interested, I can send you the mixture levels). I didn’t need to use a primer because the mixture used was a homemade chalk paint recipe. Side-note: I have plans to complete a more thorough chalk paint comparison in the future. I’ll keep you posted. I am however very pleased with the results!

I finished off the entire piece with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear and gave it a light buff. I’ll be applying a second coat tomorrow since its an outdoor piece and needs extra protection.

I haven’t yet decided If I am going to keep him or post him on Craigslist.  Hmmmm… decisions, decisions.
For now, I will just look at him for a while. Isn’t he handsome?
Lots of love,
Mary 
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A pedi & a project

This is what I’m doing this evening :)

A much needed pedi for a worn-out mommy! As I near the end of my second trimester, I’m starting to feel more tired. I actually had to take a nap today! Well, it was a forced nap — but a nap nonetheless. You see, I couldn’t find my car keys for the life of me and the paint for my next project was in the car. I was planning on painting during Gabby’s naptime, but after a half-hour of searching for the keys I gave up and “closed my eyes for just a minute” on the sofa.
Anyway, this is the piece I’m working on.

It’s a vintage porch swing with the most beautiful wooden slats. I picked this up for $20 off of Craigslist around eight months ago. The wood will be stained and finished, and the metal frame will be painted. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

In other news, I’ve been pulling out all my Christmas decor from the garage and the house is just about done now. I have a few Christmas craft projects to show you as soon as I get everything in place. Yay!

Lots of love,
Mary