Well, it’s official.  I’m in love.

I wondered if it would ever happen to me – if I would ever meet the perfect….paint…that I’d want to spend the rest of my life with.   I’ve dated so many paints over the past years: Annie Sloan, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.  All turned my head and kept my attention for a while.  They were well-bred, good looking, but also high maintenance and sometimes unpredictable.  Oh, and expensive.  These were short term love affairs.  Don’t get wrong, I still like to have a one-night stand with them every once in a while, but it just wasn’t the true love I was looking for.

I’ve been going steady with my current DIY “chalk paint” for a long time now.   Although there are a ton of recipes out there, 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout plus a tablespoon of water added to about a cup of paint has served me well through hundreds of pieces.  It’s been good, but not great.  It can be temperamental and dare I say, lumpy.  Let’s face it.  Lumpy is almost never a good thing.  Oh, and it smelled.

You know how when you’re in a long-term relationship and it’s fine; it’s working. But then you meet a new guy and you’re like, “Wow, I didn’t know how bad it was!”  That’s what my relationship with homemade chalk paint has been like.  So I went searching for something better.  A chalk paint that would give me the flexibility of color but inexpensive and easy to use.

Well, I finally found it.  The perfect paint.  Allow me to introduce you to the new love of my life: Websters Chalk Paint Powder.

So what is it?  It is an all-natural powder that you mix into any latex paint of your choice, and voila: chalk paint!  Any brand!  Any color!  Can you say options, option, options?!  One of the things I couldn’t tolerate about my past paint-loves is that they wanted me to be monogamous with their paint pallet.  That just won’t do for a fickle, color-loving girl like me.

Websters allows you to skip the sanding and priming steps and go straight to the painting. The finish dries smooth and hard (I’m blushing!), not lumpy or chalky, and it distresses so easily.  Now here’s the biggest turn-on: its 100% nat-u-ral!  I never felt good about the grout in my DIY-boyfriend-paint, not knowing what sort of toxic things he exposed me to!  With Websters, I don’t have to worry.  And since I can mix it in no-VOC paint, it’s better for me and my environment.

Through the Garden Gate Display Booth

I love Websters so much and want to share it with my friends, that I recently become an Authorized Retailer of the Chalk Paint Powder.  (Does that make me a polygamist or a pimp?!?)

Odd Balls Booth Display

I’m thrilled to announce that Websters Chalk Paint Powder and the accompanying wax and brushes are now available in my booths at Odd Balls Antiques in Richmond and Through the Garden Gate Antiques in Mechanicsville.  If you’re not in the area and want to try it out, contact me here and I will be happy to ship some out to you.  There’s plenty of love to go around and I don’t mind sharing!

I admit it.  I am obsessed with color.  I’ll get into these kicks where I paint everything the same color.  Not the exact shade, just the same color family.  About a year ago, it was blue.   I did my son’s nursery in navy and my guest room in turquoise.  My kitchen and my guest bathroom: You guessed it! Both blue.

IMG_0232When I first started painting furniture for Worthwhile ReStyle, I became obsessed with a color called Blue Arrow by Valspar.  It is the perfect light grey-blue.  I bought a whole gallon from Lowes, and I wish I could tell you just how many things I painted with it.  It was ridiculous!

 

It started with my oldest son’s room. Then I liked it so much I painted the back of the bookcases in our family room and the kitchen stool which I originally planned to do in a nondescript black. I think my favorite thing I painted with Blue Arrow is this little groovy slate-top side table.

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After about six months, even my ten year old started to complain about all the blue I was doing.  I admit, I was getting my fill…until..I discovered  peacock blue.  Peacock Tail to be exact.

The first thing I painted was a couple of lamps.  Did you know you can easily paint metal and all kinds of different surfaces with chalk paint?  Talk about an easy ReStyle for outdated brass lamps!  My friend, Catherine, fell in love with these and claimed them as her own shortly after I finished them.

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So when I found this sweet little dresser at an online auction, she was just calling out for some Peacock Tail!

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Once covered in Peacock Tail, Catherine took one look at the dresser and just HAD to have it.  It is now happily living in the bedroom of her new home next to the matching lamps.

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She loves the color so much that I have to offer her the “right of first refusal” for anything painted this paint.

I thought I loved this shade.  But recent events have lead me to believe that Catherine has me beat.  She loves it so much that she bought a new Keurig coffee maker just to match her dresser.  Now THAT is obsessed with color!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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 Do you ever have color-obsessions?  What shades of blue do you love best?

 

As January comes to a close, it occurs to me that I haven’t written even one blog entry this month.  I guess I’ve been busy pickin’ and paintin’.  I thought I’d jump back in by highlighting the best things to happen over the past month in this thrifting-painting-decorating-antiquing business of mine.  So here goes…in no particular order…

1. I moved to a bigger booth at the antique shop.

I started this little experiment business venture in September in a 4×6 square booth with only half walls.  For $55 a month rent, it felt very safe and I knew that even if I didn’t sell a single thing, a couple of months wouldn’t break the bank.  It soon became obvious that this wasn’t going to be enough space.  And when a bigger space opened up, I jumped on it.  I have double the floor space (4×12) and walls that go up to the ceiling. (Yay!)  The layout of the booth also fits me well (it’s sorta like a hallway rather than an actual booth you walk into) and allows me lots of flexibility with my little pieces of painted furniture.  January has been my best month yet, so I feel like I’ve made the right move!

2. I finally tried “THE REAL” Chalk Paint.

You may know that I have been making my own DIY version of chalk paint.  And it’s been working fine.  But this past weekend, I finally shelled out the $38 a quart for the real stuff by Annie Sloan.  It feels and acts much different than the paint I use; I’ll do a whole blog on it soon and talk about the differences, but for now, I’d say I really like it.  Do I “$38-a-quart-more” like it?  Only time will tell.  Here’s an up-close of the first table top I did with it.  What do you think?

 

3. The new Goodwill in Goochland opened

Am I the only one who gets excited about this stuff?!  This has got to be one of the best Goodwills I’ve ever been to!  It’s very clean and organized.  In fact, when my friend, Halle walked in, she said, “Is this Marshalls or Goodwill?!”  It was that nice.  It smelled good, and I found a ton of stuff to buy.  Not so much for the booth as for me and my family.  I hate to admit it, but I even found my baby’s first walking shoes.  I know that sounds bad, but they are leather Stride Right shoes that were brand new for $2!  They retail for like $40, so who could blame me?  Just please don’t tell my husband.

4. I made a new friend

This month I became good friends with a woman who has a booth in the same antique shop as me.  She’s really fun and funny and has great taste.  Her booth is one of the cutest in the shop, and the pieces she picks have a unique Asian influence.  The reason I include this on my list is that it has been so nice to have someone who appreciates the “thrill of the hunt” as much as I do.   I finally have someone who gets as excited about Goodwill as me!  If you visit Oddballs, check out her space.  She’s expanding too, and as of February 1 will be the second big booth on the right.  This proves you’re never too old to make a new friend.

 5. I sold these chairs!

I found these mid-century chairs at a yard sale several months ago.  I bought them both for $20.  They sat in my house for a month or two waiting for me to recover and paint them.  But, the problem is that I never found the right fabric for them (after searching exhaustively) and frankly, I’m not that good at upholstery.  So when I got my new larger space, I stuck them in there until I had time to redo them.  And voila!  A nice mother and daughter came in and snatched them up for $150!  I was thrilled with my profit margin, and now I don’t have to recover the seats!

6. I started selling on eBay.

I’ve been buying on eBay since early 2000.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve never sold a single thing until now.  What was I so afraid of?  I guess I thought it was more involved than it actually is.  With all the new technology, it’s super easy to take some pictures and throw up a listing.  This past week I sold two sweaters.

I bought this hand-appliqued Easter sweater for 3.99 and sold it for $38!

I think I paid $1.50 for this vintage LeTigre sweater. Remember those?! (It was 50% off!) I sold it for $19.

And I currently have a listing for this old set of vintage hot rollers.

I got them for $6 and have them listed at $19.99. We’ll see what happens.

Apparently the old technology (wax core?) in these rollers cause them to get hotter and/or make better curls.  I hear they are highly desirable among the pageant set.   Who knew?! (I mean, I did, duh, that’s why I bought them at an estate sale!

So there you have it.  Not quite a “Top Ten,” but I sure have enjoyed myself this month!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

I’ve been doing a lot of “thrifting” lately, (I’m addicted!) but it seems like I’ve bought more “projects” than “products” for my antiques booth.  All of these projects have been piling up in my dining room, and apparently someone wants to have Christmas dinner in there.  So my goal this week was to clear out the room and get some things painted and off to my booth.

First up was this hexagonal end table.

This table looked so dated when I bought it at the Love of Jesus Thrift Shop in Richmond.  I loved the hardware and the cool slate top and knew it would look awesome with some paint.

The picture makes it look grey, but yes!  It’s another blue table!  I know, I know… you’ve seen this paint before.  It’s the one I painted my son’s room (and several mirrors) in – What can I say?  I had a whole gallon to use up!

But what a difference it made here!  Welcome to the 21st century, little table!  The cool color combined with the slate top gives it a modern look.

Check out all the storage inside!

I love the way the handle looks with a coat of paint and some distressing.

They just don’t make hardware like this anymore!

Next up was a bench I picked up at a shop in Norther Virginia while visiting my mom.  It  had a horrible faux paint finish and dated plaid fabric.

After a light sand and a coat of grey paint, she was ready for her new top.

I picked out a modern yellow and grey fabric from Joann Fabrics.

Then I added a bit of grey trim to finish it off.  Wouldn’t this be sweet at the foot of a bed or at a bathroom vanity counter?

My last project for the week was another lamp revamp!  I painted a boring brass lamp a nice shade of olive green.  After hand painting the lamp, I gave it a light sand, distressed it a bit and then sealed it with finishing wax.

I topped it off with a new burlap shade adorned with birds.  What do you think?

Wish I could keep it, but all of these items are going in my booth at Odd Balls Antiques & More this week.  That is unless of course you, or someone you know may be interested in giving something a new home.  If so, shoot me an email at worthwhilerestyle@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

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A few weeks ago I visited my in laws in New Bern, North Carolina.  New city, which means… new thrift and antique shops to explore. I always look forward to checking out the local junk shops when I travel.  Does that make me weird?

A few years ago we went on an Alaskan cruise. As we were walking around the port town of Ketchikan, my husband pointed out the local thrift shop. What a guy!

There it was in the distance…that famous red shield of the Salvation Army beckoning to me to come search for bargains.

I really hoped I’d find something. Have you ever wanted to buy something in a store “just cuz?” How cool would it have been to have found something fabulous (and cheap) and say “I bought this in Alaska!?”

But unfortunately it was one of the worst thrift shops I’d ever been to (and I’ve been to a LOT).  I did however capture this picture of two dogs hanging out of  a window on the walk back to the ship.  So it was worth it.

I think they were campaign dogs.

The Salvation Army I recently visited in North Carolina was pretty good.  And by “good,” I mean three things:

1) Clean – no funky smell.  I HATE that!

2) Well-organized – I like digging through piles as much as the next person, but I do prefer when things are where they’re supposed to be, and

3) I found stuff to buy. Muah ha ha!

Here’s what came home with me:

~ A wooden serving tray.

I just love the retro-looking cluster of grapes.

I painted it grey and lightly distressed it.  Don’t you love how just a little paint can transform something so outdated?

~Small pitcher – I can’t get enough of these. I price them at an affordable $3-4 in my booth since it’s something people love to collect.
~ 4 ceramic fleur de lis decorative doo-dads
~ A shirt for my son, and
~ A vintage wooden doll cradle.

 

I forgot to take a picture before taking it to the shop, but there is an old-school transfer of a little lamb on it.  Remember those from the 70’s?  I mean, not that I really remember the 70’s, but you know.  It’s so sweet.

The cradle is down there on the left being used to display the pillows.

I put it in the shop for sale as-is and then will restyle it with some pink paint in a few months if it doesn’t sell.

The only thing that bothered me about the NC Salvation Army was that instead of the prices being on stickers, they were written on the bottom of each item in permanent marker.  Hello!? It’s permanent!

What’s the point of getting something and trying to pass it off as expensive if it has $1.99 written on the bottom?!

Luckily I was able to scratch it off with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser.

The last thing I bought was a magazine rack.

They say magazine racks come in threes.  No wait, that’s tragedies.  So scratch that.

I’m not sure if I find things or things find me, but recently I became the owner of three standing magazine racks within one week.

This first spindly one I got at an online auction. I told you, I’m addicted to these!

The next one my dear friend Catherine scavenged, I mean, bought for me.  I introduced her to the Goodwill Outlet, you know, The Pound.  She was texting me live from her maiden voyage. When I told her about my recent auction score, she mentioned that she had just passed a rack.

Not knowing whether it would still be there (to say merchandise moves quickly there is and understatement) she hurried to where she had seen it. Thankfully it was still there.

And lastly is the one I found in North Carolina while visiting my in-laws.

So here are some ways to use these uber-useful racks:

-For magazines next to your favorite chair in the family room.
-For books or other interesting reading material in the bathroom.
-For children’s books in the nursery.
-For files in the office.
-For cookbooks in the kitchen.

Can you think of any other uses?

So what am I going to do with them?  You tell me!  If you’re in need of a magazine rack, send me an email or reach out on Facebook.  I’d be happy to custom paint one the color of your choice as they’re currently all still available (and taking up valuable floor space in my son’s play room.) Poor thing.  It’s a good thing he doesn’t crawl yet!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of new items have been added to my booth at Odd Balls Antiques & More.

It’s all decorated for the holidays – well, as much as a 4×6 space can be.  I made a curtain out of a gorgeous vintage table cloth to brighten the space.  I also have some adorable retro Christmas ornaments for sale for only $2 each!  I think they would look great featured in a glass bowl as a centerpiece on your holiday table. Or they’ll add a bit of whimsy along with your own cherished family ornaments.

I’ve also added a few new mirrors.  I love the curvy lines of the blue mirror below.

I hope you get a chance to stop by the shop this season.  Antiques and hand painted items make great gifts for that person on your list that has everything.  You’ll know that you’re giving them something one-of-a-kind that can’t be bought in a “big-box” store.

Through the holidays, everything in my booth is 20% off!

Thanks for reading!

It was a busy weekend, and I was finally able to finish up a few projects that had been starting to pile up.

I got this cute curvy mirror a few weeks ago at my very first online estate sale auction – my new addiction.  I’ll write about it in detail sometime soon, but just think of it as eBay up the street.  You can check the items out ahead of time, go home and bid on them in your pajamas, and then pick them up the next day.  So much fun!!

I had initially intended to paint the mirror pink.  I’m just dying to paint something a soft pale pink – but it was calling out to be antique white.  The morning I was going to take it to the shop, I passed by my awful spray-painted-silver plastic mirror in our office and decided I’d keep the white one instead.

This weekend I also finished this cute retro mirror that my friend, Catherine picked up for me at the Goodwill Outlet.  You know, the “pay-by-the-pound” place hereafter to be referred to solely as “The Pound.”

I painted it a soft aqua color and lightly distressed it.

I think this would look awesome in a foyer or over a dresser, as I’m sure it was originally intended.  I think it could be cool in a bathroom as well instead of your standard frameless mirror (I hate those!).

Right now I have it listed on craigslist since I don’t have room for it in my little booth at the antique shop.  We’ll see how that goes.

I just finished this chair this morning.  I found her on the top shelf at a local thrift shop about a week ago.  I had to ask an employee to verify the price tag when I saw they wanted a whopping…are you ready for this… $1.98!

That’s how I found her!

The chair was in really good shape – no holes in the caning, and had very few dings on the legs.  I knew she’d look great with a coat of paint and some funky fabric.

Here she is when I got her home.

First I removed the seat and painted the chair a peacock blue.   (Kinda addicted to that color right now!)  I decided to leave the caning on the back natural because, well, I just like how it looks.  Actually, that’s only partly true.  The whole truth is that I’m such a sloppy painter, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to control the drips that would surely find their way between the cane.  In any case, I left it au natural, and I think it looks great.

After the blue dried, I “dry-brushed” on antique white.  Basically what that means is that you get a little paint on your brush, then sorta dab most of it off.  Then you haphazardly apply it over the white, wiping it off as you go.

You can see how the blue shows through.

After giving the entire chair a light sanding, I distressed the edges and then sealed the finish with a coat of clear wax.

This morning I covered the chair with the aqua and lime green fabric from Joann Fabrics. This was my first ever attempt at recovering a chair, and I must say, it was harder than I thought it would be to get it straight.  The corners were the most challenging part.

It takes a lot of finessing to make the deliberately uneven finish look even.

This chair is being sold at my new favorite consignment store, Revival in Gayton Crossing in the West End of Richmond. It is a super-cute shop and the merchandise changes every day.

Here’s another of my mirrors currently for sale at Revival:

Yes, another mirror painted blue.  Perhaps I need to branch out to a new color family.  Any suggestions?!

So that’s what I was up to this weekend! Thanks for reading!

In my last post I shared about the DIY “chalk paint” that I use on all my projects.  Among the things I love about this paint (no priming required and one coat coverage, just to name a few) is that you can just as easily paint wood as plastic and metal.

One of my favorite things to paint (besides mirrors and frames) is old brass – lamps especially.  You may remember these that I did recently.  I scored the pair at a yard sale for $3 and totally transformed them with just a little peacock blue paint.

My friend liked them so much that she asked me to paint an old lamp she had sitting around.

Here it is before.

It’s your standard run-of-the-mill metal lamp.  It has good curves though, so we knew it would look cute with a fresh coat of paint.

First I cleaned the lamp with a Clorox wipe.  I generally use these on my wood projects as well.

Since I already had the paint mixed up ( I add Plaster of Paris to Behr’s paint and primer in one) I was ready to paint.  I did two coats because I wanted nice solid coverage. Unlike wood, which I can sometimes get away with doing only one coat, I find that metal usually looks better with two.

I allowed the paint to dry over night and then sanded it lightly with 600 grit paper.  Since the paint is kinda “chalky,” there is always a bit of white residue when you sand.  This wipes off and then disappears once you apply the wax. More on that later.

This is how the finish looked after sanding.

Once I wiped it clean, it was time to distress.  My friend wanted a little of the silver showing through, so I grabbed my 120 grit sandpaper and lightly hit the edges.  You need to use a very light hand when distressing metal, or you will chip off large pieces of the paint.

The silver shows through nicely on the curves of the lamp.

Next came my favorite part of the whole chalk paint process. The waxing.  I love to wax!

No, not that kind of waxing!  Get your mind out of the gutter.  You know I am prone to TMI, but do you really think I would announce that kind of thing on a blog?  Anyway…the wax.

Remember I told about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint?  Well, even though I make my own paint rather than paying her $38 for a quart, I did spurge on her wax.  The wax is the finishing touch to the paint process.

The wax is clear and feels soft like margarine. You apply it with a large brush or cloth.

You can see how the wax evens out the color.  It seals it and gives it a smooth finish. Once the wax is dry, you buff it out with a lint-free cloth.  I usually use my husband’s old tee shirts.  God knows he had enough of them with yellow pits that I could commandeer.  Kinda sad, but it really says more about my laundry skills than his sweat production.

Here’s an up-close shot of the finish.

What a difference, huh?  I hope Shannan likes her lamp!

Do you have an old metal lamp or outdated mirror that needs restyling?  I hope this little tutorial will motivate you to give it a try. Or if you’re not willing to tackle it yourself, let me know.  I’d be happy to help!

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Have you heard of chalk paint??

No?  Well, as of a few months ago, neither had I.  Over breakfast, my friend told me about a very exclusive line of paint called Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  She extoled the virtues of this miraculous paint.  What’s so great about it?   You don’t need to sand before painting.  You don’t need to prime before painting.  It goes on smoothly, dries quickly, and with little effort, you get that popular vintage-y “shabby chic” look.  After hearing about it for the first time, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some!

For years I’ve had furniture just begging to be painted… an Ikea bookcase, an outdated coffee table, and a tacky brass lamp… just to name a few.  But the work involved with the whole sand-prime-paint charade turned me off.  Until then!

This end table took 3 coats of satin-finish to cover and I obsessed over every brush stroke. With chalk paint, the brush strokes seem to disappear.

Where was this chalk paint months ago when I was 9 months pregnant on my hands and knees, sanding and painting coat after coat on this 70’s coffee table?

Where was it, you ask?!  Uh, only all over the Internet.   Doh!

You know how it feels when you show up late to a party and everyone else already has their buzz on? Apparently everyone in the blogosphere but me knew how great this stuff is and has been using it to paint the most amazing furniture.

My first thought: Must. Get. Some. Now.  You grab the baby; I’ll grab the keys!

But wait!  What?  This Annie Sloan stuff is $38 a quart!  A quart?!  On to Plan B.

Enter DIY chalk paint.  For a girl like me, with more creativity than cash, the make-at-home version was right up my alley.  Before I plunked down the dough for the good stuff, I wanted to see if I could make it myself.

The Internet abounds with chalk paint recipes that claim to be very similar to this Annie Sloan stuff.  Some very smart people out there figured out that if you take Plaster of Paris or even unsanded grout, and mix it with a little water and paint, you get a product with similar properties as Annie Sloan’s coveted formula.

For every decorating blog out there, there’s a different DIY chalk paint recipe.  For my projects I use roughly 1 part Plaster of Paris to 2 parts paint.

Basically I mix a little less than 4 oz of unsanded grout and water and then add it to a sample size of Behr (Home Depot) paint and primer in one product.

I have been thrilled with the results of my paint.  It is super easy to apply, and in some cases I only need one coat.  I attribute this more to the “paint and primer in one” paint than to the grout, but whatever it is, I love it!

 

This is just one coat of “Anonymous” paint by Behr – a very warm grey color.

I’m still looking forward to checking out “the real thing.”  Annie Sloan’s paint is only sold at a few select boutiques around the country and online.  Luckily for me, there’s a “Stockist” (the term for retailers who carry her line of paint) only 30 minutes from my house in Ashland.   As soon as I sell an organ to pay for it have the time, I’m going to get some and see what all the fuss is about.  Until then, I’m more than happy with my version.

 

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With the onset of winter, yard sale season is coming to a close, so I’m really relishing these last few Saturdays I have left.  This past weekend was the first really cold yard sale morning, so I busted out my wool coat and headed out.  There were only three within a five mile radius of my house.  How did I know?

Let me introduce you to  www.gslar.com  It is a free website that maps out yard sales in your area.  Once you register, you go in and add your zipcode and how many miles you’re willing to travel for bargains.  The site then pulls down all the ads from local papers and craigslist and sends you a report.   You tell them when you want to be notified.

I usually get my email on Friday night.  The site even allows you to plan your route so you can maximize your time out, like if you have a nursing baby at home and can only be away a few hours, or something like that.

So, as I said, there were only 3 sales within a five mile radius of my house, so I planned to hit all three of them.

The first one was actually in the back of my neighborhood.  My 10-year-old is really into cars these days and I found a car book and a model Mustang for him for $1.50 total.

The next sale was on River Rd.  River Road is where people with “old Richmond money” live.  So of course I had high expectations.   Let’s just say it didn’t live up to my expectations.  The old lady who was running the sales proclaimed herself to be “blind as a bat.”  But I tell ya what, she was keeping a good eye on those prices and was not willing to negotiate.  No worries.

Much to most seasoned “yard-salers” dismay, I seldom ask for a discount.  I appreciate the work that goes into holding a yard sale.  They obviously want to get as much as they can for their crap and sometimes I feel like asking for them to take less is offensive.  What’s a dollar or two to me in the grand scheme of things?  Not much.

Sometimes if I’m getting several items from one person, I will ask for a few bucks off the sticker price.   For example, if I have 3 items that come to $7 you may say, “Will you take five for all this?” as you’re handing them the money.  Most people will accept that.

From Mrs. River Road I bought a brand new pair of suede flats.  Apparently my foot grows half a size every time I have a baby, and this time was no different.  Anyone need any size 9s?   I have a closet full.

I also scored another Christmas sweater.  Ever since my bff Halle announced her annual holiday party was going to be a “Tacky Christmas Sweater” party, I’ve been obsessed with finding them.  You may remember the one I found at Goodwill Outlet and this one did not disappoint either.

It is a Plus Size woman’s vest and will look AMAZING on my brother-in-law, Glenn.  In fact, I can’t wait to see him in it.  As of this writing, I’m not sure he even knows about the party, much less the sweater, but whatever!

After I left River Road, I headed back toward my house and saw a sign for a sale.   The sign advertised tools, and since I’m in the market for a saw, I thought I’d stop in.

 

I knew just a little paint would make this adorable.

The first thing I saw was this shelf.  A friend of mine has asked me to keep my eye out for a display shelf for her daughter’s ceramic egg collection.  For a $1 I thought I’d get it just in case it would work for her.

It’s not the right size and doesn’t have glass, so I am going to use it as a display shelf in my booth at the antique shop.

I also scored 8 vintage silk scarves at this sale.  They were a quarter each.  I don’t know much about the value of vintage scarves; I just like them.  On Etsy, name-brand scarves can fetch up to $25 or more.  I think the most valuable one was an Oscar de la Renta.

The most unique and my favorite by far was this green and navy one.  It is labeled June Critchfield from 1979 and is a depiction of the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Its complete with the Capitol at one end and the Washington Monument at the other with traffic in the middle.  No wait.  That’s not right. Sorry.  That was my PTTSD (Post Traumatic Traffic Stress Disorder) rearing its ugly head.

Actually I think this scarf is super-cool and would awesome framed.  Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet.  I may give it to a DC friend for her birthday.

The last thing I bought were these two little handmade (in 1963) wooden stars for a quarter each.  I’ve already painted them a bright avocado green and think they would look adorable as Christmas decorations.  They’ll be going in the shop this week.

So all in all, my Saturday yard sale adventure, I spent $12 and had a whole lotta fun.

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