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Still waiting for warm weather here. It’s supposed to be spring, but feels like it’s not. Where is the weather that is 60 degrees and sunny? I can’t wait for regular yard sales to start, but the weather just doesn’t seem to be cooperating yet.

DH and I went to two mommy markets this Saturday (believe it or not, we really do enjoy spending our “date” mornings this way. . .sometimes we mix it up and go grocery shopping. . .we’re exciting that way.)

Anyway, here are just a FEW of my finds for this week:

For Thing #1

Soccer Cleats — $2

soccer cleats

Lord of the Rings DVD — $3

Lord of the Rings

Timberland Boots — $2

timberland boots

For Thing #2

Transformer Bumblebee Pajamas — $1 (also got him a Star Wars pair)

transformer bumble bee pajamas

 

For Thing #3

Converse  Shoes — $3

converse sneakers

Lands End 2 pc Rash-guard swimming Suit– $3

Lands End Swimming Suit

Columbia Sneakers in Box — $5

columbia sneakers

 

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This week my husband and I went to 3 local mommy markets. I am still waiting for the official “yard sale season” to start around here, but the mommy markets have been a lot of fun. They help ensure that my kids have way too much clothing. However, I buy quality brands, and sell a lot of their outgrown clothing on Ebay.

Here are my just a FEW of my finds for this week:

1. Baby Gap plaid sundress set–$2

Baby Gap plaid sundress set

 

2. Converse sneakers for my younger son–$1

converse Sneakers

3. Lilly Pulitzer Skirt/Skort–$1

lilly pulitzer skort

4. Baby Faith DVD– $2

Baby Faith Animals DVD

5. BRAND NEW socks (7 pair) — 2 bags– $1

brand new bag of socks

6. Pirate Sweater–$2

pirate sweater

7. Ralph Lauren polo shirts — $1 each

Ralph Lauren shirts

8. See Kai Run girl’s summer sandals in original box — $3

See Kai Run white sandals

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my finds this week. It was a busy week, and we spent our whole morning out at the mommy markets.  Did you go out to any sales this week? What did you find?

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Decorating with yard sale items is actually fun! We bought a house last year in this (expensive suburban) area (those of you who live here will totally “get” the expensive part).  It was a great deal— FOUR bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms,  a basement (FINALLY, no more toys everywhere!), and a family room where we could put a pellet stove to save on heat.

However, it was very ugly inside. For some reason, the previous owners painted the interior with some odd colors. Our first step was to repaint most of the house. For those of you who are bargain-minded, I found much of the paint at Lowes (“oops” paint that was returned) for $5 a gallon! Of course, that wasn’t enough to cover the whole interior, so we did end up buying additional paint to finish.

Here are two “before” pictures of the living room:

So, after painting the living room, we decorated and furnished it MOSTLY with all YARD SALE items. Some items were from Freecycle and Craigslist. Let me take you on a tour, and tell you what I paid for my yard sale decorations and furnishings in our living room.

Below is our “new” sofa. This is part of a 2 piece set. We got this on Freecycle. It is a “This End Up” sturdy wooden sofa (retail $620). We paid NOTHING for the sofa and loveseat set. The cushions were ratty, so we bought new cushions on Craigslist for $40. Total spent on sofa/loveseat–$40.

Throw pillows were free. CURTAINS on window were $5 from a yard sale–still in the package. They were BRAND NEW, and the retail price on the package was $150.

Mirrow on the wall in picture above and below was $5.00. It is nice and solid and of beautiful quality. Chair in picture above was $1.00 from a yard sale (but we have since moved it upstairs–we bring it downstairs for extra seating when company comes). Magazine rack/end table in picture below was $5.00 at a yard sale.

In the corner of our living room, we have a beautiful floor lamp, that came with 2 brand new shades. This lamp was $11 at a yard sale. I looked it up online, and it is a $200 floor lamp when bought brand new!

This sofa on the opposite wall coordinates nicely, and was FREE from Craigslist (it is a sleeper sofa, that pulls out to a double bed!). I bought the white crocheted throw pillows for $3 (total) at a yard sale.

This artwork on one of the walls was $2.00 at a yard sale. My husband found this, and we both loved it. It is a beautifully framed picture of Savannah, Georgia.

On the far wall, sits our matching This End Up loveseat from Freecycle. The pillows were $.50 total at a yard sale! We have had the beach painting since we first got married, but the mirrors on either side were $1.50 each from a yard sale. Beside the love seat sits an authentic LANE Cedar Chest from 1949 with the original paperwork still inside–yard sale price $10!

Finally, we have our coat rack in the corner. Although we do have a coat closet, the coat rack is easy for the children (and us) to access for everyday use.  We paid $5 for the coat rack, $3 for the little decoration with the mirror, and $5 (total) for the authentic framed Hawaiian prints on either side–all from yard sales!

Thank you for visiting our living room–almost entirely decorated with yard sale items! I hope to share the other rooms in our house with you, and my other great yard/garage sale finds; as well as tips on how YOU can find such great bargains.

Do you have rooms you decorated with yard sale items? Feel free to leave a comment below to share.

 

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