Do you have a compatible yard sale partner?

The Nester and I hit some yard sales a couple weeks ago.  Not only is she such a dear friend but totally a compatible yard sale partner.  This is very very important when you are going to yard sales with another person.  Your yard sale partner should have the same goals, the same get in and get out of there techniques, and the same speed to make your yard sale experience a success.  One rule that we both seem to follow is no talking to people.  This will slow you down.  No eye contact.  Eye contact with the seller might initiate conversation and conversation at a yard sale is the enemy.  You have to get in and out so you can be on to the next sale.  The more sales you hit the more likely you will find what you’re looking for.  Also we have been to many yard sales together and tend to know what the other is looking for.  This is very helpful.  If I see something she might want, I can scoop it up before someone else puts their grimy paws on it.  Luckily we are usually looking for different things but sometimes you might see us racing each other up the driveway!!  It also helps if you like to start the morning at the same time.  When I suggest picking her up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning, she doesn’t bat an eye.  The early bird does get the worm and she will be ready!

Here’s an example of a non-compatible yard sale partner.  I will not use names to protect the innocent.  My dear dear friend asked if she could join me one Saturday morning, and I said sure knowing how much I love her company.  This dear dear friend is a chatter box.  Normally I love her chattering ways but there is no place for that while hitting yard sales.  Yes chatting in the car while driving to the next sale absolutely, but not while shopping.  Once you arrive at a sale, you approach quickly, skim items available, purchase items quickly without talking, and then back in the car walking very briskly the whole time.  My dear dear chatter box friend wanted to talk to the people putting on the sale, their kids, and everyone else who was there shopping.  She had questions about what they were selling and why.  Were they moving? Were they just cleaning out the house? Was it hard to get rid of their stuff?  On and on with the questions.  I think we made it to like 3 sales that whole morning.  And she was a very slow walker.  I love my dear dear friend to pieces and we will still hang out but we will not be attending anymore yard sales together.  hahahaha!

Painted furniture

So the last yard sale I went to I found this.  The lady wanted $50.00, and I could only talk her down to $40.00.  $40.00 was a little more than I wanted to pay but I loveddddddddddd the desk and knew it would be so beautiful painted blue.  Of course blue, are you so sick of blue yet?

Painted furniture

I bought this chair a while ago at Value City Thrift Store in Mooresville, NC.

Painted furniture

It had been marked down to $10.10 as you can see because they write on the furniture!  WHYYYYYY!?!?  And wonder why $10.10!?!?!  That extra dime almost scared me away.

Painted furniture

My sweet neighbor and friend Kim came over and chatted with me while I painted.  See I really do like to talk and chat.  There is just a time and place for it and a yard sale ain’t the place.

Painted furniture

Because I failed upholstery school and I loved this vintage fabric that was already on the chair, I decided to paint around it.  Took a little longer than I thought it would and I had to be a lot more careful than I normally like to be.  Thumbs down on this project.

Painted furniture


Painted furniture

Before and after glaze.

Painted furniture

Painted furniture

Painted furniture

Painted furniture  I took both pieces to 32 Flavors Boutique last Friday.  I sold the desk the next day for $160.00!!  $160.00 won’t pay our mortgage but it sure will help support my yard sale habit.  Anyone need a chair!?!  Anyone want to hit some yard sales tomorrow!?

Help!!!!!!  If you live in the Charlotte or Bristol area and have any furniture pieces you would like to sell, please let me know!  Thrift stores have gone up so much on their prices and I’m enjoying lazy Saturday mornings at home with the family more and more so finding furniture at yard sales has been tough!

Happy Friday!! Hope you have a weekend full of inspiration and lots of crafty projects! xoxo Angela

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18 Responses to Do you have a compatible yard sale partner?

  1. Neet at LeeLu Creations May 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Thrift stores have gotten crazy on all of their prices! What really stinks is that this not only affects my thrifting habit, but also the folks that aren’t able to shop elsewhere. :(

    I love the desk and chair! You have such an eye.

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Gosh that is so true. I hadn’t thought about it like that. I was there the other day and none of the furniture was under $100.00. Very sad.
      Maybe I will start my own thrift shop! Boy wouldn’t that be fun!

  2. Laura May 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I will be hitting some sales with my mom today. She would not be your sale buddy! Sometimes I head back to the car while she finishes talking to the people at the sale. But I love getting to spend time with her, and it’s hard to find sale partners when you and most of your friends have 3-5 kids and are probably homeschooling! (And my husband is not the garage sale partner we’re all looking for. Marriage? The best! Garage sale-ing? Not so much!)

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Laura
      See you are a sweet daughter! I would be like hurry up mom! No I’m just kidding, that is wonderful that you guys spend time together like that! Yeah my husband and I do not yard sale together either! That would be a scary scene!

  3. Laurie @ House of 34 May 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    The desk is gorgeous! Great find! And if you ever find yourself without a shopping partner, I can be non chatty and quick! LOL! Have a great weekend.

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      hahahahahaha! Laurie that is so funny! I thought after i wrote that post that I probably sounded mean and cranky! Are you sure you want to hit yard sales with me!?!?! Crazy we live so close! We have to run into each other one of these days!
      Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Gwen May 11, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Oh I loved them both!!! Your pricing is reasonable too. Never had seen fabric like that chair and I was born in the 50’s but it looks so charming I can’t believe the lady didn’t buy the two pieces. I mean they were meant to be together!!!
    Happy yard sealing tomorrow. You do fine work too

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thank you Gwen! I just loved the fabric too!
      lots of love

  5. Lori May 11, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Oh my goodness Angela! I have a chair with that same exact fabric! I threw an old quilt over it because it’s not in very good shape!

    Have a great weekend, and Happy Early Mother’s Day!

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Lori!
      You have the same chair!?!? With the same fabric!?!? That is crazy! I used carpet cleaner on this one and it cleaned up really well!

  6. Joanne May 11, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    WOW, Angela you did some good shopping. We are just getting to put house on the market and the thought of having any more furniture makes me cRaZy. put I am thinking and journalling so when I get moved let the fun begin. When I look at the picture of you painting, you are actually glowing, you can tell you just love the projects you make.

    Have A GREAT weekend and a Very Happy Mothers day
    Smiles Joanne

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks Joanne!
      Ha yes I bet I was glowing because I am truly happy when I am outside painting something! my neighbor actually asked me last night if I ever get tired of painting things! I was like no way!!! Where are you moving to!?
      Happy Sunday!

  7. Jayne May 11, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Great post! That desk turned out beautifully!!!

    • angela May 12, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Jayne!

  8. Brenna@DomesticCharm May 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Can I be your yard sale apprentice? I promise not to talk too much!!!

  9. Dana at Happy Little Lovelies May 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    So, I would consider myself a yard-saleing wannabe. I always want to go and never think ahead to plan for anyone to go with me…and then Sat morning comes and I don’t want to go by myself. But see? I’m totally moldable! I think I want to apprentice you and learn your ways because my tendency is to feel bad for the seller and not want to hurt their feelings so I would buy crap I didn’t actually want. This post is really helpful! And I’m droooooling over that desk. Dang, that was a good find!

  10. reeve May 14, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    you are so funny! I hope I don’t ever slow you down when we go:)

    desk is amazing!!

    • angela May 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      No way girl! You make everything more fun!!! I am still laughing at what my phone did! I haven’t laughed that hard in a while!

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