Here's how to pay for your addiction.
We all love to find those bargains when
shopping at Thrift Stores and garage sales.
But even a bargain costs money. Those little
fun finds can make you feel a bit guilty
because they are "wants" and not "needs".
I also need to clear out the old to make room
for new ideas that pop into my head. It
makes it so much more fun to treasure hunt
when I know my purchases will be free!
Here's what I do. When I see something
that's "too good to pass up", I buy it.
Sometimes it needs just a
"lick and a promise" to make it look better.
It can't be too big because we don't
have a truck. The 2 pieces I found on my
last trip were a bargain! The kitchen island
was only $20. I'll list it for $75.
The server/cabinet/dry sink is a
vintage Ethan Allen piece selling on eBay
for between $199-$499. I got it for $25
and have already sold it locally for $125.
I don't refinish or paint 'cause that's too much
work. Just minor repairs, wash with soapy
water, polish a bit. Oh, and merchandise it
before I take a picture. That also helps to
give the piece size perspective.
Then it gets posted on Craigslist and
maybe my town's Facebook marketplace
page for local pick-up.
This is the "before" of the island.
I took it outside to give it a good cleaning
with soap and water.Then I sanded the top
and oiled it (use plain mineral oil).
A little merchandising and it's ready for
pictures. I always post several pictures.
It gives people an idea on how they'll
use it in their home.
If it's small and collectable,
I will post on eBay. So far, so good.
Everything always sells.
Maybe we need a truck!