Saturday, 26 April 2014

First town wide yard sale of the season!

It's spring.......I think

You couldn't tell by the wind....brrrr it was cold. 
But I got up this morning and braved the cold temps, grabbed my coffee and headed out. 
Small towns are not nearly as small as you might think. All those back streets to wind through. Drive by yard sales too. You know the ones. You look to see if there is anything of interest to you. 
Normally if there is a stack of clothes and lots of tables with kids toys in bright colours, I drive on by. 
Not that those things aren't wonderful, they just aren't what I'm looking at at this point in my life. That was wonderful when my kids were little, just not right now.

And the crafty ones I drive by too. Mostly anyway. The ones where there are a ton of birdhouses or candle stands set up. Again, wonderful things, just not for me. 

I look for the old and run down stuff. Furniture piled up. And believe it or houses that are barely built. Often people do a wonderful "purge" when moving into a sparkling new house. 
Bonus for them and for me :) 

ok ok ok...enough talking right? Stop rolling your eyes and just poke me in the ribs. 

First thing I picked up was this amazing industrial storage unit. Galvanized steel and OH MY HEAVY! When I went back to pick it up it was sitting by it's lonesome on the driveway and no one around to help me load it up. Two wonderful 60+ year old ladies came to help me. One jokes that "us women can do anything better than a man" I just had to laugh. Love small towns for the helpful women! 
 Then I came across all this wonderful "stuff. 
The bedside tables are self explanitory..the little boxes are from a hardware store and I just love the industrial yumminess of them. Is yumminess a word? 
Then the unit holding the boxes (drawers) 
Want to see what is inside? 
 Did you guess a sewing machine? The man who sold it to me told me that when his family moved here from Austria after the second world war, his mother insisted this was the one things she needed to bring with her.
 It's actually in really good shape, it just needs a bit of love.
How awesome is that? 
And at that same yard sale I picked up this amazing bed. 
 The legs sold me!
 And the details. Although the finish needs a bit of's very solid!

I have lots more...but we will save that for another post.

What did you find today? 




  1. Absolutely wonderful finds Titia. I thought the department store boxes were wonderful and then you showed the sewing machine and the bed frame. Wow.

    1. Thanks...wait till you see the "other bed frame" Ahhh but that's another blog post ;)

  2. I found myself at home with three grandgirls and no free

    Those are some wonderful finds. It is kind of sad about the old sewing machine that the guy's mom brought from Austria. You would have thought that a grandchild or someone down the line would have wanted it, wouldn't you? I have my gramma's old treadle sewing machine. That was the only thing I wanted when she died.

    Looks like you had a wonderful haul!!! xo Diana

  3. OMG! You scored big time. I am mad for galvanized industrial storage. I recently transformed a 33-drawer cabinet and old locker. Want to see them? Come on over for a visit to and say hello.

  4. You sure have a knack with garage sales, I never see anything like this when I drive by any near me!

  5. Wow! You got some great stuff! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  6. Looks like a terrific haul! Can't wait to see what you do with that amazing steel storage unit! :)

  7. I love your Industrial Storage Cabinet find!! What an awesome piece! I am always on the hunt for items like this. Fantastic finds today! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Amazing haul! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party so you can check out your feature. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Wonderful finds! I have found a lot of great stuff too but in my local Goodwill and church rummage sales. The garage and yard sales are just barely starting here....too cold still! LOVE That industrial unit with all the rusty!

  10. LOVE that steel cabinet!!!! What a find. Good for you. :-) Pinned it under my new board, 'Rusty Stuff.' :-)

  11. Hi lovely lady.
    I also love the steel cabinet ~~ I hope to see it all painted next week. I am your newers follower on your blog now.
    I hope you have a wonderful week with your family also.

    ~ Diane

  12. Wonderful goodies ... you will have lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing everything when finished. Wonderful sewing machine.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures