Around here if you want something new for your kitchen, you go yard saling.
I googled it to make sure I spelled it correctly and discovered according to the urban dictionary yard saling is slang for when you are skiing and you’re on the slopes and you lose your hat and goggles and skis and poles. And when you wipe out you shout YARD SALE.
I’m talking about when you see a sign and it says GIANT FAMILY YARD SALE in all capital letters and you follow the successive directional arrows down winding roads until you turn the last corner to discover a broken down washer, a basket of old t-shirts and a Christmas tree and realize the capital letters might have misrepresented themselves.
It’s yard saling season.
Hope springs eternal.
And if I only had $5.00 to shop, here’s what I would buy.
7. White dishes
You could buy about eight of those plates for $5.00.
The dishes don’t have to be fancy or stamped with a name or used by a pilgrim.
The key to dish success is quantity.
Buy platters and bowls and urns and vases and luncheon plates and then layer them all together.
They look amazing and purposeful and no one will ever guess you got them next to basket of t-shirts.
Color and style don’t really matter when you are buying a basket.
All that can be changed.
Don’t let that orange color oddly found on some baskets stop you from pulling out your $5.00.
You can spray paint or add ribbons and buttons or paint numbers or add handles to your basket.
All you need is Pinterest and a little imagination.
5. Croquet sets
At the risk of stating the obvious, the possibilities are endless.
The texture and patina of the wood alone is worth .50.
You could make the mallets into hooks and stack the croquet balls in a basket or take the wire from the hoops and make a topiary form.
Or you could go all old school and simply play croquet.
4. Old windows
I never met an old window project I didn’t like.
You could make a chalkboard.
Or a memo board.
Or a transom window.
Or just hang it on the wall and add a wreath and a burlap bow and call it a day.
3. Over-sized bins
I have walked away from many an over-sized bin before I discovered this tip.
Make two bins out of one.
This is a wall organizer I made out of a large bin. You can see the DIY here.
This tip also applies to crates (or even a table), too.
My favorite thing about linens at a yard sale are the possibilities.
They can become chair covers or pillows or no sew valances like these in my kitchen that I made from an old slipcover.
You can find them with monograms or palm trees or embroidery or fruit baskets.
And if you don’t want a project?
You could use them as….wait for it….linens.
1. An armoire
Every now and then when the stars align and the sale is about to end and the sellers are tired and they don’t want to take something home, you strike yard sale gold.
It’s what keeps a yard saler going.
It’s what makes a heart beat faster.
It’s what makes the steering wheel turn when you see a capital letter sign.
Because you never know.
A $5.00 armoire might be just around the next corner.
PS What would you spend $5.00 on at a yard sale?