Garage Sale Treasure Hunting

I have been going to and hosting garage sales my whole life. Once I got to garage sale in Norway and France I took it to a whole new level. Now that we are back in Texas it can sometimes feel like a let down to garage sale. But if you know what you are looking for garage sales can be a wonderful source for treasures.

This is a loot shoot from the last month. I visited several different sales to find all of these treasures. IMG_9077

Do you see that mirror peaking out from under the rug? It is now on our mantel and looking quite lovely if I do say so myself.

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A couple of weeks ago I visited a community garage sale and I found all of these treasures. IMG_9491

Here are my 5 Things to look for at garage sales.

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Mirrors

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I love mirrors and I use them anywhere I can. I look for mirrors with gilt or unique frames.

Vintage glassware

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This amazing set of vintage bar ware came in the original carrier. I like to buy sets or individual pieces. As long as there are so cracks or chips the glasses can be grouped for a unique look.

Old books

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Children’s books are always fun, text books are amusing, and any old book adds character sitting on a shelf.

Ironstone

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French, English, and American ironstone looks gorgeous mixed together. The different sizes, shapes, and shades of white have so much character and can be used for so many different things.

Clocks

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In France I found so many vintage and antique clocks and I love my collection. I didn’t think I would be able to add to it, but I found this adorable little Big Ben clock at a local garage sale for a STEAL. This clock is in excellent condition and looks great with the rest of the crew.

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If you look for what you like it is truly amazing what you can find. Pieces from around the world are not as rare as you might think, many people have moved or had a family member that has traveled. I like to talk to people and find out if there is a story behind the items. Sometimes they will go back to the garage and find more of what I have purchased.

What do you like to look for at garage sales?

Check out these other bloggers and their lists too!

Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

Diana @ Adirondack Girl at Heart

Donna @ Distressed Donna Down Home

Eddie @ Eddie-torial Comments

Jillian @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Kim @ Snug Harbor Bay

Linda @ Itsy Bits and Pieces 

Melissa @ Melissa’s Antiques¬†

Pam @ House of Hawthornes 

Rita @ Panoply 

Shara @ Monkeybox

Sharon @ Blue Willow House

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

Vide Grenier: A French Garage Sale

 

Would you believe this is all from one French garage sale? While we lived in France for 2 years I visited many different types of sales, but in the end my favorite was the humble vide grenier. It means ’emptying the attic’ and that is certainly what they did. Communities come together and dedicate several streets to the sale. Families set up tables and sell their things, you just walk from table to table. For a treasure hunter like myself these were too much fun. This sale was in a community near the coast in Normandy. We had stayed in Juno Beach for the weekend and on the way home we stopped for me to shop. I was able to find all of these things in less than 2 hours. I filled my trusty Rolser bag that you can see in the picture and I had to evict Malachi from his stroller to use that as well, these old plates were heavy! The worst part about all of these was trying to fit all of this in an already full car, but I did it. While I was packing all of this up I had a French couple stop and ask me how much for the large stack of plates. Ha!IMG_2840

Now that I am back in Texas I still love to visit garage sales. Be sure to come back tomorrow and see what 5 things I look for when I am at a garage sale.

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Round Top 2016 Recap

It is hard to believe that I was leaving for Round Top Antique Week a month ago.  Things did not start out well, the transportation I had arranged did not work out so I had to rent a U-haul at the last minute. I was able to get all of my things to Round Top and I got them unloaded.  Unfortunately it was so late in the day when I got there all I could do was unload and put a tarp over my pile of treasures. I had to drive the U-haul back to Houston and get my truck and then check in to my accommodations for the week.  That night I woke up to a terrible storm, furious winds and rain. I prayed that my tarps held and that all of my treasures were safe.  The next morning was a little scary driving to the Rendezvous to assess the damage.  Thankfully everything was fine. I started unpacking and setting everything up.

 

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I had brought my own tent with me, a 10×20 white tent, but I knew it was not that sturdy. The winds were whipping so wildly all day that I kept waiting for the wind to stop before putting up my tent. I ended up waiting all day. I put tarps over everything for the night and headed back to the house. I was finally able to get my tent up the next day.¬†IMG_8611

 

Old books!IMG_8652

Broken china jewelry in green transfer ware and a vintage French top. IMG_8670IMG_8663

A wildflower field in Burton.IMG_8685

This year part of Antique Week was over Easter. That definitely affected the traffic of customers, but it did give my family the opportunity to come out on Easter Sunday. A local brought a couple of horses and the kids all got to go for a ride.  It turns out my kids love horses and have no fear. IMG_8728

The Conservatory at The Rendezvous, on Monday night The Rendezvous had a party at the field. There was a bar set up in this building and there was a band outside. We had food trucks set up and it was a good time. ¬†There was a list of well known people that came and I was really looking forward to meeting them, but I had so many shoppers I didn’t get a chance to mingle! A the end of the night I did get to meet Ki Nausser from Flea Market Style and Kelly Leggit from City Farmhouse. IMG_8636

The drive from the Rendezvous to where I was staying was a beautiful country road. This church was on my route. IMG_8744

The wildflowers were pretty amazing as were the sunrises and sunsets that I experienced. IMG_8742

I unwrapped this sweet girl just for this show, but when my husband saw her he asked if we could keep her. One of the hazards of the job. IMG_8747IMG_8749

This set from Germany found a new home at the end of the week. IMG_8768

I saw this sweet lamb in Warrenton on Easter Sunday. I went to church under the beer tent at Zapp Hall with a friend and her daughter. It was awesome to hear hymns sung, the word preached and an invitation given. They even served communion at the end of the service. The Budweiser banners were flapping in the breeze, but the Holy Spirit was there. IMG_8696

Of course the Royer’s Pie Haven was a part of my Antique week. ¬†I may have stopped their to get a piece of pie for breakfast at least 3 times.¬†IMG_8784

The Houston Art Car made a stop, how fun is this? This car took close to 6 years for the creator to finish. IMG_8774IMG_8776

This beautiful set was made in Holland. I bought it at a market in Belgium. It is still available if anyone is interested. IMG_8779

The last day I was able to visit Marburger Farms with another friend. These boots were calling my name and they fit perfectly, but at over $200 they were out of my shopping budget. IMG_8818

This sweet little metal rack was a seriously amazing piece. It also did not come home with me. IMG_8800

These baskets were such fun colors, and the story behind them was so fun. They have a particular name, but I can’t remember it now. They were made my people with special needs and then painted. The seller of these baskets said they were probably all made by the same person based on the pattern and colors. I love them so much. Again, their price tag at $495 was a little steep for what I was looking for.¬†IMG_8803IMG_8804IMG_8805IMG_8806

This bench caught my eye on the way out, can you see the little pink arm rests? The rubber ducks in the bird bath were a special touch.IMG_8807

On my way home I grabbed a strawberry rhubarb pie to share with my Bible study group. It was a fun treat to share with my friends.IMG_8865

Overall this Antique Weekend was a great experience for me. I learned many more lessons and met so many fun people.

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