3.24.2013

Saturday Estate Sale Shopping for Furniture To Paint


I have had so much fun painting my new desk that I could not wait to find something new. I went out again this weekend to look at estate sales and found a few items but left with one. I am learning a lot about yard sales and estate sales.

I noticed with this one the sign seemed strong, example:"No early birds at all." That shows me these people are not likely to want to give you a bargain. I was right because when I did go I found everything to be pretty expensive.


The picture doesn't really give the true size but this was a pretty large mirror. I felt if I painted it white it would be so pretty but I didn't want to pay $30. Whats your thoughts, good or to high? I really am learning so any thought are greatly appreciated!


Then there was this cabinet which I love!!! I have no where in the world to put it in my home but it would look amazing painted. I would have loved to have given this a new look so here is my next question, do any of you do this as a hobby and sell your items? If so, how and where do you sell them? They were asking $150 for this, which I also thought was to high. What do you think?

My big purchase of the day...............


I really wanted this desk but did not want to pay the price listed. I felt since I was there so early there was no way they would reduce the price so I left. I went back several hours later and it was still there so I started the negotiations! I paid a little more than I wanted but no where near the price they wanted.

Here is my inspiration and what I plan to do. I can not remember where I found this so I cant give the source but I love it!


I cant wait to have this set up and ready to use. I will be sure to share!! Also thank you to anyone that can help answer my two questions.

9 comments:

Sarah Kopf said...

That would be beautiful! Love that desk!
Sarah
www.thinfluenced.com

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Erica! That desk will be gorgeous!

I've found that if I'm buying a piece to fix and sell, the price needs to be $40 or less to make it worth all the work you put into it. Craigslist has been a great source for me. Garage sales are usually good because they should be cheaper. Estate sales can go either way.

I think they were over priced. The mirror was really pretty but when I can find a mirror retail not much more than their price, it isn't worth it to me. Love the desk!

Lauren said...

Erica your office space looks so pretty! That desk is beautiful xo

Ashley @ The Houston House said...

Can't wait to see!

Karen said...

Love that desk, I'm very thrifty and I wouldn't pay thirty dollars for that mirror or 150.00 for the cabinet. I don't paint and re sell so I cant answer that question. But just because I'm cheap doesn't mean I'm right LOL.

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Excited to do what you do with the desk!

Ashley said...

Estate sales are so fun! I probably would've paid less than $30 for the mirror, but when I'm shopping those sales I have a bargain mindset.

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Orlando Designs said...

I love estate shopping... Here are some pointers I have learned... Build a relationship witht the people that do the estate sales. I sign up to the mailing list and I support them everytime they have a sale. Another advice is when its to expensive just walk away... because most likely you can buy a simular item bran new somewhere else. I wouldnt have paid more than $15 or $20 max for the mirror. If they try to talk you in to buying somethin, tell them you can't "AFFORD" it. They are there to get rid of these items and if your charming and really love an item they will work with you. I hope this helps!

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