Garage Sale Haul Weekend of June 25, 2011

{Remember the Serta Sleep Set giveaway runs through July 7.} The grand total of last weekend’s shopping haul was $5.75. I bought a few old records (which dear hubs hasretro bench all but forbid me from ever buying again. He’s just not into my “Rock around the clock” clock which I can’t a photo/link for at the moment. Although if I showed his this Re-Vinyl set, maybe he’d get my upcycling ideas. Or these. And everyone is getting a record bowl for the holidays.).

At any rate, in addition to the old records in really hip sleeves, I picked up a few old comic books (filler for camp care packages-shhh) and this retro bench for our attached rear porch/three season room. I’m not sure if I’ll clean it up much beyond a good wiping with a disinfectant solution. It fits with the current mood of the porch and a porch update is not on this year’s list.

We also picked up this solid wood table, which needs a good sanding to remove the ring marks on top. I’d like to try a blue stain on it and see how that works out. If I can’t sand out the rings, perhaps a collage on top would be best.

solid wood table

Finally, like the furniture is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, this table jumped out in front of my car and begged me to take it home as I was on my way to pick up the boys from tennis camp. It came with a set of three chairs and is far from perfect, but is more than adequate for our pre-reno house. It might stick around after the reno too as we don’t have any other dining room set and I’m not sure how much will be left in the budget* once all the work is done. Or it might make for a nice basement poker or craft table.

dining room set

* Disclosure: I did indeed salvage some of these items from a neighborhood curb. How else could I get all this for under $6? No one required me to blog about them. In fact, Hubs cringes when I write stuff like this because he thinks I like to make us look poor. We are not poor and even if we were the love of my family would provide a wealth beyond material riches.

4 Responses to Garage Sale Haul Weekend of June 25, 2011
  1. Jen
    June 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    Tell Hubs it’s not making you look poor, but environmentally thrifty. Once we’re out here I’ll be hitting sales and curbs because after today’s inspection, there’s A LOT of home improvements we weren’t anticipating. :/

  2. kim/reluctant renovator
    June 29, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Thanks. I need a shorter word for “environmentally thrifty” but that is my goal. Both Mother Earth and I get to keep a little extra green with my system.

  3. Liza
    June 29, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    Record bowl = coolest craft ever. My sister is getting one for the holidays, and I may make a set of planters.

  4. Ckachelmuss
    June 30, 2011 | 10:54 am

    There is no shame in garage sailing or junking! My husband hates it too but I know secretly he is happy we are saving money!