Oooo. . Can you tell I’m excited? I just cannot turn down a good rummage sale. There is something about searching for buried treasure among peoples junk that gets me going. Its so much fun to find unwanted items that I can take and re-purpose into something new. So every weekend through out the summer I hit the streets in search of things old, rusty, broken and vintage. Rummage shopping is not for everyone, but if you like to think outside the box and want to have some fun creating new things from the old than I suggest giving it a try!
Where to Shop:
There are so many ways to find items to be re purposed. Sometimes you can even get great items for free! Here is a list of ways to find items that you can create with!
– Look in your local newspaper each week for a list of yard sale addresses for the upcoming weekend. Great things to look for are barn sales, subdivision sales (saves on gas) and estate sales.
– Go on craigslist. This is a free way to advertise a yard sale any many people will opt for this way over paying to advertise in the paper. You may find a larger list of sales here.
– Watch for signs. Many times subdivisions will hold sales where groups of houses all hold their sales on the same day. These streets normally set out signs a few weeks in advance to let those driving by and those living on the street know when the set up shop.
– Shop swap meets. Ok, you are going to have to wade through tons of car parts, but there are also some great vintage buys at swap meets. These are normally held in conjunction with car shows, so its kinda a two for one fun day!
– Shop the goodwill. Yes, you can find great items that can be re-purposed at the Goodwill. I just go straight back to the housewares section and skip the clothes. At the Goodwill I’m looking for old plates, pans, dishes. . stuff like that.
– Drive around on trash day. I know. . this one takes guts, but a friend of mine does this every week and comes home with awesome finds (that were free!). Just last week she picked up a set of perfectly good pots and some chairs that just needed a little tlc. I’m telling you, people throw out the best stuff!
– Sign up for your cities local FreeCycle website. People will list items they want to get rid of for free and other members can bid with points to claim the items. You can gain points by getting rid of items you no longer want to other members. Its fun.
What to look for:
Ok, so you found some sales and your ready to go shopping. Now, what do you look for? Thinking outside the standard use of an item can sometimes be difficult, even for me. I have learned that its better to go with a friend who shares your passion and can help you brainstorm on an item while out shopping. Don’t be afraid to pick the item up, turn it upside down and sideways and see what vision pops into your head. Its also great to do some pre-planning. When I have time during the week, I sometimes sit down and scroll through pinterest. When I find something that I could re create I pin it to my “garage sale finds” board. Then before I go out shopping I take a look at the pins to see what items I want to keep an eye out for. This helps me get my brain into creating mode instead of “this is just an old broken lamp” mode.
Well, that part is up to you! Don’t be afraid to get out a hammer and glue and take things apart. The coolest things are made when they don’t resemble the original item at all. Here are a few photos of some items that my friend Sara and I have bought and re purposed into new items to help get your creative juices flowing. I must disclose that my friend Sara is WAY better at this than me, but I am learning! So, some of these photos are of things she made.
I cant wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to check back with us through out the summer to see what we make too!
<3 Dick and Jane