One of the things I love about warmer weather and the weekends are all of the yard sales (tag sales, moving sales, garage sales, etc.) and estate sales that happen. The signs start popping up Friday afternoon in neon colors with arrows leading you to find all the random piles of things people are getting rid of over the next day or so.
These sales, especially ones marked “moving sale” or “estate sale” can have great furniture finds, and they are worth exploring if you are looking for something more vintage, antique, or just at a better price point than what you might find at a retail shop. These sales are made for haggling! Nobody really has a price that is set in stone so they are often willing to negotiate a lower price to get rid of something that they no longer have space for.
When you go to these types of sales, look for pieces that can be used for what they are, or re-purposed into something new that would be more useful for you. Look for things that maybe aren’t in the best shape but can be easily cleaned up, sanded, painted, given new hardware, etc., to breathe new life into them and make a wonderful new piece for your home.
A few weeks back we scoured the sales for a few good finds with some friends and ended up walking away with the above vintage singer sewing table and machine that appears to be in decent condition. I haven’t had time to touch it yet, but I can’t wait to work some magic on this piece. I’m currently debating if I want to just clean up the wood and let the character and age show through or if I want to paint it to give it a cleaner more updated feel… what do you think? What would you do?
Our friends found this incredible old record player/radio unit that not only still works, but is a beautiful console table as well. I can’t wait to see how they use it in their home!
I promise to share more on how these pieces end up along with all of the fun finds of estate sales, tag sales and the like over the summer.