Yard Sale Tips from the PROS

posted on May 26, 2011 by  |  posted under Coupons & Budgeting, Decorating  |  20 Comments

Yard sale tips

Wait until you see these amazing transformations brought to you by the Fancy Farmgirls!

Yard sale tips

So happy you are back! If you missed them before, you can learn more about  them, here.  Be sure to catch all the info about their upcoming sale at the bottom – my favorite sale of the year!!!  Last year they even had people drive in from Utah and Oregon just to come get in on the action!

Teach us!….


One Man’s Trash……

I’m not much of a fluorescent color girl, muted pastels are more my thing.  But come May, there’s no more beautiful color than the sight of a neon green sign on the side of the road on a Saturday morning.  Aw, yes, yard sale season.

Yard sale tips

The time of year that truly makes my heart go pitter patter.  Yes, I’m one of those and yes, I truly get giddy every Friday night in anticipation of not sleeping in and driving around randomly in search of the beautiful neon sign.  One man’s trash, is this girl’s treasure.   Take this stash of “junk” for example.

Yard sale tips

What do you see?

Grody chairs that should have bypassed the yard sale and gone straight to the curb.

An 80’s brass light fixture.

Yard sale tips

Old paint splattered ladder.

70’s scenery picture that looks very similar to the one in your Grandmother’s basement.

Oversized lamp missing it’s shade.

White pitcher with “lovely” fruit motif that also looks very similar to the one in your Grandma’s kitchen.

Beat up wooden side table.

Really?  Come on, look again!

Here is what I see…

Grody chairs with beautiful lines that could be reupholstered in linen.

The frame painted white and distressed and glazed.

The brass light fixture would look really cute painted hot pink hanging in a little girl’s room.

The old paint splattered ladder could use some sanding and white washing, leaning against your bathroom wall with white fluffy towels draped over each rung.

70’s scenery picture that will receive the chalkboard paint treatment and will now become your family’s message center.

The oversized lamp could be painted a fun turquoise color with a crisp white shade.

The fruit pitcher will be spray painted white and look cute displayed in a hutch  or on your kitchen counter holding your utensils.

The wooden side table painted any color to match any décor.

See!  That’s not junk, that’s treasure!  So, how do you spot the treasure? Don’t look at it for what it is, look at it for what it can become.

Yard sale tips

We bought this dining set last week at a yard sale which, without a blink of an eye, the lady dropped from full price to half, just because we asked (never hurts to ask, remember these people don’t want this stuff anymore).  It’s your typical oak table with outdated dirty upholstery.  But, the lines were great.  Look at the backs of the chairs and the legs of the table.  We saw it with new paint and new fabric seats and VOILA!

Yard sale tips

Pretty huh!

Yard sale tips

Rethink the function of the piece.

Yard sale tips

It’s not too often we have the need for an old door.  However, the old patina on this one was calling our name.  Use it as a backdrop leaning against a wall to add a fun pop of color.  Hang it horizontally to become a headboard.  lay it across some sawhorses and cover it with glass to become a very rustic, original desk.

Yard sale tips

Think paint, paint, paint!

There’s a lot of old, outdated furniture out there.  It usually comes with its fair share of wear and tear but it also comes with a lot of character and great lines!  Paint is the ultimate in freshening up a piece.

Yard sale tips

I bet this Grandfather clock is a lot cuter than the one in your Grandfather’s house.

Yard sale tips

This hutch was your typical dark wood with brassy handles.  She had her fair share of dings and scrapes, but take a look at the lady now!  I love the pop of blue in the back.

Yard sale tips

And yes, all these white dishes have been acquired  over time, all second hand.  And let’s not overlook that dresser.

Yard sale tips

They just don’t make furniture like that anymore.  I got this for a steal!  It was her Grandma’s and the seller was scared to death that her Grandma might show up at her yard sale and see what she was doing with the family heirloom.  She wanted it gone fast.  It’s o.k. Grandma, I looove your family heirloom.

Yard sale tips

Enjoy the process and give it time.

Yard sale tips

See that chandelier?  You want to know how much I got it for don’t you.  Are you ready…?  Six Bucks!!! I know! That’s what I said too.  I’ve had her for about 9 months and have yet to install it, but I’m happy to wait for my room to slowly come together so that she will fit in and look fantastic.

Yard sale tips

You really can find “treasure” in the “trash”.  Beauty can happen on a budget and you can have a lot of fun in the process. So what do you do with three girls addicted to thrifting and yard saling and refurbishing?  You get a barn full of treasures!  Come check out our stash without spending a lot of cash!

Fancy Farmgirls


Friday, June 3rd 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 4th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

9901 Lake Hazel Rd. Boise, Id.

Check us out at fancyfarmgirls.blogspot.com to be updated on upcoming sales!





You girls are so talented!  Thanks for sharing those awesome tips.  I REALLY need some fun colored paint.  I NEED to paint something now!

If you need more of the Fancy Farmgirls creative goodness, don’t miss this post or this post!

I’m counting down the days until June 3…..

Yard sale tips

    1. May 26th, 2011 at 10:04 am
      mindy says:
      I've never been a garage sale shopper. But this post just made me want to!! I see a teepee/tent from the ladder!
    2. May 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am
      Nesleirbag says:
      A-ma-zing transformations!!! I love the lines of old, well-made furniture! Love that dining room set and the door ideas are super. Thanks for an idea-inspiring post, Missy!!
    3. May 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am
      Kate C says:
      I see the limitless possibilities, but how do y'all convince your husbands of that? I think I have to sneak out of the house to go to garage sales so I can just "show up" with stuff later, when it's "too late" to take it back....
    4. May 26th, 2011 at 11:38 am
      The Old Block Hose says:
      Love these transformation! People are often amazed at the "junk" I bring home. If only they could see beyond what's right in front of them!

    5. May 26th, 2011 at 11:56 am
      Bobbi says:
      I love the transformations. Now I'm itching to get out there and find some hidden treasures!
    6. May 26th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
      Genoa says:
      I love the transformations! Did you sand, prime and then paint? If not, how did you do it?
    7. May 26th, 2011 at 12:17 pm
      Jessie Roberts says:
      wow i can't believe all the things they did iwth the "junk"! Especially that table. LOVE love LOVE!
    8. May 26th, 2011 at 12:56 pm
      Amy says:
      I loved that table transformation. We've done a few refinishing projects, and THEY ARE A PAIN!!!!!!!!! What's your secret? Just looking at the before picture of that table made me tired--how did you strip and sand it all??? (How do I get a reply back to this question--will it email me??)
    9. May 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm
      PR says:
      Wow, these look amazing! I would love that dining set. I like how you've made everything go so well together. Would love to see what your room looks like once you've set it all up.
    10. May 26th, 2011 at 5:36 pm
      Alison says:
      Oh I miss you fancy farm girls! That grandfather clock is beautiful. I just might have to do some scheduling for a trip to Boise!!!
    11. May 27th, 2011 at 12:36 am
      stacy says:
      Why don't I live in Boise? I need to go to this sale...looks like great finds!
    12. May 27th, 2011 at 12:37 am
      stacy says:
      I need to go to this sale...looks like great finds! Too bad I don't live in Boise! I love that fun grandfather clock!
    13. May 27th, 2011 at 8:16 am
      Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis says:
      What a great and informative post. I love all these pictures.
    14. May 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am
      Mindy says:
      Love it. Will you do an update post on all that "junk" you bought in the first picture? I'd LOVE to SEE the transformations.
    15. May 31st, 2011 at 6:46 pm
      sparkling74 says:
      My favorite picture in this entire post is the blue in the back of that hutch. That's really something! Great job on that one!
    16. June 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm
      Katy Lunsford says:
      I got a chandelier for a couple of dollars at a thrift store, it's painted brught orange --I love it! I love all of your goodies.
    17. September 4th, 2012 at 7:36 pm
      Alisa Koken says:
      I just did my first distressing/repurposing project (YAY!). It is a cute little hutch that I repainted, distressed lightly by sanding the edges, and added a dark stain to it to give it an distressed/antique/petina look. Was wondering what you would consider a fair price to sell it for? I am in the northern Alabama area and don't want to gouge people but want to feel like I received something for all the time and effort I put in. I can send you a few pics if that helps. Thanks for any input - love your stuff!
    Simple Monogram Pillow
    Having a Memorial Day BBQ?
    • Popular Round Ups