Yard Sales…There’s an App for That

Yard sale season is here!

The weather has warmed up finally which means yard sales are popping up all over!  Are you celebrating like I am?  Well you should be.  🙂

And, “there’s an App for that!”    Garage Sale Rover.

Tired of scouring Craigslist, the newspaper, or just driving around aimlessly, looking for the sales?  Garage Sale Rover will do all that for you (well, not the driving), plus some other awesome stuff.

There is a free version of the App, that includes GPS mapped sale locations and driving directions.  Look at all the sales today!  The red are all yard sales and the blue are estate sales or auctions.

You can also purchase the upgrade version for $3.99, which I did, and be able to search for certain items.  For example, if you are looking for a dresser, just type “dresser” in the search box and all the sales that include dressers will come up as green on your map.  Then you can have the Rover map out the best driving route for you to all your saved sales.  How cool is that?

When you click on each little colored sign, this is what pops up. You can Save, pull up a street view map, or go to the original article on Craigslist or the newspaper with the “i” icon.

When you click on the “i” on each tag, it will take you to the full ad on Craigslist or newspaper site so you can read all they have listed.  As you can see from here, you can get directions and even email this to yourself or someone else.

Once you save all the sales you want to go to, the app will map out the best route for you to take.

Just click on the Saved Sales.

Then Optimize Route.

And the Rover puts them in order for you.  You can also change the order yourself by clicking on the up and down arrows.  Pretty nifty, huh?

I started using this App last year and just upgraded it.  LOVE it!  Next time you are going yard saling, give it a try.  The App is available for iPhone (and now tablets) and Android.

Now get out there and find some treasures!

***This is not a sponsored post.  Garage Sale Rover is just something I use and wanted to share with my readers.

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Lovely Old Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday everybody.  Can you believe September is almost over?  This month has quickly disappeared before my eyes.

I love old wardrobes.  But seriously, did people’s entire wardrobes fit inside one of these?  I guess they just had fewer clothes than we do now.  Not that I have a lot, but I don’t think even half or a quarter of my wardrobe would fit in one of these.  I still love them.

They have so many other uses.  You could store linens, craft supplies, even kitchen appliances.

I picked up this one off of Craigslist along with a few other pieces that I will share later.

It was in great shape, but beat up on the outside.  So, I broke out the Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Louis Blue and Old White.

This time, I tried a new technique with the wax.  I mixed in a little Old White with the wax to tone down the blue a little.  I love the effect and the variations in color.  The blue looks worn, which I love.

I left the inside as is, except for the drawers which were really scratched up.  I just cleaned the rest of the wood really good.  It was a bit grimy.

What do you think?  This lovely piece is at Buy the Season.

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It’s my birthday, and you get the present!

Today is my birthday, and I’ve been thinking about what the last year has brought to me and what I want to accomplish in the next year.  This year has just flown by, can you believe there’s only 58 days until Christmas!!  Here’s a few things I have done this year and some pictures.

Moved to a new apartment.
Started a new financial life.
Started a blog.  What a great time I have had with this.  I’m excited to continue this adventure and love all my new bloggy friends!!
Refinished my first piece of furniture.
See post here
Went on my first vacation for a whole week…ever!
My three children in Tybee Island
L.O.V.E. Savannah
My boys and my great nephews and niece – she wanted to be in the picture too.
Became the coupon queen.  
Got all this for $1.23!
Discovered my love for spray paint and Goodwill.
See this post here.
Lantern post here.
And, a new to me car!

What’s a birthday without presents?  I’m giving away a vinyl Welcome from Uppercase Living just like this one in either black or white.  Put it on your front door or anywhere else you like. 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me, and leave me a comment that you are a follower.
  2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and let me know you did so.

I will randomly choose a winner on Friday!  Good luck and thanks for following me!

Gloria

A Dainty Little Table

I found this little table on Craigslist for $10.  Honestly, I thought it would be bigger before I saw it in person, but it was still cute.  Well, I would make it cuter.

I started on it a few weeks ago and sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more to get the previous finish off and made the top as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

***Please disregard the green on my deck and brick…this side of the house gets hardly any sunlight…I need to clean that.  YUCK.  

I decided to stain the top a dark brown and paint the legs a creamy white.  I used Minwax Wood Finish Stain in English Chestnut.  I only had to put on one coat of the stain and then sanded it lightly with a sanding block. 

I sealed and protected it with something I’ve never used before, but have wanted to try.  Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

It was easy to use.  Just rub some on in a thin layer with a cloth (I used an old t-shirt), wait about 15-20 minutes for it to dry, and then buff with a cloth (again, I used the t-shirt).  The finish turned out to be just perfect…not too shiny, and its so smooth.   CAUTION:  This stuff is very smelly…use in a ventilated area!

And Valspar satin latex for the legs.  I can’t remember the name of the color. (I will look it up if anyone wants to know.)

So, here’s the final result.  Looks much better and I love the dark stain on top.  To remind you…

BEFORE:
AFTER:

Isn’t she sweet?

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First attempt at upholstery

Besides recovering a dining room chair, which is pretty simple, this is my very first attempt at upholstery.   I found this little gem at my most favorite place, Craigslist, for $15!  (This is the picture that was on CL.)

Its not the most beautiful chair, but i figured it would be a good piece to start on.  Isn’t that 1960-70 something gold color just beautiful?  Yeah…we are getting rid of that!

So, after doing a little research on upholstery, I’ve learned to take a piece apart very carefully and save all the pieces to use as a pattern.   When I started looking at the construction of the chair I realized there were like 1,000 little rusty nails instead of stapes.  When was my last tetanus shot?? 

After removing the back and really looking at how this was constructed, I decided to not take any more of the old fabric off.  Call me impatient or lazy, all those little nails are a pain to remove.

I chose this absolutely gorgeous chocolate brown chenille fabric.  It is fabulously soft and it was 50% off at JoAnn’s.  I got 1 1/2 yards and prayed that would be enough.

Here we are half finished.  This part wasn’t too difficult.  Oh yeah…do you see, I spray painted the legs Heirloom White.

Then came the seat.  That was a little more challenging, especially the sides.  But, I pushed through and here’s the final result.

I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself.  Even my 16 year old son said, “it looks like it came from the manufacturer.”  Happiness!!!

Just to remind you, here’s the before again…

And now, isn’t she lovely?

I’ve got another chair to tackle, maybe next week.  Its going to be a bit harder.  Also need to find a coordinating fabric to this one.

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China Cabinet to Entertainment Center

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My biggest project yet and the best, I think.

Even though I haven’t purchased the new flat screen TV yet (yes, we still have an old square tube television) because I am saving up for it, I have been searching yard sales and Craigslist for a piece of furniture for the new TV once we do get it.  I was thinking of some kind of console/sofa table but wanted something with storage.  We live in a rented duplex and storage space is almost non-existent, so a  piece of furniture with extra storage is always useful. 

Then I was browsing in one of my favorite blogs Better After and saw this…

And this…

So, I thought…I can do that.  So I started looking for something and found this gem for $25!!! on Craigslist!  I forgot to take a picture before I started taking it apart, sorry I was excited to get started.
 
My kitty, Stink, got in the pic too.  This is a great, solid wood china cabinet.  The two side panels had this wood lattice stuff on the glass, which I removed before taking the picture, but here is what it looked like on my floor…
Unfortunately, the two side panels weren’t doors like I thought they were, they were stationary, so I had to rip them off.  Yikes, that was scary.  But, I figured I could cover what damage I did with some moulding or something, which I did. 
Yeah…not so pretty.  Then I primed the whole thing using Valspar Mult-Purpose Primer.  I didn’t even have to sand the glossy finish!  
Then I painted it with Valspar Satin Finish in Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium (a light blue).  My living room, which is a project in process, is chocolate and blue.  Here’s what it looked like before the I got the trim up.
After getting the trim on, which isn’t my best work, but it will do until I figure out how to use a miter saw and put proper moulding on, I took a sanding block to it and distressed the paint a little.
Here is the finished piece in place in my living room, just waiting for the television.  A 42″ will fit in it, but I will probably go with a 37″ to start with.  My living room is kinda small, so the 37″ will be just fine. 
As you can see, I left the shelf from the original piece just stained. Below, you can see how I distressed it. 
The hole you see is what I did for the power cords.  I need a better tool to make that hole a little bigger and cleaner.  My tools are limited. 
So, what do you think?  Total cost for this project was just about $60!!!  By the way…I saw a similar piece in Ballard Designs catalog for $1,800. 
Yeah, they are way over priced, but still, I think mine looks just as good and will look even better when I get that new television in there.  🙂
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