Sunday, March 7, 2010

Garage Sales

I have been so inspired lately by everyone in blog lands talent at transforming bargain finds into beautiful and useful items for their home so on Saturday when I had some spare time (I was meant to be doing my assignment.....) I decided to check out a few garage sales. I really wasn't expecting to find much because it was quite late in the morning when I went out but seeing that I was procrastinating I went anyway. Look at these great things I found that needed nothing more than a good clean.
Clown Skittles
I loved the wrapping on this soap, I wrapped in some clear plastic to try and preserve it for a bit longer.
Sunbeam Mix master (works perfectly)
Roll of wallpaper
Putt putt golf game
Some of the things I found needed a bit of work...... BEFORE

AFTER BEFORE AFTER BEFORE AFTER BEFORE AFTER I didn't end up finishing my assignment but I had fun being creative and playing around with my new old things. Hope you had a great weekend.

UPDATE: I forgot to add the best bit. All of my finds totalled $44


  1. Hi Nellie, I've decided I need to move to a regional town! Between yourself and Tina's discoveries I am convinced. You would NEVER find such gorgeous stuff at a garage sale in Sydney! I LOVE what you've done with it all. Janette x
    p.s. thanks for entering my giveaway - good luck!

  2. Nellie, you are the Queen of thrifting and makeovers my dear!! These are amazing finds and gorgeous makeovers!! Love them all. I think those skittles are just gorgeous and those scales (I am speechless)...Looks like you had such a fun weekend and I bet that gave you the break you needed from your assignment. Wonderful post Nellie and good luck for your assignment ~ Tina xx

  3. What fabulous finds Nellie!! Love the clown skittles and the crate and the transformation of those little bottles with the string is amazing. Gorgeous mirror too - love it all!! Thanks for sharing your fabulous finds with us. Have a great start to the week x

  4. oh how I love these vintage items, they are so hard to display around my home with littlies! I have a similar baroque style mirror frame going on in my ensuite too!

  5. Wow, what finds. Love those rusty scales and the crate especially.


  6. Looks like you found some great bargains! I'm going to have to hit up some yard sales soon!

  7. Wow Nellie - you found some really great things. I love the tray, the mirror, the golf game... You did a great job with your transformations too! Garage sales haven't hit the UK yet and my neighbours and I have been saying for ages we should do one - maybe this year!
    ~ Sam x

  8. wow!! you found some great finds.. the scale is my favorit.. and the mirrow!!lucky you!!

  9. $44?!! That is amazing! I never find anything so awesome at a yard sale--and that mirror! I love it!

    And I have to ask...what are skittles used for? Is it a game? I've only heard of the candy. :)

  10. Wow! I never find stuff like that at a yard sale...perhaps I need to move to Australia! xx

  11. I love garage sales! It's fun to peruse through other people's leftovers and find something that has the potential to be truly fabulous. That scale is awesome, as is the mirror! Great finds!

    And thanks for your sweet comment on my "Spring" post :)

  12. Love your blog! I adding you to my blog roll! Your very talented! Gorgeous Finds! ~lulu

  13. Thank You Nellie,
    Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog site. you are very encouraging to my whimsy euro flea market style.

    Love your garage sale finds...

    I ADORE you and your BLOG SITE.

    Dore :)

  14. You found some amazing things! I love it when that happens! The weather is finally warming up enough for yard sales here and I can't wait!

    p.s. Thank you for the sweet words left on my blog. :)

  15. Absolutely awesome finds & fixes!!!
    So inspiring!

    m ^..^

  16. How much fun is garaging saling!!!! Although I do think certain people have a certain knack (gift) for discovering the treasures that others may overlook, and you, Nellie, certainly have that gift!
    What a delightful blog you have. I'm so glad to be following you.

  17. Hi Nellie,

    So nice that you found your way to my blog! And thanks for becoming a 'follower' :)!

    I like the metamorphosis you've done to the garage sale items. My favorites are the lamp (great colors and the shade is very pretty too), the mirrow (white does wonders doesn't it) and the vintage soap.

    Take care,