“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house…nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
But what if they’re having a yard sale?I think I’ve mentioned (more than) a few times that I have gotten some really good deals from my two neighbors’ yard sales. You can do amazing projects with yard sale items. But you knew that, right?Like the famous blue dresser, which I got for a mere $25 from my neighbor across the street. I got it to store puppet items and props for our Sunday school “drama group”. If you click on the link, you can see the whole story behind this, including (should it surprise you?) a bit of a misfortune involving Panda. And while you’re looking at this one, that chair on the right was given to me by my other neighbor from one of her yard sales.And here you see the “amazing chocolate mosaic vase”, which almost turned into a colossal “Pinterest fail”. The more I think about it, the more I wish I had bought that lamp too…Because I really didn’t need a giant mosaic vase, for the moment it’s been turned upside down and used as a plant stand for my famous succulents. (The two plant pots in the foreground were given to me by my “yard sale neighbors”.)Besides the things you buy at your neighbor’s yard sale, there are also the things they give you for free. This quail was given to me by the same neighbor who gave me the wooden chair you saw above. (Maybe people are starting to get the idea that if they really want to get rid of something, they should ask if I want it for a project?)Now that I’m all into mosaics, even tiny things like these pieces of costume jewelry are a great find. The frogs? They are just some of the many animal figurines that I can’t seem to resist. More yard sale finds. Pay no attention to the dryer lint behind the ducks…This is when they were getting ready to go to my house. (Truth in blogging: I did not buy the basket. I was just using it to carry my merchandise around.)
here, have since met with a less than desirable fate…more on that at a later date. Here are the hanging metal butterflies that my neighbor across the street gave me. I brought them home and hung them up in the garage, thinking I would paint them turquoise and put them in the back yard. Let’s just say that, while they may be in the back yard now, they are still not turquoise. I’m thinking now that maybe I should have bought the small plastic watering can in the background for a project that has been bouncing around in the back of my mind…
here, in case you missed it.So there you have it. The life of a hopeless yard sale project addict. But I don’t bother to go around town looking for yard sales. I just have to wait for my neighbors to have one!