Owning a home has been so much fun, especially now since we have pride of ownership for a house that belongs to us. I’ve liked decorating our rentals, but I’m so excited to decorate our home now. We don’t have to move, we can paint and hang whatever we like. I’m motivated more than ever to style the home we want to live in. (I say this now!)
Some of my favorite places to find items are garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets. I grew up going to them and practically lived at them every weekend. My dad is a bargain hunter and so was my late uncle. Those two brothers would park and bolt out of the car laughing and throwing comments at each other about who would find the best deal. It’s one of my fondest memories. As a kid, I grew bored and tired of being drug from one sale to another. Sometimes, I’d look for more books, other times I’d hang out in the car. I frequent them now and love finding unique pieces. I’d like to think I’m a pretty good negotiator/haggler like my dad, too!
Robbie and I recently went to Portland’s Largest Garage Sale held at the Portland Expo Center. It was our first time and I bought the early bird tickets. This allowed us to come in an hour before everyone else. There were a quite a few people, but nothing like it would be when the majority arrived at 8:00am. As soon as we got there, I headed to the back. Why? Because everyone was up front. My best changes of finding deals first were in the back. Tricks of the trade, people! I had my heart set on a gorgeous, solid wood chair, a pretty wood-framed mirror, some blue mason jars, and a unique rustic medicine cabinet. Well, I got all of them except the mirror. I made the mistake of walking away hoping to negotiate more later, or to see if there was something I liked better. By the time I got back, someone was hauling it away. It was reasonably priced at $25, a pretty color, and the mirror was beveled. If you really like something, know that you risk losing the item to someone else if you walk away, and ask yourself if you’re okay with passing on it. Now, it wasn’t so unique that I couldn’t buy or DIY another one. The chair though. I did walk away, but I was so nervous when I did that I almost immediately had to go back. It was lived-in, heavy, and so comfortable! I loved the character. I rushed back, plopped myself on it, and mean mugged anyone that glanced at it. Poor Robbie… he can attest to the mode I get in and tends to separate himself and pretend like he doesn’t know the crazy lady. Ha! I ended up purchasing it and a little bit later found the adorable medicine cabinet. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it and I don’t intend to use it for medicine. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I thought it would make a cute spice rack, but we really don’t have wall space in the kitchen to hang it.The blue mason jars were too pretty to pass up and the crate was from a flea market a few weeks ago. Our fireplace has a little alcove next to it, so I’m hoping to put a wood crate there and fill it with firewood. (No, our fireplace isn’t wood burning, but it’ll look cute!)
I don’t go to as many garage sales during the colder months since there aren’t as many, but I still hit vintage shops, estate sales, and fun home decor stores. Those are year round to Robbie’s dismay.