Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Rainy Yardsale

Rain was falling softly at first, then increased to a pretty steady pace, but I didn't let that stop me from venturing out at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to the Mt. Laurel yardsale. I look forward to this one every Spring and Fall and it doesn't disappoint. There are always new sellers with lots of various things for sale and you never know what you'll find.

I showed you a bit of Mt. Laurel last year. It's a master planned community with Craftsmen-style bungalows, brick sidewalks, native landscaping, and stacked rock walls all around. It blends right into the countryside and that's the whole idea for this community tucked away into the woods, off the beaten path. They have their own main street and little town square area and it's a quaint, pretty place.
These pics aren't the best, since the rain, she was a-fallin', but you get the idea. I took my camera along again to show you what was out there. I'll show you what I didn't get, but thought was some pretty good buys.
This chair an ottoman was $25. Now, I sat in it & the cushion was a little squishy, I think it needed some spring work, but if you were in the market to overhaul something like this, it was a bargain. The fabric looked decent from a distance, but was quite a bit faded up close. Still, a good buy.
This pair of children's beds were very cute. I didn't get the price on them.
I think this chair was marked at $100. Pink and green anyone? You would have to have a special room for this one, but good lines on the chair.
Newly painted black mirror, with the tape still on was $15. Quite large too.
Set of French inspired prints were $7 each.
This 5x8' antique Oriental rug was $100. It was in pretty good condition.
This girl had some nice things. This old sewing machine base with wood top was $20.
And this headboard was really cute for $20.
Lots of Fitz & Floyd collectibles too.
And a Pottery Barn kids bookshelf was $15 (I think).
Pretty little rocking chair was $15 or 20, can't really remember. So, that's what you missed.
Here's what I bought:
Told you I would be collecting things to go with the black/white damask bedding from yardsales. This cute little black/white pillow (reversible, with lime green on one side was $2. See how nice it goes? I had already thought I might throw some lime green in that room for a little accent with the aqua blue.
This plate and napkin holder pair was $5. Perfect for outdoor entertaining.
I need another purse like a hole in the head, but I brought another one's leather by Harold's and was $4. With fuschia lining, no less.
Two cute little T's by Chico were $3 for both. Great casual shirts for fall.
Books were $1 each. I already have the Decorating one, so I'll probably have a giveaway and one of my lucky readers will get it. Later! The Garden Style book is a nice hardcover.
Cute little monogram tray for $1, that will go to my niece, Lauren. I think this has to be from The Royal Standard, where I got my paper mache trashcan with the monogram. Those 2 chunky candlesticks were 50 cents each.
And last, a new pair of Ralph Lauren sandals for $4, chocolate brown with a small heel and very cute. I need another pair of shoes like I need a hole in the head too. Did I let that stop me?! NOPE. One of the things I need to do this Fall is clean out my's on the list!

Did you enjoy the yardsale? I wish you all could have been with me...rain and all! Really, the rain chased away a lot of customers, but it didn't stop me from the bargains.

I worked with my design friend, Mary, on another project last Friday. It was a lot of fun! Sorry I can't share them with all of you too, but wanted to let you know what I've been up to. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on MY redesign. It is so much fun to be doing what I love to do!

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The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Way to go with your yardsale finds, Rhoda! Neat stuff! Great prices!

You have inspired me to scout around here for yardsales. Something tells me your prices might be better in Alabama, but I still want to scope out what we have available in Florida. Will let you know if I find anything fun.

I did find some pretty wonderful antique sailing prints matted and framed in silver leaf yesterday for $10 each at the antique mall. Antique prints of this sort usually go for $50 or more unframed, so I was a happy camper. Hubby liked them, too.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

In Him,


Mary said...

Rhoda, More great buys, I love those adorable sandels and the iron is perfect for your patio. I enjoying seeing your treasures each week. You have great yard sales in Al...Mary

Adrienne said...

Hi Rhoda -
Isn't yard saling fun? You found such good things. There were a lot of nice things for the right person. Hope someone needed those two darling little childrens' bed - they are so cute.

When you get a chance please stop by to see what I found when I was out on Friday with my dear mother. I think you will approve!

Picket said...

Morning girl....great finds at the yard sale & Ohhhh I would so have snatched up that sewing machine base! lol I read down about the Fig I will have to try that son just move to the country and they have a huge fig tree out back...I'll be looking for me some figs for sure! Thanks for the recipe...have a great day friend!

J Leigh said...

great finds!

Jen r. said...

Great finds, you always find the best stuff! I have to drive down some time and shop in your area! I love that chair for $25... We did a little flea marketing yesterday and got some decent stuff too... ahh don't you love a good deal?

paintergal said...

Ahh, you're killing me here! I cannot believe the great stuff in your area that people are selling.

sandra/tx said...

Looks like you got a lot of great deals, Rho. I haven't ventured out garage saling since I moved. I do want to, but I need to figure out the best neighborhoods to get the best finds at the best prices.

Joanna said...

That little community looks beautiful! You found some great things! I really fancied that pink and green chair! :) Not sure where I would have put it, because the only pink and green is my daughters room, and her room isn't quiet big enough for a chair. But I really liked it! I think it was more the pattern that I liked. You found some great stuff. I love those shoes as well..Ralph Laurens' for $4!! That is awesome!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhoda,
I did enjoy the yardsale! I think you got some wonderful buys.

I love that pottery barn shelf. Something like that is just what I need for my scrapbook and craft stuff.

I love all your finds. Can't wait to see what you do with that room.

I went yesterday post will have to wait til later in the week.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is a great neighborhood~
You have the eye!
It looks like you could have used a pair of rainboots that morning.

Daisy Cottage said...

A little bit of rain doesn't keep OUR girl home - no way! She's a trooper and a very clever thrifter and yeppers - she scored again!!! ;-)

I love your latest finds - the shoes and purse are adorable! What a charming neighborhood. Sigh. I love B'Ham!


French said...

Ohhh I wish I could have been to this yardsale! What a bunch of great finds;) French

Kristi said...

Our yardsales are dwindling down now, so I love vicariously living through you. I'd be all over that white PB bookshelf. We have a tall white bookshelf from Ikea in my daughter's room that is about to fall over/apart. To replace it with something of better quality at a low price would be ideal, of course.

Now as much as I blasted Ikea in that post you did a while back... I have to admit that I went and got myself a chair there because it was so cute and inspirational. I suppose I should feature it on my blog. It is for my sewing area (the reason I bought and inpirational chair) which is in the basement (another reason why I let myself get this chair that doesn't go with the rest of the house). So maybe I'll feature it on my blog down the road because I want to paint my sewing machine cabinet (black?), once I figure out the best way to do that. I could do a feature of my entire sewing nook (corner in the basement).

Anyway... way to go on the finds. As for the purse and shoes. Well can't pass up something nice that you love at such a bargain, as long as you push something else out of your closet. That is what I say! Have a great week.

Mikki said...

Love the yardsale. Thanks for taking us along.
I wish I could have been there for real, I could use those little beds soon. Oh well, I'll have to start getting out around here I suppose.
You got some great stuff. good job!

SASSY said...

Wonderful finds, Rho. I love that monogram tray - want one of those myself! I am going to post (this week) a few pics of my find from this weekend and some pretty good stuff!

sheila from life @ #17 said...

okay, those 2 pilgrims just have me trying not to them :)

...and those 2 tops are just C U T E

Angie said...

Great things at those sales - WOW! I saw some things I probably would have bought. I wanted to tell you that I love the feature you added on the side of your blog where you can click on a particular room in your house to see it. I don't know how long it has been there, but I just noticed it yesterday. I looked at your laundry room because I was trying to copy that rabbit weather vane with some yard sale pieces. It turned out really cute - I'll show it next week! Thanks for always inspiring me!

munnfamily said...

Rain Shmain!!!
Great stuff!!
Wonder if those childrens quilts would have come with the beds - would have loved to cut them up and frame some cute elements out of it.

nikkicrumpet said...

Well it was worth fighting a little rain to get those treasures!! I love that monogrammed plate...heck I'd even change my name!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhoda,

Great finds, I remember your post from last year, I love that little community.

I am so tired today, we had Hanna drop in for a visit, not fun thank God not too much damage around these parts. Now we must all watch Ike....thinking about everyone ih his path !!!

All the best,
Kathy :)

Anonymous said...

I want to go shopping with you! I love the "L" plate.-Lorie

Melissa Wertz said...

Oh I wish I went with you!!! I want that sewing machine base!!!

You got some really good finds there Rhoda. And some really great prices!

Hopefully next time. I will find out more about the Birmingham Flea Market.

Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, Great finds girl! I have been searching for that Better Homes and Gardens book...saw it once at a antique store...I have been looking at them on ebay, haven't bought it yet.... I know it's a good one! Blessings, Nancy

Annie said...

You are one dedicated lady! I haven't been yard-saling in the last couple weeks. I'm gonna grab a paper and venture out next weekend. This is a great time of year for 'saling-in-the-south'!

You found some great stuff. I always love it when I have a good trip yard-saling.

cityfarmer said...

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and your love notes to me and my family....I am slowly eking my way back to some of my favorite things like staying connected to all of my wonderful friends here in the blogging world. God bless you for being so faithful.xoxoxoxo

Darlene said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVED going on the yard sale with you...who cares if it was raining!!! Great finds...I LOVE them all!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'd love to have the little rocker. Sweet! Looks like you did pretty good, even with the rain.

The plaid chair would make a great nursery chair!

We're back from the lake for a few days. I'm hoping to get caught up with bloggy visits, before we return to the lake, later this week. With J's amazing shrinking arm, we don't know what the Fall holds for us as far as lake visits, so we're taking advantage while we can!

I like my little laptop, but I prefer my BIG machine for blog browsing, so I get behind a tad, when we're away.

Brown-Eyes said...

Oh Ms. Rhoda...your blog really made me BLINK fact I wrote a quickie blog about your garage sale finds and referenced back to you! Go take a found some of MY "junque" out there this weekend, I do declare!
;-) Bo

Nancy Hood said...

loved the pics of the homes!! I'd love to live in that area in one of them!

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

*bows* to the Garage Sale Queen. Take me with youuuuuuuuu.

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

*bows* to the Garage Sale Queen. Take me with youuuuuuuuu.

Karen said...

I am obviously NOT going to the right sales! I would have bought the mirror, the picture pair, and probably the headboard. Wow! And that PB Bookshelf! I would have loved that one. The pink and green plaid chair matches the pillows on my mom's office couch, lovely!

Mrs. Trixi said...

You did great, Rhoda. I really need to head up there and go garage saleing with you. Needless to say, here in a town with a population of about 1000, we don't have great yardsales.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Very fun!! Wish there was something like that near me...maybe I should look! Thanks for the inspiration!

Tara said...


I have got to move south, that is it I am packing up--there are no thrift sales here in NY like you find!! I need the pink chair--I could build a rm around it!

Left you an award on my blog as I so enjoy visiting here all the time!


Kim said...

I'm so glad to have found your blog! Love all your ideas and look forward to learning so many tips and tricks.... Have a great start to the week!

Dave said...

Nice looking rug! could have been a great deal at 100 bucks, but doesn't look like an antique. Pretty design though. Thanks for the awesome post. Really interesting!

Rambling Girl said...

Oh I so wanted to go yardsalen this weekend but I felt yucky and did not get up to go...maybe next weekend I will be up to it...Looks like you got quite a few nice things...

Love the sandels!
Really love the L plate..that would be perfect for me also since that is my last name inital. It looks like I will be on the hunt for one of those plates.

Anyway thanks for the sale, I felt like I was right with you.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, yay -- I finally get to go to a yard sale with Rhoda! :-)

Wow, you *do* have good yard sales. I'd have to say that the headboard looks like the "bargain du jour" to me. This weekend (right after Labor Day) tends to be a good yard sale weekend in my area, but I've been out of town for work so missed everything. THAT figures!! I've been behind on posts due top travel but I have a couple of good recent bargains I need to get blogging on.

p.s. -- If Lauren doesn't fancy the tray, let me know...I have someone in mind.

-- Laura {with an "L" ;-)}

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, I sooo wish I could've come with you. :) I think my fave was the PB bookcase - I have way too many books, but can't part with any of them. What great stuff - we never have yardsales like that in my town!

mommyofmany said...

Wow! I so wish I'd known about that yardsale! The rocker, the bookshelves, the sewing machine... I could have found places for ALL of those in my house! Looks like you had a grand time!

judy said...

Oh man, what a great sale. I had to stop going to yardsales as I found I could NOT resist a bargain(whether I needed it or not.):)
I wound up hauling stuff off to Salvation Army just to get rid of all my stuff.

I do believe the $4.00 purse was the best buy. Good job!

judy said...

Oh man, what a great sale. I had to stop going to yardsales as I found I could NOT resist a bargain(whether I needed it or not.):)
I wound up hauling stuff off to Salvation Army just to get rid of all my stuff.

I do believe the $4.00 purse was the best buy. Good job!

Oriental Carpet Brokers Ltd. said...

Dear Rhoda,

You have a lovely web page. We have to point out that the oriental rug is not antique. It's a Lilliehan rug from Persia. Possibly quite recent.

Best Wishes from all of us!

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

hi rhoda

i would so love to come yardsaling with you, that chair was a bargain for someone for sure, I would have picked that up for myself I think, I am looking for something similar for the sitting room

thanks for the emails, you've given me even more to think about, you are very, very kind with the advice, i'll be emailing you back anyway


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi Rhoda,
Great finds! I was too chicken to go out in the rain. Boy I'm so glad I stayed in because it poured.

I love the look of that community, especially the rock walls.
Keep on ayard saling!
Hugs, DebraK

Dana said...

Great Finds Rhoda! Thanks for sharing, I never used to hit the yard sales until I started visiting you. You are a great inspiration for thrifty finds.

I am almost inspired to have my own sale, but than I think... NO THANKS. I think I will stick to visiting other peoples sales. Thanks, Dana

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Looks like they had awesome stuff! Love all of your buys!

Marie said...

What a yard sale!! Such great stuff. I have NEVER seen such a sale around where I live. I rarely go out to even look anymore. Great finds! ;o)

Deserae said...

Well it might have been a rainy day but it didn't stop you from finding some wonderful goodies! Can't wait to see your guest room all decked out :o)

Susie Harris said...

Boy I sure did miss some good stuff. Looks like you found a gold mine, smile. You . Are. The. Yardsale. Queen! Take care~

Anonymous said...

Great yardsale! You found some really great deals. I loved the pink and green plaid chair.

The deals you found were pretty sweet as well.

Have a great week,

Caren said...

Girl! You got some good stuff. I never find good yard sales like that. I need to focus on it more because all those bargains look like great fun! Can't wait to see the finished black and white room, I know it will be great!

The Whitfields said...

I love the napkin & plate holder. That is so cute!!

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Oooooooooooooo I WISH I lived near this! Sounds like so much fun. There's nothing like that where I am. I TOTALLY NEED that bookshelf! I cannot believe it was $15! I would have paid even more! Holy cow! Plate and napkin cute. I'm with you, I do not 'need' another purse, but that was is so cute and $4? I could make room for it! lol Ohhhh and PLEASE DO give those decorating books away! Sign me up for that contest! I live for decorating books! lol

LOVED the yardsale! Thanks for sharing with us!


Anonymous said...

There is some great stuff out there and so cheap- which is good for our wallets! Way back in the 70's & 80's my Momma would get up early for yard sale Saturday with $25 in her pocket, she would come home with greatest finds. Her motto was- "Other peoples junk - become my treasures". Rhoda- that could be your motto too. Keep having fun doing what you are good at.

Jeanne said...

Rhoda, I confess, I wish i could have been there. I love those sales and the opportunity to snag a bargain. What fun, rain or shine.

Hugs, Jeanne

Joy said...

That's my idea of a fantastic time!

bj said...

AWWWH, MAN...I wanna go to the next garage sale with YOU !! You are good at it !! I love everything you bought..especially the L tray. I am so into monograms right now...just love them.
love, bj

Miranda said...

That was such a good deal on the kid's book shelf! You found some great things. Yard sales here just aren't the same but maybe I have just been going to the wrong ones. lol

Rue said...

Hi Rhoda :)

Great finds and I really love what you brought back with you. The plate for your niece is darling.

Beautiful job on the redesign! I'm really happy for you because you are finally getting to do what you love and have a wonderful talent for. :)


Kimba said...

Those are some great yardsale finds! And what a beautiful setting for finding them! I would have been all over that chair with the tufted back. I've got a spot in my bedroom that is dying for a chair and ottoman.

Thanks for sharing!

A Hint of Home said...

Wow! I wish I lived closer. There were several things listed I may have bought.
You got some great buys for yourself.
Have a good week.

The Berry's Patch said...

Why didn't they take the tape off the mirror? Strange. Anyway, great bargains. When the weather gets cooler here I plan to start garage sale shopping. I'm in the market for a new bench. I just know I NEED one for the foyer. I want to sit a Santa on it during the holidays. :-)

Bebe said...

Hi Rhoda!
I love coming over and seeing what goodies you've found on your yard-sale days! This one looks like so much fun! That pink and green chair was a steal, and I would have loved those French-inspired prints!! :)

Hugs, Bebe :)

restyled home said... always go to the best yardsales!!! I cannot believe what people sell in your neck of the woods...

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Have a great week, Rhoda!

Deb said...

Hi Rhoda, you found a lot of goodies. I would have loved to have that rocker and the sandals although I'm sure they weren't a size 9. Deb

Leigh said...

Oh, Rhoda, I know it is asking alot...but next time ML has a sale, will you let me know? Id love to go...

The Sale Rack said...

love that carpet!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Would have loved it! Glad you found some goodies!

queenbee said...

Sounds like a great yard sale. I have been even more inspired after reading your blog among many others to go out this weekend and look for some bargains, wish me luck. Please come take a look at my home tour and give me some suggestions. I really want to incorporate some agua and brown in my kitchen and would love your opinions.

Bella Casa said...

Love the French prints, Monogram tray and chunky candlesticks! I need some of those!

Our garage sale season is winding down and for some reason there are no antique malls or flea markets or anything like that by my house...ergh! There used to be 2 antique stores in town, and then once a month an outdoor flea market on their property, but our twp bought the land and now it has been vacant for 4 years, so dumb!


bloggin' Chrystal said...

Oh...I'm so wishing I was with you this day for this sale! I would have grabbed that pottern barn shelf and that little chair in a heart beat! found lots of treasures. I think I'll be garage sale hoppin' very soon. Thanks for the comment and thanks for sharing your talents.