Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Garage Sale Find is the Perfect Dish to Make Susan's Homemade Baked Beans


                                             Stoneware Covered Casserround
                                                         I bought at a garage sale. 

 I found this Rachael Ray Stoneware Covered Casserround at a garage sale this past season.   I was excited since I had picked up a couple of other Rachael Ray utensils at other garage sales and liked them. This casserround is about $35.00 in the store.  You know I didn't even come close to playing that at a garage sale. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Record Album From A Garage Sale into a Clock

Homemade Gifts Repurposed From A Garage Sale Item!

My family has been making Christmas Gift for years for each other. It started when gift giving was getting out of hand.  We all made a promise that we would only MAKE the Christmas gifts for the family.  No price limits were set. The was left up to the maker of the gifts.  I have received many wonderful gifts over the years.  All are precious because my family made them especially for me. 

            I LOVED this record growing up!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wall Art Repurposed from A Garage Sale Item


Wall Art From The Unexpected

    IKEA Napkin Holder found at a Garage Sale

In my garage sale travels a couple of years ago I stumbled upon this IKEA Napkin holder. I really liked all the aspects of this piece.  It is simply a plastic square base with square cut outs and a flexible metal rod with a larger metal piece on the end. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

5 Tips For Cleaning Out Stuff For A Garage Sale

Laundry Room BEFORE the Clean Out!

Laundry Room AFTER the Clean Out

Every year I hold a garage sale at my house that has 14 families in it, AND I also organize my Subdivision Garage Sale for the last 18 years.  It is one of the most successful Subdivision Garage Sales in the County. People come from all over Michigan, Ohio, Canada and elsewhere. I am often asked how do you have enough things to sell every year.  The answer is I am continually cleaning my cupboards/closets/rooms gathering things that we don't need or want anymore.  I always say that if I didn't clean out and have a garage sale every year, I would be a hoarder!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Garage Sale Finds Get NEW Life with Paint

                             Spray Paint

              Craft Paint and  Brush

I love to make something old new again with a little paint.  I don't consider myself a creative person in the sense of having an idea and knowing how to execute it.  The executing part is where I have problems.  I come from a long line of very creative and talented people but I think it stopped with me. I have realized that I am a wiz with a can of spray paint. I discovered this purely by accident when one day I just got up the nerve and picked up a can and started to paint. My advice is to grab a can of spray paint and start spraying something big like a metal chair.  You can practice getting the feel of how to spray paint.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lasagna In My Newest Garage Sale Find~ Recipe Included

Lasagna Using my Newest Garage Sale Find!

                   Garage Sale Lasagna Pan

If you ask my kids what their favorite meal is they will say Spaghetti or Lasagna.  We are NOT Italian but when my kids were little the used to say they were since they LOVED Italian food so much.  So today I will make my mom's lasagna in my Princess House Lasagna Pan that I bought at a garage sale recently. My friends Traci and Melissa each had a Princess House Home Party this year and I remember looking at this pan but the price was more than I was willing to spend. I was elated when I came upon one in a garage sale.  Today is the first time that I will use my new pan.  It is bigger than my old Large Pyrex pan that I have used in the past.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Garage Sales Help Make Hosting Thanksgiving Easy!

     My Thanksgiving Table ready for Turkey Day!

Hosting Thanksgiving with a little help from garage sales.  Thanksgiving is upon us once again.  It has become tradition that we host Thanksgiving at our house every year. We will be having 20 people for dinner this year.  I am a planner and  I have many things already prepared and in the freezer ready to go.  Today, I set the table for our Thanksgiving feast.   Yes, Thanksgiving is still 1 short week away. I believe if you can do something ahead of time, you can enjoy yourself when the actually day arrives.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Garage Sale Treasure Becomes a Work of Art!

I LOVE to go to Garage Sales!  I never know what I will find.  It is always about the "hunt" for that special item that you can put to good use.  Not everything that I buy is used as it is meant to be.  An example is when I bought this great looking water fountain kit.  It had everything in it.  Metal plates that just snapped together, a liner and some fake grass and cat tails.   

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Even Oprah has a GARAGE SALE!

Photos: Oprah auctions personal items for charity
credit AZFamily.com

On Saturday November 2, 2013, Oprah had what many are considering the BIGGEST Garage Sale EVER!  Well I know many people will take offense at that because we ALL think we have the biggest and best sale.  It is said that Oprah’s sale raised $600,000 for her schools in Africa.  Ok, that IS a BIG garage sale.  Actually, Oprah had an auction of items that she no longer needed.  Just like many of us that decided to have a garage sale of the items we no longer need.  It has been said that Oprah had went through her many homes all over the world and decided what she could part with for the sale.  These items were then gathered by the Kaminski Auction House.  The epic garage sale generated more money than expected.  One tea pot that was expect to get $100 got a high bid of $1,000.  WOW!  A garage sale is a wonderful way to raise money for a cause.  Thanks Oprah for making a garage sales cool and setting the bar so high.