Garage Sale Greatness

I was driving down a swanky street on Saturday when a sign in the yard of a swanky house caught my eye – garage sale!!!  Now that spring is here and the weather is beautiful garage sales have popped up all over town, and I was excited to see what my first garage sale of the season had in store for me.

As I walked up the driveway to the garage sale, I noticed a beautiful, carved wooden bed set – for $125.  Bummer!  Not exactly the deal I was looking for – my hopes for this garage sale began to dwindle.  I kept walking and spotted another carved wooden headboard and footboard for a double bed – based upon the high price of the other bed set I figured that it was out of my price range, but took a look at the price anyway.  Score!!!!  This set was marked at only $10!!

I was totally surprised, and confirmed with the homeowner that it was really only 10 smackers – turns out she didn’t think the set had any value because it was missing the bed rails.  Details, details.  The headboard alone made the $10 price tag worthwhile!  My head began to spin with possibilities – sand down and stain, new paint, use headboard only or try to find new rails . . . and all this for only 10 beans?!?!?  How could I not pull the trigger on this fabola purchase?

Take a look at this beauty that I practically stole:


Isn’t she gorgeous??  I can’t wait to have some spare time to gussy her up for our third bedroom.  And let’s zoom in on that awesome price tag (sorry, I just can’t help rubbing it in):


Have you scored any awesome deals at a garage sale?  Got any ideas for how I should spiff up this steal of a bed set?  Can’t wait to hear from you guys . . .

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  1. Katie says:

    Nice one girl! I’d love to see the room this will go in :)

  2. Liz says:


    I know, you’re right – I definitely need to post a pic of that room! It has been a bit neglected since we moved in so I’ve been hesitant to post a pic of it in its pitiful state, but I think I need to just suck it up and post one. Hopefully people won’t judge too harshly. :) Thanks for stopping by!

    ~ Liz

  3. Lauren says:

    Awesome bed with endless possibilities! Did you try to bargain with the sellers? Are you going to try to save and repair the finish before the painting? What a super canvas on which to use your creativity!

  4. Liz says:


    I love your moxie!! To be honest, I didn’t try to bargain with the sellers because I thought it was such a great deal – that $10 was burning a hole in my pocket!

    After doing a little thinking, I’m leaning towards going after this beauty with a little polystain, a la Katie’s approach here: I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

    ~ Liz

  5. christy says:

    Ooh very nice job there Liz! Love getting a great bargain like that. High end yard sales rule. We are thinking about holding our first one ever this spring. Craigs list responders always flake out on us – ugh!

    I have never heard of that polystain – but it looks and sounds amazing. If you don’t stain it, I would paint it white or a bright color to match your room. I’m really into painted furniture right now!

    Can’t wait to see what you decide to do!