Friday, May 28, 2010

Garage Sale Season

I love garage sales. Except when I’m the only one there and the people having the garage sale stare at you while you sort through their crap. Hate that. Anyways….last weekend I found some treasures amongst the half used candles. Like this antique milk can. The guy wanted $25 for it….I gave him $10 for it. Score! I’m a mean, lean (kind of), garage sale-ing queen.

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After some serious power sanding and spray paint (the color is Hosta Leaf by KILZ) it now looks like this:

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Not sure where I’ll put it yet….or what I’ll do with it….but don’t tell my husband that.

I also bought this old wooden ladder.

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The hubby was excited that I was actually buying something useful…. until I told him that I was going to tear it apart and hang quilts on it. You should have seen his face…poor guy actually thought I bought a ladder just to use as a ladder.


Piece n Quilt is having a 35% off everything sale till' the 28th....use coupon code May35

38 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

How silly! Of course it's for quilts!!

I hate that only one at the yard sale feeling too .... especially when you don't want to buy anything and you have to slink away to your car emptyhanded.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Man, you are fast with your garage sale finds!

Elizabeth said...

That's hilarious! And I can't wait to see you hang your quilts on that ladder.

Di~ said...

:) you make me laugh! we have a milk can out in the garage...been there for 20 years...

A. said...

Ha, ha, ha. I love it.

Anna said...

nice! my parents have a cool milk can like that. Off to find some garage sales myself!

paulette said...

SCORE!! Great finds!! And I LOVE the ladder - perfect for quilts!! (I have two milk jugs- they look fantastic in little displays here and there in the garden!!) You go girl!!
Paulette

"Lois Grebowski" said...

hahahahhahhhahaa!


Hubby should know better...LOL!

Laurel said...

That makes me laugh -- silly husband, ladders are for quilts! ;)

Love your finds -- makes me want to hit the streets soon!

Natalia said...

Thanks for linking Allison!
I love your ladder idea. I have actually been looking for the same thing to hang quilts from. :)

Jolene said...

I totally agree with the whole garage sale thing. Seems like the whole family gathers around and watches you snoop through their precious junk. It usually makes me so nervous that I end up buying something I didn't really want. Thanks for the idea on spray painting a milk can. I've got one here that I can just imagine in a smoky aqua or deep red.

AllieKatMom said...

Ohhh that is a great idea! I love the old ladder!

Summer :) said...

That's hilarious! I would have loved to seen his face... guys are great! :) Thanks for the heads up on the sale too!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! :)

Fulvia said...

But you are! ... a ladder for quilts! Is that so wrong?!

Keriann said...

Silly husband...he should have known better! Next time you trick him please have camera ready so we can see! =) hehe

love the milk can!

Suzanne said...

I love the milk can and I got a good laugh about the ladder :)

NorahS said...

Ok. That made me laugh out loud. Poor hubby. The milk can looks great!

jabeybaby said...

Now I want to go garage sales tomorrow! :-) Love the milk can!

Linda B said...

That's a great idea for the ladder. I would use it as a planter for outside, but maybe I will have to make a quilt hanger out of the one we broke a couple of years ago.

Brooke said...

What fun finds! Did you ever tell us where you found your cherry wall art? I'd love to know!

Ariel said...

LOVE the milk can! I have one almost identical...and never thought of painting it, so it left a rust ring on my porch that won't wash away....way to be so creative! Can't wait to see the ladder all ripped up and cute ;)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

We don't have very many good garage sales around here.

Love the milk can! When I was growing up my Grandfather used to take me up to the farms to get fresh milk in our milk cans. Later on it switched to fresh drinking water on the farm. When we moved down to Florida, the milk cans became seats and door stoppers. I would love to come across a few.

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

How timely - we are having a garage sale tomorrow - you should come on over and I will try to remember not to stare at any of my customers. I'm the opposite, I despise garage sales, giving or going. But alas my storage area needs a serious purge. Great scores!

LPSA said...

Al, what I really love is that cherry picture behind your awesomely painted and re-done cabinet. Not that your milk can's not cool and all, but WHERE DID YOU GET THE PICTURE? I've ooooh and aaaaawed and coveted over it before, so I just need to know. And I do love your milk can. My mom has had one for as long as I can remember. I think one of these days I'm going to steal it and fill it with flowers and put it out on my porch. And I hate garage sales but I dropped by one of my neighbor's houses today and she had this miniature crib that she found at a garage sale for $2. Probably not baby safe and would be recalled in a heart beat, but it was about the greatest thing I've ever seen. I want one, but I'd have to go garage sale-ing and I'm not sure I'm up for it, or good at it. XOXO. Sorry, I'm on JOhn's business account, it's Mindy. Lots of love!!

folksmith said...

had to laugh about your buying the ladder for quilts and your husband thinking that it was to be used as a ladder...too funny.

Maree: said...

You've done a Great Job on the Milk Can & I just Love the Ladder...will Look Fab with Quilts haning from it...
cheers

Jo said...

Love the ladder -I've got aspirations of buying one to hang quilts off too, and I can just imagine my poor boyfriend's face when I inform him...

the canned quilter said...

Love the milk can and also really love the color : )

ktquilts said...

I loved the ladder story!!! Heehheeehee!

I have an old milk can, painted black long ago and rusty, hmmmmmmm. Might need to do something about that soon!!

Great finds!

Blessings,

KT

Rosanna Hope said...

I have to laugh because many years ago when we had our farm in Kentucky, I purchase a very similar can and redid it in Red. Yes, I husband was also puzzled at the find, but I loved it for many many years! Enjoy, It is a great litle treasure! Best, Rosanna Hope, Babybonbons

Rinachiyya said...

Whohoooo,you got a great deal.
Am not a garage shopper at all and I have a very good reason.
What a great deals you got so far with the rocking chair and chair too.

Miss Jean said...

He actually thought you were going to use the ladder as a ladder? Silly boy! I have an old one that I get out periodically to hang quilts on as well.

Merry Made Quilts said...

great idea with the ladder! I'm totally in love with the garage sale "hunt" as well!

Emily S. said...

I love how the milk can turned out. My parents had one growing up. We always used it as a little seat in the kitchen (with a little round rug underneath it to protect the floor)- that's where you could always find the kiddos perched talking to mom during meal prep. Ah, good times!

Heather said...

he he he...a ladder used for it's intended purpose...to climb? silly husband! do you have this one done yet? i'd love to see it. i have a wrought iron thing i'm planning to spray paint and hand quilts on but it your ladder looks cool i might change my mind. :)

Sharon said...

Hi. I love your blog. I just found it yesterday, but I've been here so long I don't remember how I got here. These are two great garage sale finds! I'm wondering what the milk can ever got used for and I'd LOVE to see a pic of the ladder quilt hanger. I'm just finishing up my first quilt and really like the look of the ladder style hangers with several on them.

Bea Lippott said...

I love you blog! HEHE my hubby has an old ladder like that and for no reason at all I'm going to buy him a new one so I can spray paint his old one and use it for some other purpose. Like a towel rack in our daughters bathroom, as if she'll use it.

Shirley Smith said...

Isn't there anything more creative we can use a ladder for??? I'd like to see your finished quilt hanging ladder. I have an old ladder and have had it for 3 years deciding what hasn't been done?! Your ladder is cute and special I like the handle that spreads it open. I've seen them used for book shelves, plant holders, towel racks, magazine racks, herb planters, garden arches, hung on wall for shelf for kids play area, if I will destroy my ladder it has to be phenomenal.

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