Friday, April 29, 2016

Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year


My favorite junkin' time of year is upon us!  Coming up next weekend is the Indiana 38 Yard Sale.  You can read about my trips from 2014 and 2015.  Then in the beginning of June is the US 40 / Old National Yard Sale.  You can read about my trips from 2014 and 2015.  I have other new to me yard sale routes planned here and there this summer.  Then, to cap it all off, I'll travel the 127 Yard Sale route.  You can read about my trip and my finds from last year.  You can also read my tips for others wanting to tackle this route.

So, before the yard sale routes really get under way, I'm going to give you my top 5 things I'm looking for at yard sales this year.  Thank you Pam for the idea.  After Pam gave me the okay, I tasked other bloggers to put together their lists.  There's a link below to everyone's posts at the bottom.

1. Architectural Salvage

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I came across this stash by browsing craigslist.  I just had to haul them away for free.  The woman had replaced all the old windows in the new to her 1920s house.
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These came from a woman who had originally bought them with the intention to build a greenhouse.

Summer 2014 was the summer of windows it seemed!  I have sold every single last one of these now.  Now I'm picking up one here and there whenever I find them for cheap.  I've always sold quite a bit of windows, but now with my new southside booth I've been selling quite a bit of architectural salvage.  

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Everything from shutters, to ceiling tile tins, to pieces of chippy old wood... DIY is hot right now.  Everyone wants to be able to recreate that old look, but they don't want to hunt down the special pieces to do it.  That's where I come in.

2. Soda Crates

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Not only are the colors spectacular, don't they look just marvelous stacked like this?  I sell them by the dozen at both of my booths, so of course it makes sense to buy as many as I can get my hands on.  Generally on the yard sale routes I can find them in the $8-10 range.

3. Thermoses

Source: Me

Thermos have been HOT for a little over a year now.  Lots of folks are picking them up for their summer and fall vignettes/decor.  It's another item I can't seem to keep in my booth. 

4. Vintage Christmas

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Remember this haul from last summer?  I got this 7ft silver/gold aluminum pom pom tree, color wheel, and box of shiny brite ornaments in pink and blue.  You'll never believe what I paid for this lot of stuff.  That's what I love about yard sales.

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So, I've bought a total of 3 aluminum Christmas trees and I can't seem to have enough.  Maybe I can buy more so I can actually part with one?  Not only do I want to look for aluminum trees, I'll be on the lookout for all vintage Christmas, because we always have to be on the lookout for stuff we love and never part with.  It's not as fun when you always sell it all.

5. Anything I can buy in bulk!

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I just recently bought over 700 never used fruit crate labels.

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I also recently bought over 500 insulators.

Buying in bulk is not for the faint of heart or the casual collector.  Sometimes it can seem daunting to lay down such a fat stack of cash.  I usually play by the rule that after I sell a small portion of them, the initial investment is paid off and the rest if just profit.

Well, I if you liked my list, you're sure going to love the other lists that were compiled.


21 comments:

  1. Melissa, I love everything on your list! Vintage Christmas would have been my "next" list item. Any salvage is always desirable but I have never come across any soda crates--the hunt is on! Thanks again for organizing this, I'm really enjoying seeing each list and I think our readers will as well.

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  2. A bundled deal - the Holy Grail of junkin'!!! I am very surprised you could limit yourself to just five things and leave room for random treasures. Thanks for all the work organizing this - it is fun!

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  3. Oh look at all of those goodies! I never pass up vintage Christmas either...it is all I decorate with on our tree. Thanks so much for putting the blog hop together, Melissa...it's been fun!

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  4. We both included Vintage Christmas and thermoses. Thank you for organizing the blog hop. I knew everyone here except Eddie and I am so glad you included him. It is always great to meet a new kindred spirit. Do you sell many of the vintage plastic thermoses? I have picked up a couple lately and wonder if they will sell in my booth.

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  5. Oh my gosh!! 500 insulators. That's incredible! I love everything on your list. Vintage Christmas almost made it on mine. It was so hard to narrow down to just 5 things. Thanks for the fun blog hop!

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  6. You always find the BEST stuff! I'm a sucker for soda crates too. I just love them.

    Thanks again for hosting this series - it was really fun.

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  7. Hi Melissa!
    Thanks for a very interesting round-up on a fascinating topic! As a new blogger myself, I hope to do a round-up just like this when I get more experience and know more bloggers! I've read and enjoyed every one of these!

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  8. I never buy bulk things, but you and Shara are convincing me! Good luck on the Indiana 38 yard sale. I'm planning on hitting the 127 again this year, but leave my non-junkin' friends behind :) Thanks for hosting the party!

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  9. I am usually just buying for myself so do not look for many of those items. But I think of my blogging buddies when I find them!

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  10. Very cool fruit labels! Do you have any with cherries on them??? I may be interested in purchasing them...if the price is right!
    warmly,
    deb

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  11. Thanks so much for organizing a fab blog hop, Melissa! Very fun list and you are right, every now and then we have to keep one of our finds :) You've inspired me to try selling thermoses in my shop. I only tried on Etsy with little success. You are an awesome buyer and even more awesome seller!

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  12. What a great stash! I love the aluminum Christmas tree, they take me back in time whenever I see one.

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  13. What fun you all must have. Few years ago we were on vacation in Somerset,Ky to go to a lake. People had stuff in their front yards, anywhere could find space to set up. I started asking questions and found out about the miles long yard sale, should have seen look on hubs face, like uh oh.
    After that had hard time keeping mind on vacation. At that time we lived few miles north of Bowling Green, hadn't heard a word about sale til we got to Somerset. The next year we went but closer to home.
    If you don't have money to spend, stay home otherwise would make person crazy to pass up so many goodies. If only have small amount of money, hard to decide what to spend it on.
    but that's just my take on it.
    I used to get all old wood windows I wanted at window place across from clinic I went in Bowling Green. They'd set windows out in their side yard for anybody to take, I was so happy. Sure do miss that place as now we live in western CO few miles west of Grand Junction.
    Same goes for real wood shutters, sometimes I find them at local thrift store or Habitat but prices are high.
    After KY finding good stuff like you talked about is scarce here or very high priced.
    Oh for chance at buying trip to KY.
    I'm loving all the great stuff you showed, now to find it for reasonable affordable (for SS seniors)prices. This is fantastic blog hop.
    Happy weekend

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  14. That pic of the insulators just cracks me up! It looks like a herd of tiny aliens or mutant mushrooms has invaded your lawn! Buying in bulk rocks! But it does freak out the husband, I have to say. I love soda crates for sure, especially on those odd occasions when I can find one that's not a Coke or Pepsi crate. Thanks for pulling this little shindig together. It was fun.

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  15. I just wonder how long it took you to haul all those insulators and then lay them out for their photo shoot, lol! We're all nuts, and I love the company I'm keepin' - best people around. Thanks, Melissa!

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  16. Great ideas for finds... we've actually been looking for salvage, too... because the new shop customers like them too! Thanks so much, Melissa, for this super fun blog hop! (I fixed my links BTW)
    Would love to join in for another sometime!

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing with us!! Loved all your tips!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  18. Lots of great things to look for but I never see any of them in my thrifting days out!! I would love to get a stack or two of those soda crates!

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  19. I enjoyed this link-up of things to look for at garage sales. I would love to join if you ever do another special link-up. I picked up some good ideas.

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  20. How clever that you have made a clear list to keep you on track rather than buying random things!

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  21. 500 insulators! Where do you store everything?


    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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