What I’m On The Hunt For at Garage Sales in 2018

This year I’m on the hunt at garage sales in my neck of the woods for a few things.

So far this year I’ve been to a garage sale, yes only one.  It was the last day of the sale and pretty much picked over but I am upping my game for next weekend’s garage sales.  Part of preparing for the next sale is making a list of what I need/want.

Since I don’t have an outlet for reselling my found treasures,  I am looking for things that work in my house.  My family room is undergoing a bit of a refresh so new (to me) things to decorate the built-in bookcases are at the top of my list.  So vintage decorative items are a must.

Vintage leather-bound books are high on my list of desired items.   I would like to replace some of the books that are now on the shelves.

My plan is to display my collection of vintage clocks and cameras on the built-in bookshelves so adding to those collections is a priority.

 I love to change out the lamps in my rooms often and I built up a bit of a lamp stash; however, my lamp stash dwindled over time by lamps disappearing into my daughters’ homes.  So I need to rebuild my lamp stash.

Baskets for both decor and organization are always on my list at garage sales, thrift stores, and estate sales.  I don’t believe you can have too many baskets and the ones with handles always come home with me if reasonably priced.  They are just so versatile and add warmth and coziness to your home.

Tablescaping is one of my favorite pastimes.  I love using vintage items to create tablescapes that are functional and beautiful.  Vintage linens, china, and curiosities are on my garage sale list.

This list is by no means complete but these are things I am actively looking for this year.

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  1. Sharon, I love posts like this. So interesting to see what others like and are looking for. I saw that key…is it a Frankoma piece? You are looking for lamps…my husband is a lamp nut. I have to hold him back from buying them.

  2. Rita C. says:

    Sharon, I just read where Longaberger Co has ceased operations (as of the past couple of days!), so their baskets are bound to become even more highly collectible. Now’s the time to snag those if you were ever inclined (I never really was, but hmm….). My sisters & I just fell into another load of linens, which is a small project to launder, press, tag, etc. A dealer friend of ours was purging, and I resisted dishes…they did not sell, and she mentioned donating to Habitat for Humanity. I still resisted. Part of me wanted to ask her for them, but another part of me said no. I still have some I’d like to purge myself. Having said that, I just scored 6 berry bowls of Greenbrier china and I’m a happy camper, lol.
    I love the look of your family room, and your ideas all sound great. It’s nice your daughters want anything you have – that’s a real compliment! Stash on, sister!

  3. The hunt can be a fun experience and you can discover treasures not expected! Have fun and good luck!

  4. Kathy A. says:

    I love how you have a formaliized list. Mine is easy: 1) things to resell; 2) things to upcycle, then sell or donate (material for pillow tops, simple DIYs, craft supplies, items for my church bazaar theme baskets); 3) things for gifts (found a $4 Fiesta coffee mug for girlchild–I swear it is chartreuse); 4) things I collect!

    Shorter version: anything that catches my fancy and is reasonably priced! I got my third biscuit jar this weekend so NOW I have a collection. So glad they are smaller than cooky jars, huh?

  5. I was just thinking of doing a post like this again since we had our round up 2 years ago!

  6. Beatrice Euphemie says:

    Oh, such cute collections in your lovely home! I have a movie camera similar to yours – it was my dear Father’s and I love it so. Take care x Karen

  7. Sharon, I’m going to feature you at Sweet Inspiration this week! Thanks for posting!

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Sharon, love the new bookshelves! It’s funny, I rarely go to yard sales at home, but hit them when I’m out of town. I found some fun stuff on my gal pal trip last week. Most of it is still down there at my friends condo. Her and her hubby has to bring home alot of treasures next time they go down. We take two cars, but there is ten of us and not alot of room to bring our goodies home. Your list is full of great vintage items! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Sharon, I’m with you–I find it so helpful to keep a running list when I’m shopping thrift stores or garage sales. We hunt for a lot of the same things! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. Happy hunting. I hope you find what you are looking for. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.


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