Sunday, March 27, 2011

An Imposing Piece of Furniture

This large set was imposing because the only place I had to store it was in the middle of my living room. Little girls bumped their little heads on this table no fewer than half a dozen times in the last three weeks that it has been in the house. But, the annoyance of having it around was worth it after this week.

7-Piece Formal Dining Room Table Set
Paid $75 (Original asking price, $100)
Sold for $320

White-Washed China Cabinet Buffet
Paid $15 (Original asking price, $25)
Sold $350
Posted for nearly three whole months, but a great fixture in my kitchen. I wasn't in a hurry to see this one go.

Antique Shabby Chic Secretary and Chairs
Paid $12 (Original asking price, $15)
Sold $165
Chairs sold to the same buyer for $75. Both purchases were a 50/50 split to Blue Chair for letting me store them there.

Little Tikes Play Center
Paid $5
Sold for $50
I wasn't in a hurry to see this go either, because kids still enjoy playing on it. But, even Molly has outgrown the teeny tiny slide, so I held out for the $50 I wanted to get for it. And, it was only posted for 8 days. 
Full Size Upholstered Bed Frame
Paid $4
Sold for $70
I got this bed frame and 3 other pieces of furniture as a package deal for $15 at a yard sale. That was the deal of the day for sure! 

Scotts Speedy Seeder 3000
Paid $3 (Original asking price, $5)
Sold for $20
Random, huh!?
Ghetto Speakers
Sold for $10
These speakers are the same wattage of little computer speakers, but even at nearly 3 feet tall, they a guy of course. I got them for free from a guy who was practically begging me to take his yard sale leftovers so that he didn't have to go to the Goodwill. I never thought these would actually sell. 
Project of the Week...or last Two Weeks I should say...

Solid Cedar Wood Dresser in its Original Form (Sideways)
Paid $30
  Sanding...a lot of Sanding...a lot more Sanding
The reason I stay away from re-staining wood pieces! Much too time consuming and detailed. It won't stain properly if it isn't completely sanded.
Completely Sanded (except the two edge pieces).
I was aiming to match the existing stain so that I could keep the sections that didn't need to be stripped as is. 
Partially Stained...a little darker than planned
 The Finished Product!
What Makes this Such a Unique Piece-Built in Dividers and Jewelry Tray


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A 2-Hour Turn Around! Really!

It was a B-E-A-Utiful weekend for garage saling this past Saturday and more even more glorious than the weather was the great finds that I sold in less than 24 hours!!!

Making Bank at a Single Yard Sale
I actually went to one yard sale twice, because I had inquired about a patio table set that the guy was selling and I didn't jump on it right away. I decided to head back because I thought that it might be a good find, and as I parked my car someone else was loading the table and chairs in his truck (After I left the yard sale, I remembered the patio table set that I just sold a few weeks ago for Sally that she pieced together for around $25 YEARS ago. I re-sold the same set for $ beaten and distressed...ha ha. Who would've thought?) Anyway, the guy told me that he had another patio table in the backyard that he would sell to me. It was a gorgeous...well, not gorgeous at his house, but gorgeous in my head...he wanted $40. I thanked him for showing it to me and told him that was way out of my price range. His response, "come on girl, make me an offer. You gotta learn how to negotiate!" HA!!! If he only knew. I'm pretty sure my mom started laughing at that comment in the background. So, I told him the most I could do was $20 for the table set and I could cough up $30 if he threw in the wing back chair and chaise that were in the front. SOLD!

Upholstered Wing Back Chair with 
Semi-Matching Chaise
Sold $50 Paid $10 (Original asking price $20)
I did a quick upload from my phone to Craigslist when I dropped it off at home and received a call within an hour. An hour later, my buyer arrived and it was sold...before I returned to the same house to pick up the patio set that I bought.

Solid Teak Wood Patio Set with Cushions
Sold $100 Paid $20 (Original asking price, $40)
The Plan: To sand down the rough, weather beaten wood, stain and varnish.
The Reality: Like I have time for that. Let's see if I can sell it in the meantime...and I did, less than four hours after it was posted.
So, I turned around three large pieces the same day that I purchased them! 

24-Hour Turn Around
Vintage Desk
Sold $45 Paid $10 
I had this desk sold in less than 24-hours without having to do any work. I was going to sand down the top surface and match the stain to the drawers, but sold it before I had the opportunity.

White Twin Size Headboard (the one on the right)
Sold for $40 plus $20 for the rails
Paid $10 for the headboard and $1 for the rails
A little TLC went into the headboard...mainly a couple of coats of white paint to make it cute, charming and very girly.


Antique White Table top Shelf
Sold for $20 Paid $1
The crazy thing about this one...the lady drove an hour to buy this little shelf.

Matching Dresser and Nightstand
Sold for $50 Paid $12 (Original asking price, $15)
So embarrassing...when I asked the guy how much for this set, he said $10 for the dresser and $5 for the nightstand. My reply, "Can I get both for $15?"  This set was in horrible shape...beyond repair. Even for me. 

Project of the Week
Antique Secretary Desk

This was a great find! It's a solid wood antique secretary that has been painted at least two or three times. Under the off-white paint pictured was a heavy coat of forest green and then some brown under that. Plus, it was DIRTY! Like, cobwebs between the legs dirty. So, I snatched it up and easily covered it with about two coats of paint (including the hardware), sanded it down for that shabby chic look that I love so much and delivered it to my favorite storage facility...Blue Chair Children's Bookstore in Downtown Glendora. 

The finished product: Clean, fresh and completely charming! Stop by the bookstore to check it out. Oh, and buy a book while you are there :)

Shout out to an amazing sale this week that I wish I could claim as my own...

Check out that damsel in distress in the picture...ha ha. I just noticed that. 

You would NEVER believe how much my girlfriend snatched this castle for! It honestly made me down right jealous. And, within a week she sold it. Our poor girls were sooooo disappointed. 

Little Tikes Play Castle
Retails for nearly $400!!!!!!!!
Sold by fellow Mommy Picker for $130
Paid $5...$5 measly one dollar bills! No negotiation necessary!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

On Call to Sell Stuff, 24 Hours a Day

I got a craigslist call at 11:48 pm this week! The funny thing about the phone call was that it was for baby clothes. Really...who calls at almost midnight someone who (one would assume based on the items of interest) has a sleeping baby at home? With that complete lack of consideration, it was no surprise that she didn't show up to buy the clothes at our scheduled time the next day.

Needless to say, we had a bang up week (I say "we," because Mommy Picker sales sky-rocketed...well, maybe they just soared...but still, we sold a lot of stuff)!

Executive Style Glass Top Office Desk
Mommy Pickers sale with paid delivery service
(Posted for less than 2 weeks)
Sideways Bathroom Cabinet
(stinkin' images won't rotate or upload right and I've about given up)
Sold $45 (Paid $10)
This sold in less than 24 hours with no fewer than five interested buyers.

White Vanity
Sold $165 (Paid $20 for the entire set but sold the vanity by itself)

White Hutch (sorry 'bout the sideways pic)
Sold $75 (Paid $5)
I got this for only $5! I couldn't even bring myself to bargain the price down it was so cheap.

Littlest Pet Shop Toys-Big Lot
Sold $20 (Paid $4)
Weeks ago, I got some littlest pet shop stuff in a box of free stuff so I've had my eyes out for some accessories to go with it. I finally found some and sold the whole batch as one big lot of toys.

Super Ebay Sales 

Authentic Brighton Purse
(With its original box and dust cover)
Closed Auction at $26 (Paid $5 at Garage Sale)

Six Seasons of Sex in the City
Mommy Pickers SALE!
Closed Auction at $61.00

New Mommy Pickers Items up for Grabs!

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