They Held A Village Yard Sale And Everybody Came

At least it sure seemed like everybody. This village yard sale is held every June in a small village close to where we live, and we lucked out with a beautiful sunny day.

Honestly, I’ve never seen the streets so busy. They were packed with both cars and people, who must have come from far and wide.

John and I got a bit of a late start and didn’t arrive in town until about 9ish, but I still managed to find a few great things.

brass hummingbird wind chimes pieces

Like these sweet brass hummingbird wind chime pieces. They were $3 for the four, which for me is normally a little pricey, but I loved them so I had to have them.

I’ll be using them as, guess what?…. wind chime pieces. lol.

No repurposing needed here.


wooden bench seat with storage

Can you believe this sweet little bench cost me less than those hummingbirds?

Just $2!!! And it has some awesome storage.


wooden seat bench with storage

The psychic me sees a makeover in its future.


wooden bench seat with storage

The cat owner me sees it as a purr-fect cat window seat… especially since our Miss Monkey has already meowed dibs on it as soon as I brought it in the house.


blue metal container

I have no idea what this is or what I’ll do with it, but I love the combo of the blue with the antique white iron exterior piece.

And it was just $1.

At first I thought it might be an umbrella stand, but I’m pretty sure it would topple over if you put even one umbrella in it. It doesn’t have the heaviness needed to stay put.

Then I thought a waste basket maybe, but it’s a very weird shape and height for that.

Any thoughts?

Whatever it is it will probably be something else at some point.

What that will be… who knows? Certainly not me. 🙂

vintage Victor sifter and metal strainer

This vintage Victor sifter and cool looking metal strainer were found at the same yard sale. The prices there were a little dear, but I really wanted these. I love the look of both of them, and I can see repurposing potential.

The lady in charge wanted $10 for both. That was too much for me so after some hesitation I countered at $8. When she saw my reaction to her price, which meant I would leave without them, she took my offer.

That’s still more than I would usually pay, but sometimes when you love something you have to pay a little more.


Vintage Ingraham sunburst clock and Vintage Westclox alarm clock

Speaking of loving something… vintage clocks can be very hard for me to resist. I found these two at a thrift store.

This Ingraham sunburst wall clock is a keeper I think, but not sure yet about the Westclox drowse alarm clock.

I’ve given Sunburst clocks similar to this one makeovers in the past. Check out my Shabby Chic Sunburst Clock makeover,  and my Red Hot Clock Makeover... both of which I still have and still use. I might just keep this one au natural. We’ll see. It depends where it’s going to go.

I’d love to have a wall of sunburst clocks someday… even if they’re not plugged in. I just think they’re very cool.

What do you think? Would you paint it?


vintage wooden magazine table

I found this old beat up magazine table at the ReStore a while back and completely forgot to share it. It really needs some serious makeover love.


vintage wooden magazine table

But for the $5 price it’ll be worth the effort.


vintage wooden magazine table

The magazine or book cubbies on the sides are very cool, and I think this would be a great living room piece between our two chairs.

John can have one side and I’ll have the other.

Perfect for winter time reading in front of a roaring fire in the living room wood stove. Thankfully, those days are far away right now. Hopefully. 🙂

I just have to tell you that one of the last sales we went to at the village yard sale had a big sign that said… Our Crap Can Be Your Crap. If we ever have our own yard sale I’ll be making a sign just like that. I thought it was so funny, until I saw that all they had left was actually crap. lol. At least it was for us.

Sometimes one woman’s crap is just another woman’s crap. 🙂

In their defence it was Saturday morning, and they did start on Friday. That’s a new thing around here…  many yard sales are Fridays & Saturdays now so sometimes the good stuff is gone by Saturday.  I’m assuming when they started out they had some good crap. Oh well, that just meant less good crap for us to take home, which is a good thing.

Speaking of less good crap, lol, for the summer I’ll be posting my latest finds on the last Thursday of the month. If I have a What the Heck item I’ll happily share that as well. I’m thrifting less these days because I’ve decided to not buy any more things to sell in my etsy shop for the summer at least.

It takes a lot of time to list stuff, and I’d much rather spend the summer creating things for my home and garden and sharing them here with you. I so appreciate you spending some of your valuable time here with me. :).

I’ll still be thrift hunting for my home so I’m sure I’ll have some wonderful treasures to share.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    WOW. Such wonderful finds.
    The item that you thought maybe an umbrella stand; (looks like it already matches your kitchen ) I used to have something very much like this only without the white holder.
    Mine was galvanized of which I painted ,and held long floral stems and dried grasses.
    It can be used as an umbrella stand by putting some extra weight; (something like beach river rock)in the bottom. I think it would work great used as an umbrella stand

    1. The gravel in the bottom of the stand thingy is a great suggestion Colleen. No matter what I use it for that’ll help to give it more strength to hold its ground in this house of 4 feline friends. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  2. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    You really scored, great job!!!

    1. Thanks so much Linda! Village yard sales are so much fun.

  3. I can speak for the little bench you got! I have my mom’s which is identical to yours….it came with her sewing machine cabinet!!! Unfortunately I didn’t keep her sewing machine (kick me, kick me) but I’ll never let loose of the stool! Love the hummingbirds! I was wondering if the ‘umbrella stand’ could be a vase. It looks kind of like the things they display silk flowers in, too, at the stores. Lovely, whatever you do with it! A wall of starburst clocks would be SO cool!!! All good stuff, girl! Most of our yard sales down here start on Friday. Good for me, but not those who have to work! Dona

    1. Good for you is right Dona. For me the Friday thing is a bit of a bummer, but maybe it might actually be a good thing because less for me to find means less for me to bring home. I love my little bench, or should I say Monkey’s little bench, even more now that I know what it is. I had a vintage sewing machine way back when I was in my 20s and I got rid of it along the way. Kicking myself now too.

  4. Wow, pricey for the colander & sifter! The white bench is a vintage sewing machine seat (I have one just like it that dates from the 40’s.) It has the storage in the top too. And the tall thing you thought was an umbrella stand is for flowers. Great finds for getting there late I’d say!

    1. Thanks Florence! I agree, the price was too high for the colander and the sifter but I had to have them. The bench is adorable and I’m looking forward to giving it a makeover. We were not early birds at the sale for sure so I’m happy with what we did find.

  5. I love Miss Monkey. I have a cat named Lucky. Lucky because when he was an itty bitty kitten, I picked him up out of the middle of the interstate. Cars zoomed over the top of him and I was terrified.

    His nickname is Monkey. From when he was a baby kitty and would zoom and climb all over everything.

    Love the finds. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

    1. Thanks very much! Your Lucky was lucky for sure. Sounds very much like our Monkey. She was abandoned stray that showed up at our house and she pretty much got into everything. She was a sweetie though and still is.

  6. Love the white iron….I would guess it was a funeral arrangement at one time. I have had wicker ones like that. Or an outdoor vase by the front door at a stately home :-). I too pay too much a lot for things I have to have. If I go to sell them, I am disappointed when a buyer does not see how fabulous it is and it sits there in my shop 🙁 I love your birds….they will make a fabulous wind chime!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I can see how wicker would lend itself well to the style of my vase thingy. I fell in love with the blue so even though I had no idea what I’d do with it for $1 you can’t go wrong. Sometimes I’m willing to pay more that I know I should when I really love something, but most of the time I’m too cheap. lol.

  7. Mary Boger says:

    Love Miss Monkey’s new perch. She can keep her catnip and other kitty girl
    necessities. The magazine table is excellent!!

    1. Thanks Mary! I’m grateful that one of our other cats didn’t meow dibs on the magazine table. I was worried that Monkey may have given them ideas. They’re probably waiting until after its makeover. lol.

  8. Lynette Adams says:

    The clock definitly needs a new look! I think it would be a ft kitchen clock. I had a relative with one like it in her kitchen! Also, I remember many a morning being woke up by that same alarm clock in the 60’s!

    1. I agree. The wall clock could use a new look. It’s not too big like some other sunburst clocks so it could be used in so many places. I love the little alarm clock. So happy to know that it’s from the 60s.

  9. You may have been late to the sale but you came away with a lot of great “crap”. LOL, I’ve been looking for one of those tall metal flower containers forever.

    1. Thanks Sharon. I hope you find one soon. We are often the late birds, but sometimes there are still a few worms left. lol.

  10. My sister & my best friend & her sister are going on a 100 mile yard sale at the end of July. I hope we find things as good as what you find. I also hope we don’t melt!

    1. I have always wanted to travel down one of those 100 mile yard sales. Sounds like great fun to me. Good luck! I hope you find some great ‘crap’. lol

  11. Oooh! I love all your finds Tuula! The little bench is so sweet and the magazine table thing is awesome too!


    1. Thanks very much Tania! I’ve never seen a magazine table like this one so I’m happy to have found it. The bench is quite adorable, and Monkey quite loves it.

  12. WOW! You did very well at the sale. Great finds.

    1. Thanks very much Marion!