When someone else’s stuff can be your stuff!

Congratulations, you’ve discovered arguably the world’s most informative and entertaining gardening and home renovation blog on the entire interwebs!* (*This is probably not true, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a mediocre story, lol.)

As some of you are probably aware, I haven’t posted for a little while and I apologise for this, I’ve just been really slack of late, and there hasn’t been too much to write about, so I figured why bother?

However, this changed just recently, as Linda and I took the two youngest kids out on the famed “Garage Sale Trail”, an initiative where people having garage sales could post details for free on a website, and then potential buyers, like us, could examine the differing qualities of junk stuff, even filtering the search, allowing you to target only those garage sales that had high quality junk stuff, or gardening, tools, clothes, etc.

With that in mind, and a set budget, we ventured out to hopefully find some bargains and have a little bit of fun in the process.

Fortunately we were able to achieve both of these goals, and we think that we grabbed some really good bargains, which of course means that my long-range work forecast is for no downtime for the foreseeable future. (YAY)

The first item of note that we picked up was from the first garage sale we visited, and it turned out to be a couple of lead-lined windows, reputed to be 100 years old. (Not sure of that myself, but the glass is all intact, and the frames are in good condition.)

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(This is one of the windows, the other is identical, didn’t see the need to risk breaking one to get a picture of both together.)

The plan is to use both of these as the lid for a glasshouse on a raised garden bed, so that we can hopefully grow strawberries or tomatoes during colder periods of the year.

The other big item that we picked up was from the last garage sale that we visited, and we were pretty happy to get this item too.

This is a sideboard that we think dates back to the 1920s, although it may be from the 1950s or even later. All we know is that the condition of the sideboard is really good, just need to replace the handles, and then the plan is to paint it and use it outside as a drinks cabinet and storage for plates and cutlery that are typically used for when we have barbeques, etc. (At the time of writing, may need to get new keys too, as Jensen, our 2 year old, has put the keys somewhere, which is beyond awesome.)

The best bit about the garage sale bargains that we found was the time we spent together having a look at different items that we may be able to reuse and repurpose, and also the prices that we were able to get the items for.

The windows we were able to get for only $20 FOR THE PAIR!!! While the sideboard cost us the princely sum of $30!!! And the people we bought it from also delivered it to our house and helped us to bring it out the back of our house.

Overall we think we managed to get some really good items for some great prices, and when we have finished with them, they’ll be great additions to our home.

Here’s hoping you’re having fun with the projects you’re working on, and the best of luck for the future.

Cheers, Steve 🙂

Ps, if you’re new to the page, or want to follow the guidelines for “20 dollar garden challenge” I’ll show you the rules that I have to adhere to while renovating the backyard.

1 The budget for each week of the challenge is, surprise, surprise, $20.
2 I can’t spend any of the budget in advance.
3 If something costs more than $20, it has to be paid off in instalments.
4 Receipts for ALL items, materials, etc, have to be kept and displayed.
5 If I don’t/can’t spend any money in a particular week, I still have to do something in the garden, (for example pruning or removing trees, making a garden feature from available materials/items, or from items I salvage, have donated to the challenge, etc.)
5a If friends or relatives want to help with the challenge, paying them in kind with BBQ and some beer/wine, etc, is perfectly acceptable.
7 Have approximately two years to complete the challenge.

(No doubt there may be a bit of tweaking of the rules during the ongoing challenge, but that just makes things interesting I reckon.)


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