12 Tips to Help You Have an Awesome Yard/Garage Sale!! #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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Yard sales are a great way to make a little extra money and keep the clutter down in your home. I am an avid yard-sale’r, but I also like to host yard sales! From buyer’s perspective and as a seller, I have complied a list of 10 tips to follow when you’re hosting a yard sale.

1. Decide on days/times that work well for everyone. In my opinion, 2-consecutive days work best. Some towns will let you do 3-consecutive days, but mine only allows 2, just keep that in mind. I encourage at least Friday and Saturday. In fact, we have always had a great turn out on Fridays and sell most of our item’s on that day. When you’re scheduling your sale, make sure you check to see if there is a big game or event going on in-or-around your town during that time and/or is it a Holiday weekend? If so, you may want to avoid having a yard sale during that particular day/weekend because people will be busy with those events. If you can, try and team up with some of your neighbors and have your sales on the same day because shoppers love cluster sales! Multi-family yard sales are also a huge hit.

2. Get a yard sale permit from your town.  I usually go the Monday or Tuesday before out sale and get ours. Some towns do not require this, but some do.  You will want to check and make sure before you start your sale, so a town-official doesn’t come and shut your yard-sale down.  We do not have to have our licenses displayed, but we do have to keep it close by when we are having the sale in case someone stops and asks for it.  It can be a hassle to go through this process, but the permit only cost $5 - $10 depending on where you live. When you get your permit, you will most likely get a list of rules and regulations to follow. You can see our list above. I guess its how the town can keep tally on who is doing what and make sure that people aren’t selling stuff out of their yard every weekend, aka: illegally running a small business.

3. What happens if it rains and you do not have a garage? If it’s a downpour, you can always postpone the sale, but either way try and have a couple of pop-up tents or something similar that you can have the sale under in the case of scattered showers. Don’t worry, people will still come out, especially if you write “rain or shine” in your ad.

4. Now it’s time to get all of your items together to sell. I honestly start prepping for our yard sales a month or two in advance. I go through every drawer, every box, every closet and every room….sometimes twice! If you have an attic, basement, garage or outdoor shed, don’t forget to go through those too! By starting a couple months before the actual sale, it helps me have plenty of time to prepare without getting overwhelmed and stressed.

* If you have small children and you try to be sneaky and sell some of their old toys, good luck. Ha! I have one child that loves to sell things and another one that likes to keep everything, so just be prepared. You may want to pull these out at the last minute or get a babysitter the day of the sale.

5. Organization is KEY! Organize your items based off category and/or theme. It makes it easier for people to shop. If you are selling a lot of clothes, hang them up by gender/size or lay them out accordingly. If people can’t see your items, they can’t buy them!

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6. Purchase signs and tags.  You can get these items at the Dollar Tree, or you can make your own. Just make sure it grabs the buyer’s attention. Personally, when I am out shopping, I don’t like it when the items aren’t tagged. I feel like I am annoying the person hosting the yard sale because have to keep asking them how much something costs. Eventually I shy away and move on. Also, if you tag your items and someone sees that things are actually cheaper than what they would have thought, they are more likely to buy it!

*Side note: Some town’s do not allow you to hang signs or put signs in the ground, because they think its graffiti. If they see them, they will get them and throw them away. If you aren’t sure about this, ask about it when you get your permit.

7. Having the right price on your items is also super important. If you truly want to get rid of your things, don’t over price them. I can always tell when a piece is sentimental and someone doesn’t really want to get rid of it because it’s waaaay overpriced. Be prepared to negotiate, too. People will try and wheel-and-deal you until the cows come home. If it’s the first day of the sale, I am pretty firm on my prices, however, if someone buys a huge lot of things, I will negotiate (if they ask for it) and give them a better price. By the second day, if someone wants to negotiate on smaller items, I’m a little more lenient.

8 Get the word out!! Advertise in your local paper, on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and also on your personal social-media pages. If your town allows it, put out multiple signs with balloons during the sale.

9. Get cash and change. We usually get around $75 to start (1) twenty dollar bill, (2) ten dollar bills, (4) five dollar bills, (15) one dollar bills. We throw in a few quarters and dimes, too, just in case. If you have a Square and can accept credit cards, go for it!

10. Make sure at least one person is always present during the sale. Yes, unfortunately, I have had people steal from out yard sales before. Ridiculous, right?

11. During the sale move item’s around frequently.  If there is a bare spot after an item sells, put another item that may have been on the ground in it’s spot. You don’t want it to look too empty or people will drive on buy. This helps keep things flowing too. Also, do be afraid to start conversations with your shoppers. If people drive buy and see that others are at your sale, they are more likely to stop.

12. When you have a couple of hours left, start slashing your prices! I usually mark everything at least 50% off because it’s time to get rid of everything!

*A couple other key points to keep in mind:

  • If you feel like you have an item that is worth value but you’re not sure how much, do your research and/or have it assessed by a professional before you mark $10 on it when you could have sold it online for $500!

  • If you live on a back road or out in the middle of no where, you probably won’t get a lot of buyers. Ask a family member or friend that lives in a high traffic area if you can have your sale at their house.

Check out the before-and-after pictures below! The ones on the left are the before pictures and the ones on the right are the after! The large gray dresser also sold, the people that purchased it just hadn’t picked it up yet! It was a great sale!!

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy yard sale’ing!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!


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Neighborhood Yard Sales #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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Neighborhood Yard Sales

My favorite type of yard-sales are Neighborhood Yard Sales!  What is better than going from one yard to the next without having to get in your car?  Nothing.  If there is one in my area, you better believe I am going to do everything I can to get to it.  

I do not recommend taking a back pack, large bag or two-wheel cart like you sometimes see people do at flea markets, because as soon as someone see you with that at their yard sale, they are going to “assume’ you are purchasing items to resell, and what does that mean?   Well, when you ask them the price, they make it more expensive because they typically do not want to sell their items to you for cheap because they know you are going to make money off of it elsewhere.  I know that sounds bad, but it is the truth and that is how most people seem to work, based off my experience. .  

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If you are in the “zone” going from one yard-sale to the next and you see a piece of furniture or a large item that you aren’t able to carry, but you want to purchase it, go ahead and pay the sellers (if they seem trustworthy) and then go back and get the piece once you’re done yard-sale’ing. Of course, make sure this is okay with the seller’s before you purchase. This way you can continue shopping without having to stop, go back and get your car, load up the piece and then re-park your car.  You have lost valuable time doing this!

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Yard Sales Hosted By Schools/Churches/Organizations #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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Churches, schools, and/or other organizations that host yard sales can be hit-or-miss.  Sometimes you can get a lot of great items and other times you walk away with nothing.  Sometimes everything is already priced and other times you just give a donation.  Be honest and fair though and do not make a “tight-wad” donation, make sure you pay your part.  

There are couple of church yard-sales that I like to go to each year because I know the items are priced well and I like to support them.  However, there are also a couple of school’s in the area that host large yard-sales each year and while I would love to support them, the crowd is so overwhelming that I do not even try to go to them anymore.  I would rather go to a sale that has a few people there instead of a crowd of 500 people, because where do you think you will find the best deal?  The smaller sale!

Please note, I am 100% for supporting certain churches, schools and organizations. I never try and get a “better deal” at these places by offering to pay a lower price. I know the money is going to a good cause and I feel like it’s important to support that!

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy yard sale’ing!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!

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A Few Quick Tips To Keep In Mind When Shopping At Yard/Garage Sales. #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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How to find the best yard-sales:

You need to do your homework. The evening before you go yard-sale’ing (or the morning of) research nearby yard sales in your local newspaper, on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Take note of the locations of each yard sale. Is it in a nice neighborhood? Are they only selling item’s you don’t need? Does it take too long to get there? This way you can prepare ahead of time and figure out the route you want to take. If the ads have pictures, take a good look at them and see if there is anything you can’t live without!

Yard sales are my jam!!  You can find so many great deals on not only furniture and décor but also on many other things such as baby toys, kid’s clothes, etc.  The more you yard-sale, the better you get.  I have been doing it pretty hard core for about 10 years now, so I feel like I’m a professional “yard sale’r” and know how to get the best deals on most items.

I have always told my husband, “The early bird may get the worm, but the late bird gets the deal!”  Normally, you want to get to yard sales early so you can get the best items first, but most of the time you are going to pay asking price, even though it is still a yard-sale price, because it is early in the day.  If you show up to a yard sale about an hour before they start shutting it down, you can usually get a great deal because the sellers just want to get rid of their “junk.”  Same goes for bad weather.  If storm clouds are rolling in, get the deals while you can because the people hosting the yard-sale typically want to get rid of as much as they can before it rains.

*Quick tip: Do not wear your best outfit to yard sales, if you look like you have a lot of money, then you are not going to get the best deal.  Trust me. Look respectable, just do not overdo it.

As I stated last Thursday, after all, you are on someone’s personal property. Of course, they are allowing you on their property for the sale, but keep in mind that these items belong to someone and they are trying to make a little money.. They have gone through the trouble of gathering the items, pricing everything and advertising the sale. If they wanted to give the items away for free, they would have donated them already. Be respectful.and thankful for the opportunity to purchase these things at a discounted price.

Make sure you check out my blog post on the 10 Pieces of Furniture I Do Not Buy when thrifiting for furniture. This will help you when you’re looking for pieces to buy, paint and restore.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy yard sale’ing shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!


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What "not" to do at Yard Sales. #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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Yes, I know, these may seem super obvious, but it’s important to know these things!

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  1. As a seller one of the most annoying things is a “flea-market buyers”.   If you have ever hosted a yard-sale, I am sure you know what I am talking about. The guys that show up at 5am asking if they can see your stuff ahead of time or buy a bunch of stuff in bulk for cheap.  Do not be one of those guys.  

  2. Do not tag-team.  It is just disrespectful. For example, I have seen a husband and wife (multiple times) do this before. Seriously, as-soon-as the garage doors open, the wife runs and gets the items she wants and then takes them back to her husband, where he guards everything until she is done. It’s like “yard-sale sweepstakes” or something. Listen, if you have to go that route, you may be a little too desperate.  So, take your time, browse the correct way, and be respectful of the owners and the other people at the yard sale.

  3. If you see someone steal or take more than they actually paid for let the person hosting the yard sale know as soon as possible! Unfortunately, this has happened to me as a seller. In fact, my sister and I chased the person down who we thought took the items, but unfortunately it was the wrong person! Ughh, oh well! Also, sometimes people “pack” more items in a bag or a box than you realize, so they can get more items for cheap. Again, don’t be this person.

  4. Don’t smoke in someone’s space. I always put up a “Please, do not smoke in the garage” sign when I host a yard sale, because one time someone came in the garage with a cigarette and stunk everything up. My son has a lot of allergies, too, and cigarette smoke makes him feel yucky.

  5. Don’t insult the host with super low-ball offers. Be respectful.

  6. Don’t park your car in the driveway, unless it’s like a mile-long driveway and there are multiple cars parking there. Yes, we have had people do this before. Our driveway can hold a couple of cars, but that’s about it. I mean, come on, man! Clearly we are hosting a yard sale in our driveway and garage!? So, yeah, don’t be the person that parks in the driveway.

After all, you are on someone’s personal property. Of course, they are allowing you on their property for the sale, but keep in mind that these items belong to someone and they are trying to make a little money.. They have gone through the trouble of gathering the items, pricing everything and advertising the sale. If they wanted to give the items away for free, they would have donated them already. Be respectful.and thankful for the opportunity to purchase these things at a discounted price.

Have you ever seen or had something crazy happen to you at a yard sale? If so, comment below and let me know!

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When Should You Shop At Thrift Stores? #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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From personal experience I have had better luck shopping at thrift stores on Mondays and Tuesdays. People tend to clean their homes on weekends, so thrift stores get a lot of donations on Saturdays and Sundays. Once the stores have received these donations they still have to inspect and price each item before they put them out on the shelves to sell. Give them a day or two and wait until Monday or Tuesday before you go shopping.

Of course, not all stores are the same. Some may be slower than others, short on staff or just have a huge pile of things to go through, so Tuesday or Wednesday may be better. You will have to learn what’s best at each store. Either way, the beginning of the week is definitely what I recommend.

On the flip side of that, I try to avoid going on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays to shop. It’s more crowded and pickings are slim. You may also want to avoid shopping on the 1st and the 15th because a lot of people get paid on those days so they are out-and-about and ready to spend their check, which causes an influx in people at thrift stores.

What time of day should you go? I recommend going in the morning before lunch or between the hours of 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. If you’re at work doing these hours, try to get to the store about an hour before they close. There are fewer people shopping at these times, which makes the experience better and less competitive, in my opinion.

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It's GO TIME! #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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This is just an FYI, that if you are thinking about thifting, starting to venture into the thrifting world or already an avid thrifter, it’s GO time. This is the moment we have all been waiting for! Spring has finally arrived! It’s starting to warm up and the days are getting longer. People are starting to spring clean by having yard sales, donating items to the thrift stores, throwing things to the curbside and getting ready for a clean slate as we head into the warmer months. Get your game face on and let the season of thrifting begin!! Whoop Whoop!!

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8 Simple Tips To Keep In Mind While You're Thrifting! #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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Over the years I have learned a lot about thrift’ing and how to get the best deal. I feel like a professional thrifter. Not.Even.Kidding. Even if I had a million dollars, I would still thrift. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it keeps my creative brain happy. I understand that it can be intimidating at first, but they only way you’re going to learn, is to jump in!

To make things easier for you, I have complied a list of things to keep in mind when you head to the thrift store. Just keep in mind that this list is geared towards home/staging decor, furniture and accessories!

  1. Browse quickly to see if any amazing items jump out at you and go ahead and put them in your cart before someone else does. After you have quickly walked through and looked at everything, go back through and take your time,

  2. You have to be willing to DIY, think outside the box and get creative. Sometimes item's at thrift stores are in pristine condition, but most of the time they are not. Be prepared to fix or paint something to fit your needs. You can also buy item’s and use the parts for other things, for example, I bought an old pegboard with really cool metal clips on it because I wanted to re-purpose the clips, I didn’t even need the pegboard, but it was cheaper to go this route than buy the metal clips elsewhere.

  3. Keep a measuring tape on hand. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used the little measuring tape that I keep with me. It’s a lifesaver!

  4. You have to be consistent. If you stop by a thrift store once a year and think you’re going to find all kinds of gems, it’s not likely. You have to stop frequently. I suggest a couple times a week. Sometimes you may find 5 or 6 things, other times you may walk out empty handed. This is totally normal.

  5. You have to be patient. This kind of goes with the consistency I mentioned above. It make take a few stops until you find something worth purchasing, but that’s the thrill of the hunt!

  6. Don’t spend more than the item is worth. For example. prices at the Goodwill have really gone up over the past few years. Sometimes I look at the high price-tag and I’m like, “No way, you have to be kidding me! I’ll go buy a brand new one for that.” So, just make sure you’re actually getting a good deal!

  7. Know your limit. If you’re planning on buying an item for yourself, that’s one thing. If you’re planning on buying it to resell, make sure you think about all of the factors. Can you make money off of it as-is, does it need work, do you need to put more money into it, etc.

  8. Don’t buy something just because it’s there and you “think” you’re getting a good deal. Be smart about your purchase. If you’re feeling it, go for it. If you’re not, don’t get it.

I hope these simple tips helps. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to thrifting, you might actually find that you love it . Just watch out, it can be addicting :-)! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Haha.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy furniture shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!


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Thrifting Beyond Furniture #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon

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By now you know that my main focus is furniture, but if you have followed me for any length of time you also know that I love to find a good deal on anything and everything. For example. staging items, home decor, clothes, toys, books, supplies and so much more!

One of the main things I have learned when thrifting is that you have to be willing to DIY, think outside of the box and get creative. Sometimes item’s at thrift stores are in pristine condition, but most of the time they are not. You have to be prepared to fix or paint something to fit your needs. A lot of times it’s cheaper to buy something at a thrift store or yard sale and fix it up, compared to buying it brand new at a big box store. You can also buy item’s and use the parts for other things. For example, I bought an old pegboard with really cool metal clips on it because I wanted to re-purpose the clips, I didn’t even need the pegboard, but it was cheaper to go this route than buy the metal clips elsewhere.

I picked up the basket pictured below at a yard sale for super cheap. I didn’t like orange color of it, but I liked the style and we needed something to put our bill’s in, so it was functional too. Since I didn’t like the color, I used my Zibra Fan Brush and a little bit of General Finishes milk paint and gave it an update. When it was dry I sanded it down with 220 grit sandpaper to give it a worn look.

This simple DIY took less that 5 mins and saved me at least $15 or $20 at the end of the day! Totally worth it in my book. If you want another quick and simple tip when it comes to DIY’ing your thrifted decor, click HERE to read my blog post on spray paint!

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Where To Find the Best Deals On Old Books To Use For Decor And Staging!

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Old hardback books are great to decorate and stage with! If you missed my #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon blog post, I talked about why I like to stage with old books. You can read it here before you read today’s blog post, if you want!

I have complied a list below of my favorite places to find a great deal on them without spending too much money. As always, try not to go overboard. All you typically need is a few of each color and you should be set!

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  1. Your Parent’s/Grandparent’s House: This is the best place to look because they are free. You may (or may not) be surprised with what you find too! Also, keep in mind, if they don’t have a lot of old books, they will probably have books with paper covers on them. Just remove the covers and use the hardback!

  2. Estate Sales/Auctions: Books are normally packed in boxes and you can buy them as a bundle. Sometimes you can buy one or two, but if you can go ahead and get a whole box for a great deal, then go for it!

  3. Goodwill Outlet: You may or may not have a Goodwill Outlet in your area, if you do, I recommend you take advantage of it because you can get can some great deals on certain things, such as books! Each book is $.50 compared to the Goodwill Store price which is $2 per book!  At the Outlet the books are placed in large bins, so you will have to pick through the ones you want.  I really like to look here for old hymnals so I can use the paper for drawer liners and/or I just try and find a certain color book to go with my décor. The title or genre of the book does not matter too much to me. I like to get the ones that look older and have more character to them.

  4. Yard Sales, especially Church Yard Sales: You know I love a good yard sale! When you stop at these make sure you look hard under the tables, throughout all of the tubs and boxes and in all of the nooks-and-crannies because that’s normally where you find the best items, such as old books! You can normally find a bunch of old books or hymnals for sale at church yard sales, too! As I mentioned above, I love to use hymns for drawer liners!!

  5. Library Sales: Pay attention to when your local library has a sidewalk sale. You can get some great hardback books with a lot character at these and they are normally priced to sell!

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Happy "Thrifty" Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! How convenient that today is Valentine’s Day annnd it’s #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon because NOW is the best time to get great deals on Valentine’s Day item’s for next year!

Now, I realize a lot of people don’t do much for Valentine’s Day and to be honest, I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day in my own home, except the night before and the day-of. However, if you enjoy decorating for Valentine’s or want to do something special for your kid’s/friend’s/co-worker’s next year then go ahead and take advantage of the discounted prices this year! There are a lot of cute decoration's that are on sale and/or clearance right now!

I, for example, look forward to decorating our kitchen table for our kid’s on Valentine’s eve! It’s a fun tradition and they look forward to waking up to “mom’s Valentine’s Day decorations” each year! It’s amazing how much a little heart balloon or a red tablecloth can excite and bring joy to a kid! While I love doing this, I make sure I do not spend more than $5!

If you’re a teacher, now is a great time to get Valentines’s Day Cards for your kiddos for next year and/or if you like to pass out cards to your co-workers, go ahead and stock up! You can get a great deal on them without going over a $1! Whoop whoop!

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Last year, I grabbed a few things on clearance at the grocery store. For example, the balloons in the picture were $.50/each. They are normally $3.99! It’s nice, too, that I am able to blow-up them up myself without having to use/pay-for helium!

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m thankful you stopped for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon! I hope this information helps! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!


My Top 5 Favorite Places to Find Furniture To Paint and Restore

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This past week I had the privilege of being interviewed for Zibra Paint’s new podcast called, the Before and After Furniture Refinishing Podcast. I highly recommend you listen to it so you can hear the interview and get more in-depth details on my top 5 favorite places to find furniture to paint and restore. You can click HERE (Season 1 Episode 1) to listen to it on Zibra’s blog!

Now. let’s be honest. If I had to pick my absolute number one favorite place to find pieces of furniture to paint, it would definitely be the gorgeous, solid-wood piece that someone put in a trash pile on the side of the road, buuuuut…that doesn’t happen often! Haha. So, here are my realistic top 5 favorite places: .

  1. Facebook Marketplace

    Facebook Marketplace is my number one option year round. It is nice because it is literally at my fingertips. I can set the alert button on the item’s I am interested in and it will notify me as soon as something has been posted. However, I still like to browse through the Marketplace even if I’m not on the lookout for something specific. Sometimes that’s when I find the best pieces. Another great thing with Facebook Marketplace is that you can see who you are dealing with and if you are the first to respond to a listing or not. If you are, it’s exciting because you know you may have a chance at getting the piece.

  2. Auctions

    I love going to auctions during the late spring, summer and early fall months. This is just my personal experience, but when I go during the winter months, the crowds are larger, resulting in more people biding and the prices being more expensive. I guess since it’s cold out, they come inside looking for a deal.

    If I am on the lookout for more than one piece, auctions are my go to place. I can normally pick up 3 or 4 pieces at a decent price. While I haven’t actually done this, most auction houses have a day where you can walk through and inspect the pieces. I have two small kids on top of everything else I do, so I don’t have time to do this. However, I do look at my options online before I go. I also try and get there about 30 minutes before the furniture starts being auctioned off, so I can inspect the pieces I have my eye on. I like to have a maximum bid on each piece too. It SO easy to get caught up in the moment and start bidding higher than you want, which means less money in your profit, so you have to give yourself a cut-off point so this doesn’t happen.

  3. Yard Sales

    Yard sales are my jam!!  You can find so many great deals on not only furniture and staging décor but also on many other things such as baby toys, kid’s clothes, etc.  The more you yard-sale the better you get.  I have been doing it pretty hard core for about 10 years now, so I feel like I know most of the tricks to finding the best items. As we get closed to spring, I will do a more in-depth blog post on yard sales so stayed tuned for that!

  4. Second Hand Stores

    Second Hand Stores (Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity Restores, etc.) I like to shop at these places during the cooler months, compared to the warmer months because during the warmer months I’m hitting up yard sales so my inventory stays pretty solid. However, because it is Yard Sale season, people are donating more item’s, so it’s a gamble. If I had to offer one piece of advice about finding nice pieces of furniture at second-hand stores, it would be to visit them frequently so it increases your chances of finding something nice.

  5. Family, Friends and Followers

    Over the years this has become a big option! Thankfully, once people know and understand what you do, they want to help you out! Family, Friends and Followers contact me quite often to see if I would be interested in purchasing a piece(s) of furniture they are trying to sell. It’s a great trade off because they are helping you get a good deal and you are helping them get rid of it. Plus, it is nice knowing the history behind the piece; where it came from, who used it, how old it is, etc.

Notice I didn’t mention Craigslist? I personally think it’s fading out, probably because of all the ads, spam and weirdos. I feel like Facebook Marketplace has taken it’s place. One of the gambles with Craigslist is that you cannot see who you are dealing with and on Facebook you (typically) can. You also don’t have to email the person and wait for their response, which can sometimes take a while. On Facebook you can immediately send the person a direct message and they will respond pretty quickly.

Make sure you check out my blog post on the 10 Pieces of Furniture I Do Not Buy when thrfiting for furniture. This will help you when you’re looking for pieces to buy, paint and restore.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy furniture shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!


Don’t forget to check out my previous #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon blog posts below!

Fresh Flowers

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Have you ever noticed the clearance section in the fresh flower department at your local grocery store? You can get some awesome deals!!

I am talking about fresh flowers for two reasons today. One, because it’s extremely cold outside and I am ready for warmer weather, and two, fresh flowers are excellent to stage with! I thought about writing this post for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon but this is such a great deal and you don’t have to stage with them if you don’t want too. You can buy them for your significant other, a friend or use them to decorate your own home by bringing in some natural color.

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If you look closely at the pictures of the flowers below, they are beautiful. I took them yesterday at my local Kroger so that you could see how fresh they really are. They honestly don’t look like they should be in the clearance section, but that’s my point. Why pay full-price when you can pay, $1.99 or $2.49 or $3.49? You can easily brighten someone’s day and not break the bank when you do so. Just don’t forget to take off the clearance tag ;-).

As I mentioned above, you can also use them for staging your painted furniture. This is a great option, especially this time of year when there isn’t any color or greenery outside to stage with. If you have read my staging eBook, you know that I am not a huge fan of fake silk flowers. So take advantage of these great deals and try to keep it natural as much as you can.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! Happy flower shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!

10 PIECES OF FURNITURE I DO NOT BUY!

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I could go into a lot of detail about thrifting for furniture, and I definitely will as time goes on, but to start I want to focus on what NOT to buy when you’re thrifting for a piece of furniture (dressers, tables, nightstands, chest-of-drawers, hutches, etc.). I get asked the question a lot, “Fallon, how do I know if a piece of furniture is worth purchasing?” First off, are you wanting to buy the piece for yourself to keep or are you buying it to resell? If you are buying it for yourself, purchase what you like and need. If you are purchasing it to paint and resell, then read my tips below. Keep in mind, this is based off my experience and this is my opinion. I am just here to guide you and hopefully help you throughout the process!

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  1. If it smells, I do not buy it. I’m totally the weirdo that bends over and smells each drawer before I go any further. This has not always been the case, especially when I was starting out and I didn’t have a lot of money, but now I am a little more of a stickler. If a piece smells like moth-balls, cigarette smoke or cat pee, I say “no!” It is A LOT of work to get these smells out. Sure, there are methods out there to help with this, but let’s be honest, is the piece truly worth the time, money and effort? It’s your call! Keep in mind, if you bring it home and set it in your work area with the rest of your pieces, they will most likely end up smelling too! So, if you are planning on keeping the piece for yourself, that is one thing, but if you are planning on buying it to fix up and resell, I would think twice before making the purchase.

  2. Do not buy particleboard if you are trying to re-sell the piece. If you don’t want it, no one else does either. If you can visibly see the “particles” of wood on the sides of the board or large risen water marks where someone has put a cup of water, it’s not the best choice. Same goes for chipboard , if you can see where the backside of the piece has been “folded” like it sat in a box and someone took it out and put it together, it’s obviously fake and not real wood.

  3. I never spend more than $50 dollars on a piece from a thirft/second hand store, unless it’s the most gorgeous piece of furniture I’ve ever seen. Then, maybe, I will spend $75 - $100. This does not apply to consignment shops or yard sales; this is geared more towards The Goodwill, Salvation Army and/or Habitat for Humanity Restore. Also, keep in mind, this is for re-sale purposes, not personal use. If I am in need of a piece for myself and I do not plan on selling it, I spend a little more money because I don’t have to “try” and make money off of it. Of course, I still want to get the best deal possible, but a lot of times it’s still cheaper to buy a nice piece of thrifted antique-furniture, just as an example, and paint it to fit my needs, compared to buying a piece from a big box store.

  4. Do not buy a piece just because it’s wood. If it’s ugly and you don’t have time to fix it up, forget about it. HOWEVER, if it is inexpensive, you have a vision for it and the time to work on it, then I say, “go for it!” Try really hard not to become a hoarder. Space is money, friends.

  5. Mold. This may be hard to recognize because you may assume mold is black, but the more you start painting furniture, the more your realize how common this is. The white splotches on the side of furniture can sometimes be mistaken for watermarks, but be careful, it may be mold. If it is just sitting on top of the furniture, it’s not a bad thing, unless you’re allergic to it. So just use caution and be aware of what your are purchasing and make sure it hasn’t seeped into the wood.

  6. If it is broken beyond repair or has visible water damage, I do not buy it. Now, if you have ever seen some of the pieces I have restored or flipped, you’re probably thinking, she is lying! Haha! Most of these pieces are free, so I do not have any cost upfront. Anyway, my advice to you is to only purchase pieces that you get excited about and that do not give you anxiety when you look at them. Go with your gut. If you have time to fix the piece, go for it. If you have no idea what you’re doing then don’t get a piece that is overwhelming at first. Work your way up to major restorations.

  7. Large Oil Spills. Oil spills are hard to remove! Even if you sand-and-sand until the oil is visibly gone. There is a good chance the oil has absorbed deep down in the wood and when you apply your top coat, the tannin’s from the oil will “come out of the wood-work,” ha, but seriously, they will. You can try different forms of bleaching, but it’s not something I mess with unless the oil spill is smaller than the palm of my hand and I am planning on painting my piece black.

  8. Lead paint. I do not mess with this stuff. Again, there was a time when I was first starting out that I handled furniture with lead paint, probably because I was naive, but as I have become more of a professional I have quickly realized my health is more important than a few extra bucks. If a piece even remotely looks like it has lead paint on it I don’t buy it. If you want to give it a shot though, just make sure you are well covered, have a nice respirator and follow your state guidelines when it comes to lead paint. You can also purchase a lead-testing kit from Lowe’s or The Home Depot and test your furniture before you start working with it.

  9. Pieces that are already covered with layers of paint. This may not bother you, but again, this is just my opinion and advice. Do you have time to strip the layers of paint off? Once you put in the time and effort to prep and make this piece nice again, will you make money off of it? Can you find another piece in the mean time and redo it and sell it faster than you can this piece? These are all things you want to consider before making the purchase.

  10. Is the piece in style? This is a big one! For example, old boxed TV cabinets are fading out because TV’s are now flat. Sure, you can purchase one of these and make it into a little play kitchen, a craft area, a bar, a pet bed, etc. and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this idea, but how quickly do you think it will sell if you put it in your booth or try and sell it online? How much money do you need to invest to buy the supplies that need to be added to the piece? Will the time and effort involved be worth your time? Another example is a 1970’s dresser that has more molding than your entire house. This is something that I pass by often because it doesn’t sell in my area, but rock ON if you love this style and it sells in your area!

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These 10 points not only apply to furniture within thrift stores, but also furniture that is for sale elsewhere. I use the term “thrifting” loosely because let’s be honest, if I (you) want to make any money off of a piece of furniture, you always have to be in the thrifting mode! You want to try and get the best deal possible, whether that’s at a thrift store, yard sale, flea market or somewhere else. Just be smart when you’re purchasing.

Please know, I want the best for you! I have purchased plenty of the items I mentioned above throughout the years and I quickly realized it wasn’t worth the time and effort because I was losing money in the end. I have written these tips as a guide, so you don’t make the same mistake I did. While I understand that mistakes are part of the learning process, I hate to see you losing time and money, when you can simply take this advice, find something else and triple your profits.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy furniture shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!

My Top 5 Favorite Places To Get The Best Deal On Hardware

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If you paint furniture for a living you know that new hardware adds up QUICK! There are times it’s okay to clean the hardware that originally came on the piece (here is my video tutorial on how to clean your current hardware and reuse it), but there are other times you just need to update it all. Below is a list of my top 5 favorite places to get new hardware at a great price:

1. D Lawless Hardware: Hands down, this is my favorite place to get milk glass knobs, classic glass knobs and pulls at a great price. The quality is hard to beat and they have so many options to choose from. Not only do they have a great amount of glass options, but they have many other styles, shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. If you aren’t in the market for knobs/pulls, they have other options as well. They sell hinges, drawer slides, appliques, hooks, etc. on their website. I also want to add that they are a family owned company here in the U.S. and the customer service is great! Here is my affiliate link for D Lawless Hardware.