Goodbye Summer…sigh.

Anyone who has talked to me in the last 4 months knows that I am absolutely in love with having a yard.  This summer we’ve produced tomatoes, bell, cayenne & habanero peppers, and a great herb garden.  Since it’s probably our last month of really being able to enjoy being outside, I thought that I would highlight some of my scavenged outdoor items.

First, our table.

Five or six years ago a good family friend was tearing down an old barn.  Inside the old barn were stacks and stacks of old doors from their original house.  Those doors went into my poor parents’ storage room, and I pull them out whenever I have a project.  They’ve been used as a desk, a dining table, and now an outdoor table.  Pair these with aluminum saw horses from Home Depot, and you are good to go.

Second, the lights.  I’m a sales rep, so sometimes I get large shipments of boxes to be distributed to clients.  One came on a pallet, I took some steel wire, a drill, and mason jars, and created this great outdoor light with citronella candles.  ***Note: It’s heavy as lead, so the only option is basically bolting it to the fence.***

Third, our outdoor dining table.

This was a great Craigslist find for $30.  This amazing Italian architect was downsizing, and she was getting rid of a ton of furniture.  This little french dining set was on her list to go, so I snagged it up.  Unfortunately because of the ridiculous mosquito infestation of DC, we haven’t been able to use it too much.  I’ve considered buying a used mosquito fogging truck from New Orleans, driving it up here, and donating it to the District.

And fourth, what’s the point of having a garden if you don’t know what you are growing?

I bought a random mix of old silverware on Ebay and used these as garden markers for my plants.  The inspiration came from these guys at Anthropologie, but at $9+ dollars per marker and only having 3 options, I felt I could do better.

And finally, the guy who watches over the yard and keeps the squirrels at bay…

Mr. Oliver.  Ferocious, isn’t he?


Weekend Round Up

Last week was my birthday, so estate sales took a back burner this weekend to my birthday party. Miss DC from Perfectly Paired (a fantastic bridesmaids blog, btw) and I hit up the 50% off Sunday sales. If you aren’t familiar with the Estate Sale world, here are a few things to note:

  1. Sales across the country can be found here and here.
  2. Private sales are usually best, but there are always exceptions to every rule.
  3. Moving and Liquidation Sales can be ok, but as morbid as it sounds, true estate sales from the dearly departed are best.
  4. The discounts tier as the weekend goes by – Friday Full Price, Saturday 25% off, and Sunday 50% off. If you love it and have to have it, buy it on Friday. It won’t still be there on Sunday and you’ll be depressed for weeks. If you are just killing time and going for fun, go on Sundays. You do get the best deals, and you don’t know what you missed from earlier in the weekend.
  5. Oh and the most important part – always carry cash.  You are much more likely to get a bargain if you are offering payment in the green stuff.

Our weekend treasures:

1.  Antique Gilt Table. This table has been my favorite find to date. It’s simple lines give it versatility for almost any interior style, and its petite size make it perfect for our tiny reading nook in the living room.

2.  Vintage Army Trunks. One estate from Sunday was that of an old Colonel in Virginia. His garage was full of generations of army trunks. These are actually pretty easy to find in the DC area, and there are so many options. I believe this one will be a front hall table, but check out these great options I found around the internet:

Song Bird is Nesting used the old shipping crate style trunks as a bench and storage.

Trunk a touch too short for a coffee table?  Add some casters like this little guy shown on Cactus Creek Daily.

That’s all for today kids.  Have a great week!