Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beware of Yard Sales!

Not too long ago, my dear daughter joined in with some friends to have a yard sale. She gathered up things that have been waiting to be re-homed, and set up for a selling spree with 3 other families.

Not too long after she arrived at the host house, I get a phone call.

"Mom, there is a dresser here that I want you to come see. It is really neat, but I need you to take a look at it."

Okay, I sez......

So I got myself together, drove out to the said house, and looked at the dresser. It was an old dresser, that had some very lovely detailing. It smelled though, which is usually a put off for me. But my daughter really wanted it, to house the mountain of clothes that has invaded her room.

The price was right, and I told her to do a google search on how to take the smell out of the furniture. I was sure there was a way to take the moth ball smell out, as most good antique stores have odor less pieces of furniture.

So this is what came to our house that afternoon.

It has the little wheels at the end of the legs, and little scrolly design on the top corners.

My daughter found out that kitty litter is good for taking out the odor. She bought some kind of cat product and spread newspaper in each drawer, and let it sit for a couple of days. She used Murphy Soap oil, and then a furniture oil to give it a nice finish.

So the moral of this story is, when you have a yard sale with other people, you are most certainly going to do some cross-shopping. I don't think my daughter actually made any profit at this sale, but she did profit by finding a nice piece of furniture. What is the saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure. In this case, it was one girls :-)

Joining Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday and


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It looks great! What a wonderful piece of furniture! ♥

Protector of Vintage said...

Very lovely! I have on old dresser that once belonged to my grandfather. I'm going to try the kitty litter tip. Thanks!

LV said...

You have to hand it to your daughter, she made the right move that day. That chest looks all wood, which they do not make much anymore.

Allie said...

Good fine! Yes, I won't join in on a community sale anymore, lol...too much temptation.

bj said...

This is a really nice chest of drawers. So glad she was able to get the smell out.
xo bj

Anonymous said...

Yes, I love finding a nice treasure for free or yard sale or thrift store! Your daughter did great. Thanks for sharing at The Thrifty Groove.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That is a beautiful piece. whenever I do a garage sale with a friend...we always switch some of what we intended on buying!!

Susan said...

Nice dresser. Hope the moth ball smell disappeared. Great job!Susan

Janet said...

I'm always delighted to find a nice piece of furniture at a yard sale, even if it needs a little TLC. So much better, than some of the brand new furniture!

Diann said...

Well, It looks like your daughter has a good eye for good furniture pieces! Way to go. I am glad th kitty liter worked. I have used that myself and I have used charcoal to get rid of the smell. Thankyou for joining TTF and have a wonderful weekend!