I have exactly one piece of furniture in my garage right now. And that's kind of a good thing because I really do like parking my car in the garage. But I really like painting furniture more. And even though we just wrapped up our spring tag sale, I know that our summer sale will be here before you know it. So I need furniture!
There was a time when my side of the garage was full of furniture. I had a nice little routine going. I would go to the gym a few mornings a week, then I would swing by the Goodwill on my way home. I could pretty much count on a good find at least once week. Now I rarely even stop at the Goodwill. The reason - a dramatic rise in prices. But yesterday I was out meeting a client and thought maybe I'd give the Goodwill another try. But it was the same story I've been finding for the last few months. Case in point - adorable dresser, right? It has a few veneer issues and the drawers need a little work, but nothing I haven't dealt with before. I should be doing the happy dance, right?
But here's my problem. Yes people, that is a $300 dresser at the Goodwill! We don't even sell dressers at our tag sales for $300 AFTER we work on them. ... Now please tell me, is this happening everywhere? ... My theory is that it's not just a reflection of the economy, but that thrift shopping has become quite trendy. That is a good thing for our tag sales, but it makes finding good pieces at reasonable prices more difficult. ... I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I'll be honest, going to the Goodwill was just so darn easy. Yard sales and auctions are not my favorite things, but I maybe I need to learn to love them. Craigslist is not all that great in our area and there are not a whole lot of thrift stores or flea markets. ... So let me know, where are the best furniture finds in your area?
Now let me tell you about Karla's garage. You saw it here a few months ago. Remember all the chairs? Well, Karla had slowly worked it down to almost nothing ... until her husband went to a barn sale and brought her four truck loads of new stuff!!!
Yes, it's all filled up again!
I guess we're all just one barn sale away from a whole garage full of furniture!