February 19, 2013

Yard Sale Super Finds - Don't Be Afraid to Make a Low Offer


Last summer while visiting a neighborhood garage sale I saw an old buffet that I was very interested in.  Solid wood, dovetail drawers and a quality built piece.  They were selling it with a dining table and chairs and said they did not want to break up the set.  I told them that I lived just down the street and that I was interested in just the buffet.  He was asking a high price for the set and I figured he would never go for my "cheap" offer on just the buffet, but what the heck.  It never hurts to ask!  I got out a piece of scrap paper and wrote my name and cell phone number on it,  then I wrote buffet offer $50.  I told him if you aren't able to sell it, please consider my offer.  He basically laughed at me and said if he didn't sell it at the garage sale that he would post it online.  I figured I would never hear from him again.  

Six months later, I get a phone call.  "Hi, this is the guy from the garage sale down the street.  You offered $50 for the buffet we were selling."  I was shocked!  I couldn't believe this guy even kept the piece of scrap paper with my phone number on it.  He said "If you still want it, it's yours".  I told him "I can pick it up tonight at 7:00 if that works for you".  Up to this point I still hadn't found a buffet, so I was doing the happy dance!

I waited for my husband to get home from work, and we drove our little SUV down the street and brought our $50 beauty home.   I never ever expected to hear from the guy... especially after several months.  Apparently he tried to sell it via eBay and lost fees trying to sell it.  I didn't mention to him that eBay was not the best way to sell large furniture items.  If he had listed it on Craigslist (which would have been FREE), he likely wouldn't have had a problem selling it!

I was thrilled with my $50 find!  I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to paint it white.  I was so excited that I had my husband start sanding the rough spots out right away.  I forgot to take a before picture of the project (ooops)!  But here it is after the hardware had been removed and some light sanding had taken place on it.


Here it is after white paint and some light distressing to the edges.



I used the original hardware.  It was a bit retro and I didn't like the look of high gloss dirty brass so I painted it a dark brown.  The one thing I am still thinking of doing to it is using a dark wax on the distressed areas so they show up more. What do you think?  Should I add the dark wax to this piece? 


I can't wait to hear from you!

Blessings,
Diana


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10 comments:

  1. OMG I love it! You just made it totally different! Great job Diana! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! Another transformed furniture piece from you!!!

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  3. That is awesome! Way to go getting such a deal. I will remember that when I hit the garage sales next time. I don't think it needs dark wax. Because it looks like it's pure white and not cream or old white, I think it looks better without the dark wax. If you did use wax, I wouldn't use very much.

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    1. It's actually called Heirloom White which is a clean off white. It's hard to tell in the pictures. I decided to leave it the way it is... and in a few months if I get bored, I might wax it then :) Thanks for the input!

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  4. Gorgeous, I love it. I think it looks beautiful as is, but its a personal thing with wax!

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  5. Beautiful! Found you on Pinterest. Seems I'm in the minority here. I would add the darker wax on the distress areas.

    Have fun!!

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  6. What a steal and a story! It shows it never hurts to ask! I love what you did to it, it is so pretty!
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  7. What a great story... I love it all creamy white. I'm featuring it in the Spotlight this week at the Power of Paint Party. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thanks Maryann! I look forward to seeing it featured :)

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I love all of your comments and I read every one... I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Diana