Monday, March 21, 2011

$1 Garage Sale Tray

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Did you hear? There's another big snow storm on the way...at least in Minnesota. Say it isn't so! Another snow storm means the delay of spring cleaning, spray painting, and garage sale/flea market season here in the north. I guess if you live here, you know that winter does not end in March (and sometimes April) without a fight. So bring on the snow! It means we're one day closer to the warmer weather and those garage sale finds.


The tray you saw yesterday in the Stenciled Tape Candle Wrap project post was a garage sale find from a few years ago. It was a great $1 investment. The lady selling it was very quick to say that her ex-husband used to have it on his boat and that he didn't know she was selling it. Oops! My apologies to the former boat & tray owner! I imagine this is not the first or last item sold under such circumstances.


Despite the circumstances, this great little gem needed a home. With the chrome details and perfectly aged wood, it fits right in among the vintage and industrial pieces at WWC. I think the simple fact that it was used on a boat created nautical connections in my mind. It generally comes out during the spring and summer months to hold books and summery details in a simple display. 


L.O.V.E. these corners! And look...the best part is that it folds up!...perfect for storage when not in use. I love unexpected features like this!!


Ever wonder the stories and histories of your garage sale finds? Are you ready for the new garage sale and flea market season?

17 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous tray, and such a unique style, love the well worn handle! Dont'cha love a bargain like that? Well done, xoxo tami

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  2. I feel your pain! We had more snow here today with more on the way Wednesday. I have lots of painting to do and am so looking forward to the warmer weather. Love your new tray - so unique and a bargain too!

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  3. More snow!! :( I won't tell you about the beautiful weather we are having here in MO then.... ;)
    Great find, I so love trays of any sort and that's a gem!

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  4. I'm listening to thunder storms outside right now. So ready for yard sale weather...

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  5. This is so cool. Don't you wonder why the previous owner didn't want it? I guess it's true what they say about trash vs. treasure. Good luck with your snow. I'm sure you have just about had enough!
    ~Ann

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  6. Amy, a dollar? Wow, I would have snagged it too. I've never seen one like that. Love the little handle on it.

    Sorry about the coming snow. Stay warm!

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  7. Love the tray....and better yet, love that it was a $1. Great find!

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  8. I am so wanting to garage sale. It has been very 'quiet' here since November. One or two if I am lucky on a weekend in March. Very cold and wet early spring, late winter.
    - Joy

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  9. What a great tray! I keep buying weird baskets and trays, thinking they will help me organize. Now I just have a bunch of wire baskets and nothing to put in them! ;) I'm sure I'll find something for them. How come I never caught on that you are a fellow Minnesotan? And how come I haven't heard of this approaching snow storm?!? I'm living in ignorant bliss. :)

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  10. OK Amy! Shut the FRONT DOOR! A DOLLAR??? Are you KIDDING ME? The GO-JUS floral chandie from a couple of months ago was just INSANE...But NOW...This TRAY for a $1.00....I cant even find AWESOMENESS at "The Dollar Store" for a dollar!!! Whassup with dat??? I wanna go shoppin with YOU girlfriend!!! Well Done!

    xoxokara

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  11. That is a real gem! Lucky you. Fun tray.

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  12. If you're of a mind to, you can sell it to me for $2. I'll gladly let you double your money on it! Talk to you when I get back!!!
    Debbie

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  13. Oh, I'm so ready to go looking for great finds! I've been a very casual garage sale shopper in the past.

    But this year I've found renewed creativity and I'm excited to see what deals I can find and what treasures I can make by just adding a little well-placed love. So excited!

    Psst - There's still time to enter our giveaway...

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  14. That is the most awesome tray...and for $1...WOW!!! I'm so ready for yard sale season!

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  15. What a steal!! The tray is such a great find.

    Love what the story the lady added with it.

    We have had some snow here, too. Not fun!! I want spring!!

    Ruth

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  16. Now that is a great find. It could be aret with that perfect patina. I really love that it folds up and you could even hang it to save space.

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  17. What a a great find. such a gorgeous tray.

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