As you can see we haven’t really been staying on top of keeping this page updated so we’ll be closing it down shortly and including Garage Sale updates in the regular Estate Store stream. If someone were to take the maintenance of this page on as a project we’d bring it back and of course we reserve the right to change our minds at any time for any reason or no reason at all.
Regardless, this Sunday is the first Sunday of the month so everything in the MLK location Garage Sale is half price.
For the Love of Photo Albums
Remember photo albums? My eleven year-old son was paging through our old albums, asking questions like, “How did you get your hair so tall?”
To which I replied, “Aqua Net and a hair dryer,” of course!
We giggled and laughed at his dad’s college outfits (Umbro soccer shorts, a woven poncho, and flipflops). It was such a great evening–just hanging out pouring over photo albums. He then said, “How come I don’t have a photo album.”
It made me think–what happened to photo albums? The obvious answer is–digital photography and our ever-increasing love of all things computer-y. While our hard drive is full of thousands of pictures of happy family memories, we never spend any time actually scrolling through the photos. It’s just too overwhelming. I decided then and there to go old-school and create a “vintage” memory book for him. That means I need a photo album.
The Garage Sale–Eastside to the rescue! Check out these fine album specimens:
Stop on by to pick up an album and make a “vintage” memory book for your loved ones.
Or maybe pick up a picture frame. Surprise a friend or family member, or treat yourself, to a well-displayed happy memory.
Digital photos that live on an iPhone or computer are wonderful. Hanging out with a loved one, reliving memories through the heavy pages of an album? Priceless!
A co-worker once told me, “In Oregon, you’ve got to make your own sunshine.” During the uber-drenched months of October-May (okay, let’s be honest…June), many of us Oregonians try to live by those words by treating ourselves to more desserts, naps, the occasional trip to warmer locales, and other indulgences. That all changes in the summer. When the sun comes out, we don’t have to make our own sunshine–we just have to get outside for hanging out by the pool, reading, picnicking, camping, etc… Ample opportunity to kick back and soak up sunshine abounds! Need some sunshine-enjoying accoutrements? Head on over to The Garage Sale–Eastside to see what we have in the way of fun, outdoor STUFF.
personal handheld fans
outdoor lawn chair
patio table (or two)
fun hammock–very comfortable
Take advantage of these warm summer months while they last! Come down and visit us at The Garage Sale–Eastside. We’ll help you find some great summer-fun treasures so you can kick back and soak up some vitamin D!
Summertime is all about kickin’ back and enjoying a cold beverage with friends on a glorious, sunny evening. Come on down to The Garage Sale–Eastside to freshen up your cocktail cupboard with some new-to-you wine, martini, or margarita glasses. Or perhaps, lemonade is more your style? We’ve got loads of fun, fancy goblets for non-alcoholic beverages as well. Don’t stop there; bring back the glass dessert dish! Whose after-dinner ice cream couldn’t use some “classin” up? Finally, we have oodles of glass candy dishes ready to grace your coffee table. Fill it with after-dinner mints.
In the month of July, we’re having a glassware sale at The Garage Sale–Eastside. Buy 2 pieces of glassware and get one free!
The thrill of the hunt–that’s what The Garage Sale shopping experience is all about. Come in on any given day, and your likely to see folks digging through the shelves searching for just the right candle holder, mug, flower pot, place mat, napkin, screw driver, basket…you get the idea. One of the things I love about managing this little slice of Community Warehouse is chatting with folks about what they’re looking for, and then celebrating with them when they find it.
All that treasure hunting takes it’s toll on the shelving displays. We work hard to keep the shelves organized, despite the daily deluge of new items that need to find homes on the shelves before they can go home with customers. Couple that with 7 days of treasure hunting, and you can imagine that our displays get a little well-loved over time.
Something magical happened this weekend. Or, should I say, someone magical made some display magic happen at the Garage Sale this weekend!
Meet Kelli Martin. She’s one of our newest volunteers at The Garage Sale–Eastside. She showed up at 10 AM on Sunday, and by 1 PM, half of our shelves had been reimagined into beautiful displays.
Her work was so impressive that we have to give her an official title–
Supreme Volunteer Queen of Magic Merchandising Extraordinaire
How did she bring beauty and functionality to our shelves? Well, Kelli is the manager of the ReUse Room at PSU (you can also read more about the ReUse Room on their fb page). She has vast experience in how to display LOTS of donated goods in a manner that is both appealing and useful. For example, traditionally, we have housed all the teapots, tea cups, and serving plates in a big mish mash of a shelving unit. By the time Kelli was done with her work, the white pottery was on a shelf, the earthenware was on another shelf, the blue and white china was on another shelf…you get the idea. It is AMAZING what a difference this makes. Not only are the displays more aesthetically pleasing, but the new arrangements make it much easier to find just the right treasure!
We’re looking forward to Kelli’s next shift, where she’ll work her display magic on the kitchen tools, bakeware, small kitchen appliance, mugs, pet care, and luggage shelving unit. It’s a huge job, but Kelli is our superhero merchandiser; she’ll bring order and beauty to this shelf–making the treasure hunting easier and more fun for all of our wonderful customers!
Want to join The Garage Sale Team–Eastside? You’ll have a blast selling great stuff to great customers. Also, we’ll let you put your talents to work in sorting, pricing, or displaying our donated merchandise–and you’ll get your own fancy title. Best of all…all your work will support the Community Warehouse mission: redistribute donated home goods to neighbors in need in our community! Email me for more information about how you can join our volunteer team! Jessica@communitywarehouse.org
One of things I love most about this job is working with the AMAZING volunteers who make the Garage Sale magic happen. This week, I got to work with Katie Pichette, a regular volunteer at TGS. We spent the morning sorting and displaying treasures. We got a big donation of beautiful, sparkly doilies (yes–they have silver thread in them!). Instead of burying them in a basket, Katie had the inspiration to display them in our front window by hanging them from twine and clothes hangers. Check it out. How beautiful is that:
Don’t let the display stop you from buying one that catches your eye. Sales go to support the redistribution of housing goods to neighbors in need. So come on over and check out the display. Whose dresser couldn’t use a funky new-to-you doily?
After tackling the doily project, we turned our attention to some great mid-century chairs in the store. If you’ve been in lately, you may have stopped to admire the lines of these great chairs. However, the shredded upholstery isn’t a big selling point.
Again, our rockstar volunteer Katie, had a genius inspiration–find some kitzchy fabric and recover the seat. We dug up a screw driver, staple gun, and some funky fabric from an old apron. Voila! A funky, good-as-new chair/piece of art. You can’t really see it in the picture, but the teal fabric has a pocket in it. Done reading? Tuck your book in the pocket for the next time you’re ready to settle down for a good read in this great chair!
After seeing her creative repurposing skills at work in the TGS, it came as no surprise to hear the Katie has a background in sustainability and material repurposing! You can read more about Katie’s work on her blog: reclaiming value .
So, it’s official, we’re giving Katie a Garage Sale Store volunteer title–
“Super Amazing President Volunteer of Repurposing the Too-Well-Loved Objects Into True Treasures”
We hope you stop in soon to see what Katie has created! And if you want the chair, come and get it! It’s for sale at a smokin’ price–$25!
Interested in joining the Garage Sale Store Volunteer Team? Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit me at the store on Sundays and Mondays from 10 AM-4PM.
Mother’s Day Inspiration
Hi! I’m Jessica, and I’m the new Garage Sale Store Manager!
If you’re like me, you put Mother’s Day shopping off until the last minute (again). I spent some time exploring the shelves of treasures in the Garage Sale Store, and I found some great Mother’s Day gifts!
Pick up this gorgeous, hand-crafted tablecloth, and then hunt through our teapots and teacups to make your Mother’s Day Tea Party complete!
Or, check out the display at the front of our store. You’ll find lots of great Mother’s Day gifts. Some inspiration you might find here:
- vases waiting for fresh-cut flowers
- picture frames waiting for pictures of the grandchildren
- beautiful floral journals
- ceramic popcorn tubs that could be presented with a DVD of mom’s favorite flick
- books specially selected for moms
- note cards to create a heartfelt Mother’s Day message for mom
- a beautiful wood jewelry box (with 4 drawers!)
Another idea! Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking mom out to lunch and then stopping by our Garage Sale store. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a great meal and some great thrifting! I’ll be working this Sunday, so stop on by. Let’s celebrate moms and treasure-hunting at the Garage Sale Store!
Hot Times & Spring In The City
All indications are that we’ve got a great weekend in store and it is going to be warm! I might finally get that lingering damp chill out of my trick knee even …
And to counterbalance the heat the Garage Sale is cool, or at least cool at an affordable price.
Here are a few things that caught our collective eyes (multifaceted, like an insects) this week.
This Moroccan influenced upholstered chair is a feast for the eyes.
An upside-down Tasmanian devil plate, just the way we saw it on the shelf. It’ll go nicely with someone’s (but not mine) bad spring-break tattoo from 1991.
It’s a shelf load of stuff! Great stuff, cheap stuff, stuff that will be even cheaper on Sunday.
Two vintage chairs imported by Moreddi. They need work, including some gluing and/or other creative repair.
Tisket, tasket, basket.
Another chair and one of the bikes and a heap of games and umbrellas to keep the sun off our pasty rain sodden loveliness.
White things and other stuff that looked cool
Hello world! Here is a selection of some of our favorite items currently residing in the Garage Sale.
Someone apparently donated my VHS collection when I wasn’t looking. Some of my all time favorites! 50 cents each!
The fish bowl is just plain cruel. That’s why I love it so. $5 Piggy soup tureen without a ladle $5 as found. I think it’d make a cute flower pot.
Google cooler (or warmer) with a car adapter. I would store all my baby sized vodka bottles in there. It’ll fit right under your desk. $15
This weeks sale: All books buy 3, get 3 free. Yes, we have THAT many books right now. Come help’a warehouse out!
A little birdie told me we will be reopening on Mondays
Or rather a human sized birdie named Ed talked to me about bringing back Mondays to our weekly schedule. It’s a minor schedule change for me, and a huge win for both the Warehouse and Monday-loving Garage Salers. Stop by this Monday and say hi, I will be there all day. Tell me you are super duper excited to shopping on a Monday and I will give you a special discount. It pays to read the blog!
Now, for this weeks goodies:
What classic Portland home wouldn’t be complete without a grandfather clock. This one needs a little lovin’, so if you know clocks and love projects this is an opportunity you can’t pass up! Don’t know the first thing about clock repair? I say it makes a lovely decorative piece regardless of its ability to chime.
Need a project that comes with all the instructions? Show off your recycling chops by making your own paper from recycled paper like junk mail, newspapers and used up grocery lists. I was soo tempted to snag this one myself, but those who have talked to me long enough know that I have more projects than any one person needs. So please, grab this fantastic deal (it’s still in the shrink wrap!) so I don’t have to avert my eyes every time I look at that shelf.
Like to make things out of foods instead of old paper? Cooking up a whole chicken is a great way to save some cash (if you use it all week, that is). What can you do with the extra dough once you’ve taken home this rotisserie?
Spend it at The Garage Sale of course! Maybe you need a snazzy new side table, some new cookbooks to go with that rotisserie, a fancy old timey looking phone, a container shaped like an apple or a ceramic parrot.
You really need that parrot.
How about a new book to read? Who doesn’t love reading a story set in their own city? Check out this book by a local author:
And you’ve probably seen them on the Estate Store blog (if not, you need to see this), here they are, 17 GI Joes and a bag full of armaments. You can pretend you are buying them for your children, we won’t judge. In fact, you might just win the coolest purchase of the day award.
Check back in a bit for another post about customizing a serving tray, making a serving tray and ideas for what to do with all that glorious glassware on sale right now.
It’s Half Day At The Garage Sale
April 7th is the first Sunday of the month and that means that Garage Sale items are 1/2 off. Hooray!
Here’s a little preview of what’s there.
It’s the end of March already?!
Time sure seems to fly in the early part of the year. I can’t believe it is the end of March already. We’ve got some great new stuff in the store to help you wrap up quarter one of 2013.
Easter is just a few days away, have you found all your basket goodies? No? Well, have we got the selection for you. There is kid stuff everywhere, come on in and find your last minute basket fillers.
And here are some of my favorite things that came in this week. The Twist Board, which is crazy amounts of fun. I recommend dancing on it. And second, a sweet Elvis lunch box. It’s in perfect condition too! Impress your coworkers with your classic taste in music and stylish lunch containment device.
You may have noticed that I have used a number of trays in these photos. That’s because I am going to be posting a neat project for adding some pop to your trays with various reusable inserts. Stay tuned for details!
Have a beautiful last week of March and I will see you in April!
Spring is the time of plans and projects…
Whether it’s spring cleaning, gardening, crafting or other projects, Spring is the time for it. Speaking of projects, did you know that March is National Craft Month? We may not be SCRAP, but we do have a sampling of curated craft supplies. New this week: bags of beads for 50 cents each and vintage recipe collage collections for three bucks. What kinds of creative projects will you come up with?
Here are some other new items you will find (unless someone snatches them up first) in the store this week:
We have moved our card rack out of the store (don’t worry, we still have cards for a quarter) to make room for more furniture. I love this green chair. It would be a perfect spring time reading chair either on the porch or under a tree. And if you need reading material, well, you know where to check first!
Did you know that we are on Facebook? Come on over and give us a Like. You may just get access to secret sales and Facebook only deals.
It’ Ain’t Easy Being Green
In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, all green items are on sale! Save 25% on green dishes, books, candle holders, ceramics, linens and more. Come down this week and take advantage of this unique sale. Wear green on Sunday and save an additional 5%. Just let us know you read about it on the blog and the savings are yours.
So what’s new this week? Plenty of green, that’s for sure. You have to come in and see this amazing collection of ceramic pieces in green, yellow and cream. Which collection is your favorite?
Now for a few reminders:
- The Table + Chair Affair is just around the corner. Have you picked up your tickets yet?
- We are on Pinterest!
- Like us on Facebook and get access to special deals.
That’s it for this week. Until next time!