Garage Sale Finds You’ll Love!

August 23, 2016

Repurposing Garage Sale Finds!

There’s nothing more rewarding that stumbling upon a garage sale or flea market find that you can repurpose for a home décor makeover. Especially when you can get it for next to nothing and are inspired by it to recycle, upcycle and reimagine.

Looking at the creative innovators on Pinterest, no wonder the internet turns hundreds of off-the-rack consumers into do-it-yourselfers every year!

Check out this claw-footed bathtub that was remade into a couch. Or this FREE chest of drawers that looks like the front of an old VW bus!

If you have the time, determination and a computer you can make vintage sleds into shelving, old TV stands become playhouse kitchens and bi-fold doors morph into headboards!

Westword has identified the five best flea markets in metro Denver. And for garage and yard sales, you can find listings for your city or neighborhood at and And don’t forget estate sales. A quick scan for this weekend shows all sorts of antique and vintage raw material ready for new life!

DIY Tips and Tricks

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“Flea Market Flip”/HGTV

If you’re a novice in the art of crafty makeovers for home décor, check out this blog at for 30 different ways to repair, restore, or redo any piece of furniture. You’ll find dos and don’ts for everything from frayed and faded upholstered furniture, to patio bistro sets and scratched wood furniture. (Always scroll down to the comments section where DIYers share even more tips and advice!)

If you haven’t yet discovered your fabulous finds, you’ll find inspiration here to prepare you for a shopping trip!

Negotiation Secrets

Can you really negotiate prices at garage and yard sales? Of course! In fact, the people who shop garage and estate sales like it’s their job never pay the sticker price! Most sellers expect to haggle over their prices — which they may have inflated for that very reason! Here are a few tips to help you get the best bargain possible:

  1. The pros say it helps to smile and be friendly. Nobody wants to give a price break to a grouch!
  2. Start by having an idea about what you want to pay and find out the seller’s bottom-dollar price. Whoever sets an amount first is at a disadvantage!
  3. You may want to point out any cosmetic flaws: rust, dents, chips, gouges, or broken/missing parts – you get the picture. That should knock a little bit off the final price.

A Place To Decorate

Whatever you create with your flea market and garage sale treasures, bring them home to Southshore! With ranch and two-story models from the $400s to the $700s, you’ll find a place that fits your personality and price range that’s perfect for your exceptional décor.  Richmond American Homes is offering five terrific home plans, including ranch-style homes, and Village Homes has two collections for your consideration. Or, you can join Century Communities’ interest list to learn about more new homes coming soon to Southshore. You’ll love life at the Lake — and we can’t wait to see you!