Friday, March 21, 2014

A Winner and a Reveal

My low tech drawing generator (putting names on a slip of paper and drawing one out of a bag) picked Pat as the winner of my giveaway. Pat chose the Jim Shore Easter basket. My thanks to all of you for commenting and I hope I can stick around long enough to do this again for my 700th post.


The garage sale went well this morning though I'm still not sure it's worth all the effort. We spent every evening dragging stuff out of the storage building, attic, and closets, and I spent hours every day unpacking boxes, cleaning, and pricing. And we made $200. We're supposed to have another day of it tomorrow, but the forecast predicts rain in the morning, so today may have been it.

We had a good turnout considering we are seven miles from town. I think that was because there were several of us and we advertised it. We all noticed that $5 was pretty much the cutoff for prices. Anything over that, no matter what the price, the buyer offered $5. So even if we do have the sale again tomorrow, the collectibles will stay in the house and I'll try them on ebay or etsy.


I also wanted to show you another project we've been working on. We're not finished but had to get it out of the garage to get ready for the sale.

These are cabinets that we made as an entertainment center thirty years ago.  I've repurposed them for my china in this house.  In every other house we've had, the three pieces were together, but in this house, they only work on this wall and, as you can see, there is a little extra space on the left side.

  So we cobbled together a bookshelf out of leftover wood in our garage.

Hubby routered the same cut in the sides so that part will match.

And then we sanded.  A lot.  (One of these days I'm going to get my camera squared up with the piece before I take a picture.)

It's made of pine, ash, and white oak plywood, and pine and red oak hardwood. But it's better than a vinyl covered particle board bookshelf from the big box store, fits the space perfectly, and best of all, it was free - so far. All that will show is the face frame, and it is the same red oak as the other cabinets. I need to put another finish coat on the face frame and then it should match the rest of the cabinets.  (Sorry, I was too tired to move all that garage sale stuff.)

Next up is doors.  I hope we can remember how we built the first doors.


Nancy said...

Garage sale customers are a fickle bunch - the same merchandise any other year will sell faster than it did this year! Glad you had a good crowd for being off the beaten path.

A Pretty Pastime said...

Glad your yard sale went well. I LOVE your entertainment center/book shelves/china cabinets...very nice

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I have been wondering about having a garage sale, but think I might just give away things to local charities. About your bookshelf and units... how nice to see some real woodworking. It will all look great when finished and I'm sure, will give you much satisfaction to have done it yourselves.

Marti said...

Yes, but it's not good woodworking. It's really a disposable piece we built to fit the space.

Grandma K said...

You are so danged clever (and handy!

Kate said...

Hope you got in your second day of the garage sale. The bookcase looks nice and fills the space. It's great that you can do that with "left overs".

Martha said...

Your new shelf unit is awesome!!! Perfect fit and looks awesome!

I do not like doing yard/garage sales. I now just donate and get a slip to write off on the taxes. I figure it is still like money in the bank!!! Just so much work for so little money :(

Marti said...

Not me, it's Hubby who knows how to do all sorts of building. I was a trainee on this one.

Marti said...

Thanks! Also nice that we got rid of some leftovers building this.

Amanda Holmes said...

I love how your new shelf turned out! I could benefit from making one like that...:D

Marti said...

Thanks. It's deeper than it needs to be, but it would have an empty space behind it if I made it the usual twelve inches. At least I can double up the books in it.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Ingenious! It looks wonderful! :)

Marti said...

Thanks! It will work here but I won't want anyone to see the sides. lol

libbyquilter said...

very clever fix for your extra space 'problem' and it looks good~!

thank you for your comment on my blog and yes, those are sandhill cranes. i've enjoyed seeing them this year.
the bottom photo that you asked about is of a detail of a fabric art journal page that I recently worked on.

i hope that both you and your hubby feel better soon.
get lots of rest. that's what the body needs as it's healing. that and maybe some chicken soup.