DIY Danna: Yard Sale Queen


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My friends call me the Yard Sale Queen, and for good reason. My favorite way to start a Saturday is bright and early, driving around town to find the weekend’s best sales. Deals abound, and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Recently, my search landed me at the Haile Plantation and Town of Tioga neighborhood sales where I picked up some insanely inexpensive treasures. First on the list was a mirror for my entry, followed by crystal candleholders for my dining room, an amazing vintage wire lounge chair, a beautiful pair of lamps and the list goes on.

Treasure hunting is undoubtedly one of my favorite pastimes. Last fall, a friend and I took a road trip and visited the World’s Longest Yard Sale, a sale that spans from Alabama to Michigan with sales speckled all over the place. I brought home all kinds of fun finds, but one in particular I loved was a side table which just happened to match an existing piece in my home (the entry table previously featured on

Pairing my new purchases with the side table from the World’s Longest Yard Sale, I decided to spruce up an unused corner by my back door that gets a lot of natural light, making it the perfect reading nook.

If you’re feeling adventurous and thriftiness is your thing, check out the upcoming World’s Longest Yard Sale ( on August 7-10 where you’re sure to find some incredible bargains.

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As always with yard sale finds, you’ll want to give them a good cleaning. I like to use Krud Kutter followed by warm soapy water all over the surface and interior. Next, sand away any pre-existing finish on the wood to provide a surface that paint will stick to. Remember to apply multiple light coats for best coverage. After painting is complete, brush on a coat of polyurethane to ensure durability over time. Once everything has had adequate time to dry, style and enjoy!

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