VCH and I headed out on a garage sale date (we are so romantic that way) one Saturday morning and scored big time.
One of the things I came across was a very boring brown desk.
It was is good condition but lacked personality, so of course I had to have it.
I bargained the guy down from $15 to $10 and then he wanted me to take the thing on top of it, and which he ended up giving me for $2 and we all know how that turned out!
When I got it home and had a good look at it I decided it looked like a manly desk and started to throw around some ideas in my head.
I knew it had to be blue and dark, but I didn't want it to end up to dark, I briefly toyed with a union jack on the drawers but quickly threw that out, then I thought maybe white drawers would look cool, but unsure if that would work, I headed to pinterest and typed in two tone furniture I pinned a few examples of some I liked and then one day when I was looking through my furniture inspiration board I noticed that the navy and white one I had pinned was by Catherine at Paisley and Polka Dot Threads.
How cool was that - obviously great minds think alike!
I removed the drawer handles and spray painted them navy.
I would have liked new drawer handles but the ones I have ordered haven't arrived yet,
but I like the way the old ones turned out with a bit of spray paint!
I like the drawers to be fresh so I painted them white and lined them in red and white striped paper, I really wanted navy and white but I couldn't find any and was really cross because I had picked up a few rolls of cute stripey paper at the shop B1 works at part time and didn't think at the time about the drawers when I went in a couple of days later it was all gone.
I went with red by default, but red, white and blue always looks nice together.
I love the navy and white together so gave the desk the name "in the navy"
I am really enjoying this business,
I am getting return customers or people come up to me saying their friends recommended me!
I have had a customer email me some leads on furniture she thought I might like and I managed to pick up some cute chairs for free, all ready to be repainted.
I had a custom order for a bride to be.
But along with it's ups there are sometimes downs.
I bought a piece without looking closely enough at it and when I went to work on it found the sides of the drawers had been severely water damaged.
I have had markets which I sold heaps of stuff and other markets that were extremely slow.
The one I went to on Saturday was slow.
It was a one off market, I am not sure whether it was poorly advertised,
or that people had too many things on,
or they were shopped out from the weekend before where I did exceptionally well,
but having said that I also know I sold way more that all the people around me,
and $170 profit is still a profit!
While I was at the market VCH went garage saling and picked up a few things for me- he is really cool about it- except when I buy heaving pieces and he says that getting them to the markets will be next to impossible- enter Gumtree (for my overseas visitors this is Australia's version of Craigslist).
I have also started a blog for my local customers,
I have had people request to see my stuff and if there was someplace on line they could look.
I went with a blog because I am familiar with how they work and they are easy to update.
I will put a link to it in my sidebar but I will not be putting a link from it back to here.
I am wanting to keep it professional and away from my personal life and here I can confess what I get things for - where I won't be over there!