I Brake for Yard Sales



I got this book from National Book Store last week — Lara Spencer’s “I Brake For Yard Sales” for only P979. This is an ofshoot of the TV host’s other life as an owner of an antique shop and interior design moonlighter.


I can totally relate to her life because I, too, grew up with a mother who loved (and still loves) going to yard sales, estate sales, thrift shops. It had always been our weekend routine — go to a small town in Ontario and check out the yard sales. Back in the 70’s in one of our California trips when I was a child, I remember my mom dragging us kids to a Swap Meet. I guess that helped me developed an eye for things with good bones. Here is Lara Spencer during one of her thrifting escapades. And look how that huge sign gets its spot in a living room. Photo from HGTV.


This is a great idea from Lara’s book. Some old beat-up chairs get a make over using high end shower curtains!!! Perfect for households with small kids. If you don’t have the patience to look for good shower curtains, you can check out fabric by the yard from $6 at Serena & Lily or Cath Kidston oil cloth. Photo from HGTV.


Sophia and Lily's bedroom
This is Sophia and Lily’s bedroom pre-Stella. The wardrobe closet is a resurrected old aparador from Patrick’s mom’s time. We had it painted in white ducco to make it look younger. You can find old aparadors in antique shops and estate sales around Manila. Or try Kamuning Swap Meet at the corner of Kamuning and EDSA.


Here’s my own pride and joy. Our beautiful mid-century chaise lounge. We got that for only P200. Yup! Less than $5. The husband found it during a morning walk in a garbage depot! He paid a guy P100 to bring it to our house. So technically it was P300. Then we plunked in all of P3000 for upholstery and foaming (ten years ago).


I’m going back to thrifting again. Next weekend!


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