Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Seaside Yard Sale

As soon as I heard these words Seaside + Yard Sale I knew I had to make a trip in early October. Seriously, this combines two of my favorite things: bargain hunting at places like yard sales and Seaside, Florida.  You may remember that my in-laws live in Seaside so we can pretty much go to the beach whenever we want.

It wasn't too hard to twist my husbands arm to make a quick trip to see his parents.  We usually try to make the trips at least 3 nights to justify the 5 hour drive down but he was fine with leaving after work Friday and coming home Sunday.  God's will must have been for us to spend a little longer down there because on Thursday Ryan found out that he had Monday off for Columbus day, yessss!

We drove down Friday and arrived just in time for a gorgeous sunset.  I got to bed at a decent time since the sale started at 8 AM.  I wanted to get there early around 7:30-7:45 to have time to park and grab coffee before the crowds.  Well you can imagine my surprise when I drove down Highway 30A into Seaside and saw this....

Uhmmm, scratch the coffee, holy hell heck! I first started by making some quick circles around the ampitheater trying to check out everything, get a grasp of the chaos, and find the Urban Grace Interiors booth.

Spotted... red umbrella.

It was so overwhelming but I must say the whole Urban Grace crew was there and they were so friendly and helpful.  I will say I felt a little out of place with all of the "War Eagles" being thrown around, umm Go Vols?!?  Bless their little Auburn hearts they didn't know they were about to get beat by Arkansas later that day, one of the worst teams in the SEC. (I kid, I kid, the Bowdens love Auburn).

There were the most beautiful pillow and fabrics, tons of Schumacher choices as well as some pretty Sunbrella fabrics which are perfect not just outside a home but inside as well since they are so resistant.  My mother in law's new house is on the beach so most all of her fabrics besides the bedrooms are outdoor fabrics to help prevents stains, spills, and wet tushies from future grandkids.

These pillows were pre-made and were around $60-$80 the chairs were super nice and high quality at $350 each.


They had about 4 of these lights when I first walked up however, one of my other favorite beach bloggers Simply Seleta grabbed 3 of them at about $15 a pop. What a steal!


I first purchased these 2 prints from United Thread on Etsy, this gold frame at $5, and these 2 rolls of fabric remnants at $1 each.  I however came back for the Schumacher Imperial Trellis in green before I left.  I've always loved this fabric and figured at $35/yard I can use it somewhere in my home like my living room, my bedroom, or maybe even some simple floor pillows for when we have a room full of guest.

I also snagged the necklaces above from a booth with costume jewelry, originally marked $50-$60 each, she was selling them at $20 each but I got them for $35 total.

Next to her booth was a huge set of tables full of rainbows, tevas, and sanuk shoes and sandles that were all great prices.  When I arrived I had a hard time finding shoes in my husband's size that I like but they had tons. The boutique Deja Vu in Seaside had an enormous section where everything was under $20, it was insane!!!!! You couldn't even get into the racks to look because it was so nuts, off to the side girls were stripping down to try on clothes and the line to pay was probably 30 people deep.  I love DejaVu but not enough to face that kinda madness.

I then walked around a snapped some pictures of the other tables with decent things just to give you an idea of what I was working with.

Fishing anyone?

Another fabric booth but not as good...

I thought these mermaids were so cute, I wanted to buy one but I didn't really know what I'd use it for except a possible doorstop or paper weight.  If I cross paths with these again though I might take the plunge for the small one.

A headboard bench:

A vintage metal glider, I love these.  If rustic and rusty are your thing then this is for you but I also think it'd be cute with a new shiny coat of paint in fire engine red, pinky-coral, teal, kelly green, or bright yellow.

Get your boots on...
I've actually thought about getting a pair of vintage cowboy boots but they didn't have my size. 

There was a DJ playing music and one fine gentlemen took it upon himself to be the entertainment, don't you just love a solo dance party?


It was hot and humid so I tried to grab some coffee but walked into Amavida Coffee Shop to find the line 20 people deep.  So I turned around and walked over to Modica Market only to find a waiting line outside to even get into the store, geeezzzzzz....

This is when I had had enough, it was only 9:15, put a fork in me, I was done.  Still wanting my coffee, I left the insanity and trekked back to my car way down the road in Watercolor. Along the way I saw folks heading to the sale and I wanted to tell them to turn around that they were a little late to the game, oh well.  I drove down to Rosemary Beach because I really wanted that Amavida Latte and walked through Rosemary for some Peace and Quiet.  Ahhhh..... bliss.

I made it home in time to go on a morning walk and hit the beach before an evening of pizza and football.  Sunday we skipped church and did it all over again with dinner at Shades and some porch sitting while we watched this majestic sunset.

These are filter free... this is the real deal...

Monday, we packed up our bags and yard sale goodies and trecked back to Atlanta while I worked from the car.

All in all I'd say it was successful.  I came home with a tan, a full stomach, and some great finds.  Would I go back to the yard sale? Ummm, not so sure about that but I'm also spoiled with Scott's Antique 20 minutes down the road.  If a really great booth like Urban Grace Interiors was set up then I probably would do it again but I'd definitely get there earlier. All along 30A the stores and boutiques had tent or sidewalk sales and even though I didn't hit those up I bet there was some great stuff sold.

One piece of advice, ladies: leave your men and children at home. The men just wandered aimlessly with nowhere to go bumping into serious bargain hunters like me.  There weren't tons of kids but the ones I did see looked as though they were probably bored, hot, overstimulated (visually), and ready to go play in the ocean/pool.

Speaking of Scott's, it's this weekend and since I didn't get down there in September I am totally making an appearance.  I'm on the lookout for some blue and white china plates and to see what holiday decor they have.

Not planning to spend or buy a whole lot at Scott's because next week I want to hit up Hobby Lobby for a skinny Christmas tree as well as some trimmings for the trees.

Hope y'all had a happy Columbus day weekend! :)

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