My life has always been a pathtojunkentreasure. For the most part, that means that I love to go to garage sales, rummage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, flea markets; you name it. That also means I love to find bargains at JCPenney when Liz Claiborne clothes are on clearance or at Eddie Bauer and Tommy Hilfiger on the clearance racks. I love to find things on sale.
Growing up in New Jersey, my brothers and I would spend the day with my mom "shopping". We were not ashamed to stop at the side of the road when we spotted a treasure. We would take it home, clean it up and either paint it or not. We loved to repurpose items before it was the thing to do. My mom was always rearranging rooms. We would come home from school and everything would be moved around. Somehow, the house seemed like new. We were always excited by the changes that she created. She always decorated for the season. I also do that in my home. I change the look of my house for the season (changing doilies to blend in with the seasons colors) and always move things around so that everything seems like new. I still slow down when I see treasures on the side of the road. You never know what you will find.
That is where my love for finding treasures began. There is a difference between a collector and a hoarder. So that I don’t fall into the hoarder category, I have a garage sale every year to get rid of treasures to make room for the new treasures that I am bound to find. For those on a budget, and who isn’t?, you can change your style and house frequently. Maybe even make some money. Just remember to organize your items and purge frequently so that things stay neat and in control.
McHenry County is home to many wonderful thrift stores/eclectic stores and when garage sale season begins, you will be busy from Thursday through Saturday hunting for those treasures. Maybe you will open up an Ebay store, like my brother did, or just treasure hunt for the thrill of it. Even towns will have their spring clean up/throw out days. I found 8 wonderful kitchen chairs for FREE during one of these spring cleanups. All I had to do was reupholster the seats with fabric that I had bought at a garage sale for $1. You can do it too. Keep looking in the newspaper or online for garage sales/estate sales/rummage sales listings. Rummage sales usually begin in March, but garage sales and estate sales can happen all year round. Be prepared to wait outside for an estate sale where only a limited amount people are allowed in at a time. I always manage to find something. Especially on the last day when treasures are usually marked half off.
I am passing on my love of treasure hunting to my two boys. I love to watch them negotiate a price at a flea market. That will come in handy someday when they are asking for a raise at their job. Most of all, I want them to have fun when hunting for treasures. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I hope to see you on the pathtojunkentreasure.