Garage Sale Gourmet: Streetwise Shopping for Fun, Profit, and Home Improvement

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Fighting Words Press, 2005 - Antiques & Collectibles - 145 pages
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Garage sales can be a fun, creative, and often a less expensive way for people to redecorate a home while developing a sense of personal style and a feeling of accomplishment from their creations. This handy guide takes readers step by step through the process of creating a nice, stylish dwelling on a garage sale budget. The first section of the guide shows how it's done, covering topics such as taking a home inventory, finding the best sales, planning time-saving shopping days, and negotiating better deals. Describing what it takes to turn dust into gold, experienced garage salers show how to repair and refurbish slightly forlorn treasures and hold a more profitable garage sale themselves. For those interested in the big score, specific tips are provided for finding and researching collectibles. An informative directory provides addresses, URLs, phone numbers, book publishers, and other garage sale resources.

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About the author (2005)

Anita Chagaris is a working mother who has been living the life described in
the book since her late teens. In two decades of garage sale shopping, she
has decorated several apartments and two family homes using the techniques
and design ideas described in Garage Sale Gourmet. She received a degree in
interior design from Brooks College in 1985 and has worked as a shopper and
assistant designer for a number of interior design and supply firms. Her
experience extends back even farther, however, to when a Snoopy figurine she
got as a nine-year-old became the start of a Snoopy memorabilia collection
that now comprises more than 3,000 items. Her experience as a collector is
featured in chapter 6, "Collecting Collectibles."

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