31 Days :: Our Yard Sale

I realize photos of our yard sale don’t have much to do with making your nest less messy.  But, it has everything to do with making my nest less messy.  It was a beautiful day filled with beautiful people.  Women came from Myrtle Beach, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, some drove 8 hours?!  I hope it was worth it for them.  Every time I get to meet some of the women who hang out at the Nest, I want to be BFFs with them all.  The yard sale was a huge success.  Thank you all so much for coming and asking about it.  Here are a few more photos…

Scooper, Emily, Lily, Nester

And, I ended up not using the money I made for a new bed.  I decided to paint our bed and see how we liked it. I’m currently working on the worlds least expensive master bedroom makeover. I love a good challenge.

Here are my tips on how to have a yard sale.

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  1. So jealous! I really could have used those two white end-tables. I wouldn’t have even had to paint them! But I’m happy for whoever got them.

  2. You are as popular as the Pioneer Woman! Look at that line! I love it.

    I am working on the world’s least expensive master bedroom makeover too! How fun! :)

  3. Wow! It looks like you had a very successful yard sale. If I lived closer I would have loved to go and buy some of that stuff! Love your blog!

  4. Now I wish I’d washed my hair that day. : )

    I’m so glad Lily and I got to come! And I can’t wait to see your bedroom. The bed is beautiful!

  5. Oh, it makes me wish I had been able to come! And let me just say you people sure do dress up for yard sales!! I would have stood out like a sore thumb in my usual yard sale attire – jeans and a t-shirt.

  6. I wish I could have gotten there earlier, but my boys weren’t moving fast that morning. I love how nice everyone looks. I usually just wear sweat pants and a sweatshirt and throw my hair in a ponytail. How cute that some people have make-up and jewelry on.

    I bought that black pier one end table and I love it! Thanks

  7. oh, wow! Look at that line! You had awesome stuff! And I think you and Emily are the prettiest girls I’ve ever seen having a yard sale~usually I’m in sweats and look like you know what because I was up until 2 a.m. finishing pricing. What we really want to know: were there any fights over all the good stuff?? :)

    • nope, no fights.

      I learned my lesson at my last yard sale, everyone was dressed cute and taking photos and I looked like I had just escaped jail. So I knew to dress appropriately.

  8. I loved your sale Nester! The decorator table I purchased from you is still sitting without a cloth… haven’t found the perfect one yet but it fit perfectly whrere I wanted it. It is part of our family room make over that I am trying to do as cheap as possible. I also love the challenge. I think our Master bedroom will be next on the lst. The Master bedroom always gets neglected for some reason.

    • I saw a plain burlap one the other day at Starbucks–they have them on their round display tables and look great!

  9. Sounds like a win-win event for everyone’s nest….they got some beautiful/useful things to feather theirs and your nest got some breathing room (it was gorgeous either way, though). Lovely!

    We have that same headboard. I’ve thought of painting it a billion times but the Hubs just can’t get over the idea of painting over the wood. Maybe if he sees your makeover, he’ll cave! *evil cackle*

  10. Holy smokes look at that line! I am so jealous. After our last yard sale I have vowed to never have another one ever again. Although we did all the right things (sold good stuff, clearly marked, great signs etc) it was a dismal failure. I don’t know what was up, but people balked at buying things at our prices, and they were priced dirt cheap! People were trying to haggle over .25 and . 50 cent items! We didn’t sell much at all, and were left with a huge pile of stuff we didn’t want. Anyway, glad yours was a great success. Helps to have a great blog, I guess :)

  11. WOW! What a yardsale…so wish I could have been there too:( Looks like you had a ton of stuff for sell…I’ll be watching for your bedroom makeover I sure need some tips on doing that room.


  12. FUN! Our last yard sale was kind of a bust…such a bummer since it was so much work! Oh well, the stuff was packed up RIGHT then and there and hauled to Goodwill. SOOOO glad that it’s gone! :)

    I may have succeeded in the Cheapest Bedroom Makeover ever. Lindsey designed the whole stinking thing for me, but I did the work. That counts, right? :)


  13. Looks like it was a great day! I think one of the best tips for how to have a successful yard sale would be to have a yard sale with you. Nobody else could attract customers from 8 hours away! :)

    You are a beautiful woman. Through and through.

  14. Christy Koeberle says

    That’s it I’m moving closer to you! ;) (yeah right the husband would veto that immediately!) I can dream.

  15. WOW! Okay sadly I see things I would have wanted :) But dang girl! You are lucky to have that many people show up. Good job! That’s what happens you are famously fabulous :)

  16. ohmygosh….those pictures of your loot all gathered to sell…..lets just say, my husband thanks you for living so far away (we are in Vancouver Island, Canada, sooooo, I think that qualifies as a tad bit of a long drive) or else I would have spent a lot of our hard earned cash for your ‘junk’. That looks like one of those rare garage sales where you get giddy with excitment for hitting the motherload!!

    Glad you did well, and looking forward to seeing the master bedroom come together.

  17. What a turn out! AWESOME!! Can’t wait to see the bedroom redo!

  18. Nester, you’re so cool. I’m glad we’re friends :]

  19. I’m too late to bring the doughnuts, huh? Looks like a huge success! Looking forward to seeing your new bedroom makeover.

  20. wow looks like you had an amazing turn out!!! Lots of stuff to sell too! Congrats!

  21. Wow, I am having yard sale envy right now. None of the yard sales I drive past in my area look like that!

  22. So are you liking the bed painted? Just from the pic I saw, I really like it painted! I also can not wait to see your bedroom makeover!

  23. Wow! Looks like it was great. Funny you are painting your bed – we went out looking for a new bed – a white sleigh bed and ended up getting a black one instead. I looked at yours, love it and thought ‘I should have stuck with white’. But I am not up to painting my brand new bed white so it’ll be black for now. Can’t wait to see what you do to yours.

  24. Mercy.

    Lovely items for sale and a fun time. :-)

  25. I love how happy that gal looks in the second picture with the chair she snagged up! What a fun day!

  26. lol I know that girl in the second picture holding the chair! She used to babysit my kids. I kept scrolling down and noticed she was in line with another person I know! Too funny! They both went to my church when I lived in that area, but we recently moved to Florida so it’s fun to see them again and especially on your blog. Oh and I LOVE your license plate!

  27. Nice vanity plates! I’m not a stalker, just observant. Oh, and the yard sale looks like it was awesome.

  28. Wow! What a crowd. And I can see why. You have such beautiful things.
    I haven’t seen a terrific yard sale like this since leaving Maine and moving to the west coast.

  29. That’s me in the first photo with an arm load of clothes!! I live nearby, but my mom drove 2 hours to go with me. We got some great stuff! Can’t wait for the next one!!

  30. That line looks longer than the one at Target on Black Friday!! Girl, I hope you made some serious cash. :) Good for you!!!!

  31. I was so MAD that I could not go! I wanted to go so I could see you, but I wanted to see what all you were selling too! I love me a good yard sale and yours looks OFF THE HOOK! :) I miss ya.. it’s been years since I’ve hugged your neck!

  32. Dear Ms. Place,
    Mother Hen here!
    How serendipitous that MH should discover your site just as she is undergoing a major nest clean-up! Where Have you been all her life?
    MH has the evidence that she has been frantically cleaning out the caca right here:
    She will seek further inspiration from you in the future.
    By the way, what kind of bird are you? Inquiring chickens want to know!
    Inquisitively yours,
    Mother Hen

  33. Oh…I can’t wait to see what you come up with for your master bedroom, I am in the midst of trying to do the same thing. Good luck!

  34. My stars you had a lot to sell! Wish I could’ve come!

  35. what an amazing crowd! can’t wait to see the master bedroom ideas!

  36. It was so much fun! I love everything I bought. I’m going to send pics of everything in “their new home” – my fave purchase? Your beautiful shimmery purse that you so lovingly kissed goodbye. Lol. Hope you don’t miss it too much, it’s quite happy and doing very well here. :)

  37. You have the cutest yard sale crowd. ever. Blessings!

  38. Seriously amazing yard sale. You should be proud. And look at all those delicious treasures. You should do a traveling yard sale and come up to Canada!

  39. Scooper looks like Sandra Bullock to me :)

  40. OMG! Where do you live?
    I would have loved to get some serious shopping done at your yard sale….
    Lucky are the people who came to your yard sale!

  41. Oh, I love the white bed. I cannot wait to see the world’s least expensive master bedroom redo. I am HORRIBLE at master bedrooms. I think we lived in our last house a year before I ever even fully unpacked the master. TERRIBLE. This house: I am currently also working on the least expensive master bedroom decor – you know, only six months into living at this house. ;-) Baby steps.

  42. I have never been to a yard sale in my life!

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen anything like that. You southern girls shore dooo love your thrifting.

    I’m impressed!

  43. WHEN do we get to see that bedroom!!!!????? :)
    I believe we have the same bed (well, mine is still brown).
    I have been wanting to change our room up a bit too, but I am waiting to see yours.

  44. Looks like some crazy fun!

  45. Great turnout! I can’t wait to see the makeover…Also will you be telling about how you painted your bed?? I have a similar bed and it’s cherry wood that I’d love to try and paint in the spring!


  46. Who has a yard sale with lines in it? My yard sale was a two day waste of time. You officially win the most famous sale of the year. Wow!

  47. Your tips on having a yard sale aren’t available anymore. Would you mind posting them again?
    Many thanks!

  48. The link to your yard sale tips is coming up with a 404 error. Has the link changed? I’d love to read your advice. Thanks!!!

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