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One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

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What began as a way to pay the bills when she was out of work has turned into a lifelong career for The Garage Sale Gal Lynda Hammond. Founder of GarageSaleGal.com and author of the recently released "The Garage Sale Gal’s Guide to Making Money off your Stuff," Lynda has asserted herself as an expert on finding and rehabilitating old and inexpensive furniture. Her house is filled with tables, lanterns, wall hangings, and candle holders that look like they came straight from Restoration Hardware or Crate and Barrel despite the fact that they were all purchased at garage sales.  Check out some of Lynda's favorite finds below.

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Lynda's book

1 Lynda's book

When she purchased this farm table for $3, it had only one leg, gobs of holes, and almost no paint. With a little TLC, the table turned out beautifully and is one of Lynda's favorite finds.

2 When she purchased this farm table for $3, it had only one leg, gobs of holes, and almost no paint. With a little TLC, the table turned out beautifully and is one of Lynda's favorite finds.

Lynda found this barrel chair in the trash at her grandmother's apartment complex. It was originally covered in an ugly green fabric so she simply recovered it with new fabric and voila!

3 Lynda found this barrel chair in the trash at her grandmother's apartment complex. It was originally covered in an ugly green fabric so she simply recovered it with new fabric and voila!

This huge brass table sits above Lynda's bed. She bought two of them with stands for a coffee table. Grand total = $20!

4 This huge brass table sits above Lynda's bed. She bought two of them with stands for a coffee table. Grand total = $20!

This gorgeous 7-foot tall, iron candle holder was purchased for $10 at a garage sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

5 This gorgeous 7-foot tall, iron candle holder was purchased for $10 at a garage sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wooden and iron sofa table for $15. Very shabby chic.

6 Wooden and iron sofa table for $15. Very shabby chic.

All Lynda's beautiful garage sale finds come together in her living room.

7 All Lynda's beautiful garage sale finds come together in her living room.

More of Lynda's living room

8 More of Lynda's living room

This wood and iron table on Lynda's porch was a wopping $6.

9 This wood and iron table on Lynda's porch was a wopping $6.

With the exception of the couch and chairs, everything on Lynda's porch comes from a garage sale. The lovely iron wall hangings above the couch were $4 total.

10 With the exception of the couch and chairs, everything on Lynda's porch comes from a garage sale. The lovely iron wall hangings above the couch were $4 total.

50-year-old iron and glass lantern for $10

11 50-year-old iron and glass lantern for $10

Lynda's precious dogs, Roxy and Millie

12 Lynda's precious dogs, Roxy and Millie

Comments (3)

  • Great info and what an idea. Everyone has too much stuff and if we can downsize and make money so much the better. I am going out for the book now.

  • Thank you so much Hilarie, Naomi for having me on Living Today. It was fun! Thank you Jillian for putting the pictures together! Happy Garage Saling!

  • Wow! Lynda has done an amazing job of taking garage sale finds and turning them into fabulous home furnishings! i'm totally inspired to both have a garage sale this spring AND find some cool new stuff at garage and yard sales around my neighborhood...and I hope the book has info about selling things on Craigs List and Ebay in case I don't get my garage sale done!

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