Welcome to another week of garage sale finds Friday, where I share with you a few of my favorite garage sale finds.
This week, I found a few rocking chairs.
I was out shopping with my favorite accomplice whose name is like Voldemort's so we will call her "the garage sale accomplice who can't be named". Nah, we'll just call her Epiphany. Yep, that sounds awesome.
So Epiphany spotted this awesome child sized rocking chair and immediately called me over to take a looksee.
I was sold the moment I saw the price tag, but no good garage sale is complete without a little bartering, so I offered $3 and they took it.
Tiffany, I mean, Epiphany.
Our next adventure took us across town to find this really cool craftsman style rocking chair.
It's got some amazing nail head detail and leather upper and seat cover.
It's a pretty sweet gem just the way it is
But the guy immediately saw that I was interested and I asked him what the story was behind the chair. I was really hoping for him to tell me about how it was his grandma's rocking chair and how it had traveled along the Oregon trail on a covered wagon before his grandfather died of dysentery and his sister fell ill due to typhoid.
It wasn't, but see what fun stories we can come up with when we look through other people's stuff. Don't get me started on the story we can up with on the "never before worn" wedding dress!
This guy (who was nearly a hundred himself), told me that he picked it up for $150 as a "project", which then sent me hunting for flaws. There were a few nail heads that need pounding in, but the real kicker was the chip of wood out of the back. A project indeed.
I told him I wasn't interested in a project for $50, to which he replied "well, how much would you pay for it?" Ah, now I get to really bargain. I told him I would pay $5 for it.
**Tip--always start your negotiating low so you have wiggle room
I knew this was a super low offer for something he wanted $50 for, but I wanted room to negotiate a bit and to see how serious he was about getting rid of this rocking chair. He came back with $15 so I knew he was willing to negotiate. If he would have laughed off my low offer, I would have left it at that, but I knew he was willing to play, so I went back with saying that I really only was interested in paying $5 for it and ran down the chair's flaws again so that he could see how much work it was.