Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Wasn't Going To Buy Anything....Really!

But how can you say "no" when you find these at a garage sale?

My friend, Kelly, who lives down the street from me, had her garage sale with a couple of friends on Saturday. We were supposed to do our garage sale on the same day , me referring people over to her and she referring people over to me, but then....well, you know.
I decided to drop by her house that morning to see how it was going (they were flooded with customers!) and to see if they needed anything because I was heading to the store. And as I'm walking up to her driveway I see this perfect pair of old, beat up, gorgeous oars!

Price: $15

Was that too much?

I'm not sure, but I was sure that I wasn't going to let anyone buy them out from under me!

They still have the metal hardware on them, which I love!

And they stand at a whopping 7 feet tall!

They're perfect!

Now I just need to decide where to hang them. I would love to build small brackets and hang them together horizontally in the living room, but I'm not totally convinced yet. I have considered breaking them up and putting each in a different room, but I think they'll make a bigger (and better!) statement if I keep them together.

And then there's always the option of displaying them outside...

As you can see, my mind is far from made up.

The "perfect spot" will come to me - just have to give it some time!

(I'm sure my husband will laugh at that last comment - when it comes to decor "Impatient" is my middle name!)

It will come to me...



How about you?

Any good Garage Sale finds this past weekend?





20 comments:

Photographing Mom said...

I like 'em outdoors! :)

My blog pic - no, no chickens here. The eggs came home from church with the guys. It's amazing the things that one can come home from church with. LOL

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Oh gosh, they are beautiful! I'm on the hunt for oars actually so when I saw this post I was awfully excited. I actually happen to like them in the corner in our house. They looked pretty striking against your wall color. $15 was definatly not to much!

MeganSloan said...

Totally worth the money! Those are GREAT!

Jessica said...

They look great outdoors! Great find!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I absolutely would have spent $15 for those...and I'm pretty darn frugal. Great find!

Tam, I am said...

They are totally worth $15! We have some that my husband found sitting by a dumpster. We cleaned them up and added some hooks to it and made them into coffee cup holders!

Simone said...

Hello!
$15 sounds like a great bargain to me - I LOVE them.....and I think in a corner or together on a wall is good.
I used to babysit for a family and the Dad had been at Cambridge and he had wall mounted his oars from when he was an Cambridge Blue and he rowed in the annual Boat Race on the Thames in London. I always thought that was pretty cool!
Simone

Tricia Anne said...

How awesome! Those are gorgeous! I would pay $15.00 for them - easily and I am a bit of a penny pincher! I would hang a quilt from one or put them together crossed above the arch of a door way...sky is the limit! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

marty39 said...

What a great find. I can't wait to see what you do with them. Hugs, Marty

kimmcl said...

Karla - those are great indeed! I can't wait to see where they end up - you will post of course!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

You're right, those are SO fabulous! I think they'll be great wherever you decide, they'll make a huge statement wherever you put them!

Rebecca Frame said...

I love those. I never get that lucky at a yard sale :(...i think they look great together too!!

ps...am developing slight non creepy crush on your blog!!

cant wait to comeback
rebecca

Courtney Baker said...

Oh I'm jealous! I've been looking at some oars at a local antique store but they are $30 a piece and I just don't want to spend that much!

I do like them outside!

Anonymous said...

i would criss cross them over an arch too. i also like the coffee cup hanging idea. what about hanging them so that the paddle part makes a shelf. putting them handle to paddle. sorry i hope that makes sense

Ashley said...

$15 for two seven foot pieces of art.... I would say you definitely scored! Great find!

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Oh, my dear, these are awesome. I have a pair of oars too, they found their place in a corner and look stunning, only they don't have the hardware on them. What a great find!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Awesome price. And at seven feet, with character and the great hardware, art for sure. I'm sure you will find a great place for them, but if I had some that awesome I would keep them together and indoors, great impact.

@thelake said...

You can always use banister brackets for mounting them to a wall. Ours fit on the brackets just fine. We had a blank wall in a guest room, so we hung them horizontally, one above the other. You got a great deal, I think!

Stacey said...

I was looking around at our local antique store and found that the prices ranged from $35/oar, and the nicer looking ones, like yours, were $75/oar! I'd say you scored!

PS LOVE the riddling rack! I had my eye on the one from Pottery Barn years ago...never thought to put the hubby to work on it! It's stunning!

The Green Pea said...

You made a good buy. I would buy them all day long for $15. You did good girl. Happy hunting next time!
sandi