Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My blog's 1st birthday & 1st giveaway

My blog is one year old!

I never knew blogging would be so fun. I have learned so much and met so many supportive, wonderful people. There are so many gorgeous blogs out there that I admire.
This year has changed my life!

our stairs redo
          I admire the blogging and decorating expertise of
          I was hooked on her detailed DIY tutorials. 
         SHE inspired me to redo our STAIRS. 
          I am so amazed at how much
          she transforms in her home.


Girl In Air
Then there is Girl In Air who is very creative and ambitious! I fell in LOVE with her  Magnetic Chalkboard, Dry erase, with sliding ladder wall!
She has wonderful tutorials for home decor! I am so impressed by the AMOUNTS of projects she has accomplished! Wow! And she has an Etsy store.
I really wish she could come to my house and create that fabulous Activity Wall !

And someone whom I have met in person... the very talented Sarah from She has transformed some amazing pieces of furniture! I really could learn a million things from her!!

This is just to name a few of the many blogs that inspire me!
I really enjoy following all the amazing blogs out there! You motivate me!
There is so much talent out there and I am in love with all the creativity!

It has been a big year for Garage Sale Diaries...

I had the opportunity to meet the sweetheart Cari Cucksey from the HGTV show 'Cash and Cari'. I have managed to visit MANY of her estate sales this summer. One sale is where I found this amazing treasure for my dad's collection.

My family and I traveled to the world's longest yard sale along highway 127. The sale runs over 600 miles from Michigan to Alabama. It was an adventure to see what other people collect and sell in other parts of the country. Every year it runs the first week in August. We are going again this year!!
Also, this past year I saved our family a ton of money by purchasing the girls' Christmas gifts and Birthday gifts at garage sales. It is amazing all the BRAND NEW goodies you can find. And I shared my secret hiding spot for the presents. I just kept adding treasures to a very large suitcase throughout the year and at Christmas time I had more than enough to put under the tree! 

I won a Silhouette machine from Thrifty Decor Chick! This machine rocks! 
It cuts paper and fabric in any shape and font that is on your computer!

And I have continued to decorate our home with garage sale / estate sale treasures. 
Including 7 tables in one year

This next year I want to learn more about transforming furniture! Home Depot has had some fabulous colors of OOPS paint that I have been buying up for $5 for a gallon and $1 for a quart. 

In celebration of my blog's 1st birthday I would like to present a gift to my friends!

My very first GIVEAWAY!!
(retail $9.95)
There are so many inspiring photos and articles in the 144 pages! 
I love this magazine and I want to share it! 

Ways to enter my giveaway:

1. Become a follower of my blog. Then leave me a comment letting me know you are a follower. If you are already a follower just leave a comment letting me know!

2. Follow me on Twitter. Then leave me a comment.!/garagesalediary

3. Like my Facebook page. Please leave a comment letting me know.

4. Post a comment about your favorite garage sale treasure, what you like to look for at garage sales or your favorite garage sale story! I love to hear about everyone's treasures!

I want to thank you all for reading along with me on my adventures!!

Yes, this is open to everyone, even my friends outside the U.S. (you there in Australia and China)
This giveaway will be open for 6 days, until next Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at midnight EST. I will announce the winner of a FLEA MARKET STYLE MAGAZINE and post my new treasures I find over the weekend on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 !! 


  1. I like to look for vintage Pyrex, Thomas the Train die cast, vintage tupperware, and brand name children's clothes and toys for resale!

  2. Happy bloggy birthday! I follow your blog and LOVE it!

  3. Also, I now follow you on Twitter.

  4. AND....I "liked" your FB page. (Can you tell I love this giveaway?!)

  5. My favorite things to "scout" for are vintage linens and paper ephemera (post cards, letters, pics, menus, etc) to use in art projects and old-school kids toys. My favorite find thus far has been a She-Ra Crystal Castle (with all the pink furniture!) for my daughter. Thanks for such a great blog!

  6. Yay! Happy Birthday!! Thanks so much for the shout out!! Hopefully we will see more of each other:) And what is this garage sale in august? Where does it start in MI??

  7. Happy Anniversary! I'm a newer follower and I love your blog. And I love garage sales! I don't look for anything specific, if I see something that appeals to me and the price is right, I buy it!

  8. Hey! That's me--from China! I love to garage sale through you each week. Nothing of the likes in China :(

  9. happy birthday! i'm now a follower! wish i can send you one of these lovely personalized birthday gifts!

  10. Happy Blog-iversary! I am now a blog follower now! Great blog!

  11. You are amazing! An entire year filled with wonderful blogs and completely mind-blowing garage sale finds. CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary! Many Happy Returns!

  12. Happy BBD! My favorite treasures are the ones my mother-in-law finds for me...30 year old Kitchen Aid mixer, complete set of vintage Pyrex, set of 12 Strawberry Shortcake glasses. Mmmm...maybe these deserve a post of their own!

  13. Hey Jennifer happy 1st to your blog!! So excited for your giveaway, thanks for the chance to win and hope to see you soon (maybe at the Brighton flea market this Saturday?)

    Also, I follow your blog from Google Reader, so does this count at two entries? ;-)


  14. My favorite things to hunt for at garage sale are vintage cookbooks! The recipes in them are always so scrumptious :)


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