drove along HWY 127 stopping and shopping
at the plethora of yard sales along the way.
We were on a big time mission that
involved junking, decorating & a surprise.
Even Vivian Pickard who is the President of the GM Foundation was there helping out
and decorating a room.
I have been a big sappy mess of happy tears
thinking about this trip and what it means to be a part of it.
This is the second time I have gone on this trip and seriously-
I would go every.single.year. if they would let me.
It’s about not the shopping or the decorating.
It’s not about driving in that beautiful new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali-
though yes, that is definitely an amazing part.
It’s being a part of doing something for someone that you don’t know
It’s the moment that the family walks in and their faces light up
and the tears well in their eyes as they see their once empty house
You simply cannot go on this trip without crying.
We were all crying even before the family arrived just thinking about them arriving
After arriving in Atlanta and meeting all the other bloggers~
furnishing our rooms on a budget- but we were all up for it.
I looked each day on the yard sales and wasn’t finding anything the right price
or size for the small space.
On the last day of the yard sale trip- the day before we were decorating
literally down to the wire
showing a trestle table with 4 chairs.
Did you know that we don’t actually see the house until the morning of the install?
Nope. We have a simple drawn floor plan and a couple photos to try and decipher what we are working with.
The basement was one of those areas that we weren’t 100% sure if it was a living space or a utility space so we went with a few simple pieces that could easily be moved if need be.
I picked up this large rustic bench made from barn wood for $15 at a sale
and made a coat rack/wall hook area with an old board and new hooks for a drop space area.
A couple of baskets for holding hats, gloves and scarves and a few pillows and throw to plop on the floor for play time. There was a television and some pictures on the wall
and probably the biggest hit of all was the foosball table.
With the basement basically wrapped with a few pieces
I focused on the dining room and that was where the rest of the budget went.
I had an idea of what I was hoping the room would look like but I wasn’t sure if I would find
the right pieces at the right prices to be able to do it.
that I mixed with old books wrapped in paper
A bundle of firewood found at a yard sale went in the fireplace opening
for a realistic feeling~ and to also give them a start for their wood burning fireplace in the living room.
Yes, you can even find a bundle of firewood on the 127 sale.
The crowning piece
It was the perfect piece and I literally sighed when I saw it.
I had searched and searched and searched for a mirror or a frame that had the vintage look
and brassy old gold that I wanted for the room- but to no avail at the right price.
I ended up bringing home that pretty round mirror that was a little on the small size.
Vivian had found this one which she couldn’t use in her room and so she sweetly offered it to me to use in the dining room.
Of course, I had to find some pretty flowers for the centerpiece
– my gift to the homeowners.
Note: It’s not so easy to find fabulous flowers at 11:30 pm on a Saturday night in Ohio
but these gladiolus were perfect for the room.
I also picked up a loaf of fresh french bread to welcome them and a bowl full of apples to enjoy.
After everything was in place, I was so thrilled to be able to put together a place for them to sit and gather together for special occasions and everyday
Do you know that when Immaculee first walked in
she reached out and touched the table and smiled and commented that
they had a place to sit at a dining table and chairs now
Her family didn’t have one before.
Yep, tears over here.
Though this is an amazing experience on so many levels, it truly is about so much more
than just shopping yard sales and decorating a room for someone.
It is an emotional experience for each of us as we think about the family
what they need to make their house a home
and how we can give them all those pieces and then some
while making their rooms look pretty and inviting at the same time.
That beautiful gold framed mirror, that collection of interesting books and bottles for the fireplace
and even the flowers on the table-
those were all just little extras
that came with
that dining room table and chairs for this family.
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