I Brake for Yard Sales: High Style - Low Budget
Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer is a self-confessed frugalista with a passion for shopping at yard sales, thrift shops, and estate sales, and for decorating her home and friends’ homes with her fabulous finds. In I Brake for Yard Sales, Lara shares her secrets for bargain hunting and tells you where to shop, what to look for, how to pay for it, how to resto...more
More lists with this book...
But that’s where the resemblance ends. Unlike real people who bargain shop because they cannot afford retail, Sp ...more
I mean, a $50 lamp shaped like a crab? That's great for someone with a fat paycheck to waste space and money on. But how about the people who actua ...more
But if you don't like the decorating style (and, sadly, I didn't) it's just a colorful vanity project. Nothing particularly objectionable about this quick-and-easy book...it just wasn't my cup of varnish.
I l.o.v.e.d this book and I am not sure why as I have no design bone in my body. But I am a frugal garage sale junkie. I'm now convinced that my next house can be decorated via yard sales and the antique mall up the street with all the stuff in it from dead people. But I'm going to totally dig driving my husband nuts with this for the time being.
Some ideas I like...
- framed wallpaper. Never thought off ...more
This is a good book to pick up if you need a little design inspiration.
I'm really sad that after reading it, I don't think I can view her show the same again.
Based on the title, you might think that this book is right up my alley. However, Ms. Spencer really talks about finding home decor and furniture at yard sales and such, whereas I usually buy entertainment. Some of her tips ring true no matter what you shop for, and the photography is well-done...but it isn't quite what I was expecting.
Content Concerns: Some profanity/euphemisms (a d-word, "freaking") as well as a few crude expressions ("put on your big girl panties," etc.) The a ...more
The book just didn't do it for me and that really surprised me since you would think that I would be all over this book and it's subject matter. It was unrealistic...too pretentious...and I hate to say it but condescending. I was irritated with the autho ...more
This book was a great mix of visual inspiration and practical information. Lara's passion for "saleing" is apparent in her writing and makes me want to run to the nearest flea market to start hunting. My only complaint is the format of the book on my kindle made the visuals hard to see and sometimes seemed as though a page was missing.