Garage Sale America

Garage Sale America

by Bruce Littlefield


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061151651
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/22/2007
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bruce Littlefield is a New York-based designer, writer, and restaurateur. Hailed as a "design and lifestyle guru" by Publisher's Weekly, he is the author of the recently published Garage Sale America and Airstream Living, and co-writer of the best-selling Use What You've Got and Other Business Lessons I learned from My Mom with real-estate magnate Barbara Corcoran. Originally from the south, decorating for Christmas is as natural as breathing to Bruce, and each December finds him attempting over-the-top mischief. His personal collection of Christmas treasures can be found displayed proudly every hol iday season in a 1940s Catskills' farmhouse, which he renovated and decorated himself.

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Garage Sale America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
bobbycarlcat More than 1 year ago
this book covers things average people find in their communities really clever decorating ideas with things you never took second notice cf.the pictures are colorful and detailed.the book takes you on an adventureyou feel like you've experienced your self.this stays on my coffee table,and you'll pick it up often!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a chronic case of disposophobia, or at least that¿s how Bruce Littlefield would diagnose it. I can¿t bear to part with old photographs, worn-out running shoes, and a frog collection I¿ve had since college. My favorite store is Finders Keepers, or was, that is, until the local antique shop closed and I bought out half the inventory. So when my copy of Littlefield¿s Garage Sale America arrived in the mail, you can imagine where I put it¿on top of a great big stack of books I have yet to read, some old, some new. It wasn¿t long before its cover cried out to me with its retro colors, Bakelite radio, and funky leopard hat. I scoured the photo-filled paperback for advice on everything from enamel-top tables to fishing lures and reeled in a lot more information than I bargained for, like tips on decorating, where to find some really hot wheels, and how to run a successful sale. I¿m even learning to deal with my affliction, described in the book¿s glossary as ¿Disposophobia: the fear of getting rid of stuff, no matter how worthless or how valuable.¿ Some books may come and go, but Garage Sale America is definitely a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will love this book! The photos are great the trip is a blast! If you like garage sales, people, the antique road show, collectables, history...whatever, you will enjoy this book. I plan to buy several copies to give as Christmas presents this year. What a treat it will be for my fellow garage sale fanatics to curl up in front of a nice warm fire this winter and dream of finding that special treasure as soon as Garage Sale season begins in the Spring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Bruce's book delightful. It spoke to me about a passion we share, and I learned a few things - me who has been a yard sale, estate sale, auction, dollar store fiend for about 3 decades. Yes, I learned something. It is not what I expected, though. As a fanatic for old bottles, I know the typical antique books that purport to tell you the worth of things in dollars. They are all wrong. Kovell's, in particular, has the annoying habit of walking into an antique store, seeing something priced at ____, and then publishing that as the market value. Bruce asks - and I am paraphrasing big time here - 'Do you like it?' And the answer is, 'Then it has as much value as you are willing to pony up.' Any watcher of Antiques Road Show has also been told this over and over. If something is well-done, then it's good. If it took someone weeks to do, and you can tell they put their heart in to it, and it's selling for $10, and you like it, bugger what Kovell's has to say. Buy it! At first, I was a little surprised at the amounts Bruce was willing to pay. I was raised Western Colorado lower Middle Class, so keeping expenses really, really low is nano-etched into my red blood cells. I almost always am a bottom feeder at yard sales. But really, people do put things in yard sales in the hopes they'll get $50 for them, and this is an area I have been ignoring. Now that I have a bit of money, why not fly down South with a thousand bucks, rent a moving van and spend 4 days working my way up to Cincinnati through the World's Longest Yard Sale? Keep your Caribbean cruise, your Canadian fishing trip, your Brinks home alarm system. I want to go yard saling in the South for 4 days. Did I say I'm jealous? What I did not expect, but I probably could have, is this is a design book. Here I've been making excuses for our psychedelic-themed bathroom, and our western-themed coffee room, and our dark and brooding theatre-like TV room. I walk into 'normal' people's homes and everything was bought to match. That's design, right? Well, as it turns out, not necessarily. Janie and I found a Picasso print at a yard sale, of brightly-colored stick figures dancing in a circle. We also found a poster of a splat of water on a copy machine, with colored background. They match! It's design. Another thing Bruce taught me in this book, however inadvertently, is to slow down. The people you meet at yard sales are at least as interesting as their stuff, and you don't have to be racing off to the next sale if you're engaged in a rich and rewarding conversation. If it's all baby clothes and Nascar Budweiser collectibles, okay, move on, but you've been invited into people's lives, and a large percentage of people are interesting. Believe it or not. We are taken into Bruce's world. Bruce likes to garden, and seized the opportunity to move out of the city. Bruce bounces up and down in anticipation waiting outside a 'tag sale'. Bruce likes to entertain, and stocks a mean liquor cabinet. I've always wondered what a 'tag sale' is. This book shed light on that. It's an estate sale, or basically any sale held inside where the whole contents of the house is fair game. The final observation I have about Yard Sale America is this. When I was a kid, my parents had a motel in Colorado, and we had a lot of Texans come visit. One day, I don't know how it came up but one day I was in the lobby and I recommended a book to an older gentleman. He looked at me, took the book and flipped the pages. 'Ain't got no pictures', he said. 'Book ain't no good if'n it ain't got pictures.' Well, this old fellow couldn't read. That made a great impression on me. He'd like Bruce Littlefield's book. It's got lots and lots of cool pictures. Ron Hall 'aka: erroneous dot gather dot com'
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a quiet chilly afternoon, and the rain is dripping down. All you want to do is to curl up with a good book, and escape the dreary day. Picture a friend stopping by and sitting down with you and taking you on a most wonderful voyage through time, place, and through many adventures. That is what will happen when you sit down to the 132 page Garage Sale America book by Bruce Littlefield. Many wonderful photos that will bring back so many happy memories can be found throughout this book of more than just garage saling. We start off with a most wonderful story about why Bruce decided to become a garage sale fanatic. The pictures and neat side notes to keep in mind are all well organized, and fun to read and remember. I found my self jotting notes down after page one. Garage Sale America is very intriguing, while it entices you to go just one more page, then one more, and before long the book is complete, and you are sitting on your sofa smiling with a really nice warm feeling. Not only does Bruce describe his adventures, but he has brought the reader along with him. Small giggles here and there with just enough comical relief to say, yup, I know that feeling, and oh yes I remember those. Garage Sale America is not only a wonderful story, but one full of great ideas, great ways to shop, and what to do with those old memories once you have them. After reading through the short but wonderful adventures, you can look over a list of the larger yard sales throughout the country all listed on 8 pages for us to check into. And the jargon used by garage saling folks is a solid 4 pages of meanings that Bruce has happily included. Food, travel, great buys, and memories that just make you smile, how could anyone say no to that? Once you pick up and open the pages of Garage Sale America, you will not be able to put it down. Whether you are an avid garage seller, buyer, or just want to remember, Garage Sale America is definitely a book you will want to own. You will read it, and then take time to check out the wonderful pictures, and then reread it again so you miss nothing. Garage Sale America is a great book to own, and to look through not only today, but any day you just want to smile, remember, and hang out with a great friend¿ Randy D. The Maine Poet
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is such a fun read. The first part is an adventure around the country looking at everything from garage sales to barn sales and the stories are often hilarious. The characters the author meet always have a story (and often have a steal!) He also talks of collectors of things as diverse as fishing lures and Barbies... with really neat facts. (Who would think a marble would be worth $3000!!!) Then, the second part the author shows how to incorporate these found things into an incredible home. The photos are stunning. And in the back is a list of major garage sales all around the country, including the world's longest and the world's largest. A really fun great summer read!