White Sale

Plan and stage an up­dated tag sale.

Country Sampler's Upstyled Home - - CONTENTS -

It doesn’t mat­ter what you’re sell­ing as long as you’ve grouped it in com­ple­men­tary shades. Go through your items and gather like shades to­gether and then cre­ate your yard sale dis­play. Shop­pers will re­act to the monochro­matic style and take great in­ter­est in the num­ber of pieces that work well to­gether. A wall shelf, win­dow shut­ter and vin­tage in­stru­ment all look like they have sim­i­lar lineage.

SOME­TIMES THE MOST SUC­CESS­FUL PART OF upstyling is know­ing when it’s time to pass on your trea­sures for new ones. Have a yard sale, or bet­ter yet a “white sale.” Gather items in shades of white and in­vite friends and neigh­bors to come by to col­lect their own up­cy­cled styling items. This sale was staged in a white picket-fence court­yard with an ar­ray of goods rang­ing from ta­bles and pot­tery to wire bas­kets and plant stands. This novel way of re­selling your decor comes from an­tiques dealer Carol Spin­ski, who of­ten cre­ates dis­plays and vi­gnettes in monochro­matic schemes. Ar­range items in dec­o­ra­tive ways by plac­ing mer­chan­dise at var­i­ous lev­els. Con­sider your­self a store win­dow dis­play de­signer and stack in­ter­est­ing ob­jects to­gether. En­cour­age shop­pers to group trea­sures to get the idea of how they might use the pieces in their own decor. There is beauty in an ar­ray of el­e­ments all in one color pal­ette. White is es­pe­cially nice be­cause it goes with so many other de­sign styles and decors. Mis­matched cups, glasses and serv­ing pieces all go well to­gether be­cause they are all in white.

Keep a cash box with small bills to make change and deals. Layer ac­ces­sories on white ta­bles and foot­stools. Help shop­pers stack their finds to see how items work to­gether. Cre­ate new pieces by pair­ing goods like a plant stand and a mesh cloche. Old muf­fin tins and cigar boxes have uses be­yond their orig­i­nal in­tent. Place a sheet on the ground and make each item on it the same price. Use an old book­case to dis­play a mix of smalls.

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