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How to Plan for Successful Flea Market Shopping

Flea Market and Garage Sale season is coming. In fact, it has already arrived in many areas. I'm still buried in many inches of snow in the northwoods, and it will be a while before we get into sale season.

No matter when your season begins, it's never too early to plan ahead. House of Harvest has a great post with tips for successful flea market and yard sale shopping. From planning ahead, to what to bring, to how to shop and bargain, this post has it all.

Here's a photo of blog owner Lindsea on her blog. Can you see her in the flea market version of a Where's Waldo photo? Hint: she's that adorable thing right in the middle of the photo.
Now, hop over to House of Harvest and check out Lindsea's great post.

The Repurposed and Upcycled Life

Where have you been Michelle? Why don't you post very much on your blog lately? Are you still around?

I'm about to answer the burning questions. Or the questions you never had. I had my first book come out recently and I've been working like crazy to get my website updated, some blog tours set up, and some marketing work done. The to-do list is so crazy and I'm at the computer all day. My crafty and decorating project ideas sit untapped on my Pinterest page. I do have some new project ideas that I will be sharing here soon. In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to the object of my time-consumption:

The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure

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All of my trash to treasure decorating gave me the idea for the book. I'm a speaker for women's events, and I often use objects from everyday life for lessons. It occurred to me that decorating with repurposed objects and flea market finds is more than an art—it also teaches valuable lessons about turning unpleasant life experiences into character-building opportunities. I realized how we value shabby chic decorations—flaws and all—so much more than we value ourselves and our friends despite our imperfections.

There is so much emotional junk surrounding many of the women I meet, and I have a passion for helping them see that some of it just needs some upcyling and repurposing. See what I mean by those terms on my website where I have a guest post available for bloggers on my virtual tour.I've discovered that some of my most frustrating experiences have turned out to be all part of making me a stronger, more empathetic woman.

I'm still looking for a few bloggers to read my book and review it on their blogs and on Amazon. Interested? Send me an email requesting information on how to be part of the tour.

More information about the book and about my speaking is available at michellerayburn.com.

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