Trash to Treasure- Prepare for Yard Sale

Make Money from Refurbishing (cont.):

Now that we have found those great deals, we have to figure out how to transform them into cash or keepsakes. I’m not an expert on this but I have a learned a few things about renewing thrift store finds, and restoring “junk” to its former glory.

table refinishingIf you are refinishing furniture for a yard sale, you might not want to put too much time and energy into it. When I get a nice piece of solid wood furniture like a desk or table I just clean, sand, and stain it using tips I read from DIY network. If you really do not want to mess with stains, you could prime and paint it instead- I would go with a neutral color to make it easier to sell.

refinished deskA while back I purchased 3 non-matching side tables for a total of $10. After refinishing them for another $10 I was able to sell them at a yard sale for $12-$15 a piece, plus having these bigger items encouraged more people to stop at the yard sale and look around. I recently found a free desk that, with a little refinishing, will look good as new and I am excited about adding it to my yard sale collection for this coming spring.



Trash to Treasure

Make Money from Refurbishing:

money from trashOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Well, that is the idea behind this method to earn money. And, if you are going through financial hardship, every dollar counts. A great way to start off is by looking on Craigslist for freebies in your area, but you have to be very careful of scams and dangerous people. As the saying goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” You may not find fancy electronics being given away, but you can find certain items that, with a little TLC, can become worth money to someone else.

Money from Scrap

money from metalEven if something is completely broken, it may still be valuable to part out, or as scrap metal for a recycling center. You might be surprised at what you can get from a pile of what seems like junk. For example, I recently found a listing for a pile of scrap metal. Using a truck, my husband and I carried the aluminum scrap to our nearby recycling center where we were able to sell it for $250. Now we have helped the environment by recycling, helped someone clean up their lawn, and put extra money in our pockets all within approximately two hours.

Money from Furniture

money from furnitureFurniture is another common item I find on Craigslist, some of which can be easily refurbished and sold in a garage sale. Some items are usually not worth salvaging like couches and other upholstered pieces of furniture, but solid wood can always be refurbished to some extent. After collecting a good supply of large items I like to have a huge yard sale the following spring or summer season. A collection of large furnishings at the yard sale always helps to draw more people to it.

Alternative Methods

trash to treasureIf you cannot seem to find anything on Craigslist, look for thrift stores and always be on the lookout for curbside junk. My husband and I found a bedroom suite at a thrift store being sold for about $200 that, with a little extra time and money on refurbishing, would be worth almost $2,000. We lost out on that opportunity though, because at the time we did not have a truck to haul it away. The general rule with thrift stores applied well in this case, buy it now or it will be gone for good. I have also found nice crystal decor at thrift stores for just a few bucks. Sometimes you can find real treasures if you look carefully and keep in mind how an item can look once it has been cleaned up.

Tomorrow I will go into more detail on how to revamp the trash to become treasures and help you out with some money making ideas from those treasures. For now if you want more ideas on making money from home check out my Work from Home and Money Making Offers pages.

How To Unplug a Milk Duct from Breastfeeding

How I Fixed a Plugged Milk Duct- My Experience:

Breastfeeding MomAlmost every mother who breast-feeds will come upon some problem, and a plugged milk duct is a very common problem to experience. When my baby and I first began our “nursing relationship” it seemed like I would have few problems. We were doing well the first few weeks, and then I woke up one morning with a hard knot in my breast from a plugged milk duct.

Definition of a Plugged Duct

plugged milk ductSo what exactly is a plugged duct? When a milk duct is blocked up from an accumulation of certain fatty acids in the milk a tender lump or hard knot is formed. It may be warm to the touch and you may have very thin, watery-looking milk leaking from the nipple. This can be caused by many things and some mothers are more prone to them due to the specific fat composition of their milk. Almost all reasons stem from milk being prevented from flowing through the breast.

Unclogging the Milk

I remember when this happened to me it was so uncomfortable that I wanted to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. It is very important to unclog the milk duct soon, because in some cases it may lead to mastitis- a painful infection which has to be treated by a doctor.

1. The first thing I did was to pump as I tried to massage the blocked milk out.
2. Then I nursed my baby like I normally would, giving extra time on the affected side while massaging the knot.
3. After that, if it was still clogged, I would take a long hot shower using the jets to massage the milk out.
4. Then I would immediately pump after the shower, and this would usually get most of the clog out.
5. If it is not all out by now, I lay the baby on the bed and nurse her while leaning over her- getting some help from gravity as I massaged the knot.

Every time I get a plugged milk duct I repeat these steps and drink plenty of water until it breaks loose. Also, I have found that it is very important to rest– nap when the baby naps, because being tired and stressed will only make it worse.

Prevent Future Occurrences

As the saying goes “prevention is key” and knowing what causes your milk ducts to clog up will save you from pain, annoyance, and possible mastitis. Here is a list of some reasons why you may get a plugged duct.

Bra too tight- If your bra is too tight (maybe due to engorgement) it can cause poor circulation and constrict milk flow in the breast.
Infrequent nursing- If you do not nurse your baby often enough, the milk will accumulate and the fats will separate inside the ducts.
Improper latch/positioning- If your baby is not latched on well, the milk ducts will not drain properly. If this might be your problem, I suggest contacting a La Leche League leader to help with latching the baby.
Dehydration and stress- Take good care of your body- this is a practical, commonsense reason why milk ducts may get clogged. For your body to function properly in any aspect, you have to maintain it. Rest often, and drink more water than you think you need.


nurse the baby This is how I resolved my problems with plugged milk ducts and I am sharing it, hoping that it will help other breastfeeding mothers. If you have any other symptoms like a fever, extreme pain, or flu-like symptoms, you should talk to your doctor. I am not a Medical Doctor, but I am an experienced breastfeeding mom. As with everything, take this knowledge with a grain of salt, and trust your own motherly instincts.

Did I miss something, or do you have any suggestions to add? Please tell me about your experience with or knowledge of plugged milk ducts.

Happy President’s Day!

President’s Day Fun Facts:

I think it is important to teach your children something every chance you get. President’s Day is a great time for parents to educate their children, and these simple facts will be fun to talk about.

This holiday first began as George Washington’s birthday, and is still officially called Washington’s Birthday as a federal holiday.

Chester Arthur signed the bill to make it a Federal holiday in 1885.

There was an attempt in 1968 to officially name it Presidents Day. However, this suggestion died in committee. Many states, however, choose to call their own celebration on this day “Presidents Day.”

In the 1980s, retailers began to use this holiday as a time to clear out their old stock in preparation for spring and summer, beginning the great President’s Day sales.

President Washington

President WashingtonAlmost every year on Washington’s birthday (since 1888), Washington’s Farewell Address has been read in the U.S. Senate.

He was the only Founding Father to actually free his slaves.

After he was deceased, his doctor tried to revive him using lamb’s blood.

He was the only president elected unanimously.

Throughout his life he wore dentures made of ivory, human teeth, animal teeth, and even lead.

31- Counties named after him.

17- Towns named in his honor.

And of course, one state and the nation’s capital are named for George Washington also.

Famous Quote:The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

President Lincoln

President LincolnUntil 1971 America celebrated the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 every year.

He was the tallest president in the U.S. standing at 6 feet and 4 inches.

The only President to receive a patent, he invented a device for lifting boats over shoals.

He was the first President to wear a beard.

In the week before he died, he actually had a dream of his own death.

And sadly, he was also the first President to die by assassination.

Famous Quote: It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.”

You might also like to read my post on President’s Day sales, or for more fun holiday facts read my Valentine’s Day fun facts.