Holiday Weekends are Great for Yard Sales!

One of the best times to have yard sales is over a long, holiday weekend. It sounds surprising, until you think about where people will be going over the 4th of July weekend in the U.S. Many people will be traveling back to their hometowns to visit family, others will be taking advantage of a beautiful weekend to go somewhere fun where they can relax and take part in a variety of activities, then settle in for a great fireworks display. Both of these groups offer an instant, new audience for your yard sale.

This weekend, the Ellwood City Area Arts, Crafts, Food & Entertainment Festival will give yard sales an added boost because of increased foot traffic all weekend long. If you live near any road leading into Ellwood City or near Ewing Park, hundreds of people will be walking by your home throughout the day. Why not take advantage of these visitors, already primed to shop, and host a multi-family yard sale?


There are several things you can do to make a spur-of-the-moment yard sale successful this weekend:

  • Put up plenty of signs with arrows pointing the way to your yard sale
  • Make some larger signs that highlight the most attractive items you’re offering. These include collectibles, furniture, tools, local memorabilia, anything patriotic, baby gear and bikes.
  • Ask your friends and neighbors to participate; the larger the sale, the more attractive it will be to potential shoppers
  • Don’t forget to put your address on some or all of  your signs (for those who rely on GPS for finding their way everywhere)
  • Display similar articles together. People looking for tools don’t want to have to pick through books, bikes and ballgowns to find the power tools saws. Instead, group all tools together, have an area that’s clearly defined for baby and children’s items, etc.
  • Don’t waste too much time schlepping participants’ items back and forth in your car. An EZ Move rental truck can help you move larger items (furniture, baby gear, area rugs, power tools, bikes, etc.) without having to make multiple trips.
  • Let the kids set up a lemonade stand or sell crafts they’ve made.
  • On Sunday, when everyone is heading out of the park at the close of the Festival, mark everything half price for quick, last chance sales.

Call 724-752-1310 to reserve a truck today (there’s a mileage discount Sunday thru Thursday!) and make some money from Ellwood City’s many Festival visitors this weekend!


The Inexpensive Home Improvement Series: Wainscoting

Sometimes you walk into a dining room or living room and you immediately notice that the room seems rich in detail. Other times you walk into a room and it may be filled with furniture and have some photos or artwork on the walls, but it just doesn’t have that special touch. One element that can make all the difference is something found on the walls – wainscoting.

Wainscoting is the addition of wood or painted panels on the walls to add depth and interest. There are a wide variety of styles from beadboard and flat panels to heavily embellished panels with ornate plasterwork. They are extremely popular because they break up the long, flat expanse of otherwise dull walls and add architectural interest to any room.

Wainscoting America offers dozens of variations on the five most popular styles of wainscoting. Visit their website to order wainscoting for your Ellwood City home.

Historical Beauty

The origins of wainscoting are actually quite practical. In the 1500’s, many homes were damp and cold in the winter, so homeowners would put wood panels over the lower half of the walls to cover the damp plaster. When the wood became rotted, they simply replaced it. Over the centuries, wealthier homeowners began to make the wainscoting a decorative feature. By the 1800’s, wainscot paneling was more decorative than functional, adding elegance and beauty to rooms. During the height of its popularity in European homes, you could find elaborately carved and plastered wainscoting covered in gold leaf and even panels upholstered with satins and brocades.

Today’s Wainscoting

This charming country bathroom features beadboard wainscoting. It's one of the many features of this three bedroom house in Sewickley.
This charming country bathroom features beadboard wainscoting. It’s one of the many attractive features of this three bedroom house in Sewickley.

Today, most wainscot paneling is made of wood, fiberglass or plaster. The most popular style is beadboard, which features narrow grooves about a half inch thick running along the width of the panel. Today beadboard adds country chic to kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. It’s also one of the easiest to install because each panel can easily be cut to fit and the repetition of the pattern makes it easy to match.

For a more formal living room or dining room, you can install raised panel wainscoting. This has evenly spaced panels with raised or beveled squares on each section. One way to add a splash of color to a room without making it too dark or overpowering is to paint just the inside of each square in a contrasting or richer color to accent the room’s décor.

Flat panel wainscoting also has evenly spaced squares, but they aren’t raised or beveled. Instead, slender slats of wood are placed over the wood panels to form the squares. This style is less expansive and more casual than raised panel styles.

If you’d like to install wainscoting in any of the rooms in your house, check out this easy wainscoting installation tutorial at Lowe’s. You’ll find all the supplies you need to do this at Lowe’s or any local home improvement store such as the Busy Beaver in Ellwood City, PA.

To learn more about the home pictured in this article or other homes available for purchase or rent in Ellwood City and the surrounding area, visit Look At My Homes.