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Jul 28, 2015

Sometimes love can fade. It’s no one’s fault; it just sort of happens. The once super cute ottoman, the goes with everything lamp, the needs to be in my living room right now or I’ll regret it forever coffee table, they can all lose their charm as time passes. Don’t blame yourself or your furniture, sometimes we just grow apart. If you feel the magic slipping with some of your household items, you know what you have to do. That’s right, it’s time for a yard sale.


We know yard sales can be a lot of work. There are many complicated steps involved, and it’s easy to lose your head. So we’ve come up with some great tips and ideas to help with everything from planning to promoting. Read on to learn how to throw one seriously successful yard sale.

Purging – There are probably a few items you already know you want to get rid of, but one or two pieces of furniture does not a yard sale make. It’s time to take a hard look at your possessions and see what you really need, and what you’ve been holding onto for far too long.

Pricing - Enlist the help of an unbiased third party, a friend you can trust to be honest or a sibling, to help you come up with fair and realistic prices for your good. You may have bought that armoire for $150, but your starting price should be at least half or lower. You are not going to be making a profit on these, so forget about their original value and assess them with fresh eyes.

Appearance – When it comes to getting an interested buyer, looks matter. The pieces you’re selling may not be in mint condition, but that’s no reason for them to be dirty. Give everything you’re parting with a good scrub before setting up your yard sale. Wear and tear are expected, but dust and grime can be avoided. You’ll get a better price for your pieces and won’t scare off buyers. 


Promotion – One of the most important parts of throwing a successful yard sale is getting the word out. No one will come if they don’t know about it. Start posting flyers two weeks ahead of time, and check on them to make sure you have lost any to wind or vandals. Create a Facebook group and tell neighbors about the event. Make sure to share lots of information, not just your address. List the types of items you’ll be selling and the approximate cost of each. That way the majority of visitors you have on the big day will be there with a purchase in mind.

Ambiance – Be thoughtful when it comes to displaying your goods. Having a nice layout can mean the difference between someone pulling over to check out the sale, and driving along. Place your best pieces in prominent spots, and space everything out as best you can. Consider playing some catchy music and offering light refreshments. This can encourage guests to stay, browse, and chat with you about what you have for sale.

Pro Tip: Selling several small items? Place them in tote boxes and label each box with its contents and the price of each item. It’ll keep things organized and help shoppers figure out what you’ve got.

Be Prepared – As the Boy Scouts always say: be prepared. Have lots of change on hand, (get more than you think you’ll need at the bank), and be ready to answer questions about your goods. How long have you had it? Where did you buy it originally? Do you know what it’s made out of? Folks might also try and haggle with you. It’s a good idea to be ready to negotiate. What is the absolute lowest price you’ll take for an item? Don’t get caught off guard and give away something valuable for nothing.

High Tech Help – The future of yard sales is here! Although they aren’t totally necessary, consider using these two tools, Square and Varage Sale, to get the most out of your event. Square is a credit card reading device that hooks up to your phone or tablet, so you can accept more than just cash. It’s perfect for the buyer who’d love to buy several of your goods but only has plastic on them. Varage Sale (virtual garage sale) lets you advertise your unwanted goods to local buyers. Don’t have enough space or things to warrant a yard sale? Use Varage Sale to sell one or two things online.

We hope these ideas help you throw an awesome yard sale. Have a tip we missed? Share it with @HomeShows on Twitter!


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Jul 21, 2015

Are you looking for a fun way to brighten up your office or home? Consider succulents. These on trend plants continue to grow in popularity and could make a lovely addition to your space. The term succulent can refer to many different species of plant, one of which is cacti. So not only are these plants super cute, most of them are also easy to care for. 

Read on to discover the many ways you can bring succulents into your space. We’ve found cool and creative DIYs you can try to really set these plants up in style. Check ‘em out below and get ready to get crafting.

Pretty in Pink – Layer some bright pink rocks on top of your succulent’s soil and see what happens! We’re loving the way the pink mixes with the soft green, it’s such a great color combination. Not a fan of pink? Try using a different color rock like purple or blue.

Image via Lauren Grant

Playful Pots – Don’t want to rock the boat? Try jazzing up your succulent’s pot instead. How cute is this gold leaf DIY? It’s so easy to do and the end result looks amazing!

Image via Miss Renaissance

Lovely Letters – We adore this fun project. Monogrammed planters are such a clever idea! And once you’ve got your frame together, actually planting the succulents is pretty easy. They’re a great way to add a personal touch to your space!

Image via House & Fig

Subtle Sand – Making your own sand really allows you to get creative when it comes to the colors and textures that will surround your succulents. You can explore vibrant hues or more subtle tones, and even mix colors together!


Hanging Out – Lacking surface space? Try stringing your succulents up. These cute ombre pots and the plants inside them will look great in your window!

Image via For The Makers

Stool It – Ok, so this stool can technically be used for anything, but we really like the idea of setting your succulents on top of it. The fun neon accents work well with the lush greens of the plants. It doesn’t take up too much room, and can add a nice pop of color to your space.


Not everyone has the room or time for a garden, so we hope these succulent ideas help bring a little more green your way regardless of your outdoor space. Make sure to share your succulent snaps with @HomeShows on Instagram and Twitter – we want to see what you create!


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Jul 17, 2015

Rugs are an important part of a home’s decor. They can, as The Dude would say, really tie a room together. Rugs are capable of both accenting and offsetting a space, depending on your preference. They’re a valuable accessory and present a great opportunity for homeowners to indulge in the latest trends or try to start far out ones of their own. Rugs can impact a room without the commitment that comes with paint, wallpaper, and most large furniture. Decide you actually aren’t feeling it? Get rid of the rug – it’s that easy.

If you’re thinking about revamping a space in your home, try starting with a new rug. We’ve compiled a list of fun and funky styles to help you get inspired. Check ‘em out below.

Playful Pattern – Not sure how to bring your eclectic furniture together? A patterned rug can be exactly what you want underfoot. In this living room it fits with the green and blue sofas, and their super cute (and loud) pillows, without being overpowering.


Bright – Everyone’s crazy about colorful rugs right now, and we can see why! How gorgeous is this? This brilliantly bright piece is the ultimate way to make a statement in your home. Want to try out a more kitschy aesthetic in your space? A rug like this is a great way to begin.

Image via Pop Sugar

Seeing Double – Everything’s better in pairs! If you aren’t getting the coverage you want from your rug, but don’t want to spend big bucks on a larger one, try getting two small rugs and layering them. Not only does this idea let you experiment with patterns and colors, it’s a savvy way to work within your space.

Image via Style Me Pretty

Animal – Don’t feel like playing with patterns? How about textures? An animal skin rug, (or faux animal skin, depending on your ethical stance), can add a complexity to a space. The fluffy sheepskin rug picture below is begging us to put our bare feet on it. It definitely cozies up this otherwise hard space.


Neutral, Not Dull – Using a monochrome color palette, especially a light or pastel one, is a smart move if you’re working with a small space. It’s easier for the eye to take in, so the space will seem cohesive and larger. That said, this isn’t an excuse to choose a dull rug. Subtlety is an art; pick something within your scheme that will play off your accent pieces well.

Image via Style Me Pretty

Bold and Beautiful – Choosing a luxurious rug can bring richness into a room. We love the way the deep reds and blues play off the white walls and bed below. It adds a depth the space was otherwise lacking. If you are working with a white walls that you can’t change, (looking at you, renters), a bold rug is worth a try.

Image via Design District

Circle Takes The Square – Square and rectangular rugs don’t work everywhere. If you’re dealing with an open concept space, like a bachelor apartment, rugs can help to define rooms where you’re lacking walls. A circular rug can add a mix of definition and fluidity, where their more traditional counterparts would have been bulky.

Image via Freshome

We hope these ideas have given you a more inspired perspective when it comes to your own decor. Planning a remodel, or just grabbing a new rug? Make sure to share some pics with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram. We love seeing your creative side!


Find even more decor ideas and trends at the Marketplace Events Home Show nearest you. Right now, when you connect with us on Facebook, you can get 2-for-1 tickets. See what’s happening in your area and take advantage of this great deal today!



Jul 14, 2015

Celebrate summer with a bang – or should we say pop? It’s the height of the season, and unlike June with its flip flopping temperatures, we’re in for many gloriously hot days. To help keep you refreshed during these sizzling weeks we’ve found ten tantalizing popsicles for you to enjoy. Give one (or all) of the following recipes a try, and get ready to wow friends and family with these cool treats.

Watermelon Kiwi – Not only do these scrumptious snacks look good, they taste good and they’re good for you! Blended watermelon and sliced kiwi combine for a delicious, all natural pop.

Image via Real Food By Dad

Cookies and Coconut Cream – In keeping with today’s coconut everything trend, these goodies are made with coconut cream (or milk, depending on your preference) and cookies. Sound good? You’re right. One bite and we’re sure you’ll be hooked.


Mint Chocolate Chip - Not a big cookies and cream fan? Why not try mint chocolate chip? This recipe also calls for coconut milk, and harnesses the power of fresh mint and semisweet chocolate. Yum!

Image via Tutti Dolci

Tequila Sunrise - That's right folks, they've found a way to make alcoholic popsicles. What's better than a tequila sunrise? A tequila sunrise popsicle. You're welcome.


Blueberry Mojito - Almost every has a tequila story (we're not judging), so if you aren't ready to chase that particular dragon again, but still want to make a cocktail inspired popsicle (poptail?) we've got you covered. Blueberry mojito popsicles are the perfect blend of mint, rum, and blueberries.

Image via Broma Bakery

Key Lime Pie – Can you turn a pie into a popsicle? Short answer: yes. Long answer: HECK YES! These decadently sweet and tangy pops are finished with a graham cracker base and are arguably one of the best summer desserts we’ve come across in a while.
Sensational Stripes – Having a hard time deciding on what flavor to make? Make ‘em all! Layering your popsicles with different types of juice looks beautiful and lets you try several flavors at once. That’s what we call a win, win.


Mango Chia – Here’s another easy, healthy popsicle for you to enjoy. Three ingredients (mango, coconut water, and chia seeds) combine to create a delightful snack. All you have to do is blend ‘em together, freeze, and eat – it’s that’s easy!

Image via Jelly Toast

Parfait Pops – Now this is a popsicle you can eat for breakfast! Yogurt, granola, your favorite fruits, and a drizzle of honey are the perfect morning treat. What a way to start the day!

Image via Le Zoe Musings

Almond Butter Banana Chocolate Fudge – Now this wouldn’t be the ultimate list of popsicle recipes without something chocolatey! Enjoy something on the richer side with this recipe.

Image via Peachy Palate

We hope these cool recipes take your summer season from hot to haute. Make sure to share your popsicle pics with @HomeShows on Instagram and Twitter – we love seeing what you create!


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Jul 10, 2015

Expecting visitors this summer? Welcome them in style with a gorgeous guestroom. Nothing says come in and stay a while quite like a luxurious bedroom. Is your space in need of a little work? Check out some of our favorite guestroom ideas below and get inspired.

Imaginative & Inviting – We love this guestroom. Not only is the design stylish, but the beautifully framed WiFi password is such a fun touch! It’s definitely something you should consider recreating in your space.

Images via Tatertos & Jello

Ready for Anything – A little tight on space? No problem. Your guestroom doesn’t have to be a guestroom 100% of the time. A few simple modifications can turn a home office or craft room into a partial guestroom without compromising too much space.

Image via Country Living

Kid-Friendly – Expecting some little ones? Having your guestroom equipped with two twin beds instead of a larger one can help accommodate youngsters and works in your favor if you’re having several visitors (young or old) come to stay.


The More the Merrier – Even more than two need to crash at your place? Bunk beds are cute, functional, and don’t take up too much space. They’re a great way to sleep several, and as you can see below, can look just as stylish as regular beds.

Image via House Beautiful

Calming Retreat – If your typical visitors are of an older generation, consider creating an ultra relaxing guestroom. The excitement of travel and being in a new place can cause some anxiety, so using a soft, warm palette when decorating this space is a good idea.


Accessible Amenities – Make sure to stock your guestroom well. It’s better to have too much of something, than not enough. Too many blankets? Fine, your guest will just shrug one off. Too few? They may end up wandering around the house alone late at night looking for the linen closet and accidentally stumble upon something embarrassingly personal. No one wants that. So make sure your guestroom has lots of pillows and blankets.

Image via SF Girl By Bay

Why Leave? – We adore everything about the guestroom below. Lovely plush blankets, rows and rows of soft pillows, a beautiful, bright space, and several cute accessories; it’s one of the most gorgeous guestrooms we’ve ever seen. Only problem: visitors may never want to leave (I mean, we’d stay in there forever!).

Image via Studio McGee

We hope the ideas above are helpful when it comes to refreshing your guestroom. Treat friends, family, and Airbnb-ers to a wonderful, relaxing stay at your place. And make sure to share this article with anyone you will be visiting this summer (just in case!).

What little luxuries do you offer your guests? Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook and tell us how you treat your guests! We’d love to hear how you make visitors feel special.


Jul 7, 2015

Taking a trip this summer? Whether you’re spending your vacation lounging on an exotic beach, hiking through the wilderness, or exploring a new city, there are two things we want you to know. One: we’re jealous, and two: be smart when it comes to securing your home while you’re away. The former should come as no surprise, but for many, the latter is not always considered as they prepare to fly the coop. If you’re planning on leaving your home unoccupied for several days we have a few tips for you to keep in mind. Check ‘em out below and help keep your home safe.


No News is Good News – Ask a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. A stack of letters and newspapers on your front porch is a good indication that no one’s home, and the larger the stack the clearer it is that the house is unoccupied. Deter burglars by simply having your mail rerouted or picked up by someone you know.

There’s Such a Thing as TMI – If you’re going to be tweeting and gramming your vacation, make sure to be smart about how much information you share. It might seem harmless to post the following with friends and followers, “Off with the hubby & kids for a week! See you in 7 days #Cleveland! #JamaicaBound”, but even 140 characters can contain a lot of details - may as well add #EmptyHouse #SecurityCode4321. In all seriousness though, anyone reading that would know that your home would be empty for a whole week while you were out of the country, so please share responsibly (maybe even consider posting your pictures after you return).


Be Keen if things Get Extreme – Along with having someone collect your mail, ask a friend or neighbor to check in on your home if your area should get hit with any extreme weather. That way if a tree falls on your home it’ll receive timely attention instead of continuing to cause damage while you’re away.

Forgotten Food will go Rotten – Check your refrigerator before you leave and get rid of any items that will go bad while you’re away. There’s nothing worse than coming home to rotten food, trust us.

This yogurt parfait looks yummy now, but wait a week and you'll lose your appetite!

Leave the Lights on – Just as unopened mail can signal that a house is unoccupied, so can a lack of movement. Put some of your outdoor and indoor lights on timers to help feign life in your home while you’re gone. This simple automation is great for deterring unwanted guests.

These tips should help keep your home secure while you’re away, and make sure to check out the home maintenance items below to further protect your home. You should have taken care of these chores during your spring cleaning, but if you haven’t, finish them up before your trip.

  • Gutters – Keep your gutters clear of dirt and debris so that water can move through them and away from your roof. If your gutters are in bad shape and there’s a torrential rainstorm while you’re away, you could encounter some water damage when you return.
  • Downspouts – Make sure your downspouts extend at least 6 feet away from your home to direct water away from your basement and foundation. If they aren’t long enough water will discharge too close to your home, and in the case of severely rainy weather you could be looking at water damage.
  • Caulking – Just as you want to deter burglars, it’s important to keep nature’s pests out. Caulking and sealing windows, doors, and foundational cracks will help keep water, rodents, and bugs out. This is a good whether you’re home or not!
There may be lots of some work involved in getting your home ready before a trip, but once you’re on vacation it’s all worth it. So if you’re travelling this summer we hope you have an awesome and safe adventure!

Jul 3, 2015

Not all of us have the space or time to throw 4th of July parties, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating come Saturday. Will you be a party goer instead of a party thrower this weekend? Don’t forget the hostess gift! If you want to skip the traditional bottle of wine and surprise your host with a unique, homemade gift, we have got you covered.

Think you shouldn’t DIY because there won’t be enough time? Think again. The gifts below are super easy to make and come together quickly. Check ‘em out and see which one your host will love most. 

Patriotic Planter – Don’t bring a bouquet, bring a real plant. And deck that plant out in the most patriotic planter you can. This sweet craft will add to any 4th of July party and thrive for years to come. If you’re worried about whether or not it will actually thrive because your host is not a “plant person”, put a cactus in your planter.

Image via Hands Occupied

Sensational Serving Spoons – We love the idea of bringing serving spoons. From burger and hotdog toppings to pasta, potato, and actual salads there is usually lots to serve up at any 4th of July get together. So let your host have a little fun with their utensils and surprise them with these ombre cuties. 

Image via Say Yes

Thoughtful Throw Pillow – This sweet burlap pillow would look perfect on the porch or in the house, and we’re sure it’ll be brought out for many Independence Days to come. It is the most complex craft on our list to make, so if you aren’t a comfortable sewer, we’d suggest giving one of the other projects a try. That said, if you’re happy using a thread, needle, and bobbin, this pillow really comes together nicely.


Creative Centerpiece – All you need is rice, food coloring, mason jars, and candles for this simple craft to take shape. These fun candles can be placed all around your host’s party and will add to the atmosphere and festivities. What could be better?


We hope these homemade gifts bring a smile to your host’s face and help make your 4th of July all the more special this year. 

Jun 30, 2015

Invented in Alberta, the Caesar is arguably one of Canada’s most patriotic drinks. You can certainly try to order it outside of the country, but it’s rare that the bartender is able to truly capture this Canadian concoction. Why the rest of the world fears Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and horseradish, we may never know, but one thing is for sure, the Bloody Mary doesn’t come anywhere close to as good – no matter how many slices of pizza it’s garnished with. 


And so, in honour of Canada Day and the imminent hangovers many of you face, we present the ultimate Caesar recipe. Drink up, proud Canadians, drink up.

Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Pickle juice (optional)
  • A pickle (optional)
  • Celery salt
  • Clamato
  • Garnish of your choice - most common are celery stalks and limes (optional)
Directions

Step 1: Rim your glass with celery salt.

Step 2: Add ice to you glass (we usually put in 4-6 cubes, depending on their size and the size of the glass).

Step 3: Pour a shot (or two, if you’re feeling bold) of vodka over the ice.

Step 4: Add several shakes of Worcestershire sauce. We’re talking 5-8 shakes; you want the colour of the beverage to be a nice, murky brown. (There’s no such thing as too much Worcestershire sauce, in our opinion).

Step 5: Add a bit of hot sauce (use your discretion on this; make it as spicy as you can handle).

Step 6: Add a forkful of horseradish.

Step 7: Add a dash of pepper (two or three twists of your mill).

Step 8: Stir.

Step 9: Add your pickle juice (approximately a shot, depending on how much you like pickles).

Step 10: Stir again.

Step 11: Fill the glass halfway with Clamato juice

Step 12: Add your pickle.

Step 13: Stir again.

Step 14: Fill the rest of the glass with Clamato.

Step 15: Stir again (no, really – it’s important to get all those flavours mixed together!) and garnish it 
if you’d like.

Step 16: Serve and enjoy.

We hope this delicious beverage finds its way into your Canada Day celebrations. Think your family recipe is better? Share a picture and your recipe with @HomeShows on Instagram and Twitter, and we’ll make sure to try it at our festivities. 



Jun 29, 2015

This Saturday is Independence Day and we can’t wait to celebrate! If you’re planning a 4th of July get together let us help you party in style. We’ve got some great ideas for food, drinks, dessert, and decor that are sure to wow your guests. Check ‘em out below and get ready to party like it’s 1776!

Decor

Glorious Garland – String these beautiful kites up all around your home. Hang them from doorways, across tables, along fences, or even just up on the wall. They’ll add a fun, rustic feel to any 4th of July party!

Image via Brit + Co

Playful Pinwheels – Not only are these fabulous decorations little ones can help with, they’ll look lovely dotted along your walkway or in a planter. Try making one today!


Fabulous Fans – When you’re unsure how to decorate for a party the best person to go to is Martha Stewart. We adore her paper fan decorations. They’re light and airy and are a unique take on the traditional bunting you’ll see throughout your neighborhood.

Image via Martha Stewart

Festive Flags – Light up your party in the most patriotic way! These luminaries are beautiful and simple to make.


Food

Beautiful Bruschetta – Serving red, white, and blue food doesn’t mean you have to use artificial coloring. We are huge fans of these little snacks. Blackberries, strawberries, brie, and a balsamic honey glaze combine on your favorite pizza dough to create this delicious morsel. Your guests will be blown away!


Handsome Hotdogs – Hosting a BBQ to celebrate the 4th? Hotdogs are probably already on your menu, but let us suggest trying this amazing recipe. These bacon wrapped dogs are loaded with delicious toppings; we’re sure they’ll be a hit!


Lovely Lasagna – It may be easy to put a flag inspired cake together, but what about a lasagna? That’s right, we said lasagna. Surprise party goers with an equally delicious and patriotic dish.

Image via She Knows

Picturesque Pizza – Speaking of main courses than can be shaped like the American flag, you’ve got to cook up this bacon flag pizza! There’s no such thing as having too many American flag shaped dishes, and we’re sure folks will go nuts over this one!

Image via Tablespoon

Drinks

Marvelous Mason Mezcal - How festive does this drink look? We’re loving the red, white, and blue. It’s just perfect for your 4th of July party! Now it is on the strong side, so do drink responsibly.

Image via Chilled Magazine

Powerful Punch – This super fun layered beverage is sure to be a favorite of the young and the young at heart. It is a little more complex to make (there’s science involved to help keep your colors separated), but we think the end result is just fantastic.

Image via No. 2 Pencil

Joyful Jell-O – Surprise friends and family with these little guys. The cherry in the center makes it almost look like a firework! What could be better for the 4th of July?

Image via Cincy Shopper

Special Sparkler – Here’s another red, white, and blue concoction! Mix lime soda, blueberries, and raspberries together with a Pop Rocks rim. It might be super sugary, but it’s also super festive – and there’s real fruit in it!

Image via Her Campus

Desserts

Kool Krispies – Have a guest with a gluten allergy? They can still enjoy a patriotic dessert! These Rice Krispies treats may be gluten free but they’re full of fun!

Image via Love & Sugar

Perfect Pie – Is there anything more patriotic than apple pie? This lemon flag pie might be! Serve it up at your party and let your guests decide!

Image via Brit + Co

Superb Sandwiches – Celebrate Independence Day with the ultimate ice cream sandwich. There’s nothing like watching fireworks on a warm July day with friends and family enjoying a sweet, refreshing, treat.


Patriotic Popsicles – If you’re looking for a cool snack that will leave you feeling less guilty than those ice cream sandwiches, we’ve got just the thing: yogurt popsicles. All you need is raspberries, blueberries, and vanilla flavored Greek yogurt. They aren’t too bad for your beach body, but they’re still fun and festive.
We hope these ideas help you throw an epic 4th of July party! Make sure to share snaps of your celebration with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram – we want to see your festivities! Happy Independence Day from all of us at Marketplace Events.

In keeping with the tradition of 4th of July sales, right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets to the Marketplace Events Home Show nearest you. Take advantage of this sale on our Facebook page – and don’t’ forget to Like Us when you’re there!