GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure 2013: Yard Sale Heaven

August 13, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

If you follow us on FB, Twitter, or Instagram you know that I was traveling with the GMC Hidden treasure Adventure along with 5 other fabulous bloggers, all with the goal of furnishing and decorating a Habitat for Humanity home. It was amazing!! 

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We started in Detroit, where the bloggers paired up and were given GMC Acadia Denalis to drive all the way to Atlanta! What a sweet ride – leather heated and cooled seats, 3 rows, and my personal favorite, an alert light in your side view mirror when someone is in your blond spot. AMAZING! Here are all us bloggers with the Acadia Denali right before we set out on our quest. (left to right) Liz from LizMarie BlogCourtney from French Country CottageChristine from The DIY DreamerCarissa from Good n Crazy, ME (Jocie),and  Kirsten from Simply Grove!

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure 2013

Before we left Detroit, we were given $250 budget to spend on furniture and decor. Then we chose our room out of a hat – I chose the living room. By far the biggest room, but very fitting my personality and DIY bend! πŸ™‚

Our first stop was at the Habitat ReStore outside of Detroit where we found some amazing stuff, including my couch and globe! woot woot.

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure - shopping at Habitat ReStore

From there we drove to Hudson, MI, spent the night and then started off the next morning on the World’s longest yard sale, which runs 4 states along interstate 127.

Acadia Denali

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

Christine, the DIY Dreamer and the coolest partner possible, and I decided to ask anyone who gave us a good deal on the yard sale to sign our shirts. My haggling, along with the kind nature of people wanting to help a Habitat family, meant there were lots of good deals to be had! This was our very first purchase and signature on the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure.

GC Hidden Treasure Adventure

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

I love to bargain and haggle. My goal was always to offer a ridiculously low price and work up from there. I got a ton of amazing steals and had so much fun talking and haggling along the way.

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

Here is my new friend Jimmy in Kentucky who I enjoyed bargaining with. He also made these license plate dust pans – a DIY kindred spirit.

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

While the bloggers were split amongst three Acadia Denalis, we saw a lot of each other along the 127 sale and became good friends. We often even got to eat together. Us along with our fab photographer and GMC social media guru, Clare!

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

Being a DIY girl myself, after we arrived to our hotel in the evenings and had dinner, I stayed up each night painting end tables and frames. I spend $2 each on the end tables and some of the frames I got for a quarter and others were free. 

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

One night in Tennessee, it was so humid the paint would not dry on my pieces and I had so much I needed to get done. So out of frustration and sheer genius, I turned on the AC in the Acadia Denali, lined with trunk with plastic, and rotated the wet pieces in and out of the truck as they dried and I painted more. It worked so well! Plus I didn’t have to carry them back to my room and sleep in paint fumes.

GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure

We yard saled and shopped Wednesday through Saturday, finally ending in Atlanta, where we put in all in the house on Sunday morning and then revealed it to Leetoya and her family, the proud Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Hidden Treasure Adventure

I know this is a bit of a teaser, but next week I will reveal the house in all its glory, so stay tuned. For more pix and Hidden Treasure Adventure story, find us on Twitter using the hashtag #GMChta.

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14 Responses
  1. AZ DIY Guy says:

    What a neat adventure!

  2. jamie says:

    What a fun trip! I can’t wait to see the house!!! And your idea to turn on the AC was genius πŸ™‚

  3. Christine says:

    I miss you SOOOOOOOO much Jocie!! I enjoyed EVERY SINGLE minute I spent with you! xoxo

  4. supimeister says:

    I am excited to see how your work changed the house!

  5. I can’t wait to see the finished house!!! I had such fun seeing you on that trip!

  6. I can’t wait to see how it turned out Jocie, I was bummed I had to leave so early Sunday morning and couldn’t come help!

  7. This post looks like such a BLAST. What a fun memory! I’m so glad I could help you be a part of that! πŸ™‚ The AC thing is genius. Gotta love that humidity in the South, huh? πŸ˜‰

  8. So fun!!! I want to see what you all did!! The anticipation is killing me. πŸ˜‰

  9. Your trip looked SO fun!! I can’t wait to see the reveal – I know it’s gonna be fabulous!!

  10. Heather says:

    Looks like so much fun!!! Can’t wait to see ‘the reveal’!

  11. trebor says:

    What an awesome experience! Lucky you! πŸ™‚

  12. JustME says:

    You are correct in this is such a tease! LOL Or maybe you should call it an appetizer for what’s to come. πŸ™‚
    I’ve been wanting to go to the ReStore in Omaha to do my little part and as I was searching their website I found there’s one within twenty minutes of me now! I have no idea when they added a second store, but I’ll be heading there this weekend and will be checking them out on a regular basis for things for our garage apartment we’ll soon be building. Maybe now that Owen is in school I can do some volunteer work for them too. I’ve always wanted to, but never had the time. I do now! Thanks for inspiring me Jocie!

  13. Ashley says:

    What an amazing opportunity! It’s so cool that you got to do something that you love and make new friends, all while helping a family! That’s just awesome!

  14. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    Looks like an amazing experience, Jocie! πŸ™‚

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