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Meet Lela aka: TrashFindRedesigned

Hello, my name is Lela and I'm from eastern Pennsylvania. I have 1 husband, 3 kids, 1 almost daughter-in-law, and a part-time adorable dog. The icing on the cake is: I am an estate-saler! Yep, that's my un-official title! I have a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, and a Pinterest page called TrashFindRedesigned. I really love finding items with potential and creating something special with them. I don't do this for profit; I really do it in hopes that my family, friends, and others will enjoy!

Lela Strysky on Good Afternoon America

This past summer, two of my bigger finds were featured on ABC’s Good Afternoon America! How exciting was that? Lara Spencer transformed my vanity into a treasure along with a vintage bench that I also found. That's me on the bench chillin' with Josh and Lara. Yep, I got my 2 minutes of fame. Does this mean I have 13 minutes remaining? By the way, I hear Lara uses the EstateSales.NET site. Do you think this was her way of bringing us together with this blog? 

Anyway, it certainly was a busy summer around here. My husband and I hosted an outdoor engagement party for my son and his fiancé. I knew I adored my future daughter-in-law when she said she liked the whole rustic/vintage/old/chippie paint thing! Yay! Most items I used were bought at estate sales and transformed into something special for the party. 

repurposed wine cartrepurposed vintage desk

The party was a HUGE hit. Soooo many people asked where I got all of the vintage pieces. When I told them estate sales, many of them said they always wanted to go to one but that they had no idea how to do that. This made me want to find a way to show folks out there just how easy and fun this is! 

With EstateSales.NET, I can click on their main map for any state in the US, I often choose New Jersey, which then takes me into several choices to narrow my search. Like many other estate-salers, I plan out my days in advance. Most sales are posted way in advance, sometimes months. The posts usually include a description of the sale along with pictures, times, the address, etc. I use EstateSales.NET whenever I visit my Connecticut hometown and also when I travel to other parts of the country. 
Over the next few months I will show you how just how easy it is to have a weekend filled with fun and hopefully great finds. I'm still searching for that million dollar painting tucked away in an attic at one of the sales! You never know what you might find!

Come visit me here next week and we'll start preparing for our first estate sale! I can't wait - this will be a lot of fun!! Have a wonderful week, everyone. 

~Lela aka: TrashFindRedesigned


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Shirley Brewer
6 Years ago
Love your "Trash Find Redesign".. putting most of them in Project folder. I go to as many Estate sales as I can and I also go to auctions. Spouse says can't go anymore until I get rid of some stuff... O- that will never work.. nervous breakdown. HaHa Thanks for sharing, love your site. I watch all Lara Spencer's shows I can find where she makes treasures from trash or helps others. Keep it coming.
Cindy (EstateSales.NET)
6 Years ago
@ Mary Ann: We'd love to add you to our email list! Can you send an email to Support@EstateSales.NET? Please include your zip code and let them know you'd like to sign up for email notifications for sales in your area. We have many sales in Houston! Thanks, Cindy (EstateSales.NET)
Mary Ann
6 Years ago
Hi,Would love to be on your list...Great site also....Coming to Houston Tx any time soon??? Thanks, Mary Ann
6 Years ago
great idea to help more folks get on the bandwagon!
Linda eaves
6 Years ago
I love it !
6 Years ago
Yea! Don't you love treasure hunting! My son thinks I don't pay full price for anything! ...I try
6 Years ago
I like this
6 Years ago
I love estate sales and am a sales junkie. I started a little business in estate sale tours. It's a great way to see the country and often the inside of beautiful homes. I've got so many ideas of what to do for remodeling my own home from these sales. Needless to say I also found some fantastic bargains on things I could never imagine owning before too! I love it when I see blogs and sites like this and I share them with all my customers.
Carol Cummins
6 Years ago
Here's another fan!! Best wishes on this exciting project! xo
Diana Tracy
6 Years ago
Great social networking and sometimes you find something you can' t live without.
6 Years ago
I learned a long time ago that you have to pay for the good stuff. Do you sometimes get a great buy? YES....but don't expect a Picasso for pennies.
cora taylor
6 Years ago
I also like estate sales also yard sale, you never know what will come.
6 Years ago
I love estate sales. Only problem I find is that pricing is usually way overpriced. Trying to find a bargain is difficult because they price it off of the web..... Still love to go though and try to find something.
6 Years ago
I love estate selling but I could use some help on what is "repurposeable" so I can't wait for your help.
6 Years ago
Love the sales also. Have them year-round here in Michigan.
6 Years ago
Loving it. Love ES. I go to the upper class ones that have better stuff. YOu get what you pay for.
Samantha Mochel
6 Years ago
I love that wine rack in the picture! Can't wait for it to get warmer to start going to some estate sales!
Greg Strysky
6 Years ago
You looked right at home up there with Lara and Josh in that video! I love repurposed vintage things. Funny how, as the years pass, the word "Vintage" applies to more and more. We'll never run out of vintage things!
6 Years ago
interesting my husband and I love estate sales
6 Years ago
I love finding and re-doing furniture from Estate Sales.
6 Years ago
I would love to follow you I love doing stuff like this. In fact my husband and I just did a project this weekend. We took an old door with a window in it and put a picture in it cut it off and it look's like your looking through a window. Love it. Thank's for sharing your idea's.
Suzanne Martin Biddle Sager
6 Years ago
This is what I do also. It is so much fun and the people I meet are wonderful. The thrill is in the hunt for the bargain--something I can repurpose into something I love.
Mary Pate-Hasty
6 Years ago
This is going to be so mexciting, getting input from someone like Lela. Thanks for all the tips and info in advance.
Diane Purvis
6 Years ago
I love estate sales and I love to redo estate finds, I have furnished my house by going to estate sales and by using estatesales . net
W. Croone
6 Years ago
Very interesting. I love going to estate sales and looking for treasures.
Louise Weber
6 Years ago
Newly retired , husband too! We love estate sales - always searching for that special find - for ourselves,special friends and loved ones. It's so much fun!!
6 Years ago
My specialty is books and old sewing supplies,quilts embroidery etc. Love to see what others have done or left unfinished.
6 Years ago
Lela, you and I must be "kin" in some way!! Estate sales are my joy also! I conduct estste sales and also shop them. My favorite hobby is finding something that I know a friend or relative will like, buying it, redoing it, and giving it to them. I also buy things and donate them to the local animal shelter for their yearly yard sale fund raiser (another one of my passions....animals.) I look forward to seeing what all you are doing at these sales!!