Bargain Shopping Tips From I Brake for Yard Sales

How do you get a high-end look for a low price? I Brake for Yard Sales host Lara Spencer shares her best budget-savvy shopping tips.

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About the Host

Lara Spencer

Well-known as the co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, Lara also has a passion for flea market finds and cleverly-designed spaces.
All About Lara

About the Show

Lara Spencer, more commonly known as the queen of celebrity news and gossip and host of The Insider, has a whole other life, one she likes to refer to as her "dirty little secret." As an owner of an antique shop, Lara has been hunting treasures at flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores, auctions and estate sales since she was a small child, renovating the pieces and flipping them for a profit. Now, Lara's been given the task of designing and decorating her best friend's new home from scratch, and she's on a mission to please. We join her on her journey as she hunts, finds and scours the country for pieces to renovate and restore in a bid to fill her best friend's new Beverly Hills home with stylish, one-of-a-kind pieces. Lara's creative journey will provide America with all the tips, takeaway and tricks of the trade in exactly what to do and say to obtain the best deals, execute the best renovations and pull off the most fantastic reinventions and home design makeovers with originality — for less. Welcome to I Brake For Yard Sales.

Episodes

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Episode 4

Moroccan Makeover

Lara Spencer (Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor) and her amazing design team help Fred and Ingrid completely renovate their storage basement into a chic Moroccan inspired family room. To do this, Lara and the team hunt for second-hand treasures at estate sales, flea markets and consignment shops to transform into chic pieces. An old hutch is updated with a Moroccan twist, a 50s television is turned into a media console, a rustic game table is repainted with an amazing ornate window pattern and two salvaged doors are redesigned as a new custom sliding door. Not everything works out as planned. There's problems with the paint on the table and the installation proves challenging. Eventually the team figures the perfect layout but what will the family think of their new Moroccan inspired entertainment room? For the second family, Lara and the team re-envision Tim and Aimee's kitchen into kitchen and dinning area. Aimee is a breast cancer survivor who wants to have a party to thank her friends and family for supporting her and her family. Lara decides to modernize this space in a blue and yellow palette. Lara and the team track down great used pieces at flea markets, estate sales and consignment shops that can be recycled, reimagined and repurposed. A broke down table proves to be unsalvageable as it breaks while being updated and the team must find solutions on the fly. The kitchen gets a complete demo while the team makes over the room with completely redone second-hand scores. Problems arise but everything is resolved that is until Lara finds out that Tim and Aimee don't like the color yellow which is key to her design in the room! What will the family think once their new kitchen with lots of yellow is revealed?

Friday
Oct 10

11am | 10c

Episode 1

Lara Spencer Recuses, Reimagines and Reinvents a Forgotten Living Room and a Dark, Scary Basement

Jen and Alon make their plea to Lara and her design team to transform their completely empty and forgotten living room. They want a warm, sophisticated space to enjoy with their three young daughters. Lara Spencer (Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Co-Anchor) and her amazing design team take on the challenge! With a shopping budget of fifteen hundred dollars, Lara finds great one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Using a little elbow grease and a lot of love, Lara and her team transform and customize the second hand treasures into works of art. But not everything goes smoothly. The sofa is accidently recovered in the wrong fabric and the coffee table breaks during the installation. Will Lara and the team overcome the hurdles? And what will the family think once the room is revealed? In the second space, Steph and Arleigh have a dark, awkward basement that needs a complete overhaul. The room has weird nooks, plumbing pipes, AC ducts and 70's ceiling tiles. It's an eyesore and this will be a huge design challenge! But Lara is up to the task. Lara and the team find worn-out furniture pieces, loaded with potential at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales. After everything is refurbished and repurposed, the team has to deal with a challenging installation. Will they be able to figure out a layout for this asymmetrical room? And will the family like it once it's revealed?

Thursday
Apr 16

8pm | 7c

Episode 3

Saving a Parlor and a Bedroom

Lara Spencer (Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor) and her amazing design team help Nick and Jenet & Jon and Melissa completely transform a room in their homes. In the first story, Nick and Jenet need help changing their brown living room with awkward angles into an elegant parlor room. Lara and the team shop at flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and consignment shops to find affordable furniture that they can update with chic style. After upcycling all the used furniture, Lara and the team start the installation. A fight over the curtains causes delays, a misbegotten desk becomes an issues and the layout of the room proves be the biggest challenge. In the end, Lara hopes the family will love the final outcome. In the second story, newlyweds John and Melissa are stuck in the past! Their bedroom was previously John's parent's bedroom, with the same furniture in the exact same layout. Melissa has put her foot down and wants a change. Lara and her team take on the challenge and finds second hand furniture at yard sales, flea markets and consignment shops. While shopping, Lara finds a gorgeous antique bench that she plans on refurbishing. One of her rules is to always do the sit test. As Lara sits down.. she breaks right through the bench! You break, you buy! The team transforms all the found treasures, including the broken bench. Lara also reinvents John and Melissa's bed into a canopy bed, which is no easy task and causes problems for the team. Also during the installation, a beautiful mirror falls complete apart and must be saved. Can the team fix all the problems in time? And what will John and Melissa think of their new bedroom? Will it finally be a place of their very own?

Friday
Apr 17

9am | 8c

Episode 2

Playroom No More

Lara Spencer (Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor) and her amazing design team are on the case for Scott and Allesandra. Turning a kid's playroom into a glamorous dining room. Lara and Sam, her fabric guru, take a tour of the space and decide to create a Hollywood Regency style dining room. To do this, they need to find some diamonds in the rough for the space and shop flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and consignment shops. They find some great but worn-out pieces but cannot find the right dining room table. After some deep digging, Lara finds a great dinning table at a consignment shop. Lara's team refurbishes all the second-hand scores and gives the space a custom paint job. To honor the history of the space, Lara works with Scott and Allesandra's children to create a special art project. The installation gets hectic for the whole team as they scramble to get the room done. And what will Scott and Allesandra think of the room once its reveal with all the super glamorous second-hand finds? In the second story, Lara and the team help Irv and Alexis with their abandoned den. At one time, it was the hub of the house but then suffered a mold problem and now has become a sad storage room. Lara chooses to go a different route with this room - she wants to use a variety fabrics and patterns to give this room a fun and funky vibe. To make this a reality, Lara and Sam go shopping at flea markets, estates sales and second hand stores to find used furniture pieces that can be reupholstered with the new fabric choices. Irv and Alexis also have a few sentimental pieces Lara must weave into her design as well, such as Aunt Lil's very outdated Settees and original artwork from Irv's father. Once they have all the furniture pieces, the team paints and reupholsters the new treasures. They create custom pieces for the space and even base the color scheme for the room on Irv's father's artwork. As the installation gets underway and the team is under a time crunch Sam and Bob get into a battle over the curtains which Lara must play peacemaker to resolve. But will the fight between Sam and Bob derail the makeover? And will Irv and Alexis like how Lara and the team reimagined their family heirlooms and their refurb'ed den?

Friday
Apr 17

10am | 9c

Episode 4

Moroccan Makeover

Lara Spencer (Designer/Flea Market expert and Good Morning America Anchor) and her amazing design team help Fred and Ingrid completely renovate their storage basement into a chic Moroccan inspired family room. To do this, Lara and the team hunt for second-hand treasures at estate sales, flea markets and consignment shops to transform into chic pieces. An old hutch is updated with a Moroccan twist, a 50s television is turned into a media console, a rustic game table is repainted with an amazing ornate window pattern and two salvaged doors are redesigned as a new custom sliding door. Not everything works out as planned. There's problems with the paint on the table and the installation proves challenging. Eventually the team figures the perfect layout but what will the family think of their new Moroccan inspired entertainment room? For the second family, Lara and the team re-envision Tim and Aimee's kitchen into kitchen and dinning area. Aimee is a breast cancer survivor who wants to have a party to thank her friends and family for supporting her and her family. Lara decides to modernize this space in a blue and yellow palette. Lara and the team track down great used pieces at flea markets, estate sales and consignment shops that can be recycled, reimagined and repurposed. A broke down table proves to be unsalvageable as it breaks while being updated and the team must find solutions on the fly. The kitchen gets a complete demo while the team makes over the room with completely redone second-hand scores. Problems arise but everything is resolved that is until Lara finds out that Tim and Aimee don't like the color yellow which is key to her design in the room! What will the family think once their new kitchen with lots of yellow is revealed?

Friday
Apr 17

11am | 10c

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