I have to say I did try to sell it just the way it was (the easy way out). I don’t want to say it but maybe he was right. Ok so that made me even more determined to figure it out. Now you start thinking about how well it was made and still strong today. So now ok if it’s sturdy and clean what could we do with it.
It is the height of a chair (tad bit taller, but it will work). It is as long as a small sofa, and just about the same depth. Can you see where I am going with this?. It’s clear now that for someone with not much space could easily use this as a bench next to a table, with hidden storage, and should they be in need of additional seating in the living room we made it possible to use it as a sofa or daybed as well.
Not just for home but what about extra space at your camp. We are always looking for anything to sit and sleep more guest. Alright it’s big but it has multiple reason to have it now right?. As I am writing this it is about to go on display so I will update this when it sells.
This diary really isn’t about transforming a box into a sofa because thats not amazing. This is about saving and using what we already have here and has proven itself to last. I can’t understand why anyone out there wouldn’t want to not just recycle and reuse but to have things that are different then your neighbors. I watch trends come and go and see even my friends following them. Never understanding why everyone wants to decorate the same or wear the same jewelry etc.
If anyone knows me personally they know that I always do what I want (hard headed is what my friends say) and don’t follow the trends. My home is warm and comfortable but just not like everyone else's. I guess what I am trying to say by rambling is, Antiques are a great decorating (collecting) investment and the history behind them always has a story to tell that is priceless. But I think mostly is that they can provide you with individualism when decorating.
So be it antiques for collecting or fragments or discarded pieces for repurposing. Work with what we already have on this Earth...
Note: We added a removable piece of plywood in the box so it was sturdy enough for sitting on and underneath storage for pillow and covers when not being used as a sofa.
Boat Sofa/Couch is finally done and in place. It took a while but the time was just to get Tom to let me bring it in the house.
I do have to say it is a bit big but it is so comfortable and cool. We put a shelf in the back for decorative items and a lamp. Tom is so good at the construction end of it all. He did such a great job.
After cleaning the boat and bringing it down to the work shop, it dried for a few weeks and I had no idea of how wet it still was after the first week. So after the time it did show signs of wrought but thankfully it wasn’t in areas of structure, just on edges.
This piece was in Ben’s family for years and now it’s in ours. Next place for it to go when we are tired of it could be a bed for my grandchild!!!!!!!! YES.
You know what this piece is to me? It shows; don’t be afraid to try anything. If it works, great, if it doesn’t, move on to the next thing. Antiques and old things are so much better and as I always say they have been proven to last, even after sitting outside in the woods for over 30 years.
Have fun and do what you want.
please scroll down to see our boat before it has been transformed into a new beginning.....
Re purposing antiques within your home.
I want to share a fun experience with all of you that makes me smile everytime I think about it. About a year or so ago I met this young man and visited his home that I was in at the time of the construction stage. But all furniture and accents within his home were new and from trendy name stores. He had no idea about decorating with antiques or about using one thing for another purpose.
Let's get one thing straight before I go on. He had good taste in new decorative merchandise so it wasn't to hard to sway him our way. Now after talking with him about different ideas, he agreed OK “go at it and show me what I can do instead”.
We first started with replacing his dinning room table with a 8ft dough box in original red paint form the 1800's and covering it with a 10ft sheet of glass so the inside could be exposed. (We have done this kind of table before with lots of fun things.)
We kept the trendy chairs and just re covered them with grains sack to bring them down to the level of the bin. Then added a green country bench for one side Great fit with this modern and old combination I must say. We added a few more antique accents to the room. He put his own touch in the center of the box with wine bottles and corks. I loved it ... Young thoughts in older pieces!
Without boring you by going on and on I wanted to show you some pictures that will explain themselves. This transformation was with the help of antique bins, ladders, signs, etc.. all of which make his home now unique. We also did some fun re-purposing of things to create the decorative accents through out the house.
If your wondering the cost for all this ? It wasn't any different than going to the trendy stores and buying decorative items and in most cases a lot less. You can re-uses items even withing your home now to re- decorate. Example: Take an old ladder and use it in the bathroom for towels and maybe a basket? What I am trying to say is use your imagination!
I want to share one last thing with you. After about a couple of months he already wanted to change certain items. At that point we bought things back from him and he did. The point is that when you decorate with antiques and collectibles there is always a secondary market for them. It's like decorating with an investment benefit.
I want to thank B.R. for letting us into his home and sharing it with you.
As you all probably know by now I in my own home do some over the top decorating. Some things work and some things don't but I never let it stop me from trying to use one old thing for another new purpose. And look it can happen to you too.
Final note I swear! We took the old dinning room table and cut it down to coffee table size and because it to had a piece of glass on it. It's now serves as a coffee table with a memory board on top. Everything can re used.
Re- purposing is when you can find discarded antiques and turn them into valuable ones again with just a little creativity and work.
I travel all over New England looking for Antiques and while I am on the road I often find items that used to have purpose but are no longer needed and just put aside. Some times these pieces can be made useful again and used within your home.
This pieces was found in Pennsylvania (one of my favorite shopping places) and was used for grain at one time . (mid 1800's) No longer in need it ended up on a porch of an Antique shop. Because of the size ( 9 ft x 2ft x 2ft depth) there really was a limited market for it . To big for storage, two big for coffee table, etc.
Because it was old enough to be in a red original paint and in good structural condition, to me it still had to have a purpose. So I purchased it ( $200.00 )and brought it back to N.H. Lucky for me we have a 12ft trailer for just this reason. ( Again you know my husband Tom Loves this when I do it )
We (my husband ) took the piece and cut old beams from a barn to bring the piece up to table height. Then ordered glass ( 9ft x 4 ft x ½ thick ) from a local glass shop. I filled the inside with dried bread and baskets , rolling pins etc. Mixed it with a collection of odd antique chairs and put it out for display.
Within a week the old piece from Pennsylvania now found a home in New Hampshire. It isn't used for what it was made for anymore but now loved as a dinning room table . This grain bin that had minimal antique value left now had a new decorative, unique, and useful value to it.
This isn't the first time we have done this to save and re-purposed an antique and won't be the last. The value on this isn't in the financial end for me . It's all about re- using what we have and creating uniqueness in our lives. I look at this table and see that there is only one like it and that makes the owner unique and they can also tell their friends the history of it and how it got to them.
I encourage this generation and anyone to get interested in the history of what is around us and become collectors which is long term investment. But also be creative and and have fun. What do you have laying around that could be re-purposed?
That's what we did here for one of our customers. I have to say when I picked this old work bench up again I said I wished I had the room for it in my own home. (you know Tom my husband was happy I didn't.) This work bench was two tiered and had a few drawers besides. How useful is that.
The woman who bought this said it was going to fit like a glove in her kitchen and be a perfect work station island for her and she was right. It makes me so happy to see thing once they are in the homes. Usually we sell items not knowing where they are going and how they will look, but this past couple of times I have been lucky to do a follow up on pieces.
Isn't it great to see old items re-purposed into new uses. You just have to use your imagination and think out side the box. You know for sure none of her friends have this island in their kitchen. So now this old bench just became a conversational piece. I love it !!
The one final thing that would be great to know is the story behind this bench. Why it was made, for what company and who worked at it . Imagine it was never thought to be in someones kitchen. I guess though for now we just have to be happy knowing where it is and what it's being used for now. Enjoy Kirsten !!!
Be creative be different and enjoy the resources we have out there already. ANTIQUES
What does a ten foot sheet of glass and a farm troth and Pennsylvania have to do with one another? Well if you read my diary than you know I had written about my trip to Pennsylvania and how my purchases didn't quite go over well with my husband. As I remember his words exact were I picked up a lot of stuff.. (which to him is junk, and why do you buy this kind of stuff).
Not to say he doesn't keep an open mind to things I purchase and a lot of time help in the transformation of them, but a lot of times he shrugs his head and says why and who else is going to want it .
Well one of the items I purchased was a eight foot long farm troth in a white original finish. It was so sweet, Original metal wheels and had such a natural aged finish to it. I admit it was pretty large and maybe not for anyone who wasn't daring like myself.
After being displayed for awhile, a customer of the shop who was renovating an old home and also furnishing it. We were talking about wouldn't this troth look great as a table for a country dinning room he said let's give it a go and see what it looks like. So off I went YES!!!!! this would be so much fun.
I ordered a 10 x 4 ft sheet of ½ glass ( from a local glass Co. Granite Glass in Manchester N.H. ) and had then nip the corners for child protection. . I have to admit when the glass came in I though this is one huge piece of glass.
We then wire brushed down the troth to get any loose paint off and to bring a little life back to the aged wood. It worked and did it clean up nice. Remember were talking about an items that has been in and old barn for years and years just servicing feed , grain etc.
Ok now next came putting them both together the glass and troth .. All I can say is the customer was lucky I didn't have the space for this table because it would have been tough to part with it. It came out spectacular. What a great center piece for any dinning room. As I had said to Andrew you could fill the inside with items or just leave it empty as I would just to show off what it was. But either way this was going to be a great addition to his home.
Now here comes the best part. We brought this to his beautifully restored home and he had already picked up his six chairs and bench from Pottery Barn to go with it. We had discussed older chairs but with him and his wife and son I suggested a more durable new chair might last longer in a young family environment. So the set they chose was perfect six chairs , four on one side and one on each end and a bench on the other side.
They really went well and pulled this all together. I have to admit it came out different than I thought and in his room became almost Scandinavian style, when combined with a 1920's bead board cupboard in a light green, and a wonderful family heirloom oil painting on canvas.
Well I could go on and on but you look at the picture and see it all for your self. Now remember I am no photographer and this is just the beginning of his room decorating . But I think you can see clear enough to see that almost anything can be transformed and saved and re- purposed into something special again. Use your imagination and let your thoughts go wild.
I guarantee that no one has this for a dinning room table . What a conversation piece. Enjoy it Andrew Grace and Jamie.
I recently returned from a buying trip to Pennsylvania, I have to say that owning my own shop I really don't get out much to see whats out there, other than short trips within my own state. There are a lot of beautiful shops in western Pennsylvania. The countryside is beautiful as well.
When I got home with my trailer full of what my husband calls stuff ( he must mean fine antiques), I was so excited to do a little re-decorating within my home and store. I bought a mixture of things from a few nice antique items to a cow troth over six feet long on wheels and in white paint, (he was particularly fond of that piece, ha ha ha).
You see I have an eye for the unusual (you can imagine what he says about the word unusual) and I am also daring enough to put that in my house and have a glass made for the top or maybe even use it just the way is. I love when people come in and say what is that??? Ha ha ha ha ha . The more you can re-purpose antiques and even the unusual the more individual you are. I love seeing things only once and not seeing the same things over and over, and that's in homes, stores and even in magazines sometimes.
I sometimes pick up an item and flip it upside down and sideways to figure out how I can do something else with it. I try to never follow a pattern when decorating. No color scheme, not just antiques, or collectibles, no traditional, contemporary, or rustic for me . I just do what I want and whatever makes me feel comfortable within my own home. Although I must say I do only have antiques, industrial ware, used and what my husband calls just plain junk. But its fun and a good mix for me.
With Fall here and the Holidays coming, everyone starts entertaining. Why not step out to an antique shop, a show or auction and treat yourself to an unusual piece and have fun decorating with it in your home. If you need any help feel free to call me and I will try to help point you in the right direction for what you might be looking for.
I am not going to show you the troth today because I am not sure if I will keep it or it will be in the shop for sale, but what I will show you is this: How about decorating with just a piece of base board with blue paint on it. That's right, just hang it on the wall, why not.......
If you have a home with an unusual style for decorating, I would love to see it and possibly share it on my web site for others to see. Have a great Fall and stop by the shop and see us.
Not everything is black and white: Well it is in this local New Hampshire House. Industrial mixed with 18th Century and new.
I wanted to share with you a recent experience I had visiting a home. This gentleman had been a customer of mine for years , buying silver, Asian items and early furniture etc. I never thought twice about how he was decorating with the items. Now I know......
I have to say that I am not a reader of magazines for decorating myself. I kind of do what I want and sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. For me it's about the fun of collecting and the intrigue of re-creating.
I have a friend in
His name is Tom and I was lucky to be invited to his home. He had said to me “I want you to see my house” so I said I would love to come.
Wow is the first word or thought I had when entering the first room , the kitchen... Tom has painted his walls black gloss, trim and all. Then accented the windows with stark white shutters. I have to say again that just by description this wouldn't sound impressive , but it was. His unique style of blending industrial shelving for cabinet display in hi kitchen, (making almost a bakers working kitchen,) is not only functional for entertaining but attractive to the eye. All the glass, chrome, and black make a great combination. The checkered floor helps too.
As I went into the rest of the house nothing seemed to form any pattern but the gloss black walls (honestly he pulled it off well). His style is definitely his own and what he likes. (may I say he has a great eye for antiques), It went from Asian to chandeliers to 18th century pieces. All tastefully displayed and used for his own purpose. Nothing was from a book or how he was told to do it. He just filled the rooms with what made him comfortable. And to me each room was a master piece.
Now this wasn't even close to my own style but I am writing this because it was wonderful and daring and it showed me there is a lot out there that can be done if you just be yourself and explore. Blending antiques that you have with modern day items can not only be good for an investment but make your home individual as well.
I would love to share with my readers anyones home that is unique and blended.
Thanks Tom for allowing me into your home and sharing this story.
I am not a writer or photographer so please understand if the pictures do not do his home justice... I tried......
A contemporary decorating trend is to create a camping environment …. Lodge-style furnishings, antique camping, fishing and hunting equipment, etc. Following are a few ideas you may wish to consider.
Look for rustic camp furniture - a rocking chair is a must. Think porch. Think lake. Also,
Watch yard sales and flea markets for sporting equipment … an old cane fishing pole, fishing net, tackle box, bow and arrows, etc. These items can make for an interest collage on an otherwise bland wall. Many stores offer throw rugs with an American Indian motif, and you will be amazed at how much these inexpensive rugs will add to your room. An old worn oriental throw rug also sets the right mood.
Boat models, old Boy Scout hand-made items, photographs of early camps, an old stuffed fish, and perhaps an oil painting of a lake scene will add greatly to the environment you are creating.
Do not necessarily look for pristine items with which to decorate. Dare to be at ease with items that are worn and warm. It is amazing how much more comfortable and easy-living these items will prove to be if you allow. Most of all, allow your self to have fun in the collecting and decorating process.
We recently gutted our bathroom and started over from scratch. After my husband did a fantastic job with the renovation, it was now my job to re-decorate. Hmmmm what do I do?
I started with using a tile that looked just like the cement floor of a car garage. (Or so my husband said). Then we re-purposed an old kitchen cabinet for a vanity. Added a new farmers vessel sink and what I think is a great faucet set. (all purchased at Splash in
OK, so now to the fun part. I couldn't figure out what to do; wall paper, paint , trim work , tile, etc. So when I brought it all in the room and then I got a brain storm and said I will just use it all and decorate with it. I even left the ladder in the room and rolled towels and displayed them on it .
A galvanized tin bucket on the floor for toilet paper and an industrial bin for trash and the room was complete. You know I am always amazed how easy decorating with antiques can be. You can almost use anything and make it you.
I love the bathroom and now it's on to the next project , the bedroom.
Beginning to itch for a little spring in your life? Jump start the season with a little gardening project.
OUTDOOR GARDENING SPACE: If you are lucky enough to have yard and garden space, consider adding a gardening or potting shed to your property. The sky is the limit with regard to the many forms a garden shed could take. Peruse several old home and garden magazines for ideas and inspirations. Begin your collection with a potting table. This can be a table of any size or proportions. To the table, add a few vintage flower pots and perhaps a couple of hand garden tools in bright colors. Incorporate a shelf above the table and throw a few gardening books on it along with a couple of planters and/or flower pots. Don’t hesitate to buy a couple of pints of brightly colored spring paint to use along the way.
Bring in a couple of old wonderful old galvanized tin buckets and fill one with potting soil, the other with crushed stone. Buy an old sieve-about 2’ across-and hang it on the wall, along with a wonderful old framed flower print. Next, find a chair – any old straight chair will do, and paint it a bright color – a sunflower yellow would be great. Add a floral cushion to the chair seat and pull it up to the gardening table. Next, find a small table or bookshelf and put it on a wall beside an easy chair. The chair can be an old overstuffed one from your basement or from a local flea market. It needn’t be much to look at – just toss a brightly colored throw over the upholstery to dress up the chair (a colored bed sheet will work just fine).
Throw down an old well-worn rug on the floor. Haunt your local flea markets, yard sales or antiques shop and come up with a few animal shaped planters from the 1940’s and an old crusty watering can. Add a few favorite flowers to old flower pots. Throw a couple of gardening tools in the corner of the room and your garden oasis will be complete. Even a very modest space can provide a desired getaway in which you can take a few minutes from your routine, and relax, sip a glass of iced tea, and enjoy a good book or magazine in the comfort and privacy of your own private space.
INDOOR GARDENING SPACE: If you don’t have a yard or garden with your residence, bring the outdoors inside, 365 days a year. Simply do an abbreviated version of the above in a corner of your living room – or bedroom. Your ensemble might consist of only a small “potting table” by a window with a lamp and an easy chair. Add a couple of potted plants, and a couple of small gardening implements, a gardening book or magazine, and this addition will add a whole other dimension to your living space.
When shopping flea markets and antiques shops for your “necessities”, do not be intimidated by rust, weathered wood or paint, chips, cracks or any number of other endearing qualities an item might possess. This often makes an item more affordable, and certainly it will add an air of timelessness to your space. Just imagine, these items were cherished and loved enough to have been preserved and maintained all these years in spite of their minor flaws. DREAM….IMAGINE….. DO!
My first advice regarding refinishing is – be cautious! The following statements are true and should be considered when contemplating refinishing an item:
The value of some early furniture with peeling old paint, when refinished, could be decreased by as much as 90%.
Many serious dealers and collectors of serious antiques will never give a refinished piece a furniture a second glance. They call stripped pieces “new antiques”.
There is good old finish, and there is bad old finish. Sometimes bad old finish can be good. Sometimes good old finish can be bad.
With 100% assuredness, once a hundred year old antique has been refinished, it will take one hundred years to build up the same wear, patina and surface again.
Probably 90% of the antiques available today are refinished. This is what people in general desire -- to see the natural grain of the wood, and to have a nice hard and shiny finish to protect the piece from wear and tear. However, the remaining 10% of antiques which retain a good and old surface are worth three or four times the value of a refinished piece.
With the above being said, refinishing antiques is a matter of personal taste and preference. If you are not comfortable living with a grungy old peeling paint, then by all means - don't. But, before you strip a piece of Ca. 1790 furniture in old surface and decrease its value by 90%, perhaps you should consider buying another piece – or buy one that has already been refinished.
There are a lot of Circa 1900 wonderful and affordable machine-made pieces just waiting to be refinished or painted to your liking. I find that a good washing with soap and water often does wonders for a piece you might find. Some pieces need a little more aggressive treatment ... and I sometimes use the finest grade of steel wool (OOOO) dipped in paint thinner/mineral spirits to lightly clean a piece of furniture. Remember: ALWAYS CLEAN IN THE SAME DIRECTION THAT THE GRAIN RUNS.
If these cleaning solutions don't work and you have not yet given up on the project – the next step would be to go with a commercial furniture stripper. Strippers are expensive to purchase and can be caustic and dangerous to use. If you use furniture stripper – be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Refinishing is messy and refuse must be disposed of properly.
If you choose not to refinish your own piece of furniture, there are commercial furniture stripping companies which will provide the service for you .... for a fee. Usually it is expensive to have the old finish removed, and then again expensive to have a new finish put on. A word of caution here is to be careful how much it costs to refinish a piece – to refinish a standard wooden kitchen chair can cost as much $75. but generally kitchen chairs can be purchased in a shop for around $25. My advice for non-advanced collectors is to buy something you like in the condition you like and enjoy it.
With the Holiday season in the past now. It's time to just enjoy the rest of winter and the fun stuff we can do with it. One of my favorite things to do is make snowmen. When I was quite a bit younger I made several small snowmen and put them in the freezer and kept them until summer . Why? (I am not really sure but maybe to capture some of the winter season.) When making a snowman, try using antique fragments to create a unique one; buttons, cloth fragments, old worn top hats, even vintage clothing. If you make one that you like, they make great Christmas cards for next year. Or how about a calendar with snowmen? Get out and enjoy some of the fun things with winter. Making snowmen, Antiquing, Sleigh rides, skiing, winter tubing etc....
This is what New England is all about. Donna
Platters are always helpful this time of the year. Turkey platters just don't have to be the ones with the turkeys on them. I use old diner platters. Or maybe you prefer a silver plated tray? Make your own decision and see how everybody likes your idea and gift to your host.
Other ideas would be to bring a ladle, a vegetable bowl, or a compote dish, etc. Weather it's glass ceramic, pottery or even wooden, If you fill it with goodies or even bring it empty, a gift you give that was picked by you will make a wonderful memory for the person or family you give it to. My saying for the holiday season is “Be unique, give an Antique”.
Happy Holidays to all of our friends and customers. Donna
I want to share something with you that I recently purchased from another antique dealer. I thought this was the sweetest little thing. This is one one of the reasons I love the
This bear is from around the 1920's. It was manufactured by the Schuco Co. (which was a bear and toy manufacturer. It is mohair and only 3 1/2” long. This bear was made as a novelty for women, and given from their man as a gift. How sweet was that.
They also made monkeys that were perfume jars and a couple of other animal figures that served dual purposes.
Obviously you can tell this is the first one I have seen. That is why this is so fun!. I have seen a lot in the 25+ years in the antiques business, so when something comes along that I haven't seen, it excites me. If you have something that is unusual and want to share it, I would love to hear from you. I hope you enjoy looking at this bear. Donna
I was recently at a speaking event and a gentleman there told me that he and his wife were in a dutch oven (cast iron) cook off club. They cook everything in them (I mean full meals). I also have another friend (Matt) who said that his brother (Joe) bakes in them right in the ground. Anything from a stew to corn bread and cake. I am jealous !! There is something so neat about cooking in old cast iron and in the ground. Doesn't it just seem like it would taste better.. Yum Yum.
There is also a value to old cast iron as well and Griswold is one of the more sought after makers in cast iron ware. The Griswold Co. was founded in the middle 1800's and was located in Erie Pennsylvania. Most of the items have the Erie marked on the bottom as well. (along with other marks). They made a lot of other cast iron products and in the latter years they also did some cast aluminum cookware as well. But the consistently sought after pieces are the earlier ones (cast iron). The more unusual pieces and sizes can bring really high prices.
The dutch ovens like (Joe) uses for cooking in the ground with, were the more common pieces that must have been heavily used, so there are still plenty around to purchase. So you can go out and get one and try cooking in them too.
How fun does all this sound to share with your friends during a summer cook out. Imagine when you tell them you cooked the beans or desert in the ground in your cast iron dutch oven. Oh by the way it's pretty simple; dig a hole and start a fire using coals , get them red and fiery and then put your pot in the hole and cover and bake till done.
If you find old pans and you think you couldn't cook in them try this; to re-season old cast iron pans, clean the old debris in them and wash it the best you can to remove any rust. Coat the surface first with lard or grease, not regular cooking oil. Put them in the oven on about 300
Anyone out there that has neat recipes, please share some with us for cooking in cast iron. Better yet, Click the "comments" word on the home page and post your recipe for everyone to read!
SUMMER FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Donna
Stop by your local antique shop and pick up vintage garden tools and maybe a potting bench, or better yet something you could make into a bench. Pick up some of those sweet English red ware pots and display them stacked and some with plants in them.
How about watering cans. They are useful for watering those plants and decorative as well. Show your friends you have gardening skills with minimal effort. I don't know about you, but spring always puts a smile on my face. Why not smile everyday.
Make a list of items you might want to have for your display. Bench, (if you don't have the space , how about a small shelf?). Pots (an array of colors are nice to have as well as the red ware ones). Garden tools, moss, seed packets, watering cans, sacks made of vintage material for potting soil etc. I could go on and on.
Have fun and remember everything you pick usually reflects YOU... so what a great way to express yourself. Donna
Making a good financial investment sometimes can be just as simple as the items you purchase for decorating your home.
I spend a lot of time out in retail stores watching people buy items that duplicate antiques. I often wonder why they just don't buy the real thing. It's like enjoying what you buy and putting money in the bank.
I was recently at a nearby retail store and saw a couple of these white bowls in peoples carts. The were prices at $18.00 each. So I went back to my shop and found a similar bowl that would serve the same purpose, it was priced $22.00. ( this bowl was a piece of Ironstone from the late 19th Century, it was used as a wash basin in it's time.)
The condition of the Ironstone bowl was like new with no damage, yet it was over 100 years old. OK let' say you buy the older bowl, then in 5 years you get sick of it and decide to sell it. I would be safe to say that the bowl is worth at least $15.00 if not the same value and in some cases even more than you paid for it .
Now let's talk about the other bowl you bought new. Try selling that. I know it would be worth about $1.00 by the 5 year time if it made it till then.
Seems simple doesn't it !
I am not saying that you should just buy antiques all the time. But if you are trying to duplicate it into your décor why not buy the real thing. Want a couple of reasons again:
1- Investing (making your money back in the end)
2- Individuality ( having something similar but different than the mass produced items out there)
3- History ( antiques have a story to tell , and that is something you can share with your family and friends)
4- Keeping it green and recycling.The end to this story for now is, Don't be afraid, go to your local antique shop and see what they have to offer when you are looking to ad a piece to your décor . Or maybe you just want to start a collection. For what ever reason you are buying, become and investor, and buy smart. Donna
Thinking that I might find a sheet of stainless steel or something similar. We were going to do tile , but I thought boring. We considered that reproduction tin, but it seems like everyone is doing that now.
I had alot of fun at IKEA finding things that would blend into our decor (ANTIQUES). But the one thing I was happy the most about was this
I just wanted to share this idea with you and again show that usuing things in different ways makes us all a little unique. Donna
From Out Of The Woods Antiques Center is bringing in this New Year with it's biggest project yet . We along with a couple of designing friends will be mixing some already shared ideas with some one of a kind designs that you can buy and bring itno your own decorating scheme. You will also gain an
So something big and exciting is coming to From Out Of The Woods Antiques Center, that you won't want to miss seeing. Keep checking our web site for more information and our launching date.
( What does Target and Ikea and antiques have to do with one another?? A 19th Century buggy fragment, Ikea clips, and hand towels from Target, the picture tells the rest.) Donna
Last year and the year before we had over 300 people from the community show up. Collectors, historians, and private collectors. We are looking for any New Hampshire related items, or possibly you might want to set up as a vendor for the event ? let us help you sell your items to a new collector.
For more information please feel