Thursday, June 14, 2012
Everything Old is New Again
These days I turned the obsession into yet another business venture. My aunt and I now run an antique booth in a great, huge antique mall out in Howell, MI. It's called The Livingston Antique Mall. If you're interested in visiting you can check out the place and find directions here: http://www.livingstonantiqueoutlet.com/ Our booth is #141. I love just spending time walking around the mall there. There are so many interesting and inspiring things to look at.
It's the kind of job that pushes my creative limits sometimes. Occasionally we will find an old piece of furniture that's a little too beat up, but it's a great deal and has potential. So I take it in and clean it up. If it needs I will sand it down, paint it, stain it, and give it a whole new life. I think that's probably my favorite and most rewarding part of the job.
I got this desk at a garage sale for $15.00. It was beat up and scratched and a little wobbly. I sanded it down stained it with a rich walnut and added a musical flair to it with some paint and vintage paper. It went from being an unwanted desk tossed to the curb to a beautiful piece that has a new purpose and function.
Each old piece I find has a second life inside of it. Whether I keep it for myself and give it a new home, or I refinish it and send it back out into the world it is definitely my preferred way to recycle. I've always preferred things that have a history, that have been through it all and are still standing strong. And I hate to say this and sound like my mother, but they just don't make things the way they used to :)
Do you guys have any collections or obsessions your crazy about?