The crisp fall weather is finally here. The weekends are now comfortable for enjoying a pleasant walk. Visit a nice village and mingle among the local consignment shops and yard sale. Keep an open mind as to how you can repurpose or upcycle a found item. Take a look at my article, http://knotmove.com/interior-design-in-new-york/upcycling-to-decorate-the-abode, for some ideas.
Keep an open mind. Look for good buys. You might see something you like. Do not be afraid to negotiate a price. If you find a piece that needs work you can get a great deal. When you bring it home you can have fun painting it or having it reupholstered. If you are handy and adventurous refinish the wood. Sometimes all you need is to use furniture oil and you will be amazed at what you will find when you remove the dirt. If you choose to paint a piece, use high gloss enamel paint.
As you saunter around the town check out what others might have thrown away. Do not be afraid to take a piece that has been tossed to the curb. As it is said “one man’s garbage may be another man’s treasure”. People are lazy and might throw away an item that can be very easily repaired or repurposed. Be wary of upholstered items or carpet. Bugs can hide in these objects so you might not want to bring them into your house. If you find a discarded upholstered piece that you absolutely must have, bring it directly to have it overhauled at the upholsterers. You will be amazed at what people throw out. You can decorate an entire room with your finds.
Thrift Shops and Consignment Shops are great for finding unique pieces.
If you want to shop and give to charity at the same time try St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop, or the Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores. There are smaller charities with stores that give to our neighborhoods. Local Boys and Girls Clubs have annual sales as well as places of worship. Watch in your local papers for ads.
Do not forget about all of the garage or yard sales, moving sales, and estate sales. Look in local papers for ads. Watch for signs posted during your travels. A great resource for these sales is Craig’s List. This is a great way to spend a day visiting all of the places that you have always wanted to see. Make a family day of it. Pace yourself, stop for a nice lunch. Let the kids pick out an item that they can upcycle and use in their own room. You will be sure to find many treasures to choose from.
Bring home your new finds. Enjoy the thrill of making your new purchase into a special piece of furnishing to show off. Be creative and never be afraid to dance!
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