How to find new uses for old things.
It's that time of year - antique show and flea market season. As many of you know I was at Brimfield last week - the largest antiques and flea market in the country. These events are fun and some, like Brimfield, are quite exhausting as there is just so much to see and sort through. The trick is not to try to see and do it all at once and to plan. If you have something in mind try to focus on the task at hand, if you're simply wandering around to check things out - that's fine too. It's easy to get carried away at some of these places. It's easy to get caught up in the thrill of the chase. Make a list of what you want and how much you'd like to spend. Barter. Many of these places expect it and many dealers encourage it. Be sure to have plenty of cash on hand. You'll have better luck negotiating a lower price if you can do so with cash.
For those of you who've never been to these kinds of events, you will find everything from trash to treasures. It's such fun to wander through and look at everything on display. I'm a huge fan of bringing old things back to life and these places allow for just this. As you wander around I invite you to think outside the proverbial box - What can some of these items be used for? How can they add to your home? How can they accentuate what you already have?
As you can see with a little imagination there's so much that can be done with yesterday's treasures - Don't let them become trash. It just requires a little bit of creative thinking. Your home should be as individual as you are. What you put in it should reflect you, your personality and lifestyle. Your life isn't mass produced or cookie cutter and your home shouldn't be either.
Almost as fun as looking for great finds to add to your home is spotting those mad, crazy and insane items... A few below were spotted in Brimfield last weekend... Perhaps we should call the following images "What would you do with _____________?"
For those of you who missed the May Brimfield event, you can try back in July or September. Visit the Brimfield website for more information. The Elephant's Trunk Country Flea Market is a must see for those in the New York and Connecticut areas.