#559 Have you ever refinished/restored something you found at a yard sale or a flea market?

#559 Have you ever built something from recycled goods? Refinished/
            restored something
you found at a yard sale or a flea market?

People seem to break into one of two categories on this topic: (1) those who prefer everything shiny and new (if that’s you, this topic may not be for you), and (2) antique lovers who cherish the charm and history of old houses, furniture, clothing, cars, and more. If you fall into the latter category, your answer to this question is likely an unqualified, “Yes!”

iVillage writer, Mary Kate Frank, has a very practical approach to the idea of refinishing flea market/swapmeet finds: 

How many times have you been advised (by well-meaning magazine articles and Web sites and maybe even crafty friends) to freshen up a piece of flea market furniture by refinishing it? It’s a great idea, but is it really that easy? Alas, I have a feeling, judging by the description of this furniture refinishing class that I recently signed up for, that it is not. But I’m determined to find out.

Ginny Figler Colon makes the great point that reclaiming furniture is the epitome of green living. She offers tips for safe green ways to restore used furniture.

Anyone seeking inspiration for decorating with reclaimed pieces need look no further than Mary Randolph Carter’s delightful series of books on the “junk” theme:

And for those who are supremely inspired to get into the restoration game, the world-famous Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show takes place three times a year in Brimfield, Massachusetts (about 1 hour west of Boston). The 2011 dates are

May 10-15    July 12-17     September 6-11

There’s nothing wrong with preferring to be the first owner/wearer/user of your treasures. But if you love the idea of bringing new life to old items, restoring/refinishing may be the route for you.

If you want to know MY answer to this question, you’ll have to visit the 1001RLQFW membership site and click on the Forum. There, you can add your responses and compare notes with others!

In the meantime, please tune in tomorrow, November 16, when Therese Skelly and I will be hosting In All Honesty – a teleconference with two experts speaking on the topics of question-asking and journaling as powerful tools for self-development. Don’t worry if you can’t make the scheduled call time – we will make a recording available to all who register.


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