|A Re-purposed dresser and her vignette of water color art.|
|A darling wicker chair she found in one of her favorite shops.|
Since I can remember she has always taken something she bought at a garage sale, consignment shop or an Antique shop and found a way to use it in her home. All of the things she found and sometimes re-purposed really made our family home something special. It was not uncommon for me to come home from school when I was a kid and find her in the garage with a jig saw in hand, sawdust in her hair and a smile on her face. And to this day she is always thinking about how some piece can be used in a different way.
Now I will admit when I was a kid ...and a very polite one at that.....I was not thrilled as my Mom dragged me along with her to Antique Shops or Garage Sales. I found that undeniable odor that is found in most antique shops disconcerting. It is part moth balls and part "scary".... if "scary" can have a smell.
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And garage sales.....ugh......as a kid I could not understand the thrill of going through what I could only see as someones junk.
But things change and at some point in my life going through an Antique shop became fun.....but I still can't say the same for a garage sale.
So for me I supplement garage sales with Consignments Shops and Thrift stores. The are clean, organized and most importantly for reasons I don't care to mention they are usually Air Conditioned. Yippee!!
|Consignment Living , Morgan Hill, Ca.|
And instead of venturing into those dark dank and musty Antique Shops I like to go to Antique Shops like this.
|Water Street Antiques and Interiors, Jackson, Ca.|
So as I was saying.......one of the traditional things my Mom and I do is go to Water Street Antiques and Interiors. This place just calls to me. Every time I am there I find something intriguing. It is a 40,000 sq ft warehouse that is filled to the brim . It is well lit, clean, organized......and yes....air conditioned!!! Here are several images:
|That's my Mom and she is definitely thinking hard about this piece.|
|Check out those Doors in the back.......OMG.....AWESOME!!|
It really is an incredible place with an inventory of Antiques from Europe, Portugal and now they are venturing into India. http://www.waterstreetantiques.com/Water_Street_Antiques_%26_Interiors/Home/Home.html
With shows like "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars" and with the emphasis of using a design that embraces a Sustainable Design philosophy the popularity of antiquities and collectibles are seeing a resurgence.
I only wish that I would have paid better attention when I was a kid on those excursions to Antique Stores or those yucky garage sales. Shoot...... I am certain there was something of value that was worth re-purposing in that last truck load of stuff we took to Salvation Army.
But the good news .....hmmmm.............. or maybe the bad news is I have a lot more "stuff".......now if only I can convince my husband to put in air conditioning in the garage.
|Yep.....that is my garage.|
Oh yeah and guess what.........I am going to be having a garage sale.......SOON!! Can you say FUN!!