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Rebuilt, remade, restored

December 16, 2014 - Barb Barrett
I really enjoyed myself going to all the antique and thrift stores these past two months. I found fifteen of them just in the ti-town area. I was able to buy a solid wooden twin bed, nightstand, gold planters, timeless glass pieces and a small bench that I flipped into a seat. Now these items would have been costly if brand new, and I think the quality is better, the older the item. I took a small solid wooden table that I purchased for five dollars at the flea market in Montgomery and turned it into a toddler’s craft table. All it needed was a good coat of bright paint and then we added an acrylic top to make it more functional. I also found two lovely rare red cordial glasses for only three dollars at the new shop in Montgomery. Also there were some hand made items and new items made from old merchandise such as candles in neat containers and jars. Besides the shops in the area, there are also many estate sales and auctions where merchandise is plentiful and affordable. It is worth the time, I think, to seek these things out, and more fun to find things that remind me of my childhood. Weekends are a good time to go to these places as most of the stores are open, including Sundays. In Pennsdale the Salvation Army runs a thrift store where daily discounts are given on chosen colors of the day. Amazing bargains and good style can really be added to your home. Instant revivals with a good coat of paint, or scratch cover can turn an old piece into a new piece. I saw a vintage dresser become a new media stand. Remove the drawers, paint the interior and exterior with high gloss paint and you have shelves. Ideas are endless and it’s like treasure hunting. Go more than once because there is always a turnover with merchandise coming and going. I met a wonderful woman from Muncy at Antiques & More. Iva Berger collects dolls and travels from Muncy to Linden every week, not to mention getting to sales to get the dolls and jewelry that she resells in her booth. She said she has been doing this for a long time and can’t think of doing anything else. And she looks amazing for her age of 88. Happy treasure hunting!


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