Repurposing: When Old Is New Again

Finds at flea markets, thrift stores, or backyard sales don’t have to be antiques to have value.  Designers today have found that there is money in thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to old things.  HGTV is replete with repurposing, achieving that quirky artisan look, that corner that lends interest to a room, the je ne sais quoi item that draws attention by using “old junk.”

A new development in finding these objects is the rise of retailers to include these one-of-a-kind items for sale online.  For example,, Haute Look, an outlet for Nordstrom, has  new category labeled “Authentic Vintage Curiosities & Beyond.”  Here you will find old shipping boxes with faded manufacturers names or advertising that lend themselves for storage & organization, colored bowling pins to keep stacks of books in line, or a french gymnast bar for your exercise room, just to name a few.

Another retailer dedicated to a certain style, Napastyle, has a new spin-off Barn Door, advertised as a site for  one-of-a- kind finds & deals, so you know you are dealing with limited supplies of any item.  Napastyle first started bringing in collectibles from Europe a couple of years ago where there was a plentiful supply, and now this new site has expanded to include vintage, rare, deals, and even a “Final Markdown” category that span American eras such as early homestead, depression, to mid-century. Vintage tins, furniture, and home accessories such as scales and more are part of their inventory.

You must know your antiques and collectibles to find a bargain, but these sites are good to find a particular item to complete your collection or for us bargain hunters, this is another reference point to find what is popular, or the retail prices of what we currently own.

Tip Of The Week #57 : Repurposing, Thinking Out Of The Bench

Repurposing can be more than taking something you own and reusing it for something other than its’ original purpose.  Now this can also mean taking something you can buy at a bargain basement price and rethinking its’s application.  For instance, Potterybarn’s Sale items although having a great clearance price, may not include the entire set.  For instance,oftentimes you can great buys on king size pillowcases, but can’t buy the matching sheets.  However, with our electic styling of mixing and matching, you can buy these at a tremendous savings and match them to something you already own.  Have a queen size bed, and not a king?  Buy the king anyway, because king will fit your queen size pillows, and king size pillows will fit your queen size bed.

MarkdownMom found this bench and it was advertised by Potterybarn for $4.99.  Caught your eye with that price; however,if you are a frequent shopper of Potterybarn sale items you know that it doesn’t apply to the bench.  Instead it is the cushion of the bench that was originally $49.00, on sale for $4.99 in cardinal, raffia,and sage.  Now this cushion will work if you have a bay window or any bench.  MarkdownMom bought it for both in raffia and sage.  Plus you can pair them together to make a rectangle cushion and mix and match two colors!  Repurposing what you  buy.  Neat, huh? 

 Another example of thinking out of the box,or in this case, bench!