September 3, 2014

Decorating With Junk and Antiques


I love decorating with junk and antiques.  I can spend hours wandering around antique stores, hobby stores and flea markets.  I can take an object, see it for what it is, and what it can be.  Items with an interesting history are the best finds.  If there is a show on TV or a website with great ideas on refurbishing items (junk and antiques), I will be watching the show or lurking on their sites.  Here are some of the ones I check out the most:


JUNK GYPSIES:  Amie and Jolie Sikes
These sisters are from Round Top, Texas and refer to it as "Gypsyville".  They do a whole lot of decorating with junk and other finds while rummaging around their favorite sites.  Along with their family, these ladies will tell you that they "believe in ripped jeans, hard work, and glitter".  I am proud to say that I am a Junk Gypsy too!

As they say on their website, "We believe every man’s trash is truly our treasure, junking is a way of life, and garage sales are our Rodeo Drive. We’d rather be at a flea-market collecting chippy-peely castoffs than anywhere else. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are.

We are the JUNK GYPSY COMPANY, Purveyors of the World’s finest JuNK, bringing you goods that are everything we are - a little bit hippie, a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit southern-fried, and a whole lot of GYpSy-fide!  To all of you....WELCoME HOME!"

FLEA MARKET FLIP:  Lara Spencer
Lara Spencer seems to do it all.  She can be found on ABC's Good Morning America, but on HGTV and GAC turning trash into treasure and cool decorations.  Her show, Flea Market Flip, pins two teams armed with $500 and a "flip list" to wander through a flea market looking for items to fulfill their lists.  Then with a good imagination and in only one day, they must re-invent those items and flip them the next day for money.  The team who makes the most money wins a cash prize.  I love watching the creativity of each teams efforts to make amazing home decorating items and/or useful furniture.  Another show of hers that I enjoy watching is "I Break for Yard Sales".
Flea Market Flip - HGTV
Flea Market Flip - GAC
hgtv/upcycling
http://www.laraspencer.net/site/laras-book.html


AMERICAN PICKERS:  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz
I just love watching these two men traveling across America and looking for junk to recycle.  They make their living by finding old antiques and restoring them for sale.  These American Pickers love to dig through people's junk and hearing the interesting stories that come along with each item.  Sometimes it can get a little hairy when the owners don't want the boys on their land, but they press on to find other "hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns".  Check them out and join them in their quest to find the best junk in America.
http://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers
http://www.antiquearchaeology.com/

FACEBOOK FAVS:  These are a couple of Facebook pages I follow that have great junk/antique decorating ideas:
Repurposed Things
Country Craft House

**A couple of the local antique malls I frequent in and around the Phoenix, AZ area:
BRASS ARMADILLO ANTIQUE MALL:  http://www.brassarmadillo.com/
MERCHANT SQUARE ANTIQUES AND MARKETPLACE: http://www.merchantsquareantiques.com/

HOBBY LOBBY:  If you haven't been to this hobby store, you should check it out.  They have tons of decorating ideas and materials to make whatever craft project you can think of:
http://www.hobbylobby.com/home.cfm

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