So with book in tow, and The Vintage Laundress, LeAnn Stephenson, leading the way, we trudged off the following day and happily weeded our way through tables laden with fabulous finds, odd knickknacks, unusual "junque" and funny gee-gaws, until we spied Donna from the night before arranging her wonderful wares on the wooden front porch of the inn.
Donna, quite simply, is a master of repurposing, taking vintage objects and whimsically breathing fresh life into them. Nothing she offers is too complicated or too tricky, but what she proves is that a fresh eye and a mind full of ideas can turn one person's castoff into another's pride and joy.
Take for instance this silver tray and toile covered table. Basically, you could take any type of tray, silver, tin, plastic or wood, and paint it with blackboard paint to create a fabulous message board. And the lowly wooden table gets a beauty school makeover with an application of glorious toile paper.
Hanging from the ceiling is a fanciful wind chime/candle holder that's fashioned out of an old bottle that was cut and etched.
Nearby this tinkling treasure was a vignette absolutely teeming with innovative re-purposing ideas. A coppery metal base of an old Victorian lamp becomes the perch for a porcelain bird; a vintage church hymnal is decoupaged onto the surface of a glass vessel, and a wooden, Irish spool is smudged with a bit of pink paint and turned into a pedestal for a precious pair of antique baby shoes.
Everything in the booth had a re-purposed polish, from the crystal candle holder that's artfully affixed to a patina-packed table leg to handmade doilies carefully attached to make apparel pieces. There's no rubbish left here! It's all become a treasure-seekers dream.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter