There’s no question that our customers are often looking for a very specific thing.
That could be anything from a Arts & Crafts era Barrister’s Bookcase to a Duncan Phyfe couch. Or in the Mid Century Modern world, it could be about scoring a classic Eames chair or a set of signed gold leafed Georges Briard drinking glasses.
Or maybe you’re a traditionalist who wants to find Limoges boxes or a Lladró figurine?
Well, there’s nothing we like more than helping you locate that coveted designer or rare item to help with your decorating or collection. And we’ve certainly got plenty of these items and more in our 15,000 feet of showroom space.
BUT…there are others who are makers of new things from old things and today’s blog is for them.
It’s all about finding bits and pieces for your upcycling art, your DIY homemaking tendencies, or your desire to fix old appliances or gadgets by cannibalizing other broken appliances or gadgets or from finding their parts here or there.
A Part From The Rest
Several of our vendors patently deal in parts — one in particular has a whole booth almost exclusively set up in organized see-through baggies filled with every kind of piece and part imaginable, especially around clock and watch parts and fittings.
But he also has paper ephemera, old advertising and packaging boxes of various sizes, jewelry bits, doll parts, wooden folk decor such as candleholders and painted clogs, and many many other items that artists from far and wide pilgrimage to for a good long browsing and buying session. (PS artists, if you do come for that, remember to journey upstairs to The Artisans Loft, our 5,000 square foot local art and artisans’ gallery.)
Other vendors have mixed in and among their finds things like vintage fabrics and other textiles in whole or in parts that are routinely upcycled by buyers into new pillows, purses, quilts, dolls, and other items. Some carry full bolts and labeled yardages, others carry runners, napkins, rugs, tea cozies, tablecloths, doll clothes and more, all of which can be repurposed by the right creative maker into something entirely new either for your own needs or to sell!
Say it with Paper
And then there’s more paper ephemera.
If you’re looking for those old issues of TIME Magazine or National Geographic, comic books, Virginia Magazine, and even Playboy, or the old insurance, travel, and association magazines, we’ve got you covered.
Postcards, greeting and sports cards, and even cut out images packaged in plastic sleeves — all of these aid mixed media artists and designers, hobbyists and craftspersons, to make new items from the old and we’ve got them in abundance and well-organized for your shopping pleasure.
So if you’re into decoupage, card-making, scrapbooking, sculpture, or mixed-media of any kind, I encourage you to come plumb our treasure-trove of goodies!
What else works with upcycling and mixed media arts? Well — kind of you name it!
Many artists integrate vintage toys like metal cars, Lincoln Logs, erector sets, dolls, doll parts, and doll accessories, and other items such as games or game pieces, and childhood collectibles like erasers, trading cards, or figurines. Do we have ’em? Um…yes!
Then there are things from the sporting world like fishing lures, team and organization patches, shooting targets and supplies, or birdies and balls and bats. Any of these stand well on their own but can be harvested by artists and makers too depending on the purpose.
I could go on and on. I could mention old books, vintage clothing accessories like sunglasses, scarves, and hats, or wayward letterpress blocks from old companies or as plain images.
There’s feed sacks and old hat boxes and cool looking old gadgets and appliances that may or may not work (usually our vendors try to identify if they do), but either way are useful in upcycled art and gadget repair, too.
So…if you’ve got a tendency to gather and collect ambient stuff for making new stuff I can’t recommend coming by the Staunton Antiques Center more highly! If for nothing else, you’ll just plain have fun browsing our awesome collection.
FORTUNATELY…we just happen to have vendors who curate things very well for you so most of what you’re seeing is actually easy to see and find.
And then you might just find that EXACT thing you’re looking for and even luck onto some unexpected things, too.
Here’s hoping to see you here!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center