What's the (re)Purpose?

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

Repurposing can be a fun and affordable way to dress up your home. PROVIDED


Don't you love the dozens of Lowcountry treasure houses of vintage and antique finds? It is the greenest of green to craft new life and new purpose into an otherwise ordinary object.

From mason jars and Lego blocks to vintage silk neck ties and chipped china plates, the artistic ideas are endless.

Thanks to Pinterest, you can get a jump-start on the creative process.

(Warning: You can spend a weekend-long creative vacation on Pinterest and wake up Sunday afternoon realizing you have not done your laundry or fed the kids.)

You might start a search in your own attic, chose an object, type the name of that object into the Pinterest search box and be rewarded with 110 international ideas of how to “upcycle” that new find. I was thrilled to find this smiling brass chandelier in the back of a local “junk-tique” store and instantly wondered how many strands of beads it could hold in our shop – it did not let me down.

Not bad for $7.99. Old costume jewelry can be given new and interesting lives too. You might use broken jewelry to make picture frames, napkin rings, dog collars, wreaths or curtain tiebacks. Vintage brooches from the 1940s-1970s are currently very popular and are being constructed into new necklaces in a collage of monochromatic sparkle.

Add a couple of inexpensive strands of glass pearls or crystals from the bead store and it becomes fresh again without a lot of effort, time or expense.

Simple is the name of the game. Who doesn't have one lonely earring waiting to be used again as a pendant on a new chain.

Sometimes, these re-creations serve as a memorial to its original owner, which is why they can make gifts to relatives.

Broken vintage plates have enjoyed recent popularity after being repurposed as mosaics in flower pots, side tables, jewelry, vases, mirror frames or stepping stones.

So, next time the dog breaks a plate or pulls your necklace apart, rejoice in the possibilities and a chance to create.

PS: If you are still on Pinterest, it is time to feed the dog.


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