Thursday, March 24, 2011

Goal for the Day: Repurpose Something Exceptional

As a longtime collector of old and antique items, I’m a firm believer of recognizing the beauty of existing objects. Sometimes, older items are more attractive and better constructed than new ones straight from the factory.

Styles change, however, and often, an older object may not fit into your décor. That doesn’t mean that it’s not still a good piece. Take, for example, the lamps mentioned in the post below. The addition of new shades in a more current style and some jazzy finials made all the difference. Now, these lamps, which are almost as old as I am, have a new life and will survive another thirty years or more. One day, some other fellow like me will find these lamps in an antique store and really appreciate them because we’ve taken the time to preserve them.

So, this week, take a look at the stuff you’ve got tucked away in your attic or storage space. Perhaps you’ve got some things that you love, but don’t fit into your decorating plan as they are. You can always find a way to repurpose an item. Clean it up and give it a new life. Maybe it won’t be used for the purpose for which it was originally intended; maybe it will get some kind of upgrade. But, you’ll be preserving it and making sure that one day, someone else will be able to love it just as much as you do.

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