6080: Autumn Splendour
Outdoor antiques markets
and tag sales are the perfect place to find entertaining
trinkets, do-dads, and do-hickey's. You'd be surprised
at the treasure trove of stuff you can find. Your friends
are going to be asking, "Hey, where did you get
that?" Before you know it, they'll be asking if
they can tag along! Here's some stuff to look out for:
- The multi-purpose nature of old boxes is sure to
get the creative juices flowing. A box of crayons
can be perfect for a kid’s party; filled with
treats, they make great party favours. Old apple boxes
and their smart-looking labels can be placed on the
kitchen counter, and stocked up with delicious apples.
An interesting old sugar box can serve as a great
container for your olive oils and vinegars.
- Let’s say you’ve got a silver pattern
that’s missing one piece, such as a sugar spoon.
In heading to an antiques market, you will see many
patterns attractively displayed in silver chests.
Go to the vendor, purchase the one item, and then
your set at home is complete. How about a nice set
of table and chairs? With a little refinishing they
can be perked up and ready for your next party in
- Vintage linens, with various patterns, can add a
nice touch of elegance to an evening. Notice the different
colours and tones, and think about how they will work
together for an occasion. If you can’t dream
up a time and a place for them immediately, remember
that sometimes you have to throw entertaining caution
to the wind, and trust your sense that there will
be an opportunity for you to present them in the near
As you continue to enjoy some 6080: Autumn Splendour at the
market, remember to try and be lighthearted with the
vendors. For the most part, they’re quite willing
to negotiate. Don’t forget to notice every detail.
Remember that anything that catches your eye could be
a perfect find!