England Buying Trip Part 1
Following our weekend in Belgium in August 2010, we flew to England for a week of antiquing. Our England buying trips consist of visiting large dealer fairs, world-renowned antique centres, smaller local antique shows and stops in “antique” shopping villages. Though we have a lot of fun, its hard work and tightly scheduled, so we must be prepared for our trips.
Prior to our buying trips, we make loose shopping lists and we spend time watching trends on the web. One trend that caught our eye was the architectural wood items that are gaining popularity. Contemporary merchandise catalogues, such as Restoration Hardware or Anthropologie, feature conversation architectural pieces that are repurposed from their original intent.
Repurposing is not a new concept, although it is now a popular “green” concept. Throughout the ages, people have taken salvage items and reused them in a new way. For example, at one fair, we purchased these shelves. Originally, the women’s carved faces came off a piece of furniture or carved walls. About 100 years ago, someone else took these architectural items and added the shelf.
We purchased many wood architectural items during our buying trip. We’ll be showing these at an antique show in Texas and then, bringing some home to Missouri in mid-October.