So there it is folks, one man's junk is another man's treasure!

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Home Stager with Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

This post was inspired by my good friend Kristine Ginsberg's comment on a post I wrote earlier today.  She commented that when she was in her 20's and got her first apartment, that she purchased things from flea markets and garage sales and was very proud of them.  I did the same thing when I lived in NYC, and to this day, I use many of those purchases.  Some of them are pictured here.  They may need a little touch up and work, but they were great finds, fun pieces and constant reminders that you don't always have to have the BEST!

The bowed front buffet was free!  It was left  by the previous tenant in an apartment I rented in Queens.  All I had to do was paint it black.  I think it's kind of cool.  The chairs (4 of them) were found on the curb.  Yes, a coat of black paint and a little fabric on the seats and they were good to go.  The chest of drawers above was purchased at a little antique shop after I moved back home from NYC.  Believe it or not, the woman that owned the antique shop turned out to be a cousin of mine that I had never met.  I knew her parents, but not her.  Funny how small this world actually is...........nothing was done to that piece.  Cost me 50 bucks, a steal.  The little black table next to it was found at a flea market in NYC.  I have two of them, 20 bucks for the pair.  You guessed it, painted them black, they were that beautiful blonde wood that our parents couldn't wait to have after all of that beautiful mahogany they had for years.  Such a nice change............NOT!  I use them as night stands.

 

The little sewing table with the crystal knobs is one of my favorites and such a great find.  25 bucks at an antique shop  about 30 years ago.  Love it to this day.  Did nothing to it other than bring it home!  It's in my living room now, I'm using it as an end table, but it's been a multi-purpose piece for years.

 

Last but not least, this little chest was purchased when a neighbor in NYC moved out of her apartment.  15 bucks and it came with the little tassle on the door pull.  Didn't have the heart to take it off since the girl who sold it to me could barely part with the piece.  It has two shelves inside and is also in the living room being used as an end table.

 

So there it is folks, one man's junk is another man's treasure!

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Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Roger, great use of your eye for design and gift of creativity....you made it work!

January 12, 2012 09:48 PM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Wow, sorry it took me so long to get back to this post.  I was working on moving all of the stuff off of these pieces of furniture to take the photos, then uploading them and messing around with the post before I left the house for a 12:30 lunch appointment.  I literally posted it and ran out the door.  Then I moved on to my Thursday with Mickey and just found out now when I got home that this post was Featured................who knew!

It's great to see how many of you appreciated a great little find and do much of the same thing that I have done.  I've found over the years that some of the pieces that cost me next to nothing are the pieces that most guests in my home comment on.  The only new pieces that I own are my couch, a cocktail table, dining table and four chairs and my box spring and mattress.  The rest of my apartment is filled with stuff from antique shops, flea markets and garage sales.  Some of my lamps, accessories and artwork were bought in retail stores, but not many of them.

The fact that most of these pieces pictured here have a story truly makes it fun for me and keeps the memories alive.  Over they years I have collected many pieces, replaced them with others, given some away  to friends and family and keep changing things up.  It's so much fun and since most of them cost me next to nothing, it's no big deal to replace them.

Before I moved to NYC, most of my two bedroom apartment was filled with pieces from Ethan Allen Design Center.  I sold all of it because I knew I'd never be able to afford an apartment in Manhattan to accommodate everything and I couldn't decide what to keep and what to get rid of, so it all went.  The only things I kept  and brought with me were the necessities like bedding, towels, dishes, glassware, pots and pans, a few lamps and the little sewing table with the crystal knobs.  It was great fun antiquing in NYC and going to flea markets.  If I do say so myself, it does take a good eye to spot a treasure and know what to do with it once you get it home.

I'm not the handiest person, but I will take on the challenge of refinishing a piece or slapping a coat of black paint on something.  It's amazing what black paiint can do to one of the ugliest pieces of furniture.

To me, my home is comfortable and filled with things that I truly enjoy.  I get more pleasure out of telling someone that I only paid 10 or 15 bucks for something or got it free than telling them I bought something at Crate and Barrel or another overpriced retail store and paid way too much for it.

Thank you all for commenting and sharing your stories with me.  I also want to thank you for the congratulations and the wonderful compliments, they are all greatly appreciated.

January 12, 2012 10:00 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Donovan Blatt Realty

Roger - My mom picks up many things that others on longer wants and refers to them as her foundlings.  We would do better to continue to repurpose.

January 12, 2012 10:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
BHG The Masiello Group

When I lived in SF, I had an aray of items similar to this.  I called it "early garage sale".  LOL

January 12, 2012 10:22 PM
Rainer
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Tori Toth
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Stylish Stagers, Inc.
I love old finds. I actually just got an antique couch that im going to reupholster with modern fabric. Mix and match is the best style to me
January 12, 2012 11:10 PM
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Joni Staples
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Roger, my last post was deleted and I had to re post so I am answering your comment, here (Please put it back -- I loved it!!)

OVER?! NO WAY! I love you, today, tomorrow and ALWAYS!!! I'm your girl! ♥ Joni + Roger = Love!!

January 12, 2012 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Roger:

Some of my favorite pieces of furniture have been purchased at flea markets or garage sales.  You can find some real treasures for little or nothing.

January 12, 2012 11:52 PM
Rainer
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Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Hi Roger--a man after my own heart.  I love to reuse, repurpose, and recycle.  I love Craig's list and have some amazing finds on it.  It's amazing what a little creativity and paint can do to give furniture a whole new life.  Congrats on the Feature. 

January 13, 2012 12:09 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale
951-290-8588

Hi Roger, nice title on your post, however, there is not one piece of junk here! These are all great pieces, and they have lasted well too.

January 13, 2012 12:53 AM
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
EXIT STAGE RIGHT

Roger - Amazing what a lick of black paint can achieve!  I love it that each piece of furniture has a story to it.  I particularly love the little sewing table. 

January 13, 2012 01:47 AM
Rainer
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Michael S. Bolton
MN Appraiser
Michael S. Bolton,Inc.

Roger~I wouldn't exactly call that junk, that's some pretty nice furniture. I really like the table with the two drawers. Great job in recognizing and bring home some nice TREASURES! Have an awesome day!

January 13, 2012 03:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
The Ocala Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Roger, I agree, but if I purchase all the junk I have the opportunity for, I would need a warehouse!  lol

January 13, 2012 06:18 AM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
Keller Williams 414-525-0563

  I don't think it is a question of affordable...these pieces speak personality loud and clear...and money is not the object...love 'em !

January 13, 2012 06:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Lets shake things up at your home today!
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092

Many "like" pieces were found in our home when I was growing up...........of course at the time, they were  pieces that were handed down.  Mickey laughs when I make these purchases, to her, it's all junk that they couldn't wait to get rid of..............to me, they are wonderful memories of my childhood.

Most of the time, it's not about the money when I make these purchases.  It's about finding a "one of a kind" piece or doing something with one that makes it quite unique.    Most people are shocked that I would pain a Duncan Phyfe mahogany buffet black, but I did, and I love it.

Once again, thanks to all for commenting and sharing your stories and idea.

January 13, 2012 06:46 AM
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Bryan Robertson
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Sometimes all these things need is a little restoration and they're fine.  I think most folks don't consider the fixing or updating is easy and inexpensive so they just throw the stuff out.

January 13, 2012 10:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Chuck Carstensen
Minnesota Real Estate Expert
RE/MAX Results

I think all but one of the dressers in our house we got for free from someone.  They are not as nice as these.

January 13, 2012 03:09 PM
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Great finds, Roger! I am always amazed when I find something for a great deal at thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops. Upcycling is the way to go; give something a new life and a new home! There are some neighborhoods here in the Denver that are notorious for great finds too!

January 13, 2012 05:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL

It looks like pretty good "junk" to me, Roger!  Those look like really good, solid pieces, not the imports you find made today.

January 13, 2012 06:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
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Love the black buffet. Well first of all because it's black, ha. But the lines!!

January 13, 2012 06:52 PM
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Top Agents Atlanta Metro
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Good job, nice furniture pieces, it is amazing the transformation a little work can make in an older piece of furniture to turn it into a treasure

January 13, 2012 10:03 PM
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