What's Green About Antiques?
The classic definition of an antique is an object at least 100 years of age, although many people consider objects much newer than that antiques. Recycling antiques reduces landfill waste and preserves a style of craftsmanship that is rarely replicated today. Antiques are made better, last longer, have more character, and often cost less than reproductions or cheap knock-offs.
Antiques and other old objects are everywhere. Your parents' basement, the antiques shop, flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, dumpsters, curbside on trash day or at the dump (we have those in New England). You'd be surprised at what you can find.
Recycling centers are also a great resource and often have a mix of older and newer architectural and decorative items in addition to the usual used items such as clothing, glasses and dishes, and books.
Salvage centers deal strictly with architectural antiques such as ornate metal heat registers, wrought iron gates, wood paneling, and fireplace mantles. They usually have a huge stockpile of antique hardware-from glass or agate doorknobs to hinges of every type. Unique objects for the garden are to be had as well. Urns, garden ornaments and statues, paving materials such as bluestone, and perhaps a bench.
Finding antiques, and decorative objects to decorate your living space is a great way to personalize your home and make it uniquely yours. All it takes is a little detective work and an eye for detail and style. Furnish or redecorate your first apartment or home with old objects and in 20 years you could be sitting on a goldmine!
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