The Ultimate Buy

You might think we’re referring to a house, but we’re referring to the articles in your house.  The special season of rummages, estate sales, and flea markets is upon us. Wonderful treasures can be repurposed as one of a kind treasures. When you can decorate with pieces that have history, it is extremely rewarding to know that your find may have been created for another purpose and it now is being utilized in another way. An armoire can be turned into a bookcase, or a head board can be made into the back of a bench. Old doors can be sanded and painted and then serve as tasteful unique art above a mantle or just eye catching and stunning wall art. Did you know that there are 1100 flea markets in the United States? Over $4 million dollars are made each year at flea markets. Flea markets are so popular in Paris that 180,000 visitors go each week. Consignment shops and thrift stores generate $13 billion a year. The first flea market was in Texas. Brimfield Antiques is the largest in Connecticut with 6000 dealers who sell their wares. There are many opportunities to find treasures, but do not be afraid to haggle over the price, stick to your budget, and take your find home right away. So start hunting and have fun!


Twelve Tips For Selling Your Home

Spring into spring with ideas that make your home bright and new for a successful sell. Did someone say, “Curb Appeal?” Absolutely, start with the outside of your home. You want your home to stand out as a jewel in your neighborhood. The following checklist will help you to do this with DIY projects that won’t break the bank.

  1. Complete removal of the leftover leaves and clippings from gutters and downspouts from the previous season.
  2. Complete bush and tree pruning.
  3. Do not forget to weed and feed to cut down on the weeds especially if crabgrass exists in your area.
  4. Repair cracks in walkways, driveways and windows.
  5. Replace broken outdoor lighting fixtures.
  6. Make sure to repair and paint windows, soffit, and fascia if needed.
  7. Power-wash brick walkways, walls, and sided exteriors.
  8. Don’t just cut the lawn–edge it!
  9. Now is the time to replace outdoor lighting fixtures with options that fit the architectural style–color for the period of your home or just match what you have. Take a look at a catalogue and don’t forget to match the paint with paint chips.
  10. Start shopping for your spring bulbs, hanging baskets, and containers for the garden if this is your passion.
  11. Do not forget to water early in the morning on very warm days for plants and shrubs, bulbs and flowers according to directions from the garden center or packaging for the specific type.
  12. Clean and paint all surfaces of your metal or wooden patio and deck furniture with the correct type of paint for the surface or start shopping for new.