Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager
With the fall weather upon us, I’ve been anxious to start decorating my house for the season. Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I love to incorporate a mix of wood, metal, burlap and traditional fall colors into my house and front porch décor. This year, I was looking for a new metal item to add to my house décor. I decided it was time to head to one of the antique malls in our area and see what cool things I could find!
I was worried I would be overwhelmed with so many items to look at; however, it was just the opposite! My mind started spinning with DIY ideas! The store space is massive, at just over 15,000 square feet. It is made up of over 80 Vendors in varying size spaces offering tons of unique items. From beer signs and glasses, to wooden boxes and furniture items, there truly is something for everyone and every décor! What I found myself thinking as I was wondering around the mall was how many of the older items have a story to them. I even found a few items that I know my mom still uses in her house. It was neat to see that they are an antique and a collectible!
I found a few items that would definitely be great purchases for someone who has that inner DIY quality!
Nautical items: All it would take with any of these items is a little imagination. On the left-hand side of the photo, you’ll notice 2 portholes. I was just at a store recently that turned those into a pendant light for over a table. How cool! Also, if you have the right décor in your house, any of those lights would make great statement wall sconces.
Blue mason jars: There were many vendors that were selling blue ‘Ball’ mason jars of all sizes. Some had covers and some did not. They were all reasonably-priced as well. These would be great for a spring or summer outdoor table centerpiece with some simple daisies in them. Another option would be to use them as centerpieces for a baby shower, wedding shower, wedding reception or other special event.
Galvanized mop bucket: I almost purchased this to bring home and add to my front porch fall décor! I love the galvanized metal look and I could definitely tell that it was an old item. It would look great with a large orange or red mum plant in it and accented with burlap bow or other fall-themed ribbon.
Wood sled: I only saw 3 of these during my visit and they are the perfect addition to any winter-themed arrangement. I already have one and simply added white lights, evergreen branches and a red plaid bow. It’s the perfect accent piece for my Christmas holiday porch setup.
After walking around for about 45 minutes, I finally found the perfect metal piece to add to my fall design. It’s small, simple and rustic-looking. Once I got it home, I simply added a piece of burlap ribbon and a few pinecones and leaves I had lying around. It is now the perfect edition to my kitchen counter!
My best advice when visiting the Memories Antique Mall for the first time, is to go in with an open mind. You never know what great things you’ll find that will inspire the DIY’er in you!