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Once Forgotten, Twice Loved: Consignment & Antique Boutique in Columbus, Ohio   2 comments


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My obsession when visiting Columbus.

So Adam is a former Buckeye and my son is a Buckeye hopeful, so we manage to make a run down to Columbus, Ohio a few times a year.  This is one of the few places Adam enjoys spending a few hours meandering through as much as I do.  This monster of a shop carries consignments, antiques, and salvaged architectural materials.

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Inside Grand View Mercantile’s ReVue Consignment and Antique Shop

This wonderland of once-loved items and oddities (see image below) is GINORMOUS!  (that means really, REALLY big)  In the consignment section they have a clever pricing strategy I’ve never seen before.  Let’s just say it is “time sensitive” and the business girl in me is impressed.

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If you’re in Columbus, Ohio for a rowdy Buckeye’s game, getting your groove on at Comfest or in town for business, take a stroll down High Street and wander in to GrandView Mercantile.  You won’t be disappointed I promise!  Really.  Do it.  *wink!

Posted February 8, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Resources

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Salvaged Resources: The StockPile   Leave a comment


When I purchased my home in 2010, it had been empty for two years and was a bit neglected shall we say?  I saw so much potential in this run-down, brick ranch and had grown tired of life as a renter.  As a single parent, my pockets were certainly not deep by any stretch of the imagination, but I dreamed of feathering my new nest quickly.  Re-using materials and seeking out salvaged material was a necessity rather than a personal “green” statement.  At the time, I did not know about the fabulous resources available nearby.  So, like many, I started out sanding and refinishing cupboards in the kitchen, visiting “big chain” home supplies stores when I scraped up a few dollars, and graciously accepting leftover drywall and flooring from friends in the midst of their own remodeling.  Here are a few shots of one project in my home, where I used salvaged drywall, leftover white paint and once-loved flooring (in front of the fireplace).

Living Room Before

You can see the shadow of previously displayed art above the fireplace mantel.

Living Room Mid

Smoke damaged walls and fine seating…gotta love it!

Living Room After

Hand-me-down furniture, paint, and salvaged drywall never felt so good!

 

Although I will be eternally grateful for the cast-offs of friends and neighbors, I needed a more consistent resource.  That’s when a friend at work referred me to a few other valuable suppliers in the area.  I’ve mentioned The ReStore in a previous post, but another little peach is The StockPile.

In Canton, Ohio (not too far from the Football Hall of Fame) lies another hidden jewel for salvaged building materials.  The StockPile is a non-profit business, open to the public, and offers fantastic supplies for your next project at 1/3 the retail price.  Low cost and salvaged….right up my alley!  Their inventory includes awesome finds like:

  • Bathroom Fixtures & Plumbing
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Doors & Windows
  • Fabric
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Hardware
  • Lumber
  • Tile

Nope!  I do not receive any compensation for passing on this really cool resource.  Just sharin’ the love!  Leave a comment and share other resources for remodeling with salvaged materials:)

Posted February 7, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Resources

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Habitat for Humanity: The ReStore   Leave a comment


Do you love watching HGTV’s Rehab Addict like I do?  Then you have to take time to stumble into Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Stark County.  Find building supplies, once-loved fixtures, and gently used furniture and start re-imagining!

ReStore Chair

If you are looking for a “new-to-you” desk for your home office or craft room, this is the place!  Tile for a back splash?  Check!  A darling, retro light fixture? Check!  Their site has great links to DIY projects, green living, and up-cycling ideas too.  The ReStore takes donations and has volunteer opportunities as well.

Habitat for Humanity has helped build and rehabilitate over 400,000 houses, serving over two million people worldwide.  They were founded in 1976 as a non-profit Christian ministry to assist low income folks in their dream of home ownership.  I am tickled pink that they have created ReStore as a great resource for those of us with tiny bank accounts, but big dreams too.  Stop in, bring those ideas to fruition and re-imagine handmade!

Posted February 4, 2013 by bibbieandblue in Resources

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