Scouting for Junk in Princeton, Wisconsin - What Fun!



I attended a family reunion this summer near Princeton, Wisconsin. The town hosts a flea market every Saturday all summer, and crowds flock from miles around to the town square for the weekly festivities.

Venders sell their crafts and fresh produce while shoppers wander the jagged aisles looking for treasure. But Princeton visitors don't need to wait for Saturdays to come around to find some fantastic treasures.

I stopped in at two neighboring shops on the main thoroughfare through town and found a heap of fun stuff I would have bought if I had unlimited funds. If you're ever in Priceton, Wisconsin, I highly recommend you check out these two shops.

The first one is Needful Things. Check out Debi's Needful Things on Facebook to see more pictures of the wonderful projects in progress at the shop.


I love the whimsical style of the inventory of this shop. The hand-painting is one-of-a-kind.

When I stopped in, this piece was in progress, and now it's finished:
I want it!

The other shop I checked out was one I stopped at several years ago when I was in the area. Huser Daddy Antiques has made some great improvements at the shop. I loved it before, but now there were some cool brightly painted items and the pile of treasures outside has been organized and arranged. Love the changes! Find out more about the shop at the Facebook page for Huser Daddy Antiques and have fun looking through the photos. 



If only I had unlimited funds....

What fun it is to stop in local resale shops. The next time you're exploring Wisconsin, be sure to check out Princeton...any day of the week. But especially on flea market Saturdays. 

Thanks to the shop owners for letting me scout around. I'll be back again, for sure!

Tips for Decorating with Yard Sale Finds

I recently wrote a piece for Queen of the Castle Magazine titled "Upscale Junk: Tips for Decorating with Yard Sale Finds." I thought I would share with my T2T readers. 



Flip over to page 54 to read my article, but be sure to check out the rest of the magazine too. It has a lot of fun content. 

Cheerful Quilt Puts the Finishing Touches on Bedroom Re-do

When I redid the paneling in my bedroom, I knew that I wanted to replace the quilt, but my new one was only half-finished. 

So, my 'after' pictures looked like this...with a quilt that was outdated and need some repair. Not exactly what I had in mind.
Yeah, that was from back in my mauve and sage days. 

It's finally done! I love how cheerful the new quilt is. This was made from all of the leftover fabric I had around from some other projects, like tote bags and purses. 


Tie and Belt Rack from Old Piano Parts

Here's a quick project from old piano parts. My dad used the pegs from inside the piano to make these tie and belt racks that can hang in the closet. It could also be used for jewelry or other decorative items. He drilled holes for the pegs in some of the scrap wood from the piano. 


Repurposed Piano Parts - A Beautiful Sofa Table

I grew up playing piano on a huge upright grand. If you've been following my recent posts, you've seen some of the projects my dad made from that piano when it was time to retire it from use. 

The top of the piano was a long board with a hinge so that the piano could be tuned. My dad used that board, with the attached hinge and created this sofa table. He purchased the repurposed legs from a local salvage shop. Then, he stained them and a few other repurposed pieces to match the piano color. 



Another Table from a Repurposed Piano

In another segment of my repurposed piano series, here is the end table my dad made for me. The legs are from original parts of the piano, and he used some other salvaged wood for part of the shadow box to contain the piano keys. You'll notice it looks different from the one he made for my sister, since each uses different parts of the piano.
 I learned to play piano on these keys. I remember the broken ivory on that one A key.

The old piano looked a lot like this one I found on the internet, except it was more ornate.
The table legs are made from the front let, and also from the half-leg that was there for decoration on the body. My dad cut the back legs for my table from the body of the piano.

 Isn't it cool how the keys were all numbered? To get them to fit right in the table, they couldn't be reassembled in perfect order.
Watch for more piano projects coming this week!

More Uses for Piano Parts

Recently, I featured a table my dad made from the parts of an old piano. This week, I'd like to show you a few other projects he created. The part of the piano where music would usually rest is a beautiful piece of wood with ornate trim. He turned it into a wall feature to be used as a photo ledge. 


I spent many hours with music spread on that easel. It's nice to keep it all in one piece in its retirement days. 

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