A few weeks ago, Kristen and I traveled to the Alameda Antiques Faire. For those of you that have never been, it's held on the first Sunday of the month, attracting vendors and patrons from all over the Bay Area. We have both been to faires in the past, this was our first time attacking it like professionals.
We were on the road that morning by 6:15, coffee in hand, and spend the 30-minute trip discussing what items we wanted to buy. We had done our homework, consulting antique experts like Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere as well as my sister, a vintage veteran. Here's what we learned: Arrive early, know what you're looking for, be kind but firm in negotiations and start from the back. Be sure to dress in comfortable clothes, bring cash and grab a tote bag to hold smaller items. It also helps to have a vehicle large enough to transport furniture discoveries.
Kristen was looking for a table and mirror to build her entryway, and I wanted to find some finishing touches for my newly renovated living room. Call it beginners luck, but we found exactly what we were looking for. I scored pre-mounted antlers to hang above my couch and old picket fence slats to be turned into jewelry holders.
Part one of my renovation was easy: a can of white spray paint and some blue painters tape allowed me to turn the rustic antlers into a unique wall mount (particularly ironic for this vegetarian). Tip: Spray light coats, building upon each with ample drying time in between, to avoid any drip marks. The jewelry holder project is next on my list.