Apr 30 2010

Old Stuff Saves Energy

Earlier this month I was at the quadrannual antique show in Roundtop Texas.  Although I went to shows in several small towns in the area, I found the most interesting stuff at the Marburger Farm – huge tents setup not only sold traditional antiques, but also newer handcrafted folk items.  I know this is an energy blog, but as I said in my previous post, buying antiques saves energy.  Just because something is old, doesn’t mean it has outlived its usefulness, or that it is no longer stylish. OK, you might want that ultra-modern look, and you really want that entertainment center from Ikea.  That’s fine – I’m guilty of that myself, but there is no reason why you can’t mix and match with antiques.  I ended up with a few items – a rustic wooden bench from the 1880s, a Cosco-brand serving cart from the mid-1950s, and some sort of wooden cubby-hole thing with a copper-green paint job – no idea what it was originally for, but it makes a cool shoe rack.  On the way home I even picked up some retro stainless-steel stacking containers for sugar, coffee, tea, & flour.  Checkout the gallery below to see some of the stuff I found.