Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Repurpsoed Upcycled Reused Reconstructed Vintage Items

Old Vintage Drawer repurposed into a wall shelf, or storage piece to use. This item was found with the site. 

Here is an old vintage suit case that was used to make this medicine cabinet in the bathroom. How neat is that? This item was found with

I have seen many different things done with old, vintage, antique mirror frames. This is one that you will see done often. I found this from a seller at Etsy.  

Repurposed, Upcycled, Reused, Reconstructed Items of Vintage being used for some of these homemade techniques. So, what do you think, and do you approve of it?

Hi there, and Welcome back to LilacsNDreams! I have something I was curious about something, and wanted to kind of put this out there for others to read, consider, and share with us about. 

With vintage items there has been an issue of repurposing, upcycling, recycling, homemade, altering, reusing, and reconstructing such pieces. Some pieces that sometimes are used might have a minor flaw with it, maybe it is a lonely item left from a set, maybe something that didn't sell, odds and end piece collecting dust. something headed to the dumpster, etc. There are some pieces that might have any flaws, has lived a glorious life, but the owner wishes to show the item in an updated from that would fit with the times of today. Whatever the reason may be there are pieces of vintage that are used with repurposing, upcycling, recycling, reusing, reconstructing, and so on. 

There are some who have strong feelings that vintage pieces should not be used in these techniques, or altered in any way. They feel they should not be used for any crafting form. Quite some time ago I did see a comment made about repurposing being the end of all antiques. 

Then you have others comment about preserving things that have been damaged, or greatly loved over the years. So, why not make them into something that is wonderful after they have seen their glory days. Another thought was taking something old, and creating it into something new again would create potential for new collectors that maybe were not reached before. 

Antiques, or vintage often reminds people of their grandmothers things, and this would not be the in style for the younger generation. With this some feel that antiques are being destroyed, and this would be then end to all antiques. 

I love things that are old, I adore things that have a past, I love to learn about these things, and I so enjoy the stories with different pieces too. Even though I like some of these pieces that do not fit fully into the decor of our home, and with the taste of other family members either. Now, if they are updated in some small way they seem to be better accepted. 

Over time I have seen some who adore treasures in this way, and I have also seen those who enjoy vintage treasures as they are, and being upset with this craft that is growing. So, without any arguments, no heated discussions, what do you think of this? How do you feel about it? I ask you to please be comfortable in sharing, and to please remember that everyone has their own opinions. There is no right, or wrong answer to this. Please respect everyone when replying to this issue. 

I thank you for sharing your time with LilacsNDreams, and I appreciate those who comment, share, and contact Me with personal messages too. Have a super Wednesday, and see you all again soon. 

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