Beginning each year on February 7 and culminating on February 14 is National Marriage Week. In honor of this celebration, we’re building up to Valentine’s Day by looking at one of the institutions most beloved traditions, with a twist: how to incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue into your home.
Growing up I spent many weekends with my mom at the local flea market. We would walk up and down the dirt aisles strewn with furniture, records, clothes and toys treasure hunting for goodies to bring home. I never thought of these items as old, but rather exciting and mysterious as each one carried its own special past.
Today, flea markets, yard sales and antique shops remain popular ways to find unique items – often at a very affordable price. There is also a growing trend towards upcycling, the process of transforming something deemed “useless” into something new of better quality.
In the sense of the wedding tradition, something old represents continuity and your link to the past. Many of the items I salvaged with my mom years ago remain in my adult home. And for those that look a little stale or out-of-date, they are just one crafty weekend away from becoming my next ‘new’ piece of furniture.
In case you are a big pinner on Pinterest, we’ve put together a board with more upcycling idea for you to borrow from. Take a look below, and follow us on Pinterest. Be sure to remember to let me know if you experiment with repurposing vintage items into your home – I’d love to see what you come up with! You can comment below, or drop us a comment on our Facebook page.