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I have been an Antique Dealer for about 5 years now, and
love the people I meet and the creative inspirations and
support I get from customers, friends and other dealers.
My background is in Teaching and Real Estate and Art,
as well as formerly buying and selling Houses that my
husband and I would completely Transform and Stage
each house before renting or re-selling. During this time I
learned a lot about re-doing everything, by using paint, tile,
wood, curtains, furniture, decorations, etc., to bring each
room alive.

When the economy went South, I had loads of Inventory
to sell, as well as experience, so moved things into an
Antique Mall. I began "rescuing" furniture and other
accessories, instead of entire houses. I'm known for
painting furniture, lamps, boxes-- almost anything…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 6
  • Joined May 16, 2012

Favorite materials

wood, mirrors, beads, architectural elements, metal fragments, paint, crystals, lace, pictures, lights, tile, and feathers

About

I have been an Antique Dealer for about 5 years now, and
love the people I meet and the creative inspirations and
support I get from customers, friends and other dealers.
My background is in Teaching and Real Estate and Art,
as well as formerly buying and selling Houses that my
husband and I would completely Transform and Stage
each house before renting or re-selling. During this time I
learned a lot about re-doing everything, by using paint, tile,
wood, curtains, furniture, decorations, etc., to bring each
room alive.

When the economy went South, I had loads of Inventory
to sell, as well as experience, so moved things into an
Antique Mall. I began "rescuing" furniture and other
accessories, instead of entire houses. I'm known for
painting furniture, lamps, boxes-- almost anything with a
paintable surface. I also hate to throw anything out, so
have often incorporated whatever items I have laying
around into my objects-- and thus the "Reclaimed Renegade"
was born!

My Vision for a long time has been to get more creative. I
have been collecting furniture, embellishments, paints,
supplies, etc. for several years and plan to go all out and
nurture my Creative Instincts. My goal is to take items that
might otherwise have been thrown out or donated to Thrift Stores
and give them a new life, much the way I have rescued my animals.
I prefer Antique and Vintage items, since they have so much soul
and history to them, but will use almost anything that comes my
way. Each piece "speaks" to me, and using what I have on hand,
I will re-create with whatever inspiration that hits me at that moment.

I am Eclectic, so love Shabby, Country,Cottage, Rustic &
Primitative, Spanish Revival, Victorian, Prarie, Mountain etc. My
inspiration comes from the piece and not from a desire to follow
any particular style.

I am just starting on this Etsy Journey, so please check back often
for more items. I will be starting a Blog Site Soon, and need to also
spend a lot of time creating new items. I also will be listing Vintage
items that I have not "reclaimed" but think are cool.

I have Antique Booth Spaces at Old Glory in Riverside and Trinket
Trader in Crestline, and previously sold on eBay, but decided to switch
to Etsy as it is a site devoted to hand-crafted and Vintage items, which
is closer to my heart. To say the least, I am always busy creating
something. Email me with any questions, etc.
Always happy to help. thanks Crystal

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