More Bang For Your Buck: Save money on upcycled and repurposed items

More Bang For Your Buck: Save money on upcycled and repurposed items

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Vintage, mid-century, cottage style, and shabby chic...all current trends that come with some hefty price tags in national retail outlets, but thanks to our local artisans, you can get these unique pieces for a fraction of the price.

"I went picking with my mother before seatbelts were even in style," said Tammy Gurdin.

Which led Tammy Gurdin to open RVA Antiques-filled with relics of the past, updated to today's styles. On Saturday, she and 30 other vendors will come together, some selling upcycled and repurposed items, most of which you won't find in stores.

"You get such great value with it, because you're getting true quality antiques, which are true wood-built furniture and they're being repurposed to look like the Crate and Barrel, to look like the Restoration Hardware furniture," said Gurdin.

At a fraction of retail prices.

"A dresser at Crate and Barrel, you're looking at $1,200, $1,500. Typically, our most expensive dresser is around $400. Huge savings and much better quality." said Gurdin.

What's hot? Pallets to make platform beds, headboards, walls and outdoor furniture. Industrial.

"If you go to a place like Aur Haus that has a reproduction, you're looking around $1,500. This one is $265 and it's the real McCoy," said Gurdin.

Light fixtures created from repurposed things. Updated hardware.

"For pennies, you can change your look."

Pieces that pop.

From what sells, she can tell you, "turquoise is very hot."

A dresser drawer would make an adorable pet bed. A wooden chair is now a towel rack. A plain silver lamp is beautifully transformed.

The Lakeside area is a bargain hunter's dream come true. It's why Terri opened her shop here.

"It inspires people to go home and do something," said Gurdin.

Terri Tatum's Whispers of Time is an anchor on the strip. As head of the business association, she sees the vintage market as a chance to unify the Lakeside business community while drawing in new customers.

"There's a community spirit here. It's the perfect area to repurpose and recycle," said Gurdin. "The buildings are older. It's an artsy, creative place and I think that's what draws people here."

Organizers hope to host the Lakeside Vintage Market twice a year, but Saturday's kickoff starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.

It all takes place across the street from the farmer's market on Lakeside Avenue.

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