Vintage tools and hardware are always on my list of things to look out for. Old rusty scissors, hammers and wrenches look great laying around or even implemented into art. Mount one to a framed back drop or stick a few smaller pieces in a shadowbox, and voila instant curiosity. You can even take a giant glass cloche jar and put a collection of different parts under it for a unique coffee table center piece. As I was walking around one of my favorite Sunday flea markets on the Upper West Side, I came across a man with a mound of old tools, toys, and other junk with the potential to be beautiful when removed from the surrounding clutter. These are the best places to shop from because the large volume of junk discourages the high end buyer and lowers prices. With a little bit of patience, a trained eye and no fear of a little dirt, some beautiful pieces can be saved from the pile of junk. For $32, I snagged these beautiful pieces including the two extendable yard sticks. Right now they are resting on my floor, but I am sure the rulers will be mounted on my wall to create some sort of artwork or frame, and the tools will be stuck on a shelf next to my collection of chemistry beakers. Soon I will be hunting for an industrial shelving set or cabinet to house all of my collections.
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