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Decorating with Marquee Signs

Decorating with Marquee Signs

Decorate with Marquee Signs

Marquee signs are becoming a popular trend in home decor. Not only do they add great accent lighting, they also can be used to make a statement. For example, you may wish to place several different lettered marquee signs together to spell out a word that represents your home or family. This could be the word “HOME” displayed on your living room wall. Perhaps you want to personalize your space and if your last name is “Brown”, maybe display the family name across the family room wall. For children’s and teen bedrooms, a single letter representing the initial of their first name would work well, defining the space as their own. Decorate the downstairs bar with illuminated marquee signs of the letters B, A, and R. The list of possibilities is endless and limited only by your imagination. Let’s look at some great ideas of decorating with marquee signs offered by various vendors that will really add some spice to your space.

Custom 21″ Metal Hashtag Vintage Marquee Sign

Everyone seems to use hashtags for everything these days, so why not display this great hashtag marquee sign somewhere in your home? Get creative and display with other letters for a fun look. For example, “#eat” displayed somewhere in the kitchen or dining area. Sign is made from galvanized sheet metal and is welded for long lasting stability. Measures 21 inches tall and 3 inches deep, including bulbs. Made for indoor or outdoor use. Hand painted with chalk paint option for a nostalgic look, or choose a metallic finish for a look of lustrous brushed metal. Comes ready to plug in. Includes spare bulbs, welded hooks on back for easy hanging, UL approved sockets, wiring, and two prong plug, and an eight foot cord.

Custom 21″ Metal Hashtag Vintage Marquee Sign

Custom 21″ Letter Vintage Marquee Signs

These great marquee signs in the form of letters make it easy to express yourself. Make a single letter statement or combine letters to create words for a fun decorating idea. Choose from any of the 26 letters of the alphabet, or from a cool hashtag or ampersand symbol. Available in colors black, blue, gray, green, pink, mint green, and unpainted. Includes 8 ft. cord and fused plug. Made from welded galvanized sheet metal and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Measures 21 inches tall by 3 inches deep. Advertise your business, or use for attractive and creative home decor.

Custom 21″ Letter Vintage Marquee Signs

Rustic Red Vintage Heart Lighted Marquee Sign

This heart shaped marquee sign is available in several sizes including 18 inches, 24 inches, 30 inches, 36 inches, and 40 inches. Available in colors rustic red, rustic blue, rustic black, and rustic pink. Each sign is hand crafted and made to order and includes a 6 foot long cord and light bulbs. Comes ready to plug in and enjoy. Super cute sign would make a great romantic gesture for Valentines Day, or perhaps even for a surprise proposal.

Rustic Red Vintage Heart Lighted Marquee Sign

Exclamation Point Marquee Sign

You can really make your point with this great marquee sign, an exclamation point that is. Decorative piece has a whimsical front and a illuminated metal body. Makes a great statement piece in any room. Made from stainless steel and has a five foot long cord. Sign measures 22 inches wide by 7.4 inches high. Uses 5 watt maximum E12 G30 bulbs which are included, as well as two extra bulbs. Wall mounting hardware is included.

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Unique Marquee Signs from Dot & Bo

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Kids Lamp, Batman Lamp, Batman Light, Marquee Sign

This is a hand made item constructed from reinforced card stock and heavy duty foamboard and commercial grade LED string lights. Shaped light Batman’s mask, this is perfect room decoration and night light for any little Batman fan’s room. Product is finished in a high quality matte finish spray paint and the LED lights have a guaranteed lifetime of 30,000 hours. Sign has an 8 ft. clear silver cord set with an online rotary switch. Sign is very light and can be used as free standing or can easily be mounted to the wall. Batman marquee sign measures 20 inches by 15 inches by 3 inches. Provides a warm glow that will brighten up any child’s room and help to comfort them at night or light their way on those long trips to the bathroom. Unique decorative and lighting idea for kids’ rooms.

Batman Marquee sign

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Decorating with Marquee Signs

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How to Hunt for and Find Antiques – Tips

How to Hunt for and Find Antiques – Tips

The summer is a great time to hunt for and find antiques. It is easy to get around and you can find more garage sales and house sales as well as shop at stores.

Search for the Perfect Antique Collectible for Your Home

When shopping for antiques, it is important to have some type of plan in order to make sure that you find the special items you are seeking and to get a fair price on them.

Antique shopping can be done purely for fun, with no particular treasure in mind. But, if you do have something particular in mind, it pays to do a bit of research prior to hitting the various venues in which you can find antiques.

Finding antiques is half the battle, and a large part of the fun is the experience itself. Here are some helpful tips and advice to make your antique hunting go smoothly and be successful.

Know Where To Look

Each shop has a specialty

To get the best antique finds, it is important to know where to shop. Obvious choices are antique malls and flea markets, or even pawn shops. These places are usually packed with hundreds of interesting and
unique items, many of which may be antiques. The trick when visiting one of these venues is to know how to spot an antique amidst the masses of other items.

The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping: Insider Tips, Helpful Hints, Hip Shops

Other places that can prove to be fruitful when shopping for antiques are garage sales, estate sales, and thrift shops. Most garage sales are listed in the local newspapers, and many include a brief listing of the types of items that will be for sale. In the case of estate sales, these are usually announced to the public through an ad in the local newspaper. Much like with garage sales, there is typically a list of items that will be offered. If the estate in question belonged to an older person, chances are you may find some antique items that have been around through generations of their family. Thrift shops are also terrific places to find that special something. People donate anything and everything to places such as Goodwill, and you could just as easily stumble upon a fabulous bargain such as an antique sewing machine, for example, as you could an everyday used mass market paperback novel. Many times these jewels are hidden among the furniture and home decor section along with more modern items.

Old French Furniture

Old French Furniture

Antique Fairs, Antique Shops, and Online Shops

Antique fairs are also very good places to find bargains. If you see an item you are especially interested in, but the seller is asking too much for it, consider paying them a visit later in the day during your antique shopping. Chances are if the seller is about to pack up and it is the last day of the sale, he or she may be willing to make a deal with you on the asking price. Let them know you’re willing to take the piece off their hands and save them the trouble of having to pack it up if they only come down a notch on the price.

Small, locally owned antique shops are also fun to shop in, and many times have great bargains. This is also a great way to get to know the shopkeeper and become comfortable asking questions or discussing antiques with them, while at the same time benefiting a local business.

Last but not least, online sites such as Ebay also have a lot of antique pieces to offer. Just make certain to read the information the seller lists very carefully. Inspect all photos thoroughly before bidding or using a “buy it now” option. If you have any questions or concerns at all about the item, by all means, contact the seller before committing to the purchase or bid. Be wary of terms such as “style”. For instance, a “Buco style” vintage motorcycle helmet may not be the genuine article, but something similar.

Antique Finds: Just one perfect find can make a room

Know What You are Searching for

Narrow down your search parameters

If searching for a special find, do some research before shopping for antiques. Gaining knowledge about the item of interest will provide you with the information you need to decide if the item is the real deal or a replica, as well as letting you know what condition to expect from the item, and what a fair price range might be. There are several guides that list prices of all types of antiques that can be very useful references. One such guide is Kovel’s Buyer’s Price Guide.

 Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2015 Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015 Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 Price Guide

You may wish to purchase a printed guide to bring with you on your shopping adventures, or you could use an online site and then print the needed information to take with you as you are finding antiques during shopping.

There is also a wealth of information available at your local library, online, or through printed materials, that can guide you in the right direction during your antique shopping. Also, if you happen to be searching for something very specific, for example, antique period furniture, search specifically for that category of antiques. By searching for something very specific, you will acquire more detailed information about the item you desire, as opposed to just doing a broader search about antiques in general.

Antique wooden armchair

Antique wooden armchair

Inspect the Item Thoroughly

Do your research ahead of time

If you are considering purchasing something very important to you, or that carries a hefty price tag, then make sure you’re getting the deal you think you are. This is especially true when purchasing online from Ebay, Craigslist, etc., as mentioned previously.

If you are inspecting an item in person, look for any damage to the item or for any missing pieces or parts. Obviously, in dealing with antiques, the object is not going to be perfect. With some antiques, the normal wear and tear actually add charm and character to the item, and may actually be the “look” you are seeking. However, if you are considering these antique finds based solely on how valuable it is, be extremely careful when inspecting it. Look for any repairs that have been made to the item, as this will decrease its value. Check for any parts that may not be original. Be cautious when finding an item that seems in such great condition for its age that it almost seems to good to be true. The fact of the matter is, you may have just discovered a replica of an antique, not an actual genuine antique. Just be certain you are aware of the fact that an item is simply a replica before purchasing it, as it will be of nowhere near the value of the real thing.

American Pickers Searching for Antiques in Backyards and Barns

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If you are an Amazon prime member, you can take advantage of many instant videos like this one for free where you can learn a lot about antiques and where to find them. American Pickers is a show about two men who make a living searching for vintage and antique items. They travel around the United States in search of the right pick.

Enjoy the Journey

Antique shopping and collecting is a truly enjoyable hobby. It may even be able to bring you some extra income if you know what to look for. Buying something at a true bargain and selling it for much more is quite possible if you know what you are doing. Most of all, just have fun with it and enjoy seeking out these wonderful pieces of the past to make them a part of your present and future.

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