My Husband Asks, “What are you going to do with that?”

Many of us go to antique malls and find ourselves purchasing things that we have no idea how we will use in our homes. No judgment here—we’ve all been there, right? I’m a big proponent of buying what you love, what speaks to you, then finding the right place for it. (And yes, at times ignoring that nagging someone who asks, “What are you going to do with that?”) 


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For example, who of us haven’t wanted to buy an old coca cola wooden case? I bought one this past summer only to get home and wonder how I’ll use it. I just so happened to buy a vintage set of spice jars too. So, every few weeks I trek to the grocery store and buy a bushel of baby’s breath and Viola! I’ve got a great display that hides my speaker to the television. I love the brand—even if it’s not vintage, it’s certainly cool.

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I also found this amazing old toolbox for only $28! What do you do with something so huge? I also picked up some mason jars (yes, I heard the controversy that these are over-used) and added the same baby’s breath and here you go! It’s a great asset to my dining room buffet. You can’t go wrong with baby’s breath.

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These tobacco drying racks were a steal, and at first, I didn’t have a clue to what I would use them for. It didn’t take long to put them to good use displaying my favorite fabrics.

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Hey, I say go with what you love and make it work. When you are drawn to it, you’ll find a place for it.  Ignore those nagging questions (be it from you or others)!


I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

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