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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652883
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What could become of a five-dollar box of ball fringe? Or a beautiful old ball gown? A torn lamp shade? What about that cast-iron lobster-shaped cornbread mold? The spunky sisters (née Salvage) have uses for all such quirky items, and in this marvelous guide to making the old new, they infuse what could've been a humdrum how-to book with the narrative suspense of a novel. Their bubbly anecdotes explain how architectural salvage, like pediments and porch brackets; furniture; old clothes, curtains and cloth; and other "humble bits and pieces" can be whimsically repurposed. Hackett, who worked on the publishing program at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Young (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decorating Your Home) give instructions for each of the 50-odd projects, often recommending the use of glue guns, handsaws, electric drills and needle and thread. Granted, a lot of what the authors preach is more about attitude than usefulness. For example, how many readers will actually make a sculpture by gluing mussel, oyster and scallop shells to a mannequin? But such a project certainly reinforces their mantra: "when in doubt, don't throw it out." (June)
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About the Author

Kathleen Hackett is the former executive book editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She has written for both the Pottery Barn Style series and Budget Livingbooks, as well as various other publications, including Elle Décor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.


Mary Ann Young is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Decorating Your Home and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Needlework. She has contributed to Martha Stewart Living,Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Living magazines. Mary Ann and her husband are founders of Camden Harbor Company, a design/build firm in Rockport, Maine, where they live with their two children.

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Customer Reviews

I enjoyed this book for an afternoon of nonsense fun!
MJ
Like a year's subscription to a decorating magazine for yard salers, their colorful, perky and practical book teems with ideas, good and bad.
Lynn Harnett
There wasn't a single idea in the book that was worth reproducing or even marginally inspirational.
K. Thomas

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe on May 23, 2005
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I'm the type of person who simply can't resist picking stuff off the street and bringing it home. Once I get it home it sits forever until I figure out what to do with it. Old furniture. Table legs. Headboards. All sorts of random goodies.

This book gave me a clue about what to do (and what not to do) with this "junk". All this random stuff has finally turned into actual projects!

Back to work for me!

If it rings a bell for you... get this book!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on August 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Have you never passed a yard sale without stopping? Does your attic bulge with things you might find a use for someday? Are you always looking for new, innovative decorating ideas?

Answer "yes" to any of those questions and the "Salvage Sisters Guide" will kindle a kindred spark. Like a year's subscription to a decorating magazine for yard salers, their colorful, perky and practical book teems with ideas, good and bad.

Some of the good ideas are familiar. A patchwork quilt (or ottoman cover, tablecloth or lampshade-cum-chandelier cover), made out of your family's long-loved old clothes, for instance. Or the ball gown cut down for a table skirt. And I don't know that I've ever seen a cast-iron lobster-shaped cornbread mold used as a doorknocker, but it seems like I should have.

Then there's the bad ideas; who hasn't seen a nifty looking throw tucked neatly over an old chair's fraying upholstery? Looks great, as long as nobody sits on it. Making outfits for the whole family out of a couple of big, ugly curtains makes for a funny picture, but I wouldn't want to try it on my family. And I get the distinct feeling that most of the newsprint ideas - wreaths, mirror-frame covers, urns filled with crinkled balls - look a lot better in the pictures than in real life. As for shell art; it's downright dangerous.

But the twin-bed headboard set over the plain horizontal mirror (or door frame) really does smarten up the piece and the hundred and one uses for an old wine rack (from shoe rack to spa closet) are all inspirational. Plant stands make chair-side serving trays, umbrella stands, and even a whimsical toilet tissue stand.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. LeClerc on July 23, 2005
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A very disappointing book considering the write-ups in home decor magazines. Out of 50 "original ideas" on how to use common items in uncommon ways, only 2 were worthwhile. An example of one of their ideas was to make paper hats out of newspapers. Better to get the book from the library, definitely not worth purchasing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Groh on September 10, 2007
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I have to admit there are a few nice ideas in this book but there isn't anything you couldn't have found on the internet. I was expecting some blow-by-blow instructions for "repurposing" rummage sale or curb shopping finds. Instead it was more a book on musings about being a trash to treasure kind of gal. I was disappointed and not just because I don't have a penchant for ball fringe either. I recommend that you check this out at your local library before committing to a purchase to see if it is the right T2T type of book for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marti Morandi on September 22, 2006
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The cover photo shows classy "junk" on the top of the Salvage Sisters' car but when you get inside the book and see the hideous creations made of things like ball fringe.....well, I sent this one back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kazza on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
A review for all serious and dedicated readers of salvage and secondhand goods.

I am glad I did not purchase this book thanks to another's poor review of the book. I borrowed the book from the library. I flicked through it very quickly. I did not want to waste my valuable salvaging time.

I did not receive any inspiration in the text and photographs. I thought the majority of the projects were a bit on the silly side. Very impractical was my husband's comment.

This book is not directed 'in my mind' to the pursuits of the practical and style savvy salvager.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Summers on September 4, 2006
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This is almost a worthless book. Maybe I am just not getting it, but I am very disapointed, and I love revamping junk. Not a good buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By battleaxe on December 21, 2010
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I bought this book for my sister; both of us like to look for and re-use junk. After I received the book and took some time to look through it, I realized that a lot of the book deals with sewing projects, which is not what was suggested by the front cover.
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