Story by Kristin Kirtz, Photos by Jesse Trelstad
FARGO, N.D. — Do it yourself (DIY) projects are becoming common household activities, and you may be noticing a drain on your bank account.
Well worry no more! Below are some great places where you can find inexpensive used furniture and other items for your DIY projects. Also, hear from some people who also enjoy crafting. The best part is it can all be found in Downtown Fargo.
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Why we do it ourselves
Emily Lund and Sarah Boehm are both devoted crafters as well as avid downtowners. Both girls like to buy old and/or used items to fix up and make their own. Boehm explained that when she buys something that has been previously owned she owns a little bit of history.
“I’d much rather get a recycled or old vintage something, rather than get something that is being mass produced in China. I’d rather not create more waste and just reuse something,” Boehm said. “There’s someone else’s soul and energy in that item. Everything has a story and you’re bringing it back to life.”
Lund added by pointing out the box she had just bought from Antiques on Broadway. She explained that she is going to cover the box in dead rose petals and “Mod Podge” it.
“I suggested we go to One World to get this box and Sarah said, ‘No let’s go to an antique store.’ And I was like, ‘hell yeah, you’re right,’” Lund said.
Check out Revolver
Revolver is a vintage store located at 627 1st Ave. N., in Fargo. This store is full of items waiting for your creative touch.
When visiting this store I found some old suit cases that would work great for a shelving project I found online.
There is also a wide selection of old
vintage ties for $5 each. They could be turned into headbands, belts or even a pillow.
Antiques on Broadway has a lot to give
Antiques on Broadway is located at 6 N. Broadway Drive in Fargo. It is packed with thousands of items that could be used for DIY projects.
A whole room is dedicated to old vinyl records that could be used for wall decorations. The prices range anywhere from $3 to $20.
Picture frames were another easily found item. So many different projects can be made with frames. You could place hooks in the bottom of it and make a key holder or you could cover the frame completely with fabric and make fun wall decorations. Most of the frames were around $8.
One fun find was the pile of wrenches on a couple of shelves. These could be used for wall hooks if bent correctly.
Here are some other great places where you can find pieces like the ones above and many other items:
- Dakota Boys Ranch — 1001 4th Ave. N., Fargo
- Phat Cat — 1501 1st Ave. S., Fargo
- Lifetime Antique Furnishes — 18 8th St. S., Fargo
- Now and Then Antiques—1017 4th Ave. N., Fargo