Summer is in full swing here in West Des Moines! Air conditioners are constantly running, the sun is always shining, the kids are done with school, and patios are the place to be. What does summer mean for antiquing? Not only will you find some great summer finds at The Picker Knows, you can also find some fun antiques at your neighborhood garage sale or even in the storage room of your very own home.
We’ve put together a list of some of the hottest summer trends for antiquing in 2016. Iowa has a great scene for antiques, and you are bound to find some of these finds at The Picker Knows store located in West Des Moines.
In Iowa we have beautiful summers, so why not enjoy them outside on an antique bench? Vintage outdoor benches are a great way to add a pop of color and some extra pizzazz to the outside of your home. Re-purpose an outdoor bench to coordinate with your home and place it out front or add it to the garden in your backyard. Outdoor benches look great in the summer and typically are small enough to find storage for in the winter if you don’t want it to be placed outside year long.
Summer is a season for color! Antique costume jewelry as well as colorful brooches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches will rule the summer. Pair your jewelry with modern touches for a nice twist on antique jewelry. Antique watches or cufflinks can also make a great gift for Father’s Day.
Who plans on throwing a party at some point this summer? Vintage bar carts can bring your party to the next level. While entertaining, move your bar cart outside and set glasses, sangria, wine, and liquor on it. When the party is over simply wheel your bar cart inside and use as a focal point in your dining room or sitting area! Keep your bar cart fully stocked when you’re not using it for an old school, Mad Men feel.
One thing that’s great about antique picture frames is their attention to detail. Many of the vintage picture frames you will find will have intricate designs and shapes. Antique picture frames don’t just have to be used to frame photos, they often make a great wall decoration by themselves. This summer consider adding some old picture frames to your walls to bring a new feel to the room.
Travel posters are definitely up there when it comes to trendy antiques for the summer. Find a poster from a faraway city to hang up in your living room or bedroom or look for something on a more local level, like something from Des Moines, Okoboji, or Clear Lake. Travel posters add some color and vibrancy to your home and can even be worth quite a bit of money if you happen upon a rare poster.
For all of your antiquing needs in Iowa and beyond, stop by The Picker Knows. Our convenient West Des Moines location offers ample parking and plenty of antiques so you can find just what you’re looking for. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Don’t forget about our Thursday night auctions, which take place every Thursday at 6 pm with the preview beginning at 4 pm. Contact us today for more information about our store, auctions, or summer trends!