The Creative ReUse Cowboy Rides Again: A Stop at Village Antiques May 2024

Last Updated 5/28/2024

The Creative ReUse Cowboy, the mascot of the Appalachian ReUse Hub, is back in Central City, continuing his mission to inspire sustainable living and creative reuse. This time, he made a special stop at Village Antiques, a treasure trove of vintage finds and hidden gems.


The ReUse Cowboy, dressed in his signature hat and boots, captivated visitors with his enthusiasm for turning would-be waste into wonderful, functional art. In a world where items are often discarded without a second thought, the Cowboy reminded everyone of the endless possibilities that come with reimagining and repurposing. And, of course, tossing out some jokes along the way.


Shedding Light on ReUse: Lamps

One of the highlights of his visit was his demonstration of reusing lamps. Village Antiques has an impressive collection of vintage and antique lamps, each with its own unique charm. The ReUse Cowboy pointed out how these lamps, rather than being thrown away, could be given a new lease on life with a bit of creativity and elbow grease. Learn how to restore a vintage lamp by reading this helpful article. 


“Lamps are one of the easiest items to repurpose,” the Cowboy explained. “A fresh coat of paint and a new shade can transform an old lamp into a statement piece for your home.”

Creative Home Decor: Old Magazines and Printed Literature

But the inspiration didn’t stop there. The Creative ReUse Cowboy also encouraged visitors to think outside the box when it comes to home decor. He showed how old magazines and printed literature, often overlooked and discarded, could be used to create stunning decor pieces. You can also turn old magazines into a variety of useful things!


“From collage art to unique wallpaper, there’s no limit to what you can create with old magazines,” he said. It’s all about seeing the potential in what others might see as trash.


Going Green with Antiques

Shoppers at Village Antiques can leave with more than just their purchases; they can leave with new ideas and a renewed commitment to sustainability. His partner, always by his side, helped spread the message of creativity and conservation, ensuring that the Cowboy’s words resonated long after they left.

The Creative ReUse Cowboy’s visit to Village Antiques was a reminder that with a little creativity, we can all contribute to a more sustainable world. By finding new uses for old items, we not only reduce waste but also create homes filled with unique, personalized pieces.

As the ReUse Cowboy rides off to his next destination, Central City eagerly awaits his return, ready to be inspired once more by his passion for reuse and creativity. Until then, the legacy of his visit will live on in the homes and hearts of those he touched.


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