When shopping for home decor, it’s best to keep an open mind. Items can be used contrary to their advertised purpose and with a little imagination and really stand out as innovative. Kim Temple of Ruins in Roseville specializes in turning old junk into jaw-dropping statements of beauty and encourages others to do the same. It doesn’t have to be a big investment in time or money if done correctly. Whether looking to restore your old furniture or hoping to update an entire living space, here are some tips and locations to get you started.
Kim Temple
108 Church St.
Roseville CA, 95678
(916) 462-7765

Date: Opening Aug. 2014

Kim Temple has been crafting what she terms as gypsy chic art by restoring and re-purposing forgotten furniture and the like into unforgettable home decor. She’s been so successful with her curbside treasures and thrift store finds that she finally decided to open Ruins, a store featuring all things re-purposed. In her words, “People lay down their lives to preserve and redeem the things that matter to them. In a small way, that’s what we at Ruins do. We remake those tired old tables, armoirs and chairs into something new. We find the beauty in the eyesores and, with paint, light and love, we release them back into the world with new dignity. We are, none of us, perfect. We are all just in some stage…of beginning.”

Sacramento Antique Fair
2300 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 600-9770

Every second Saturday of the month, antique vendors from all over meet to sell their wares in the shade of the Front Street bridge. Temple says the Sacramento Antique Fair is such a great repository for treasures that her store, Ruins, will host a party bus from Roseville to the Fair each month. This way patrons can go together and get advice on what to pick out. At the street fair, shoppers have a unique opportunity to haggle for lower prices among a mix of artisans and junkers. Temple suggests to keep an eye out for wood and dovetail construction.

The Salt Mine
590 G St.
Lincoln, CA 95648
(916) 645-3778

“They negotiate. You make a pile then make an offer,” Temple says. Thrift stores are great places to find charming pieces at low prices so money can be spent on making them unique and extraordinary. She also says dumpster diving and street corner finds are her dirty little secret. If you’d rather stay indoors, The Salt Mine (run by Vine Life Ministries, Inc., a California nonprofit public benefit charity improving the lives of the young people and their families) offers clean and lightly used clothes, furniture, home decor and numerous pieces that can help with home improvement projects.
Truly Random
3667 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 660-1440

Truly Random is both a thrift store and consignment store offering the typical “junk” and real antiques. It’s a mishmash of styles and in Temple’s words, “a cute little place to find just the right thing.” When changing up the look of your home, remember that the little touches often make the biggest impact. Sure, refinishing that bureau will make it stand out, but what will you set on top to make it sing. It’s worth taking a look at Truly Random to see if the baubles calling your name are hiding there.

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ReStore by Habitat for Humanity
819 N. 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 440-1215

Home improvement takes more than just new stuff. No matter how modest the change, things like tools, art supplies, nails, etc. will be required. Shopping at mega home-improvement stores adds up to big money rather quickly. Temple says that for cheap craft supplies and other miscellany, check out ReStore. If you don’t use all of your supplies, you can donate them back and help Habitat for Humanity build a home twice. ReStores are all around the Sacramento area, so check the website for the one closest to you.

Antique Trove
236 Harding Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 786-2777

Temple claims not to like antique stores as much as thrift stores but admits they can be useful for certain types of finds, like cool vintage glass or decor. Pieces at antique stores are end products that accent room restorations. Antique Trove offers “a world of treasure from across the globe,” or in other words, a wide selection of antiques from all over. A huge space offering “40,000 square feet of unique vignettes with over 250 distinctive shop owners,” it will take a whole day just to discover what’s available. With so much selection, the right piece at the right price is bound to be there.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com