How to spruce up wooden crates

Wooden cratesThe beauty below the filth

We bought these wooden crates on our first visit to the second hand furniture market of Amiens in 2014. When we found them, they looked terribly: they were extremely dirty and beaten-up, but we loved them. They were made of solid wood so we knew that with a little bit of patience we could make them look beautiful again.

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Quest to Amiens Part III

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The second round

It was October 2014 when we decided to make our first trip to Amiens. It was the first time that we went on such a quest in search of second-hand objects to furnish and decorate our future house. During the first half of the day we explored the market, practiced our very poor negotiation skills and purchased a few items, such as 2 portholes, 2 tractor seats and a wooden press screw of about a 1m [3.3´]. However, our expedition was only halfway: we had the entire afternoon to keep searching.

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Quest to Amiens 2014, Part I


First time explorers…

Twice a year, Amiens hosts the second biggest second-hand furniture market in Europe, after Lille. It gathers about 2.000 sellers, both professional and amateur and up to 80.000 visitors. For one day (Sunday) the streets of the city center are packed with all sorts of second-hand items: from baby clothes to bedframes, from old books to pieces of art. Anything can be found laying on the streets of Amiens if you search well. Continue reading