Got a piece of furniture or an antique mirror or some old jewelry you'd like to sell? Or are you in the market for just those things? Friends Bonnie Grosso and Karen Goldscher have a solution for you: They've just opened a consignment shop in the Landmark Shopping Center in Reisterstown.
They'll handle furniture (from antique to contemporary), artwork, glassware, lighting, china, silver, rugs, country items and a few oddities (such as a full-size mechanical clown) -- but no appliances or clothing. Small items can be carried in for evaluation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (best to call ahead), or by appointment. For larger items, home visits can be scheduled.
If you're in the market for something, you can browse the 6,000-square-foot space, where items are displayed in room settings or tableaux. Price-wise, there's something for everyone, with items ranging from $3 to $3,000. Regular hours for Landmark Consignments Ltd. are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The address is 517 Main St. (Reisterstown Road). For more information, call 410-526-3333.
Adding sparkle to walls
Decorator show houses are great places to get home-decorating ideas, but some people take a look at the extremely popular faux finishes on walls and woodwork and think, "No way. Too hard. Too expensive." Not so. Walls With Style kits and accessories allow you to do colorwashing, striping, rag rolling, sponging and stippling. Tools in the kits make it possible to apply and blend two colors at once, for a colorwash effect, or offer a striping roller that allows you to create two-color stripes or plaids. Rollers also allow you to achieve ragging, sponging or stippling in a single step, without the time-consuming hand work.
There are also accessories, such as combs, stamps and brushes, that create decorative effects. The kits cost about $30 to $40, and accessories run from $4.99 to $11.99. Walls With Style is a product of EZ Paintr, a division of Newell Rubbermaid. Look for items at major home centers, hardware stores and mass-merchandisers. Or call 888-GO-FAUX-IT, or visit www.wallswithstyle.com.
Downspouts go upscale
As long as they're doing their job, there's nothing particularly exciting about downspouts, those flipped-up bits at the end of pipes that direct water runoff away from your foundation. However, Michael Gordon Ltd. has done something to change those dull devices with the introduction of Downspouters downspout covers. The covers fit over the end of most downspouts. Besides being decorative, they help divert water farther from the house. There are 10 styles, including a lion head, a bullfrog, a turtle, gnomes and a squirrel. Prices range from $24.99 to $99.99. They're available at home or garden centers. Or call 800-928-4886, or visit www.homegardengift.com.
* The work of 19 nationally known ceramic artists is on display at Winterfest '99 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave., through Dec. 20. In addition, more than 20 local clay artists are also showing their work. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 410-578-1919.
* Jane Baldwin, president of the Cylburn Association, will demonstrate various ways to persuade amaryllis to bloom in soil or water, and how to store them for the next blooming cycle at 9 a.m. Saturday at Smith & Hawken, 1340 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington. The event is free. For more information, call 410-433-0119.
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