2015-10-21 / Community & Local News

Red Barn Upcycled Market ~ Repurpose with style

By Dee Menear
Irregular Staff Writer

Barbara Wiencek of Red Barn Upcycled Market. Barbara Wiencek of Red Barn Upcycled Market. KINGFIELD — Barbara Wiencek of Kingfield has been upcycling and repurposing furniture and other items for her own home and for family and friends for many years. “I’ve always done it. It was an inexpensive way to furnish my home when I was just starting out,” she explained. She proudly admits 85 percent of her home décor has been upcycled and repurposed.

She transforms dated furniture found at auctions, yard sales and antique shops by adding paint, cloth and other embellishments. “I’ve been a junker for a long time,” she admits.

Some of her finds are left as is. “It would be sinful to upcycle some things,” she said as she pointed to an antique drum table for sale in the new location of her shop, Red Barn Upcycled Market.

Wiencek explained that she enjoyed making each one-of-a-kind piece and opened a shop in the barn attached to her house just south of town. Wiencek explained how she came up with the name for her shop, “People would always ask where I lived, and I would say ‘the red barn’ and they knew exactly where I was.”

New handmade items are also for sale at The Red Barn Upcycled Market. (Dee Menear photo) New handmade items are also for sale at The Red Barn Upcycled Market. (Dee Menear photo) She recently moved the shop downtown in a space next to the Herbert Grand Hotel. Along with her array of unique home accessories, Wiencek carries baked goods made by her daughter Ashley. Ashley is the pastry chef at the Coplin Dinner House and drops off fresh cupcakes, whoopie pies and other baked delicacies a few times each week.

“This is a lot like Marden’s,” Wiencek quipped, “You should buy it when you see it because it could be gone the next time you come in.”

Wiencek plans on having seasonal items for sale and extended holiday hours. Currently, Red Barn Upcycled Market is open Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, find Red Barn Upcycled Market on Facebook.

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