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As Scene ByBY FREDERICK (RICK) DERUITERIt’s hard to be patient. My new home saw 30 years of living a certain way – I’ve spent only 90 days so far converting it to my style. Okay, fine – my wife, Terri’sstyle – and mine. The last thought makes me smile some. The two of us share a style we love. I’m pretty lucky.So, after a recent tour of the local hard- ware stores we found some new lighting that, well, if not perfect... it’s at least a bit more in line with our taste.Our new dining table sports a new hang- ing light... cage-like, industrial, and gritty. Terri sent our daughter and some friends a picture of it. I was tickled by everyone’s reply... “Did Rick make that?”It’s true – the mesh of metal and lights looks like something I’d make – but I didn’t. I bought it – shame on me. Truth is... I’m impatient with the pace of our home-style conversion, and despite my best efforts... I can’t create any faster. So I caved and bought a light instead of making it myself.Terri and I love estate sales. But, we usually travel in different directions. SheWhat if?focuses on the kitchen and other living spaces.Me?You’llfindmeinthegarages and basements. I like dirt, dust, rust, and boxes stuffed with years of... “I better save this thing, because... what if?” My crea- tivity shudders a little thinking about it.Of course there are garage sales, too. But, I find that I’m uncomfortable at them. It always feels like I’m being watched as I pick through the items available for sale.The problem with estate sales is that there isn’t one – at least a good one – every weekend. My “need” for finding an old workbench waiting to be converted into a coffee table, or a rusty bait box beg- ging me to make it into a lamp shade leaves my thirst to re-imagine unquenched.Until... a new, and glorious place... Vintage Revived on Dickman Road!You may think that the last statement is a sloppy endorsement. It’s not. It’s an admission to a weakness... find something old, make something new, think, then pour your heart into making it come to life.I have to force myself from visiting Ed’s store too often. I’ve never walked in it without buying at least one item. Problem is, my imagination works faster than my hands. So I’ve tallied more “what if” items than I have finished projects.When you walk into Ed’s store – you’ll findhimwanderingaboutsomewhere.He is small in stature, unassuming, wearing a ballcap, quick to shake your hand, and has a slanted smile that makes you glad you took the time to stop by.Of course the front showroom of Vintage Revived is well-stocked with Ed’s enviable creations. He’s always glad to swap some brainstorming about a clunky scrap of metal or wood, and I’m fairly confident he can fix just about anything.What’s my favorite part? The dimly lit storage space in the back of the store that features old doors, discarded dressers, rusty chunks, broken chairs, parts from this or that, and endless possibilities.On a recent visit I found four porch posts, and I couldn’t quit wondering what they could be. After a little banter with Ed... I knew what to do. One third of each post would be the legs for my new dining table... another third would work perfectly as bulky supports for a card catalog. What about that last third? Well, I’ve naturally saved that for... “What if?”AND ONE LAST THOUGHT... Congratulations to Mark Hires – Scene’s 2017 Man of the Year!DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!Be a super sleuth... join the ongoing hunt for Rick DeRuiterPour through the pages of Scene this month and find theelusive DeRuiter. Warn your friends. Warn your neighbors. He’s in there somewhere, waiting for the one lucky detective to find him!LAST MONTH... Page 26 LAST MONTH’S WINNER... BRAD SHEDDLOOK! - Now you can e-mail your detective work too! Include your name, daytime phone and what page you found him.OR on-line at... www.scenepub.comWHERECOULD HE BE?Have you found him in this issue?If yes, call Scene at 979-1410 ext. 307 to have your name entered in the drawing to receive A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO A LOCAL EATERY. You must make your discovery by December 4, 2017 and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Scene!WIN A VALUABLE PRIZE!4 SCENE 4211 I MAN OF THE YEAR

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