Tri-State Antique Market welcoming new industrial upcycling revolution

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — In the world of upcycling and repurposing – an exciting practice gaining fans and favorites daily – there is the equally growing interest in industrial art and artifacts.

This form of furnishing and decorating space with antique and vintage materials often incorporates reusing commercial, factory and even farm machinery and fixtures. Although IndustRev_7fwit’s long been considered a fringe of mainstream art, as this industrial style starts to show up in furnishings sold by retail outlets, more people are seeking out authentic pieces of industrial art and decor.

It will be an industrial art revolution Sept. 1 at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, where there will be plenty of examples of authentic industrial art pieces available for purchase during the monthly Tri-State Antique Market.

Fueled by this main stream attention, industrial has hit full force this summer at all the Midwestern antiques and vintage markets. Industrial furnishings blend well with both IndustRev_1fwcontemporary décor and classic, rustic interiors. There appears to be no end to the imaginative reuse of these discarded objects: work benches become kitchen islands; old factory carts become coffee tables; old lockers become room organizers; drafting tables become computer work stations; conveyor treads become dining table pedestals; and, large letters scavenged from old signs are hung as objects of art.

While industrial dealers do not dominate among the Tri-State Antique Market’s 200-plus vendors, their presence does not go unnoticed – especially by the younger generation in attendance. Love it or hate it, everyone can agree that the addition of another vintage style only increases the legendary variety at these one-day sales. The Market’s traditional offerings include early 19th century though mid-20th century furnishings, jewelry, paintings and prints, textiles, collector’s items, garden decor and pop culture memorabilia.

The seasonal sales are held at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds on the first Sunday of each month from May through October. Hours are from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. with early bird shoppers admitted during vendor set-up any time after 6 a.m.

A $3 per adult (over age 18) entry fee is charged at all times. Parking is free. Children and attended pets are always welcome. For more information visit

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