What Makes an Urban Farm Girl? You may not know until you meet Sarah Dyer.
Come to Lexington and meet the Urban Farm Girl. She has a real talent for displaying a wonderful collection of classic objects from our collective past—perfect for today.
"I am comfortable around “old” things that many people may consider having seen their better days. I love to find ways to reuse things from the past in the present."
The Urban Farm Girl in her own words
I grew up in Buena Vista, Va and Rockbridge County. After living away from the area for over 30 years, my husband John and I have returned. We loved Hanover County but had always talked about returning to the Rockbridge area when our boys were grown. We have now been back in the area for over six years. Urban Farm Girl began in Buena Vista and has now been on Nelson Street in Lexington for over three years. The business continues to grow and change from its beginnings. I am especially excited about the local art and jewelry I have at the shop. I continue to search for pieces of furniture that need an update or are just unique as they are. All of this together with some new gift items is Urban Farm Girl!
From the time I was very young, I have loved going to flea markets, estate sales and auctions. I loved the stories that might go along with older items that were for sale….who they had belonged to, how they got from one location to another, and stories of the families who owned and collected items. I continued going to sales after we were married. Having three young boys, I could not always afford a piece of furniture in perfect condition, but with my “vision” and John’s carpentry skills, we could bring items that others may say are not able to be salvaged back to life. I always felt so good about saving things that otherwise may have ended up being discarded.
Because I usually did not pay a lot for items I purchased and they had seen their better days, I never hesitated to experiment with different ways of refinishing or repurposing things. Lately, I have been using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to revive old pieces of furniture. I started using the paint in my own home before owning a business, where I would use the paint pretty much on a daily basis. I love the unpredictability of Milk Paint. It allows pieces to give themselves a personality again. Milk paint will cover raw wood but furniture with some type of a finish on them in a previous life will many times chip and peel in the most wonderful way. It gives the look of time having gently worn a dresser or side table to perfection for today.