The Furniture Joint: Renew Yourself

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The kind of store we'd like to have. A little bit of old fashioned shopkeeping mixed in with modern, open-door-policy smarts, The Furniture Joint is the place to go if you are having issue with your wooden or upholstered furniture.

Started by Matthew Haly in 2000, The Furniture Joint has been growing (despite the recession, 9/11 and the war in Iraq). They began by offering reupholstery services and now offer restoring, refinishing, custom furniture and even monthly classes in reupholstering for all you DIY'ers out there.

New York Mag calls it, "one of the few high-quality custom-design shops that still serve walk-ins." and points out that this is a great resource for those flea market shoppers who really want to fix up and makeover their finds.

Classes cost $400 for a 4-class series (once a week for one month) and include all the skills you need at any skill level. And if you want to just browse, "customers can visit the studio, discuss their projects and browse through various fabrics to determine what best suits their needs." Sounds good, now to hit the flea markets this weekend. (Thanks, James!) MGR

FLEA MARKETS

* Greenwich, CT Flea Market
When: Sunday, October 3rd, 9-5pm
Where: Exit 3 I-95 (203.531.5880)

* Chelsea Flea Market
When: Saturday and Sunday, 6th Ave from 25th to 26th Street, sunrise to sunset (212.243.5343)

* Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
When: Saturday and Sunday, 39th Street, between 9th & 10th avenues, 10am - 6pm

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.