Decatur Old House Fair

Decatur Old House Fair


About Decatur Georgia

If I haven’t said it before, let me say it now loud and clear: Decatur is one of the best kept secrets in the state of Georgia.  Whether it is world class dining, launching point for recording artists, music on the square or a book fair that has raised the bar to new heights all across the country, Decatur takes a back seat to no one.  It has never been keen on looking for the glitz and glamour; just the good old staples and basics that make life rich and rewarding.  So, when I get the email asking my company to participate in the annual Decatur Old House Fair (DOHF) early each year, I tell them to sign me up. It is a classy show and I always enjoy participating in it.  This year seemed to be the best ever.  Ticket sales were double last year’s, the weather couldn’t have been better and the crowds made good use of their time.  It is always nice to see familiar faces in the vendor crowd.

This success doesn’t just happen by accident.  Everybody needs to give Regina Brewer and her staff high fives, kudos and snaps for their hard work.  What few issues arose, Regina was on it like a duck on a June bug and things ran like a Swiss train.  I always enjoy having people come by my booth and discussing our work.  There is a lot to be learned in these situations and I am sure many vendors make good use of these opportunities to meet the public in a different context.

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DOHF Booth

Where I have benefited the most is just listening to what the homeowners concerns are.  The Rosebud Company is in its 40th year and I have worked on thousands of projects at all levels.  Some of our restoration projects have been the most complex and high profile in the country.  That may impress some homeowners but when they ask how to clean and care for a wood floor, you better be listening and make sure you have answers ready.  I gave a thirty-minute talk about what I look for when I put my experience and trained eyes on a floor and it was to a standing-room-only crowd.  That’s one of the reasons this show is so successful.  Like the city of Decatur, the DOHF sticks to the basics and provides their citizens a golden opportunity to become more informed and make educated choices when it comes to their older homes.  Thanks to all of the attendees and if you weren’t among them, don’t miss it next year!

Michael Purser

February 2013


  1. Barbara Hager says:

    Hi Mr. Purser, I attended your extremely informative seminar at the Decatur Old House Fair and Regina Brewers and Kathy Bradshaw are friends and neighbors of mine. I live in Inman Park in a small old house where some of the original heart pine floors were replaced with something inferior. My goal and dream is to match my existing heart pine floors with reclaimed pine in those rooms where the flooring was torn out, and have it look as if it has always been there (like you I am an Old House Junkie). Can you help me with this goal?

    I am thinking about buying some heart pine flooring from a person in Inman Park. It looks good to me – he got it from a store that was torn down in Kentucky. It is the 3 ¼ inch size I have on my other floors, but not quite the length I was hoping for. I am also considering wood from a mill south of Atlanta that would have to be milled to the proper size (I have seen pictures of this milled flooring and it also looks good, plus they have impressive 24 foot lengths, longer than I need). It seems the price would be about the same, but the flooring in the neighborhood would probably be more convenient. With your vast experience, do you have any advice for me? Would old flooring be preferable to that milled from a 100-year-old building, or vice versa?

    Thanks so much in advance!

    Barbara Hager
    Hale Street

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