IF YOU REALLY LOVE IT, YOU’LL FIND A WAY TO USE IT!
Decorating With Yard Sale Finds and Family Mementos
An Interview With Patricia Yokom, Co-Chairperson of
the 7th Annual Antique Show & Sale at the Dixon May Fair
“If you see something you just love, its best to buy it ‘cause’ in an antique store it won’t hang around . . .
if you really love it, you’ll find a way to use it!”, says Patricia Yokom of Dixon, California. Unlike most of
us who have family momentoes and yard sale finds stored in cupboards and drawers, never to see the
light of day, Patricia Yokom has mastered the art of creatively recycling, displaying and giving new life to
her favorite things. Her sewing room, guest room and master bedroom are filled with examples of her
genius: A circa 1940's British department store mannequin displays a Victorian dress, gloves from her
childhood hang with other momentoes near family portraits, a vintage fabric border on a pillow sham
adorned with sewing notions is transformed into a picture, a doll house with a glass top becomes a lamp
table, the clear base of a table lamp displays her Mother’s 1920s and 30's depression-era buttons, a
collage of family photos under glass gives new life to a distressed writing desk, a 1940's-50's bedspread
adorned with a “yo yo” fabric border becomes an impressive wall hanging, a shabby sheik “window”
with vintage curtains expands the virtual size of her laundry room, vintage hair ornaments are
attractively grouped together in an oval frame, a fabric bottom masks damage to a charming hanging
birdcage discovered at the Salvation Army, and Victorian ladies boots and a Spode china rose tea cup
with fresh roses to match become attractive table centerpieces. “Its one thing to have them stored in
your garage, but to be able to have them out and enjoy them [is so much more satisfying],” says Patricia.
Patricia Yokom of Dixon, California is well known in the greater Sacramento area for her knowledge of
vintage fashion. Recent speaking engagements include the Dixon Library; A.A.U.W. , Davis;
Newcomers, Roseville; the Antique Interest Group of The Farm Circle, Davis; PEO groups in Modesto
and Davis, as well as a television appearance on Sacramento and Company, Channel 10. Mrs. Yokom
currently serves on the Soroptimist of Dixon, International’s Annual Antique Show Committee and has
served as Antique Show Chairperson for past events. She is a member of the Dixon Chamber of
Commerce and Friends of the Dixon Public Library. About the mystery piece: The lace shown was used
in Victorian times to conceal double chins!