Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Junk Bonanza Spring 2015

I'm still reveling in the fun "sister day" at 
Junk Bonanza on Saturday.
The swells of people were beyond
amazing.  But the great junk & displays
made it worth maneuvering through the crowds.

Saturday had to have been a record attendance.

After 1:00, it calmed down a little.

There were great pieces of furniture.
I spotted lots of shelves, cabinets
 & dressers to admire.

How neat is this old water trough?
It had rolling wheels too.

The upper shelf shows a very hot item.
Those Minnesota shaped books were 
flying out of this booth at great speed!
My sister bought one too.
There were wooden states a booth called Scout.

There were adorable old store displays.

If you wanted an old toy truck
for your garden or shelf, 
they had MANY to choose from.

You didn't have to look far
for a good laugh either!

This mirror made me chuckle.

And speaking of mirrors...

I LOVED this car door creation.

There were stacks of suitcases everywhere.
This one was the best.

One booth even had boom box stereo suitcases!

You could spend all three days at the show,
just picking through all the small stuff.

This picket fence flag caught my eye.
There were SOLD signs everywhere!

This rusty metal was among
the SOLD items!
Hard to believe, I know.
It is peppered with bullet holes.

A few booths had sculptures.

The displays were top notch.

This unique stool stood out.
It's a fun shape.

The next three pictures are from
one of my favorite booths that day!

I have some regret about that cool metal pan.
It would have been a great planter.

Many shoppers were dazzled by these 
photo boards!

In case you didn't see this on the news,
here is that amazing birdhouse....

I hope you've enjoyed my 
photo heavy post about the
best junk show there is!

I'll show more about what we
purchased in another blog post!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

ID me

I have a very handy group to 
invite you to join.

It's a club on Facebook that
is geared towards helping people
identify items.  There are lots
of vintage items posted or various
junk discoveries from people that
metal detect & bottle dig.

The best thing about it is
how entertaining it is!
You'll learn so much,
just from being a part of the group.
The people will reply 
lightning fast and must 
be research gurus.

I posted this old metal
container, with two compartments.
I assumed it was some sort of
military spice or pill container.
It's marked T & F.

I try to give them a common item in 
the picture for size comparison.

Within a few hours I had an answer.

Who knew?

I learned about a vintage style gun
that I never knew existed &
will file those container images in
my junk filled brain
for future reference.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Plan Ahead

One thing about selling junk
is that you always have to plan WAY ahead.
That means when it's spring, you're pricing
summer items and when it's fall you're finishing 
up the Christmas stock.  A month before the ground
thaws up north, I've got my spring items out for all 
the anxious people to browse.

This theory is also true 
if you're considering any shows!
Today I submitted my Junk Bonanza
application for the FALL show.

I'd like try a table, rather than a full booth space.
Being a vendor is an investment of money 
and a large amount of time.
But when you sleep, eat & breathe junk....
being part of a show like Junk Bonanza
is a dream come true.  If you've never been,
it's a MUST SEE!  They've expanded their
show locations to several more states. 
 Minnesota is April 16-18
and September 24-26 in 2015.

This old matted photograph is part 
of the mock show display that I recently set up.  
The copper fireplace screen makes 
a great clip board back drop!

Many of my crafts feature book pages,
especially dictionaries!!!
I used Distress ink to make the checkerboard
pattern on this LIFE sign.

What could be better than old sewing drawers 
filled with upcycled vintage greeting cards???

I swoon over those old floral 
images & meaningful sayings.

I really enjoy stamping on items and finding 
darling new ways to use old junk items!

I love jazzing up old bottles by
draping rhinestones & old bracelets
around their necks.  The bottles shown here 
are old syrup and ketchup containers.

I've been mass producing the
flag stamped dictionary page
votive candle jars!
I'm excited for summer and
my new patio we installed late last year. 
 The Fourth is always a fun holiday
 to decorate for and we have
 lots of relatives coming.

Thanks for scrolling through my 
blog post, I hope you enjoyed it!

Linking up to:

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bottle Dump

I've been diggin' in the woods,
in search of some good spring finds!

It can be frustrating sifting through 
broken glass & rusty tin for any 
surviving vintage bottles.

A bit of luck struck when i found
this beauty...

This is a BIG bottle.
And inside? 
A very very small fern was growing!
I found the bottle upside down,
can you tell?

In Matthew Mead's 
Upcycled Style Magazine (spring 2015),
there is a very great SIMPLE idea.
page 94
You can use adhesive photo corners
to attach an old photo to the front 
of a old flat bottle!
Why didn't I think of that?

I love the tint of this salvaged 
caustic balsam jug.

I'd say the small one looks
like an apothecary jar.

This pretty old 7up was in the swamp,
were the water is very low this year.
It was a lucky find & will look great with
a few flowers in it this summer!

This enamelware sauce pan is gonna
look great in the garden.
It's perfectly rusty!

Can you tell I love relics?
I keep a stash of odds & ends.
There might be a day where I try & 
conjure up some altered creations of 
random junk!

This light pull is sooooo darling!

I love the chippy crackle of this old pottery.
It's worth a look, even when in crumbled pieces.

I've been busy keeping my Etsy 
store stocked this spring.
Swing by the shop if you're curious.

Thanks for scrolling through my photo 
laden bottle post!  I hope you're having
a good weekend.  Happy Junking.