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Grab it Before it’s Gone!!

Hi Junkers!

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Don’t let that junk treasure become the memory of something that got away 🙂

~ Junk Maven

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A little Christmas a little early

Hi Junkers!

A little bit of Christmas came a little early to me this week 🙂  Stephanie @ North Creek Antiques remembered from last year that I was looking for a chicken nesting box with the circle openings.  She had one @ the What Cheer Flea Market but it was three tiered & maybe 15 holes….too big for what I wanted.

Then, before this year’s WCFM she messaged me, asking if I was still looking for the smaller nesting box & to let me know she had one!!!  Mom was gracious enough to get it for me for an early Christmas gift, knowing it could be a long time before I found another.  Twice I’ve spied one at other events, only to quickly see the “SOLD” sign on it, ugh!

For now, this nesting box is waiting for me in Mom’s shed.  There are no chickens…yet… but there is a plan for chickens.  It might not be until I retire but it’s been a dream of mine for years, so until then, I’ll know that I have this waiting for those Girls  🙂

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Keep those junk dreams alive!

~ Junk Maven

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What Goes Around ?

Hi Junkers!

The May issue of Country Living magazine has some amazing vintage finds & gets you in the mood to find some bargains this year while scouting all the events & flea markets!  One of the first things I noticed were the hunting dog pictures:

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Look for this cover!
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There are four vintage hunting dog paint-by-number magazine pictures above.

This reminded me of the ones I got from my folks while they were cleaning sheds last year.  I’ve had them in our ‘office’ room….still not sure what to do with them.  Not really my style but I have a nostalgic connection to them since they used to belong to my grandparents & I think my Grandpa Heston might have painted two of them them & I found this on eBay:

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& these are mine:

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Possibly painted by my grandpa!
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These are some handsome dogs!

& this one this is not paint-by-numbers:

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Another good looking picture!

The price range for these vintage pieces vary quite a bit but finding a buying might actually be the tricky part.  I think it’s a fun way to bring back fond childhood memories!  What sparks your vintage thoughts of long ago?

Happy Hunting Junkers!

~ Junk Maven

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A Vintage Wicker Picnic Basket gets new life with a little elbow grease!

Hi Junkers!

A few months back there was the best deal on an adorable wicker picnic basket in eBay, the shipping was nearly the same as the item…too good to pass up!  Not that we picnic, in fact, I was going to give it as a gift but it has a pie shelf & the whole thing is so very heavy.  It made me re-think the gift idea for sure.  Then it had this sticky stuff all over the top so it sat in the ‘office’ for a while until one day I needed a project.

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Some substance was obviously laid on top of the basket {that was sticky} then fibers off something else maybe got stuck.  It was dried on for sure.
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Look at that beautiful woven design.  The dark spots are where there is paint missing, giving it a true vintage vibe on the wicker & metal handles.
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One of the big attractions to this basket was actually the pie shelf.  This allows you to layer your items: food dishes to accessories so nothing gets smushed.
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There are still the same few scratches on the top but the sticky stuff is gone.  Goo-Be-Gone is a miracle liquid that smells like drunk oranges.  It probably took me close to 45 minutes & 12 paper towels to get all the guminess off.
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Aerial view of the top.
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Her she is now….she’s a beauty!

Still not sure what I’m going to do with the basket.  If I actually use it, it won’t be till our family reunions in July & August.  Sadly, I have nowhere to display her {yes a ‘she’…it’s the pink flowers} in the kitchen or anywhere else.   I’d part with her since I have no room but have you shipped anything lately?  I recently sold a vintage tupperware mold and made less than $2 due to the shipping cost =(   Do any of you have ideas on ways to use her?  It was a fun project in the end, just knowing how much better she looks.

Happy Junk Projects!

~ Junk Maven

 

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Paint by Numbers, The Sequel

Hi Junkers!

Remember back a few months {okay, okay a LOT of months} ago when I started the Mason jar/peony flower paint by numbers piece?  My Mom was up for the challenge after I’d given up & guess what, it’s DONE!

 

Above are two shots of the ‘before’ & how little I contributed to it before becoming frustrated.  Seriously, those little areas with those little numbers, UGH!  I give my Mom full credit for having SO much patience.  There was hardly a day that she missed working on it which included using a magnifying glass!  Sometimes Lucy, her new kitty, had other plans & was trying too hard to help  ;p  so she’d put it aside.  I’m happy to share with you the beautiful piece of art it has become:

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Just like the one in the magazine, if not better!!!
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I was delighted to bring it home; it’s perfect!

Now that you have seen the before & after, maybe you too will feel inspired & try your hand at the paint by numbers art ?!?!  Thanks, Mom ❤

~ Junk Maven

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Junk Makes The Soul Happy’s Blog is 2 !!

Hi Junkers!

I personally want to thank each & every one of you who are here, reading this, reading that, commenting, following along & just simply enjoy this little junk blog!!  It’s been two years ago today that I wrote my first post.  It paid homage to where my love of junk was reignited in adulthood, Junk Market in Long Lake, MN.

I’m happy to bring you events, introduce you to small businesses, tell you about my favorites, invite you along on our adventures & share my handcrafted funnies aka cartoons 🙂  As with any year, you never know what is in store so buckle up for some fun junking experiences!

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Happy Junking Anniversary Everyone!

~ Junk Maven

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29 years of Day Tripping

Hi Junkers!

Today Junk Hunk Hubby & I drove a few hours South into Missouri for the day.  It was to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary which is actually tomorrow.  Jamesport was our destination since the last time we visited it was pouring rain & we only visited the country store.  This time, although it was cloudy, the temperatures were more Spring-like & we were able to enjoy walking around to all the fun stores.

Some stores had some great junk!  They are had their fair share of vintage things like glassware, baskets & knick knacks.  The bakery/restaurant was open & the quilt shop too.  Best part of all didn’t have a schedule:  we took time to get there, mosied around, chatted, took in the new scenery & had the best time just being together on a happy adventure!

Here are a few shots I took but honestly, I was mostly enjoying the day so I didn’t take as many as usual.  Check out the Facebook page post for business links.  Lesson for the day:  it’s time to get out there Junkers!

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This original bar is in beautiful condition!
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Who remembers these !?!?
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Lots of other ‘junkers’ but not too crowded.
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Found a small bundle of vintage lace here ^^^  Got a couple fabric yo-yo makers at One of a Kind & a couple vintage jewelry findings at Simply Primitives.

Happy Junking!

~ Junk Maven