Looking back at Vintage Brides

Hi Junkers!

Seems like this time of year lots of thoughts start turning to weddings & planning for the special occasion after couples become engaged over the Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years’ Holidays.  Isn’t the saying true that “It’s all about the dress!”?  I think it is for the bride & with good reason.  It makes a statement & can set the tone of the wedding.  With so many designs, hues, fabrics, lengths & more we often look back on the styles of past decades to get ideas.

What a great time to look at what has influenced today’s wedding dresses & how all brides-to-be can capture that timeless style if they want to put a modern twist on a vintage creation.  Here are some great ways to bring back the past in elegant ways:

The Jazz Era in the 20’s was more about being coy, being subtle while entranced in mystery.   Hand beading, art deco, sheer fabrics & larger head coverings are commonly seen with a bit of real or faux fur during chilly months like a bolero.

Jazz era dress collage

The Depression Era  in the 30’s called for a bit more glamour due to the rising Hollywood influences with a slinky, tighter fit.  Sophistication with an illusion of celebrity mixed together in just the right amounts gave the bride an alluring appeal.

Depression era collage

War Time Era

Although there was not a huge contrast from the decade before, the 40’s blended vintage & modern tastes with pearls, crystals & buttons were used to adorn waists & sleeves.  The movie-star look was copied right down to the bold lipstick.


War Time dress collage

Baby Boom Era

The ball gown with a princess-line skirt was a new look for the 50’s including it’s cinched midriff  with a full skirt.  Lace adorned some of the dresses.  Other popular choices features scooped & off- the-shoulder necklines.

Baby Boom era collage princess


The Hippie Era

Boat necklines & raised hemlines were true fashion nods to 60’s rebellious decade.  A minimalist & polished style made way for the bride to up her look with sassy shoes or headpiece.

Hippie Era college

The Me Era

Billowy, long sweeping sleeves where romance meets bohemian & a splash of 20’s impacted & defined the 70’s bride.  Bold use of color was another option, even if the bride opted for pastels; and who can forget the wide brimmed hats.

Me Era Collage

Generation X Era

The theme was COLOSSAL: from big, puffy sleeves to wild hair to oversized skirts & yards of fabric with lots of extravagance thrown in for good measure.  Once again princess-inspired wedding dresses were super popular.

Gen X Collage

Honestly, it’s no wonder bride’s have a hard time choosing the ‘right’ gown when there are millions to choose from {maybe not millions, but probably close}.  I remember mine, chosen out of a bride’s magazine.  I was able to find a bridal store within 40 miles that carried it.  I tried it one & that was it, done deal, mine all mine ❤

I’ve always tried to imagine my College Girl & someday DIL’s taste, preference & choices when it come to their weddings.  No doubt I’ll be ecstatic!

Happy Vintage Wedding Planning!

~ Junk Maven


Rockin’ Vintage with Ozzy

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How’s that for a title to get your attention, huh?  First of all, I’ll admit….I really like Ozzy!  Maybe not all his music {some of it} but if you’re lucky enough to understand his heavy British accent, he’s very funny!  Do you remember the family having a show ‘The Osbournes’ circa 2002 via the MTV channel?  My favorite is Season 1, Episode 9: ‘A Very Ozzy Christmas’ & the gravy scene.  Here’s a link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZxz0V8xH18 ; skip to 10:55 but honestly, the whole show is funny.  *Warning = there is language you may not like, like the F bomb*  Part of it goes like this:  “Ozzy: We did a great job with that gravy. [a minute later] Ozzy: We did a great job with that gravy. Sharon: We’re going to hear about this f*ing gravy for the next year. International rock star—gravy maker extraordinaire. ”

Anyway, last weekend College Daughter & I were catching up on our TiVo recordings.  Ozzy has a new show on A&E where he & his son, Jack, start traveling across the USA.  In Season 2, Episode 1: ‘Like Father Like Son’, Ozzy talks about the good times he remembers in his younger years & having a 1973 GMC motorhome!  Jack then is on a mission to find one.  The first one is green.  Ozzy hates the color green, he claims it brings bad luck.  He later finds one just like Ozzy remembers the original as & off they go.

Not that Ozzy intends to go glamping, it just struck me as ironic that this hard-core heavy metal genius like something vintage!  Goes to show you that anyone from any background can have an appreciation for junk/vintage/retro/antique things!

Ozzy Motorhome Collage
Collage:  Jack & Ozzy from their new show; the ‘evil’ green GMC motorhome & a 1973 GMC motorhome, similar to the one the Osbourne’s got stranded in.

Happy Rockin’ the Vintage!

~ Junk Maven


Music is the Answer

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Haven’t used the letter board for ages, so I dusted off the patina {ok, it was dust} & found a little something to share as I listen to my smooth jazz & tidy up clean up the craft room.  It looked like Will Farrell’s ELF got into the spiked punch & had a party in here.  I had removed the Christmas things from down stairs only to simply drop them off up here.  Now I have gift bags, tissue, tags, misc. embellishments, odds & ends & even gifts meant to be given this year {found ‘hidden’ is several places} all now corralled!

With all the pressure this time of year to get organized, get in shape, eat healthy, purge the clutter, clean those closets & junk drawers {yes, we all have one} & all the other things we apparently put off last year doing, I thought it was a good reminder to listen to the music, it always makes me feel better!  And, by the way, but I’ll do all those things in due time…..when I’m ready, thanks.   😉

the secret is to listen

~ Junk Maven


A Happy Junk Proclamation : Spread the Word!

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Do you get ah-ha moments or ideas?  Normally, they happen for me while I’m getting ready in the morning.  Today I had a stream of thoughts that moved at lightning speed where is started with the New Year, trying to come up with an idea for a blog post & then it ended with thoughts of celebrating.  Then the word declaration came to mind.

I started looking for ‘junk day’ & ‘flea market day’.  Guess what?  It doesn’t…didn’t…exist.  There is a cool website:  www.brownielocks.com that lists the normal and off-the-beaten path holidays.  It’s even sorted by month and day!

Then I wondered, how do you proclaim a holiday?  Google lead me to some good information so for the sake of keeping it fun & simple, I’m happy to doing my own holiday declaration:

Flea Market & Junk Day est 05012018

Flea Market & Junk Day will now be happily celebrated on the first Saturday of each May, starting this year {est. May 5, 2018}, hopefully by, well, EVERYONE!  What do you think?  Well, I LOVE it!  🙂  It’s the perfect way to say the flea market & junk season is officially kicking off ❤


SPREAD THE WORD!!!  Let’s see how far this thing can go!  Thanx!

~ Junk Maven ❤


Enjoying the Little Things

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One good thing about a 9-5’er is that they pay you to go on vacation.  I had the two days after Christmas marked as vacation for months & was so glad.  Christmas with the family was good: we exchanged some very nice gifts, played some silly games, they indulged me with a sticker activity, homemade food & treats & best of all we were just together!

Daughter wanted to go see a high school friend who now lives about 4 hours away so I booked a hotel & we made a road trip out of it.  It was a bit more rushed than I anticipated but I did get some great photos along the way & while we were there.  Not many shops were open but it’s nice to know those folks are having some quality holiday time!

Here’s some things I found interesting both going to Illinois, visiting & coming home:

An early start on a zero degree morning.
This stretch of road felt more like a forest.
Crossing the border.
Are you as mesmerized by wind turbines as much as we are?
An old marquee theater!
City street Christmas decorations with a dusting of snow.
Part of my Snapchat story 🙂  
On the telephone pole, in the middle there, on top, see it?  Yes, the crow!  When we travel, I count the crows I see.  Oddly, I feel connected to them.  This is number…23 maybe.  I watched as he flew & landed so I stopped to get her picture 🙂
Bishop Hill reminds me of the Amana Colonies.  The BH Colony Store is great! 
You know me & Scandinavian things ❤ LUV!  This place was FULL of wonderful Swedish things & goodies!
Some of the buildings in Bishop Hill are so unique!
Not sure but could this have been a school?
The whole thing, clear to the very top of the eagle, is amazing!
A real cabin with this adorable fence….& someone lives there!
Sadly, not open…I know  😦
Hantverk Galleri, above, has homemade pottery & other local artist creations: loved it!  We took home the more adorable little snowman ornament!
A sampling of their pottery & garden totem poles that can be left outside year round {& you can make your own totems!}.
Fun place for lunch in Kewanee: The Broken Chimney.  Super nice Girls working & great food!
On the way home with the sun hiding behind the clouds.  I think these electrical towers are super cool looking!
Saw this vintage sign on the way there, got this picture on the way back!
Bridge over the Mississippi!
Iowa is Home ❤ 
Less than 50 miles from home & another beautiful shot similar to our departure 🙂

Besides driving around taking pictures I was able to relax for a few hours while the Girls went shopping.  We did some shopping together & I was even able to get them into Goodwill too!

What activities did you all do while also celebrating Christmas?  Hoping it was everything you’d wished for & more!

~ Junk Maven



Vickerman’s Christmas Wreath Zhuzh Up!

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I’m happy to report that I got a Christmas project checked off my list….finally!  Somewhere in Pinterestland I saw an aqua Christmas wreath.  It was instant love ❤  You know me, I had to have one so the search was on.  Have you heard of Vickerman’s?  It’s an “importer & wholesaler of quality seasonal decorations” since 1940 with the headquarters in Minnesota, USA!  I ordered my wreath via Amazon so I could use some points 😉

The vintage & Shiny Brite ornaments have been collecting in a box over the last several years.  Those ‘wreaths’ made purely of ornaments have always fascinated me & my ultimate goal was to make one but I was terrified an ornament or two would break & then what do you do? They’re all glued together.  Of course there are ornaments glued to pine bough wreaths too & they are equally as delectable but again, breakage.  I have enough ornaments to make one but I like variety….change.  So this is what I came up with:

Here’s my box marked “Delicate Christmas Ornaments”!  
Vickerman’s aqua Christmas bough wreath after I fluffed it up.
                    ^ this genius idea was on Brooklyn’s Beauty live Facebook video last week ^                           She had her pine wreath on a full size easel but this table top model is all I had.  It did work for what I needed; I’ll never lay a wreath on the table to decorate again!
Ok, so I wasn’t listening to Christmas music on Music Choice, but I think the smooth jazz worked the trick while I was getting things started 🙂
The finished product….whatcha think?
Here’s your close-up.  Which one is your favorite?  They’re all my favorites, teehee!
Left over ornaments…..next year it can get zhuzhed up again, looking fresh & new!

Happy Vintage Christmas Junkers!  I’m happy to be back, sharing the junking life & projects with you all.  Working the 9-5’er tomorrow, then off till next Thursday.  Going to be spending some quality time with the family!  Please do me a favor, hugs those you love, TELL them you love them, yes, it’s that important!  Thanx 🙂

~ Junk Maven


What a Junker Wants!

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What was on your list you gave Santa this year?  Are you like me?  I had perfume {because I’m almost out}, jewelry, Vera Bradley {insert  any other brand} purses, eBay Shiny Brite ornaments & junking tee shirts {from Pink Lemonade}.  I’m blessed that our Daughter does the shopping for Junk Hunk Hubby.  We’ve worked out a super easy system: I make a Pinterest board that we share, I add items I’d like to find under the tree & then I’m surprised…maybe it’s because I have way more on the board than I need.

Then I got to thinking, what do junkers really want?  To GO junking right !?!?  Part of junking is traveling, as in a vacation!  Every December, I start searching for events in the new year, do you?  Event tickets or gift certificates would make great gifts, wouldn’t they?  Think “Shop Local & Support Smaller Businesses” too!  What a great excuse to go junkin’ for a day when you say “I’ve gotta spend my gift card”!  So far, my list of events & shops that I didn’t get to last year & have moved to 2018 is growing by the minute.

Most occasional events sell advances tickets online, some even have Early Bird rates or multiple day pass tickets!  I got to looking around & noticed that JunkStock & Junk Bonanza both offer online tickets.  A sneak peek at your junker’s Facebook or Instagram pages can reveal their favorites so it’s easy peasy & they’ll think you have ESP!  This is a fun way to amaze that special junker on your gift list!

what a junker wants

Happy Christmas Shopping!

~ Junk Maven