Archive | November, 2011

Finding the Christmas spirit

11 Nov

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Not yet in the holiday mood? Might I suggest a holiday open house to help put you there? I know it’s early. But it is so inspiring to be smack dab in the center of a winter wonderland, like I was last night in Llano, Texas. And it was a chilly 40 degrees outside–perfect weather for perusing Christmas decor.

All the photos above are from the talented Binky La Faye’s open house. Hope you enjoy them…

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Ready for the holiday kickoff

10 Nov

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Even though there’s not much holiday to be found here in my little corner of the junk world, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I skipped out on a sale today, but I’m heading to Llano in a bit for Binky’s Christmas open house. It’s sure to be inspiring.

And the hauling continues

7 Nov

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I returned to San Antonio from the barn sale only to face a shop reset yesterday. AND once again, I got the boot before I was finished. So guess where I’m headed for the day?! Hope you have a great week. More barn sale photos to come!

Junkology, a.k.a. Checkered Past, takes it on the road

6 Nov
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In the beginning...all the stuff had to get unloaded to get to the walls, packed flat on the bottom of the minivan.

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Can you believe I willingly used PEGBOARD? I may have become a fan.

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Still in mess mode

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Getting better

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I also used a cardboard wall between the pieces of pegboard. That's what is behind the linen.

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So close to finishing, it hurts! I still had paintings to put on the back ledge, a bit of pricing left to do, and a few items to arrange.

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Welcome!

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The other side... NO ribbon OR Baja pots sold.

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Just look at that beautiful pegboard!!

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At the last minute, I squeezed in a card table from home. Good thing.

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Loved the lamp lighting. It was worth all the extension cords and crawling on the floor!

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Lots of white

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A nod to Christmas

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The corner of letters

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Old pharmacy prescription book, some dated 1908.

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Pretty woman

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Shoppers seemed to enjoy all the old photos.

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Came home with ALL my test tubes

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Shopper: How much is this fur? Me: 35. Shopper: 35 hundred?! Me: 35 dollars. (And she still didn't buy it!)

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Frames were big sellers.

Like most things in my life, my feelings for this junk show biz can best be explained through words penned by Depeche Mode songwriter/ singer Martin Gore:

Like a cat dragged in from the rain, who goes straight back out to do it all over again…I’ll be back for more.

The barn sale was a blast. Don’t know how soon I’ll hit the road again, but there is talk of a possible Accumulations show in February. Friends in a field of junk is certainly tempting during the junk void that is winter.

All the photos in this post are from my space at the barn sale. And yes, they are cell phone photos! That, my friends, is my niche! Amy Boland was the official event photog, so watch her blog for the complete and pretty picture. I’ll post photos of fellow vendors soon. So much talent in one big barn!

Fully loaded

3 Nov

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Whew. It all fit. The minivan will haul about seven feet by 45 inches by at least three feet. I can’t do the math required to figure volume, but I think I maxed out the space, taking breakables into consideration. Something will break, however. It wouldn’t be a party otherwise!

All this junk is headed to Rusted Gingham’s barn sale, in case you’re wondering why my junk is suddenly on the move. Let’s see if I packed enough. Maybe too much for a 10×10 space? I’ll leave that math up to you!

Time to start packing

2 Nov

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I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for Rusted Gingham’s barn sale this Saturday in Gonzales, Texas. Well…that’s not entirely true. I still need to price. And pack. And load. And maybe wax and distress a couple of things. That sounds like I’m not ready at all! Egads. Maybe I shouldn’t have put it down in words. I feel behind now, thankyouverymuch.

Having never sold at a show before, I’m a bit nervous. I’m afraid I’ll forget something important — from clean clothes to cash for change. I’ve had nightmares of the minivan breaking down on the way. And what happens if I sell zilch?! (I realize that statement doesn’t jibe with The Secret. Please don’t rat me out.) But I’m also excited. I know I’ll be among some excellent vendors. Oh, the stories we will tell and the laughs we will laugh.

Care to join us?

My new favorite thing

1 Nov

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From start to finish, galvanized pieces reinterpreted. I’m loving galvanized everything right now. Tubs, pails…anything.  They go well with my other loves: burlap, stencils, prize ribbons, and even tulle.

Who said diamonds were a girl’s best friend? Okay. Maybe diamonds still win that contest.