This is who I really am

Over the past decade, I’ve progressed from a junkaholic to a Junkologist.  It’s a state of mind, really. And a lifestyle choice.  Junkaholic sounds like a disease that requires anonymous meetings and 12-step healing programs.  But I don’t want to be healed. (Sidebar: This little section was apparently so well-written four long years ago that another blogger decided to lift the idea and use it on her own blog in a post tonight, 23 March, 2013.  Not that the date will lead you to anything. She top posts her blog so often, by the time you see THIS, the post will have been deleted in a fit of crazy or freshly dated for the current day.)

My Facebook page lists my occupation as “junk-buying queen,” which is an accurate description.  But . . . I prefer to be called a Junkologist, just in case I ever decide to write course curriculum.  Plus it looks a lot more professional on a business card.

Now, before I started this Junkology blog, I did a little internet search.  Seems “junkology” has already been trade-marked by a recycling business, so I guess I won’t be changing my business name.  But the blog name remains, until I’m notified to cease publication under the name. What I didn’t realize when I chose to name this blog Junkology, was that over on the Blogger site, there lives the way cool Junkologie. Honestly…I wasn’t trying to copy ANYONE. I was a newbie. I started my blog after reading one single blog that happened to be on WordPress at the time.  So now when someone introduces me as the girl from Junkology and the reaction is an excitable and recognizable “Oh!” I have to add, “Not THAT Junkologie.” Yes, I am the low self-esteem JukologY.

My duties as Junkologist take place mostly in San Antonio, Texas, where I live.  I also have shop space in Llano, Texas.  I sell all kinds of junk — antiques and vintage/vintage inspired smalls and furniture.  My new motto is “bringing brown back!” because I am tired of painting everything. I almost always have a nice supply of mirrors, chandeliers, suitcases, and ephemera. I also make jewelry — soldered charms, bottlecaps and domino pendants. In Llano, we carry  a line of rubber cowgirl boots and jewelry, including the Natural Life line. In San Antonio, I carry some jewelry pieces from Classic Hardware of California. In addition to selling goods, I also have items available for rental (photo shoots, home staging, etc.) in the San Antonio area, and provide professional shopping services in addition to home staging and decorating services.  My business email is Checkeredpastinfo@sbcglobal.net.

When I first started this blog, I was so excited. Then I had a bit of a latent period — kind of like a blog’s midlife crisis or something. During that time, I read LOADS of blogs and became all existential and started questioning my place in blogland and the purpose of blogging, in general. (Believe me. That’s so NOT me.)  I tried to define myself, but found it easier to define what I’m NOT: I’m not the kind of blogger who will end a post with a question just to try to get you to comment. In fact, I have closed comments on this blog. If you want to talk to me, great! Just use the email in the p-graph above. If you want to lurk, that’s fine too! We can still be bloggy buddies. I’m also not going to link you to a whole lot of blogs by writing about them all. the. time. If a blog is in my sidebar, I love that blog. I have some blogs on my sidebar that don’t even exist any more, but I’m too sentimental to remove them.  Also I’m not very good at maintaining my blogroll, so if you’d like to be included, please let me know. I’m a bit lazy like that. I’m not going to offer any giveaways that would make you spend money on someone else’s website. BUT… I do highly encourage you to enter cool giveaways and to shop ETSY. Many of my blogging buddies have ETSY sites (and so do I!) or sell straight from their blog or FB page.  I think I’m fairly authentic in my writing, but hate using that word, along with “transparent.” I also won’t ever ask you to “share your story,” as that phrase is completely overused. But I do want to get to know you.

My midlife blog crisis has ended. And for that I KNOW you’re happy.  And I’m happy to meet you and glad that you’re here. Welcome and BIG (((HUGS))).

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11 Responses to “This is who I really am”

  1. Mindy April 29, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I just found you, my junk sista! Love your blog! I’ll be adding your to my sidebar. ~Mindy

    • junkology April 29, 2009 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks, Mindy!! I’m off to visit your blog…

  2. Michele - red shed July 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed your stop at our store. Couldn’t believe we had such a crowd when it was so hot. Michele

  3. Dixie July 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    I think we’ll have to start the Beverly fan club… she is such a sweetheart… I’m so glad I found you too! Now I’m going to have to venture out of my little box and come find you!

    Beverly was telling me all the great places she likes to go to “junk”… it made me want to tag along with her! She did tell me she had a ton of stuff she hadn’t had time to put out yet… so there are treasures yet unseen… at least by me!

    I’ve added you to my sidebar under “really great junk”.

  4. Drenda April 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Hey K, I finally found your blog. Cool!

    • junkology April 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

      Drenda! Welcome to my world!

  5. Tamara July 23, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks for visiting my blog (and my booth)! I haven’t used the blog as I intended to, so I just discovered your comment. I finally got around to posting pics of my newest booth re-do. You do such a good job with your booth and your blog – don’t know how you keep up with all of it! Your booth is seriously my favorite at Homestead!

    • junkology July 23, 2010 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with my blog AND my Homestead space this summer! Oh, well…there’s always tomorrow!

  6. Amy of WhisperWood Cottage & Junkologie January 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Hello from one Junkologie to another Junkology! The more the merrier in junking! I’m glad people have a positive reaction when they hear about Junkologie. If they were running and screaming, I would be concerned!! 🙂 Totally love all those the Texas gals!

  7. lisa October 16, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    This is such a great cause Kristi, I’m heading right over to donate & see check out the sight. And you don’t even have to enter me for the prizes, that’s how cool I am……:)
    I get so jealous seeing you having fun all over the place. I wanna go! Had a blast yesterday, send me your email addy. Can’t wait till December.
    Lisa

  8. Stephanie Singleton November 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi there! I just LOVE everything about your website! Could you tell me where your shop is in San Antonio? I consider myself a junkologist also! Lol! I work out of my home but have a small space at Alamo Craft Mall. Hopefully one day I will be able to open my very own Shabby Chic/ boutique where everything is pretty and “glitters & shimmers”!
    Your blog is very inspirational to me. Hope to hear from you!

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