What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

It's All Coming Back to Me

I am remembering a few more Junk Ranch stories.  I think the fog is finally lifting from my brain! Whee!



I sold those lucite S & P shakers to a newlywed couple - Samantha and Paul.  
S &P.  
How cute is THAT?

Also - that old jar full of red BINGO markers?  A lady came up with that and I told her that those were old BINGO markers.  "Don't care.  I'll throw those out.  I just want the jar."  It was priced $12 but I said she could have the jar for $8 and I would keep the BINGO markers.  Deal, she said.


A lady bought those old confetti cafeteria trays to feed her grand kids lunch.  She keeps them some days and the girls call it "jail".  "Now they'll have the trays to make it complete", she said,


A lady read my "Bits & Bobs" sign and said, "What on EARTH are Bits and BOOBS?????"

Saturday I put out about three tubs worth of new stuff and I forgot to take photos of the booth once I reworked it.  In those tubs was an old pottery monkey head bottle.  A lady bought it and said, completely out of the blue - "I am going to pour my rum in it and stick a cork in his head" and then she walked away.  


I was helping a shopper carry things to the gate and I left The Bean alone at the table.  A lady came and bought two pinwheels, three little milk bottles and a squeak toy.  She told my twenty year old son, "You sell the CUTEST stuff!"  He said, "Thanks??"  Poor guy, selling squeaky toys in a field by himself. 

Those weren't the greatest stories, but at least I am thinking of some!  I think this particular junk ranch is just like Pam at House of Hawthornes said - It's like childbirth - you forget the bad part after awhile!  I have forgotten the heat and now I am in thinking mode for the October show!  

Hey - be sure to read Lara's rundown of the Junk Ranch too.  Her photography is just THE BEST.

Speaking of Lara, she was nice enough to invite me to bring some junk to her house for a yard sale on Saturday.  We sure do like slinging junk together!  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Junk Ranch - Spring 2016 Recap

Okay folks  - I'm here with all the deets.  I am still not feeling like myself, but I realized that my chest hurts and my sinuses are giving me problems, so that must be part of it.  I think the dust just settled in my chest and is sitting there.  I've started Muscinex which is like the THE INVENTION EVER, so that will help.  I'm still tired, but I rarely get a full 8 hours of good sleep.  WHINE WHINE WHINE COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN!  :)




Wednesday I loaded the car with the tables, my crates and as much merchandise as I could squeeze in there.  Thursday morning I loaded the truck with the big stuff and the rest of my tables and set up stuff.  About 10:30, The Bean and I headed out to set up the tent, tables and staging areas.  The Breadman came out about 1:30 to bring us the truck items.  He started unloading things in his random here, there and everywhere method and I suddenly got VERY testy about that.  I like to put things where they go on the first touch of an item.  Does that make sense?  Why set it here, then move it there, then put it over there until you can put it where it goes???  I say put it close to where it goes the first time.  I know things will get shuffled and moved a bit, but I like it at least sort of close to where it will stay.  WHINE WHINE WHINE.  


After we unloaded we came home for another load of merchandise and some food.  Back out to the Junk Ranch to set up as much as we could until it was complete the next morning.  I owe props to The Bean for knowing exactly how I want things set up and how I want it to look.  He is like a mini me except he is a foot taller than me, but you know what I mean.  Thursday while I was setting up a couple women came into the tent with their shopping carts and started rummaging in my stuff asking for better prices.  I mean, COME ON - why are you in my tent blocking me from dong my work PLUS asking for better prices.  Not cool ladies.  Not cool. COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN.  

Friday morning I got up at 5:30.  It's funny how I never, ever get up early to go buy junk.  But I will get up at the crack of freaking down to go sell stuff.  Packed the food, lots of water and ice and headed out for the day.  The gates opened at noon and the lines were long both in the ticket line, the gate and on the highway.  It's always exciting when you see the people coming in droves.  It's a "If you build it, they will come" sort of thing.  This year the backyard behind the old farmhouse was opened up before the gates so that shoppers could hit the food trucks, buy a Junk Ranch t-shirt and listen to the band in the shade.  It was a good option for the early arrivals so they didn't have to stand in the hot sun in line.  They did have to tag team to keep their spots, but most people figured that out and handled it well. 

The gates opened at noon and here they came in like a flood!  Wheeee!  NOT COMPLAINING!


I had these old shopping carts in the shed for years.  A few weeks ago at a sale I bought the new liners for $1.00 each.  I cleaned up the carts, added the liner and put the #junkranchloot sign on the front for fun.  I set them out in front of the booth and the first guy in the gate bought one.  Then the crowds took over and it looked like someone had just left their cart sitting there, so I moved it and did the same thing on Saturday morning.  First lady in the gate bought it too.  Note to self - find more carts for next time!  

Time for booth photos!


I always set up two tables back to back and load them with vintage on one side and ephemera on the other side.


This side was out from under the tent and in the full sun.  I didn't sell a lot off of it.  Oh, I did sell quite a bit, but not enough to make a difference when it came to packing it back up.  But, I do cram a lot on there!  


The ephemera side.  I found that spinner rack for $1.00 and made packets of goodies to put on it out of my crafting stash.  


Lots of flash cards, bingo cards and the usual.  Most people just stand in this area and stare them tell me, "You have the CUTEST stuff!'  I appreciate that.  I know that Lara and I both have sort of different booths from a lot of the rusty and crusty, but not so different that we don't belong there either.  I hang my head in shame when I tell you that I do not have a single photo of Lara's booth. She had so much goodness  tons of signs, and her prints and a splash of vintage.  It was lovely and she sold a ton.  I am a bad, bad friend.  I usually walk around my booth visiting with customers and rearranging my items as they sell.  This time I mostly sat in my square foot of shade and tired not to pass out.  Literally.


Those Scrabble words - they still sell.  Not crazy like they used to - but enough to warrant taking that suitcase and throwing it out.  I opened a lot of packs to make certain words for people like names and special sayings.  I usually take the tin of letters, but I forgot this time.  


I had an odd area in front, so The Bean arranged extra crates and boards and made another set of shelves for me.  I sold that circus banner, which made me happy - love it when someone likes junk I make.  My homemade flashcards sold well.  The Dolores' Beauty Salon sign didn't sell, so I hung it in my bathroom.  I really wanted to keep it when I bought it, but thought I should try to sell it.  

See those framed flash cards in the middle?  Those were my best sellers.  


I had two bins of them.  I sold over half of what I took.  Very popular.  I bought the flash cards on Instagram and then another lot on ebay.  I buy the frames at Dollar Tree - they are certificate frames - 11 x 14.  They are thin black frames that highlight the flashcards perfectly.  Ordinarily I wouldn't buy frames from the Dollar Tree for reselling, but these are perfect.  They are also very hard to find.  I bought all I could find locally, then I ordered two cases to be shipped to the store.  Only one case ever came and in the case that did come, seven of the frames were broken.  Whomp  Whomp.  It took me forever to get my money returned, but I finally did.  They only carry them around graduation, but I will always be looking for some to pop up.  And when they do, I will buy all I can find.  They sold for $15.00 each and I could have probably put $20.00, but I hate to be overly greedy.  It was fun to hear why people chose the ones they did.  The "nap" one above went to a young couple to hang by their bed.  I had thought it would go in a nursery, but their plan made me even happier!


Here is the other side of the booth.  I took what I thought would sell this time of year - picnic, camping and outdoor things.  I did sell some of those things, but I really sold my usual different than the norm things.  The oddball things that I like to buy and sell.  I sold that white cabinet, the little denim jacket (it said HOWDY on it) and the three tiered plant stand.  That Lions sign got picked up a hundred times, but it didn't sell.  I had kind of a fat price on it, but justifiably so.  



This cabinet is from an old mechanics shop.  The shelves held the record books and the row of hooks held the keys.  There are still pencil marks noting 1949 Ford on one hook.  It has been in my garage for about fifteen years, I kid you not.  I decided to take it and sell it.  But then as I was using it for my displays, an idea came to me for a way to actually use it at home.  So, I stuck a SOLD sign on it and used it for display.  Those pop crates fit in there like drawers.  Pretty handy.  




I took nearly my entire Thermos collection, decided to give it up for the betterment of the family and to make money and all that crap.  Lucky for me, none of them sold, so they are right back on my shelf where they will stay!  Can't say I didn't try!   I did love the way they fit in that pallet wine rack though.  I picked that rack up for $1.99 and used some brass stencils to put WINE on it.  It sold as well as the white cart. Those lights were cars and campers - sold those for $18.00!  


That big fan sold as well as the little lawn chair.  Selling that little lawn chair was HARD.  It was so darling!  The lady that bought it said she has a thing for little chairs.  Likes to find different ones for her collection.  That made me happy because that is why I bought it!


Sold that small gumball machine.  The larger one didn't sell.

My booth is in the same town as the Junk Ranch and most people hit the shops before or after they come to the Junk Ranch.  I left a pile of my old pink business cards in my booth with a map to the Junk Ranch.  If they brought me a pink business card, I would give them a free gift.  On Saturday, three women came running in waving pink business cards at me.  I let them pick out one of those book cover clipboard as their gift and they loved them.  Those were the only three that I gave away, but it was an interesting experiment.  I did it last Fall and only two people followed through.  I think I will always do it just for fun.


Lara and I share a check out area.  The sun was beastly so Lara had the foresight to stop and buy a 9' umbrella on the way back on one of her load trips.  Since I am a big old copycat, I went and bought one later that night.  They really only made shade for a few hours, but they really saved our lives.  Best money spent ever.  
 

I had this area in the back on Friday, but I moved it all up to the front on Saturday.  Sold some toys and a lot of linens.  Linens seemed to be popular this year.  *See that ICE truck we sat behind all weekend?  Kind of ironic to be sweltering and wanting a cold drink of water to see the word ICE behind you all the time.  Getting ice for the food trucks was the most popular job amongst the Ranch Hands.  I would have volunteered in a heartbeat!


 The feedsack pendants.  I took the whole printers tray full - over 350 pendants.  I love the way it looks all full like colorful candies.  I always take too many, but it looks nice all in the tray.  I sold quite a few and got lots of compliments.


I use this antique feedsack chicken quilt that my great-great grandmother made to show what feedsacks are and to demonstrate what the pendants are made from - but everyone wants to buy the quilt.  Even when I say my GGGrandmother made it they want me to say a price.  Like I am going to say it's a family heirloom then say it's $10.00?  Not.  


I had the vintage candy package pendants too.  Little girls and college girls like them.  


Vintage cake decorations.  



Sold that 1000 FT sign to the first guy that bought the first cart on Friday morning.  On the shelf you can see the Formica Sample keychains that everyone LOVED on Instagram.  I sold about 25 of them on IG and everyone was so supportive that they would be HUGE at the Junk Ranch.  But, one lady deemed them "Weird" and that was the only comment I had on them all weekend.  Now, that sounds like I am WHINING or COMPLAINING, but it actually made me laugh.  It's funny how crowds are different and like different things.  I can sell something in one booth that would never sell in the other booth or sell it at the Junk Ranch but never on ebay.  It's such a hard thing to figure out!  (But it gives me an excuse to BUY ALL THE THINGS).


I had an old Church Pulpit for sale.  Sold to a lady to give as a gag gift to her husband for Father's Day.  Their niece recently got married out in a field with horses and hay bales and asked him to get Internet Ordained so he could do the ceremony.  He laughed and said you couldn't do such a thing, but then did a little research and discovered that for $16 and ten minutes, you really could - so he did! She said buying from his Amazon wishlist is too predictable.  I wonder what he will think when he gets a pulpit and not Game of Thrones?


I met lots of Instagram followers and a few blog readers.  Many of my favorite shoppers came by - Myra, Carrie and The Rose Bud Queen herself.  I have relationships with so many people that I only see out in that field.  They come to see Lara and I and to visit with us.  It really is such a fun weekend.  It's nice to feel liked and loved and hear nice comments about the things you have found, the things you have made and the way you have them displayed.  



I will say that when I left on Saturday night, I was so spent and sweaty and exhausted that I said I might not do another Junk ranch.  But Sunday morning, I started making notes for the next Show. September 30th.  It will be here before you know it!  

I feel very lucky to be a part of the Junk Ranch family and to be one of the vendors that has been there from the start.  The co-founder even called mE Monday to see how it went for me.  (Hi Amy!) I don't think most show organizers do that.  I could never do a show very far away, so I am lucky that it is so close to my house.  I made four round trips to the Junk Ranch and a run into town for dinner one night and I drove a total 60 miles.  That is awesome.  

So, there you have it.  

The Spring Junk Ranch.  Done.

The Spring Junk Ranch Blog post.  Done

Done and Done!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tired, But Alive

I am working on a Junk Ranch post, but it is slow going.  I am exhausted.  Like I cannot seem to bounce back this time.  I was prepared as usual and had my layout figured out.  I only had to do a bit of tweaking because I looked at the map wrong and Lara was on the opposite side of me, so I flipped my arrangement once I got there.  But you guys.  It was hot.  Like brain melting hot.  I don't know if you all have ever experienced a hot muggy Arkansas summer, but it is like having a wet blanket on top of you in the 95 degree heat.  It is all encompassing and makes it hard to function.  


We set up most the day on Thursday, then a 13 hour day on Friday and 11 hours on Saturday which included tearing down the both at 5:00 right when the sun was really beating down on us.  I have never been so hot and miserable for such long hours.  Friday I drank almost ten bottles of water and a five pound bag of ice and I never (excuse the TMI) went to the bathroom all day.  That's a lot of sweating.  I hate summer and the heat, that's no surprise, but this was just awful.  But, no one can control the heat and it is June and it is what it is.  I already told you that I made  deal with the devil to make the rain stop.  Apparently he did stop the rain, but dude - he brought on the HEAT!  And as soon as the Junk Ranch was in the books, the skies opened on Sunday and dropped a deluge of rain. I'm so very thankful that it didn't do that during the show.  Our merchandise would have been ruined.  

But, despite the heat, I put on my happy face,  got my booth set up and sold my little heart out.  And I did sell - quite a bit, in fact.  I took out three full loads and got it home in two loads.  One load is pretty much tables and set up stuff on it's own.  I have stories to share about certain purchases shoppers made, people I met, people that made a point to find us, what sold and what didn't sell.  But, that will have to wait awhile until I bounce back.  Because I am tired to the bone!  (For the record, Sunday was unload the car, put all the things away, do the dishes and laundry and vacuuming that had gone undone the past four days.  Today was run errands, do more laundry, sort out some of the junk ranch stuff to return to the booths and to sell at an upcoming yard sale.  So, there hasn't been much rest as of yet.)  

Thanks to those of you that sent me texts, Facebook messages, Instagram comments, emails and blog comments encouraging me and looking for updates.  It really does mean the world to me that you guys do seem to want to hear all the details and that you want the best for me and this little junking endeavor of mine.  Thanks so much for your friendships!

I'll be back!  

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

TWO MORE DAYS

Oh, hello again.  It's me.  Back with a Junk Ranch prep run down.  I priced my last item at 4:35 yesterday afternoon.  I remember it because it meant I was DONE.  I have literally priced thousands of items in the past month.  All the Junk Ranch items, things for booth booths - thinking of prices for ebay listings and Etsy listings.  I swear, it doesn't matter what I look at or where I see it - I want to stick a price on it.  Then, today I went out to get my booth ready (it is in the same town as the Junk Ranch, so it will be swarming with folks) and decided to pull some things to take with me which meant a bit more re-pricing and then, because I am crazy - I made a Super Cheap Thrift run and found some more things to take.  So, the real final pricing was tonight at 9:28.  FOR REAL.

For the first time, I am taking big things to the Junk Ranch - even........wait for it....a PIECE OF FURNITURE.  Will wonders ever cease?  It is an old primitive piece out of an old 1940's auto mechanic shop - there are shelves for auto repair books and a row of hooks for the keys. It is just wood with a stain on it.  I suppose it could be painted, but I like the look of it.  I need to add some old keys to the hooks to bring the point home to what it actually once was.  It has been in my garage for years.  I mean YEARS.  I always thought I would do something terribly clever with it, but it just sat there.  So, off it goes.  Thinking of a price on old odd items it so hard for me.  I'm super cheap so I personally wouldn't (and didn't) pay much for it.  But, how common are old auto mechanic cabinets from the 1940's?  Not very common, I would say.  



I am also cleaning out my suitcase hoard.  I bought five suitcases at an estate sale a few weeks ago and then I found about five more in the garage, so that's a lot of suitcases!  Hopefully they are still desirable.  I will price them low because I really don't want to bring them back into the garage.  One stack is all red, white and blue, so that will look all happy and Patriotic.  I made some flashcards that say "ROADTRIP" and "Car trips are fun!" to add in to the stack as well as some Patriotic mixed media collages.

I bought an old metal folding cot for $1.00 that I fully intended to redo with a new foam mattress and some cute vintage fabric.  But then I remembered something.  I DON'T SEW.  Plus, I am pretty sure anyone that buys an old camping cot would most likely want to get rid of the foam mattress in case it's buggy (THE HORRORS), so I will just leave it as a metal cot and let the buyer fix 'er up.  I have a pile of old picnic blankets and quilts, the cutest tabletop BBQ in the loveliest shade of jadeite green, a pile of picnic baskets, my entire Thermos collection (SNIFF) and lots of other vintage camping/picnic themed items for a cute display.  I am just afraid that every booth will have the very same things. There are only so many things you can do for a theme in the Summer.  I'm taking a little vintage Christmas because some people like that stuff and will buy it any time of the year.  (That's me, for the record!)

Speaking of summer. OH my God.  It is hot.  Hot and humid.  Like drippy sweat hot.  It has rained for weeks and been on the cool side.  But that all came to a screeching halt on Sunday when the sky cleared and the weatherman said, "There is not one percent chance of rain in the entire next week." Yay!  No rain!  But then he added the temperatures would be in the 90's and the humidity would be oh so very high.  Now, I hate the heat, but I had already made a deal with the devil that I could deal with any heat I was dealt as long as the rain would stop.  So, I had it coming!  

I'll be back next week with a report and lots of pictures.  We'll see how my displays turned out and if I got it all done!  Lara will be right beside me with her cute and fabulous things too.  We will have stories to tell you!  I promise!  If you follow me on Instagram, I will post photos through the days.  @sharamonkeybox if you don't follow me already.  Lara is @prettyquirkyblog and you can follow @thejunkranch too for all the fun!  


Thursday, May 26, 2016

The One Where She Rambles

Just popping in to say Hello and I'm sorry I haven't posted in awhile.  I mean, I know it's not like you guys are just sitting at home saying, "Geez, I wish Shara would post on her blog."  But, I haven't blogged in awhile and the "Are you okay?" emails and texts have started.  So, here I am saying I am okay.

The Junk Ranch is in fifteen days (minus a day for loading and a day for setting up, so that is really thirteen days) plus I am trying to do all my regular chores around here plus keep up with two booths, manage my ebay sales (slow, but picking up), hunt and gather Junk Ranch merchandise, get it organized and priced plus figure out the layout of the booth.  Lara and I have been in the back yard facing out into the parking lot for the past events, but this time we are up front - the second and third booth right by the gate with 248 booths out past ours.  Every single person will have to walk past our booth.  So, figuring out a new layout, what you want people to notice and all that is hard.  I can only guess and figure it out when I get there.  Luckily, Lara and I are together so we will make it work.  I am getting excited - still SO much to do make, organize, find, price and prepare.  But, it always gets done.  


Here is an article about The Junk Ranch on the State of Arkansas Website.  I saw the article and then I noticed that the ONLY photo for the entire Junk Ranch is MY BOOTH.  Eh gads.  I sent Lara a text  - "Look!  What were they thinking?"  To which she replied - "Who do you think wrote the article?"  I forgot she was doing the press for the event!  "I got your back," she said.  :)  SO between being featured on the STATE PAGE and the new gate side booth - the pressure for perfection is BIG TIME.

In between each Junk Ranch, I swear that I will get more organized here at home and have a designated area for all incoming merchandise that will be delegated to the Junk Ranch.  But, every time, I have things in my office, the living room (projects I am making), the garage, the driveway, the backyard and in both sheds.  Plus I always go pull things from both booths.  I have a lot of stuff scattered around between the house and the booths.  Sometimes during the Junk Ranch, when I am trying to go to sleep, I think about all the things I have in my house, plus both the booths and an entire tent full of things sitting out in a field and I start to get a little overwhelmed with my "stuff". But, it is how I contribute and make the money that I make, so it is what it is.  And, I LOVE doing it. I really, really do.  I will never complain about any of it except to say that I am exhausted by the time the show starts and that's when the work really begins!  

In my spare time, I am on the computer looking for jobs for The Breadman and filling out applications for him.  (I am the one looking on the computer because he works nights and has to sleep during the day when the jobs are being posted). His job is deplorable and I will find him a better job.  He just had his third pay cut in as many months.  I honestly don't understand how a job can cut your pay while you are still doing the very same job the entire time.  Plus, they will not pay him for more than a certain amount of hours, even if he works over that (which he does).  Then to add insult to injury - the first week of the last HUGE pay cut (a 35% weekly cut) they didn't even bother to pay him!  Oh, we forgot to turn in your hours.  Seriously.  This is not a Mom and Pop place - this is a huge nationwide company.  I don't understand it.  Having said that - this was not said to make you worry about us or feel sorry for us. But, damn, it's not right.  I'm sure you will agree!  So, a new job MUST happen.   *On a funny note - I get emails from all the job sites whenever a position comes in that he is qualified for so I can apply.  We get emails for Route, Sales and Delivery.  So  he gets job postings for truck driver routes, sales of everything from insurance to propane and delivery of everything from furniture to babies.  Yes, I said babies.  He gets all sorts of job openings delivering babies at the hospital!  So, if you ever go have a baby - I strongly recommend that you ask to see their credentials!  

Last night it stormed all night long.  The power went off at 3:00 and didn't come back on until after 10:00.  I am a bad sleeper already - I sleep with a fan to drown out sounds.  But with no power, I had no fan which meant I heard every single noise.  Including the husband (it was his night off) snoring like a freight train.  I kicked him in the shin to make him turn over and then he was quiet at least.  But it was windy and pouring rain and in the incredibly dark and quiet house, it was SO loud out there. Needless to say, I was up most of the night.  Honestly, I don't know why I am still up at nearly midnight tonight.  I am TIRED!

I will be back when I am less tired and less whiny.

That could take awhile.  

:)

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Week in Junk and Mother's Day Too

We had a little backyard BBQ for Mother's Day.  My Mom, Step-Father and the three of us sat under the shade trees and had hot dogs.  Tres fancy.  I didn't have to cook, so it was fine by me.


The Bean wore his "I Like Mama" shirt.  

(I held the phone up to take this photo and he looks eleven feet tall!)


My Step-Father fell asleep.  
I guess our stimulating conversation wasn't enough to keep him awake.  :)


We were sitting in my old Motel Chairs and it was like The Breadman was sinking in quick sand all of the sudden as his chair went down.  He was trapped - couldn't get up, so OF COURSE I took the time to take a photo.  Or nine.  Poor chair.  Off to the metal shop it will go.

As I ran to buy the aforementioned hot dogs, I stopped at one yard sale.  I mean, it was Mother's Day and I am a Mother and I needed to go to a sale - so I did!  As I walked up, I spotted lots of tubs of Christmas stuff - lots of new stuff and lots of junk.  But, I saw five boxes of old ornaments and enough other old stuff that I asked, "How much?"  The lady said, "We've been out here all day and you are the first person to even look at it.  How about $5.0 for everything?"  SOLD.  They loaded up four Uhaul boxes of Christmas and loaded it in my car.  I never even touched any of it.  They even dug a bunch out of a trash can that they had deemed "junk" - it was some of the better stuff!  I dug through all four boxes and re-donated three and a half boxes back to Goodwill. 


There were the boxes of ornaments I mentioned (And forgot to photograph) plus these goodies. Glass garland - my very favorite thing to find EVER.  Not a big string - but enough to make me happy.


I stopped into Habit for Humanity this week - only the second time I have ever been.  A lady that worked there was very happy to see me  - she hadn't seen me in forever - how have I been?????  I have no clue who she is  - isn't that AWFUL???  But, she was so happy to see me that she let me dig in the Christmas boxes and pull out a few goodies.  And, she only charged me a dollar for all three things.  When I went to check out - I told them "Sandy said I could buy these for $1.00". Oh.  They were SO NOT happy with Sandy.  The lady told me Christmas was in a room where I wasn't allowed (this was a pallet on the floor - not in a room) and the man told me that the whole pallet was shrink wrapped (it wasn't) and there was a big sign on it (there wasn't) saying the whole pallet was one price. I told them they could keep the items, I didn't want to make trouble.  "It's fine," they said.  "THIS time."  I don't think I'll be going back any time soon.  Sorry Sandy.  


I bought all these colored floodlights at a Church Sale - actually I bought about a dozen of them.  I don't know why - they just looked like big jewels or candy all together.  I think a red, yellow and green on a shelf in a boys room would be cute.  I'll schlep them to the Junk Racnh and see if anyone bites.  


I got this cool shelf at the $5.00 Christmas sale. It will go in one of the booths to use.


Yesterday I went to this sale.  I have been there three other times  - they are cleaning out their Mom's house and she kept everything.  I mean honestly - every thing.  It's all clean and well cared for - plus it's almost all $1.00 or less.  I don't know if you can see the fence - but there must have been five hundred clothes hangers hanging on that fence.  That must have taken forever.  At each sale - they usually have mass quantities of the same sort of things.  Not some of everything - but lots of a few things.  This time it was books, chairs, plastic tables and hangers.  There must have been a thousand books and they were fill a paper shopping bag for $1.00.  I have a self imposed book ban, but come on - a dollar a bag?  I filled up four bags and got probably 100 books.  I went through them today and donated about fifteen back to Goodwill.  I'm sure more will go as I look them all up.  There were 1980's coloring books - Mr. T, Captain Planet, New Kids on The Block and more.  Concert programs for John Denver, The Carpenters, Bob Hope and Circus programs, cookbooks, teacher books and about twenty five old school readers.  It was crazy fun filling up those bags.  I swear, if I had a workshop, I would have just bought them all and dealt with them at my leisure.  I know there was money there.  

Oh yes, they also had suitcases.  


I bought them all - for five dollars total.  I'm thinking the red, white and blue theme will go with my camping/summer vacation theme at the Junk Ranch.  


I rescued this sweet handmade kitty and a Playskool Water Pet that is ebay bound.


A tiny denim jacket that says HOWDY.  I mean, how cute is THAT?


I spotted this box full of glass garland siting on a shelf - how could it still be there at noon?  But, thank heavens it was and now it's MINE for the princely sum of twenty five cents - six long strands of red/pink garland.  OH, HAPPY DAY!


Some fun stuff too - the glass garland (AGAIN), Bozo, old kid card sets, a teeny Santa mug, a fun Red Nose Light Santa on the card and a great chalkboard.  There was more in my pile, which I had left by the table where they told me to leave it so it would be safe, but as I was shopping, I saw a lady walk by with something that I knew was in my pile.  I let it go since it wasn't the garland (TOUCH THE GARLAND AND I WILL CUT YOU LADY), but I wonder if anything else I had in my pile was missing?  I have short term memory when I am at a yard sale - when I get home and unload I am all "Oh I forgot about that!"  - so I will just think that only one thing was missing and not worry about it.  

Today I shopped my own garage looking for Junk Ranch items - I sent a load of crapola off to Goodwill and made some room in the garage.  I'll be back at it all week long - wish me luck!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Whatcha going to do with all that junk?

I'm going to put it on my porch.  It's no secret that I like stuff.  I tend to like cute things in the house and rusty old stuff outside.  Last weekend I pulled everything off the porch, power washed the house and porch (It needs more, but I did it good enough for now) and put out all my summer junk.  


I have a lot of weird oddball things - but all together it looks cohesive.  At least to me it does.  I like it.  I like to use a lot of red things to tie it all together and layer junk upon junk.



I got this metal rack at Hobby Lobby years ago.  I would rather have a vintage piece, but I haven't found one yet.  It needs to be sturdy to hold the weight off all that metal stuff.  


My old garden clippers are one of my very favorite collections.  I love finding new old ones adding them to the old toolbox.  There are so many wonderful chippy old colors.  Lara found a PINK set of clippers once, so I know they exist.  Someday I will add a PINK set to my collection!  The Bean has always said we are so careful to lock our doors, yet we keep a box of weapons out there!  There is a pitchfork and a scythe in the mix too.  


I bought this cool old tool caddy with the intention to sell at the Junk Ranch.  Well, I really didn't appreciate how incredibly AWESOME it was at the time.  I know it looks pink it the photo, but it's really more red - a faded red.  But, still red.  I had a mishmash of odd metal things in my storage. Old springs, claw feet, edger wheels, wire, horseshoes and on and on.  I filled up the cubby and I LOVE IT.  Now I can see all my treasures!


The tall locker was a great $5.00 yard sale find many years ago.  I love the old patina on it.  The dollhouse was $2.00.  I tried to sell it at the booth, but there were no takers.  So, now it is a fancy birdhouse for a nest of noisy baby birds.  The old windows have been hanging there for nearly 20 years.  


Do you see the milk stool?  The coal scuttle?  The sap bucket?  What about a bicycle wheel and an old milk crate?  Don't forget the huge cowbell (or two) and the double "SS" which I now see is backward.  :(


The red metal cart is supposed to go to the Spring Junk Ranch.  BUT WILL IT?  The croquet set is from the yard sale at the D*ggar house.  The cowbell was in The Breadman's grandma's barn.  We found the sections of picket fence in the dumpster.


Let's not forget to mention the giant "S".  Love that "S".  

*The shoes all went inside.  We don't decorate with shoes.  


I love all the colors, the patina and the history of each item.  I might keep every single thing and then again, I might sell half of it in time.  That''s the fun part of junking.  Keep it forever or enjoy it for awhile and pass it on.  For right now, I'm enjoying it all.

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