I always think I will take photos of each days finds, but it ends up being more interesting to mix it up and make little vignettes with my junk.
An toolbox*, chrome serving tray*, white tablecloth, four old bake King loaf pans, two bottle brush trees, a crystal decanter, five old fishing tins, a small Craftsman toolbox tin and a set of gold Monopoly pieces. *The wooden toolbox was blue and had COUNTRY written on it. A quick coat of paint and it is current again. *The chrome tray got a coat of Chalkboard paint and now it is a menu board. I still need to glue a Scrabble tile holder to the bottom for a chalk holder. (That black in the background is my kitchen door which I painted in chalkboard paint in 2002 WAY before chalkboard paint was cool. Thank you very much. :) )
I stopped at a sale and they had row after row of old tackle boxes full of lures and fishing items. I was looking at the old tins just because I had never seen fishing tins before. The man asked me if I was a fisherwoman and I told him that I just liked old tins and I had never seen fishing tins. He walked over to the tackle boxes and started dumping out the contents and handing me the tins. "Take them" he said. "No one wants the tins." There were lots of different ones, but I didn't want to be greedy, so he picked out the three round ones and I picked out the two small ones. The small ones are about an inch long.
The small Craftsman tool box tin is just right for my business cards.
Saturday I went to a Boy Scout sale where they handed you a bag and you could fill it up for $5.00 or pay the prices marked. The only thing that I could find was a pile of old white honeycomb bells. Twenty two of them, in fact. They were 25¢ each, so it only made sense to put them in a bag. And, since I had room left, I grabbed the white tablecloth in the first photo, a Boyds Bear tree topper (which I already put away), the green wooden toolbox from the first photo and a few more things.
This is a tiny model kit for a Viking Ship. The box is quite small and is fun in it's own right.
Now, this doesn't look like anything I would buy, does it? This metal candle holder was at the Boy Scout Sale for $1.00. It reminded me of those great old floral chandeliers. I'm hoping to think of a way to re-purpose it. Any ideas? I love the Hydrangeas.
I stuffed all this in the $5.00 bag too. I think I can use the papers and corrugated cardboard to make tags or signs. Each pack is marked $4.00 and that is just crazy.
Vintage baby shoes that look like bunnies.
My personal favorite find and the only real keeper of the week.
I went to a sale Saturday (and all I bought was an arsenal of Nerf guns for The Bean. $110.00 retail for $7.00.). Across the street from that sale I spotted this table sitting bear the curb. Not close enough to the curb to scream FREE, but close enough to look a cast-off. I drove by it once, twice, three times. Later that afternoon I made a Redbox run and drove by it twice. Sunday night at 9:00 pm, I stood up and said, "Let's go see about that table!' So, my junking companion and I headed out to see if it was still there. It was! And, this time it was truly at the curb. With a trash can sitting beside it.
It's white and all chippy and just totally the sort of thing I LOVE.
I'm sure I could sell it for a pretty penny and fairly quickly. But, sometimes, you just have to keep the best stuff for yourself. Especially when it was FREE. A special thanks to The Bean for jumping out of the car and loading it into the back of the car. When we got it home, he looked at it for the longest time and I was just waiting for him to say, "Why did you want that old thing?" But, you know what he said? "Why would anyone throw this out? It's perfect!" I sure do love that junking buddy of mine.
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***Thanks for all the ideas and help with my Market selling adventure. I am writing everything down and making lots of lists. Keep the ideas coming. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.