Sunday, August 23, 2009

I'm Going All the Way to the Top!

This fun elevator piece was picked up for rather a song while I was in Oronoco. I was even lucky enough to snag the button that went along with it. I knew it would be a fun conversation piece, so I decided to hang it were it would get noticed. I put it above my front entryway hall closet. I guess I'm going all the way to the top (at least to the third floor that is)!

Because it was missing the arrow, I want to the Rockler Woodworking Store (thanks, Sue, for the referral) for a clock hand. It worked perfect! I just used Gorilla super glue to keep it in place. Wa la!

The piece had a pipe on the backside and I decided rather than try to remove it, I'd use it to hold it in place.

I fortunately had a drill bit that was the perfect size. I was initially gonna have my hubby do it for me, but who needs him. The only trouble I had drilling the hole was doing it and taking the picture! Ha!

See, it fits perfect! Didn't you trust me? LOL!

To secure it more I used black sheet rock screws (so they would blend with the piece).

Like I said, I was also lucky enough to snag the matching push button to go with it. Wow . . . how awesome is that!

This piece was easy enough to attach it to the wall as the back plate unscrewed from the front piece.

I simply screwed the back plate to the wall first . . .

And then screwed in the top plate.

Up and, ah well, not actually working. But lookin' good

My finished elevator!! I just hope no-one looks in the closet!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A few of my favorite things - from Oronoco with LOVE!! - JUNKMARKET Style

Kathy's Oronoco adventure!! Some awesome finds . . .

A few of my favorite things - from Oronoco with LOVE!! - JUNKMARKET Style

For more from Kathy's Oronoco trip, check out her blog at Sylvias Daughter.

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Shopping Oronoco and Blogger Party - Part 2

Okay, now were was I????? Oh, ya, shopping! And shopping we did. We shopped 'til we dropped and found some great things! And there seemed to be something for everyone in Oronoco. The prices were all over the board, but you could find some great deals!

Finally after grilling steaks (thanks to the use of the Pfarkel Sisters' grill) we were off to bed. And with six in a tent, we were wall to wall. But thanks to air mattresses, I had a great night sleep! My first night in a tent after 30 years or so, went off without a hitch! I guess I can mark that off my things to do list. But maybe next year we can rent a camper????

Last day at Oronoco we got a fairly early start and were at the Flea Market by 8:00-ish or so for the Fire Station breakfast. Scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage were on the menu. Mmmmm good! And with a good breakfast, we had energy to start another day of shopping! This day we found some amazing things.

Chowing down to an awesome breakfast!

Here are some of the great booths we saw.

This is Billy Joe of Missouri. Loved his booth! He had amazing things. Many with an industrial feel. He is a true repurposer!!

The hanging lamps were amazing! I would love to have had them in my house!

This sofa table was made from car ramps. How cool is that!

Another phenomenal booth. The bark cloth assortment was unbelievable.

These grain bags were amazing! From Europe, they ran between $85 to $235.

This was my favorite, a piece from Germany. Of course it was the most expensive at $235.

And after a day of shopping (in the heat) it was time for the Blog Party. Love Amy of Whisperwood Cottage and this was her first Blog Party (and first time at Oronoco). She did an amazing job, and her both was by far my favorite (and I'm not even a little prejudice in saying this). She just has a way with "junk" and had so many fun things. Here are some pics from the party!

These are the Kountry Junkers of Eau Claire. What a fun group of girls. They will be at the Junk Bonanza in September. Can't wait to get together with them again!

Sue getting all prettied up for her book signing. Looking good!

Cheryl of Tom Boy Tools doing a demo with Amy's huband Ron's dad (did you follow me on that-ha!). Don't he look pretty in pink?

Amy and Sue

Look's like Amy's Angels!

Amy, Kimberly, Sue and Ron with the Rockler Woodworking Gals.

The JMS Contributors enjoying the Blogger Party

Love this gas pump door. Was great for a photo opp!

Here are a few things I picked up over the weekend . . .

Love this piece from an old elevator. Keep posted to see what I do with it!

What floor would you like?

These are the tins I purchased from Billy Joe. Great details!

Can I take your order?? This came from a restaurant and was used to place the order tickets on it. Too cool!

Great graphics on this piece. It's in mint condition.

These are gifts from Candy and Kathy. What awesome friends!

Hope Amy has a Blogger Party next year! Be sure to be checking out the following blogs for their take on the weekend! Amy at Whisperwood Cottage and Junkologie, Gretchen at Mimitorias, Kathy at Sylvia's Daughter, and Candy at Junk Sophisticate. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oronoco was Flowing with Good Junk - JUNKMARKET Style

Candy of Junk Sophisticates shares her Oronoco Finds! Check it out on Junkmarket Style.

Oronoco was Flowing with Good Junk - JUNKMARKET Style

And you can find more on her Junk Sophisticate Blog.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oronoco Stories...what happened in Oronoco stays... - JUNKMARKET Style

More pictures from Oronoco, thanks to the Pfarkel Sisters. Where would we have been without them . . . without a roof over our head, hungry and in the dark!! Note to self, prepare better the next time you go camping! Thanks gals!

Oronoco Stories...what happened in Oronoco stays... - JUNKMARKET Style

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An Amazing Weekend in Oronoco!

It was truly an amazing weekend. I was able to spend some quality time with my fellow Junkmarket Contributors and finally meet them face-to-face. We were getting together to attended a Blogger Party hosted by fellow contributor, Amy, of Whisperwood Cottage and Junkologie was being held at Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, MN, where they take over the entire town for a once a year flea market. It was an awesome experience! And the weekend was totally jam packed, of which I am thoroughly and completely worn out. But it was so well worth the trip and I have made some life-long friends.

The festivities started on Wednesday night with a sleepover at Ms. Sue Whitney's of Junkmarket. I unfortunately was unable to attend (whoa is me), but I guess I missed out on a hoot of a time. Cathy Stantz and Candy Kidd Allen, fellow contributors from Ohio, drove in Wednesday night and were joined by Amy and her husband, Ron, from Duluth. Local contributor, Gretchen Schaumann, arrived later in the evening. They had so much fun sharing and being a little crazy, they didn't even get to bed until 4:30 in the morning! Oh how I wish I could have been there!

Thursday morning, or actually afternoon (their late night made them a wee bit late) we met up at the French Flea Market of Anoka, where I was doing my morning shift. After some shopping there, it was off to my house for a little brunch. Then off to more shopping for them at Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis. I unfortunately stayed back and cleaned, later meeting up with them at Sue's.

Gretchen, Kathy, Sue, myself and Candy at the French Flea

After a little more chit-chat, we were off to Lake Minnetonka to meet up with Kimberly Melamed, also of JMS, and her MIL, Lisa, for a night on the lake in a pontoon. How fun is that? With a little wine and hors devours before hand, we headed towards Lord Fletchers for some dinner. And if you've ever been to Minnesota, you have to have the Walley dinner. Mmmm. It was a great time, sitting outside, viewing the lake and spending time with friends. That is until the racoon's showed up. Ha! But they were so cute!

Ahoy, Matte'. Kimberly coming to pick us up!

What a lovely spred they had waiting for us!

Our skipper, Lisa (Kimberly's MIL)

Gretchen, Candy and Kathy enjoying a beautiful night on the Lake!

And what's a Minnesota Lake without a loon?

The JMS Crew!

On Sue's porch before we leave for Oronoco!

Another night up talking (this time only 'til midnight) and up early to be off to Oronoco! Well, maybe not so early. Our plans were to be up and gone by 7:00 or 8:00. So 11:30, that wasn't so bad, now was it? And after a two hour drive, we were off for a day of shopping! Oh, maybe not quite yet. After reserving our campground ahead of time, we came to find out it was about 40 minutes away. Oops. Luckily the Pfarkel Sisters had our back. They were staying at a site only a hop skip and a jump away from Oronoco and there was room. Wew! Were we lucky!

The JMS Contributors and the Pfarkel Sisters in front of their vintage bus!

The inside of the Pfarkel's vintage bus. They have a pink flamingo theme! Love it!

These great chairs were found curbside. They were in mint condition!

So do I fit in???

Well, I'm totally exhausted and I need to recoop from the busy weekend. That's just the first part of my adventure, but stay tuned for my finds and more on the Junkologie Blog Party. I'm so excited to share more!


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