Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year, New Giveaway!

  

Now that I've had some rest from the parties, the home tours, the holidays, I think it's time to get back into the swing of things.  But man, it's been a little hard with the temps in Minnesota being in the sub zeros, and for way too long!  Some tropical island right now would just foot the bill.  But as that's not in my near future, I thought to pep me up, I'd have a giveaway!  It always makes me feel good when I can give to others.  And what better people to give to then my fellow bloggers and blog followers! 

So here's the deal, as you may know, I am a contributor on the JUNKMARKET style website.  I love this site.  Did I say LOVE!  It is so informative, inspirational, and just plain great.  And to share the love, I am having a giveaway to encourage people to visit the site, and become members.  And in conjunction with this giving, I am including an interview I had recently with Sue Whitney of JMS.  So what is in the giveaway?  Why a set of her books two and three, with magazine and DVD of course!  So how's that to cheer you up!!!

Here's how to enter: 
  1. Go to the JUNKMARKET site and become a member.
  2. Leave a Comment on this Blog with your user name.  If you are already a member on JMS, great!  Just leave your user name.
  3. Become a follower or already be a follower of this blog for an extra chance to win. 
  4. And for an even greater chance to win, mention it on your blog, tweet it, facebook it or grab the blogger button below and post it on your blog.  It's really that simple! 



Contest ends Sunday, January 17 at 12:00 midnight.  Winners will be announced on Monday, January 18!  So without further ado, heeeeeere's Sue! 



1.  Why do you think "junking" is so pertinent for this day and age?

I think junking has always been pertinent, but is becoming more so in light of the difficult economic times we are all facing. All people, even those who did not embrace “junking” in the past are looking for ways to achieve design chic with less cash. The way we live has been changed forever and “junk” is a great answer to all of us who want to remain on the cutting edge of home décor. This approach to decorating allows for individuality, creativity, the opportunity to recycle, and to create a home that ultimately speaks to who you are. There might be a better way to do it out there, but if there is….I don’t know what it would be!! 

2.  How do you think we can encourage the youth of today to catch on to the "junking" rage?

Lead by example. That should be pretty easy. The youth of today are far more educated about recycling and taking care of the earth certainly than I was at their age. I didn’t know what my carbon footprint was, much less how to reduce it. They are learning about the need to be earth friendly from the get go. At home, we can take our kids on junking “field trips”, engage them in re-purposing projects, and share with them the “how-to” for creating a beautiful home with recycled and upcycled materials. We, as junking parents can also help to bring our message into our children's school curriculum. We can offer to be invited as guest speakers in our children’s classrooms, start innovative after school programming through PTOs, and become involved in community outreach programs. 

3.  What direction do you think decorating with Junk or vintage is going?

I think that vintage décor is like hemlines on skirts. While out and about clothes shopping these days I spy maxis, minis, and everything in between. I don’t know about you, but this is a breath of fresh air for me. It allows us to choose a skirt length that is appropriate for our body type. How refreshing is that? I think we can take this fashion freedom and incorporate it in the way we attack home décor. What fits you is the direction you should go. With that being said, I think the current  trends are heading towards a more “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.  It won’t get there overnight, but I believe that is the path we’re headed down. Look for clean and uncluttered, with touches of warmth and approachability. I liken this home design approach to the liberating fashion trends introduced by Cocoa Channel in her early years. The introduction of sportswear for women and gal duds made from fabrics like jersey were a far cry from the uptight corset frocks of the preceding decades. She produced cutting edge fashions while at the same time addressing the need for comfort and sustainability. Junk or vintage finds offer the same comfort and high style to home décor that Cannel established so long ago in the world of fashion. In short, we all want to be stylish, but we need our homes to be livable. 

4.  What is your favorite type of place to "junk"

Ooooo, this one is a toughy! Far too many for me to pick favorites Let it be known; build the junk pile and people will come. Ah, haha! And that is what JUNKMARKET Style stands for…..not just one style, not just one place, not just one kind of junk. There are standard places that everyone knows about like garage sales and flea markets. They are good for sure, but in most parts of the country they are seasonal. So where do we shop all year round. My first stop before I go anywhere is my garage because it is the biggest junk pile that I am personally aware of. Tehe! My point is, don’t forget to check your own home out before you head out. Other ab fab places are used restaurant supply stores, The Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Goodwill stores, and Salvation Army stores. Need more? Salvage yards, farm sales, army surplus stores, surplus in general stores, and automotive salvage yards. More still??? Estate sales, auctions, antique stores (yes, you can find junk there), vintage stores, and architectural salvage stores. And just for good measure…..Ebay, Craig’s List, and Freecycle. Ooppsie doops! Let’s not forget dumpster driving and drive-by freebies. And just one more….the occasional sale.  I think you get my drift ….the places to find junk are countless.  I think the more places you become acquainted with the more fun you will have and the better able you will become at creating a style that says it’s all about me baby! 

5.  Is there a particular type of "junk" you are drawn to?

I love all types of junk and am a big fan of the eclectic blend. Chippy meets industrial is my kind of style. I never wanted to limit myself to one traditional design flavor or one kind of junk so I needed to master the art of the mix. I find that combining well worn woods, charming wicker, luscious vintage textiles, and the cool, clean lines of industrial metal make me one happy, little camper. The best thing about junk design is the ability to set your self apart from everyone else. I believe your home should be all about you! The incorporation of vintage finds in your home décor can help you define your own style.

6.  Do you think this is just a fad, or do you think it'll be around a long time?

Junking is not a fad. It’s been around a long time and is here to stay. Wow, am I happy about that or what?! Not only is it not going away…I believe it is gaining in popularity. I call this the silver lining in our current economic cloud. New people, as well as those who didn’t want to admit to being junkers before are jumping on the junk pile. Do you know what I say to that? Yee Ditty Haw …the more the merrier!

7.  How do you think the internet has affected the industry?

This is a tough question. I think the best answer is that we all have to embrace change. Without that embrace we will never survive in this industry or move forward. I think at first, being able to buy online impacted the flea markets, antique stores, and vintage shops negatively. On the other hand, websites like JUNKMARKET Style, blogs like your own, and the social networking sites have impacted our industry in a very positive way through the ability to spread our message very quickly to a much broader audience. I think the pendulum is coming back to center and both worlds will once again flourish. For instance, I will continue to write, speak, shop at flea markets, etc., but everything I do will be supported and enhanced by the website, JUNKMARKET Style.

8.  What are your future plans or aspirations? 

There are so many things I would like to do you can’t imagine. Plans are being formulated as we speak. I want to stay in the area of industry education and support all of the folks out there (vendors, shoppers, and creatives) who want to make this world we live in a better place by continuing to teach that re-use is not only green, but also economical, creative, and chic. It’s the cool thing to do. JUNKMARKET Style is the premiere website for junkers and will remain my primary focus.  My goal is to continue to grow the site through additional creative content, services, and of course witty commentary. Hahaha! This is where you all can help out. The more folks we get to push that “join” button…the faster the site will be able to reach its true potential. So go ahead…join today. It’s painless, I promise!! OK, maybe the witty commentary is a little agonizing, but you know what they say…no pain, no gain! I’d like to write at least one more book, maybe more if they let me. I’ll be doing some work with a great Better Homes and Gardens special interest publication, Country Gardens. I’m thrilled about this opportunity. Work with other publications is on the horizon. I continue to speak across the country about my love affair with junk. It’s always delightful to meet junkers in person. Television would be nice. Who knows, if I keep whacking away at it maybe one day it will happen! There are plenty of other ideas on the drawing board so stay tuned to the website. I’d love to hear from you….let’s grow this thing together!



55 comments:

mountainhomestore said...

Just went to Junkmarket Style website and joined.

Shabby Remix said...

I am a memeber of JunkMarketStyle!! I love love love that site! It's a great place for inspiration-they have the most talented members!

karen said...

I'm a member of JunkMarketStyle. My user name there is A_time_to_keep. Enjoy your blog.

Jennifer K. said...

Lani,

Love your website. You are such an inspiration. I am a member of Junk Market Style and love that too! I think a great addition to the Junk Market books would be one for the holidays...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

junkermidge said...

Hey Lani, I loved your post so much I borrowed it for my own blog. Not because I want to win the contest (I already have the books), but because I'm a lazy blogger. And also I want to help spread the word about the cause, "tell it junk sista!" (envision that said with a "right on" power salute).
Midge

Junk Sophisticate said...

Great interview! I have been a member since August 2008 so I know just how fun the site is. It's so encouraging too! I swear junkers are the kindest people around! Grabbed your button for my blog and hope to see you all on JMS!
Candy

Snowman Hill said...

Great interview! I am a contributor on JMS and will post your button on my blog as well. What a fab giveaway! We're going to be making a junkin trip down your way Lani, we should try to hook up for lunch since we missed you last time! Krista

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Lani,

Thanks for the great giveaway! I know my blog readers will love it. I am a JMS contributor (alvn), and I looooove all things junking related! I am also a follower, I've posted, etc., but please do NOT enter me in your giveaway. I already own ALL the JunkMarket publications, so I want to increase the chances for other people to win. I just wanted to leave a comment to tell you how fabulous you, your blog, and this giveaway are! :)

Amy

Christina said...

Already a member, love the site! SignsofObsession is my user name!

DanaMc said...

My user name is DanaMc.
I enjoy your blog.

DanaMc said...

I became a follower of your blog. Please enter me again.
Thanks :)

Laurel Putman said...

Great interview Lani and Sue! I have been a member on Junkmarket style since the beginning and am now a Contributor too...ChippingCharm :) I too have all these amazing books so no need to enter me into the drawing. Just wanted to say hi and encourage everyone to join in on the fun!

junkdreams said...

Wonderful interview Lani and Sue. The junkmarket style site is THE most inspiring place EVER!!!!
xojanis (fellowjunker)

Rustybug said...

Always love the inspiration from Junkmarket Style.

Rustybug_Acres

Rustybug said...

Kudos on the blog. I am already a follower of your blog.

Keroppi20 said...

Great interview! I love seeing what people create so the more to jump onto the junk bandwagon the better. I have been a member of JunkMarket Style and have loved every minute of it. On that site I am Christina_S :)

Bridget a.k.a. Bridie Murphy said...

Fun interview...miss all the creativity and fun. Am buying a 1935 cottage and will be signing in on JunkMarket for ideas on cabinetry!!!!

Fun stuff Lynette and Sue!

TheSmithHotel said...

Hi, I am a follower on both sites and will post the giveaway on my blog too!!!

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

I signed up today before I even knew there was a giveaway. How about that? You can find me under teresayates. What a fabulous site!!

Happy hunting,
Teresa

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

I am now following your blog and you are also mentioned in mine. :D

Teresa

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

Sorry - Didn't mean to delete my post...

Lani & Sue - great interview! What fun to have a little chat with Miss Sue!

I've been a member at Junkmarketstyle since 2008, and also a contributor. There are so many talented, creative and generous members at JMS - hope to see some new faces too!!

Looking forward to 2010 at Junkmarketstyle!

Take care my friend,

Kathy

P.S. Lani - I've got the books too - good luck everybody!

Loui said...

am a follow of Cottage Elements..
heading over to JunkMarketStyle to check it out..and join!
Loui♥

Laura said...

I am a member of JunkMarketStyle. I really enjoy it. Thanks for all of the great pictures and inspiration. I wish I was 1/10th as talented. Thanks for sharing your style.

Loui said...

I'm baaaack!
what a neat site!
just joined...
MwermaidLoui is my user name!
Loui♥

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I saw Ms. Whitney at a home show in Arizona last year and she was fabulous. My junk name is DecorToAdore.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am now a happy follower of your site.

Marge said...

Awesome way to start the new year!! I am a follower here and am a member at JMS as EmmasNookandGranny. I just grabbed your button and blogged about your giveaway. My blog post will show up on my Facebook page, too. Absolutely loved your Christmas decorating. Beautiful!!

Char said...

I am super excited about your blog. Thanks so much for having this give away. I never knew the site existed and now I am a member! My username is CharDeadman.
I'm in love with Junkmarket style!
Thanks again!
Charmaine Deadman

Nelly said...

I came via Junkmarket Style, I'm a follower of that blog and just became a follower of this one. Looking forward to checking out old posts. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Amy Kinser said...

Already a follower of them and thoroughly enjoy following them. Man, these are talented people with fantastic ideas.

My user name is kinserab@charter.net.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

HI! I signed up at JMS I am a member or follower of your blog and I posted about this great giveaway on my blog!!

Thank you!

blessings
mary

yvonne said...

I am now a follower and I'm so happy I found you. I've been away from junk for awhile but now that I have my "new to me" home I will be getting back into it again. My screen name at junkmarket is "yvonneq". I will be posting about your giveaway on my blog today.

Julie said...

Hello, I'm posting to enter the giveaway, but I am also posting to encourage you to get busy, so that you can share your thrift store/estate sale makeovers. I'm excited just thinking about the possibilities - so get going girl! xo Julie

Judi said...

Already a member of JMS & Love that site! User name is "itsnotjunk2me". Blog: The1829farmhouse.blogspot.com Will also grab your button to spread the word...thanks Lani!

bec4 said...

I am not joining the giveaway because i already own these and would love someone else to have a chance to win them. However I am inviting you to please join my first linky party!

Prior said...

pick me! pick me! seriously, I love JMS... Lezlee

shereet8 said...

excited I joined!! shereet8

Sue Whitney said...

Hey All,

Thanks so much to all of the veteran members at JMS and to those of you who are just joining! it's an amazing site with soooooo many talented members. I'll look forward to seeing all of your posts and comment. Thanks, Lani for doing this giveaway and for the interview. You have amazing style and an amazing blog. Good luck everyone!

Be Well,
Sue

keywestsuz said...

Just signed up for JunkMarketStyle with the user name KeyWestSuz. And I became a follower of your blog!

Sherry said...

I just joined JunkMarket style and my user name is Sherryc1035. I am also a follower of Cottage Elements. Thanks for a great giveaway! I would love to own these books.

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I've been lurking on JMS for a long time.
Finally got the courage to become a member thelemoncottage

I've been following you for a few months.
Great giveaway.
Happy 2010!
~Amy

Kristen said...

I became a member. My user name is searchforgod. I also became a follower here.

Thanks,
Kristen
searchforgod@yahoo.com

Sylvia said...

Love this blog and just became a follower - loved the interview as well.

Also a follower of JMS

Love this giveaway,
Sylvia
Lilyspadandpetals

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Love the giveaway and would very much like to be entered ..I have become a member of Junkmarket style ..I am now following your blog and I am posting your button on my blog ..

Thanks For a Great giveaway !!!

Sara of Sweet Magnolias Farm

Pacific Northwest Cottage said...

My username is PNWCottage.

Pacific Northwest Cottage said...

I'm already a follower of your blog. Love it. :)

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

Joined Junkmarket Style...hmm not sure why I never did this before! My username is mamakas and I have also become a follower. I would so love a chance to win that book!!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

Thought I'd already left a comment here but I guess not. I'm a follower of your blog and signed up for Junkmarket Style. Great Blogs! Warm hugs, Esther

Lisa-Color My World said...

Love your blog and Junk Market Style website. My user/member name on JMS is Love My Stuff! Great give-away you're having! Thank you!

Nancy said...

Hi,
I am a JunkMarketStyle member. My user ID is NancyIA. I'm a follower of your blog as well. Thanks for having such a terrific giveaway!

Nancy

Wendy said...

Hi I am already a member...user name jackson4 ! Love both blogs!

JunkinJane said...

I am a member of JMS, as debapaka.
I am a follower of your blog also!
I enjoy Junk and all it has to offer along with the many ideas from all the bloggers and members to the site, I wish I had more time!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and Junkmarketstyle. They are both an inspiration. My username on junkmarket is Dudes.

Junk Exchange said...

i am already a member of junk market style - my username there is TroyRash

love your blog - love sue!

troy

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