Thursday, September 30, 2010


If you haven't heard already, we're having another sale!  The first one in May was a huge success and we've decided to do it all over again.  Whew!  We have been working hard to get the place all spiffied up and it's really coming together.

This time around we'll have some holidays to display.  With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, we've got some vignettes to help get you in the mood.  That's the great thing about can get your fix on all three holidays.

I've been down there everyday, and I'll be getting some pictures taken shortly so stay tuned.  If you are interested in finding out more about the sale and pictures from last May's event, go to  It will be held October 13-17, with a Charitable Gala kick-off on the 13th with proceeds from tickets sales going to Forever After Gowns.  It's a great cause and a fun event.  We'd love to have you join us. 

PS  I just hit my 400th follower...I can't believe it.  Thanks you'll!  Whoot-whoot!  I'll be having a giveaway as soon as I can take a breath...following the AAJMS sale. 

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Ahoy Mate! It's Junk Repurposed with a Coastal Theme.

While out and about at some local occasional sales, I stumbled upon this vintage porthole. I've come across them before, usually made out of brass, but this one in particular really intriqued me. I liked the great hardware and patina, but the green paint?  Not so much. But I knew it was a diamond in the rough and all it needed was a little tlc.

And while I'm not a big fan of forest green, the rest of it was just so amazing.

While I could have gone the paint stripping route, I thought a touch of green paint showing through might not be all that bad and even add to the patina.  So I decided to wet sand the sides.  It only had one coat of paint, so it was relatively simple 

And after that, just a little poly was all it needed to finished off the piece.  

The hardware on the piece--way cool.

And the patina? Wow!

Some fish plates and a vintage float add to the coastal theme.

So a vintage porthole turned out to be a unique table riser. Who'd of thunk it?

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And be sure to visit Kathleen at Faded Charm for more White Wednesday Posts.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Country Living Fair - JUNKMARKET Style

Just a heads up for all of you who live in or near Columbus, Ohio, or plan on being in the area.  You'll have to check out the the Fifth Annual Country Living Fair which begins tomorrow.  I had originally planned on attending the event myself; but alas, it's just so happens to be family weekend at my son's college (and how dare they plan it on the same weekend!).  But well I guess, family does come first now doesn't it.

My friend, Sue Whitney, the junk guru herself, will be there in the flesh at the Gorilla Glue Tent conducting several fun and informative "junk" seminars Friday through Sunday.  You can check out her complete schedule by going to the following link - Country Living Fair and Sobo Style Event - JUNKMARKET Style

So be sure to check it out and if you do make it there, be sure to take lots of pictures for me, please? 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Junk Bonanza in Review!

First, I have to apologize.  I was way too busy to take many pictures (or good ones for that matter).  I was a bad blogger.  But the good thing was, we were too busy.  I was unable to venture out much and get some better pictures.  That's the problem when you are selling at an event versus just buying.  So most of my pictures are from our booth, but not even on the first day.  These are second day pictures, and the booth doesn't look quite as good as the first.  Again, my bad.  Fortunately Amy of Whisperwood Cottage, posted some pictures of our booth on her blog.  Hop on over there and check it out, too.   

But here is a peek of what I took.  I'll have more pictures coming from the blogger party, which was hosted by Jill from Forever Cottage.  That was a real treat.  So here goes! 

The crowds were crazy!  This must have been taken on Friday, you could see down the isle!

I shared a booth with Sue Wolfe, of Destination Art, and her friend Mim Gustufson.  They did the word art.  Amazing!

Their pieces were even featured on a few local tv shows...great exposure to say the least.

I provided the vintage accessories.  Industrial was the theme I was going for.

This little metal table was probably out of a doctor/dentist's office.  I wish it hadn't been painted gold, but I still thought it was a cool piece so I left it as is.

The wheel barrel was made from a vintage cigarette sign.  I thought it was uber cool, but alas, didn't sell.  What's wrong with people?  Don't they know cool when they see it?  Ha!

Okay, I don't know exactly what the piece with the door was, but liked the look.

My favorite piece from the sale.  I had purchased it in Oronoco (see an earlier post).  I stripped some of the paint off of it to reveal all the colors underneath of it.  Loved how it turned out!

To see more Bonanza pictures, you can go to the Junk Bonanza blog at and stay tuned for pictures from the Blogger Party.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Sneak Peek at the Junk Bonanza

I'm exhausted after a very exciting weekend.  But I thought I'd share a link to a video shown on a local tv station.  The show, Twin Cities Live, spoke with Ki Naussauer, the lead junker at the Junk Bonanza. If you look close, our booth is in the background.  You know, the one with all the amazing signs my friend Sue Wolfe does with all the local destinations.  And they showed her signs a few times.  I wish I had just a pinkies worth of all her talent!  I'll have more pictures later, but today I think I'll just sit back and recooperate.  I think I need it! - Junk Bonanza

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And I'm off.......

So I've cleaned, sanded, painted, poly'd....I'm almost set.  Whew!  Now on to the pricing.  The Junk Bonanza starts on Thursday and I'm just about set.  I'm planning on meeting up with lots of blogger friends, fellow junkers and other on-line acquaintances.  Should be a fun time! 

If you plan on attending, be sure to stop by and say hi!  I'll be in the booth under Cottage Elements with Destination Art.  For more info on the Junk Bonanza, you can go to their website at   Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

I will never forget....

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Doesn't Matter if it's Black or White....Revisited!

Since I've  been out of the loop for awhile, I thought I'd revisit a past post originally posted July 23, 2009 shortly after Michael Jackson's dead.  I'm posting it in honor of  Kathleen of Faded Charm's White Wednesday.  Does it sound arrogant of me to say it's one of my favorite posts?  I guess it's because of my love for white (with touches of black).  At the end of this post you'll find one of my most favorite black and white things, my beloved kitty Simba, who recently passed away and I so miss him.

Hope you enjoy the post and happy White Wednesday!

So with all the media coverage on the passing of Michael Jackson (may he rest in peace), I've been singing that song (though I really don't know the words) in my head. It started me thinking of how I love using Black and White in decorating. I sometimes throw color accents in the mix just for fun, but black and white is my main palate. I LOVE this (to my husbands dismay) as you can change it up so easily. Here are some examples . . .

I found these vintage B&W canisters at an occasional sale and they were very inexpensive. Pairing them up with white cups, glass and stainless makes a perfect compo. And guess what? No color!

Ooooh, this bell is so coool. Just the right amount of black metal showing through the chippy white paint.
This cupboard is a married piece. I purchased the top at an occasional sale and the bottom piece, originally a dresser, came from a thrift store. It works perfect for my white stoneware, and brown transferware. Okay, I guess brown is a color :)Love this B&W canvas my girlfriend made for me. It has Minneapolis landmarks and our salon name. No need for color!I have white sofas, but no worries they have slip covers! The window that's behind it is from an old church, which I absolutely love, and I'm lucky...I have two! The vintage shutter I think is simple yet impacting.I'd love to know the history of this B&W Cafe sign. I guess it's now just a part of Lani's Cafe!What can you do with a bird bath? Make it into a table of course! I've added a black scale and gauge. These flowers sitting in the McCoy pot are made from cut tin and faucet knobs I purchased at a sale. How clever!
This is my kitchen. Can you tell I like B&W? Maybe a little obvious!

Is it me, or is the European coffee grinder the cutest thing? Nothing gets better than B&W polka dots!Another great B&W canvas, this time with coffee words. The tube filled with coffee beans and the old scoop is the icing on the cake!Okay, I know, another sign. But if you know me from previous posts, I love signs! And the grayed wood is the perfect accent to the black letters and the white chipping paint. Magnifique!

How about some white on white? I found a pair of these motel chairs for a steal! And you know how I love grates . . .Okay, I guess this has a little color (yellow's a color isn't it?). Ha! But a little muted color is all good. Right? My manikan is one of my favorite things. Haven't named her yet, any suggestions?
Some B&W in a kitchen cupboard. And more fab polka dots!

How about putting some B&W outside on the Porch? I made this sign on an old board. It'll look great with my fan collection, once I put it up!

I even have a black and white cat! Ha! Is that obsessed?? I actually had two B&W ones, but one died :( (they looked like bookends--ha!). The other two of my three are gray and white, of course! I love my cats!

I'd love to hear your opinions. I'm I too blah? Do you like more color to your rooms? I heard people say they're tired of white/cream/black. Is that possible? And where do you think the trends are going to? What are your thoughts!

Be sure to visit Kathleen at Faded Charm for more White Wednesday Posts.

To see more of my JUNKMARKET posts and projects, click on the link on the side of my blog. 

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