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The Art of Junking

Sep 12, 2011

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Junking maven Ki Nassauer  is an editor, author, retailer and entrepreneur, fashioning her passion for the repurposed into her full-time livelihood. She is the founder of Junk Revolution, which produces the annual Junk Bonanza event (this year featuring an Etsy partnership) and operates a website with an online community and shopping venue. She lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys the frequent company of her two grown children,  the delights of $1 Taco Night, and good junking weather.

The best part about junk is the junking — the flutter in the stomach, the urge to shout upon discovering a treasure others have passed by. People tend to fall into two camps: those who espouse the junking gospel, and those who find it inexplicable (and sometimes seamy!). As a member of the first group, I embrace all matter of junk: antiques, vintage curiosities, collectibles, architectural salvage and plain old trash.

I never expected to grow up to be a junk entrepreneur, and I am certain it wasn’t what my parents had in mind. It was midlife when I took a flyer and opened a junk warehouse, holding monthly sales for the like-minded. I had no idea what would follow: published books, magazine gigs, appearances on national TV, an online junk community/retail operation and the annual, three-day Junk Bonanza. All for the love of junk! And the best part is, I get to do it all — the junking, the creating, the building and the selling. It’s a creative person’s dream and it could not be more satisfying.

Sandy, the vintage coin operated horse.

While I regularly scour flea markets, auctions, antique malls and thrift stores nationwide, my favorite places to scrounge are the ones that most folks don’t know about — pretty much in the middle of nowhere. (The producers of American Pickers offered me money to reveal my secret sources, but I just couldn’t do it.) A good day junking is a dirt road, an outbuilding brimming with vintage furniture, architectural salvage and farm equipment. I like to head home with a full trailer. And the people are as eclectic as the junk and they only enrich the amazing junking experience.  Some day, if we meet, ask me to tell you about the guy with the chainsaws in the dark cellar — which we navigated by flashlight.

Ki Nassauer

Needs work. Chairs, purchased for $5 each.

Junking is a cerebral experience. My brain is on at all times, thinking how each item could be repurposed or whether I could fit one more thing inside my apartment. Fresh ideas continue, even after 10 years of creating and building. Some of the first repurposed projects I did for Country Home magazine included a garden fence chandelier, bed spring candleholders and vintage stamp photo holders. The fall issue of my magazine, Flea Market Style (on newsstands in late August!),  contains two of my all-time favorite ideas, involving a vintage egg separator and suitcases.

Ki Nassauer

Teeth from the dentist suitcase.

People always ask me about the weirdest thing I have found over the years, and I have to say, without question, the vintage dentist’s suitcase that contained pulled teeth, dentures, tools and instructions. A few of my other favorites include Sandy, a vintage coin operated horse; a giant, cherry red game wheel; and an old wood and cast iron trimmed pie table from the 1800s that converts to shelving with a crank of the handle. The best deal? That has to be the Nichols & Stone University Windsor chairs I bought at an auction for $20 (and found the same single chair selling for more $350 at the auction the next week).

Where does the inspiration come from? It’s the junk. Each piece’s shape, texture, design, color and patina will speak to me, if I listen closely enough. And if you are as crazy in love with all things vintage, too, I bet you know what I mean.


Looking to find some new treasures? Be sure to check out Junk Bonanza, the best junk round-up in the Midwest, September 15-17 in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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2 Featured Comments

  • TNTees

    TNTees said 5 years ago Featured

    i'm a huge junker, i think it is partially being thrifty and the sheer adrenaline rush of finding something so awesome for pennies on the dollar- but then there is another part of me that connects with the pieces i find knowing that each item has its own unique history and story to tell. i love quirky antique finds and i tell my husband that i'm pretty much a historian preserving the past with my hoarding habits.

  • TheFamiLeeJewels

    TheFamiLeeJewels said 5 years ago Featured

    Ki I admire both you finds and your entrepreneurial spirit. I have loved combing through "other peoples junk" (as my Mom calls it) since I was a child. It is a joy to find beauty in a discard. I am thrilled to have found a way to use my treasures to create jewelry and to have found Etsy where I can offer those treasures to others who will appreciate their uniqueness. Thank you for sharing the stories of your explorations. Your blog posts help keep me searching for the next great find. Bonnie


  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    My dream job! Best thrifted find is my 3 spun acrylic shade tiki mid century modern floor lamp! :) Fab post!

  • wiosnachamow

    wiosnachamow said 5 years ago

    People nowadays tend to buy new ikea-style furniture and leave their old furniture at the dumpster; I have four beautiful chairs and two solid, wooden tables at my flat, not to mention a lot of other things I find on dumpster. A couple of days ago I've found a 10 piece hand painted wooden "nativity scene" figurines, they are beauful

  • Siviasivia

    Siviasivia said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful story. I love how one simple impulse can have entire following. Its funny how the world is filled with two different buyers, The latest, Newest & The oldest of the old, ancient. I'd love to see a census on those different personalities.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 5 years ago

    Awesome story, thanks for sharing.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Yay! Soooo fun! I'm really glad y'all decided to post this, thanks Etsy!

  • BarbaraWoltmannPhoto

    BarbaraWoltmannPhoto said 5 years ago

    I love going to yard sales! This post is just in time for the weekend :) Its getting me excited!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 5 years ago

    the art of junking, sigh...just day dreaming about my future junk sales this weekend. My best finds: Two pull down school maps for $1.00 and an old "Home Cooked" sign, now in my kitchen!!! And this list is to be continued.....

  • WaxiaRoadVintage

    WaxiaRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    Imagine my shock to see my chair jauntily hanging up there in your chair picture! It's the second one from the right. My beloved Daddy left me 24 of them before he passed. My sister got the other 24 chairs. NOT kidding. Who in their right mind stores 48(!!) 1920s-era, solid-wood chairs in a barn? I threw 8 of those bad-patina'd boys around a 1920s era, heavily distressed Queen Anne table (found at a thrift store, with 3 leaves, for $20...All it needed was a wobbly-leg fix), and listen to people "Oooooh!" and "Ahhhh!" over a beautiful dining set which cost me less than a meal at Applebee's. My best thrifted find was a hand-thrown pottery teapot with two matching mugs. I paid $3 for the rough-hewn set because its roughness appealed to me (a granddaughter of a ceramist). As it turns out, it is a Walter Keeler teapot and mugs. I refuse to part with it. The best treasures are, after all, the ones you love enough to keep. It sits in the place of honor atop my $20 table.

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 5 years ago

    Ki, I am in the first category too and have been since my first garage sale at age 6. I wrote about my biggest score on my blog (happiness is a butterfly dot blogspot dot com) I scored 4 Danish modern lounge chairs and a matching settee that I found on the curb. Treasures are everywhere! But if you don't have time or the place to junk, shop my store. That's what I'm here for...

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Yard sales rock! I have so much fun finding and searching for such unique items.

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 5 years ago

    I found teeth one time too. (shiver)

  • CactusCreek

    CactusCreek said 5 years ago

    Totally luv your blog! We really dig junk. Fancy owns the shop I work in and she is also part of a radio show in Kansas City, Mo called the "Junk Mafia" and she is a yearly frequenter of Round Top in Texas. Have a fabulous day, Monita, check us out! ;)

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 5 years ago

    I have a small piece of brilliant blue and teal fabric that I found tucked in a cardboard box in the attic of an old mansion. It sat there for at least 40 years before I pulled it out. I'm trading in my ideal summer trip with tornado chasers and now want a ride-a-long in the American Pickers van. Junk is so chic right now!

  • VelvetTeacup

    VelvetTeacup said 5 years ago

    A delapidated hat brimming with vintage folwers and velvet ribbons that I have been able to salvage and make into 3 headpieces for my new shop on etsy which I will open in a few days time. (Hat has since deceased).

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    Ki has been an inspriation for years now! Nothing makes my heart go pitter patter more than seeing a sign like the first photo! Can't wait for the junk bonanza! Great read... thanks for sharing!

  • sweetlibertyvintage

    sweetlibertyvintage said 5 years ago

    oh, I wish I could be in MN next month! I had a great junking weekend last week though...such as a vintage chippy white cupboard for my dining room, it is a monster and only cost $350. Then the next morning we headed to a sale in the garage sale ads, got there 10 min before it was to open, and found out that the elderly man running it was having an auction (no auctioneer) on his own. So with maybe 10 people there, he started taking bids. One of the first items up was another monster, chippy white, single door cupboard, bidding started at $20, and by the time I bid $50, everyone else gave up, and it is now sitting in my garage, waiting to be cleaned and brought inside to the living room! We filled the truck that day for $92. Now I'm itching to get out there this week too! but I don't have room for anymore cupboards!

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter said 5 years ago

    I just came in from hitting the backroads to do some yard saling and I hit a gold mine at the home of a missionary couple. They were having the sale to benefit a village in Africa that needed wells for clean drinking water. They had a free pile that was just brimming with great stuff such as vintage bedding, old apple baskets, and vintage copies of Country Living Magazine. I gathered up as much as I could and left a donation to support the cause. What could be greater than that?! Helping people get clean drinking water and finding some great stuff for my shop, it's a win for all.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    oh... forgot... Color, age and patina are my inspiration!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 5 years ago

    Please.. I be hummin' the tune to Sanford and Son every day! Love this post!!

  • Grandmabest

    Grandmabest said 5 years ago

    The must exciting job I ever had was managing a thrift shop for a local hospital. Talk about the perfect place for a born again junker. Found many treasures but the one that caused the biggest stir was when I reached into a bag of clothing and pulled out a loaded gun!!!

  • Misstiques

    Misstiques said 5 years ago

    I do know what you mean by pieces speaking to you! They really do!! Would love to hear more about that guy with the chainsaws in the dark cellar, sounds a bit spooky.

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 5 years ago

    We definitely do not have enough junk for sale here in Orlando!

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter said 5 years ago

    I just came in from hitting the back roads to do a little yard saling and I hit the jackpot at the home of a missionary couple. They were having the sale to benefit a village in Africa that needed wells for clean drinking water. They had a free pile that was just brimming with things like vintage bedding, old apple baskets, and vintage magazines. I grabbed as much stuff as I could and left a donation to support the cause. What could be greater than that?! Helping people get clean drinking water and finding some great stuff for my shop, It's a win for all.

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter said 5 years ago

    sorry for adding mine twice, didn't know it went through the first time

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 5 years ago

    I am just like you! Everyone in my family just would shake there heads, well until they didn't any more! I have been able to furnish my 4 bedroom house on a shoe string, my love started with my first apartment 20 years ago when I had no furniture and row apartment to furnish. They best thing I ever found was my 1920s dining set , buffet, 8 chairs, table and even the table pads in perfect condition!!! I still can not believe some one left it on their front lawn. That call to my brother panicking to help me get all the pieces in our jeeps was so funny. When people come over they always ask if I got my furniture at pottery barn I was laugh and say no a front lawn. They never believe me....

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 5 years ago

    Ahh.....the thrill of the hunt! What a great feeling! Loved this article and also loved hearing everyone's finds!

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 5 years ago

    I wish I could go to the Junk Bonanza!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    oh i would love to be there. i bet there will be some incredible treasures to find.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    I live for Junk! I wish I could fly right up and junk right along side you!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    Such a fun post! I've had the "fever" for much of my life. Favorite vintage find? A folk art birdhouse "wheel" that sits atop a tall post. Each spoke has a birdhouse built on it!

  • SummerSongDesigns

    SummerSongDesigns said 5 years ago

    WooHoo! I am going to convince the hubby to let me go to the Junk Bonanza, since I'm going to have to miss the fantastic flea market Labor Day weekend... :(

  • watflooswing

    watflooswing said 5 years ago

    love love love!!!!!

  • jcrabbit

    jcrabbit said 5 years ago

    LOVE this article, that is what my shop tag is "giving new life to vintage finds" By my moms definition growing up, a find was something that you really liked and wanted that you got a great deal on. We spent many weekends junking, and oh my "big trash day" (where the town would pick up anything on the curb), was marked on her calendar with the excitement and reverance of New Years. "the best feeling in the world is knowing you just got what you wanted, and someone else was all done with it anyway" - My mom.

  • elvisgrl63

    elvisgrl63 said 5 years ago

    Tomorrow, is a monthly flea market in our town, I can't wait for morning, after reading this article. Very inspiring.

  • OpulentOddities

    OpulentOddities said 5 years ago

    I love junk but shows like american pickers glamorize it. I know tons of dealers and it is hard living, market to market knowing whether you are going to pay for gas to get down the road for tomorrow's market. People that don't have homes, but live in their trucks WITH their junk, with two or three other people. otherwise, im 23, building a junk empire. I mostly deal in jewelry because well, as everyone knows, it will sell even in this tough economy, in the dead of summer, anytime, anywhere, and when I'm short for cash, set up at any market make a couple hundred and not have a huge set up--I can do it by myself (not married, don't need no men folk) However, I can't help but hoard other trinkets. The more beat up it seems the more I like em. I have the most gorgeous Sterling boudoir doll that is half slap falling apart, arms and legs hardly attached (she does still have her hair) I gave her a vintage rhinestone tiara. LUV. I buy ridiculous stuff too, pieces and parts. I bought a top of a jug that is a figural naked lady from bout the 1940s, 1950s. the jug was in horrible ugly nasty blech don't like it, but the naked lady will fit pretty on my curio shelf, one of many curios i have sitting around my room. YEAH, junk. Obessesessedeeded. I have a vintage shop at Love, Jordan

  • BloomAndBarnacle

    BloomAndBarnacle said 5 years ago

    So much fun!! Wish I could make it MN.:)

  • TheSame

    TheSame said 5 years ago

    Great article. I am a junker at heart too. I live in a rural area and have many secret locations and connections for finding treasures. I have a house filled with beautiful vintage furniture, and I have never paid over $100 for any piece. Junking is an addiction :)

  • darlingdino

    darlingdino said 5 years ago

    I found a pair of retro steel and leather bar stools in the dumpster at my old restaurant job. They let me have them thinking no one would want them so they just put them in the dumpster bc they were upgrading! Next came my 3 story cat furniture found sitting on the curb. Oh and my favorite thrift store find of the moment is an odd hand painted middle eastern style lamp with monkeys on it. The paint is cracked but it just gives it more of an aged distressed look. It looks great in my living room with my 2 chartreuse crushed velvet chairs found at the thrift store with plastic still on them from the 60s. They were marked $7 a piece but I had a $5 off a $10 purchase coupon. I LOVE junking!!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 5 years ago

    A fine line between junk and treasure!

  • Saxiib

    Saxiib said 5 years ago

    Wow-I guess I am a junkaholic then-I will try to make it to the Junk Bonanza-can't wait!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    it gets bad because i can't stop. i literally want to rescue any potentially reusable item, anything with patina. i found an old, gorgeous iron gear this morning on the sidewalk on the way to coffee. saved it. :D

  • buckleberry

    buckleberry said 5 years ago

    So inspiring for us lovers of junk!!! I could dumpster dive, thrift and yard sale 24/7 if my kids would let me..LOL I hope someday, they will also have a love of junk like me;) Most of the best things in life are FREE!!! I can't imagine shopping at box stores for my home now, I love that almost everything in my home has a story and a history.

  • InvitaPaperStudio

    InvitaPaperStudio said 5 years ago

    I love yard sale shopping! Its a new love... mid century furniture and vintage pyrex are my treasures right now :)

  • GoodTimeJunkin

    GoodTimeJunkin said 5 years ago

    You are living my dream, woman!! If you ever need a roadie! Keep on junkin!!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Love the stories. I can't pass up an old chair. I would love to have one of those huge dining rooms with a long table and 24 missmatched chairs.

  • NittyGrittyVintage

    NittyGrittyVintage said 5 years ago

    Great story.......loved it! Made me wish, I didn't live so far from MN. Sounds like a junking pickers DREAM!!!!!! Blessings, to all

  • visionquest

    visionquest said 5 years ago

    i am so jealous! i get my "fix" by scouring my local thirft stores, hoping for The Find!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    Love this!!! Story of my life as well!!! I wonder if I bring one more thing into the house if it just might implode.

  • steampunkjunksupply

    steampunkjunksupply said 5 years ago

    Got to love the JunK! :)

  • pineapplehillprims

    pineapplehillprims said 5 years ago

    I never met a yard sale I didn't like. My childhood was spent at auction houses, yard sales and flea markets. My mother an antique dealer would travel all over looking for new items for the store. Some of my fondest memoires are of dusty old barns. My house now is filled with items that I have found and repurposed.

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 5 years ago

    the trick is to own a truck, so whenever you see a must have you can just grab and run!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 5 years ago

    ps minnestoa has the BEST thrift stores!!! my parents lived there, and i gotta say, when i flew there to visit my favorite part was thrifting!

  • cottageartshop

    cottageartshop said 5 years ago

    Whoo Hoo! I love junk! My favorite local stores are the Goodwill and Salvation Army. Forget diamonds, old wood is a girls best friend!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 5 years ago

    Right up my alley. Love finding discarded treasures and recycling them into new homes. Wish I lived closer so I could attend the Junk Bonanza.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    It is great fun - I think that is what all of us "Etsians" have in common! Lovely article! Thanks!

  • daisytoad

    daisytoad said 5 years ago

    Ki is absolutely amazing!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 5 years ago

    I gave up engineering to do junking, my dad was and still is ..wondering why. I guess you have to try it and see for yourself. Great article. Hope to make it to the junk bonanza this year. Sam

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    I love finding treasures! I found some great finds this summer, yesterday my best garage sale find was a bag of 9 new tubes of Golden Acrylic Paint for $2 (at least a $70 value)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago


  • hellomrbird

    hellomrbird said 5 years ago

    I LOVE this article!! It's so nice to know there are others out there who also appreciate the beauty in the old and pre-loved and have managed to make a life out of scouring junk yards! I'm a big believer in loving what you do for a living and this exactly the kind of career I want! Just thinking about all those hidden gems out there gets me excited. Thankyou for the beautiful article. It's truly inspiring!!

  • pukkacrew

    pukkacrew said 5 years ago

    always seemed like a fun way to make the benjamins. going through junk and finding the cool stuff, that nobody realizes is worth tons of money! just bought a bookshelf at an auction for a dollar, but little did anyone realize it was an Eames era bookshelf worth almost $300. ha, take that pretentious old people.

  • ReendiculousGourds57

    ReendiculousGourds57 said 5 years ago

    OMG, my hubby, Eddie, and I are complete junkers and love to go "junking." My daughter and her boyfriend are into it, too. You would be amazed at the stuff I have found and refurbished. I love the "trash to treasure" aspect of it all. Keep it up!

  • theJenniferLee

    theJenniferLee said 5 years ago

    My dad has always gone junking and has passed the love of junk onto me! The saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure really is true. It is amazing how many perfectly good things people throw out when it just needs some paint or could be used in a new way. Some things just need a little creativity!

  • CottageRoseVintage

    CottageRoseVintage said 5 years ago

    Love to go junking! Trash to treasures!

  • TheFourLoves

    TheFourLoves said 5 years ago

    The thing about junking is you always have to go with an open mind- ready for surprises. It's so much fun and I am so happy to see that I have so many fellow junkers! :)

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 5 years ago

    So funny to see this post...just met Mike from American Pickers yesterday at his new store here in Nashville. Junking is such a thrill...he and I agreed that it's a disease that's hard to shake. Every time I see a sign for a sale, it's all I can do not to stop. ;-)

  • KaysWeddingCreations

    KaysWeddingCreations said 5 years ago

    American Pickers is my favorite by far, I just love how excited the guys get when they find an old bicycle or motorcycle. I'm into making shabby chic and bohemian jewelry and I love going to thrift stores and getting the motherload on old jewelry, dollies and what ever else I can us. When I was in high school, everyone else was wear the "trendy" clothes, I made mine, the 70's look is back, but I could not get those bell bottom jeans on is I tried, lol.

  • GraciesCottage

    GraciesCottage said 5 years ago

    So glad that my two favorite places to buy and sell have teamed up...etsy and JB. My favorite vintage find? That's- a tough question...I love all my junk!

  • KaysWeddingCreations

    KaysWeddingCreations said 5 years ago

    LOL, I misspelled a few word, I get so excited talking about all the junkieness, that my mind goes faster than my fingers on the keyboard.

  • WaxiaRoadVintage

    WaxiaRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    SWEETANDDANDYVINTAGE: I keep about $40 tucked into the visor of my truck, just in case I come across an unexpected yard sale. (I normally don't carry cash on my person.)

  • robolady

    robolady said 5 years ago

    Couldn't have said it better. I love that flutter feeling!!!! Blessings, Margo aka Robolady

  • OldNewAgain

    OldNewAgain said 5 years ago

    Junking is addictive!!! Thanks for such a great post! And I love all the comments...

  • ginag74

    ginag74 said 5 years ago

    Ki, love your spread here! Great story..... can't wait to see you soon at the Junk Bonanza!!! I believe there are 27 days till the BIG EVENT begins!!! See you there, and I plan to hear about the guy and the chainsaw! LOL

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic said 5 years ago

    Yesterday I traveled the backroads from Shakopee to the Oronoco Gold Rush...super day of treasure hunting! Huge credits to the vendors for all the work they do in creating appealing displays, their knowledge and patience. The site for Junk Bonanza is just 5 minutes from my back door and I cannot believe that this year will be my first visit! Also on the dock for that weekend is my own live sale event: look for details to come at

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    Watched your projects for years and you are very inspiring. I also love junk and vintage so I understand your feelings exactly. Keep on junking. Love it.

  • oldcrowfarm

    oldcrowfarm said 5 years ago

    We live for junk!! We are vendors at this years Junk Bonanza and are sooo excited!!

  • AllieEtCie

    AllieEtCie said 5 years ago

    A dream job for sure! Wish I lived nearby so I could attend the Junk Bonanza...what fun!

  • littlepart

    littlepart said 5 years ago

    my kind of fun!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 5 years ago

    Loved this article! I was raised a junker. Most of my furniture and home decor came from either an antique shop, flea market, yard sale or is handmade.

  • pasqueflower

    pasqueflower said 5 years ago

    When you have American Pickers eating out of your hand, you know you've arrived. (My husband is addicted to that show!) It looks like a lot of fun, but you need to have the smarts and intuition to find the treasures under the junk, or the diamonds in the rough---and you clearly have the savvy! Congrats on your success, and thanks for sharing this interesting post.

  • byABPryor

    byABPryor said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 5 years ago

    I was six when the neighbors behind us moved and left dozens of boxes filled with wonderful old treasures. I had three days before the trucks would come and take it all away. I visited every day, finding blue Evening Of Paris bottles, hand mirrors with beveled glass and shiny gold filligree, compacts, jewelry, lace, more bottles, tin powder cans with great graphics, plus a multtude of other items, including pretty kitchen dishes. My Dad said I should take it all back, as it was junk. My Mom smiled and said I could keep it all, as long as I kept it in my play area. I loved it all! The next treasure hunt was as a married Mom with two little girls. We went to our first garage sale and I purchased both of them Ice skates for 50 cents each pair. I was hooked~~~~again!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I love going junking I call it going on a treasury hunt. I just love going to thrift stores and flea markets I'm getting where I rather do that than go to a mall or a retail store. It's always so much fun and very relaxing.

  • ScatteredStones

    ScatteredStones said 5 years ago

    I love poking around in thrift shops, yard sales, second hand stores all those wonderful places. I am usually looking for something specific for projects that are brewing in the back of my mind. The thing is you have to be open to all the great things you come across. The last place I stopped I found a great old leather suitcase and I left it behind. It still haunts me I will have to go back and see if it is there patiently waiting for my return. I loved your blog!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    Love love love this!

  • susiekrae

    susiekrae said 5 years ago

    Oh I so know what you mean! Spent today at 5 garage sales and ended up at Salvation Army Store. Happy as could be. So glad to know there are others out there like me!

  • jennabean23

    jennabean23 said 5 years ago

    it's funny, but when you have a house full of beautiful things you often have a problem throwing them out to make room for junk lol... ... so i guess that's where the benefit of moving out of my contemporary furnished apartment and looking for an unfurnished one has it's benefits... maybe this time (with starting over and all) i'll finally get to find my non-matching set of 4 dining chairs and paint them individually! : )

  • VintageRescueSquad

    VintageRescueSquad said 5 years ago

    Thanks, etsy, for featuring Ki and her take on junking. Let's see a LOT more of these kinds of posts, partnerships, and profiles!!! JUNKER NATION!!!

  • thedancingwren

    thedancingwren said 5 years ago

    so excited to be a part of junk bonanza this year! this post was wonderful and i've so enjoyed reading the junk bonanza blog and seeing all the vendor profiles. can't wait to meet everyone- stop by our booth (3 wren street) and meet me and my mom (allthingwhite) and sister (elizabethwrenvintage). hope to see you there!!

  • cottagy

    cottagy said 5 years ago

    warms my heart!!

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 5 years ago

    Great story, thanks! I am known by some as a digger, I love digging and getting dirty. I always laugh because I dig in places and touch things I would'nt touch in my own husband's

  • RetroNina

    RetroNina said 5 years ago

    LOVE this! And love that Junk Bonanza is just a car ride away. I WILL BE THERE :)

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 5 years ago


  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed! You are my kinda gal. What's my favorite vintage way to answer that question. I have found so many favorites through the years. Thanks for sharing your story and great ideas. Vintage is my life!

  • gypsymouse

    gypsymouse said 5 years ago

    Gotta love junking! My sister and I spent last weekend driving around the middle of nowhere hunting for treasures! My favorite finds are my danish modern chair and Heywood Wakefield corner table, both for less than $6.00 each, and my vintage "Elizabeth Street" sign. :) Then there are the ones that got away.....

  • bowtieco

    bowtieco said 5 years ago

    Awesome! I love when people can see the beauty in what is seemingly "junk".

  • AtomicAttic

    AtomicAttic said 5 years ago

    We've been fortunate enough to find 2 Wolfgang Hoffman Art Deco chairs & turn around & sell them almost $1000. :) It's our favorite hobby.

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai said 5 years ago

    You have given the value for the Junk... Great

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    Awesome. I love reading about others' vintage finds!

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb said 5 years ago

    I've always been on the lookout for antiques and rare items. It's such a fun hobby...thanks for sharing!

  • StreamsofConscious

    StreamsofConscious said 5 years ago

    Some people feel that loving objects makes you materialistic. I guess that is, by definition, true. But to me, material things have the power to invoke memories, emotions, and thoughts that might not have otherwise been remembered, felt, or thought. I love finding old beautiful things at garage sales, etc., and finding out the amazing story behind them. Our things will tell our story long after we're gone and unable to share it.

  • labeano2002

    labeano2002 said 5 years ago

    I love auctions, flea markets, and yard sales. My best 'find' was at a yard sale. A woman's mother had passed away and she had to sell pretty much everything. I got tons of old glasses (the kinds that apparently used to come in soap and oatmeal boxes), lots of kitchen linens (many of which had needlepoint done by her mother), and old, thick, good quality sheets and blankets... for twenty dollars. She gave me a deal because she could see that I appreciated everything I picked out.

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 5 years ago

    great post !!! cannot wait to be there and meet all the fellow junkers. will be a first time vendor along with my two etsian daughters

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Great article! I am a junk junkie! :)

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 5 years ago

    My life was built on junk. My parents are both keen junkers- I grew up in the 1970s when no one wanted Victorian stuff, so our house was brimming over with it, mostly free things Dad would find or get given. Every Saturday meant a trip to the tip (what we call the dump) and we'd usually come home with more than we took! Now my brother and I are just as hooked on junk as my parents, we both collect it and I sell it (he collects quality, I collect quantity). I couldn't imagine living in a house that wasn't at least 60% used if not 100%. As for my favourite find, for Love: my huuuuuge 1930s shop sign that says 'invisible hosiery mending' (dragged from a family friend's falling down shed (you want that?!?) , or for money: the 1950s Grant Featherston (Australia's Charles Eames) armchair I scored at Salvation army for 15 bucks, and sold 2 weeks later for 1500.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Gosh I love a crazy good deal in a crazy location! The stories that come from these junking experiences - classic!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 5 years ago

    Super great article. I like that great sensation of finding treasures in unexpected places.

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 5 years ago

    I love that sensation of finding great pieces in unexpected places. I keep to myself some pieces (I think I never going to get rid of them)...and I know it is probably junk for others, but for me is a treasure!

  • HuntandFound

    HuntandFound said 5 years ago

    I love this article!!! I have the luck of living close to the Minneapolis area and have attended the Junk Bonanza the last two years and have my early bird tickets bought this year!!! It is an amazing show with amazing vendors with amazing "junk". Thank you Ki for being such an inspiration!

  • lilruby

    lilruby said 5 years ago

    I so wish I lived close enough to attend Junk Bonanza! I come from a long line of packrats so I totally understand the appeal of "old stuff with potential"! My latest passion is finding old escutcheons with chipped paint or other hardware bits and pieces with that great old patina for my found object jewelry. Long live junking!

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 5 years ago

    Majority of our furniture was either given to us or found in the dumpster my my husband. he enjoys refurbishing. We found our first wedding furniture by cruising down the streets where people left their old belongings behind. I still get thrilled by it.

  • TNTees

    TNTees said 5 years ago Featured

    i'm a huge junker, i think it is partially being thrifty and the sheer adrenaline rush of finding something so awesome for pennies on the dollar- but then there is another part of me that connects with the pieces i find knowing that each item has its own unique history and story to tell. i love quirky antique finds and i tell my husband that i'm pretty much a historian preserving the past with my hoarding habits.

  • TNShopthailand

    TNShopthailand said 5 years ago

    love going to yard sales! This post is just in time for the weekend :) Its getting me excited!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    NannyMadeandfound said 5 years ago

    Obviously Etsy is a great outlet for all of us who live and breath for "the find" and are inspired by things already loved and worn. I agree with most posters here, I get excited about the possibilities every time I take off with my list of sales in hand and anticipate what I might come across. I've been blessed to have some great things passed on to me from family members as well, things that I know the history of and could pass on to buyers along with a moving story. Priceless.

  • TinsAndThings

    TinsAndThings said 5 years ago

    Love junk! Except for some original art, almost nothing in my house (or on my body for that matter) is new. And nothing, NOTHING, beats the thrill of the hunt. :)

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh!! I LOVE this article and ALL of the comments. I just got back from ten days in upstate New York at a week long flea market!!! Yes, actually nine glorious days junkin, pickin, totally obsessed!!! It was heaven!! It's funny how (at my "day job"), nobody is into this at all, they have no idea what this lifestyle is like - then I go to New York and there are hundreds, probably thousands of people just like me!!! My interest never fades - thanks for sharing and I can't wait to get the next issue of your magazine!!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    LOVE this article!! I just got back from a 10-day trip to upstate New York where I spent my time junkin and pickin at a week long flea market - complete heaven!!! My husband and I have been going to this for the past 17 years!! We always get so excited this time every year, planning and saving and never knowing what treasures we'll come home with!! Junkin is definately a lifelong interest - you either love it or you don't. So glad I'm in the first category!! Thanks so much for sharing and can't wait to get the next issue of that magazine!!!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Oops, didn't know my first post went through!!!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    mmm...Junking Junkiez of the World Unite ♥ mama taught me well and what a gift indeed... ~may are your junking ventures be lovely ones! xo

  • 6petals

    6petals said 5 years ago

    It's so interesting to see how many people share this common love for junking. The more I do it, the more hooked I become. Great article!

  • FrivolousNecessity

    FrivolousNecessity said 5 years ago

    hahaha! love the teeth. my husband is a dentist and it just cracks me up that someone would buy this. i find almost every aspect of dentistry gross. :) fun post.

  • vitamodern

    vitamodern said 5 years ago

    I'm watching American Pickers right now! Some people just don't get the thrill of the hunt when they're looking through junk, but I sure do! And I definitely prefer wading through worthless stuff and looking for treasure over a neat and organized sale. I'm actually going to a big "everyone in town is having a yard sale" type of event this weekend. Can't wait!

  • McAdooMakery

    McAdooMakery said 5 years ago

    Gonna agree to put the dentures and mold in the junk category but as for all the rest, treasures.

  • yourinnerpeacock

    yourinnerpeacock said 5 years ago

    If you can have simply one favorite find you need to go junking more ;-D my two favorites came from my family farm, a vintage 1925 oak medical exam table (sadly the sturrups have been lost in time) and a tin pharmacist's file. Both are in my dining room as my buffet and china hutch...

  • RavenfireDesigns

    RavenfireDesigns said 5 years ago

    My best junk find was a necklace pendant in the shape of a woman. Her long hair was braided and was the bail. She is very detailed with breasts buttocks face and an enormous belly inset with a faceted garnet stone. No idea if she is gold or if she is something else, but she is one of my faveriot pieces of jewelry. My sisters have lovingly dubber her "the fertility pendant" Paid $3 for her and didnt see any reason to haggle the price down. She was worth the three bucks!

  • retropoodle

    retropoodle said 5 years ago

    I wish there were yard sales in the UK, i would be in my element. I'm afraid everyone is getting to wise to 'junk' finds due to all the antique programmes on TV and we're getting overpriced goods because everyone thinks they have an antique! Charity shops in small towns are the best hunting grounds, they haven't caught on yet. I found a midcentury coffee table for £5 and a large glass pineapple for £2!

  • Sought

    Sought said 5 years ago

    awesome post! Now if only I could find a junk apartment in brooklyn to put all my junk in!!

  • vdumont

    vdumont said 5 years ago

    I too am very familiar with "the flutter", I sometimes walk around with a piece flirting for a while to decide if I really want it...and I usually REALLY want it! I love the bargaining aspect as well, it's interesting what some people consider junk and I consider treasure. My house is a little brick farmhouse in rural NY that some people have called "old and junky", but it's clean, it's funky and it's MINE...I love JUNQUE!

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 5 years ago

    I love it when people at the auction look at me and say "you sure do love to buy old beat up junk". I watch them buy their little china cups that they turn a $5.00 profit on and think.....hmmm do you know what I sold that piece of old junk that I bought for $3.00 last week. Well, let's just say it was a much larger profit. Junk is in the eye of the beholder and I will never get enough of it.

  • InspiredMindDesigns

    InspiredMindDesigns said 5 years ago

    very cool husband and I often go 'treasure hunting' aka junking here in Georgia. good stuff!

  • BlueGateVintage

    BlueGateVintage said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring post. Junksters come from all walks of life with one thing in common, JUNK. Don't you just love it :) Karla

  • TheFamiLeeJewels

    TheFamiLeeJewels said 5 years ago Featured

    Ki I admire both you finds and your entrepreneurial spirit. I have loved combing through "other peoples junk" (as my Mom calls it) since I was a child. It is a joy to find beauty in a discard. I am thrilled to have found a way to use my treasures to create jewelry and to have found Etsy where I can offer those treasures to others who will appreciate their uniqueness. Thank you for sharing the stories of your explorations. Your blog posts help keep me searching for the next great find. Bonnie

  • AntiquesGaloreGal

    AntiquesGaloreGal said 5 years ago

    Love of junk is something you just can't explain in words, you just feel it!

  • urbanchic24

    urbanchic24 said 5 years ago

    Love the post Ki! I was actually at a few vintage shops today and I can't get enough ... my mind is always overflowing with ideas of what I could re-purpose things as and it's always awesome to hear about other's similar stories. Can't wait to see you at Junk Bonanza!! - Jennie

  • wwaalen

    wwaalen said 5 years ago

    ***Talking Junk***!! I know what you mean. Each piece that you pick up is special. That is what makes it fun. There is NO Cookie Cutter way of doing things. Ki, your very good at what you do, and your an inspiration to many. And thank you for not sharing your contacts with the producers. Don't what the passion to be just a culture faze for people... One of these years I'll make it do Junk Bonanza. Great idea! Keep up the great work! =)

  • meg21719

    meg21719 said 5 years ago

    We lived in Belgium for 9 years and they have a day that the city comes around and collects all the items that folks would like to send to the city dump but to do that they had to put it out by the side of the road the night before. My favorite find from going through all the rubbish there is a very long piece of lace that was tucked inside a vintage suitcase, both waiting to be thrown out. I used it above an alcove in my "Garden Room" for my bed and breakfast. It looks like a canopy! We were so blessed to be able to live there and I miss it very much. ~Elizabeth

  • GraciesCottage

    GraciesCottage said 5 years ago

    I also hear the junk speaking, (and sometimes shouting!) Is it a gift or a curse? <:-D oughta hear the racket in my garage where I'm gathering everything that's going to Junk Bonanza....they're all trying to out-shout each other! Jan

  • moxiethrift

    moxiethrift said 5 years ago

    gah! love it. love ki and her way of thinking. my husband and I junk as well and simply never get tired of it. great read.

  • ItsyBitsandPieces

    ItsyBitsandPieces said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post, Ki! It's always such a fun adventure! See you at Junk Bonanza!

  • misselaineous54

    misselaineous54 said 5 years ago

    Morning Ki...found your etsy to read as always. brought back good memories of your first stuff in country living and my personal favorite of meeting you & your sister in Mt Dora! one of these years i hope to go to Junk Bonanza...retirement cannot come soon enough at this point! :o} happy friday Ki, and happy hunting! *e*

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 5 years ago

    Sigh.... I LOVE junking and I LOVE this post! Thank you! :)

  • vintageCellar

    vintageCellar said 5 years ago

    As a 5th year vendor at Junk Bonanza, I can tell you that my inspiration comes from seeing the look on a customer's face when they see something in your booth that you rescued, picked, salvaged and gave new life to - you know the look, "oh joy, oh rapture" - we've all had it - I LOVE making that connection with someone over a found treasure (another flutter moment). Keep spreading the love, Ki!

  • clio164

    clio164 said 5 years ago

    This kind of reminds me of a find that i found in a Consignment/antique shop in Plano. I was looking for odd cups for an Alice in Wonderland themed mad hatter party, and stumbled upon a nice glass cream and sugar set that was on sale for four dollars. I thought it was pretty, and would go with just about any thing and bought it. Found out later that the set was depression glass and together was worth 7 to 8 time more than what i bought it for. My mom was rather upset, she paid 20 dollars for one sugar bowl.

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 5 years ago

    If we could only buy less and use stuff as long as we can, passed on or sold as used, we wouldn't be cluttering the environment and spending as much money. This is one of the best ways to save the environment, hold on or reuse!

  • moneill339

    moneill339 said 5 years ago

    I love repurposing things. Recently I took an antique chest-bureau-removed two drawers-kept the top smaller two-and made a desk out of it. I painted it white,to go with my bedset and then stenciled (rub-ons) painted pansies-i love the colors and they came out great. i added the stencil to an armoire to tie it in together. I think this is the best way to go Green!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I adore Flea Market style magazine. I am a proud member of the "junk revolution" community. Best thrifted find I'd have to say is a recent purchase of an Autorobe in fantastic condition...I don't think I'll be able to part with this!

  • eclecticvogue

    eclecticvogue said 5 years ago

    My best vintage find was an autograph book (like a yearbook) from a young girl living in the 1940s. The entries from her friends really told her story, marrying a soldier whose sister was her best friend, and revealed her personality (a good student but mischievious, a frugal fashionista, a true friend.) I think I paid $3 for it.

  • twentyone5

    twentyone5 said 5 years ago

    That's my dream job! Way to go for it!!

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 5 years ago

    Love it! We created all of our signage and flare for our wedding by repurposing junk.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    One man's junk is another man's treasure!!!!! well, maybe after you paint it.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Love this post . The Vatican was closing churches due to lack of funds in the early 1990s. San Francisco Basement sales and local St Vincent De Paul distribution centers were filled with old statues, altar's and beautiful religious items. I have heartwarming stories from those who purchased them in the past. The stories stay with me more than the items ~

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Vintage sellers like us, don't call it junk. We call it treasures!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    I agree! That's right 100% Treasure!

  • JustEnjoyYourself

    JustEnjoyYourself said 5 years ago

    I can't remember my mom's birthday, but I can picture perfectly the when, where, and feeling of elation for all of my favorite finds. What is it about hunting for treasures? I just blogged about this very topic yesterday!

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 5 years ago

    Wow, so cool. I wish i could go find some treasures at the Junk Bonanza!!!! Too far away:(

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    <---- As a junker myself I can relate and I love this article!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    I love the idea that you can take something old and transform it into something new, it takes vision to be able to see beyond what something is to what it could be!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    calling it junking is such a misnomer, but a beautiful one. junk on!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    The thrill of the hunt!

  • CountryDaisyDesigns

    CountryDaisyDesigns said 5 years ago

    love this! The man and I love love this so much! <3 thanks for the article!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    One of my favorite finds is a folk art "birdhouse whirlygig" ~ a kind of birdhouse wheel atop a gingerbread column post. Displayed it in my home until I got married when my husband convinced me that it would be more at home outdoors :)

  • KwestStudio8

    KwestStudio8 said 5 years ago

    Ki, this is a very inspiring, upbeat article. As a photographer I find more and more of my images are of vintage or used items that offer ambience or history or a story or all three. There's some sort of people connection that titillates. Thanks for the article! Best of luck with Junk Bonanza! K

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    This event is a couple of hours from the farm, plan on going this year with our daughter, sure we'll have a blast peekin at junk from the past.

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 5 years ago

    Awesome post; definitely looks like a fun time!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 5 years ago

    I wish I could go to the Junk Bonanza! But I am Italian....what a pity! :)

  • fishlegs

    fishlegs said 5 years ago

    Yay for JUNK! Great story!

  • fredandlulu

    fredandlulu said 5 years ago

    A woman after my own heart... wish I was closer and could attend the Junk Bonanza! looks like a blast!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy said 5 years ago

    Oh, yeah! This is a meeting of like-minded junkers! The other type mentioned in the article wouldn't dare post here!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago


  • vintagetouchjewelry

    vintagetouchjewelry said 5 years ago

    Fun stories! I love your magazine; so many great ideas and finds. My very best find at a flea marktet was a gorgeous, delicate, teardrop moonstone necklace. I was in my early 20's, new to the "game" and could only put a deposit down. I did not see the seller again and then I moved unexpectedly (no phone numbers exchanged; silly us, well, it was the 1970's). Two years later I was walking out of a downtown Portland building (mind you, 125 miles away from the flea market) and passed a woman. We both turned and stared at each other for several seconds. Then, the "Aha" moment. She still had my necklace and we made arrangements to finally make it mine. A very honest and gracious seller!! Those are treasures that are just meant to be!!

  • TheWellSeasonedNest

    TheWellSeasonedNest said 5 years ago

    I can sooooooooooooo relate to this article - and it's nice (comforting!) to know it's such a passion for so many others, too. My business card reads "Certified Junkaholic" as the title under my name! (although I'm quite sure Mr. WSN thinks it should read "Certifiable", instead.) My best compliment came at a recent estate sale of a prominent CT business person (now past on) when a well-respected and known antique dealer looked at my pile and said, "Damn - You're a good picker!" I smiled to myself all day!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 5 years ago

    Ki, my favorite find is your yard sale sign photo above. June 22 is my birthday and there is only one thing I would like to do on my birthday and that is look for vintage treasures. off to pin your photo.

  • SwankySocialitesClub

    SwankySocialitesClub said 5 years ago

    I too relate to this article...the thought of going "junking" and antiquing get mine AND my husband's hearts racing! He recently found a vinyl Selig sofa on Craigslist for............$50!! The going rate for one of those beauties is $500-$600; we're keeping it and will be cherished for 50 more years!!

  • LynnsBeadsNThings

    LynnsBeadsNThings said 5 years ago

    One of my best finds was the last day of an estate sale, fill a bag for $4. I was there early (key) and went straight for the jewelry where they had the better pieces in a case. I asked if the fill a bag applied to the jewelry too, it did and I said "Fill 'er up"! Also got a gorgeous hand crochet afghan, Damask table cloth and numerous goodies. I filled 2 bags and was thrilled to spend the $8 for such treasures!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Great story, thanks for sharing. I have been watching American Pickers lately and absolutely love the show. So many amazing goodies to be found!

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 5 years ago

    Oooh, I can imagine that man with the chainsaws :) Very interesting article. It's like watching a documentary (I'd like to:).


    CITYISLANDGIRL said 5 years ago

    Great article - just goes to show you never want to throw away anything Grandma passes on. I once found a Tiffany & Co pen right at the Salvation Army store and paid just 50 cents for it!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 5 years ago

    I find and sell other people's literal junk..... my favorite thing to do!

  • alohawildcat

    alohawildcat said 5 years ago

    How coincidental that just a couple of days ago I happened to see your magazine at a drugstore. Oohs & aahs & gasps were hard to stifle. And now I happen upon your etsy blog. I can't believe that the ranch style house I grew up in, I once thought was soooo old fashioned. It featured such cool doorknobs and door latches that I wish I had now! Soo glad to have a kindred spirit to follow! Thanks for the constant inspiration!

  • MaggieNell

    MaggieNell said 5 years ago

    Wish I could make it to the Junk Bonanza! My friend and I have a barn sale each Oct. (a very mini version maybe of the JB) where we sell junk - I mean treasures! - we have picked up thru the year at yard sales, swap meets, auctions, curbside. It is so much fun twice around - once when WE find it and love it, and again when someone finds it at our sale and loves it - everyone seems to have a great time.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    Awesome post! I'm one of the many that was born with the junkin' gene. My fave vintage find? I went to a flea market looking for a couple of glass insulators to use as jewelry props. I rounded the corner and saw a quilt top full of them! Of course, I had to buy them all. They were only $.25 each.

  • AllVintageSewing

    AllVintageSewing said 5 years ago

    Great article and comments! I turned from a career as a television reporter/producer and a freelance writer to begin junking...and I couldn't be happier! I should have done this years ago. My mom taught me everything she knew about antiques, as she was a 'closet' junker. My greatest finds so far; a box of hat pins that I bought for .50 at an auction ~ sold for $38.50, a Nishin pinball machine that I bought for $12.00 at an auction ~ sold for $81.00 and a vintage record player that I bought for $5.00 and sold for $70.00! I'm still using all the skills I developed in my former career, just applying them in different ways. My only regret is that I didn't do this while Mom was still alive, we would have been great business partners!

  • leg2003

    leg2003 said 5 years ago

    Love it! My husband and I can't hardly wait for the weekend to hit our favorite flee markets in our area. I've been a fan of Princess House Crystal since the early 1980's when I was a consultant. I've made a great deal of money reselling some of my great finds.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Hitting back roads is the way to go! Love Sandy the coin operated horse.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 5 years ago

    My favorite blog and I e

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 5 years ago

    Oops, did not finish comment. I would love to be at the JB this week. This is my dream job. Would love to share this with a partner who would like to share a similar vision. Ki's blogs are my favorite, have her books and always look forward to the Flea Market Magazine. Can't wait to get my hands on the newest edition. I would just about give anything to be there this week. So jealous of those who are attending! Hope all have a blast. Happy hunting and hope you uncover that special treasure. This is my passion and I could do this all day and never be bored.

  • estateoriginals

    estateoriginals said 5 years ago

    I just happened upon this blog today. I am sooo excited... I live in Minnesota and I am definately going to Junk Bonanza! (I just have to figure out how to get out of work on Thursday...hmmmmmm)

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 5 years ago

    Interesting article. What a good way to spend your days with a friend looking for treasures. I can only imagine the amount of treasures you would find in the least expected places.

  • Willowette

    Willowette said 5 years ago

    Wow, that is awesome!! I would love to do junk shopping for old jewelry and revamp it!

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 5 years ago

    Happy treasure hunting. On my calendar for next year to attend.

  • PearsPalette

    PearsPalette said 5 years ago

    I would love to go to Junk Bonanza! I am such a collector, of everything, so I would be sad to go and not be able to buy anything! I need to start selling some of my items first before I make the fun purchases!

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 5 years ago

    I like the way the author bridged the picking to actually designing the flea market style warehouse to sell her finds.

  • delightfullyvintage

    delightfullyvintage said 5 years ago

    I love junking, in Missouri we call junkers "pickers". It's always the thrill of the hunt that gets me going. I guess that's why I love selling vintage jewelry, accessories, and collectibles. It sure beats the day job I had!

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 5 years ago

    The story about the Royal Mint is interesting. It is interesting to read about how the author developed her product of the years.

  • galfridaygoods

    galfridaygoods said 5 years ago

    when i was 6 years old I dragged a 1960's vinyl green, orange and yellow stool from the neighbors garbage to my fort in my backyard, ah, the first find! ha!! ........ I'm always glad to save good usable stuff from the landfill .... even with all the antique roadshow, keno bros. and american picker shows out there too many people seem to rather throw stuff away than donate to their local thrift shop!

  • Artifaqt

    Artifaqt said 5 years ago

    I love junking and this article! I was just at the flea market yesterday and it got my wheels turning once again! Thank you and have fun at the Junk Bonanza everyone :)

  • ellauniverse

    ellauniverse said 5 years ago

    I would love be there!! A little far for me though, but I will be there in my heart enjoying the "art of picking"!!

  • ellauniverse

    ellauniverse said 5 years ago

    My favorite vintage find is my school desk:

  • lshoffitt

    lshoffitt said 5 years ago

    I love junk! And here's to you for not giving up your sources to "American Pickers."

  • arkohio

    arkohio said 5 years ago

    "Each piece’s shape, texture, design, color and patina will speak to me, if I listen closely enough." I think this quote is true for most artists, no matter if the medium is junk or canvas or a piece of felt. Well said!

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 5 years ago

    Great read! Junk is beautiful! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." --Rumi

  • old2newmemories

    old2newmemories said 4 years ago

    I love looking throught tons of juck to find one great item. I was onced asked if I could do what I wanted to do for one day, I answered I would love to have all day to look throught a thrift store or lots of yard sales.

  • byABPryor

    byABPryor said 4 years ago

    I went to Junk Bonanza last year (from Jersey). I would like to do something like that here... what are your thoughts? I'm so sorry I missed it this year. it was a great experience in 2010.

  • catiques

    catiques said 4 years ago

    OH my the thrill of the hunt. We love it. It's our form of entertainment.We tried to quit for a couple years and on the week ends we were almost depressed in the mornings because that is when we would go saling. LOL Memories and the love of what we will find.

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 4 years ago

    It really is an amazing rush -- that flutter in the stomach we all know well, and hallelujah moment when one scores a terrific find. Thank you for putting it so well.

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 4 years ago

    LOL i'd love to hear about the dark cellar & chainsaws!! Fabulous post, wish I was going to the Junk Bonanza, never been, but someday........uh huh. I've been a junk junkee for 30+ years and I hope to continue for 30 more!! So excited my team mates from Vintage Etsy Society Team will be representing us there! Go Vesties!!!!

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