The day broke clear and cool.  I got up early, dressed, and woke my night owl husband.  We heard my dad fire up his old Ford pickup that we would be borrowing to make the move to the antique mall.  He’s so awesome that he drove it over to our carport and left the keys in it.  We live just next door, and–no worries–out in the country.  Thanks, Daddy!

Jimmy and I drove down to Dad’s barn to retrieve some old doors we had used in my daughter’s wedding, which would now be set up as temporary walls to border my booth.  Then we stopped at one of his storage buildings to get a framed piece of lattice I would use on the opposite wall.  We completed our load by piling in the stuff off the porch and out of our storage building.

He followed me in my packed SUV to the antique mall where my sister and niece met us with an old tin and wood shelf unit she let me borrow and hopefully sell.  They also stayed to lend their muscle!  (Many thanks, Sharon and Libbie!  And many thanks to my wonderful hubby for his muscle and patience and support!)

It only took us about an hour to get everything unloaded and the walls and furniture arranged.  I then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon arranging everything in what I hope is an eye-pleasing, inviting mini-store that I will have trouble keeping stocked!  Here are the promised photos:

There’s my sister’s tin and wood shelf unit.  She used it in her kitchen before her remodel.   A steal at $65.00!  Come see!  She also gave me those little shelves that I painted.

A pile of old bicycle and motorcycle wheels in an old trunk beckon to browsers.  There are also gears and such for the steampunk fan.

A rag curtain hangs on two old doors that separate my booth from my neighbors’.  I take custom orders.  See my Etsy shop–A.C. Junk ‘n’ Stuff.  I also added a small Christmas tree that I will be decorating for the seasons.  Now it is a LOVE tree for Valentine’s Day, topped with a wedding veil and hat.

Who is that hot middle-aged woman?  Oh!  It’s me!  (just kidding, LOL)

Lots of the stuff from my daughter’s wedding found its way into the booth.  All those signs are also offered on my Etsy shop.  That’s my old wedding dress. . .was I really that teeny?  My mom handpainted the flowers on the back rungs of the yellow chair.
Great news!  I actually had my first sale today!  That little black desk with the typewriter sitting on it was my first booth sale!  Break out the bubbly!

I forgot to take pictures of the Valentine display in the pink suitcase.  I’ll try to get to that soon. . .unless the items are all gone when I go back!  No complaints there!

Have a wonderful weekend!



THRIFTY HUNT THURSDAY: Tomorrow’s the day!

My front porch tonight!

My Escape ready to escape!

Don’t you love my giraffe print throw protecting the back of the folded down seat?
What is all this junk, you ask?  It’s just a fraction of the stuff that hubby and I will be hauling in my car and in my dad’s truck to my rented space at Uniques & Antiques in Mineola, Texas tomorrow!  Yes, tomorrow is the day I have been looking forward to for like, 28 years!

That is almost as long as I taught school!  I have to be honest, though.  I hadn’t made it a real goal until it became a possibility a few months ago when I retired.  It’s just that when the junkin’ bug hit my parents years ago when my now 28-year-old son was a baby, we would tag along with them to antique and junk shops where I would imagine what it would be like to be in that business.

So now I get to find out.  I may find out that junk dealing and repurposing will be my second career, or I may find out that it won’t be financially feasible.  Either way, I will have fun.  Whether it will be for a couple of months or longer is in God’s hands.  I’m just grateful for this opportunity.

If you happen to come to Mineola, visit the antique mall called Uniques & Antiques on Line Street near the railroad tracks just off Hwy. 80.  I am vendor #03, A.C. Junk ‘n’ Stuff.  You can also find me on Etsy under the same name.  Photos of my decorated booth will be forthcoming.  Happy junkin’!




This week Folk Magazine‘s Journal Challenge is to answer the following question:  In the near future, what are you looking forward to the most?
Oh my gosh, that is so easy this week!  I can’t wait to move into my booth at Uniques & Antiques on February 1! 
I have been preparing for weeks, but especially this week.  I spent hours inside my little storage building going through boxes, numbering my inventory and putting price tags on everything.  
I have also painted furniture, made rag garlands and curtains, banners, Valentine decorations, and dragged stuff out of my dad’s storage building.  I still have lots to do, but I figure I will always feel that way.  Like things are not finished, like there is so much more I can make, do, or find.  The cool thing is, that will be my full-time job now–to find and make things to bring to my booth. I can’t wait to share the photos!
Stay tuned!

RANDOM FRIDAY: American Pickers, East Texas Style!

What’s going on here?  What are these people doing?  Welcome to our version of “American Pickers.”  That is my dad and hubby picking their way through the piles of junk in the back of Dad’s property.  This unique collection of old golf course equipment, home appliances, farm equipment, car, motorcycle, and bicycle parts, etc. began in 1975!  It’s a picker’s dream!

So today we picked.  If you have been reading this blog regularly, you know that I am opening a booth in a local antiques mall very soon!  (I can’t wait!)  My dad generously offered me the opportunity to look through his junk to see if I could use anything.  And boy, could I ever!  It was more fun than an afternoon at Goodwill!  The weather was perfect and hubby helped!  It was actually his idea to go down to the junk pile today. . .he is looking for some steel to build a gun safe.

Daddy searching for forgotten treasure.  Some of it was almost buried!

Daddy finds some old golf tournament message poles he fashioned years ago from re-bar.

Hubby finds a heavy duty wrench I can put in my booth.

Hubby discovers more steel he could use in the gun safe.

We had the best time tromping through the weeds finding some great stuff to repurpose for the booth.  

An old golf ball washing basket, some golf hole baskets, and bicycle wheels.

Another golf ball washing basket and an old zoo fence gate.

Some motorcycle and bicycle wheels and an auto fan blade.

I have another month to keep looking before the weeds and insects begin their return to the area, making it impossible to navigate.  The last thing you want to do is stir up a bumblebee nest or get into poison oak while digging around in old junk!



AT HOME MONDAY: It figures. . .

. . .that I would come down with a cold the week before Natalie’s wedding.  What’s worse is that she has one as well.  She had hers first so I guess I caught it from her.  I would feel even more awful if I had given mine to her!  So she and I have been dragging around trying to get our work done and squeeze in a few naps as well.

Thank goodness I have most of the wedding preparations done.  There are still a few last minute things to do, of course, but at least I am not in a panic. . .yet.  Hubby took off work this week for the opening of deer season, thank goodness.  He helped me today by cutting some chicken wire and adding it to an old window frame and door.  He also mowed the wedding site and helped me decide exactly where the tent and chairs will go.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, and even if it is warm, the area will be shady at that time of day.

I also did some last minute spray painting and found some weathered boards to make some more signs.  I gathered a few twigs for some embellished jars as well.  Then I embellished her cake server and knife and a framed photo of the happy couple.

Tomorrow I will take her homemade cake topper to the bakery and make sure our requests are being met, and then I will do some junkin’ while in Mineola.  There is a Goodwill store and a wonderful place called Uniques and Antiques.  Melissa is supposed to have gotten some new stuff in from a trip to Austin last weekend.

Well, here are some photos of hubby’s man cave.  Yes, that is Jimmy in the doorway.  He has covered the backyard shed with old signs and made it uniquely his.  Once a sheriff’s deputy stopped to ask where the old signs came from (have you heard of Canton?) and then once a mother asked permission to take photos of her daughter in front of the shed.  Maybe some photos of the bride and groom might be in order. . .

Yes, folks, this is the country!

See the tree growing out of the barrel to the left?  Country junk abounds!
I am hopeful I will be feeling better tomorrow.  I hope Natalie feels better as well, and I hope she doesn’t give her cold to Bryan!  I will be praying that everyone is well and everything goes well.  Only five more days!