Monthly Archives: September 2015

Holy Haul Y’all


Don’t forget about Happy Hollerpalooza tomorrow!

My dad is a real estate agent and being that there is still a good bit of undeveloped land here in East Tennessee old barns and houses are a regular occurrence in his business.  Sadly most people once they purchase a piece of property want the barn and house gone ASAP so they can pop up their what I like to call “Knox Box”  which is basically the same house with a few different floor plans and exteriors to choose from.

What was once rolling farmland peppered with rounded bales and 150 year old barns are now flattened subdivisions with 3000 square foot mini-mansions and pools.

Barn and Bales - The Junkery

Knox Box - The JunkeryKnoxville Subdivision - The Junkery

It’s sad to me but hey all in the name of progress right?

So, my dad had a client that was having a small farmhouse and barn removed from his recently purchased property and by removed I mean demolished, hauled off and buried forever.  My dad asked the client if we could come salvage what we could before the demo started. He agreed and we got there about three house before the house and barn was torn to the ground.  I managed to load up some treasures before they were gone forever.

There are two kinds of people in this world, either you are a junker/picker and can see the potential in something or you can’t.  One of the things I love most is the look of disbelief on someone’s face when you throw their junk in the back of the truck while your trying to hide your excitement in fear they may read your mind and they too decide that crusty barn gate would make a good head board. They are the same goobers following their wife around a barn sale handing me their debit card to pay for the galvanized bucket she is going to put her Christmas tree in or the potato basket to put her fall mums in.  I never tire of that look. Never ever.

Without further adieu:

Truck and Trailer(2) - The Junkery

Yes the pic is blurry but that is most definitely a tree growing out of the barn.  It should also be noted that my dad falls into the “I have no idea what you want with this junk”  category which I am fairly certain he mumbled no less that 5 times that day.

Barn - The Junkery

Door - The Junkery

Barn - Inside - The Junkery

Truck and Trailer(3) - The Junkery

This is my happy as a pig in mud face.

Truck and Trailer - The Junkery

There was probably a massive Kerosene tank that was loaded after this pic was taken.

Special thanks to my Dad who thinks I’m nuts but helps me anyway.

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Sidewalk Sale Recap

The Cottage Door held their sidewalk sale this past Saturday. I worked every night last week cleaning and tagging.  I fell into bed each night with that good kind of exhausted where you actually sleep because your body NEEDS it.  I almost think it is worth it sometimes to work yourself to the bone just so your body is forced to do some recovery at night.

Anyway, I got up early around 5:45 or so and my sweet Addy joined me to go down to The Cottage Door and fill my space with the Fall Inventory.  I don’t know what I would have done without her.  She was such a great help to me and I really could not have gotten everything set up in time without her.

Camping - Booth(2) - The Junkery

Camping - Booth(3) - The Junkery

Camping - Chair - The Junkery

Camping - Table - The Junkery

Camping - Table(2) - The Junkery

Camping - Mugs - The Junkery

I ended up winning tickets to see my favorite band perform in Nashville Saturday night so I had to leave the Sidewalk sale around noon.  It was an absolutely beautiful September day here in East Tennessee and I hear the sale was a huge success!  Thanks to all of my people who came out!

Lynn and Rosanna - The Junkery Shonna and Kristin - The Junkery

BTW the Gigi in blue is my mom and the new mommy on the right is my sister with my new nephew Easton.

Here is a photo of Keith and I with The Cadillac Three.  Oh, and The Steven Tyler may have showed up and sang Sweet Emotion…maybe.  Also, I may have peed my pants a little.

The Cadillac Three - The Junkery

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More Fall Inventory

Well tomorrow is the day! The Cottage Door will be holding their Sidewalk Sale and I will be filling my space with all of my “campy” treasures. I did want to share a few more items I’ve added over the last several weeks.

This adorable graniteware pot should be a staple in anyone’s camping arsenal.  It is the perfect size for making stew over the fire or boiling water.

Bean Pot - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

I love rust.  Like with my whole heart.  I think there is just something unexpected and special about the way an authentically rusty piece looks with all the other perfectly coordinated things we put in our homes.  It has a small crack in the glass but is old and has tons of character.

Lantern2 - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

So I have saved one of my favorites for last.  This plaid thermos is as “campy” as it gets from the aluminum plaid exterior to the screw on mug.  My heart may have skipped a beat or two when I spotted it.  I knew it made the perfect addition to the fall inventory.

Thermos - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

One of my most favorite things about my business is searching for items that fit perfectly together.  I cannot wait to see my space filled with all this campy goodness.

I hope to see you at the Sidewalk Sale tomorrow at the Cottage Door.  We will be getting started around 9:00 am.

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Fall Inventory

I had intentions of starting Monday and showing a little of the new fall inventory each day.  Since I didn’t and today is Wednesday you get three days all in one.

I really like to gather inspiration before I start shopping for a particular sale or season. Here was my inspiration board I created for the 2015 Fall Inventory:

Fall Inspo Sneak Peek - The Junkery

First Up, who doesn’t need good camping mugs?   Mugs3 - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

My family absolutely loves to camp and I like to have the comforts of home without having to take my pretties out into wild and risk them getting broken.  These are perfect to keep packed with the camping supplies. I still feel fancy drinking out of ceramic mugs but I won’t be heartbroken if one of them does not make it because they aren’t part of a larger set I use on the daily.

Next up is this adorable blue lantern.

Lantern - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

He is still dirty and nothing fancy, I don’t even know if he works but if you are decorating a nursery, big boy room or even a man space this little guy would make a great addition.  You could probably go down to the Hob Lob and find a non-working reproduction type thing but I just think he could really add a touch of authenticity to any man space.  I’m all for authenticity!

Lastly for today is this Yellowstone National Park mug.

Yellowstone Mug - Fall Inventory - The Junkery

If you remember when I did the first sneak peek here I talked about the little Milk Glass KOA mug from Colorado.  For some reason I got a kick out of the fact that both of these mugs came from across the country to hang out in East Tennessee.

I’ll be featuring a few more items between now and Friday.  I hope you can make it out Saturday to see the full inventory!

Sidewalk Sale Flier

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The Sniff Test (Update)

If you haven’t had the pleasure, go read the original The Sniff Test post.

So, the fate of “The Rug” has been determined.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

Okay, the good news is the rug was absolutely beautiful.  The minty green matched my mantle perfectly and I could work with the rest if it.  It was a strange square shape but  I could work with that too.

The Sniff Test - Rug 2 - The Junkery

The Sniff Test - Rug 1 - The Junkery

Now for the bad news or should I say SAD news. There was not one visible discoloration or really even appearance of wear.  It appeared to be in great condition but my beautiful rug was a big, fat, huge, liar!

The Sniff Test - Rug 3 - The Junkery

Remember how I said I read somewhere that a good quality rug could be salvaged if it was only a spot or two of pee-pee? Yeah well this is clearly more than a spot or two.  I can actually make out where the couch and coffee table were most likely positioned.  Can you?  Those were the only areas of the backside of the rug that were not pee stained.  Now to their credit the previous owners did a fantastic job of cleaning the front side of the rug.  I’d even venture to say it may have been professionally cleaned in an effort to try and salvage it.

Needless to say…

I owned that rug less than 24 hours

The Sniff Test - Trash - The Junkery

That’s $25 of my life I’ll never get back.

Always, Always, Always do THE SNIFF TEST.

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Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair

Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair - The Junkery

September 26, 2015 North Central Street will be blocked off from Baxter Avenue to Scott Street to provide the people of Knoxville a chance to party in Happy Holler and see all that the area has to offer. This is a family friendly event offering free music, free parking and free admission. Bring everyone you know to enjoy food, handmade crafts, wares, artwork, jewelry and simply wonderful stuff from local vendors. Come dance in the streets and while you’re in the area check out the stores of Happy Holler, because there is certainly something for everyone.

Happy Holler Sign - The Junkery

This will be my first time participating in this event and I am so excited to be included!

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