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RiverView Recap

On December 4 & 5, The Junkery Vintage Market once again participated in the RiverView Family Farm Holiday Barn Sale.  This is one of my favorite events of the year!  We’ve had a fairly mild winter so far this year here in East Tennessee but the sale took place the weekend of a fairly chilly cold snap.  Fortunately, the sun was blazing both days and the farm could not have been a more magical place to spend my weekend!

My husband was scheduled to go out of town for work so the logistics of this particular weekend proved to be pretty tricky.  We were permitted to set up Thursday night before the sale so Keith, the kids, and I went over to the Cottage Door to pick up my inventory and delivered it to the venue.

I worked on a few projects Thursday evening and got up early to load the truck.  Once I dropped Archer off I was on my way.

Archer and Mommy - The Junkery

I arrived at the barn super early both days and it could not have been more beautiful there.

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RiverView Barn - The Junkery

My space was in a corner which made set up on Friday morning super easy!

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I decided to carry my fall inventory right on into the holidays and had plenty of camping gear and flannel to go around.  I sold both tables on the right Friday day so I brought this adorable desk and abacus to fill the space Saturday morning.

Obviously Graison thought it was pretty cool!

I had an Instagram follower Cathy (right) and her sister come by to meet in person which is maybe only the second time that has happened and will probably never stop being the coolest thing ever.

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Then some old friends showed up!


Roben and Tatum are some very dear friends who always manage to find me wherever I turn up.

Tatum and I love Christmas bulbs and we talk about them yearly.Tatum - Amber 2014 - 2015 - The Junkery

Also, Tatum found a cinnamon roll and took care of business

I’ll close with a few more photos.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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Recent Sale Recaps

So unfortunately it took me a while to get to this post.  I’m lame. Sorry. In the future I am going to try to process out my thoughts here on the blog before the just evaporate all together.  For some reason after a particularly busy working weekend of shows I become somewhat withdrawn from the blog because I am afraid of sharing anything too negative but I have decided its really better to just get it all down and worry about the tone during editing. Saturday May 2, 2015 I participated in the Clinch River Antique Festival. The day was a hoot! Keith, my son and I started early, like 4:30 early.  I behaved the way he does when its the first day of bow season.  I had the coffee on, the eggs scrambled and the truck loaded all by about 5:15 (okay he loaded the truck the night before) but I helped. He didn’t speak the whole way there and he really only grunted to the organizers who were showing us where to park and unload. Upon arrival I realized I had almost twice as much space as I thought I had.  Instead of a 10×10 I was in a 10×18 space.  While it was glorious to spread out my goodies with space to move around, I do feel there is something to be said for a cozy space spilling into the isles with awesome junk.  I find that each event I participate in I learn a little more about my set up, what sells and what doesn’t. Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Booth My son and Keith helped me unload.  We have discovered my son absolutely loves to work.  He unloaded about 25% of my stuff himself.  Sometimes he was moving or trying to move things twice his size.  It was comical to the say the least. The City of Clinton closes down a couple of roads in the heart of the city and has 100 plus vendors lined down either sides.  I was set up and ready in plenty of time before the shoppers started arriving.  It was a chilly spring morning but by about 10:00 a.m. the sun was warming us and the smell of kettle corn was in the air.  My friend Casey came and sat with me most of the day which was great because when I needed food or a potty break she manned the fort and kept me company of course. Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Copper Canister Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Enamel Candle Holder Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Flour Sack - Foot Stool Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Ironstone - Feathers Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Ironstone - Succulents Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Milk Paint - Apples - Succlents Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Milk Paint - Lazy Suzan - Jute Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Scale Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Scale2 Clinch River Spring Antique Fair - 2015 - The Junkery - Transferware Gravy Boat I was emptied out by pretty early on which meant that my 10×18 space looked even more sparse. The next day with a little more than half the inventory I had Saturday I headed over to The Traveling Bazaar and even with Cruze Farm Ice Cream, Mister Canteen Food Truck, Honeybee Coffee and a musical guest we couldn’t compete with the beautiful weather in Knoxville that day. My sales were dismal but I’m excited about participating in The Traveling Bazaar upcoming events though.  I’ll be shopping all summer long for new inventory. May 17, 2015 The Market on McCalla was held at Nostalgia in Knoxville. I was so looking forward to this event and was so bummed when I elected not to participate. I could not stand the thought of all of my milk and chalk painted furniture melting in the weather that day.  Turns out the rain cleared out long enough for the sale to take place so I suppose I missed the boat.  Fortunately for me the sale is held every second Sunday from April to September so I am looking forward to another chance later this year. Thanks for reading Amber

Special Thanks to Stefanie Stair for photographing my goodies!

My Promise

So, I’m all moved into my new space.  It will forever be a work in progress I have come to terms with that but I am super happy with what I have going on right now and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get busy making this space mine!

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Note: this post may get a tad heavy before it gets light again but stick with me 🙂

While I am fairly new to the scene in terms of running my own space I am certainly no stranger to vintage/antique stores and what they have to offer.  In fact, other than my own home, vintage and antique stores are where I am most comfortable and relaxed and while I absolutely love digging through other peoples Junk and think that there is most definitely a place for piles of junky goodness, I really like my space to feel like it could be a room in your house.  Less clutter with more of a collected feel.

I hate the thought of just becoming a “dealer.”  I started The Junkery out of a love for the process of finding treasures, cleaning them, fixing them and re-homing them.  Not to make fast cash.  If making cash was my goal I could surely find something that involved a lot less lower back pain.  I am quickly learning it’s easy in this business to get sucked into “making rent” and focusing on “what sells” and while I think those things are important, if that becomes my focus, I will quit.  I want money to be a by-product of what makes me happy.

That said you won’t find my space cluttered with tons of yard sale or even wholesale finds that I got at a good deal but what you will see is mostly vintage items carefully selected because they fit a look or style that inspires me.  I have a rule, If I wouldn’t put it in my home, I won’t put it in my space.  I promise.

Whew, now that I got that out, consider this your official invitation to The Cottage Door Open House, 5 Year Anniversary and The Junkery Grand Opening being held on Saturday April 25, 2015.  Come, hang out, eat, take selfies with me, oh and maybe shop a little.

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