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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.

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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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New Dance Floor!

Back in December I shared with you here that The Junkery had outgrown our basement and I’d be moving into Heavenly Bling Boutique in Knoxville. Well the time has come friends, I’m moving out!

I generally work this little business of mine on my lunch break from my Big Girl Job or nights and weekends.  While lunch breaking one weekday I start chatting up a sweet lady and I quickly learned that she is co-owner at Cottage Door Antiques in Fountain City.

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Now my friends will tell you I am a bit of a fangirl and not just for Adam Levine or Jaren Johnston but anyone who does what I want to do, wears what I want to wear, eats what I want to eat…you get the picture. So needless to say I almost peed down my leg when the owner of one of my stomping grounds is talking shop to me. As I tried to maintain myself the conversation became very businessy very quickly.  I let a day or two pass so as not to seem too awful stalkerish and I went into The Cottage Door.  I have been there a hundred times but walking in this time was somehow different.  A blast of opportunity hit me square in the face as I entered and for the first time since beginning my business I felt nothing but pure excitement.  Not fear, not apprehension, not doubt but excitement.

That day I spoke with another one of the other co-owners of The Cottage Door and she showed me the available space.  The next day I got the call and official invitation to join the ladies at the Cottage Door Antiques. I will be moving my space April 12, 2015. I will also be working at the store 1 Saturday a month. I am grateful for my three months at Heavenly Bling but I am excited to be learning and growing my business.

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Big(ish) News Revealed!

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We’re open for business!  I’m super duper excited to announce we now have a space at The Shops at Heavenly Bling off Dry Gap.  My little hobby has out grown my basement and we were in need of a small expansion.  I have four walls and a door all to myself. I won’t be able to be there all the time, what with the Big Girl Job and all, but I will be in my space frequently adding new inventory and Naomi and the ladies at Heavenly Bling I’m sure will help with anything you need.

We’ve discovered during the two sales we’ve done, the set-up and take-down process is stressful and tiresome.  With the weather being a constant variable at both of my shows, we decided we needed something a little more permanent.   One of my favorite parts about doing shows is the customer interaction. I really love meeting people and seeing their face when they have found a treasure in my booth.  I refuse to give up that part of this process so I plan to try to be in my space as much as I can.

I have not given up on traveling to shows entirely. In fact I am working on a 2015 show schedule as we speak!

My space is definitely a work in progress but let me know what you think.

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As you can see I still have a few Christmas items so if you’re in need of some last minute decorations please stop in.  If you give the ladies the sale code: “BLOG” they will give you a 15% discount on any Christmas item!

Heavenly Bling is located at 1713 Dry Gap Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Their Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5

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p.s. My long cool woman, Casey Riley (aka The BFFL) helped me hang all of my wall items. Thanks a bazillion friend.

RiverView Recap

On December 5 & 6 I set up shop at the RiverView Family Farm Barn Sale. I cannot say enough about the hosts Rachel, her Mom Janice and Dad Lafayette. They are some of the kindest people you would ever hope to meet. The other vendors were amazing too.  I love seeing other peoples’ creativity at work. In two short days I managed to almost double what I made at my last sale of three pretty much whole days.  I’m so thankful to all of my friends and customers who came by to see me!

The view was nothing short of spectacular. Cattle everywhere and the RiverView was breathtaking. RiverView Family Farm not only raises grass and grain-fed beef it doubles as a stunning wedding venue. If you ever have a chance to visit TAKE IT!


In the days leading up to the sale my inner Ebenezer Scrooge thankfully took a leave of absence. As much as I wanted to avoid the “holiday” trappings of mainstream retail, (because if everyone is going one way you can be sure Amber is going full steam ahead in the opposite direction and I chalk it up to that rebellious streak my poor mom and dad have grappled with since I was a little girl) my best sellers, of course, were holiday themed items. In the end though, I’m a sucker for Christmas decorations and apparently so is everyone else. Especially when they are so ugly they are cute, like this gal.


Some of my favorites were these Charlie Brown Trees and the bread boards. Shout out to the bread board fairy, you know who you are.

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I finally sold my beloved feather art to someone who really got it! Rachel, one of hosts of the event, bought it for her 100 year old farmhouse she is remodeling. She even took the time to show me some photos of her home and she and I connected over our mutual love of shiplap and HGTV. She mentioned they have a Spring event with thousands of eggs and even hinted at another sale for the Spring. Sale or no sale, I am there hunting eggs with my rugrats for sure.


I learned at my first show that inventory was so important and shopped constantly to insure that was not a problem for the Barn Sale. Although I did sell out of all but one stocking, I made sure I had tons of other cute stuff for people to choose from which means I still came home with a good bit of stuff which leads me to my next topic; I may have an opportunity to have inventory somewhere other than my basement. Vague enough for ya??

Stay tuned because I may have a big (to me) announcement to make soon.  In the mean time, enjoy a few of my sale photos.

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P.S. I did sell all but two pieces of my furniture I brought with me so, I suppose the painted furniture gig is quickly becoming a necessary EVIL for me but that is altogether another post.

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