Category Archives: Junktiques

Furniture Friday…Certified Organic!

I purchased two chairs on the last day of an Estate Sale…The minute I saw them I knew what I would do with them. 

Then I hit a snag…finding the time to do a seemingly simple project.

My biggest dilemma  was whether or not to paint the chairs…painting a chair is not as easy as it sounds…there are nooks, crannies, spindles and carved legs to deal with…and truth be told my attention span is more suited to painting a box.

This morning I made the decision to move forward with the project…no paint, just recover the seat cushions. 

Here it is an hour later and the project is finished and I am drafting my blog and ready to link up to Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Friday Blog…

I am really happy that I did not paint the chairs…they look great with the original finish and the certified organic burlap coffee bag seat cover.  New dilemma…keep them or take them to shop?


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Shabby Chic Junktiques

1 girl + 2 cups of coffee + city-wide yard sale = shabby chic junktiques!

shabby chic junktiques

On this particular excursion I did not score a truck load of treasures…but it is not always about the quantity.  Today I was looking for a bit of texture and filler for the booth. 

Today I picked up three vintage door knockers, a paper towel holder, a wire basket, a vintage pestle, a hanging votive holder, a metal stool and a couple of metal buckets. 

The items I picked have great potential for repurposing.  The door knockers would make beautiful pulls for an oversized antique cabinet.  The paper towel holder would make a sweet jewelry holder.  The metal buckets will look great filled with spring flowers or assorted soda bottles. The wire basket would look great filled with jars of homemade preserves. 

Do you enjoy finding new uses for old things? 


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A-Z Archive: G! Challenge…Glass

A-Z Archive: G! Challenge…Glass

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “G” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “G” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

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Other Interpretations of the “G”! Challenge…

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Life’s a stage…

Life’s a stage when you are in retail!  On moving day, I woke up early.  As you might imagine I was just a little bit excited to get started.  Me and my son began loading the trailer around 9am.  Because we had pre-planned the booth load in, loading the trailer was a piece of cake.  We loaded everything in about 30 minutes.  Before taking off we ate breakfast and I packed myself a light lunch.  We were on the road by 10:15.  The Antique Center is located in the neighboring town, about 30 minutes away.

Once we arrived we off loaded the large items and rolled them to my space which if I haven’t mentioned is a great location.  The big items were placed in their pre-determined spots and the boxes, bins and tubs were stacked around the booth.  My son hung the wall decor and adjusted an item here and there.  This took about an hour.  He was then off to work and to return the trailer.

I believe that one of the keys to being a successful retailer is merchandising your space so that shoppers can get a good overview of what you have to offer.  Then you need the hook, the one eye catching item that will draw them in a little closer.  I decided to stage my space to show off the items as well as give people ideas on how they can use the item in their own home.  It may take a little more time and a bit of creativity but I think it will help my space stand out.  And in an Antique Mall type setting where there are rows and rows of booths all selling vintage something or another you have to find a way to stand out in the crowd.  Staging is my answer

I began unpacking the bins and boxes and placing items around the booth. Working from left to right on each little stage set until it was just right.  Then, I would move on to the next vignette of items.  All the way around the space until it was 95% complete.  This took me until almost 3pm.  At which time I began attaching the tags to the items.  I am happy I had taken the time to write out most of the tags the night before.  Each tag consists of an item#, description, booth # and selling price.  Tagging all of the 100+ items in the booth took me until 5pm.  I was not finished but I needed safety pins for tagging the pillows.  I will finish up on my next visit.

The space still needs texture…woven baskets, wire crates, soft linens, cozy quilts, warm lighting and that one unique item that takes people by surprise.  I feel a treasure hunt coming on.

Here are a few pics of my attempt at staging my space…Life’s a stage!

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Evolution of a Junkers dream…

This is the evolution of a Junkers dream!  Does that line sound vaguely familiar to anyone else?  A great Segway to my next Music Moves Me post.  But I digress…

Before jumping in with both feet I read the best e-book, “Selling in an Antique Mall, A Beginners Guide, by Inis Lovely and Sue LaLumia”.  I found the content incredibly helpful.  There wasn’t a single question left unanswered at least not for a novice such as myself.  There were tips on 1)How to Choose an Antique Mall, 2)Setting up your Business, 3) Buying Inventory to Sell, 4) Get Ready to Move In and Sell and 5) Managing and Maintaining.

Looking over all of the vintage treasures I had collected and stored in our garage for the past year was overwhelming to say the least.  Where do I start? How much should I take with me?  What’s the first step?  No worries…the “Beginners Guide” was very clear on what should happen first, second, third and so on.  After choosing the right Antique Center for me and securing my space it was time to get organized.

On the recommendation of Inis and Sue,  we measured out and marked my booth size in the driveway.  Piece by piece we filled the “booth” with the overwhelming pile of stuff stored in the garage.  Little by little it began to evolve into a Junkers dream come true.

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