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Vintage Christmas…

For the past several years we have hosted my husbands family Christmas party at our home. We always try to make it festive and memorable for everyone.

We have a recipe for a memorable party…Begin with a theme that everyone can get into. Add a menu filled with crowd favorites. Offer a variety of drinks that appeal to all ages. Toss in a theme inspired photo booth with props for capturing the moments. Finally, gifts, gifts and gifts.

This year our theme is a vintage Christmas. Because of the range of ages in our family we have encouraged everyone to interpret vintage for themselves…they can wear something vintage, bring a vintage inspired dish or gift.

To start things off right, I went in search of a vintage aluminum Christmas tree with a color wheel just like the one I remember from my Grandmothers house when I was growing up. 

Its important to make sure the tree reflects the theme of the party. It’s the first thing people see when they come in to the house. It’s where they drop off their presents. And its where we gather for the family gift exchange. It will be shining star in the background of many family pictures. 

As it is with all of my Christmas decorating the tree is still a work in progress. Maybe tomorrow I will find the perfect vintage topper. 

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Keep Austin Weird…Streamlined Shopping

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge…Blue

This is my Light Blue 1961 Admiral AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio!!!  She’s a beauty…as far as vintage radios go!

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Girls Gone Junkin’…Gotta Git’cha Junk On!

There are girls who go to the flea market, and girls who go to yard sales.  There are girls who go to craft fairs and there are girls who just go where the sales are..And then there are Girls who go Junkin’and make it look real nice in a retail setting which makes other girls want to shop the junk and take it home…

I love other people’s junk…just this past week I hit up a yard sale out in the country and the guy had this big pile of rusty tools out in the yard, naturally I gravitated toward the rust.  As I was zoning in on the pile of potential treasures I heard him utter the words…”Ma’am that’s not for sale”…What? Not for sale…then why is it in the yard?  I tried a couple of time to get a good look at the pile of rust but he was having none of it…rust denied! 

Junk is in…Other peoples old discarded rusted dented dilapidated tired old junk is in vogue.  I follow quite a few Junkers on twitter and I “like” several junky Facebook pages…If you like junk check out junk bonanza, flea market style, the antique crank, funky junk, funky junk interiors, funky junk sisters and junk gypsy’sThese Girls know how to git their junk on!

Junkin’ or Pickin’ it’s all the same…and lots of people are doing it. And believe me there is enough of it to go around…I like to think of it as doing my part for the environment…recycling and upcycling…being green and all.  Here is a little peek at my junk treasures from my Girls (and Guys) Gone Junkin weekend…we got our junk on!

…As I was pickin my way through row after row of funky junk treasures my junk radar was picking up a definite color theme…

…of blue and green…

was catching my eye as I scanned the offerings of the junk vendors…

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This post is part of the Blogging Challenge: A to Z April Challenge. This post is brought to you by the letter “J”.

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Shabby Chic Junktiques

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

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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 passion for vintage Americana or the confessions of junkaholic…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or the do it yourselfer…I have a little problem hobby.  I like to buy old junk  stuff treasures.  I like it dirty and rusty vintage.  I also really enjoy merchandising decorating telling a story by stacking and layering.  I have a passion for vintage Americana

The confessions of a junkaholic goes something like this…I stalk follow Facebook pages, Pinterest Boards and Blogs of diy-ers and junk lovers.  I covet admire their unique style.  I also steal am inspired to copy emulate what has given them success. 

In November I jumped in carefully weighed my options.  I purchased an e-book, Selling in an Antique Mall: A Beginner’s Guide that provided great helpful information for junkaholics collectors looking to get into the game.  I followed most some of the advice; chose a location and took up residence in an antique mall.  Thus far, I have covered my first 6 months rent and I am half way to covering the next 6 months. Not too shabby for 4 1/2 months…especially since January was almost a total bust.

My space is relatively small, 10×9 but it is on a high traffic aisle.  I do not have an obvious theme in my booth…I stock a wide range of junktiques Americana.  However, I would say that 95% of the items are “Made In America”.  There is the odd piece of English Transferware and Record Albums that were pressed in the UK, the rest is American Made.

If you buy junk and resell antiques, love rust and you have  an obsession for collecting other people’s discarded treasures please share a tip or two that helped you grow your vintage resale business. 

I would like to know:

  • How do you know what to buy?
  • How do you determine the re-sale price?
  • Where do you shop for your treasures?
  • How often do you change your product mix?
  • What’s the one thing you will always stock?
  • What’s the one thing you will never stock…no matter what?
  • What drives your purchasing decisions; price over product or vice versa?

One womans trash is her loss and this nolagirlatheart’s junk style treasure!

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