What to get for the junker who has (almost) everything??? It's a "challenge" that's for sure!

July 29th, 2009 in blog     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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This is just her type of junk, dont ya think? 
What would she do with a whole mess of buttons???
Not sure what these are, but I liked the picture! ;)
A couple folding yardsticks and a wooden something or other...hmmm - will this make the cut?
Old glass door knobs - any junker would be thrilled to get these!!
This is a grate piece of wood - its screaming to be used as something more than cheap decoration in my basement!
Could this be used as a piece on a junk lamp creation??? (Jim??)
Metal...enuf said! :)
That piece on the top could be used as a thinking cap! :) 
Croquet anyone?  Or will these have some other purpose in their next life??
Its kinda starting to look like a vintage sporting goods shop down there...
It also reminds me of an old song Ive got a brand new pair of roller skates...(an extra wheel - in case you get a flat...and theres a key too)!
Boxes - wooden and metal - these have organizational tools written all over them...
Im praying Sue has a short memory, and when the next challenge comes around, shell be kind (I am the newest contributor after all)... ;)
This is just her type of junk, dont ya think? 

This is just her "type" of junk, don't ya think? 

Note to Sue...Due to the nature of this post, you may choose to stop reading NOW...or you can read on and let your curiosity get the "best" of you and catch a glimpse of something that might be coming your way.  Don't worry though - it'll still be a surprise!

This Editor's Challenge was just one of those things the "newest contributor"  (aka - me) thought up to have a little fun with Miss Sue... (you know just trying to be helpful?! - And, she has such a great sense of humor...)  So, instead of worrying about what the payback on this little brainstorm might involve - I've been avoiding the obvious, and searching for that perfect piece (or pieces) of junk inspiration to gift Sue with...?!?!

So...I've been digging around in my basement to see what I might find...(almost got lost there for a bit) - and in addition to finding a few little things for Sue, I've come across some items that have been MIA for a while...so, wondering what they should be, or maybe if I should pass them on to an unsuspecting editor (oops) - and see what her overly active, junking mind can come up with..

I'm just gonna show some things as possibilities...  If you see something that spurs an idea - please let me know (I need all the help I can get) - it was great junk when I bought it, but it's been collecting dust in the basement for a while (some of it makes for great decoration down there, but hey...that wasn't the intention when I bought it!).

Hope you have fun going through my basement with me! (Can you believe I "just" had a garage sale???  It's so hard to part with good junk!!) :)


p.s.  Again...any ideas you might have for some of my "junk" would be greatly appreciated!  

posted in: blog, vintage, metal, wood, eclectic,

Comments (16)

shabbychick writes: Lani & Janis - this is even more fun than I thought! Junk is just fun anyway - and sharing it is a hoot!! (seems like Sue thinks so too...so far!)

Janis - you may visit and play in the basement anytime...I won't even bother to clean it up...! :)

Lani - I'm narrowing my junk pile down for Sue...(we've got a little bit of camping gear to bring too!)

Take care! Kathy Posted: 11:45 am on August 3rd
CottageElements writes: Kathy, you are a funny gal. Love that about you! You got some great stuff, too. Too hard to pick. Maybe something easy as I think Sue's been getting a few tough ones. LOL! Actually I think she's up for the challenge! I personally love the piece with all the holes. Would love to see the whole piece--no pun intended. But then I love anything metal(except for maybe music-ha)!

Lani Posted: 10:30 am on August 3rd
fellowjunker writes: Hi Kathy,
You have the best junk........I would die for a day in your basement. I love this challenge idea you came up with!! It is so fun to see what each contributor chose for Sue, and even funner to see what she will do with it!!
xojanis Posted: 12:26 pm on August 2nd
shabbychick writes: Fjerda - great idea!! Will tuck a little something into a corner! :) (Will check your blog, and post a link on mine.)

See you there!

Posted: 6:46 pm on July 30th
Fjerda writes: I will most definitly be at Oranoco! Can find myself and the other Pfarkel's at Amy's booth on Sat. during the Junkologie Blog Party. I would love to have an item or two from you and any of the other 'junk bloggers'. I was just thinking of posting a challenge on my blogspot so, check there for more details and I will also do a seperate post under member projects too with a link to mine. Posted: 4:34 pm on July 30th
shabbychick writes: gailmarie - Can't wait to see what you make with the strainer (I have the stand and the wooden thingie that goes with it...) - hope you didn't get "junk overload" looking at all my stuff... :)

Kenda - you're definitely not the only one with lots of junk (it makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one too!!).

Sue - I knew you couldn't keep your eyes off this post...! You only have to wait two more weeks (from today)! :)

LadyCatherine (love your name!) - What a great story about your typewriter - thanks for sharing.

Fjerda - Are you going to be at Oronoco? I might be able to bring a little something for the auction(if we have room in the van)...

Take care all! And thanks for sharing in the fun!

Kathy Posted: 11:33 pm on July 29th
Fjerda writes: Okay Kathy,new contributor (aka-you)
Really good junk I agree with Jim and Candy. But way too much stuff for Sue to deal with especially with her sale this weekend although that does give her alot of room for new junk. I would like to take an item or two off your hands for our Trash to Treasure Charity Auction, August 28 fund raiser for breast cancer.
I like the lamp idea -- did one simular earlier this year and used some of the metal pieces to put together a water fountain for my sister's birthday.
Good luck with the challenge Posted: 10:54 pm on July 29th
LadyCatherine writes: Oh my gosh... the royal typewriter!! Love it!! Believe it or not I have my Mother's Royal typewriter sitting in my home office, Her dad purchased it for my mom in 1950 brand new. (I'm giving away my age now....shhhh!!!!!)when she went to business college in 1950. I learned to type on it and it sits in mint condition on my credenza as a conversation piece (the credenza is a re-purposed old dresser). Posted: 6:35 pm on July 29th
suewhitney writes: Very funny, Kathy! I can't wait. Just a quick note...anyone with questions about JMS please email junk.junkmarket@gmail.com. Thanks!. My first response to the challenge is almost ready to go. Looks like it might get a bit more challenging from here on in?

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:50 pm on July 29th
RustyDiva writes: Great stuff Kathy! Good to know that I'm not the only one with boxes and boxes of stuff ~ and I don't own a store or have a booth!

I've been trying to find out how one becomes a contributor but can't get an answer. Being the "newest", maybe you can educate me. What's the requirements?

Love your narrative ~ great sense of humor. Keep em coming cause you're one of my faves! :)

Kenda Posted: 11:18 am on July 29th
monakent writes: Kathy,
You are KILLING me with your wonderful pictures of all this cool, COOL junk!!!! What I wouldn't do to become the new owner of the croquet set, the wooden and metal boxes, the wooden grate, the skates, the door knobs and the typewriter...... oh, what I could make with all of that stuff.......

(By the way, the "dunce hat," better known as a strainer for making jams and jellies, has a twin at my house. I have been working on my "little dunce" and hopefully will have something to show you all in the next week or so.)

Enough of me being selfish.....(but I can't help it!!!!). This is GREAT stuff that any junker/artist would LOVE to have. I already have ideas in my head for what I would do with it all.

Whatever ends up at Sue's doorstep, I know will become a "masterpiece." Ooooooohhhhhhh, can't wait to see.......

Thanks for letting me rant and rave about your junk. Seriously, if you need my address (or are ever in the Milwaukee area), I'll be GLAD to give you my address!!!! :o)

Your junk is "da BEST" - wish I could give you ideas, but they are stuck in my head, becoming creations of art as we speak. Besides, after looking at my work, I'm SURE you can guess what your stuff would become IF I had it all!!!

I can't WAIT to see what you pass onto Sue and what she creates. Your post is a hoot and a half. Thanks for making my morning so much fun!!!! gailmarie

Posted: 10:42 am on July 29th
shabbychick writes: Thanks you guys! Making the appropopriate "selections" is proving to be a real challenge for me...too much to pick from??...I think that would be a "yes"! But, I've got a couple things in a box (Candy, I promise we won't have to strap anything to the top of your van!!!).

And, Candy...way too funny - I see lots of laughing going on during our road trip (hope we don't miss any exits...).

Jim...the round thing would make a great lamp!! - and if anyone could do it...well - I don't need to say who that might be! :)

alicemom - Terri and I will be at the Springfield Extravaganza in September - but I probably won't be having another garage sale till next year.

Kimberly - I really need to learn to part with more of my junk (or get really busy and work on my projects...yep - that would be the best choice - time to get to work/play! :)


P.S. For more of my thoughts on Sue's challenge - you can check out my blog... www.sylviasdaughter.blogspot.com - some clues...oh yeah! :) Posted: 10:34 am on July 29th
alicemom writes: OK I don't know which one of you is funnier. Kathy or Candy! BUT I do know whatever junk finds Sue we will reap the harvest!
smiles, alice
ps when is your next sale? or just open house for us to peruse. You do have the best junk! Posted: 10:19 am on July 29th
JunkArchitect writes:

Kathy, what a bunch of cool junk and I think way too much for Sue to deal with. Why don’t you send me the round thing with holes and I’ll make a lamp out of it. The wood grate thing has Sue’s name written all over it.


Posted: 9:56 am on July 29th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Haha! I LOVE this post, Kathy! You are too funny! Great assortment of junk you have there, too.

Now, you asked for opinions and I won't button up about mine. Sue likes her industrial pieces. How about shipping off that "wholey" metal piece with the coordinating praying boy and throw in the tapes for good measure? Do you think she'll skate right through this ingenious challenge of yours, Kathy? I'm hoping so. If not, she may clobber you with one of those croquet mallets you're sending her way!

Can't wait to see what junk surprise she gets from you! Great post!
Candy Posted: 9:19 am on July 29th
new2nc69 writes: Oooh, I see a Tin Man in the works! Posted: 9:00 am on July 29th
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