One Happy Junker...

August 29th, 2009 in member junk     
chippingcharm Laurel Putman, contributor
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Wow...I was so excited...but until I stepped inside, I didnt realize how very sad it would be.  Someone really lived here...this really wasnt junk...these were treasures...
A very cool assortment of iron grates...
Loved how the doors looked all lined up...amazing hardware still attached...
Other assorted finds...
Loved this metal sign...
And there was sooo much more!  I wish I could post 20 pictures this time.  I guess youll just have to trust was a great day!
Wow...I was so excited...but until I stepped inside, I didnt realize how very sad it would be.  Someone really lived here...this really wasnt junk...these were treasures...

Wow...I was so excited...but until I stepped inside, I didn't realize how very sad it would be.  Someone really lived here...this really wasn't "junk"...these were treasures...

I feel like I just won the "Junkers Lottery"...thought I'd share my joy with some others would would "get it"...long story short, my Mother and Father-in-law found out about an amazing old house and barn that is going to be burned...GASP!!!  But we received permission to spend the day yesterday salvaging as much as we could.  Wow, what a day!  What am I going to do with all these treasures???  I've been day-dreaming of getting into the occassional sale business for quite some time.  Looks like my dream is about to become a reality!  I'll keep you posted...

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Comments (19)

chippingcharm writes: Hi Porcupinemamma...In MN we have quite a few fun shops that open up one weekend a month with cool refinished and repurposed finds. It's fun because since they are closed the rest of the month they basically throw it all "up in the air" and start fresh with a new look and new merchandise each month. Not to mention the fact that they pretty much create a frenzy and sell out of everything between Thurs-Sun when they are open. Do you live anywhere near? You'll have to come check it out :) Laurel Posted: 8:30 am on October 8th
porcupinemamma writes: I get it. The house is probably greatful you salvaged things from it's memories. it will be like a phoenix rising when it is lit on fire.BTW, what is an occasional sale? Posted: 4:44 am on October 1st
milkmaid1979 writes: Oh...ahaha newbie here, I see there are photos of what you'm gonna scoot on over and surf those now.

:) Posted: 7:05 pm on September 14th
milkmaid1979 writes: Burn it?


There are companies that would salvage it almost completely...and me LOL...all that chippy white

I can't wait to see what you have salvaged from there, what an amazing adventure!! Posted: 7:04 pm on September 14th
kenziebr writes: WOW, HOLY MOLY!! You HIT THE JUNKER'S JACKPOT LOTTERY!!! I'm jealous, but very happy for you! Can't wait to see pics of what you do with some of the stuff. Do you sell online??? Posted: 6:49 pm on September 14th
suewannabeinkc writes: WOW!! I too am SO jealous! I don't suppose there's an old oil lamp with a genie inside that you'd sell me? :-) I have the same dream here in Kansas City... What a find! You Minnesotans have such great junk. (We visited in July) I hope to visit again next summer) Have fun and know that we're all looking forward to hearing more!
Joanne Posted: 10:49 am on September 6th
roadtriplouise writes: You did win the junkers lottery. Lots of great finds, love the grates and doors.
Posted: 11:42 pm on August 31st
shabbychick writes: Laurel - what an awesome treasure hunt you were able to go on... AND you were able to save so much from demolition - Yay for you - and can't wait to hear about your occasional sale (you've got some great inventory to start with)!

Take care, Kathy Posted: 10:44 am on August 31st
RustyDiva writes: You got to have your fairy tale too ~ awesome!!!! Congrats on the big score Laurel. I know just how you feel (see Once Upon a Time in Texas.. post) Love it all and I can just imagine the adrenaline rush as you looked over all your treasures!!!! I'm really happy for you.

Kenda Posted: 9:54 am on August 31st
bensonstreet writes: Hooray for you! Isn't it great to get awesome stuff that you love?

Please keep me posted on your plans for the occasional shop. I have been entertaining this idea for quite some time as well, and would love to have someone to correspond with about it. I live in NW Pennsylvania - so I am hoping for a summer and fall season next year. Posted: 10:26 pm on August 30th
chippingcharm writes: Thanks for sharing in my excitement everyone...part of the "story" I didn't mention in my post is that the couple that purchased this land did recognize the "junk value" in some of these items in the house and barn. They had actually been offering this opportunity to friends and family for awhile now. I was just the first to actually take them up on it! I guess it was "meant to be"!!! Thanks again, Laurel Posted: 11:32 am on August 30th
LuAnn writes: Viewed this last night just as company arrived wasn't able to post but did show and discuss your "finds". What a tremendous opportunity. I've always wanted to do that--guess I just need to check around. Post pics of what you do with your treasures. My favorites were the round grates. How lucky for you!!! LuAnn Posted: 10:17 am on August 30th
SantaClaus writes: You've won the "Junker's Lottery" - I'm so jealous! Posted: 9:20 am on August 30th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: OMGoodness, Laurel! I am so excited for you!! I can only imagine how much fun you had on that day. The grates are to die for and I am amazed at all the old hardware on the doors!

I wish you all the best with your occassional sale dreams! I know you will make it work!

Candy Posted: 8:53 am on August 30th
JanieBV writes: Wow, what a great bunch of stuff you got. It's sad that normally all that stuff would have been burned with the house. Glad you were able to get it all and make use of it in some way in the future. Posted: 7:13 am on August 30th
NDJunkGirl writes: Laurel - wow! I am almost as excited as you are! I can just imagine how great it was since I've been in the same situation myself. It's the best! The grates are my favorite thing you found - and round ones! I've starting collecting them and plan to use them as chargers! LOVE.

You need to get your butt to ND for Junk Fest! It's not that far for you come, and I'd buy some of the rounds grates from ya!

Thanks for taking us with on your junk adventure...Andrea Posted: 10:27 pm on August 29th
oldnews writes: Holy Cow! You are amazingly lucky! Nothing else to say!!! Posted: 9:08 pm on August 29th
junkermidge writes: Okay, so no wonder you are one happy junker. This is beyond amazing, it would be a dream come true if this happened to me. When the picture of the doors popped on my screen, I immediately started hyperventilating. And those grates, WOO HOO! You are going to have some big time fun!
Congrats on your good fortune, and I hope all your junk dreams DO come true.
Midge Posted: 8:18 pm on August 29th
MimiToria writes: Oh my, Laurel! Oh my! I can understand now via face book how you were busting out of the seams excited about yesterdays adventure. You got so fortunate on this junking expedition. At about $25 each per door and $20 per grate you made out like a bandit. Thank goodness for in-laws and their sharing the news with you before all of this great Junk was torched. Love the grates. Maybe, we could trade a grate for a necklace? lol
Have a blast with your new found treasures. Way cool!!!!
Posted: 6:50 pm on August 29th
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