This Old Mom, She Has Junk (lots of it!) 3

October 8th, 2009 in member junk     
suewannabeinkc suewannabeinkc, member
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Heres a sample, not including whats piled up in the rest of house, basement, garage and any other place I can stash projects in waiting!
Last summer I smelled smoke down here and called the fire dept. to check it out. I learned the smell was wafting smoke from a controlled burn at a nearby park, so no fire here! I did get quite a lecture from the fireman about having so much stuff in the basement!
After 40 plus years, Ive finally decided what I want to be when I grow up: I want to be a junk seller. I think Ive always known this in some way. This photo and the next three were taken as examples of the things I have and how they could be displayed. (Ive sent these pics to one local occasional sale shop.) I tried to include a variety of items displayed in a pleasing way. This isnt close to everything I have as my basement has limited space to set up displays (and strangely getting smaller every Wednesday thru Saturday.) Go figure.
This little arrangement was included as my not-so-subtle plea to be invited to sell at one of my favorite treasure-hunting shops. I like the way it looks and may try to mount it all together on a base of something rescued from the depths of my basement (or a neighbors trash).
One of my favorites here is the Barbie hairstyling head. It just begs to be more than a place to rest a fancy hat, dont you think? Im thinking of turning her into a hanging witch for Halloween.
Another favorite is the simple rack I made for hanging the small linens. Its actually 3 hanging planters minus their coconut liners. Each is turned upside down & hung using their chains & S-hooks threaded up the middle.  The lace backdrop is a damaged tablecloth hung from a quilt hanger.  Darth Vader watches over all.
I bought the giant wrench (almost 2 ft across) from a lady who told me it was made for a really big nut! She mustve meant me!
The gas can I found for $1 soon after Jim Healys Got Gas post. I plan to (try to) make a lamp out of mine too. Hubby thinks Im a nut (see?) for wanting to combine a gas can with electricity. If youre out there Jim, any tips?
Since the neon OPEN sign (behind the chair) doesnt work, Im going to paint the glass tubing with neon red paint. I want it to be an always open sign.
When I saw the etc. I knew it would be mine. I think Mary Tyler Moore had one in her TV apartment in the 70s. She was so cool, wasnt she? Im going to hang it on the door to the (junk) storage area of our basement once we get it finished. (Gotta empty it first!)
Heres a sample, not including whats piled up in the rest of house, basement, garage and any other place I can stash projects in waiting!
Last summer I smelled smoke down here and called the fire dept. to check it out. I learned the smell was wafting smoke from a controlled burn at a nearby park, so no fire here! I did get quite a lecture from the fireman about having so much stuff in the basement!

Here's a sample, not including what's piled up in the rest of house, basement, garage and any other place I can stash projects in waiting!

Last summer I smelled smoke down here and called the fire dept. to check it out. I learned the smell was wafting smoke from a controlled burn at a nearby park, so no fire here! I did get quite a lecture from the fireman about having so much stuff in the basement!


When I started this trilogy last month, I first posted some of the pieces I've adapted and used in my home. Looking back at those posts I realize it doesn't look like I have "lots of junk!" Probably a few others did too. So now for the rest of the story...

I'd love to hear any and all ideas for things pictured. Most I have plans for, but maybe a new idea is what's needed to inspire and motivate me!

Joanne


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Comments (16)

SantaClaus writes: I freak out whenever there is even a possibility that a Utility person will have to come down the basement. My hub thinks I should throw it all out. I told him, when he throws his boat out - I'll throw my junk out! Problem solved. LOL Posted: 8:48 am on January 8th
shabbychick writes: Joanne - As others have said...my basement is (oh my gosh...)SOOOO similar to yours... So, if nothing else, you've found the perfect support group here. :)

It looks like lots of great stuff to sell!! (I love your "plea" to the occasional shop - hope it works!)

Keep us updated on your progress!

Kathy Posted: 11:28 am on October 12th
suewannabeinkc writes: Thanks Sue! The next time you're in KC, bring a friend and do come shop my basement! Be sure to bring some of that good MN junk to trade... LOL! I'm still dreaming about something I wish I had bought at The Buffalo Nickel (and have never seen anywhere else). I was afraid we didn't have room for it, but we could've left something (or one?) behind! :-)

Hubby is helping me today on some of the furniture refinishing projects I've collected. He wants them OUT of the garage - Hmmm... Maybe THAT'S how to get the "honey-dos" done! I'll have pics to post when they're done.
Keep warm - Brrr... It's cold here!
Joanne :-) Posted: 9:49 am on October 11th
suewhitney writes: Wow girlfriend...that's a lot of junk!! I spy some pretty great stuff in there. I think I'll have to come shop your basement. I'm with Junkermidge...those firemen are such worry warts...ha!! Have fun creating...

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:22 am on October 11th
suewannabeinkc writes: Thanks everyone! What I love most about this site (besides the great ideas and inspiration) is the realization that others do this too!
Joanne Posted: 2:23 pm on October 10th
LuAnn writes: Looks like my place and that's not a bad thing!! LuAnn Posted: 8:20 am on October 10th
inkognitoban writes: one can never have too much'junk!' Posted: 11:26 pm on October 9th
bluebucket writes: I think you don't need to be a suewannabe anymore - you're already there. Love the display rack for linens.

junkermidge Thanks for making me laugh with your comments.

bubbasmom I too have many projects on the go at the same time. Can't seem to finish one before another idea enters my head. I call it the curse of being creative. I tell people that I'll go to my grave with a million unfinished projects left behind. My kids are already complaining about the "junk" and "stuff" they'll have to deal with when I'm gone.

The last time I was at an auction sale, I had all my purchases in a pile ready to be loaded on the truck and someone asked me if I was an antique dealer. I laughed and said no, I just like old stuff and it's all going into my house. I'd like to sell junk too but my problem is that I can't part with the stuff I bring home. Posted: 1:03 pm on October 9th
junkermidge writes: O those wacky firemen are such worriwarts! Everything there looks beautiful to me! Space issues seem to be a running theme for junkers. I think you have the makings for a great booth. Good luck!
Midge

BTW -- the other day while flipping through the channels I spotted a show pointing out all the "treasures" this person had in their house. "See" I said to my kids "other people do that too. It's cool." Come to find out it was about people who are suffering from mental illness. OOps. Posted: 10:28 am on October 9th
RustyDiva writes: OMG ~ you have me beat girl (but I don't have a basement). You definitely need to own your own shop!!!!! Your pictures are awesome ~ I spy a lot of cool stuff in there. Love all the scrolley chairs and the "etc" letters. Your display rack is very creative and I see lot's more I couldn't live without! I think we are ALL a little nuts ~ wouldn't life be boring if we weren't? Keep on junkin momma!!!!! :)

K
Posted: 10:16 am on October 9th
racers7 writes: OMG! You are my idol! I have 2 storage spaces filled with Wood, metal, chairs, tables etc...because it won't fit in my house. My sister thinks I collect too much junk, heehee. I see a reupholster project for that chair and the blocks could be put into a small shelf or curio...and... Posted: 10:10 am on October 9th
bubbasmom writes: Oh my gosh .Looks like my basement.I add stuff about every week.Last week I hit a few garage sales,a thrift store and a flea market and got quite a bit of stuff .There is more coming it than going out but I go down there and I'm in junk heaven.I start one thing and jump to something else.I usually have 3 or 4 things going at once.Glad I'm not the only one with "OCD" for junk.I guess it could be worse.At least it's not gum papers or rubberbands.lol Posted: 1:06 am on October 9th
fellowjunker writes: What a wonderful creative filled space!!!
Happy day.
xojanis Posted: 12:06 am on October 9th
oldnews writes: It's the thrill of the hunt! We don't need any of it, but finding it is so much fun!!! Marie Posted: 10:23 pm on October 8th
monakent writes: I LOVE all the stuff you have!!!! BOY, would I have fun snooping around.....

If it makes you feel any better, my husband and I have lived in our house for over 8 years and we STILL have things in boxes that isn't put away!!! Lots of it is junk, too, so I know what you are talking about here. Thanks for making me feel as though I am not alone!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:19 pm on October 8th
grannijo writes: LOL..your basement looks like mine!!!...I want to sell junk tooo!!!...just keep buying at thrift stores,flea markets.and auctions...and to the basement it goes!...lol...But we have fun don't we?...glad to see someone else has a "junk" addiction too...lol..thanks for sharing with us...sharon Posted: 8:41 pm on October 8th
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