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January 26th, 2010 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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A pot of junk is a whole lot better than a pot of gold.

A pot of junk is a whole lot better than a pot of gold.

JMS member, Crazymomluvsjunk started this last spring and the members who participated had a hoot-and-a-half of a good time. I think it's time to bring it back, but this time with a new twist. Any JMS junker willing, able, and ready to join in the fun should keep on a reading. What is a junk swap? It is the act of trading some of your found objects for some equally as desireable junkables chosen for you by your junk swap partner. We're talking junk in the rough here. Anything you can come up with that is found curbside, in your garage, or perhaps even a dumpster will do. After you have chosen the loot, package it up and send it via Wells Fargo Express to your partner. What''s the twist? This time we're making it a challenge. Upon receipt of your junkmail, it is your duty and obligation (trying to sound official here) to look at your junk, close your eyes, forget about what it was, and think only about what it can become. After you have collected your thoughts, it's time to collect your tools and get creative. Once you have finished your projects (with some or all of the junk you received) it would be fantabulous if you would post your finished project on the site making sure to label it as a junk swap contribution Oooo, la,la.....I can't wait to see what we all come up with. It makes me smile just thinking about it. Here's how you do it. If you decide to participate, enter a "count me in" comment under this post letting me know you're game. After that send an email to me at with all your vital, JMS member name, email address, and mailing address will cover you. You will have two weeks from today or until February 9th to sign up. After that I will pair you up with a member and supply you with the necessary information to send out your bundle-o-junk to your swap partner. The rest is up to you! Let the games begin!! Don't forget to show us your finished project!

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Comments (130)

meizitang writes: i really love those things! thanks Posted: 7:25 pm on June 16th
junkeratheart writes: I didn't either 'sally' so I don't think it's been posted yet. With this many in the swap, it may be while. LOL Posted: 11:13 am on February 17th
secondhandsally writes: I didn't get my followup post on the 15th. Did I do something wrong? Posted: 5:44 pm on February 16th
suewhitney writes: Congrats! You are now officially a member of the JMS Junk Swap. What comes next? Here's the skinny:

1. First follow-up post with the names of all who signed up. Check the list for your name...if you do not see it and you signed up, send me an email at This should be live on the site by February 16th.

2. I have not received email and mailing addresses from all of you. If you have not yet supplied this info please do so at

3. A second follow-up post will arrive on Monday, February 15th with rules of engagement. Please ask any remaining questions that you have under that post.

4. Within 7 to 10 days after the 15th you should receive an email from me with your partner assignment. If you do not receive an email, contact me at

5. After that...let the swap begin!

Good luck and thanks so much for joing the swap!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 8:39 am on February 10th
MimiToria writes: I've somehow been missing these posts, so now that its the last day, better late than never.
Would love to exchange with another lover of jewelry stuff. Sending my info. now.
Posted: 1:21 pm on February 9th
angieforte writes: Count me in! Sending my email now : ) Posted: 10:52 am on February 9th
itsnotjunk2me writes: Ok, I've been pacing back and forth long enough trying to decide-and like exactly what IS there to decide???
Hmmm....I give someone else my junk and they give me theirs...sounds like a WIN-WIN adventure.
Alright already, now that I got that off my chest of drawers-ON with the junk swap!!
I'M IN, IN, IN !!!!!!!!!!
~judi ;) Posted: 9:23 am on February 9th
dizzeelize writes: Count me in! Can't wait!
Liz Posted: 9:12 am on February 9th
nutbird writes: I'm in! I've never done this before but I hope someone will like my junk, maybe not so industrial, but western and textile-like,. I hope I get some cogs. I never see them anywhere. I hope I trade with junk architect. Thanks Posted: 2:08 am on February 9th
SweetMelissa writes: Nothing like waiting till the last minute!! I'M IN!!! Posted: 11:23 pm on February 8th
dumpsterdivindiva writes: I AM IN.....I AM IN.....I AM IN......I AM IN....YES YES YES! NOTHIN LIKE A GOOD JUNK SWAP TO CURE CABIN FEVER! Posted: 11:00 pm on February 8th
suewhitney writes: Wowsers...i can't believe how many of you signed up. Yeah!!! i have my work cut out for me pairing all of you up!

Thanks for joining in the fun...I'll be back with instructions and pairings later!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:20 pm on February 8th
berton718 writes: Count me in!! I can't wait!! Posted: 9:11 pm on February 8th
sharonafromtexas writes: I want to play!! I have so much fun junkmakin's that I would love to share. Posted: 6:08 pm on February 8th
msravenwoman writes: me me me me! count me in! Posted: 9:33 am on February 8th
nic_nac writes: I'm very new here, but I've lurked like a commit-a-phobe for a year and a half. I really love the site, I've just been too scared to post my creations. My hubby is very excited for me to give things to somebody else. What I get in return will hopefully be less flack from him along with my "new" junk. This will be so much fun to get to play with different junk. I can hardly wait. Thanks for including everyone. I just sent in my email & I can hardly wait. : ) Posted: 9:29 pm on February 7th
lifejunk writes: Count me in! Can't wait to test my creativity!! Posted: 9:05 pm on February 7th
OlympicFan4USA writes: This is my first time. I cant wait...I think it will be soooo much fun! Posted: 7:00 pm on February 7th
OlympicFan4USA writes: This is my first time. I cant wait...I think it will be soooo much fun! Posted: 7:00 pm on February 7th
OlympicFan4USA writes: This is my first time. I cant wait...I think it will be soooo much fun! Posted: 6:59 pm on February 7th
OldThymeGardener writes: I'm new here but would love to join in - Count Me In! I have a barn full of junk. Posted: 4:08 pm on February 7th
karilelek writes: Thank-you for the wells fargo history. I love the whole idea, and yes I am so excited about this. Can not wait!!!!!!! Posted: 10:48 am on February 7th
junkinsister writes: Count me in too!!!!!!!!!!!! I love a challenge and love to be creative. Posted: 10:25 am on February 6th
BayCityJunk writes: Wouldn't miss this swap for all the world. Count me in! Posted: 4:18 pm on February 5th
suewhitney writes: Here are the lyrics from The Wells Fargo Wagon from the Musical, Music Man. In days gone by people would wait for the now famous Wells Fargo Wagon to arrive in hopes that there would be a special package on it just for them. The Well Fargo Wagon fleet no longer exist, but the legend lives on. UPS, Fed Ex, or the Post Office are our current forms of The Wells Fargo Wagon. See a bit of the history in the below comment. Hope this helps!

O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street,
Oh please let it be for me!
O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street,
I wish, I wish I knew what it could be!

I got a box of maple sugar on my birthday.

In March I got a gray mackinaw.

And once I got some grapefruit from Tampa.

Montgom'ry Ward sent me a bathtub and a cross-cut saw.

O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' now
Is it a prepaid surprise or C.O.D.

It could be curtains!

Or dishes!

Or a double boiler!

Or it could be

Yes, it could be
Yes, you're right it surely could be

Somethin' special

Somethin' very, very special now

Just for me!

O-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street.
Oh, don't let him pass my door!
O-ho the Wells Fargo
Wagon is a-comin' down the street
I wish I knew what he was comin' for.

I got some salmon from Seattle last September.

And I expect a new rockin' chair.

I hope I get my raisins from Fresno.

The D.A.R. have sent a cannon for the courthouse square.

O-ho the Wellth Fargo Wagon ith a-comin' now,
I don't know how I can ever wait to thee.
It could be thumpin' for thumone who is
No relation but it could be thump'n thpethul
Just for me!

O-ho, you Wells Fargo Wagon keep a-comin'
O-ho, you Wells Fargo
Wagon, keep a-comin'.
O-ho you Wells Fargo Wagon, Don't you dare Mae a stop
Until you stop for me! Posted: 3:59 pm on February 5th
suewhitney writes:
Overland via Stagecoach

From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means - steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach. At first Wells Fargo contracted with independent stageline owners. Then in the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world.

Since then, Wells Fargo has been forever linked with the six-horse Concord Coach charging across the vast plains and high mountains of the West.

Posted: 3:50 pm on February 5th
proney writes: Excited to be in the group-do I keep the item I create or mail it back to the original 'junk' owner? Posted: 3:07 pm on February 5th
karilelek writes: I'm in. but what is wells fargo? Posted: 1:41 pm on February 5th
ellenlovesjunk writes: I'm new here at JUNKMARKET Style. I love to find the junk, but not as sure what to do with it. I am going to watch from the sidelines this time around, but will get up the courage to join next time. Good luck to everyone. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Ellen Posted: 9:48 am on February 4th
kgrewell writes: New to the group but count me in for sure! This sounds like so much fun!! Kristyn Posted: 11:54 pm on February 3rd
junkinforfun writes: I am new, but I would love to give this a shot! I'm in! Posted: 10:23 pm on February 3rd
pinconningpicker writes: Sounds like fun...we've got a barn full of junk!!-time to get creative Posted: 7:46 pm on February 3rd
junkchick writes: This is my kind of playtime. I'm gonna go through my "junk pile"right away. It will be like x-mas opening up the swap box, I can't wait. Posted: 6:51 pm on February 3rd
drippinjunk writes: I'm new and I'd love to jump in on this! Posted: 5:26 pm on February 3rd
ObjetsTrouves writes: Swap with fellow junksters?!!! Can't wait, count me in! We have lots of junk here in Northern Idaho, would love to share. Thea Posted: 2:45 pm on February 3rd
Me_and_my_sister writes: I'm in. Can't wait. Posted: 12:27 pm on February 3rd
scrapjunkie writes: This sounds so fun! I'm new here but definitely want in on this! Posted: 9:05 am on February 3rd
missartgurl writes: Im in!!! Posted: 5:15 am on February 3rd
auctionjunkie writes: Count me in as well. How many items is appropriate to send a fellow junkie??? Posted: 10:14 pm on February 2nd
CleverThinker writes: This sounds like a BLAST! please count me in!

Let the games BEGIN!! (well after the 9th).

Larry Posted: 9:33 pm on February 2nd
nikkij writes: Ohhh, COUNT ME IN!!! :) Posted: 6:16 pm on February 2nd
crazymomluvsjunk writes: I better be in too, eh? Count me in! Thanks Sue! Posted: 3:11 pm on February 2nd
secondhandsally writes: Great idea! Count me in! I can't wait to dig through my "junk".

I'm also going to use this idea as a class project in my Entrepreneurship class. Too few of the students are encouraged to think "outside the box" and be creative. Thanks for the idea. Posted: 10:47 am on February 2nd
lamont16 writes: Count me in too ! I cannot wait! This could be fun ! Posted: 10:17 am on February 2nd
junkEmama writes: Count me in!!!! Posted: 7:53 am on February 2nd
porcupinemamma writes: This sounds like so much fun! I don't think we have Wells Fargo in Canada. I will have to be an eager audience member Posted: 10:22 pm on February 1st
langi writes: Always game to be in on something that sounds like it will be a break from the winter blahs. Linda Posted: 10:12 pm on February 1st
diwoo writes: Never done this before but it sounds like too much fun to pass up. I'm in! Posted: 9:33 pm on February 1st
susicreates writes: i'm in! sounds like fun! (just what I need - more junk!) Posted: 9:25 pm on February 1st
averyann writes: First time everything! I'm in!!! Posted: 9:08 pm on February 1st
heathersa2005 writes: Count me in! Posted: 8:26 pm on February 1st
barefootartist writes: bount me in.....Georgia.

Posted: 8:00 pm on February 1st
greencolleen writes: junkygal i went thru all the profiles [in the swap] and you were the only one i found in az, geez. i'm up north. maybe sue will pair us up . im not sure how that will happen. sooo welcome i was feeling so very alone. colleen Posted: 7:29 pm on February 1st
mschuey2 writes:

The clock is sooooo cool!
Just to let you know I have two gigantic(well 4and a half feet in diameter : ) ) gear patterns left if someone wants to have
really tell time BIG .
Keep on a junkin
Mschuey2 Posted: 7:27 pm on February 1st
RubbishRenovator writes: this will be a first for me --but count me in!! Posted: 7:11 pm on February 1st
JunkyGal writes: I'm a newbe... Would love to play ... count me in ... Bonnie Posted: 6:41 pm on February 1st
MamaBearsJunktiques writes: This sounds fantastic!
Count me in for the F.U.N.!!! Posted: 5:44 pm on February 1st
MamaBearsJunktiques writes: This sounds fantastic! Can't wait to see what I get!
Thanks!! Posted: 5:43 pm on February 1st
veez writes: I've never participated in anything online, but, this sounds interesting and like a great opportunity to be creative. Am I in? I'm in. Victoria Posted: 5:41 pm on February 1st
alabamayankees writes: This is great...will post it on my blog too! Count me in! Sue Posted: 5:16 pm on February 1st
livingonjunktime writes: one wo(mans) junk.....count me in...

Posted: 5:07 pm on February 1st
abode_Salt_Lake writes: I am sooo in!! Posted: 4:53 pm on February 1st
creekvalley writes: trash and treasures is the name of my game."let the thrill begin!!!!! Posted: 4:44 pm on February 1st
pickjunk writes: Please count me in!!! Posted: 4:41 pm on February 1st
pickjunk writes: Please count me in!!! Posted: 4:41 pm on February 1st
Detrian writes: I can't think of anything I'd rather do right now. I'm clearing out some stuff, so I'm ready to trade!!!!

COUNT ME IN!!! Posted: 4:25 pm on February 1st
bluebucket writes: Hi karilelek. I'm already signed in for the junk swap and I'm also from Canada. I just spent this week-end junking south of the border (happy birthday to me!) and it was absolutely no problem coming back through customs with all my junk.
doreen Posted: 11:03 am on February 1st
byabpryor writes: ok I'm in... already sent in email.


. Posted: 10:30 pm on January 31st
OLDcrowAntiques writes: Sounds Like fun- our 1st planned to attend spring junk sale is just 11 weeks away in Wisconsin, so bring on the junk ! Posted: 7:43 am on January 31st
OnEaglesWings writes: Count me in.....
Susie Posted: 1:05 am on January 31st
TreasuresRenewed writes: Count Me In......

Nora Posted: 9:45 pm on January 30th
Legacyoflovecrafter writes: I am in. Never did anything like this before but am game. Posted: 4:09 pm on January 30th
OldeTymeMarketplace writes: Did someone say junk? Did someone say swap? In the same sentence?? Holy Ta Moly I AM IN!!
Cannot wait!
Beth Posted: 1:21 pm on January 30th
junkermidge writes: Okay, I'm in! I can just be such a lamo when it comes to mailing things -- supplying the junk will definitely not be a problem. Sounds like fun!
Midge Posted: 11:11 am on January 30th
CraftingWendy writes: Count me in! Sounds like great fun Posted: 8:30 am on January 30th
busymelifera writes: Guess it's time to stop lurking, the suspense is killing me! I'm in. Posted: 12:46 am on January 30th
DownHomeDIY writes: I'm in like Flynn.
Posted: 8:40 pm on January 29th
WhimsicalCottage writes: I'm in! Count me in! Posted: 8:08 pm on January 29th
MichelleG22 writes: I would love to do this! Count me in as well!:) Posted: 12:55 pm on January 29th
Scrabbydodoll writes: OMG I was so excited I tried to post without signing in...ok newbie here and count me in! Yipppeeee Posted: 9:32 am on January 29th
Scrabbydodoll writes: I thought I posted to count me in! Yippee! Posted: 9:31 am on January 29th
Scrabbydodoll writes: Ok really a newbie here but would love to have some more junk! Please count me in. Posted: 9:23 am on January 29th
fortheloveofjunque writes: Count me in!
I'd love to participate -- sounds very exciting!
I hope I can get my creative juices flowing ...
Thank you for the opportunity -- I look forward to it! Posted: 11:18 pm on January 28th
suewhitney writes: Hi Karilelek....

No worries....I send junk to Canada all of the time. Feel free to join in the fun!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:59 pm on January 28th
karilelek writes: Any other canucks out there willing to do this? I would love to be able to get some "south of the border" junk but I am afraid customs would put a stop to it. Posted: 9:29 pm on January 28th
RanchDressing writes: Sounds fun...I'm in. Posted: 8:06 pm on January 28th
Junk_Newbie writes: Count. Me. In. Can't wait :) Posted: 3:38 pm on January 28th
suewannabeinkc writes: I am definitely IN! What a great way to beat the "no garage sales til spring blues"! I get excited to see signs by the road only to see they are about lost pets, windows, or working from home...
Looking forward to this!
Joanne Posted: 3:25 pm on January 28th
ShabbyJen writes: I'm in here at That's So Shabby. I have tons of doors and windows. Located in East TN if anyone needs doors and windows. I need ornate trims (moldings, medallions, colums). Count me in!!! Posted: 3:24 pm on January 28th
Frippery writes: I am totally in!!!! Posted: 2:47 pm on January 28th
suewhitney writes: Hey All,

Please REMEMBER to EMAIL your information to Name, user name, email address, and mailing address. Contributors, please do the same as this will make it a whole lot easier when it comes to the pairing process. Also, please remember no one lives too far away to participate. If you have a P.O. Box or a mail box we can get the junk to you! I am soooo excited to see so many joining in the fun. Yee, ditty, haw!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 2:13 pm on January 28th
JunkinLindsey writes: I'm IN! Finally some GOOD junk mail!!
Lindsey Posted: 2:08 pm on January 28th
TxErica writes: Please, oh please count me in!!! I've participated in many scrapbooking and altered art swaps, but never a junk swap. I can't wait!! Posted: 1:59 pm on January 28th
Andrea_Colman writes: This sounds like a really fun project. A friend sent me the link on Facebook and I've sent it to some of my artist friends. Can't wait to see the results! Posted: 1:14 pm on January 28th
54girl writes: I'm a newbie too. But this sounds like too much fun not to do!! Count me in too! Mary Posted: 12:33 pm on January 28th
racers7 writes: Thats a fun challenge! I'm in! (Finally someone will actually have to take some of my stuff without force!heehee) Melody Posted: 11:21 am on January 28th
northwoodsjunk writes: I am new to this site,count me in please!!! Posted: 9:20 am on January 28th
MarineMomX2 writes: Add me to the list! Sounds like fun! Posted: 10:50 pm on January 27th
junkeratheart writes: This is such an awesome idea!!! Count me in! Waaaay in! Wanda Posted: 9:37 pm on January 27th
CottageElements writes: Grasshopper, all you need is a post office nearby to participate. We all live all over the country. We'd love you to join in on the fun with us!

Lani Posted: 9:19 pm on January 27th
bolmscheid writes: Count me in too! Brenda Posted: 8:39 pm on January 27th
greencolleen writes: ok i want to play ;). i'm jumping up and down. how fun ;) colleen Posted: 7:58 pm on January 27th
jjdesigned writes: COunt me in! Posted: 7:10 pm on January 27th
Junkin101 writes: My junk collection that has been growing since I found this site a year ago. Since this swap requires me to make something with the junk I receive, it's just the incentive I need to get me creating. I'm excited and up for the challenge. Count me in! Linda Posted: 3:16 pm on January 27th
LuAnn writes: Ditto ditto and quadruple ditto--I'm in I'm in I'm so IN!!

Count me in.

LuAnn Posted: 2:54 pm on January 27th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
I have seen everything now. You all have fun. Their will be a time when you all will have to have a auction just to get rid of the junk that has accumilated. I had to have 6 auctions to get rid of most things.I'm glad I'm in KANSAS.You would all go nuts for all the junk that's here in this area.I have alot of things but most is in the hunting and fishing collectables.It will be fun what you all will do with things because you all have great talent.Sue you always have amazing ideas.LOVE&BLESSINGS ROBERT. Posted: 1:09 pm on January 27th
Maggi51 writes: I am a total newbie to junking, but I am throwing my junk into the mix anyway. Count me in! Posted: 12:54 pm on January 27th
Grasshopper22 writes: I would love to join in on the fun...but...I live too far away from all of you guys :( Posted: 12:21 pm on January 27th
upyourattic writes: 100% IN! Thanks - this will be really fun!

patti Posted: 12:19 pm on January 27th
bluebucket writes: This is so exciting. Count me in.
doreen Posted: 12:50 am on January 27th
CottageElements writes: You know I have lots of "JUNK" to share. Count me in!

Lani Posted: 10:26 pm on January 26th
birdcolor writes: Totally in!

Posted: 9:31 pm on January 26th
suewhitney writes: I'm so happy pappy that everyone thinks this is a good idea! Make sure that you email your contact info to so that we can hook you up with a partner. Fun, fun, fun, and more fun!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:27 pm on January 26th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Fun idea! Count me in too. Pam Posted: 9:20 pm on January 26th
SnowmanHill writes: For sure, I'm in too!

dana Posted: 9:16 pm on January 26th
mommawrath writes: What a neat idea. You can count me also. Sue Posted: 9:01 pm on January 26th
Christina_S writes: cool beans, count me in! Posted: 8:33 pm on January 26th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I'll be ready to box it up and ship it out! Count me in!
Candy Posted: 8:02 pm on January 26th
chippingcharm writes: Yep...I'm in too :) Laurel Posted: 7:47 pm on January 26th
shabbychick writes: Hey there Sue!!! I am SOOOO in!!! Can't wait - maybe I'll do a little junk collecting on vacation... :)

Kathy Posted: 7:05 pm on January 26th
lakelover69 writes: I'm in !!!!!! Posted: 6:30 pm on January 26th
Radiantsmiler writes: I was so excited that I neglected to read the remainder of your instructions! lol I love the idea even more after the full reading. It sounds like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped up in one! Oh, I wonder who will be my Secret Junkmarket Santa! What a way to warm those blues and prep for a spring fling filled with junk bling! Posted: 5:45 pm on January 26th
Radiantsmiler writes: Yee haw!...or is it hee haw? Anyway, I would love to add more junk to junk (although I've been doing major purging). Perhaps this is the incentive I need to get my creativity flowing stronger in honor of someone else's junk. Count me in! Posted: 5:38 pm on January 26th
alicemom writes: I am in!
smiles,(i hope)
alice Posted: 5:37 pm on January 26th
oldnews writes: IN,IN,IN!!!! Marie! Posted: 5:35 pm on January 26th
RustyDiva writes: Ooooo I'm nervous ~ I think it's junk performance anxiety but count me in.

Kenda Posted: 5:34 pm on January 26th
JunqueMagnet writes: Please, oh please COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted: 5:02 pm on January 26th
JunkArchitect writes: Count me in too. Jim Posted: 4:37 pm on January 26th
georgiamoon writes: Me too. I LOVE doing this!!!Georgia Posted: 3:56 pm on January 26th
grannijo writes: sounds fun!...count me in!...sharon Posted: 3:44 pm on January 26th
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