KimberlyMelamedKimberly Melamed, Long Lake , MN, US
Thought I might take a minute to introduce myself as your probably wondering who this newbie at the JUNKMARKET is.
Well, I live in a vibrant (very, very vibrant) old yellow farm house on the outskirts of Long Lake, also home to the Junk Market. My family is comprised of my husband Bob, our two children, Morgan and Max, our big dog, kitty cat, hens, roosters, and a myriad of various other pets the kids have convinced me to keep. Whew, are we busy! As if that isn’t enough to fill my days, I have a secret, or should I say, not so secret, passion for Junk!
I think it all started as a child growing up in a very small town in the mountains of Colorado where it was common practice to take all trash to the dump. To me it was paradise! I found the most wondrous treasures to bring home and personalize, and never could figure out why anyone would throw away all this great stuff!
Needless to say, I was on my way to a life filled with amazing junk and was tickled pink when I discovered that I was not alone in my passion. I had happened along a sign while driving one morning and it said plainly ‘Junk Market’ with an arrow. Of course I followed it, without thought or hesitation, and found myself in a crowd of fellow devoted junkers. Finally, I had validation for my insanity!
The rest is, as they say, Junk History. I applied for a job at the JUNKMARKET with the opening, “Will Work for Junk,” and they bought it! I have been with the Junk Market for well over a year now and am having a ball! I always think at the end of a long day of book shooting or junk hunting… I can’t believe I get paid for this! It’s way too much fun! I sure am living the adage ‘Do what you love, love what you do.’
As for the future, look for me on the pages of the JUNKMARKET Style web site, or on the stage with Sue at the home shows. And most certainly, I hope to meet you all out junking.
Happy Junking! Kimberly
Member Since: 08/18/2008
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... inside this adorable vintage flower aquarium made snow globe! I was looking for a family friendly winter project to do with my two kids, when I came across this beautiful vintage flower aquarium. I knew right away that it would make the perfect snow globe! Add a vintage Santa pepper shaker, Mrs. Clause the salt was broken long ago, and you have the makings of the perfect snow storm. Really, what child do you know that doesn't love to shake and turn a snow globe and watch the flakes fly? Heck, I don't know an adult that doesn't love to do the same!
Skylos, our two-year-old Samoyed, felt like Rudolph on Christmas Eve when I gave him his new holiday collar! I think I even saw a little red glow coming from that little nose...
I know what your thinking... I live in Minnesota (known as Minnesnowta to us here) so, this must be my old snow shovel! Ha Ha Ha! It certainly would make quick work on my walkway. But no, it is a vintage two-handed comb scoop, once used to dry harvest cranberries, that Sue and I came across not too long ago on one of our junking adventures. Well, we decided that it would make the perfect welcoming wreath holder outside my red dutch door on the side porch. With my two little one's helping, we made it a kid friendly, family affair. Now everyone feels right at home when they enter our home this holiday season.
I am forever searching for a creative way to frame those adorable school pictures of my little angels. You know how the grandparents adore them! So, I have made it a tradition to give them as gifts at the holidays. Well, I was thrilled this year to find this Germaine Monteil Couture Cosmetiques display case! Whew, maybe it will help tame those bright fun backgrounds we all love so much, that don't flatter any home decor. Let's see...
When I came across this amazing Hobite whisk, I knew immediately what it was destined to become! Add vision and it was time for a little industrial light and magic!
To kick off the holiday season pick up a copy of Better Homes and Gardens, Creative Home Magazine where Sue and her naturally creative holiday home are featured in their "Creative Women" section!
As breast cancer awareness month comes to a close this year, light a candle of hope for a cure.
This is one fan blade you'll want to put your finger in!
One of my 'Make it Pink' projects. Beauty and Inspiration!
This pink prayer grate is my Make It Pink entry. Check inside and give it a whirl for the cause!
Enhance your window décor this fall with these easy-to-make burlap side panels.
Here's a closer look at how we created Bart the boogie man.
We shopped till we dropped! And had a fabulous time with the gang from Hunt & Gather.
Hang your cranial protectors on multi-colored mini bowling pins.
Ceiling and sewing machine materials are reinvented as a stunning wall shelf.
I am an avid collector of all things metal and funky!
In the true spirit of the traveling junk, it is now my turn to share my all purpose, never in the same place for long, traveling junk. Who wants to be next to pass the junk forward?
Reapply with an artsy repurpose.
As I journey through this life, I am often reminded of the ties that bind us together: family, friends, good times, bad times, lots of laughter, a few tears, great junk, good stories, and of course, a hearty helping of soul food. In my family our lives have always centered around the kitchen table and the times spent together preparing the simple family meals we shared. It is with that in mind, that I start the 'Junker's Soul Food' post. I will share some of my recipes and foodie antics, and it is my hope you will share yours as well. So, pull up a chair, pour some tea, and welcome to the family!
Are you regular or goofy? Either way, you’ll flip for this adorable vintage skateboard towel holder.