My "Top 10" in Junk

October 23rd, 2008 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Heres where the fun begins. You cant miss this big sign while driving down the freeway or the fabulous junk that takes refuge in the parking lot. I slammed on my brakes to make the turn!
Meet the owners of Leftovers Antiques Destination, Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin. The store is located in Brenham, Texas and you can visit them onlione at  We certainly are three peas in a pod!
Number 1:
Well lookie what I found! A scale on my top 10? Imagine that! I loved this (as Tim would say) hernia-inducing piece of junk. It reminds me of the one I already own. Apparently this one has no springs. Must have been all the rage when it was produced!
Number 2:
Ive always loved em and always will. Shutters, window, and all things architectural. Im sure none of these items will ever vanish from my favs!
Number 3:
Storage. One word says it all. We need to have it, but why cant it be cool? You know that Im all over industrial junk.  This little number caught my attention and was on the list before I even walked through the front doors! I can think of so many places this would come in handy. The mud room for coats and other winter attire, or possibly the laundry room. In my laundry room, the bottom basket would be filled with mismatched socks. Ha!
Number 4:
Buttons, buttons, and more buttons. This would have driven our friend Berton crazy! Sometimes simple is best. Just imagine all of the wonderful projects you could create with all these buttons.
Number 5:
Okay, these are just cool. I adore grinding stones to begin with, but these colors are fabulous.  I love them all stacked, but they would also be nice as a grouping of candle holders on a holiday table.
Number 6:
Here is yet another oldie, but goodie. A vintage crystal chandelier. What could be more enlightening? Loose crystals are equally as fine!
Number 7:
Signs--everywhere a sign! Sure wish I could have this one. Im thinking it would look ab fab in my black and white bath. Oh, and by the way...this one is actually for sale.
Number 8:
Were back to basics again. I cant have enough balls of string and twine. I keep plenty on hand for my every day junking needs! Love the container!
Number 9:
Games of all varieties get my junk brain electrified. Now if I could only win the lotto. Thatd be golden.
Number 10 (drum roll please:)
Im surprising even myself with this pick. I used to think, tractor seats? Meh, not so much. However, when I saw this grouping on the wall it got my creative juices flowing. They make a very stylish statement when grouped, but even just one would make a fabulous holiday door hanging all dressed up with greens and ribbons. Any other thoughts?
Heres where the fun begins. You cant miss this big sign while driving down the freeway or the fabulous junk that takes refuge in the parking lot. I slammed on my brakes to make the turn!

Here's where the fun begins. You can't miss this big sign while driving down the freeway or the fabulous junk that takes refuge in the parking lot. I slammed on my brakes to make the turn!

Welcome to Leftovers Antiques Destination. After the guys and gals who own and style the store have put the Midas touch on the junk they find, there is nothing "leftover" looking about it! I knew I loved Texas (the people and the junk,) but I was awestruck when I walked through these doors. 7,500 square feet of sheer junking heaven. I made at least 3 visits to the store and I'm quite sure I didn't see everything! Guess I'll just have to go back. (Darn.) While I was there, Ed and Michael hosted a book signing for me and shared their warmth, kindness, and friendship. Word has it I'll be doing another signing within these walls when Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition is released. I can't wait!

Take a look and see my "top 10" picks in junk for the upcoming season. It was easy to do at Leftovers. There is something for everyone there. Enjoy!

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Comments (6)

Dolly3cats writes: That jar of string warmed my heart. I have string squirreled away in every room of my house(and garage too). It can be found in jars, boxes, cans and bags! Occasionally I find another hidden ball or two. At first I thought it was a sign of insanity but now I know that it's a sign of my love of simple things, great old junk, and creativity! And I remember to honor myself occasionally with a big smile and “You go girl!” Posted: 12:58 pm on November 4th
Honeybean writes: My grandma always uses the tractor seats on stools. They are fairly comfortable if the temperature is right for them. Other than the mounting, she left them alone-rust just adds character.
When I was little, she even had seats short enough for us to sit on.
The rest of your top ten was pretty nifty, thanks for sharing :) Posted: 2:57 pm on October 25th
berton718 writes: SUE,
This place looked GREAT!! What wonderful JUNK!! You are correct I LOVED ALL THE BUTTONS!! Posted: 10:22 pm on October 23rd
LuAnn writes: WOW love your top 10. Don't know how you could do just 10 with so much "junk" out there. Oh, to have a place like that in the area!

LuAnn Posted: 7:15 pm on October 23rd
georgiamoon writes: Sue, I love your top ten too. Imagine that! I have recently gotten four tractor seats in different colors and sizes...never even thought of them before, now all of a sudden I am a tractor seat collector. Goes to show...Ya never know.gogo Posted: 6:09 pm on October 23rd
shabbychick writes: Sue - what a great place!!! I love, love the beauty shop sign (Candy's on her way to buy it now I think...:) - and that nifty "storage" piece - is one of those "to die for" things!!!

You had way too much fun in Texas (nah, I don't think it's really possible to have too much fun, is it??)

Thanks for sharing another snippet of your trip!! :)

Kathy Posted: 4:30 pm on October 23rd
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