Bemidji, MN, US

I have been a collector of junk for all of my adult life. It started as an easy way to furnish my home on a budget with hand me downs from family, thrift store finds and garage sale bargains and has become a true love. Like most of you it is the thrill of the hunt, bringing home that special treasure and finally having that great idea pop into your head as to what you will finally do with this wonderful treasure! I am so happy to have found this wonderful website and all of its great contributors. Happy junking!! email any questions to: laketime@paulbunyan.net

Member Since: 12/04/2008

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A "Junky Little Valentine"

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a little "Junk for you and your Sweetheart!

A little Christmas in "The Barn"

It's a wonderful time of year...yet sad as this will be the last occcasional sale of the year at "The Barn" in Bemidji, MN November 6th and 7th 10 am -4 pm. Hope to see you there, we will miss you...

Welcome Fall!

Barn Chics Sale Friday October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd at 5032 Irvine Ave. Bemidji, MN...Hope to see you there!

Fall Floral Arrangement

A fall floral put together with some vintage treasures and placed at our front door to greet our Fall guests.

New item for upcoming "Barn Chic" Sale August 21 & 22

The "Barn Chics" are having a sale August 21st from 9-6 and August 22nd from 9-1 at 5032 Irvine Ave. If you can't make it to "The Barn" to see our fun treasures we will be at the Bemidji Women's Expo...

Coffee time!

Recycle, recycle, recycle!! Just having a little fun with some recycled windows and coffee bean sacks. A fun and easy addition to any kitchen!

"Barn Chics" July Sale

"The Barn Chics" are having a sale! If you live in or happen to be visiting in beautiful northern Minnesota stop by and see "The Barn Chics" at 5032 Irvine Ave. Bemidji, MN. The sale is Friday...

The "Barn Chics"

The "Barn Chics" (Linda Larson and Diane Beste) held their first occasional sale June 5-6, 2009 at "The Barn" located at 5032 Irvine Ave. Bemidji, MN. The "Barn Chics" sell...

Wine cabinet

This project started out with a vintage radio cabinet. The center was removed along with the radio and a wine rack was built and inserted in it's place. The piece was painted black, distressed and...

What time is it?

I came across this vintage timer at the Goodwill and knew it had to come home with me. I was not sure why but knew it would find a home! With thoughts of spring I thought once again of the birds...

Waiting for spring!!

While doing some junking I came across this old potato/onion bin and thought it needed a new life! I gave it a fresh coat of paint stenciled some lettering on it distressed it a bit and now it...

Home, again!

Just a few more and that's all folks!!

Home for the Holidays!

Our home is ready for the holidays and waiting for guests. This is some of the decorating done from vintage pieces collected from family, flea markets and garage sales. It has been very fun to...

No mantle-no problem!

I made this project for my Son and his Wife for Christmas because they have no fireplace to hang their stockings on. An old window, some vinyl lettering, glass etching, hooks and some chain for...

Simple Treasures

Just a few treasures decorated for Christmas.

Northwoods Christmas tree

Living in northern Minnesota we decided to do a winter theme for our tree. It is so easy to decorate with most of the items being large it doesn't take much time at all. The garland is grapevine and...

My sunrrom at Christmas

Here are some photos of my sunroom decorated for Christmas/winter. As you can see I have been collecting junk/treasures and like to display them throughout my home. Through the window you can see the...

Christmas wash tub

This is my first post thanks to Krista at Snowman Hill who said I should join the rest of the junkers at Junkmaarket Style (went to her Christmas Sale the day after Thanksgiving-what a treat!). The...

Recent comments

Re: A "Junky Little Valentine"

Thank you so much for the great comments, it is so much fun to share on this site with such talented people. Santa Clause , I used E600 industrial glue on the candle holder and ceiling light. Dana, the "Barn Chics" are hibernating with the bears until spring as the barn has no heat...we'll keep you posted in the spring! Diane

Re: Hey, Hey, Hey . . . It's a Holiday Hay Rack!

Love this Lani...another great marriage and a wonderful inspiration! It was great to see you once again at Second Hand Rose, it was a great sale!

Re: Framing Up Vintage Bus Scrolls

Congratulations on making your true passion also your "day job" as we all know there will be many mores hours put into this than any day job, but oh so much more fun and good for the soul! The signs are awesome and we all look forward to future inpsiration from you Jenny, you truly have a knack and there is no doubt you will be going places...keep us posted on the journey!

Re: A Gift for the Music Teacher

Sue, The pictures are beautiful but not near as nice as they are in person. I was at Second Hand Rose on Thursday and picked up on of these lovelies for my Daughter in Law for Christmas. She has a player piano and did not have any music for it. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift for her...Thank you!

Re: Reel-ly Fun New Plant Stand...

Love your hose reel/plant stand! I am thinking you must have been at the Junk Bonanza this past weekend. I did not see the hose reel there but I had the ring bell for service sign in my hands set it down and when I came back later it was gone! Had a great time at the Bonanza hope you did too and Enjoy your sign it looks great!!

Re: Coffee time!

Lucky enough our local Dunn Bros. Coffee leaves them out for customers to have, check your local coffee houses most of them toss them out!!

Re: Junkin' is the "SPICE" of life!

Love this idea, it is sooo cute and useful besides!! It was great to visit with you at "The Barn Chics" sale on Saturday. Can't wait to hear when your fall sale will be, be sure to let us know! If you want to hook up the trailer and head down to Iowa give me a call!! Maybe we will see you in Oranoco or Shakopee. Be well and keep showing us those great ideas!!

Re: It's a Reel Lamp

This is quite a creation --I love it!! You come up with the most amazing combinations! Thanks for sharing your talents.

Re: Meat Slicer Book Rack

What a fun idea, it is just great!! Would love to see more or your great ideas!

Re: My Painted Furniture

Very nice painting-I can't decide if I would rather be a princess or a pilot!!!! Love them all.

Re: Ice Tongs Paper Towel Holder

Very clever idea--love it!

Re: Texas and Gatherings ... and Lightheartedness

Sounds like it's going to be an exciting time in Texas!! Would love to make it to Round Top this year but have other plans-darn. Your displays are really great, I especialy love the bird nest and oh the aquarium too!! Great job!

Re: Rusted light by Singer

This is great! I love the it!

Re: Spring spring wreath!

Very cooool!!! Love the use of the springs, you did an awesome job of pulling all the objects together and letting everyone know that spring is coming!!

Re: Play the Music, Not the Instrument

Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, you are amazing!!! Your talents are never ending and so are your resources for junk!! This piece is great, I long some day just to have the parts and pieces for a project like this, much less the brain to think of it!!
Great work.

Re: Suitcase Stack Plant Stand

Great display of some beautiful pieces!

Re: Vintage Leather Suitcase

Great display!! We keep getting little bits and pieces of your home and it's amazing!! You are an extremely talented man and I hope you continue to share your wonderful projects.Thank you for sharing.

Re: "Tools"

You are not only a junker, you are an amazing artist. This sculpture is soooo cool! Great Job!!!

Re: A project you can really hook your wagon to!

What a great idea, love the added clothes line, too, how cute!

Re: "Old School Argyle" Night/End/Occassional Table

This is great!! The argyle is amazing and you used such great colors, too!! thanks for sharing.

Re: From SCHOOL to "COOL"

Love it, love it, love it--you Junk Fest ladies do a great job!! Had never heard of you until you showed up on this site, my calender is marked for your next sale!!

Re: Big Giant Pulley Wreath...For Candy

Bigger is sometimes better!! Isn't it fun to see something you love and realize that you have the parts make it for yourself! love the giant wheel!! Happy holidays.

Re: Junk Built Wreaths

Great wreaths Candy!! They are all great but I really like the 49-cent wire wreath-simple elegants that doesn't block your wonderful view! Happy Holidays.

Re: More on "Etching"

What a great idea! I would like to see what you will do with it for other seasons-so many possibilies!! thanks for sharing the steps you used to make it.

Re: Going Green? I'm GONE!

Love your GREENhouse window! The greens are truely beautiful and the colander idea is awesome. Love it!

Re: Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

What a wonderful way to disply your vintage ornaments, the white trees really show them off! I also love how you have displayed multiple trees near each other-looks great!! When you fill that bicyle backet be sure to give us a peek, I'm sure it will be incredible. Happy holidays.

Re: Rustic candelier "dooded" up for Christmas

What great piece and I love your imagination-not many would of thought of the upside down thing or a chandelier for that matter!! It looks wonderful, great work.

Re: Vintage ornament display - better than Cake!

Your putzing paid off, it looks great and it's even better than cake--eye candy without the calories!Happy holidays!

Re: On Newsstands Now!

Congratulations on the new venture!! I can't wait to get my hands on this!! Probably a good thing it comes out after Christmas or I wouldn't get any Christmas decorating, shopping or baking done!
Happy holidays and best of luck with your ventures in the coming year.

Re: Northwoods Christmas tree

Thanks so much-the skis are also a favorite of mine a gift from my sister (the one whose husband went dumpster diving for me!). I love her-I think she loves me, too!!
Happy Holidays,

Re: Simple Treasures

Thanks for the support Ladies-it's always fun to share!

Re: What to Bring the Hostess

Sue, This project is great! So nice that it is personalized, any hostess would love it!! I don't think it would be the same if you didn't use the moss or the lime green rocks, they really are great with the paperwhite. Where did you find the rocks, they are awesome? I also noticed the stitching-is that hand painted?
I have used both the etching cream and frosted spray in a can, both work great but the etching cream is permenant and the spray can be removed with paint thinner or a razor blade for a small project. Just something to keep in mind if you are working on a piece that you may someday want to put back to it's orignal state.

Re: No Wonder this took so long -- It's three things in one!

This really is a great lamp and as you said three projects in one! The shade is awesome paired with the camera!

Re: Let's Go Skating!!

The skates look great with the stenciling and the ribbon for laces adds a very nice touch and I love the punches of red along with the greens. Nice work!

Re: Joy To The World

What a wonderful piece! I love everything about it. A great project to do with an old window.

Re: Gliding into Winter

What a great glider, love how you added the wreath and greens and also the snow! A great find and a bargain,too!

Re: Finally Got Those Skis Done!

The skis look great and I also love the door fronts hanging on the wall. The old screens are fun too, espeially because the old screens were actually metal and can be used to display anything with a magnet on it.

Re: My sunrrom at Christmas

Hello Ladies! I would like to say thanks for the comments, it has been very fun to hear from you. Lanette, I purchased the potting bench at a garage sale in Grand Forks, ND. I believe the gal is now part of Plain and Fancy Antique mall. And, if it is indeed picture #3 that Amy was asking about then you win the prize-it is a cream seperator! Amy if it's the third picture, the piece on the floor is bent pitch fork with a bird house attached, other that that I would need a little more direction as to what you are questioning.

Re: Oh There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays!

You are truely an inspiration!! I can't pick a favorite thing because each and every thing you have done is wonderful. I missed your open house (I was in Mpls, but the timing was wrong). Seeing your photos I can at least get a glimpse of what I missed. I have been to your blog and have enjoyed the photos there also.


Love them, wish I had a spot to use something as cool as this
in my home!

Re: Vintage Pennant Ornaments

Great idea, any more awesome trees to show us?

Re: Repurposed glass decanter bottle tops turned into Christmas ornaments.

What a georgious idea! Be sure to let us see them in the window after Christmas, I am sure they will be stunning!

Re: A vintage Christmas - just a peek...

Great ideas-keep 'em coming! So little time so many ideas--I find it hard to decorate with all of the great ideas here I continually want to start over!!

Re: A Junky Holiday Coaster Ornament

Simply adorable!!

Re: Fargo Road Trip!

If you haven't been there yet, trust me it is truly worth the trip! Kriss also did a house for the Christmas Tour of Homes and did a wonderful job-I drove to Fargo for the show just to see her work in a real home and it was even better than seeing her shop-great job Kriss!! And Kriss, if you're out there-Dave says "Hi".