Murfreesboro, TN, US

My name is Cathy Youree and I am a mother of three and grandmother of 5. Married to my hubby Sam, for 33 years and work at a local high school.
I love the so called junkin. I have shopped at thrift stores for years and just recently found sites like junk market style which gave validation to my hobby.
To me, the older and rustier the better. Love gears and how they work. The prettiest part of a clock is the insides!!
Mixing the old with the new and finding a purpose for an outdated item is all the challenge I need these days. If it is too expensive, I will find a way to make it.

Member Since: 08/16/2011

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Iron Lamp

Lamp made out of iron ???? with pulley and gear base.  My son is moving out and I made him a couple of lamps for his place

Copper lamp

Made my lamp from copper caps and parts of antique lamp.  Used old pulley for base.


I received my "junk" from my junkin buddy Jan today and couldn't have been more thrilled.  Can't wait to get started!!

Pallet Box

A Christmas gift from my daughter.  She made it from an old pallet. 


Wanted something different for my front door this year.

Weekend Christmas decorating

Spent the weekend decorating for Christmas.  Put up the tree and not a light on it would work.  Wasted about 2 hours trying to fix, big mistake, went and got more lights and once I got home...

Old metal box comes to life

Love what a little paint will do

My New Wall decor

With the exception of the sconces and clock, all of the items pictured came from a junk store.  Sign was 1.99 lantern was .99 cents, antique mold .99 cents owl .99 cents.  Was at TJ Max...

Christmas Table Arrangements

Used my Coke and Sun Drop crates to create my girls a Christmas table arrangement for their home.

My $6, 30 minute Christmas Wreath

These mesh wreaths seem to be the "in" thing at all of the craft shows.  I made mine for $6 by doing a little thrifty shopping at the Goodwill.  Found the 21" wide ribbon in 3 sections and...

Retro Clock--Let It Be

Took an old brown wooden clock and removed the hands, added a 45 record, put the hands back on, cleaned the glass, painted the wood black, distressed and I now have a revamped clock for our retro...

Old Sewing Cabinet

I've had this old sewing cabinet for years and finally put it to use displaying all of my old sewing items.

Misc. Junk Store Finds

Junk Store Finds

Junk Store Table

Distressed table

Pulley Clock Hanger

Pulley Clock Hanger

Wine Bottle Outdoor Lights

I took wine bottles and used 3/4" split ring hangers with threaded rod.  Attached rod to another split ring hanger to attach to tree or door frame.  Added a tiki torch wick for...

Cool Lamp

A renewed lamp for my home.

plate rack wall hanging

I saw this idea at a home show party.  Loved it but not the price.  Was going to be close to $150 after I ordered each individual item to get the look I wanted.  Decided to make...

Recent comments

Re: Old warehouse cart turned coffee table

I have this exact cart. It has been sitting in my garage for about 6 months waiting on me to complete. I have sanded the wood and that is just about it. You have inspired me to get back on it. Thanks for sharing, your table is beautiful.


Thanks Jan. Have been very busy "organizing" my new craft room. As soon as I have everything in its place, I intend on diving into my junk project. Will keep you posted!!

Re: Ready for 3rd Gear?

love it!!

Re: Broken jewelry, old Christmas lights...

I love this!! I have some of those bulbs so I must remember this for next year.

Re: Junk Swap

I believe this has to be in the top 10 of "my favorite things" on this site!!

Re: Summer Wine Storage

I love this idea!! Color is perfect and I love the heavy iron.

Re: Refurbished Antique Pie Safe

Love this. It amazes me how a little imagination and paint can totally transform furniture.

Re: Silverplate Spoon Trophy Birdhouse

I love this, especially the way you did the forks in the front.

Re: The Chippy Chirpy Reverse Paint Dresser

That is beautiful.

Re: From Springs to Sprigs . . . Easter Accents as Simple as 1, 2, 3!

Love it!!

Re: Fire Extinguisher Side Table

I used to have one of these. Wish is still did.....I love it!! The pulley, too.

Re: I Need Your Feedback

I recently attended a wedding that was put together in 3 days. The bride's father was diagnosed with cancer and he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle before he began treatment, which happened to be the next week. They were in the process of using a wedding planner and spending thousands of dollars on the wedding. The wedding was total perfection. Held at a friends house by the lake, nature was the background. I guarantee you that years from now when this girl looks back on her wedding day, she will think of the beauty of the day with family and friends and be thankful that those thousands of dollars were not spent. The wedding day was created by those who loved her and her family.
Anyone can hire a "traditional wedding planner", but to me it takes a very creative mind to work within a limited budget. I am always excited to see they way a person creates a beautiful table, an arrangement or anything else using the "old stuff" of days gone by.
As to the question of would I do my daughter or daughter-in-laws wedding ala junk. Absolutely. The casual elegance of twinkling lights, fresh cut wild flowers and the beauty of the outdoors, what could be more beautiful?
As to the question of junk head to toe, I believe this should be the question for the bride and groom. If this was left up to me, I am a very ecclectic person and love a little of this and that. I don't mind mixing a clay pot full of flowers with grandma's sterling silver!!

Re: Unique Sofa Table

I can't believe someone would toss that out. So cute. I love it.

Re: Record players as art :)

My husband plays the drums and we are doing a room for his
"stuff". This is such a great idea for a wall. Love it!!

Re: Misty

I love this! I just took apart an old bed that has been sitting in my garage for over 2 years. Has beautiful wood and I can't wait to start building my own bench.