Monday, March 28, 2016

The Trucking Auction

 Above: My happy junkin' face!  Attended one of the first outdoor onsite auctions of the junkin' season on Saturday.  One of my junkin' buddies and I split gas for The Beast to get to this auction that was about 2 hours away.  The auction was quite unusual - it was for a small trucking company that was no longer in operation.

 One of my favorite purchases of the day.  However, it didn't make it home with me.  It broke almost immediately after I bought it and was beyond repair.

 The haul from me and my junkin' buddy.

 Close up.

 My favorite buy of the day... and perfect for the situation.  I'd love to bolt it to the back of the van!

And for the major buy of the day... we purchased ALL OF THESE insulators.  

 We unpacked them all and recycled the ones that were beyond salvaging.
This is ONLY HALF of the good haul.

 How many do you think are here?
What do you do with your insulators?  
I'd love some project ideas now that I have all these!

 After unpacking a full load of stuff and unpacking and sorting all the finds from Saturday, I was exhausted.  So I shared a beer with the Beast.

 Some of the smaller buys from Saturday.

 These too.

Here's what I did with all the heavily chipped blue insulators.

Easter Sunday was spent relaxing with my husband.  We went out to brunch.  Then we came home and I cleaned out the mess I left in the van.  Then I packed up the van floor to ceiling with stuff for my new booth that I'll be moving into Friday, April 1st.

Got the big stuff in!

 Back door view: everything all packed in!

Side door view.
I am impressed by all that The Beast can hold!

That's all for this week.  It's going to be a busy one.  I look forward to sharing my new booth with you next week.  Also, Saturday there is an AMAZING auction I'll be attending.  I hope I get to come home with some wonderful new finds to show you.


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  1. Holy moly,girl! That is ALOT of insulators. Very curious to see what you do with them :-)


  2. I have never seen so many insulators in one spot before!

  3. Melissa, oh my gosh, girl, it's a good thing you're young! Opening a second booth?! Don't kill your mama in the process, you're gonna need her! Love your curtain for your beast, and man, oh man, those insulators (a simple battery light under one makes a great table candlelight)! And that sign! And don't you hate it when you buy something and it breaks??

  4. You sure know how to pack that Beast! Oh my goodness, what a haul. My favorite is the oversize load sign. Thanks for sharing your haul with Talk of the Town.

  5. you should share where your vintage booth is, and the address. looks like some super junk. sharon

  6. wow..that is one professional packing job! That galvanized tub would be one of my favorites. Lots of good stuff there and it sounds like you had fun, too!

  7. Sounds like yall had lots of fun, and looks like you had the beast packed full of lots of great junk. I would love the galvanized tub and all the clipboards.

  8. Wow, that is quite the haul. Maybe it's time to learn how to color insulators. You got plenty to experiment with :)

  9. Wowza! You definitely acquired quite a few awesome finds. The sign is killer, though! :-) As for insulators, girl, I have no idea what to do with those. I've often seen them for sale at antique shops and they do seem to cost a bit much. But I live in Alaska. Everything seems to cost quite a bit up here. Perusing Pinterest for some clever ideas is always an option to get a bit inspired.

    A really neat idea that I've seen some bloggers do is host a swap of some sort. A group of gals is assigned one person from the participants to send a decorative type item too. It could be anything groovy that they think the other might like or is a little more the senders style of decor. The idea is to create a bit of a challenge, but a lovely, beautiful decor challenge. Perhaps, you have a few blogging pals that might want to do a swap or you could send each of them the insulator glass and have them swap an item with you. Then you create a blog post and link to one another as a group. It's a fantastic way to grow readership. If you decided to do something like this, I would totally be up for the challenge. Insulator cups are interesting, but I've always admired them from afar.

    I wish you luck in creating many beautiful things with all your new treasures.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Olivia, co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

  10. Melissa, you found so many great things! I wish I could found an auction like that around here. Good luck with your second booth!!

    xo Dianne

  11. Oh my goodness ~ great haul, Melissa! Love the sign!

  12. Great haul Melissa! Too bad about the chair; I hate it when that happens. I think using the imperfect insulators along your walkway is truly inspired and very fun. The main repurpose I've seen for them is to hang them upside down with wire or macrame and put candles or flowers in them. I'll keep thinking on it though! BTW, I'm featuring you tomorrow at Vintage Charm--

  13. Love the gigantic sign. And a great haul beside!


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