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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Monday, March 21, 2016

Coming Soon to the Southside!


Soon you Indianapolis Southsiders will be able to more readily be able to access my junkin' finds!  I'll be opening up a nice big space at Yellow Moon Antique Mall in Mooresville.  I'll be moving in April 1st.

I went to a couple of auctions this past week.  Last Tuesday's auction haul is pictured above.  I was able to take off work a little early to attend this auction only 1 mile from my house... and it was definitely worth my time!  Sorry I didn't get any other pictures of the stuff, other than this.  I got 4 yellow coke crates (one a rarer 12-slot crate - already sold!). Lots of 1970s-80s coke bottles, fire king glassware, some Pyrex, linens, 2 washboards... and several other nick knacks...

Friday evening I installed a little $4 curtain rod from walmart.  I had to make a few adjustments to make it work.  First, I had to flatten out the L-brackets with a hammer so they would fit up against the wall.



 See how it's pretty much in line to the back of my seat?



Because it was flattened out, I had to flip the right side one upside down for it to work.


Bought a pack of curtain clips and tested it with a queen-size sheet... a little big, but it worked!


 Protected the back seat with a twin-size vinyl mattress cover


 Put down an old rag rug to cover a majority of the carpet from the front seats to the back seat.  Used an old door mat I had from college to cover up the other bracket area where one of the middle captain seats bolts in to... otherwise I'd trip over it every time I get in and out!  It's starting to feel a little more like home.  Now, if she would stop wanting to take weekly trips to the spa (mechanic) that would be wonderful.  But, I'm happy that we're getting her running like she should be, so she'll be ready for a summer full of junkin' road trips.  I have many planned!


Added some milk crates in the back for storage.  That grey thing pictured, folds down and fits perfectly over them!


 Saturday I attended an unusual auction - held at a commercial dry cleaners.  They had been in business for a very, very long time, so they had lots of cool vintage industrial stuff and plenty of those large canvas laundry carts.  Unfortunately a lot of the cooler pieces were just too pricey.  But, I took home some neat pieces that were more in my price range.  For example, the piece of "fencing" (that's what I'm calling it) pictured above.  I'll use it in my new space to hang stuff on.  I'll be adding some vintage industrial hooks I got at the auction (they're in the picture below, but you may not be able to see them).


Some dollar items - who can pass on a wood shutter, neat old window, aluminum lawn chair, and various mini tool kits?

Not pictured - I got hundred of those 8-10 inch tall flat plastic letters that you use for signs.  I sell them like hotcakes... so I'll be working on pricing all of those for my booths!


Sunday mom and I took the Beast up to my booth on the North side of Indianapolis, we picked through my booth and took out things that I had multiples of that are now destined for my new booth, come April 1st!


 Just wanted to show you that I found the perfect curtain - a vintage tablecloth.  And all you vintage tablecloth collectors out there - I hope you notice the big ol' brown stain right in the middle of the white!  I have tried various ways to try and remove it - and nothing... it appears to be an iron burn mark.  So, for now, I like this as my "curtain."

Anyways, thanks for coming to visit.
Hope I'll have more for you next week!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Back in Action

I got The Beast back on Friday evening after her extended spa weekend.  It ended up being more like a couple of weeks, but at least I got her back.  There were a few cosmetic things (rust spots) I dealt with by adding a little bling (c/o of Junk Gypsies).




I took her middle seats out to give me more space.  Here I am relaxing in the back seat/bed.  It really is a ton more space than it looks like.  I vacuumed all the carpet and I realized how much I hate carpet.  So, I started to peel it back up on the front passenger side to see what I have to work with.  It has a layer of padding under the carpet, then goes down to the metal (like a cargo van).  So, I'm thinking about taking the seats out, unscrewing the side panels, and taking all the carpet out.  I want something that's not going to trap all the dirt.  I'd prefer to not have to vacuum after each junking trip.  Sweeping it out with a broom would be a lot easier.  Any ideas, friends?

Well, I put about 100 miles on her Saturday and she decided to go ahead and check back into the spa this morning.  Just a small, quick little free trip, thanks to the fat stack of cash I laid down for her to spend 2 weeks there.  I'll have her back in a couple days.

So, due to her extended (& expensive!) trip - I designed these amazing tank tops.  They WILL NOT cost you a penny more, but I DO get a small portion of each tank top that sells.  The funds will help pay the spa bill.  I need to sell at least 10 of them so that the company will print.  

Please share/spread the word as much as possible.  I would appreciate it so much!  


Okay, so since The Beast decided she wanted to go back to the spa after only one day, I had to load my finds into my truck.  So, instead of a van shot, you'll get a trunk shot of my finds...


The small furniture pieces are from a couple weeks ago when I decided to do some spring cleaning instead of going to an auction... then a junkin' buddy ended up buying me stuff!  The midcentury metal shelf is from last weekend.

Anyways, enough with all the chitchat... let's get on to my finds!


10 Dorothy Thorpe "roly poly" glasses.
2 green depression bud vases.
Glass hat and Fostoria milk glass dish.
3 pairs of vintage glasses.
Elks lodge plate.


I bought a TON of awesome bottles on Saturday.  I really needed bottles for my booth.  I can't keep them in stock once I put them out.


One of my favorites: Indianapolis Brewing bottle.  Probably won't last long!


 Another favorite: Property of Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee.


 Another Miller bottle.


More bottles.


 More...


And more...


 Lots of ink wells and 2 cool boxes.


More bottles!


 And the last of them.


 I'll be keeping the green depression bottom s&p shakers.


Very old basket, 4 ice block tongs, and a rolling pin.


 Ford wrenches.


Door hardware and receipt holders.


Some Pyrex bowls and an enamel bowl.


 2 Aladdin lamps.


A few old barn lanterns.


A wood plane and a wood Kraft cheese box.


Some random frames that are in desperate need of a makeover.

That's all for this week.  Have a great week!

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