My Vintage Junk

WHAT'S OLD IS FABULOUS AGAIN

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NEVER too old to appreciate VINTAGE Toys.  Horse JUNK.  Whoaaaa Nelly!!   $20.00

NEVER too old to appreciate VINTAGE Toys.  Horse JUNK.  Whoaaaa Nelly!!   $20.00

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Glorious VINTAGE Still Life Painting of ROSES.  Add it to your collection!  JUNK Art.  $38.00

Glorious VINTAGE Still Life Painting of ROSES.  Add it to your collection!  JUNK Art.  $38.00

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CHANEL.  Fall 2014.  What goes around comes around.  JUNK.  Always in FASHION.  Fab!!

CHANEL.  Fall 2014.  What goes around comes around.  JUNK.  Always in FASHION.  Fab!!

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Derek Lam.  Fall 2014.  JUNK called.  We want our VINTAGE Luggage back.  JUNK.  Always in Fashion.  FAB!

Derek Lam.  Fall 2014.  JUNK called.  We want our VINTAGE Luggage back.  JUNK.  Always in Fashion.  FAB!

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Lovebirds.  VINTAGE Wall Pocket from the 1940’s.  JUNK doesn’t get much SWEETER than this.  Sorry Guys…decided to keep THIS one for myself!!

Lovebirds.  VINTAGE Wall Pocket from the 1940’s.  JUNK doesn’t get much SWEETER than this.  Sorry Guys…decided to keep THIS one for myself!!

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Set of THREE Totally COOL Little Vintage WOOD Boxes with Lids.  LOVE the detail on these little precious GEMS.  When you want to add some TEXTURE and WARMTH to a space… JUNK does the trick!!  $62.00

Set of THREE Totally COOL Little Vintage WOOD Boxes with Lids.  LOVE the detail on these little precious GEMS.  When you want to add some TEXTURE and WARMTH to a space… JUNK does the trick!!  $62.00

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Fabulous VINTAGE Carnival Glass CANDY DISH.  Gorgeous Iridescent BLUE.  10” HIGH.  Sweet JUNK.  $68.00

Fabulous VINTAGE Carnival Glass CANDY DISH.  Gorgeous Iridescent BLUE.  10” HIGH.  Sweet JUNK.  $68.00

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So Much MORE Than an Estate Sale

I am absolutely totally and completely FASCINATED with estate sales.  I mean, how often can someone, a TOTAL stranger like myself, WALTZ into a person’s ESTATE with bags in tow, a magnifying glass, a tape measure, and dig around in people’s closets, their drawers, their bathroom cupboards, sifting through JUNK, and not only NOT feel GUILTY, but actually feel a little EXCITED and STIMULATED and SAD at the same time?  I am SO guilty of participating in this strange, yet extremely trendy and popular, incredibly bizarre socially acceptable activity.  I have PERMISSION to come inside, make myself at home, walk through EVERY room in the house, and basically, lift stuff up, touch it, fondle it, smell it, and help myself to it!  My mouth starts to water before my tires have even hit the curb.  Just thinking about attending an estate sale makes me feverish and nervous and anxious and discombobulated.  I can feel my heart start to race, my cheeks start to blush.  I am SWEATING.  I know it’s all about the thrill of the hunt, but this, for me, is the thrill of the GOING INSIDE SOMEONE ELSE’S HOME, PEEKING INTO THEIR LIFE, LOOKING AT ALL THEIR JUNK AND QUITE POSSIBLY EVEN GETTING TO TAKE SOME OF IT HOME WITH ME!!!  OMG!!!  Is this for REAL?!!!  It’s like when I drive by a beautiful home at night and PEER into the windows, leaving my nose print on the car window, straining my eyes to catch a glimpse… of SOMETHING…ANYTHING!!!… imagining what life must be like for these beautiful people… ONLY, it’s a thousand million TRILLION times better!!  I can actually GO IN (I am INVITED!!) and I can look around at my leisure.  I can stroll the floorplan of the house, turn corners into beautiful spaces, make my way up the stairs to find glorious rooms with fantastic views, all the while imagining what I would DO with this place if it were mine.   And all that STUFF!!!  I’m in JUNK heaven.  I’m in Interior Designer JUNK Heaven.  There are no WORDS.  I am your average every day soccer mom, valley girl, happy housewife, THINGEST, with a PASSION for JUNK.  My JUNK.  YOUR JUNK.  ANYBODY”S JUNK JUNK.   And I can’t get enough of looking at other people’s THINGS.  It fascinates me to no end.  Because all I can think about the ENTIRE time, are the lives of these people who inhabited this house. Who are they?  Where are they going?  And why are they leaving such fabulous JUNK behind?!!  These people are complete strangers to me.  These people are REAL people.  They have lived FULL lives. Their WHOLE history is nestled between these walls.  They are travelers.  I see the African masks lining the walls in the hallway.  They are painters.  Their colorful still life’s are propped up on window sills.  They are collectors, like me.  Like the lady with the rows and rows of mallard duck figurines on her bookshelf in the living room.  They are entertainers.  They’ve used their china and crystal and silver plate til it’s nicked and dented and tarnished. They have families.  I see the photos of loved ones in frames on the bedroom dresser.  They played golf once, and tennis and went fishing a few times. They had pets that they loved.  They went to parties and wore frilly sequined tops and dresses and bow ties and cumber buns.  They read books and books and more books, piled high on the coffee table and in boxes.  These people lived their lives the way they chose.  And surrounded themselves with the things they LOVED.  To me, it’s all just great old vintage STUFF - the history of which I will never fully know or appreciate.  But to them, these things were SO MUCH MORE.  I package up my JUNK and walk outside to my car feeling overwhelmed and THRILLED with the fabulous vintage finds that I have scored!!  I am excited that I got a small glimpse inside someone else’s beautiful home, and life, and the things that enriched it.  But it never fails… I always leave these estate sales feeling a tinge of sadness. I am OBSESSED with wanting to know WHERE these people are.  What’s the scoop?  Maybe they’re just moving.  Downsizing.  Or just de-cluttering.  That’s OK… I can deal with that.  Or maybe they died, and this is what’s left.  THAT makes me SAD.  Because, in the end, these THINGS that I love so much, these THINGS that I get excited about and all worked up over finding, this fabulous JUNK that makes me foam at the mouth…It’s all just STUFF.  It’s all just stuff left behind.  This is why I am so totally and completely FASCINATED with estate sales.  Because even though they are a vintage shoppers PARADISE (don’t get me wrong!!),  I have come to realize over the years and over the course of my JUNKING experience, that they really are OH.  SO.  MUCH.  MORE. 

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There’s nothing I LOVE more than Vintage Oil Portraits of OTHER PEOPLE’S DOGS (OPD’S).  Just found this SWEET Black Lab in the BOWELS of somebody’s GARAGE an an estate sale.  It was LOVE at first sight!!  He’s a bit DIRTY, and a little MANGY, but he has a BEAUTIFUL patina.  And I LOVE his Folky Patriotic COLLAR!  Oil on Canvas.  Signed by the Artist.  JUNK Art.  $68.00

There’s nothing I LOVE more than Vintage Oil Portraits of OTHER PEOPLE’S DOGS (OPD’S).  Just found this SWEET Black Lab in the BOWELS of somebody’s GARAGE an an estate sale.  It was LOVE at first sight!!  He’s a bit DIRTY, and a little MANGY, but he has a BEAUTIFUL patina.  And I LOVE his Folky Patriotic COLLAR!  Oil on Canvas.  Signed by the Artist.  JUNK Art.  $68.00

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Fabulous JUNK to hold other Fabulous JUNK. Baskets. Boxes. Satchels. And MORE. Contain your JUNK. While I TRY to contain MYSELF. Love JUNK!!!

Fabulous JUNK to hold other Fabulous JUNK. Baskets. Boxes. Satchels. And MORE. Contain your JUNK. While I TRY to contain MYSELF. Love JUNK!!!

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"Put a RING on it" - Beyonce.  Dainty Little VINTAGE Floral RING Holder.  Sweet JUNK.  $32.00

"Put a RING on it" - Beyonce.  Dainty Little VINTAGE Floral RING Holder.  Sweet JUNK.  $32.00

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Set of THREE Petite Vintage BOHO Trinket Boxes.  SMALL but Mighty!!  JUNK Boxes.  Can never get enough.  $28.00 for the set

Set of THREE Petite Vintage BOHO Trinket Boxes.  SMALL but Mighty!!  JUNK Boxes.  Can never get enough.  $28.00 for the set