Thursday, June 18, 2009

Junk Party!

Fun times, people! Kennesha is having a Junk Party and I am ALL about good junk!
Let the fun begin...

I got these great vintage t.v. trays at a Utah yard sale while on vacation. (Yes, I go to yard sales on vacation...doesn't everyone?) They were 25 cents a piece and I absolutely could not pass them up.

I love them as is, but I have plans to make them into magnet/message boards for my new workspace.




This was also a find while on vacation. I wanted it sooooo bad, but absolutely could not justify paying to have it shipped home. My sweet cousin Seth ( who was my yard sale host and driver) must have seen the pain and regret in my eyes, because he ended up buying it...for $3.


Is this not the cutest little chair ever? It has SO much potential. I feel good knowing it went to a loving home!


Ahhhhh...books. Junky old books at that...one of my very favorite decorating accessories. The tan colored books in the back were salvaged from a condemned building. They are old law books for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. How cool is that? The small blue books were my great grandmother's. They even have her handwritten name on the first page. What a treasure! The other stack is from my husband's grandmother. And that is only a tiny sampling of the books she gave us...there are lots more. I love to use them mixed in with my decor...leaning up against things, elevating small pieces, pretty much anywhere. Some people probably see them and think junk. Well, I do too...the only difference is, I think they are fabulous junk!


This dresser sat on my sister's porch for many years. It was loved, but a bit neglected. When the time came to get rid of it...I willingly took it. I think it makes a beautiful buffet. But, unfortunately I needed the room for some of my crafts, so now it serves as my craft station.


There's more of my treasured junky books!



And last, but certainly NOT least...what junk collection would be complete without an old chippy window? I have been wanting one of these so bad. I scanned the trash while driving down the street, I watched for them at yard sales, I cruised the thrift store aisles...with no luck. But a few weeks back my sister told me she had something for me. They are in the middle of a major renovation right now. And who did they think of before throwing out all those great old windows? ME, me, me! I can't wait to get it hung up. I think it will be lovely against my dark chocolate walls. There are so many possibilites for what I could do with it, but for now I think I'll leave it. I like it just the way it is!



26 comments:

Jane said...

I love those TV trays! I am looking for that exact size for when I use my laptop in bed. Darn thing gets pretty hot! I recently found a really beat up TV tray with stand and with a good coat of spray paint it is now my favorite end table. I think TV trays are going to be my current obsession! Have a great day!

Joan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I also have those beige/red/black encyclopedias (.25 each) at the Sally that I use for show display. I love the tv trays. I invented another now word today...Blogworthy. Feel free to use them both if you want.

Marie Reed said...

Whoaaaa Nellie! Those trays are the cat's meow! 25 cents? You are a junking diva!

~~Carol~~ said...

Hi, first time Junk Partier here! I love old books so much. I just got a copy of Jane Eyre that I'm pretty excited about, and hope to find more of the classics. That dresser makes a great buffet!

Me & My House said...

I think the chair is my favorite...as is or painted and distressed it is so cute! Thanks for joining in on the party! Have an awesome Thursday!

Evy said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog!

You have some really nice finds! I love the trays and the books - some of the best 'junk' out there!

Nancy said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your stuff! It's hard to call it junk...they are truly treasures. Love that window!!

Nancy

Kristina P. said...

I think the trays are great!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Neat TV trays!! :) I hope your cousin gives that tray a good, loving home. Your dresser/buffet is gorgeous...I love the way you arranged everything on top! Good finds!

Loran said...

I'm a "junque" lover myself and I love to go to estate and other sales. I used to have a decorator who would pay me to go find old books for her because she said that books made a decorator room look livable. I think she's right.

Kate Starr said...

Adorable chair, right up my alley. Would be the sweetest little time out chair, would it not?

Tausha said...

I cant wait to see what you do with the trays! I too am a book lover. I buy them all the time!! I can never have enough! I have a shelf in my craft room that just has cool old book-that is where they live until I find the perfect spot for them!!!
Gotta love those utah garage sales!!

LillySue said...

How nice of your sister to pass the dresser on to you. I looks perfect for storing crafty stuff!
Blessings~LillySue

Marie said...

Hello Amanda - Love all your fabulous finds! Especially those tv trays!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Allidink said...

Nice "junk" lol I like it all! I think it's so funny that you go to garage sales on vacation lol.

All the best,
Allison

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great stuff, as usual, you have such a fabulous "eye" my friend! I love the trays AND the window!

Holly Blocker said...

I am new to your blog! LOVE IT!! Great finds....too funny, I am on the hunt for old books as well! They truely are great for decorating!

The Phillips Place said...

DROOLING over your window!!! Replete with the glass even! I can't wait to see what you do with it! My sister found one for me for my birthday... it didn't fit in the car on our last trip, but I'm determined it will fit the next time I go home. Oh the fun of windows :).

Shannon said...

I love all of your "junk" and cannot wait to see the transformations! That dresser is beautiful.

Sarah@VintageChic said...

What great deals! Love your 'junk!'

Kristal said...

Love all of your transformations, but totally love the dresser. Plus your accessories. I too love old books. Would love to have an old law book from Bama, seeing that is my home state :0)

Together We Save said...

Wow great finds.

Simply Stacey said...

Hehehe...I had wanted a window too. I seen some sitting in someones front yard so I called one of my co-workers to go ask them if I can have them. (I am a baby like that and can't do it myself). I finally have a place to hang it now and HOPEFULLY will have that done soon but you know how slow I am it may be a while!

southern queen bee said...

What a great idea hit yard sales on vacation, only trouble I'd have to leave Camo Man at home. Love the window frame, I think it will look great on your wall.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love that chair - my kids and I would have so much fun with it!

junkermidge said...

I love your junk collection. But I have to say I was especially taken with the old books, and having your great grandmother's inscription in the front. Very cool.
Midge

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