Thursday, September 18, 2008

Junk Bonanza 2008–Creativity

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Junkers are essentially artists. Don't you agree? They have the ability see beauty in rusty, beat-up, forlorn items that others have cast off as unusable or just plain old. From my experience with junkers in blogland, on the JunkMarketStyle.com website, at the Junk Bonanza, and at the Buffalo, MN, shops, creativity pervades everything they do.

Creativity can mean using an object as is, using an object in a new way, revamping an object to create something new, displaying an object in an attractive way, combining multiple objects to create a new object, etc. One of the girls on the Red Shed trip actually welds pieces to create works of art. Get a copy of one of the JunkMarket books or start visiting some of the blogs recommended at the left to see all the fabulous things junkers are doing! The possibilities are endless! 

The upcoming photos from the Junk Bonanza, Sweet SalvageBuffalo Nickel Antiques, and other Buffalo shops show the types of things that catch my eye or inspire me. As you will notice, I am drawn to industrial objects, metal pieces, things with casters, signs of all kinds, items with numbers, and fabrics with great vintage color. I especially like things with a history or interesting story behind them.


What do I do with the items I purchase? Well, most of what I do is clean things up, display them creatively, give them new purposes, and enjoy them for their beauty and functionality.I usually buy things that are functional in some way, so that I can use them on a regular basis. Some items are given as gifts. Hubs and I are just beginning to actually create things. Of course, I will post any projects we do. I have several great posts planned already! :)

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN...
DO YOU AGREE THAT CREATIVITY IS PART OF JUNKING? WHAT THINGS CATCH YOUR EYE OR INSPIRE YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR JUNK FINDS? 

8 comments:

  1. Yes definitely, the junk fuels the creativity. I like a lot of the same stuff that you do. Numbers, wheels, architectural, metal, tin ceiling, all that great stuff.
    Margo

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    http://robolady.blogspot.com/

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  2. Amy, that thing michele is holding is from an old cash register. I didn't buy the jiggle belt thing, just thought it was interesting. Ouch, lost a finger, that stinks.
    Margo

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    http://robolady.blogspot.com/

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  3. Oh my goodness...I WANT that $39.00 sink!!! I was just daydreaming about remodeling my kitchen and I was looking at old farmhouse sinks just like that online for over $1,000!

    Ixchel

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  4. oh it all looks so good, I would be in raptures in there, some great sign and I love the sink too for that great price! fab pics...

    thanks for featuring me :-))

    Sarah

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  5. Amy, I do take online orders, but the Downtown sign is probably too big to ship.
    you can email me directly at robolady@hotmail.com
    Margo

    View my blog at:
    http://robolady.blogspot.com/

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  6. This post almost made me salivate. What great finds. I've got to find a salvage place in my area...

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  7. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment-I don't know why I love those little broom, I just do. I'm not very creative when it comes to repurposing. I leave 'em as I find 'em- all over the house. That way, whatever room I'm in it pleases my eyes. Debbie

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  8. I come home from junking and my wheels are spinning. It's like I can't create fast enough! It really fires up the creative juices! I'd LOVE to go to this place!
    Thanks for stopping by today!

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