Sunday, October 19, 2008

Junking Weekend, October 18-19, 2008

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I didn't plan on doing any sale-ing this weekend. BUT!...something told me to get up and go. As usual, I'm glad I did. Garage sales are few and far between this time of year, so I stuck with the estate sales and a visit to my favorite antique store.


Estate sale 1 was one of those that junkers dream of. A house, a basement, a shed, two tents, a gazebo, and yard full of tools, metal objects, outdoor items, and incredible amounts of miscellaneous objects. The guy had been a carpenter, welder, tree cutter, etc. You name it! From that sale, I picked up the 2 aerators, the 5 signs, and that oversized spotlight in the photo below. The adorable windmill was found at estate sale 2.

As the seller at estate sale 1 was trying to remove the huge spotlight from the wall for me, I noticed these two mirrors tucked in between several other objects on the tool bench. As I was waiting to find out the price, another woman came in and started looking at them. I had flashbacks to the potential slugfest I wrote about in my post entitled Junking Weekend, September 13-14, 2008. So I spoke up right away and told her I was waiting for a price on them. Unlike "table man", she was respectful of estate sale etiquette. No slugfest necessary.

Aren't they gorgeous?! Great patina! Beveled mirrors! So much character!


Estate sale 3 involved the second day of the sale when everything is half off. I picked up these great rollers/conveyers that caught my eye.

These vintage ski poles are so charming!...

Anyone need a crest with the letter "h" on it? I couldn't pass it up! The letter is made of wood and metal. The letter is primarily wood outlined with a thin metal strip. The thin, scrolly parts of the letter are all metal. I had never seen anything like it.

You can never go wrong with vintage clocks or vintage locks. The printed packet is a last-minute bit of ephemera I found in a box of who-knows-what.

After spending quite a bit of time on the web, I have determined that this packet is Finnish. It contains illustrations that measure 9.25" x 10". Some unfold to 18" x 20".  I believe Sigrid Wikstrom is the illustrator. Here are the translations of the other terms...

Puunverstelmia: translation unknown
Kasiteollisuus Piirustauksia: "Craft Drawings"
Kustantaja Kansanvalistusseura: "Publisher Public Enlightening Society"
Taimittaja Laum Makinen: "Editor Laum Makinen"
Date: 1913
hinta 2:75: "Cost 2 markka (Finnish dollars) & 75 pennia (Finnish pennies)

Kansanvaistusseura (KVS), translated as the "Public Enlightening Society", is still a functioning organization in Finland. On their website, it says...
"Kansanvalistusseura, KVS Foundation, is the oldest adult education organisation in Finland, with ideological roots in the very same national and cultural awakening which later led to Finland's national independence in 1917. Kansanvalistusseura was transformed into a foundation in the mid-1930s. For decades it was the main provider of education for the great public, both as courses and booklets. In the 19th century, it introduced a hugely popular singing festival, which then boosted the feeling for both national identity and culture. Distance education courses were developed in the 1920s."
I think it's quite an interesting find!


Nothing is better than a visit to one of my favorite antique stores...Old Town Antiques & Books. (Sorry, they don't have a website!) What they do have are great vendors. One of my very favorites is Sarah Holm. I ALWAYS find something in her booth that I absolutely love! I've had my eye on this piece for a while and was astonished that it was still there. Well, today it came home with me. 

What is it? It is a fabulously beautiful column base. What will it be used for? This will be a "traveling" junk piece that will be used for ever-changing purposes. Some ideas...
  1. Architectural art.
  2. Centerpiece with floral arrangement.
  3. Centerpiece with candles.
  4. Frame.
  5. Table.
  6. Base for a sculpture, vase, or anything to be accentuated.

Leave me a comment to tell me how you would like to see the column base used. It can be one of the ideas above or it can be an idea of your own. Be as general or specific as you like. I can't wait to hear your suggestions! 


  1. hmmm, could this be used to "hide" something new? Like a fan or something? Or a vent on a wall? I know what I am trying to say but not sure if I am explaining right?

  2. I see it as the base of a floor lamp. The "pole" of the lamp could be four 1 x 4s which would leave a hole in the center for the electrical wire. The "pole" could then be shaped with junk trimming overlapping each other. Like Jenny S, I see it in my mind but...

    The Texas Woman

  3. LOOOVE your super-cool finds!! The rummage sale sign is GREAT! Love the mirrors, and your column base is fab.u.lous! I'd definitely hang it on the wall as art. I like architechtural things hung up! You can see them better that way :) Not sure how huge this piece is though!

    Are you keeping a lot of these things, or planning to sell them?


  4. Some things will be the column base. I am "trying out" the mirrors in my guest room. The windmill is not something I would usually consider my style, but it is just plain adorable when it is blowing in the wind. It will likely be sold along with the other items at a flea market in the future.

    In the back of my mind, I've been having this crazy idea of selling at the Junk Bonanza next year. I would need to partner up with one or more other people though. Anyone interested? Think about it and let me know! :)

  5. Diggin' those rollers! Gets me thinking...


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