Sunday, November 9, 2008

Junking Weekend, November 8-9, 2008

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Well, it was a bit of a low-key weekend for me. I felt really fatigued all week and I would come home every day from work and immediately take a nap. This weekend was no different...just not very energized. I'm not sure if it the weather or something else. So, I listened to my body and rested as necessary.


I did make it out the door on Saturday to a couple of estate sales and one church garage sale. The first estate sale was a complete bust. I guess you never know unless you go though, right?


The second estate sale turned out some small finds. The first was a box of colorful pieces that look like small shoe stretchers. Can anyone confirm that's what they are?

I also found two games: Memory and Yahtzee. Both of these games bring back extremely fond memories of my childhood. I remember playing Memory a lot. Oddly enough, we did not own the game. I believe my cousin Kelly did. The pictures on the Memory game pieces are the exact ones we played with...that would date the game to late 70s or early 80s. As I was not feeling particularly energetic today, I pulled out the Memory game and played a game by myself. It is only missing one pair of game's nice that the previous owners lost 2 of the same picture!

From what I remember, Yahtzee was a must on my dad's side of the family...every weekend visit, every holiday, etc. The adults were hardcore! Imagine Grandma Maggie with a can of beer in one hand and the Yahtzee shaker in the other! One of my favorite times was when Grandma Maggie and I would sit and play the game...just the two of us. I was probably only nine or so. I swear that woman could roll any numbers she wanted. She was amazing!

The fun didn't stop there! Inside the Yahtzee box was another suprise! "Dice Fun!" It included a complete set of 10 wooden dice, a shaker, and an instruction pamphlet for 26 different dice games. I've never heard of any of them! Aren't those wooden dice the coolest?


On the way home, I stopped at a church garage sale only about a mile from my house. I had seen the sign earlier that day but had decided to stop on my way back. I found an old fluted jar with a "cereal" label on it and two boxes of small and extra small ceramic flower pots. I recall Sue Whitney at JunkMarket recommending buying things in multiples. (See, Sue, you're in my head!) I thought the flower pots might make for a fun project. If you have any ideas, please let me know...


Okay, Margo, as you is a photo inside the junk shed. We laid four industrial carts together side by side to keep items off the ground. I had picked up the industrial carts at a garage sale in August or September. I loaded our outdoor furniture to the back, then put items for the flea market in the middle, and then items that will be worked on over the winter at the front. I kept a walkway on the side so that items could be accessed if necessary. What do you think?


  1. Isn't finding treasures from your childhood such a good feeling? Love your finds.

    And your junk shed seems to be working out great. You know you could always stuff it full and enter through that little doggie door too!

    Have a great week!


  2. I'm a country gal moved to the town, and let's face it, town doesn't have sheds and barns like it should! If I ever run for office, my platform will be: There must be TWO sheds in every yard, churches must have sales EVERY Saturday, and no garage sales will be held Friday mornings when I have to work! I think I could be elected with that platform, don't you?

    About your tiny pots. A couple of years ago I bought bunches of them (at a GS, of course), decorated them with paint and paste on thingys, then personalized them. I stuck votive candles in them and used them as placecards for dinners and office gifts.

    Show us what you do with 'em.

    Too funny - I'm all wordy here and I just noticed my word verification is "terse".

    The Texas Woman

  3. Great finds and yes I do believe those are shoe stretchers to keep shoes from losing their shape. Girl, you make me feel old if your childhood memories are from the 70's and 80's. I am such a crone. Deb

  4. What fun finds, it's always thrilling to see "finds" ~ you had some great ones this weekend. Love the shoe stretchers.
    xo Lidy

  5. It looks like your trip out was worth your while. :) I was home all weekend with sick kids. They were kinda punky, we were home sick today as well, so maybe you picked up a little bug? I hope not!

    I love your shed, let me know when that flea market is, I will be at your booth! You have found many wonderful goodies.

    I have seen little herb gardens with those pots and they did chalk board paint on the front and labeled the herbs that way, very cute. Good luck, let me know what you do with them!

    I hope you feel better- Krista
    Snowman Hill

  6. By the way-
    Thanks for taking that picture of us! We use it all the time- you should be a photographer, wait, maybe you are!

  7. Just wanted you to know I gave you the Kreativ Blogger award right back at ya. I hate to repeat what someone else has done but I also hate to not let you know how much I enjoy your blog. You don't have to do anything for it (I changed the rules to suit me!). Thanks for entertaining me!

    The Texas Woman

  8. love the shed and you packed it like a true tetris player. It's a good thing to have access ;)
    love the industrial carts.


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