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Monday, November 28, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
I had to venture out early to check on a friend's pet, and the roads were absolutely awful! Tires spinning everywhere and if you stopped, that was pretty much it. It rained yesterday, so the salt trucks didn't put anything out, so the roads are icy too. But the view is beautiful if you can stay at home. Hope you enjoy some of the pics!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
I'm a sucker for quilts. Whenever I'm out junking, I usually come home with at least one. Several years ago (2008 ish), I started seeing rag quilts on various blogs and websites. They had that "oh so shabby chic" look and feel. I fell in love with them! You could create them from fabrics old and new, and even from chenille blankets and scrap quilts. The only downside are the strings associated with certain kinds of fabrics from the ragging/clipping part. Any suggestions as to how to deal with those? You also have to be careful when washing and drying them - the lint traps get filled quickly. But the effort is worth it! Here are a few I created:
I made a bunch of lap size rag quilts that were perfect for babies playmats too. I experimented with adding a center of cotton backing and flannel to make the ragged sections fluffier. I also experimented with different sized squares ranging from 6 to 9 inches. The larger sized squares were easier to work with, but also too more time to clip.
I haven't sewn anything like this in a while. I went through two second hand sewing machines. My mom surprised me with a new Brother sewing machine from JoAnn's. I also lucked up on a little singer featherweight - $20. It needed a bobbin and a tune up, but after $150, it was working like 1950. I was going to sell it when the market was hot and they were going for up to $500. But I used it one too many times and fell in love with it! It's so simple and easy.
Stay warm and craft on!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Monday, March 17, 2014
I thought I’d share some of my favorite spots in the Nashville area for good junk, vintage items, and a few antiques. Don’t tell anyone!!!
If you’re in town on Nashville Flea Market weekend, always, ALWAYS, go there first!! It’s every fourth weekend except in December. Huge deals on furniture, old jars & bottles, industrial/metal pieces, tin ceiling tiles, corbels and really anything and everything you’d ever think about. Parking costs $3-5 depending on where you park. Don’t plan on speaking to fellow shoppers who are also dealers. They are on a mission – to get to the deal before you or anyone else! It’s not personal, it’s just business! Best time to go is Friday morning and then again Sunday between 1-3pm. After 3pm, the dealers are packing up and grumpy. If you see something unique and you that you really want, you better get it right then. If you blink or think you can wait and come back on the last day, you might be out of luck. Ask my dad. He found some antique railroad date nails and only bought two on Friday morning. He talked about them the rest of the weekend and said “I’ll just wait and buy more on Sunday when we go back.” They were all gone. One person bought all she had (about 30) to use in his furniture making business. You snooze, you lose!
I’ve found many a unique item at the Nashville flea. And once you become a regular, dealers began to recognize you, and you just might get a better deal! There’s always a variety and you never know what you might find. But there’s also the the same staple items that you can always count on finding there – like mason jars, old windows and doors, skeleton keys, tin ceiling tiles, original furniture hardware, metal letters, and cowhide pieces.
Some others that are on my list to check out:
I’ve heard there is a really great flea market in Dickson. I plan on checking it out soon! If you’ve gone and it’s worth the trip, please let me know. Hendersonville has a new indoor flea market/market place. I’ve heard from a few folks that they have good furniture deals, but I don’t make it up to that area very often. Check it out if you’re in the area and let me know. There’s also one in Lebanon, but I haven’t been able to find it. I think it’s every Sunday.
I had planned to write more about junk stores and antique shops in the area, but ran out of time. Keep checking back for a blog about those. Thanks!!
Have fun shopping!!!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
There are so many events going on this Spring in Nashville! Lots of new barn sales and pop up events. I’m excited to be a new vendor at the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale this year. I’m also returning to the Hayloft Barn Sale but it’s my first time as a Spring vendor. These events are in the middle TN area. Southern Junkers is having a market sale just outside of Memphis in west TN.
Listed below are the Facebook event links to each of these:
The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale in Hartsville, TN – May 1-3, 2014
The Hayloft Barn Sale in Clarksville, TN – May 15-17
Southern Junkers Spring Market, Memphis, TN – April 11&12, 2014
Other Spring Sales:
The Pick-it Fence Vintage Barn Sale, Lascassas, TN – May 30&31, 2014
Other events in the area that you won’t want to miss include:
NoBull Vintage in Murfreesboro, TN – June 12-14, 2014
Don’t forget about the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Sale in the Fall…
There are many, many more events and I will try my best to update this page as I learn about them and find their info. Hope to see you at one of these!
Monday, March 3, 2014
My life as a junker began long before I actually knew what to call it…back then you were just a pack rat or something along those lines. Now we have nice new (friendlier) terms to call myself and my fellow junkers/pickers.
Several years ago I got my very first booth at an antique mall (Gaslamp) in Nashville. A decision I’ll never regret! I’ve made some of the best friends and contacts there and have learned so much – about antique and vintage items, as well as life lessons and people skills (or lack thereof). It has been such fun filling my spaces with all the goodies I’ve found on my many hunting trips. I’ve grown from sharing a small 6’ by 7’ booth to having two booths with over 200 sq ft. I had so much stuff, I thought getting another space would solve that problem and double sales! It was very easy to fill both spaces, but with recent increases implemented and stagnant sales, it just wasn’t cost productive to keep both. I have sadly decided to downsize to one space. But oh, it’s jam packed! And will continue to have the same shabby chic goodies that I always try to find. Instead of having two spaces in one store, I’ve decided to expand and get spaces at other locations in Nashville. I’ve also got space at 8th Avenue Antique Mall and just recently moved into Downtown Antique Mall. Please check those out too!
Here are pics from my one smaller space at Gaslamp. I will miss the big booth I’ve had for some time now, but hopefully with my packing skills and my friend Terry’s organizing skills, I’ll be able to jam just as much stuff in it!
Good bye back row space! I’ll miss my next door neighbor Merrill, but I’ll just be right across the isle – within shouting distance. It looks so big with nothing in it!
And now the shabby explosion in my remaining corner booth!!! Just across from Jason Parker Counce’s “Dirt” booth…
I can clearly see that I’ve collected way too many small items, although I love them, I really want to have space for more furniture – which is my passion (painting shabby chic style).
As always, thanks for checking out my blog. Stop by and say hello if you’re in the Nashville area.