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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

If Loving Junk is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Right!

The first step to overcoming a problem is admitting you have one.  Okay, I admit it, I love old junk!  That may not sound serious to some but when I can't drive down the road to pick up a gallon of milk without screeching to a halt when I spy a garage sale, it's definitely dangerous. Although I admit my problem, I've also come to terms with it.  If loving junk is wrong, then I don't want to be right!

My first conquest of the weekend, the neighborhood estate sale. As luck would have it, the sale was for the entire contents of a huge Dutch Colonial right around the block from my house. I was giddy with anticipation!  I called a fellow junker and we were on our way.  Unfortunately, we missed the first day (went to a Wine Week lunch in NYC so the wine soothed my heartache), but the second day had some pretty cool stuff left (bonus, no long lines!).

A few of my finds include an adorable cow pitcher, a pudding mold which I think will be great for holding my makeup brushes, and a green glass Ball mason jar with zinc lid.  
Cow milk pitcher, pudding mold, Ball mason jar with zinc lid
Rusty pudding mold which would be great for holding makeup brushes
Next up, silver. I don't care it it's got a pedigree; silver plate is just fine by me. I found a couple of great pieces - a fabulous Art Deco ice bucket and a completely tarnished nickled silver cocktail shaker (I won't be cleaning it either as I love the dark patina).  The silver plate pitcher was found at a yard sale the same day - score!  It will make a great vase.
Art Deco ice bucket, tarnished nickeled silver cocktail shaker and silver plated pitcher
I love vintage paintings and have some landscapes hanging in my powder room.  Today, I manged to find a great one to add to my collection.
Another great landscape for my collection
As if all this wasn't enough! On my way out the door, I also managed to nab a huge galvanized tub which has so many uses like holding beers at a barbecue, a shoe bin in the mudroom or filled with water and apples for the kids to bob away on Halloween.
A great old galvanized tub to hold ice cold beers, shoes in a mudroom, apples for bobbing ...
Enjoy and happy junking!

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