Friday, September 4, 2015

Cool Junk Signs for the Vintage Market

I struck out last weekend and didn't find any cool junk to haul home, so I decided to do some picking in my own garage.  I really should do this more often because I found some hidden gems that were in desperate need of a little makeover.

Vintage Market Flea Market Cool Junk signs
This antique suitcase was a perfect candidate for a junky sign makeover.  The top is a warped and has started to collapse, but it still stands upright.  It was about time I did something with the drafting t-square that's been hidden out there for who knows how long.


old suitcase vintage market sign
I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the custom Vintage Market sign, then stenciled the bottom with white acrylic paint. No sealing or waxing required.  

The fabric on the inside is sagging and still needs a good cleaning.  Lots of old dust and even a few dead bugs. Yuck!!!

repurposed t-square flea market cool junk sign
I painted the blond wood on the t-square, then created another stencil with my Silhouette. See the arrow pointing to the arrow?  The end of the t-square needed a point, so added a few inches of an old folding ruler.  Now there's no confusion about which way to go for cool flea market junk.

repurposed vintage suitcase and folding ruler signs
I'll be loading up the suitcase in just two short weeks for my next Vintage Market.  In the meantime, I'll be busy making more junky signs from some of the stuff I found in my garage.

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31 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! That great old suitcase makes a wonderful sign!

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  2. I love the suitcase and the sign. I think I want to make my t-square into an arrow! I love it. Good job. Dianne

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  3. Hi Betsy, I would love to shop your garage and I LOVE your suitcase! It makes a fantastic sign.
    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Love them both. The use of the folding ruler for a pointer is up to your usual brilliance.
    Amalia
    xo

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  5. Just love. The suitcase is perfect. Have fun.
    Kris

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading about your next Vintage Market. The suitcase is fantastic. I wondered if a machine like your Silhouette would cut stencils and now I know. I might have to watch more YouTube videos. I've never invested in one of these and might have to look into it. In the meantime, I'll keep reading your blog and looking at your photos and wishing I could go to your Vintage Market. But I don't need anything so it's just as well that we live so far apart.

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  7. What fun these signs are! Love the suitcase!
    hugs!!

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  8. Love both projects! I just saw a similar, but much larger, suitcase at the thrift shop. I passed because it what all warped and weird looking. It was also tan... I think I NEED to go back and get it though because I could paint it black and do lettering like you did! Awesome :o]

    Tania

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  9. You did good. The T square makes a great sing with the arrow.
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  10. Another great rescue PLUS makes room in your magic garage for more!

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  11. Great makeovers!! I love shopping my own house. But I usually don't know what to do with what I find!!!

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  12. Love it! Great rescues! I have an old suitcase like that and just bought a map to use on the inside. Not sure how I want to do the outside but sure wish I had your stencil maker.

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  13. Betsy,
    What a good idea for that old suitcase. I have one that needs a makeover...but I just need more time to get all my projects done. Hope you are having a fun holiday weekend.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  14. Love this!!!! You have such great ideas!!!

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  15. Love your suitcase and can't wait to see it at Mes Amis!

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  16. Great ideas.... great projects! Love the T-square sign with your clever "arrow."

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  17. Just love what you did with the suitcase… so neat!!! I just love my Silhouette machine and what it can do to take creative projects to a whole new level! ;o)

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  18. I love both of your signs - too cute, Betsy!

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  19. Love both these think they look great and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing

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  20. Tons of fun, Betsy! These are just terrific!

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  21. You come up with the best ideas Betsy - really !
    That suitcase sign is just fabulous - and I love the ruler turned arrow !

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  22. Betsy,
    Love the suitcase! Always great ideas found here!!
    Thanks so much for visiting!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  23. Love the suitcase and the T-square sign!!
    ~Cindy

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  24. What a great idea!! I love them both! Visiting from SYC.

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  25. So cute Betsy! Love how the T-square became an arrow. I bought an old suitcase last weekend and thought it would clean up, but I'm finding that it really isn't. It has red trim on each side, but I think I will paint the rest. So happy to have you share with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  26. Just now getting around to letting you know I love these!

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