Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Couple of Great Junking Days

I'm back home from a quick trip up to Ashland, Oregon.  My time up there always goes by so fast because each day is always packed full of things to do.  My mom came along with me on this trip, and of course we managed to sneak in some good quality junking time.

We hit a couple of the local shops, at least six yard sales, a church rummage sale, a huge estate sale, and an amazing salvage yard.

Yes, it's all good!

This cute little shop is in Talent (between Ashland and Medford)
I found the chippy white magazine rack here.

I've been looking for another Brownie camera...such a deal at the church rummage sale.  The quilt has some condition issues, but all nine of the little embroidered vegetable squares are perfect: eggplant, radishes, squash, broccoli, carrots, corn, pumpkin, beets, and peppers.

I haven't decided if I want to do something with these squares, or just leave the quilt alone....issues and all.

These architectural pieces are from the salvage yard.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet; still waiting for a light bulb moment.
I love the chippy green paint.

There were hundreds of these pieces at the salvage yard.  The photograph is small, but you can still see how the pieces once fit together to form the bridge railing over the Smith River in Northern California.
I'm going to share more pictures from this salvage yard in my next post.

I'll have fun with this large box of buttons from the estate sale.

 I was shocked when my mom told me she bought a patio table at the estate sale.  I didn't drive my truck up this time, so I had visions of driving home with a huge table tied to the top of the car.  What a pleasant surprise to see it was just this cute little nesting table.  I only wish I had seen it first!!

That strange thingie on the left is a tilt-a-mite camera flash attachment; I have a few ideas for that.  Can you make out the clear Fuller Brush Man letter opener in the center? 

I had to have that four drawer quilted turquoise cabinet.  More shells, molds, lace, thread, and an accordion rack for displaying stuff.

You'd think I had nothing better to do, right?  I was arranging the jewelry, buttons, watches, and glass knobs while I was waiting for my coffee to finish brewing.  There's not much I can do without my morning coffee.

I think those pretty vintage floral earrings are going to be first in line for repurposing.


  1. Great finds! Glad you had a good time.


  2. Oh, Betsy, I am so pee green with envy, tee hee!! How FUN!! I LOVE that turqoise cabinet!!!!

    Wow, that is a LOT of buttons!!!

    I can't wait to see more photos!!!


  3. Wow, can I just say that I am so coveting that box of buttons, oh and the lace, and well, most all of it! But, especially the buttons and lace. I love antique lace! Looks like you had a really great trip!

  4. That looks like so much fun! Good for you for your major scores!

  5. You did have a successful trip! I see several interesting things in the box of buttons and your pretty design you made. :) I don't do well without my morning coffee either.
    Enjoy your evening.

  6. Great finds! And I'm thinking that you really want to just give those salvaged wood pieces away, say maybe to muah! LOL Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm digging those glass knobs!!! The quilt squares are great, but I have to know....Did you get that red stool? Love it!!!

  8. Oh my goodness Betsy what wonderful finds. Looks like you and your mom had a wonderful time.
    Loving the buttons and the door knobs...well I guess I could go on...great finds.
    have a terrific day!

  9. Betsy you found some really awesome things. I would love to dive into that box of buttons with you! hugs, Linda

  10. Oh my gosh! how lucky you are!! I wish we had great junking places like those here in MS! My daddy used to have a flash attachment similar to yours. I remember loving playing with that fan-like thing, until I got caught! Ha! :) I would certainly love playing with that button/earring stash, too! Cannot wait to see what your creative mind comes up with! Have fun!

  11. What great finds. Love it all! Hugs!

  12. Betsy - these are FABULOUS finds!!! Love 'em all! :)


  13. WOW!! Just.... WOW! I'd have been very content with the buttons and the green architectural things. (Who cares what they're for or what you'll do with them. They're the perfect color and state of shabbiness.) But you found all that other stuff, too. Did you just sit and stare with a silly grin on your face? I would have. ;-)

  14. Everything is amazing! So happy you posted all of these pictures. It helps save me money bc it makes me think I already went thrifting for the week! :P


  15. All I can say is...DANG!! You did good! So much good stuff to bring home and play with!!
    I cracked up at your little bling art!
    Thanks for linking to THT.

  16. Oh my goodness, i love all of the bits and ends that you picked up!

  17. Now that is some really great "stuff"!!

  18. Great "treasures" you found on your trip. My fav is the box of buttons. I just love old buttons.

  19. Visiting from the Thrifty Groove-Thrifty Things Thursday. I love that little table your mom bought, and I love the box of buttons! xo,

  20. Oh I want to go thrifting with you, except that we'd want a lot of the same things. I just know you are a blast to thrift with and how calmly you responded to the idea of driving back with a table strapped to the roof if it came to that.

    This has been a definite Eye Candy post.

  21. Great finds and I love your knob and smalls arrangement! Good to know I'm not the only one who enjoys doing that when photographing my Treasures! *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  22. You had a very successful trip. Love that box of buttons; something about a pile of buttons that is so appealing.


  23. Ooooh, great finds! Thanks for sharing!

  24. OH I want to salvage where YOU salvage! Great finds -- love that turquoise cabinet!

  25. Great finds! In case the unique size and shape of the drawer set weren't enough, it had to be turquoise! Sounds like a fun day with your mom.

  26. Oh, I adore that metal table!! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

  27. Oh Betsy! you had a great thrifting week! You found a lot of wonderful things. I would have been going through and playing with all those buttons too! Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you have a fun weekend!

  28. I hate that I can't post on alot of blogs! Great stuff!

  29. Cow Girl!! What a haul! I never found treasure like this when I lived up in Sacrmento! LOL
    Love the color of the salvaged architecture too, and the 4 drawer cabinet. All those buttons are to die for!!!
    Have a great weekend!

  30. Lovely stash and lucky you! I sure do understand that morning cup of coffee comment too! Have a great weekend.

  31. I found a store just like yours and posted pictures on my blog. Nothing better then a cool vintage store!

    The Joyful Thrifter

  32. OMG, those buttons, that 4 drawer thing, the Fuller Brushman letter opener -- I'll take them all! You did great!

  33. Button, button, who's got the button?

    I think Betsy does!

    Oooo! La! La!

    I have a clear Fuller Brush Man letter opener, too!

    Oh, so handy.............

  34. As ususal, you made out like a bandit, Betsy! It's probably a good thing we DON'T live in the same neck of the woods. We might end up being competitors for treasure, instead of friends! ;)

    Thanks for linking your fabulous finds to the party each week. They motivate me to dig deeper when I go treasure hunting myself.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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