Friday, August 23, 2013

The Rest of the Junk from my Trunk

I finally got all the junk unloaded from the trunk of the car and started sorting through everything.  I need to decide what will stay, what needs fixing, cleaning, or repurposing, and what just needs a price tag.

It's amazing how fast a little trunk fills up!!

If we had only arrived at this yard sale five minutes earlier....oh, the stuff that got away.

This 1954 portion controller scale might have come in handy if I had found it the first day of vacation. 

This pretty silver plated casserole holder came complete with the Pyrex dish.  That black thingie in the back right is an old ammunition box that was full of fishing lures.  I don't fish, so I gave them all to my mom...minus a few bits and pieces for making a necklace.

I was so excited to discover that big white wall decoration until I realized it was plastic.  It fooled me at a distance and the price was right, so in the trunk it went.  The chippy painted boards will most likely get some hooks.

I'm not sure what these two large brownish wall hangings are made from, but they have so much potential.  They'll be getting a paint job.

This one is the real deal.  Heavy, rusty, chippy, and gorgeous!  

The architectural pieces are from the salvage yard and will be getting a paint job and some additional hardware. 

I added a label from The Graphics Fairy to the bucket, and stenciled the newer galvanized bag.  I like to take care of the quick and easy projects first.

I have a feeling this Tonka tow truck is going to be showing up in a lot of blog posts.  It sure does a good job towing jewelry and buttons.

It does a good job towing jello molds and old kitchen gadgets too.

These old bottles will be getting some labels after I clean them up, and the wheel....well, I'm confident inspiration will hit soon.

These beauties took up most of the space in my trunk, but there was no way I was leaving them behind.    They're four feet tall the way they stand here, and can be adjusted all the way up to six feet.

They were repainted at some point and I had quite a time trying to loosen the screw that allows the pole to slide up and down.  Why on earth didn't the person paint them with the pole all the way up?  Hopefully I'll be able to find some spray paint for the pole that will be a close match...don't want to paint over the rest of the fabulous rust surrounding the candle holders.  Or, should I just leave them alone?

This yummy blue Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter is in perfect working condition and came complete with a zipper case.

This book is hilarious!  What else can I say?

For your reading pleasure, these other books on "avoided subjects" were also available for $1.

Last but not least, is this adorable Tiny T-V salt and pepper shaker set.....complete with the box and directions.  Turn the dial and the salt and pepper shakers pop up, push in the TV screen to hold a picture of the star of the show.  This one's a keeper!  

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  1. Great haul! I just want to know what men of 45 ought to know because my husband may have missed a lesson somewhere along the line - lol! Does your Mom fish or does she collect the old lures?

  2. OH MY JUNKIN' GOODNESS!!! Did you ever score!!! You had me at the first photo...(why can't I find wire baskets?) and didn't let up until the TV S&P set! Love it ALL! I can't believe you got all of that in your trunk! You're GOOD!!!

  3. Wow! i cannot even pick a favorite. My niece would love the S&P TV and I would drive away in the Tonka Tow truck. Love the architectural pieces.

  4. Great picks, Betsy!!! Love the salt and pepper shakers!!!!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  5. Great finds!! Love that red truck!!
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Heeeheehee, I love that little tv set!

  7. Nice haul, Betsy. I love the rusty crusty piece.

  8. What a great haul! Love the old bottles and kitchen gadgets. I wonder if the stuff in that old book still holds true today? Ha! Have a great week-end.

  9. You did do good! Of course the bling caught my eye. Just curious - what year was that book published? Somehow have a feeling it is outdated in today's world. :D
    Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Great finds Betsy!I have not been to many garage sales this summer and the only really good find so far was my farm table.Love that cool truck and that tv salt and pepper!

  11. I love seeing the jewelry and old bottles! The wire baskets are very neat, too. I haven't been thrift shopping much lately...I miss it! Sweet hugs!

  12. What a splendid hall..I haven't been able to go junkin lately and it's just killing I'm that much more jealous! :)
    Good luck this weekend!

  13. What great stuff! How did you ever fit it all in? I know you'll do something fabulous with those metal scrolly things! And I LOVE that little red truck! As for the candle holders, I'd just leave them alone, "flaws" and all. That's the beauty of it.

  14. What fun finds! I think my favorite is the rusty metal scroll. And I'd have fun with that red truck! Great for displaying!
    Have a great weekend!

  15. It looks like you found some really great things! I love the little flat bed truck and the tv salt and pepper shaker is so cute. Can't wait to see what you do with all your finds! Happy weekend! xo

  16. Well you certainly did get a trunk full of loot! I think the Tonka truck and all of it's haul are my favorite. Fabulous finds dear...

  17. What a haul you made. Lots of goodies.


  18. Love the motifs. I buy them every chance I get. They are fun to display as an accent piece and a lot of artist include them in art projects.

  19. Everything is so cute, in a sort of gotta like vintage kinda way--and I certainly do! Great score! I hope I have similar luck tomorrow at our local vintage market....

  20. What fabulous finds! What a haul. My fav is probably the truck but I love that rusty decor piece too! I sure would love to junk with you someday!

  21. Some great snags there! Love the bottles and typewriters. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  22. Wow! What great treasures you found. I LOVE that Tonka toy flat bed truck. What fun you will have using it in your posts! The little black case reminds me of my great grandmother's suitcase, which was about that size, maybe a tiny bit bigger. I have it tucked away somewhere storing the dolls my father would bring back from overseas trips. Time to go on a treasure hunt in my own house!

  23. So many great finds! The truck is definitely a winner!!

  24. Oh, drooling...I love that little TV set S&P! And those candelabras!!

  25. My goodness didn't come home empty handed!! I don't know how you got that all in your trunk! Looks like some great finds.

  26. "You ought to know" that you SCORED big time...but you always do! It is always such a joy to see what you are up to. LOVE those file card chalkboards below, too.

    Have a super new week and happy junking! I will be seeing you in Roseville in September.


  27. WOW!! What a great hull!! I love love everything!!! :) Such wonderful treasures!! xo Holly

  28. Great "junk", Betsy! You must have had tons of fun finding all that. The truck is so cute and will make a wonderful display for all kinds of things. I love the bottles and the rusty metal pieces. I keep on hoping that I find a wire bin one day.
    Have a lovely week!

  29. My found some awesome treasures. Luv that cute red truck and all the charming iron pieces.


  30. ummmm.......all I can say is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! hugs...tfs!

  31. THIS was a GARAGE sale??? Best one EVER then!!! I would have had to buy it all too! Mary

  32. Great stuff! I love those old locker baskets, and the Olivetti is a great score!


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