Friday, September 19, 2014

The Junk I Found

Happy Friday!  I can't believe how fast this week has gone by.  I've been so busy getting ready for Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show and just finally came up for air yesterday.  I'm headed over to set up for the show this morning, so it's going to be another busy day.  I wish you were all close enough to attend, but just in case you are, Mes Amis will be held 6:00pm-9:00pm tonight and 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturday at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, Ca. More details about the show here.

I wanted to share the junk I bought out at Alameda Point almost two weeks ago.  Some of it is still waiting for a little TLC, and some I've tackled and have packed up ready to go to Mes Amis.  You can see pictures of the fabulous junk I encountered here.  I didn't buy that much considering the hundreds of booths I passed through, but at least I came home happy and didn't spend every dime in my wallet.  (Or every $20 bill in my wallet because nothing out there costs a dime).

Large brass numbers and drawer pulls/markers.  The little stencils will eventually become necklaces.

The sweet tattered French music book has writing all over it and the pages are falling out, but it has some wonderful graphics.  I'm still searching for a nice frame for the silhouette.  I did something with the frames that involves twine, a vintage portrait, and a clip on earring. 

 You must think I've lost my mind to buy something like this!!  I thought so too until I figured out what to do with part of it.  It's called an irrigation dam and it would be attached to a pipe buried in the ground.  The red handle could be pulled straight up to allow the water to flow through.   

 Now it's a chalkboard.  The challenging part will be to figure out what to do with the other half.

 A couple of chippy metal and glass trivets and two clock faces.  The clock face on the right has a convex glass cover that opens and a tiny level under the 12. 

One of the clock faces was a perfect fit on top of this little urn, and.....

a small cloche was a perfect fit on top of the clock face.  Just enough room inside for a baby pumpkin.

Not a whole lot of silverware this trip, but enough to make another batch of silverware handle necklaces.  The galvanized dust pan will hang on a wall and hold three tiny vintage bottles that are perfect for single blooms.

 These beautiful vintage doorknobs weren't exactly a bargain, but I needed more to complete a few projects.

Coat/accessory racks on vintage molding.

 A few more bits and pieces of mismatched and broken jewelry.  I'd say about 40% of this has been used in other creations so far.

 Isn't this the sweetest little box?  It's made from a 6" section of an old wooden rain gutter with pieces of metal nailed to each end.  I glued on the bling just because it needed a little something to contrast with the chippy old wood.  I'll be adding old wooden rain gutters to my focus list now!

Last, but not least.....the only thing that wouldn't fit into my shopping cart.
The background for all these pictures has been brought to you by my new old door.  One door, two different colors and two completely different styles.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


  1. I really like that old door. Great idea to use it for photo backgrounds. I really like the fleur-de-lis in those old trivets and the little gutter piece is so cute. Definitely put those on your focus list! Hope your show is awesome this weekend!

  2. Everything you do inspires me. Your creativity is so in line with mine, that it's like getting a preview of what I would create if I move my hands faster. ...Carry on Junking Kindred Spirit....;)

  3. I love all of your creations you have made for the show! I know you will sell a lot. What a great door! It's amazing that it has two very unique sides not only in color but design. I have never seen a door that was like that before.

  4. I love seeing these photos. The clock face/pumpkin holder is just fabulous! Love, love your ideas!

  5. Love the bling! Wishing you much success this weekend.

  6. Betsy - What great finds! I love the idea for the little stencil necklaces, love the door knobs and oh - that door. Good job!


  7. What a fun post! I especially love the pumpkin/clock face tray/cloche! Very creative and tons of fun.

  8. Love the door! What a great find. My fav is the clock face on the pedestal and the mini pumpkin! Hope you have a great weekend and sale!


  9. Love the sweet little box from a rain gutter!!!!! Hope you have an awesome weekend!! xo

  10. Great finds and that door!
    Have fun this weekend!

  11. You and I like the same kind of junk, Betsy! Congrats on all your cool finds. :)

  12. Absolutely great finds! And, very creative uses for them.


  13. Lots of great finds and especially love the wooden gutter with the bling. You come up with such clever ideas!!
    Good luck with the sale!

  14. Girl, you are better than the rest at this! And continually!

    Those mercury glass door knobs are really old. Some of those can be from the 1860s. They are so beautiful, like big diamonds.

    I'll be going downstairs tonight to bring my clock faces up to the shop. Your creativity is always a big help to me in my business. Thank you!
    Ginene from Fox and Finch Antiques

  15. Wow, you found so great items! Love your door. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  16. Everything is wonderful and it all looks so good together- you have a great eye!

  17. Wow, everything is sooooo beautiful. The doors are absolutley adorable and what you've done with the clock face is such a fantastic idea! You are so creative!
    Have fun

  18. I love your posts like this! That rain gutter container is to die for!!

  19. Oh, I'm drooling over your finds! I can't even pick a favorite, but that clock face/pumpkin/urn is a winner!!

  20. Oh my goodness, Betsy--such great finds! Loving the galvanized dust bin (never seen one before) and the clock faces. You are SO creative--

  21. Hi there Betsy! Wow I just love all your finds and things you put together!! You are so clever! How cute is that rain gutter you made up! Those glass knobs are so pretty, I don't ever really see them going for 'bargain' prices around here. LOVE your door, old doors are so fun! Happy Fall!! xo Holly

  22. OOhh...I'm pretty smitten with your rain gutter box. And, maybe you could use the other part of the irrigation thing for a fairy garden! I have fair gardens on my mind since my daughter's 4h project!

  23. Wow! Love everything - but especially those incredible door knobs! They are so beautiful!

  24. Shut the door (I couldn't resist) I missed a blog post! Fabulous finds, Those colored door knobs are perfect...Well not the price really, but they look perfect!!


  25. Do you have a tutorial on how to make the coat rack's with the door knobs?

    Thank you,

    Love your stuff!


  26. I like the old doors as backgrounds, other then the doors I love how you re-purpose "junk" it all comes together quite nicely!
    ~Hugs from Hayley


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