Friday, April 8, 2016

The End of my Junking Dry Spell

My junking dry spell has finally come to an end. It seems like ages since I explored a decent flea market, and my yard sale adventures haven't been too exciting either. Last weekend I made it to one yard sale and one college flea market, and I'm happy to say that I didn't have to rearrange the existing junk in my garage to accommodate this new-to-me pile of junk.
yard sale and flea market junk
I did stray from my "focus list" a bit, but I can't resist a good deal and I can't resist rust!! 
See that flower bucket? There was a brand new one sitting right next to it, but I chose the less expensive one. The one with all the rust inside. I also chose the rusty red carrier over the perfect and more expensive one. Old crates and boxes, picture frames, and silverware are always on my list.
Not pictured are 23 little vintage bottles that were busy soaking in an Efferdent bath.

my junking finds, ceramic heater bricks and an antique drawer
 The antique glass-front drawer is a keeper. I cleaned it up with some Howard Feed-N-Wax (*affiliate link) and love how it brought out the natural beauty of the wood inside and out.
I have a plan for those decorative ceramic gas space heater bricks. 

rusty old scale and Eveready flashlight lantern
 More rusty love and 1.5 ounces of rhinestone jewels and buttons.
The red Eveready flashlight/lantern was missing its wiring and connectors, but it still had plenty of repurposing potential.

repurposed Eveready dry cell lantern chalkboard and planter
I think it looks pretty darn cute as a planter and mini chalkboard. So simple! The plant is in its original plastic container and the chalkboard is nothing more than peel and stick chalkboard vinyl (*affiliate link).

trash to treasure rustic box
It's always difficult for me to resist anything with storage potential, and this rustic old box was no exception. All it needed was one coat of AS Old Ochre Chalk Paint and the fabulous **ANTIQUES Old Sign Stencil from Funky Junk Interiors to bring it back to life. 

how to upcycle an old burned box with paint, hardware, and a stencil
What was I thinking?
 When something is free, or almost free, it usually comes with a few obvious challenges. What the heck, it was worth a few minutes of my time to see if chalk paint could cover charred wood. Yes. Yes, it does.

use bits and pieces of vintage hardware to makeover and old box
It needed a little something extra on top, so I added a few bits and pieces of random junk.

before and after, how to upcycle an old wooden box
I'm SO happy I didn't give up on it!

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**The stencil was provided to me to try out, but all opinions are strictly my own!


  1. love the postcard clip stand. i'm a little jealous. sharon

  2. Wow! You had a fabulous haul! Good for you -- true treasures!

  3. I've never seen those heater bricks, so strange and beautiful! Awesome creations, esp the lamp with the chalkboard - very cool.

  4. I love all your finds, Betsy! Is that a super large flower frog on the red carrier? The flashlight makes such a great planter and you did a wonderful job on the crate as well.
    Wishing you another successful junkin' weekend! :)

  5. I love your finds! I would choose the rusty too! I love the box makeover and is that a piece of a metal measuring tape on it? You are always so clever! You have my wheels spinning now on ideas for some makeovers tomorrow.

    Have a great weekend.

    xo Dianne

  6. Those are some nice transformations!

  7. Wow, those are my kind of treasures!! I would have picked every one of them. I have been finding lots of great treasures lately but it is so slow in my shop right now stuff is piling up! I can't stop thrifting though....not now!

  8. Oh, my! You have such imagination! The old crate is just divine now. It won't last long at your next show. I'm intrigued with your idea for the old gas heater bricks. I see those at sales all the time.

  9. I love it when a junkin dry spell comes to an end. That antique drawer is my favorite of your finds, gorgeous. Love the crate make over. Rusty is your middle name I do believe!

  10. I love what you did with the lantern and, if I know you, you have the reflector part stashed away until inspiration strikes!

  11. Great junk!! The flashlight turned planter is adorable but that crate is special too. I see a giant flower frog and some vintage jewelry in that stash of goodies too.

  12. Great score. Just awesome treasures found. Love the battery lantern planter. Awesome.

  13. You found some great items. Love the box and drawer.

  14. LOVE the red carrier...I would have picked that one, too. What will you do with the pieces to the gas heater ? I have some of those also, but just don't know what to do with them ! And I have a skinny box almost just like that one.... wasn't sure what to do with it, but I like your idea. But then what ? Maybe an umbrella holder ? Hmmmm.

  15. Love following your blog. Great finds!

  16. Fabulous finds! Love the rustic box makeover, and that everybody lantern looks great as a planter. Looking forward to seeing what you do with those ceramic heater thingies.

  17. Great finds and great make overs!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for visiting!!

  18. I just love finding great finds like these! It makes me feel so accomplished :) Absolutely LOVING the repurposed versions!

  19. Love all your Junkin' finds!!! And the transformations too! So cute!!

  20. Great finds!! I see lots of wonderful treasures from your junkin' trip.

  21. Oooooh, really great finds! I've been delving into my crafty side (finally) and I see good uses for everything. Enjoy your week! ~Jill

  22. Hello Betsy,
    Luv your finds and really luv what you do with them. Hop over and show them off at Show and Share today.


  23. A great haul, Betsy. I like the rusty scales, I think that they are yearning for your TLC.

  24. Cool stuff, as always. I never thought about using denture tablets to clean bottles like that, clever!

  25. What an awesome Treasure hunt you have been on Betsy!!!! I love it all and they are in the best of hands!! I love both of your transformations :-)


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