one day of junkin'

Saucy pretty much only allows herself one good day of junking per season. She reasons that junking leads to projects... projects don't get finished... more junking... more projects... do you see where she is going with this, people? Saucy knows that one good day of junking can kick start her creativity, amp up her craft room, and in short, juice the collections. Saucy lurrves her collections.

Her day of junkin' was last Saturday. Coffee in hand, she hit the flea markets and a massive neighbourhood garage sale that was reputed to be an excellent annual event. She wasn't disappointed. Loopy had other plans so with one of the other Cheerios (Cooter) in tow, Saucy hit the road early in the morning and this is just some of what she found:

Saucy adores finding vintage items from her alma mater! Here, a letter, a senior chenille bar and a freshie beanie.

A pristine copy of The Far Side Gallery will be carefully cut apart and turned into greeting cards for every occasion. This saves Saucy a trip to the card store and she'll always have the perfect (almost) snort for every occasion handy. All for less than the price of one greeting card.

Wooden clothes pins for the jar in the laundry room. Oh, and a few vintage jars too but she won't show you, that would be boring... you only want to see the good stuff.

Not really official junk, but found on the same day and in junky condition: a frame with a ledge on it in the clearance at Winners. Even as you read this, the new paint treatment is drying and it will be hung in the kitchen on the blackboard wall. Saucy has a plan.

It's sad, but it had to be investigated: one of Saucy's best peeps gave her the heads-up that the local theatre company was liquidating its warehouse full of costumes, props and storage. You can only imagine what all Saucy found... because she's not even going to show you. You will have to wait to see her major scores in an upcoming Loopy and Friends Photo Shoot.

Vintage hard suitcases. Two dollars each. Saucy only needs one more to make a funky little end table in her office.

They were selling vintage buttons by the pound, two dollars per. This is what a pound looks like.

They were also selling the framed posters from every single production.

Millinery supplies: netting, hat forms, ribbons, pins.

The Fan sorted through all sorts of ornaments and odds and ends. Saucy found old watches, rhinestone jewelry, and vintage Union Jack flags.

Shoes from every single era... it was mind-boggling.

Back at the garage sale, Saucy found a Kodak camera with flash bulbs. If she can get her hands on the right format of film, she's going to go for it.

For one dollar: a perfectly perfect ballerina jewelry box. The little thing spins while "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays. Saucy has a plan for that entire little mechanism.

Twelve dollars: a tiny marble top table for beside Loopy's bathtub. Saucy has been looking for a small occasional table for some time now, and nothing was small enough. This one was just right. She might use some gold leaf on that wooden base, although it is in pristine condition. What do you say, reader?

Don't gag a little. Saucy isn't really into buying foodstuff at garage sales, but someone got a gift box of Tea Forte as a gift and didn't know what to do with it, and they decided to sell it. Still in it's box, still packaged up and sealed. It will be okay, won't it? It's just tea... right?

Not one, but two vintage typewriters to be stripped apart for the keys and pieces:

A vintage desk carousel to hold rubber stamps... this one even had a couple of stamps on it. Destined for the craft room desk.

A brand new Wonder Woman address book. But later, Saucy realized she doesn't use an address book. The graphics will be fantastic ephemera on cards and in scrapbooking.

A bundle of old watches. Bundles and bundles! Some pieces of rhinestone jewelry and other vintage treasures too.

Check it out... they're looking pretty good all cleaned up with the straps removed. Scrubbed with a toothbrush and some baking soda and detergent... ready for crafting.

The best find of the day?

Saucy had this LP when she was little. She wore it right out. Do you remember Roosevelt Franklin, Dear Reader? He was one of Saucy's first crushes... technically her first secret celebrity boyfriend.

Reader, have you scored any great junk finds lately? What are you on the lookout for?


Nichole said...

Wow Mama!!! You hit the JACK POT!! I am very jealous that those suitcases were only $2!!! Here you can pay upwards of $5!

Also love the typewriters and the jewelry box!

i love "thrifting"! Im always on the look out for cute stuff. And man, you got a bunch.

MJ said...

I'm restraining myself from thrifting this spring! It can be a lot of fun if you are looking for the vintage/antiques stuff! But presently I'm boggled with the reno.

The vintage typewriters are so fun!

Coco said...

I love junkin. You did hit the jack pot. Awesome finds. I am always looking for old jewelry, watches, unique pieces that can be repurposed into something awesome. I am soooo jealous. I can't wait to see the things you do with them.

I recently turned old frames into holders for earrings and necklaces. They are posted on my other blog.

Saucy said...

I love junking too but Veto does not... I see treasures and he sees JUNK.

I also found some vintage hats and gloves! They did not photograph nicely.

Karen of the KAGS said...

All this mention of finds to use in scrap booking. Karen of the KAGS is wondering how the scrapbook every day in May challenge is coming along? You must be doing lots to be using all these delicious finds :-D

Linda Crispell said...

This post made me ache. Congratulations on your mighty fine haul. I will have to live vicariously through you.
Your Pal,

Jill said...

Oh Saucy, I can hardly breath. I love me some good junkin' and that is some GOOD junkin'!

Trish the Dish said...

I am so bitterly jealous of all your finds! All I ever find is junk, rarely do I find something that is worth saving. Maybe I need to visit Canada...

Anonymous said...

Holy Smokes!!! I am sooo jealous of you getting to hit that theater sale! That was some dreamy stuff there you lucky girl.

I don't go junkin' too much any more. I just have a lot of STUFF in my house right now. I do have a pretty, old, chenille bed spread I bought years ago that I want to do something with. Maybe throw pillows for Princess Messy Hair's bed?

Rafael's Mum said...

Oh WOW, what a piece of luck! I SO could have bankrupted myself in there! Lovely stuff you got you lucky thing!

Sarah said...

I am not finding "Junk" I am trying to remove it from my house. My kids don't need their "toys" anymore - they are in 6 and 8 grade.

Love the typewritter... Love your creations!

Lisa Russell said...

Wow -- you hit the jackpot, didn't you??? How cool to get all of those watches and the typewriters! I have two of them here. One I want to keep intact and the other I want to take the keys off. What did you use to take off the keys? Can't wait to see what you do with everything in the coming weeks!!!

LisaInCT said...

My God woman, you hit the MOTHER LODE!!! Congrats!

I can see your eyes twinkling with GLEE (and perhaps some lust - lol) @ the theatre sale.

Heather@PixieDust said...

go for the gold!! (leaf)

the treat girl said...

I have goosebumps!!! I loooove it for you! What a day!!! I had that identical camera!!! And of course I know who Roosevelt Franklin was!! I had that same album until my little sister took it and made it "hers" :( I would have needed a trailor for the day.......I can't believe what restraint you demonstrated!!!!

Babsarella said...

What fabulous finds!!! You really hit the jackpot! I had a great junkin weekend too. Hit a flea on the way home from our breakfast on the beach. I found some great vintage buttons, trim, and spools for $4. I also found a cool vintage ledger from some company in great shape with alphabet dividers and pages dated 1929! Awesome. I about fell over when she said $5!

Pepper said...

You must have been beside yourself!!!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Lady, you hit the motherlode of all great thrift finds in the history of EVER. Yay for you!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG is this sale at the theater company over???

Cassandra said...

Every time I see that tea I think of one of my favorite movies Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow & the Pianoforte! I know that had NOTHING to do with your post, but...

Great stuff you found! Junking season is just getting started around here too! So much fun!

Kate said...

I am SO SO SO HAPPY you made it to the Theatre sale! That little room was my fave. I spent hours in there and never thought to snap a photo. I even got to the top shelves via the very scary {but surprisingly sturdy} ladder. They last day is this Saturday. I am torn...scrapbook or junking??? I am going to blog my nifty little find right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Fleur de Bee said...

DROOLING over the Ballerina!! How darling is she!! Hey just got your email in my JUNK mail I had NO idea I had! I didn't think MAC's had a junk folder! A store I sell to had this huge order in there too for me...oops! Damage control tomorrow! Is the Swap still open? Off to check :)

CuteStuffInside said...

Oh my gosh, I love a good thrift store! In the past week, I have found two sterling silver serving pieces (okay, they look like they've been stored in a garage for a hundred years), but they're lookin' pretty good as I clean them up. I always have my eye out of a nice teacup and saucer, yup, that's what I want, teacups and saucers.


d and c said...

Are you sure this wasn't a dream? What a find! Have fun with all your treasures - I'll be checking in to see what you make. Cathy in Brussels : )

Rosa said...

You sure do have a wonderful eye for good junk! Oh, those typewriters!!! Be still my beating heart! And all those watches. WOW. Now, I think you had a great day!

Jessica said...

Aaaaah -- a theater sale?!?!? It's a good thing for my budget that I've never seen such a thing. My daughter and I would go crazy in there. You really did hit the jackpot. Can't wait to see your posts about it!