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 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?