Category Archives: Junking

Junking: the Not So Glamorous

The life of a junker is WAY less glamorous than people would think.  We don’t go to auctions and find things in mint condition at “steal of a deal” prices.  It’s often a lot more like this….

Boxes and piles of junk that have to processed.  The set of nesting bowls I bought on a whim.  They are in good shape..have a USA stamp on the bottom and nest perfectly.  Well I don’t know if $3 was a good price and if I can make a profit on them until I look them up.

When looking on Ebay for prices, PLEASE don’t do what some people do….think that the asking price is what they are going to get in real life.  If you ever check a price on Ebay, type in the name of of your item then go to the far left column until coming to search criteria.  Check the box that says sold items.

For example I got the baseball bat you see on the table in a bundle of yardsticks.  I bought the bundle for the yardsticks for $5…BUT now I have this baseball bat.  It’s a Louisville Slugger.  It’s Henrey Aaron bat.  I looks on Ebay.  I was all excited…Someone had one listed for $45.  YAHOO…Jack pot.  Nope.  Actual selling price was about $10.  Okay.  That gives me a better idea of what I can ask for it if I take it to the antique booth.  When pricing things, one of the workers there suggested looking up the SELLING price on Ebay and then make it a little less.  For me, we don’t really have other baseball stuff in the booth…I’ll be happy if I get $6 for it.

In the picture above in the upper right corner is a box of jars.  Did you know that old glass peanut butter jars are something that is selling.  I went to a garage sale and bought the jars.  They were filled with nails and screws as the previous owner used them in his shop.  The jars were COVERED in dirt.  I bought them for 25 cents each and will price them at $7 each.  The dirt all has to come off first!  Oh no glamor in this job at all.

The kitchen island and sink are covered with stuff. The dishwasher is loaded and running.

…and then there’s a box of stuff on the stove.  See? Continue reading

Whatever Wednesday

I’ve been on a roll getting things done in the garage….Remember that garage sale where I bought a ton of furniture pieces?  Well this is yet another piece that I bought there.  Before I bought it I did a lot of debating…a LOT!  It was marked at $75.  That’s more than I typically spend on a piece to re-do and sell.  A lot more.  I liked it…I liked it a lot but then the internal debate started…would someone else love it.  UGH!  Who knows?  I don’t want to be out $75.

Then another guy came to the garage sale.  He had his wife on the phone and was talking about the furniture.  He was driving a trailer and was picking some furniture pieces.  I quick grabbed the lady who was operating the sale and said-  “I want all of these things (and then pointed them out)…will you shoot me a deal?”  I could visibly see that the guy was angry as some of the pieces he was talking to his wife about were the pieces that I had taken.  I didn’t know what he wanted…  This the garage sale life.  He got a couple dressers I wanted so I think we were even.

The lady ended up giving me what was equal to $5 off the piece so I paid $70 for it.

As you might have noticed from the picture above you can see that were was some damage to this piece.  Here’s a close up picture of the top.  UGH.

I showed Hubby and he wasn’t thrilled with my purchase.  He wasn’t mad.  He definitely didn’t think it would be a money maker.  When buying it is my real goal was to try to learn from it and at least get out of it what I put into it.  But after his lack luster thoughts on the piece, I had all the motivation I needed to fix it right and actually turn a profit.

Hubby wasn’t much help on suggestions on renewing the top so I just did what instinct called for….sanding.  I sanded and sanded and sanded.  I used different sand paper weights and sanded until my arm vibrated.  I sanded for almost two hours.  Those water marks were deep.

I ended up giving up on completely removing the worst mark but it had GREATLY improved.  The dark marks were gone.  I didn’t think it needed to be perfect as it is a vintage piece.  If it was too nice on the top then the bottom might start to look bad.  There’s a fine balance and I thought I had found it….now what to do about staining the top?  Do I varnish it?  Hmmm.

I asked Hubby if he had any light stain around.  We don’t do light typically so we had none.  He said, “I do have that scratch (Old English Scratch Cover-light wood version) stuff you like in a light version”….Hmmm.  That was my only option so I decided to give it a try….

 

Here is how the cabinet looks now….

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A Playful Life for Me!

I saw a thing on Facebook and this is what it said:

Oh my word…I love the saying!!

The original context of it was in reference to children but heck with that.  I want to live my adult life that way too….and so, I’ve been playing!

My weekends have been jammed packed with stuff I love….junking, my kiddos, Hubby and goofing off.  It’s been fabulous!

Friday night I started plotting out my weekend.  The plan was an auction in Decorah on Saturday….but then Kalissa messaged me about a garage sale in Nashua.  That changed the plans.  There were things there that we thought we could use for selling with the vintage antique stuff.  So I was up and “at ’em” early and in Nashua before 8am.

I ended up bringing a truck load of things home…mostly furniture.  It was garage sale days in Nashua so I ended up stopping at more sales.  I went to eight sales and bought something at 7 of the sales.  That never happens.  Honestly, the truck was stacked to the brim.  I was so frustrated with myself for not taking pictures.  Here is one of the pieces I bought….I’ll show an update about it on Wednesday.

From there I met Hubby at home and he helped me unload.  Then I was off to that auction.

I had high hopes for the auction.  There was suppose to be quilt tops, fabric galore, a rug loom, sewing machines…yep.  I had high hopes.

The auction was PACKED.  Many of the quilts were like the one shown.  They were going cheap…  $35 for this one but I don’t need anymore.

There was fabric galore.  Boxes and boxes.  I ended up not staying.  A friend of mine was there and said it went for $20 to $80 a box.  I know exactly that box that went for $80.  The one with the feed sack prints in it.  There were about 40 quilt tops, all unfinished.

They had this cool old two needled machine there…..

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