I wake up every morning to the sound of birds singing in a beautiful room that helps me start each day with a smile. Well, that’s what some of my friends and Faded Bluebird followers think. If you believe that too, I have a genuine antique French chandelier that Louis XV personally rewired. But for junk sake, my makeover took some time but was worth it.
My parakeets Christian & Dior don’t sing, it’s more of an off-key screeching that abruptly jerks you out of sleep. I climb out of bed with bed hair, and eyelashes stuck together. I’m usually tangled up with my phone charger, and smiling doesn’t happen for at least 45 minutes. But yes, in my eyes at least, I do wake up in a beautiful room. And that’s because I junk for junk sake!
For Junk Sake
I can’t seem to get into buying much of anything retail. Because I love the hunt and the stories behind the things that I find. Pulling up to a garage sale with the innocent notion that I will find my next loved treasure, and often doing it. I can tell you that I didn’t get anything in these pictures at a department store. Even my birds weren’t bought in a pet store.
Junkin includes; curbside finds, garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. But it can also include; junk shows, junk stores, thrift stores, antique malls and wait for it. Local Facebook Buy/Sell pages and local Facebook Auction pages. I have friends that belong to over 100 such groups and will travel over 50 miles to pick up their junk. I’m not that dedicated; I only belong to one such page.
I’m a member of a Facebook group page of Junkers. We talk about the stuff we find, where we found it. Then show off what we do with it after we get it home. We notify each other about curbside alerts, (if for some reason we can’t get it in our own cars). And a new thrift store opening spreads like wildfire. Just take a look at what I’ve bought on Facebook.
Decorating On A Dime
I bought this gorgeous table from a friend of mine who found it, stripped it, and decided to go with something else.
She was totally surprised that I didn’t paint it, but something about it just makes me happy. I love the way it looks and wouldn’t change a thing, except I did add a new drawer pull. Ohhhhh, I was wrong, I did buy that drawer pull at Hobby Lobby 50% off!
This table didn’t cost much because it was an unfinished piece, but to me, it was perfect just as it was. I just couldn’t resist it. And isn’t that the beauty of decorating your home? Putting the things in it that speak to you? And while no one else might get your style….who cares! You love it, that’s all that matters!
Something else I find wonderful about junkin. I’m not afraid to try to do something new. Since I didn’t pay an arm and a leg for it, I’m willing to try to; fix it, paint it, reupholster it. Or in the case of one of my favorite chairs, all three.
Hitting Your Stride
I bought this chair for $15 off of a Facebook Buy/Sell page. My heart just tripped when I saw it and luckily for me, I got to it before the hungry pack of wolves (aka; other Junkers) were able to catch the scent of a great deal.
When you junk, you have to make your own dreams. For $15 I was willing to try to make this chair into what I wanted. Because I knew if it didn’t work out I could always sell it again to someone who knew what they were doing.
A little wood glue, paint and little distressing and I was ready to tackle the seat. Although I would never try to sell this chair as a professionally reupholstered piece, I was happy with it. It took me forever to pick out the trim. So much time in fact that one day I decided that I liked the tattered trim-less look.
So many stories behind my decor. I purchased the small birdcage on a Facebook auction page in a bidding war a year after I found the larger one. And the small side table they both sit on was bought off a Facebook page. The birdcages fit together so well most people think it’s one large birdcage on a stand.
I bought the secretary desk at a junk store, and I won the tin canister set at the grand opening of a new junk store. I picked the mirror up during a hail storm. The frame, bench, and the cement bird bath pedestal that almost sent me to the ER came to me during junk hunts. Even the pillows have a junkin story to go with them.
My point, and I know you’ve been very patient with me, is you don’t have to follow current trends, fads or shop at retail stores to decorate your home. Chances are the perfect home decor items are currently gathering dust in someone’s garage. I would never have been able to afford to decorate my home in the style that I love if I didn’t junk. I’ve seen chairs like the one in the corner of my bedroom being sold for $200 and up, and for me, that’s almost a quarter of my monthly mortgage payment. I’m happy with my $15 chair!