I'm home for the weekend and co-opting the blog to help describe the windows mom and I worked on. While many of you love the final product, it takes a special sort of person to look at rusty bits of metal or unfinished wood and see what kind of treasure they'll turn into.
For this month's windows, my goal was to give a sneak preview of what mom might see in a pile of junk behind someone's barn. The smell of manure fades away (but the actual thing stays on her boots), weeds growing up through the pile disappear, and her eyes see into the future* of that perforated tin and sun-bleached barn siding.
Ok, so -- that might not all come through in a single window display, but it was a fun project!
*I'm partially convinced she can actually see the future.
I noticed that everyone sort of had their own approach to their shopping and junking. Some are looking for a specific item. They have done their research on what they are looking for and have a mission. Others like to wander and take it all in before zeroing in on the items they can use. And then there are those that feel it's a challenge to find the best deal or the things that are unique before anyone else can get to it. An my personal favorites were the gals who did some dumpster diving on the trip! Hard core junkers! :) As long as you leave with a smile you were successful!
Bright blue skies, smiling faces and a bus full of Junk! The day was perfect for our first group road trip.
It was so fun seeing what treasure hunters hauled back. Little bags of trinkets, pieces of furniture, rustic salvage, windows, lighting, jewelry, clothing... you name it! We had to convince our driver at each stop that YES, we CAN get even more under the bus! haha. As one of the gals on the trip put it to him: "we are junkers and we know how to make it all fit!".
Enjoy some of our Road Trip photo album...
Thank you so much to all the shops that had great finds for our bus group and plenty of help on hand to handle the large groups: Marshalls Antique Salvage, Farmhouse Frocks, Rust & Found, Funky Junk Boutique and City Salvage and Design. A special thanks to my sister Tracey that helped me all day and made a great bus buddy, and to my hubby that gave up his Saturday to be at the shop so I could be on the bus, and my friends that helped at the shop and kept things running!
Thank you to all our Rust & Found Junking Road Tour participants
for being so fun and patient!
In the case of junkers and pickers, the fun often ends when you get home with all this dirty, rusty, grimy junk and have to do the real work! Sure, sometimes it's stifling hot or super wet and rainy and you make the best of it. But there is still some fun in there or we wouldn't all do it, am I right?
So much fun is in the hunt!
After three days of driving, hunting, bartering and hauling to the trailer (I swear we walked 20 miles a day!), we pull in Sunday evening and the work begins. First... stop at the shop where we can unload some things that are ready to go.
It can be overwhelming to see things piling up there each month, and knowing in the
end I have to make the chaos into a place where people can actually
walk through it!
Now home to begin the scrubbing. If you are a junker, you know that stuff is dirty!
We tend to start off with the things that really just need a good scrubbing of the grime and spider webs to unearth the awesomeness we knew was hidden there. Today that meant scrubbing down this gorgeous old 9.5 ft church pew, cleaning some algae and rust from an iron patio set that is soon to have a fantastic old barn door top, washing down some barn wood ... you get the picture.
The dirty work can still be rewarding, when you unearth a gem under all the dirt, or when a piece of junk shows potential to become a part of a new furniture or lighting design. The BEST reward of the work, from driving to creating, is when someone else loves it and wants it in their own home!
Are you new to Rust & Found and wondering "why are they only open monthly?" Here's some info to help you understand how our store events work....
When we opened our doors March 2013 the goal was to offer an entirely new shopping experience every time we open. To have our customers excited to return monthly and curious about what they will find inside, the same way we feel every time we visit our favorite flea markets or take a new picking trip. Offering you a curated treasure hunt. An Event!
All month long new items are being found, cleaned, restyled, wired, welded, painted, repaired, built, repurposed or upholstered and the list goes on. My favorite things are to build unique industrial furniture and decor using old metal and reclaimed wood, and to create new and unique lighting our of the unexpected.
I'm lucky to have a hubby that enjoys road trips and junking with me, so as often as we can we take to the road and travel through other states looking for the perfect find. We have gone as far south as Alabama on picking trips. My road trip bucket list is growing, and my desire to bring awesome items back to Ohio gets bigger every time a customer gets excited about a find brought into the shop.
We love offering hand made products and supporting local artists as well as new pieces that are perfect to mix in with the old. You will find locally handcrafted jewelry, candles, handbags, artwork and decor.
It's important to know that while we are open we continue to restock and after we close Friday night we reset the shop and bring in a trailer full of new things. Saturday is another new day and full of items that were not available Friday! Feel free to come both days to not miss a thing! Sunday's are typically our mark down day. When something has hung around for a few months we want it to find a new home in order to keep the store full of new collections.
So many customers have become great friends and it's fun to catch up each month! The monthly openings often feel like a get together.
You can get peeks of what's to come and reminders of show dates if you follow along on Facebook, and Instgram.
Join us for our next event and feel free to send any questions!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all...hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student/retail shop owner/design consultant/home stager. Through it all I've loved doing home renovations, DIY and thrifting.