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!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all..hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student. Through all of those former "careers" I have had one constant passion.. a love of junk, flea markets and creating! It took me 30 years to find the courage do this full time and I have finally settled on what I'm going to be when I grow up!