Geri Parlin, La Crosse, WI, US

I am a home and garden reporter who was a junker long before I was a writer.

Back in the early '70s when recycling aluminum cans became common, my dad and younger brother would hit the bar circuit at 5 a.m. on weekends to pick up cans. Now my sister and I like to scoop on large item pickup weekends in the Twin Cities.

I am addicted to auctions, rummages sales and estate sales. I like junk shops more than antique shops, but like just about anything old.

Gender: Female

Member Since: 01/11/2011

Recent comments

Re: Back to the Drawing Board

Love your kitchen pantry. My kitchen is too small to do something like that, but if I had the room I'd be robbing your idea.

Re: Old Iron Hoop Orb

Super idea. I have some barrel hoops just like this from a barrel that also fell apart when I was trying to use it as a planter. I've been saving them for two years. I now know what their next life will be.

Re: Anatomy of a "Junk" Room

I'm going to run home and find my own chicken feeder to do this. What a great idea.

Re: Using Vintage Textiles In Home Decor

I love the refurbished lamp shade the most. What kind of adhesive did you use to attach it? Fabulous.

Re: Small Kitchen Organization...

Innovative and fun ideas. I love the repurposing of the furniture and suitcases. You can never have too many suitcases.

Re: JMS Editors & Contributors in Review 2011

Lots of talent. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

Re: Restyled Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Did you glue them, or just set them in there temporarily. I have some of both and really love this look.

Re: Wreath made from Nanaw's Satin Ball Ornaments

What a great idea to use your family satin balls. I've made the shiny brite wreaths, which are a pain. This looks like it might have been much easier. What did you use for a base? It turned out really nice.

Re: Wagon Wheel for Christmas Gathering

Looks great. Every time I try something like this, I overdo it and stuff way too much in. Thanks for the inspiration.

Re: Repurposed Folding Rulers

I've saved every broken piece of folding ruler I have. Maybe I have enough to create one of these. Really nice.

Re: Antique & Vintage for the Holidays.

I wish more of my family members lived in antique land. My sister and I rarely get each other anything new. For us, it's all about the age, the patina, and the story behind it. Love that baseball team photo.

Re: Distressed End Table

Did you use a special primer, considering parts of it were plastic? I have a table that looks nothing like that, but parts are plastic and I want to paint it. I'm wondering how well the primer held.

Re: old dog tags fan pulls

I don't have any dog tags, but I love this idea.

Re: Soft Industrial

Several weeks ago I went to a rummage sale in South Minneapolis by some of the Hunt and Gather folks. I got a nifty little cart, too, and it's just been sitting in my screen house waiting for inspiration. I think I know what to do with it now. Thanks for the post.

Re: croquet parts & copper planter

This looks so good you don't even need plants, but some dwarf zinnias would look great with your croquet embellishments.

Re: Vintage yardstick chair rail

This looks just fabulous against the tar paper.

I'm using yardsticks for the risers on my basement stairs. I saw an example of it on the internet -- maybe on this web site -- and just loved how it looked. I can usually find at least one yardstick at every estate sale, auction or rummage sale I attend. And if I'm lucky, it's a really old one. Gosh, now I want to use it as a chair rail.

Re: Kitchen Chalk Board

Wonderful. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you've hung it on a brick wall.

Re: Vintage Projector Lamp

Fabulous. My sister have drilled through picnic thermos jugs and even chicken feeders to make lamps, but we've never made the lampshade. Was that difficult to do? It looks wonderful. Heck, I've got an old projector. Looks like we've got more drilling to do. Unlike you, though, I haven't been able to let go of our creations. They're all over my house.

Re: $1,200.00 French Farm Kitchen Renovation

Usually I like more color but the pretty white serenity of your kitchen on a shoestring is stunning. Good job. I bet it was fun to do and fun to see how little you could spend. Looks like a million bucks.

Re: Our New Sign

Best of all, until you said it was a headboard, I couldn't tell what it's former life was.

Re: Junky Outdoor Pallet Table

Nice combination. What did you use for the base of the table?

Re: Repurposed bed cot.... to a junk-art deck table

Now I know what to do with my antique bed frame.

Re: Wine glass holder

Makes me wish I was a wine drinker.

Re: My new stash of supplies

How fun is all that? Looks like hours of creativity ahead for you.

Re: Sun Birdbath

How did you attach everything. Did you weld or is there some other method of attachment you used? I'm curious because I have many similar pieces, but I don't weld. So if there's another way to do this, I'd like to find out how. Thanks.

Re: Great Work Bench Island or Bar

I might actually do some work if I had a work station this fabulous.

Re: Hanging Flower Basket Light

I'm all about that cool light. My sister has been turning some of my favorite junk into lamps for me, including a fat, plaid thermos and a chicken feeder. I think game pieces in a glass jar are next.

Re: Uncovering the color

I dig that tiny top drawer, too. And you have wonderful blue accent pieces on top to highlight the blue in the dresser. Lucky find and good eye.

Re: Happy Valentine's Day!

If I had your creativity, your great stash of supplies, and the skill to work with metal, wood and old paint finishes, this is exactly what I would make.
But I don't. So thanks for making it and sharing it with all of us.

Re: Tin Panel Cupboards

These look like great country antiques. What a talent.

Re: Chalk-up Another Junk Reuse!

I have a dustpan just like this gathering -- what else? dust. It's been sitting in the basement too long. This seems a much better way to use it. Thanks for the great idea.

Re: Antique Door turned charging station

Now that's putting technology in its proper place.

Re: GAME ON...10 min. project

Did this splinter at all when you were cutting it? Did you use a circular saw or a jigsaw? Whatever you used, it turned out great and gives me a great idea for the dozen doors in my garage.