dresden junk-shun, Trinway, OH, US

Im a 4th generation junker. My great grandmother was crafty, thrifty and loved making do. I inherited and treasure some old bottles that she repurposed by crocheting covers for out of fine crochet thread. My grandmother introduced me to the local Goodwill way back in the early 60s when thrifting wasn't chic.

Along the way I married a 2nd generation junkyard man and the junking continued. We love thrift stores, garage sales, auctions and curb diving. Half Price at the local thrift store is a reason for the kids to drive home and the grandkids LOVE going garage saling with me so I guess its now a 6th generation passion!

Hubby opened a JUNK Shop after he retired as an outlet for our hobby. Im not so good at repurposing but I love the patina and history of old things and get a thrill out of seeing others giving them new life.

One of my favorite past times is assembling vignettes at his shop out of the treasures that are there. Mostly I will be sharing those vignettes and enjoying how others repurpose.

HAPPY JUNKING fellow Junkers!

Member Since: 08/19/2009

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Typing Tables, Office Chairs and Metal File Bins

I love this pile of old metal office equipment but don't know what to do with it!  I've moved it, rearranged it, listed it for sale and now it's just all piled up waiting on a spark of...

Shoemaker's Garden Art

Fun found objects that add a bit of interest to my porch step garden.

My First Post

I love all the shapes and gingerbread found on the pieces of JUNK we collect in our travels.

Recent comments

Re: Stop the Draft!

LOVE this! I think I need one of these. We have an old house with a metal grate and an old black plastic garbage bag behind it to stop the draft (and the bats:).

Re: Well Worn, But Well Loved . . .

Love all the ironstone but i REALLY love the string ball! I have a collection of string balls...this one is the second biggest one I've every laid eyes on...I have the biggest:)

Way back when ladies would save all the string from feedsacks, etc. and save it to crochet dishclothes. I have a jar full of small ones that I've found at various estate auctions over the years..usually in the bottom of a junk box.

My large one is about the size of a medicine ball and heavy! Found it at an auction and my heart starting beating faster and faster...I was sure I was going to have to give a fortune to own it!! BUT...no one else wanted it! Mine for $3.00!!!

Re: My awsome find

I like Jim's idea...but then again I love Rusty Junk!


Re: I Don't Know Why This Caged Bird Would Sing....

adorable and original! never saw anything quite like it!! I love the way you just "threw" together the pickle server by turning a teacup and saucer upside down! I'm going to try that at our next "tea party"...the grandkids will get a kick out of it:)


Re: Fall Arrangement

like the way you have your iron skillets displayed! Love the old wood shutters you made too. You squirrel would be sweet displayed beside a big old pot of yellow mums.


Re: Freeby :-)

love this! I would paint and distress. Not sure I would marry it though...depends on where you want to use it. Would make a great buffet/serving piece if you have a dining room. Good luck in attaining your goal of full time JUNKING!


Re: Typing Tables, Office Chairs and Metal File Bins

thanks for all the great ideas! I'm passing them along to some really creative customers. You're right about display will sell the piece...I'm going to try it again!

Re: Simple Mondays

Ingenious...never would have thought easel when I saw the first picture. Love it!

Re: Junkin' Jewels

LOVE the old windows! These make great "picture frames" with a picture in each pane. Also have saw them painted and hung in a window...kinda like stained glass. You can get stained glass contact paper too that is pretty authentic looking on ebay. The scales are great for adding heigth to a vignette too. I love all your finds...you struck it rich this week-end!


Re: Sewing table repurposed as desk....

Great buy...love the door off the old post office box too!


Re: Bird Totem

adorable way to use up those odds and end goblets that you see everywhere! Love the moss idea too. Very Nice:)


Re: Hess Truck Toy Tire Earrings!

I can hear my husband cringing already...he collects Hess Trucks:) Cute idea and out of the ordinary.

Re: Hey! Look what I found...

LOVE the mirror...what a GREAT find! Been know to do some curbside junking too and you're right about acting like you own it:) I have a wonderful flatwall cupboard I picked up curbside about 10 years ago that I'm still using today.


Re: Typing Tables, Office Chairs and Metal File Bins

our shop is in OHIO:) Drop by anytime. Great ideas from everyone! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your ideas have started me thinking....


Re: Vintage Redesign Jewlery Designer Scours Oronoco Flea Market for Treasures

great finds...I LOVE the Cinderella brass tag!!

Re: my version of $100. shower curtain :)

how thrifty and how beautiful!

Re: Unique Marriage?

I just passed on a wrought iron fish stand at a yard sale today...wish now I would have bought it...what a cute idea!

Re: Typing Tables, Office Chairs and Metal File Bins

Thanks for the suggestion! I visited your blogspot...love your shop and the blog was great!

Re: Touchdown!

I think I have one of these boards someplace...what a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Re: Chippy Sconce Redo...

Like the added touch of using the plates with the sconces! Too cute:)

Re: Reece...JMS Contributor-in-Training

WOW! what creativity! to see that creation in all those pieces:) Smart cookie!!

Re: Clean-up that Yard With a Little Junk!

wall sinks are my very favorite! The car axle is a hoot...I'll have to see if hubby can dig me up one!

Re: Doesn't Matter if it's Black or White . . . .

beautiful and breathtaking...you certainly have the knack and touch!

Re: JMS Post from the Past - "I'm Going All the Way to the Top!"

How unusual...I've never ran across a piece like this one in all my travels and auctions! And to snag the button too...what a find! I love the way you used it,very original!

Re: Repurposed Door into hall tree (my first post)

What a creative way to use an old door!