Friday, April 20, 2012

Past Junkin'

Some of my favorite junkin' finds from years past. Vintage Ice Capades booklets!
Some vintage cookie cutters still in the package.
I love this old vintage lunch box! I keep all my favorite recipes tucked inside.

Vintage Skates and a Powder Tin

Damp, cold, windy, March weather sure can put a damper on treasure hunting. But there is still hope in hidden treasures tucked away. A couple of items from my forgotten collection of Ice Skating stuff turned up after an afternoon of some much needed spring cleaning. Today I discovered two pair of dusty, dirty, pairs of ice skates and a vintage Avon Perfumed Talc Tin. Memory fails me as to where I bought the skates, but an old friend gave me the Avon Tin 8-10 years ago.

Farm Life & Feed Sacks

Ginny Helphinstine Reeves grew up on a farm in rural Fleming County and has fond memories of her mother and grandmother putting feed sack material to good use. Ginny’s recollections of rural life bring back fond memories of her mother and her grandmothers cooking and sewing and how her family made “many a garment” with feed sack cloth. “In grade school about all I wore were feed sack dresses. Mother would save the material and send it to aunt Tootsie in Harlan, KY, she was an excellent seamstress, still is”, Ginny said. “If she had your measurements she didn’t need to see you, so even though she had a large family of her own she would make all these feed sack dresses for my sister Fran and I and send them to us by the time school started. So my sister and I had all these feed sack dresses for school. Everything was ironed back then. Even our dish towels were made from feed sacks. That’s the way it was for everyone in our community, we made do with what we had. I have dried many, many dishes with those feed sack towels”.
Collecting and trading different patterns of feed sack material was a favorite pastime for farm wives. “Sometimes daddy would go to the store without mother, and when he did she would bring out a piece of material for him to find a piece to match, if they didn’t have it you would find someone to trade with”, Ginny said. When Ginny was in the fourth grade she made her first apron. “My first sewing project for 4h-H was an apron made out of feed sack”, Ginny said. “I worked on it for a long time to get the stitches real small. Christine Hurst and Mamie Morrison were 4-H leaders back then and came to the lunch room at Goddard school and helped us cut our patterns out. Miss Mamie would say” now Ginny you gotta make smaller stitches. It seemed like I worked on that apron forever, trying to get the stitches as small as possible. I still have that apron."
I really need to clean up my collection of blogs, so today I have decided to move some post from the blogs that never get updated. This one is from The Vintage Hen. When I was a little girl sometimes my siblings and I would spend the night at our mamaw Petitt's. Every morning at the crack of dawn mamaw would wake all six of us up for a hearty breakfast before she left for work as a janitor at the Bethel Elem. School. This is when I learned to love me some good hot coffee!! Before the sun even peaked through, mamaw donned her apron and was in her kitchen stirring up a batch of homemade biscuits. In the corner of that kitchen was an old stool that held this lard can full of flour, rolling pin, the biscuit cutter,(made from a tiny tin can)and a flour sifter. What I wouldn't give for one of those tiny fluffy biscuits today!! Below is all the original stuff from mamaws kitchen.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

bustin' a junkless spell

Here in my neck of the woods
it's been pretty slim pickin's for
some good junk.

I reckon my lack of finding any good treasures could be directly related to
the fact that I spend huge chunks, a few hours each day, perusing
some fabulous blogs about others who love junkin and my new find, a proboards site
where those of us who are obsessed , have a great love for all things The Waltons.

A few weeks ago I went junkin or thrifting or secondhand shoppin' with
my sisters, and can you believe I came home empty handed!!

Well, actually I did bring home a couple goodies. My sister April was wearing a pretty silver chain, and I said, hey I like that chain, and she said, "here you want it.
And my oldest sister Lisa had an extra pair of sunglasses she gave me, so I did score me two nice things.
My middle sister Claudia bought me a yummy lunch at Frishe's, all in all we had a fantastic fun time!!

Recently I discovered a new place to treasure hunt, and it's just a hop, skip and a jump from my house, good thing, since my jalopy car is not very safe to drive these days.
Any how, the new treasure hunting ground could prove to be rather fertile. We shall see.
I have already spied a couple things I just might have to have, one is a large metal two drawer filing box, and the other is a metal index card box, it's bigger than the 3x5 size. They both would be cool to paint and use as some kind of storage.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

They thrift....I Junk

The sisters love clothes, they have a good
sense of, not so much.

I tend to be rather happy shlumpin around
in my sweats and tee's.

But the four of us do love us some bargains so
with the nice weather expected for today we
are heading out for some fun, thrifty junkin therapy.

If I can find my camera batteries I will post some pictures later.

Keep Calm and ..........JUNK ON!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Stash...and a new get-away truck

It's February, no yard sales going on and estate
sales around here are few and far between.

So, what's a junkie to do for a fix?
Well, in a pinch I go treasure hunting
around my own house.

A junky is never without a good stash or two,
or three or fifty right?

Cramed in cabinets gently tucked away in cupboards I found stuff I had forgotten I even had.

I been wanting to be a huckster, just like Mr. Haney in Green Acres and this baby will be perfect for pickin up goods and a selling along the road too!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vintage Valentines

These wonderful valentines belonged to my late father in-law, Elmo King
and were given to him by his classmates at Hillsboro Elementary
in Hillsboro, Kentucky in the 1940s.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Recipe for Fun

My only treasure for the week?
A vintage 1970s metal recipe box packed
full of handwritten recipes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Haphazard Huntin'

Gettin' side-tracked is just a big part
of my genetic makeup I reckon.
Everything I do tends to be a little disorganized.

Last year I decided to do a blog about
my passion for treasure huntin'.

I know, I know, I already have a dozen blogs
that I seem to forget to update
but this one just keeps naggin' at me to do something with it.

Junkin Disorderly pretty much describes my
haphazard way of doin' and thinkin' so
I decided to keep this blog and delete all the others.

The new header photo kind of fits the name too,
since we look as if we
are about to get a little disorderly
before we head out to do
some treasure huntin'.

I promise to keep ya'll updated on
all my junkin journey's this year.

So stay tuned, you never know what
kind of misadventures and mayhem is a waitin'
beyond them garage sale signs.