What lengths will we go to to attain the title of "Junkaholic"? What are the attributes or traits of a true Junkaholic?
It was 95 plus degrees here today; humid and oppressive. I normally don't do junkin' on Thursday - I do have WORK to do, ya know. But I was sitting having breakfast with Mr. WSN and my eye just seemed to drift to the classified section of the paper, and there it was, BIG and BOLD. ESTATE SALE. Today, Thursday. Instant high gear..."gotta get to work early today, dear" and off to the shower I went.
The sale was twenty minutes away if the traffic was in my favor on I-95 near Long Wharf in New Haven. It was! I arrived and grabbed my necessities from the car: glasses, $, keys ..... all in an over the shoulder, zippered bag (purchased for just such events and the occasional trip to a local casino) to keep my hands free to rummage and roam.
I always create a pile of my findings near the checkout person; and I do have a strategy (often based on what's in the listing). Today it was for basement, garage, kitchen first. I go through quickly first, and then go back and take my time, from one end of the house to the next. When I'm through, I ask for the tally of my findings and always say it's too much, over my budget. Resolution comes quickly, and I leave with a smile on my face and great junk in my car! It's a hoot!
Today, for the grand total of $32.00:
|two old ladders (one handmade) three lidded porcelain kitchen tins, old sieve on stand|
|yes, I hand picked these with a project in mind - you'll see!|
|great old kitchen scale in nice condition, galvanized zinc can, little oil can, some old tools|
|fab old suitcase with nice leather trim|
|a nice cigar box filled to the brim with old square head nails, great old cookbook|
|two nice old percolators - remember when?|
Today, I went for the more primitive looking stuff, other days it may be dishes or linens that suit my fancy - mostly always with some idea of what I want them for, but not always. That's what makes it fun!
As to the attributes of a junkaholic - well, this is one for continued discussion, fer sure, and I would certainly love you to add your suggestions. For starters: passion, thinking out of the box, a bit of craziness ......