Today I’m sharing my junk finds, auction buys, stuff from Goodwill, and more. I bought everything from an antique milk can, to a messed up MDF (medium density fiberboard) side table, to a vintage vase made in Japan.
This milk can was in great condition and I couldn’t pass it up for $20. It’s not noticeable in the photo but the can has Borden’s and some more print stamped on the front.
I bought the other two pieces in the photo also. They were in rough condition but the price was $5 for the table and the stool so I brought them home.
This is the table made of MDF or as I like to call it “fake wood”. I loved the shape of the table though and thought I might could save it. You have to love the shape
The photo above shows the raw and puffed up areas where the fake wood got wet at one time or another. There are several areas like this on the table top. I’ve saved puffed up MDF furniture before so we will see with this one.
And I didn’t realize what a mess this stool was or I would have left it! When I got it home I noticed how absolutely grungy it was. I started cleaning it but pulled on a pair of gloves first. Yuck. It’s going to take a while to clean it up enough that I would want to sit on it.
This wood piece is really nice. I paid $25 for it and haven’t decided whether to keep it or sell it. What do you think?
This is a really old trunk and I passed on it. If I bought it I wouldn’t paint it and I don’t know if I could sell it. You never know what people are going to buy.
The silver plate stuff in the photo above was a box lot I bought for $5 at an online auction.
I got a couple of these “crumb catchers” or “silent Butler’s”. I like these little pan things but I guess no one else does because I can never sell them at the shop. I need ideas on what to do with them.
Because there were two in the box. This one is missing one of it’s feet. I think maybe I could put artificial succulents in them? You guys know how I love the faux succulents.
I also got 3 sets of these small silver plated salt and pepper shakers with one tray. The three sets are Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Memphis.
Next I have one silver-plated salt shaker and a pair of silver plated salad tongs.
I’m not a fan of the trivets. The one with the circle thingy in the middle is an electric trivet. I have never seen one of these. There is a place on the bottom to attach a cord but the cord is gone.
The two souvenir Liberty Bells were in the box too. The larger bell is a bank and it’s kind of cool.
Next up I got the vase at Goodwill for $1.99. I fell in love with the colors and the shape.
I bought the picture at one of the shops where I have a booth. I spotted it while wondering through the store and it caught my eye. I think it’s the colors and just the overall look. It was $16.
This is how my mantle has looked since I took down the Christmas display a couple of days after Christmas. I guess I’m waiting on inspiration to strike…..or maybe just a little energy. Call me a couch potato. The name is very fitting these days.
Any ideas for my junk finds or what was your favorite thing? Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com