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The Very Best Junk Shop Ever

I made another junkin’ trip to my favorite junk shop and bought a couple of wood furniture pieces to paint. Plus I picked up a few good junk treasures too.

Mr Butler at his junk shop in Hopkinsville Ky

Mr. Raymond Butler

The junk shop owner, Mr. Butler, doesn’t mind if I take his photo. A couple of his sisters run when I get out the camera. He has 3 sisters who help him in the shop but they don’t all work every day.

junk shopping trip

Furniture to paint has been hard to come by even at the junk shop. Shop owners I deal with tell me they can’t find furniture. That means I can’t either.

The past few months I’ve been out of town when its Nashville Flea Market weekend. I didn’t get to check out the new location last month. Maybe I’ll make it this month. I was told that the new market area is very nice and there was not a lot of issues except for vendors trying to get in and out to load and unload. The market is in a new location but it’s adjacent to the new location. Find the details here.

Buying Wood Furniture To Paint From The Junk Shop

Buying Wood Furniture

I bought the wood wardrobe for $40. Not a bad price. The wardrobe needs a bottom and either a mirror, glass, or something else in the door. I was thinking of taking the door off and adding shelves to the interior.

wardrobe makeover idea adding shelves

I found this photo on Pinterest. Not exactly what I’m talking about but you get the idea. This one has wire mesh screen in the door. What do you guys think I should do? Just replace the missing mirror or add shelves and maybe leave the door or take it off? I’m open to all suggestions.

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The small child’s chair was cute but I didn’t buy it.


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I did buy the tulips and the trunk container. Wait until you see the next photo.

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How cute it that. I paid $2 for both pieces. The tulips look real and I love the “trunk” vase. I need to find a Fall arrangement to stick in there.

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I bought the rusty old wheelbarrow for $15. It’s rusted through on the bottom in a couple of places. It would be a great planter. Can you see it filled with pumpkins and a scarecrow?


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There are several rooms in the shop and some isles are impossible to get down.

The sisters are slowly clearing isles and straightening stuff.

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I remember these dolls from my younger days.


Buying Wood Furniture

I bought the first pineapple bed in the stack. The bed is a twin and I paid $25 for the headboard, footboard, and rails.


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This is Suzette. You may have seen the junk shop video with Suzette. She doesn’t mind being on camera.

If you missed the video you can see it below……

Junk Shopping

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Mr. Butler always loads my purchases and ties them down so when I drive 90 miles an hour down the interstate they don’t blow out.

Where you can find my favorite shop…..Butler’s Antiques, 17th and Walnut Street, Hopkinsville KY 42240,  phone no. (270)885-1521

What do you think of my buys? Any ideas for them? Leave a note please. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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

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  1. The little wagon is a beaut!
    Got excited when I saw the armoire you found on pinterest. The tan/beige and off white really did it for me. I vote those colors plus a mirror with some etching. Oh my…

  2. I think you need to check out the Facebook Marketplace. All the time i see people getting rid of furniture at. reasonable prices, and this is CA! In TN it would be a fraction of the cost. I always think of you.

  3. I have a wardrobe just like that….I had glass cut to fit. We are going to put glass shelves inside for some of my dolls. I love the painted one but I can’t bring myself to paint mine.

  4. Kathy, in reference to the wardrobe–I would hate to see the door removed but a mirror in the opening would perhaps be useful. Also, I like th idea of adding a piece of wood in the opening that you could paint and stencil. And if I were going to use it I would definitely want shelves installed behind that door.

    I am crazy about that stump planter–and a little jealous that you have it and I don’t! Just kidding, but it really is oool and right up my alley. I can’t wait to see some fall foliage or pumpkin decor in it. j

    Nice haul; will be looking forward to see what you do with the twin bed.

    Thanks for sharing your finds.

  5. What great buys.
    It all depends on where you will be placing your Armoire
    I do like the idea of having shelves and the mirror on your antique Armoire,but having a mirror or even glass is expensive to have cut to size but if you didn’t want anyone to see inside, cut a sheet of plywood to size of the door opening and cover with pretty fabric to match your décor.
    Or leave off the fabric and paint the wood to match whatever color you decide to paint and then add some pretty emblem / decoration of sorts in the wooden door front or paint the added wood section in a contrast color.
    This would make for a great craft / storage cabinet or also be great for linens.
    No matter what you decide; I’m sure it will turn out great.
    I do Love that old wheelbarrow. Great buy on that. Can be decorated for any season and / or holidays.
    Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  6. Kathy, I think an ornamental mesh like this might be another choice for the door. It’s lovely that these people are passing along such wonderful prices to their customers! I dont’ know how they stay in business! The place should be empty at those prices!

  7. I had a similar wardrobe and put chicken wire in the door and put reclaimed tin on the back. It sold really fast in my booth! Love your posts!

  8. We are making a trip from Cincinnati to go to the Nashville Flea this month (October). We plan on going on Friday. Are most of the vendors set up Friday? Thanks for all the information. I printed a few pages which will be a big help.

  9. I always love your visits to this junk shop. What a fun place. I wish I lived in that area. Can’t wait to see what you do with these pieces.