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Junk Shop | Auction | Goodwill Finds To Upcycle

I was in Arkansas with family for six weeks straight and I sure missed my junking trips. I tried to make up for all the missed shopping trips in one week! Time to share my finds!

Junk Shop Auction goodwill Finds To UPcycle

This basket is my favorite find of the week. Don’t ask me why. I just like it. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make me smile. I found it at my favorite junk shop. The first group of finds are from the junk shop and the other two groups of photos I have today are buys from an auction and Goodwill.


fish tank stand to upcycle

I found another fish tank stand to upcycle. The JTS and I enjoy making tables out of these metal stands. You can see some of those tables made with reclaimed wood and the aquarium / fish tank stands here.

hairpin legs on a reclaimed table

Yeah, the top is a hot mess but those hairpin legs will come in handy. I hope to find a live edge piece of wood to go with the legs, make a coffee table. If you aren’t sure about the live edge thing get a look at the table here.

old badminton rackets

These rackets are destined to be corkboard and chalkboard wall decor like Pam House of Hawthornes made here.

wire table

The metal stand will come in handy for something after it gets a spray paint makeover.

vintage clear glass bottles

I fell in love with the bottles but I forgot what a paint they are to clean. I see them all nice and shiny holding flower stems and sitting on my mantel.

vintage Christmas tree stand

You guys know how I am about Christmas, metal, and rust…..so the Christmas tree stand for $5 was a no-brainer.

tacky grapevine wreath

Got the sad wreath too. All I have to do is remove those tacky flowers and add new stuff. Maybe a Spring wreath soon.

vintage handmade wood knife holder

The red and yellow wood thing is a homemade knife holder that hangs on the wall.

nutcracker ornament

The shiny nutcracker ornament came complete with velvet box and the original sales box.

old tool head from the junk shop

Not sure what I’m going to do with this tool head. Any ideas for me?

wire stand with wheels for plant pots

The metal plant stand with wheels is a nice piece. I guess it can be used for other things too?

Butler family Hopkinsville Kentucky at Butlers Antiques

I always love visiting with Mr. Butler and his sisters at the junk shop. I made them pose for a couple of photos. I think that’s all of my purchases from the junk shop and they totaled $50. Pretty good deal.

vintage clock from Goodwill

I got the vintage clock at Goodwill and paid $2.99 for it. The clock works and I looked some of them up online. I think I got a good deal.

cork boards from Goodwill

The three cork pieces were also $2.99. Now I have cork for those rackets! If you buy new cork in the store it is expensive. These cork pieces are thick too.

vintage metal hanger

The metal hanger with the blue flowers was 99 cents.

basket from Goodwill

This large basket was also 99 cents. You can never have too many baskets.

twin bell alarm clock bought at auction

Moving on to my auction buys. I bought one box lot with a few pieces in it. The “Season” alarm clock works too. I’ve been lucky with clocks this week.

koolaid canteen

The yellow smiley Kool-Aid canteen was in the box too. I paid $4.00 for the box of goodies.

jar of buttons

The only other thing worth noting in the auction box was this jar of buttons.

Well, that’s all of my finds for the week. What was your favorite? Leave a note for me if you have time and as always, 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

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  1. The first thing I thought of when I saw the “hoe end”, was Rudolph! Pot a red nose where the broken wood is and add two eyes! It looks like a reindeer to me!

  2. Connie! You brought back a very fond memory for me. We went to the Williamsburg Pottery Factory probably 36 years ago. Hubby was in the army and we lived in Newport News. I loved the pottery! Is it still there? Thanks for the comment, Kathy

  3. You are the one blog I continue to follow. I live through it because I have downsized and don’t have room for almost thing. I have inherited the job of dealing with four relatives after they either passed or moved to a nursing home. So I have promised myself and my children I will regularly donate things I don’t need to Salvation Army, Goodwill etc. so someone else can use these items. I must admit I check Estate Sales.net each week and live vicariously through that and occasionally spent a few dollars. I have learned hat the next generation doesn’t want the silver, china and crystal that the previous generation prized so highly. I don’t have a shed to store all that good junk your enjoy but enjoy your creativity and my husband has filled our garage with the tropical fish he raises. So keep it coming!

  4. The large basket that was at the beginning of your post is probably about 40 years old. I have 3 of varying sizes. Mine have lids and were bought at a large outlet called Williamsburg Pottery in Virginia. They have been used for storing various things since then. Hope your dad makes a full recovery.

  5. What cool finds! Glad to hear your Dad is on the mend. Will keep the prayers coming for his full recovery 🙂

  6. Yes the tablets &/or a separate mix of baking soda/vinegar and a good soak. My former housekeeper would polish with vinegar also or glass cleaner. So sorry about your dad! Such hard times!

  7. My favorite is the buttons. I just wanna reach in there and turn that jar around so I can see more of them. I collect buttons and have hundreds of thousands in jars, baskets and more jars. Good luck to your Dad, glad he is better.

  8. Karen, you might want to try some Polident tablets or any other denture cleaning tablet. I hear they work wonders in cleaning up vases. Good luck!

  9. I love all of your finds and wish I could
    get some inspiration for myself. Glad your Dad is doing well. We were in Arkansas a few weeks ago on our way to LA (our 47th state to visit). I did not see any “junk” shops though.

  10. What a nice post! So glad your dad is on the mend …. he’s so lucky to have such a caring family. Love the picture of Raymond and his family … I can imagine how much fun it must be to spend time there. I love the tool head and the baskets and the clocks … it is always fun to hear what your vision for these things is. I’m not one with that vision at all, but I’m a terrific “copier”! Wishing a happy and healthy and creative year for you and your family, and all of us who follow your amazing posts! God bless.

  11. I love all your finds! I actually do junk shows and sell all the good junk you make into pretties! LOL Do you have a Goodwill Outlet in your area? It is worth looking up. They sell everything that doesn’t sell at the stores by the pound!!! You give me so much inspiration, I just wish I had more time to create.

  12. What will you do with the Christmas tree stand? I think I still have the same kind and any ideas for usage would be great. never held much water and tree trunk sometimes too big – they leak as well once rusted.

  13. You find the coolest things! I love the garden tool. I’d put a new handle on it and clean up the metal to get it ready for spring gardening. I’m like you, never saw a basket I didn’t like! Glad your dad is on the mend!! Keep finding great things and sharing with us. You give us great ideas!

  14. Glad your father is home and pray he continues to heal. He us lucky to have you.
    Love your finds and that you see potential in junk, all kinds of junk. Always look forward to your next post.

  15. As they say, to each his own! my favorite of your finds is the definitely the Christmas tree stand! i’ll have to think about that handleless tool, that’s a wonderful piece of ROT (rusty old thing)! Looking forward to your creations!

  16. Hi Kathy, Glad to hear that your Dad is on the mend. I love all your junk finds but especially the nutcracker. I made a Christmas wreath with a large nutcracker one year. But for your little one I think I would leave him out all year long. Can’t wait to see how you work your magic on all the treasures.

  17. Nice haul! Happy to hear your Dad is improving and he is fortunate to have such a loving family. I started picking up wire cages used for picking up tennis balls. They’re always chippy and cheap! I have no idea what to do with them now! I can always plant flowers in them, I guess. Any ideas would be welcome!

  18. I love Raymond and his sisters! I’ve been shopping with him since I was little. He used to do flea markets too. They have worked soo hard on that building! You never know what you will find! ❤️