Monday, March 28, 2011

I border on hoarder

I'm kidding.

But, you know that show Hoarders on A&E? I can almost see how those sweet people get themselves into such a huge mess. When I get a chance to go to savers, antique stores, garage sales, or any other second hand store I find myself saying.... i love this old thing!... it's one of a kind.... i'll never find another one again... i'll regret it if i don't get it....    I'm pretty sure those words have been said on that reality show a few times.

So far, I have kept my hobby under control, but I truly look forward to digging through junk. I know it's not for everyone, BUT searching through other people's old books, clothes, knick-knacks, and furniture is like a fun little competition for myself. Yeah, I might could go buy some of this stuff at Target or somewhere else, but I get a thrill out of finding something so unique for so cheap:)

For example, I've had Catholic High's Junktique written on my calendar for months. Last year I got our coffee table for 5 bucks and over 20 antique books for 2 dollars. You can see why I go, right?!? The problem is, hundreds and hundreds of people show up for this junk sale. That's why I say it's not for everyone. Including my nice husband pushing a double stroller with our two toddlers:) They left after like 10 minutes. However, I went twice. Once when it first opened, and once at the end of the day. And I found some goodies!

You can fill a bag like this with almost anything for 2 bucks. Perfect for children's books, chapter books (which I love to read, and use for a course I teach), and of course small games and toys for my two kiddos.

The goods that I stuffed in my sack.  Annette went straight for the game. It's called Don't Spill the Beans and Annette loves it. We have played it at least 5 times already. However, she LIKES spilling the beans, so the game ends pretty quickly:)  I  also got two newbery winning chapter books that have been in my amazon shopping cart for months, and several caldecott winning books that we didn't own yet. AND, annette's favorite, the water color coloring book.  And that water torpedo toy that costs about 15 dollars on amazon or Target.  Two dollars well spent.

This is the kind of stuff just laying around everywhere. Barely organized, but oh! the potential!!!!

You could have gotten this table for 4 dollars. With paint, it could be a cute table, right?

I came home with this table for 8 dollars. Big purchase, I know;) Cute for the kids. Or I might put plants on it and keep it outside. I'm still deciding....
The chair came from the Antique store in Alexander, AR.
For 2 dollars..... which brings me to the next place I frequent to find fun stuff.....

This store is on the way to Bryant, and is a CRAZY place to shop, but I absolutely love it. I would love to spend hours here like I used to do, pre-kids, but now I go and spend 30 minutes lookin' real fast:) It doesn't have a real name (just says Antiques on the side of it) and it doesn't have a phone number. The guy that owns it shows up about 10:15ish on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The other days have been hit or miss for me. Those hours and inconsistency in themselves can make this place annoying for most people. But I keep going back because he has everything old you could ever want or hope to find.

 isn't this mess and huge pile up remarkable! i mean, i can't believe he knows where anything is....

 surprisingly though, if you ask him to find you some.... oh, say.... some classic toy wooden blocks... he will take you right to them.  they might cost 1 dollar or 100 dollars. it seems like he prices things according to their sentimental value. i have bought picture frames from him for 20 dollars, and gotten one for free before... all based on his story behind the item. i got a great dresser for annette's room from here for just $80.

this is one of the neater aisles. 
this bunny below (or maybe the flag) is marked $145. and do NOT think about bargaining here. he will tell you straight up that he will NOT go down on his prices. and he means it.

This last time, I came looking for an iron twin bed for annette. She is ready for her 'big girl bed', so I wanted to find an antique headboard to match her vintage-y room. He found this one for me. Cute, right???

He also has this one, which I equally love. I'm going back on Thursday to hopefully bring one of them home:)

It's sideways, and I don't know how to fix that. And there is a cute teal rusted chair behind the iron bed, so you can't see the  bed that well, but trust me... it's cute too.

People have asked me if it's worth going to this place, but you should probably ask either my sister in law Amber, or my friend Courtney. Their opinion is probably more credible than mine, because I am already looking forward to my next digging spree:)


Sarah Hedlund said...

I would love to go with you sometime! I LOVE digging!!!!!! This store looks incredible!

Micaiah said...

A few years ago Jacob asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and the answer was simple - go to that place in Bryant!! You're a girl after my own heart. And I couldn't be more excited about the awesomely huge basket that now resides in my living room that I got at junktique for $1!!!!! It wasn't marked and I was ready to pay at least $15 :) if u ever need a junk buddy, let me know.

Kathy said...

I'm glad you posted this! I was looking forward to hearing more about your treasures after the brunch today.

Jessica said...

I've always wondered if that Juntiques sale was any good!! And I've actually been to that place near is a REAL MESS in there! I'm so impressed that you can find these awesome things in all of that! I don't have the gift of seeing the "gold" in the midst of the junk!! I would love to meet u there sometime and walk thru it with you! I remember that darling dresser you found for Annette's adorable!! Call me the next time you go "hunting" for a bargain! FYI: I'm having a garage sale this Friday and Sat with my sister in the neighborhood behind Kohl's (Parkway Place)....We'll have lots of stuff!

Jessica P.

abc said...

You are so funny! Again I think this is an Anthony family trait. You know my Meme held garage and plant sales every weekend for decades, right? So glad Annette loved the game. Sometime when all our kids are squared away let's go shop together, ok?