Saturday, September 22, 2012

Junk Barn Girls

Yesterday Mr. Squash and I decided to take a drive down to Stanfield, Oregon and attend the Junk Barn Girls show.  I had recently read about it in the Country Register, and since we have a favorite antique store in Stanfield, we decided to make a day of it.
We couldn't believe the location!  It was in the middle of acres of recently plowed wheat fields!  The parking was a cow pasture complete with freshly made cow pies!  The skies look gray, but it is smoke from all the fires burning in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, not clouds!
As near as we could tell it was made up of, well, primarily JUNK!  Fun junk - old suitcases, wire baskets, repurposed items with a few antiques mixed in here and there.  Lots of vendors, too.  We got there an hour after it opened on the first day and would you believe they were cleaned out of most of the good stuff already?  On the periphery of where we walked in were were several trailers and vans loaded with all the great furniture!  I nearly walked into one of the vans thinking it was stuff that hadn't been unloaded yet! 

I loved this Art Deco secretary, but it wasn't for sale!
Click on the photo above and you'll see an oats sack repurposed with the saying "Smooth as a Duck's Butt".  Wonder whose living room that will wind up in?
This vendor had all sorts of wonderful old baskets, boxes and bins filled with fall plantings.  I got one of the apple baskets you see in the foreground, only empty.  It's now holding all my pantograph rolls in the studio!
Click on the the photo above and check out how some ugly lamp bases have been repurposed into stands for vintage fans!
 This vendor had a lot of fun paper flowers made from old magazines!
I'll leave you today with a late evening photo from our yard cam last week.  Soon the leaves will turn a brilliant red on the maple trees and all the blooming perennials will be a memory.  Happy Autumn!

16 comments:

Me and My Stitches said...

Your yard looks beautiful, as always! And the junk sale looks very interesting!

Michelle said...

Ooooh -- that looks fun!

Mary said...

Next time you will have to get there earlier. Even so, it looked like lots of interesting stuff.

Sue said...

That JUNK sale looks like it was alot of fun ! You garden always looks SO lovely

AnnieO said...

Pretty cool stuff! It's nice to capitalize on what clever folks do with all that junk :)

Carrie P. said...

Looks like fun. Wow! your yard is so beautiful!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, my. Looks like a wonderful day.

Kaaren said...

Sounds like you and Bob had a fun day. Wish I could have joined you but I was too busy making your roasted tomato sauce! So easy and yummy!

Your back yard looks awesome, Candace. What a gorgeous photo and the early evening colors are amazing.

Quilt Hollow said...

Now that's my kind of fun day out! We have a similiard thing here too. They mow the fields and it's pretty much in a pasture. Gorgeous home photo btw.

pratima said...

It seems like a fun adventure! So nice that you found some treasures while exploring the market :)
Your yard is beautiful!

Lynn said...

This looks like so much fun! Right up my alley.....right down to the cow pies!

Libby said...

Oh my - that sale looks like a little slice of heaven!

Stephanie said...

How much fun is that! I love the duck butt. :o) You have THE most gorgeous yard.

Houseelf said...

What an interesting sale- the equivalent of a car boot sale in England. I haven't been to the local one in ages. I come back with far too much junk!

Lisa D. said...

Looks like you could find all kinds of treasures at the junk sale. Enjoyed seeing the picture of your yard. It must be a joy to come home to such a beautiful place!

Linda said...

Ummm, there is nothing like a good junk sale!!! I bet it was soooo much fun to pick through it all!!! Buried treasure galore.