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Saturday, May 1, 2010

About Me

Hello, My name is Margo and I'm a Junkaholic!!!

Well now that I've got your attention, let me explain. I do love to hunt and find stuff, a lot of stuff. But I realized a long time ago that regular shopping just wasn't for me. Where is the thrill of finding something that you know is already there?

A few years ago I vowed to try and go a year without buying anything new (except underwear). That is when I discovered that my real passion was creating and hunting for the unusual things that add character to my surroundings. During this attempt at green living, I fell in love with all things old.

Since pulling myself free of the retail trap, I am fully enjoying the process of the hunt, the find, and the creation of something wonderful from something that was discarded by someone else, as useless.
As in this post about turning a burn basket into a side table

I specialize in small items. I look for the unusual, the beautiful, the item that can have a use today, that may be very different from it's original purpose. Nothing is more fun that turning an old spring into a lamp,
or a funnel into a flower vase, a light fixture into a fruit bowl or a farm disk into a centerpiece for my dining room table.

My blog focuses mostly on my "adventures" as I travel and hunt for that most wonderful object, that will make my heart skip a beat. The people I meet and of course the items I find. The foibles along the way, spider bites, ripped tendons and the like. It seems there is always a story to tell.
I also have an active Facebook page that is open to all.

I most especially enjoy sharing my experiences and finds with other junkers, and learning from others as well. It has been an added bonus that I've been able to meet some fun fellow junkers and have had some amazing opportunities come my way.
In 2009 I was able to take the Junk Queen herself, Ki Nassauer, on a tour of the First Monday Trades Days in Canton Texas. The trip was a feature story in the Spring 2010 issue of Flea Market Style magazine. Since then I've been recruited as the Blog contributor for The Magazine's blog ,  and have been able to contribute some items and projects to the magazine as well.
 I've also had the opportunity to go to Paris France on a Paris Flea Market Trip and most recently the Rose Bowl Flea in Pasadena California. 
Recently I have been approached by a few different groups for their prop needs. I've supplied  some props to a family photographer, a  local theater group,  and advertising agency for an ad campaign.   I'm most thrilled about finding out that the buyers for the TV show Mad Men have purchased and used items from my Etsy store on the show.
These are things that I never in my life thought I'd have the opportunity to do and I'm enjoying the ride.

My favorite blog posts are usually those that show how I use junk in my own home.
When my oldest son moved out I quickly claimed his room as my "junk experiment" space. I'm not sure that is what my husband would call it, but he tolerates my Junk expressionism.

As you can see, there is Junk everywhere in this space. The only new purchase was the bedding, everything else was re-purposed. We recently added the awning above the bed, and I absolutely love it.

As with all junkers I can't keep it all for myself. I love finding unique items that I can pass on to others through my active Etsy Store.

Keep on Junkin!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hooray! You did it!

Well done....

I'm so impressed that you drilled through the metal.

I've just finished my very first furniture has a soft industrial feel so I thought of you! I'd love you to drop by and see it if you have time.

Here's the link.


Beth said...

I have been a fan of for a few years now & I will be a follower here on your blog too! I never thought I'd be proud to say that I live for curb shopping! LOL!! You & your site contributors have been a HUGE inspiration for me!

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