Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

Wine Rack to Ribbon “Cradle”

I think we can all agree that my mind works in mysterious ways- sometimes it’s a great thing (when a project works out!) and sometimes it’s bothersome (when a project fails). But once again, there I was in a thrift store, looking at everything through Sadie-colored glasses…including this very unassuming (and unexciting) wicker/metal wine rack.Read more ›

Spooky Upcycles: Halloween Repurposing Projects

Spooky Upcycles: Halloween Repurposing Projects

Halloween décor , for whatever reason, is really well-suited for an upcycling / repurposing approach. There seems to be an endless array of “spooky junk” project ideas and all of a sudden, everything you see starts to resemble a pumpkin, a ghost, or a witch’s hat.

Not that I’m complaining! I love coming up with new Halloween projects and wanted to not only re-share my projects from last year, but some new ideas that I just love!Read more ›

Upcycling 101: Repurposed School and Classroom Items

Upcycling 101: Repurposed School and Classroom Items

Now that we’re knee-deep in September, I think we can officially say that summer is ending, Fall is nearly here, and school has most definitely started! I don’t know about you, but I am definitely a fan of vintage/classic classroom staples- rulers, globes, pencil sharpeners, lockers, desks, and everything in between. Who would have ever guessed how hot a trend this would be? Go ahead, Google “Schoolhouse Décor”…it’s totally a thing.Read more ›

Shotgun!: Atlanta, Georgia (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Atlanta, Georgia (Part 1)

If I haven’t mentioned it before, my husband’s favorite past time is sword fighting- with the long sword, to be precise. He studies historical European martial arts with various groups in the Carolinas as well as Eastern martial arts at a local dojo. When he had an opportunity to train with a sword fighting studio in Atlanta, Georgia, we decided to turn it into a long weekend…which meant I could go junkin’!

Truth be told, a city as large as Atlanta offers COUNTLESS options for antiques, vintage, and thrift stores…so this post will just have to count as “Part 1” in a series…because with Atlanta not all that far from me, you can be sure that I’ll be returning many more times…for many more blog posts.

Let’s get started- here are the places I hit this time around!Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Charleston, South Carolina (Part 1)

Junkin’ Journey: Charleston, South Carolina (Part 1)

For several years now- literally, years- Jon and I have made plans to take a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina…but for whatever reason, our plans have been scrapped due to any number of reasons. Finally, FINALLY, we made hotel reservations that we didn’t have to cancel, and a list of shops and eateries that we actually got to try!

And let me tell you- it was worth the wait. We had a MAGNIFICENT time and already have a list of places to check out during our next visit. If you are a junker, a shopper, a foodie, a beer snob, and/or a history buff, then Charleston needs to be on your Bucket List.

Now, truth be told, my kind of junk shopping does not fall under the category of “fine antiques”. While there is plenty of highfalutin antiques within Charleston proper- and we ambled all over the gorgeous downtown districts- most of my shopping happened in every direction surrounding the city! North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and Johns Island offer plenty of vintage shops, none of which are very far by car. So hop on board and let’s get started!Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Junkin’ Journey: Chamblee, Georgia

Exploring the Atlanta area has been long overdue for me…I mean, I live a scant drive away from this cosmopolitan southern city and yet I rarely make the time to head down Interstate 85. So, let this blog post be the first part in rectifying an overdue trip!

Puttering around Chamblee, Georgia was never part of my original plan- I had focused on Metro Atlanta with only a stop or two scheduled for Chamblee.

WHAT WAS I THINKING??

For the person that loves antiquing- especially the person that loves to have a wide variety of stores- Chamblee hosts a varied collection of shops. From fine European to rusty “mantiques” to Mid-Century Modern to architectural/hardware salvage to shabby vintage…even to thrift stores!…you’ll find it in Chamblee.

My husband and I hit up several of the shops in the downtown area- not all, but most. And these, my friends, were our favorites…Read more ›

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina (Part 1)

Shotgun!: Asheville, North Carolina (Part 1)

One of the many, many benefits of living in Greenville, South Carolina is our close proximity to Asheville, North Carolina. A pretty drive north through the mountains leads one to Asheville, a fun, funky, cosmopolitan town with a free spirit and welcoming arms for an upcycler like myself.

In fact, Asheville is truly a junk destination- there are so many amazing vintage-based shops, from salvaged junk to the highfalutin finery, that there really is a shop for everyone, regardless of taste. My husband and I go to Asheville more infrequently than either of us prefer, he for the beer, me for the pickin’…and since I have many more shops to explore for the blog, we’ll just go ahead and call this Asheville: Part I.

I’m pleased to say that we hit some old favorites as well as some new spots, all of which were fun and fruitful in their own way. Asheville truly never disappoints!Read more ›

Shotgun!- Country Living Fair 2014 (Atlanta, Georgia)

Shotgun!- Country Living Fair 2014 (Atlanta, Georgia)

For the past two years, something has prevented me from attending the Country Living Fair in Atlanta. Scheduling conflicts, the fleeting desire to be frugal, blah, blah, blah. But this year, I was determined! Nothing was going to hold me back.

I came, I saw, and I…well…I’m pretty sure it conquered me.

For junkies like me, this is the BIG ONE- something people pilgrimage to. And I was NOT disappointed.Read more ›

Sadie Spotlight: Maliasmark

Sadie Spotlight: Maliasmark

As a frequenter of South Carolina’s various arts/crafts and vintage-themed markets, I’ve come to discover artisans and like-minded folks that I genuinely look forward to seeing. And Malia Schopf, the artist, upcycler, and picker-extraordinare behind Maliasmark is no exception.

I’ve always considered Maliasmark to be a project muse- there are always bins of rusty, industrial goodies and architectural salvage…”smalls” like buttons, dolls, photos, and paper ephemera…and larger salvaged wares, like ladders, picture frames, film canisters, and vintage luggage. But she’s an artist, too, and has talent beyond anything I could imagine. She’s a renaissance woman with a love for the past- see why I wanted to spotlight her?

So let’s not delay…Read more ›