Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Roadside Junk


Whenever I see roadside junk I just have to pull my car to a complete halt, find a park and immediately go and rummage through all the things. I don't know what it is but it's like it calls out to me and says "please take me home and make me yours".
Tonight at our monthly book/design/style club I set our members a challenge to find an interesting piece of "junk" over the next month and bring it to our next meeting. At our next meeting we will discuss what we can do to make these vintage finds into loved pieces.

It's these interesting pieces in a home which add personality to a house. These things make it home!!
What pieces of junk have you found and made into your very own loved vintage piece?

21 comments:

Wes said...

I so know what you mean. It calls me too. I have found many things that have come and gone, but ,my favorite piece i have found is a chair that had big old arms, VERY UGLY. I took it home ripped off the arms and bought a couple yards of fabric and redone it.I now have a very stylish slipper chair.

kstyle said...

Great post topic anna. I have a butcher block island that I found at the goodwill years ago for $15. It still has a place in my kitchen and I still love it. k

Coeur de beurre said...

so wonderful exercice you propose... so exclusive things do the personality of house and I understand you when you ear them calling to go home!!! ;))

Fairfax said...

I found some barn red stars that I bought home and stuck on the top of the book case with some wire "vases" and huge pinecones.

mohairpink said...

Anna, tell us about this club. It sounds like a lot of fun.

wishful thinking said...

I have and old set (4) of rusty school lockers. I plan to restore them someday.

kim. said...

I never find good roadside junk here but I just wanted to say that I have one of those stars (a big one) and spray painted it black. It sits in a corner of the basement buried under crap - no idea what to do with it in this house.

Annie said...

What a fun post. I think I would have a lot more so-called junk if my car had a larger trunk. My best piece is an old painted vanity that sat on the side of an alley for days before I could get help from a friend with a truck. It now serves as my tv stand. The drawers are the perfect size for dvds.

Do you mind if I link your post on my own blog? I would love to share a few more of these stories.

tongue in cheek said...

old, tattered, broken, peeling, scrapped..faded grandeur style is right up my alley.

I stop for junk,
I'll even go dumpster diving.
Old screams my name!

Anna said...

Hi Wes, I think it's great that you too have junk calling to you!! I think it's what you actually do with the junk that prooves your creative capability and by the sounds of your "slipper" chair your creative capabilities are amazing!! I would love to see a picture of it sometime!
XO
Anna

Anna said...

Thanks K! So glad you enjoyed this post! Loved hearing about your butchers block!

Anna said...

Hi Coeurr de beurre - glad you liked the post also! As I say all the time it's these special things like "junk" which make a home so special to its owner!! You should see some of the junk I have!!

Anna said...

Hi Fairfax - I love the sound of the stars you are talking about!! I LOVE stars!!

Anna said...

Hi Pink - I'll tell you about the club in due course!! It will be post topic in the next week or so.

XO
Anna

Anna said...

Hi Wishful thinking - your lockers sound great! What colour are you going to paint them?? The original colour or a new colour perhaps??

Anna said...

Kim - be careful of that black star! If you ever find that it has gone missing you know who has it!!

XO
Anna

Anna said...

Hi Annie, thanks for sharing your junk story!! I loved reading it! I love that you didn't give up when the going got tough with the junk!!
XO
Anna

Anna said...

Hi Corey - I think that's why I like you so much!! Old speaks my name too if you hadn't noticed!! Maybe we could go diving into a French dumpster together someday!!
XO
Anna

cruststation said...

Looking at that picture, I can't see any junk, they look beautiful! I love thrifted finds and your monthly club meeting sounds wonderfully interested too, can't wait to hear about it.

Sylvie said...

I love that idea of a book/design/style club. Where do you meet? Do you mind, Anna, if I form one in my town here in California?
Also, your idea to have people bring in a trashy treasure is so fun.
Here is a link to one of my favorite finds:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sosylvie/145385717/in/set-72057594129671964/

Sylvie said...

Hi Anna,
Did you get my comment? I keep putting in the secret code to publish and it keeps asking me to put in another secret code. Have any of them reached you?