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Feeding off the previous blog of Pinterest Interest; I thought I would share a couple of things we saw, we came and we conquered:

The vintage ceiling light planter.

Their version                             Our Version

The Yard Art Planters

                      Their version

                    Our version


                            Their version

                                 Our version

Silverware? Under here

Their version

Our version

Show us what you’ve got!










Interest in Pinterest?   The new found obsession! How many of you actually spend time creating the things you find on Pinterest? Or do you consume your time with just pinning stuff and not actually morphing the ideas into creation? Not unlike a new bestseller on the top 10 books to read list, Pinterest slowly sucked me in and held me captive  for a couple of months; holding me hostage so that I was afraid that I would miss the next great thing if I didn’t do my diligence! I was on Pinterest 18 hours a day! Then finally, SNAP! I broke free, no longer held captive, we were able to move into reality and the Art Junkeys were able to create modified versions of projects pinned on our boards or the very least, the boards were a catalyst for our inventions; a brainstorming resource if you will. And so I ask you, who was as obsessed as I was and who doesn’t love Pinterest?  Speaking of loving Pinterest, our Inspiration Corner showcases my first Repurposed Crush.

 Donna @ My Funky Junk Interiors: My pin board is about decorating with junk. And so is my blog. Easy, affordable, unique ideas! http://funkyjunkinteriors.net/ Facebook: Funky Junk Interiors


The Art Junkeys have addictions. Pinterest. Garage sales, Estate Sales, Flea Markets, Free Items websites, City Clean Up Days. Whats your addiction or passion? Is it the hunt or the upcycle? Are you a creature of habit on where you hunt? Where you create and what you create? Can you look outside the box? There can be a writers block for the designer too and websites like Pinterest, Etsy and other inspirational blogs help us to brainstorm and get those creative juices flowing. It has become easier to envision items for other purposes than what they were created for. Here are two such ideas!  We took an old dresser with broken legs and made it into a bench. The other bench was three dining room chair backs that we attached a seat to. Tell us here or on Facebook what inspires you. What do you see when you look at discarded items?Image Image






INSPIRATION CORNER: Taking a look at Etsy Shopping-Inspiration is abundant and all around. Check out this great shop on Etsy!  The CapeHouse Antiques

Should you find yourself on Old Cape Cod, MA please visit her brick and mortar – The Cape House – Antiques & More, 257 Lower County Road, Dennis Port, MA 02639.
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Love is in the air and so is the energy of the garage sale and estate sale season! And it is the fun of the hunt that gets us charged up! We have been real busy with a new goal in mind for April. We were invited to be guest vendors at The Cottage House in Minneapolis April 11-15th! The theme of the month is “Paris Apartment”. We have been busy creating ambiance and atmosphere with an accent! Oui!  Pictured is just a morsel for the taste buds of what is to come. Think Bistros, Garden Shabby, Harlequin, Black and white and Pink, Cherubs, Clocks Teapots and so on. The Cottage House is located at 4304 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN but of course if you miss us there, you can always visit us at our regular space within The Consignment Central at 7111 West Broadway in Brooklyn Park, MN!

 I don’t know where January and February went to but I know we have been busy. Some of the quick and simple pieces we added to the store are these beauties. We took cabinet doors rescued from a dumpster, door knobs, hardware, and a power tool or two. Recreating with a little bit o’ chalkboard paint, door knobs, hooks, sprinkled with love, you have a message center for keys, coats, and messages or if you prefer, just old door knobs on a cabinet door make a perfect marriage for style. Image


Maybe you need a coffee table? How about an old trunk as your starting point with left over 2x2s for the legs. A bit of poly or varnish and you have a great place to store blankets and use for a coffee table..great look for a den or rustic theme!!!  

You can check these projects and other fun stuff at our space inside of Consignment Central in Brooklyn Park. BUT wait-there’s more! You can also see us at The Cottage House in South Minneapolis as Guest vendors in April!!!  Joan Steffand will also be there in April so stop by!!!

 Inspiration Corner

Our inspiration this month is Nic Nac Paddy Wac’s in Anoka, MN! 

They specialize in vintage, chic home comforts and garden whimsy; it is a unique blend of “old’ meets “new”! Fun and affordable store right downtown Anoka! Check them out!!

 201 E Main Street, Anoka, MN                                                                     ImageImage

New Year

Another Holiday Season has come and gone.  And we are sad to put away some of the fun Christmas items we made this year:

An ornament made with old music. A Nativity set from salt and pepper shakers,  a wire made into wreaths, mason jar candlesticks that can be used year round, vintage Christmas cards in frames, ornaments made from cookie cutters, just to name a few things.

We are looking forward to 2012. A New Year with new “Old Junk” and are kicking off the New Year with a new look! Our store has been “upcycled” as we added new and better displays reusing an old dresser and a new sign made from a trap door we found in a dumpster.

We also have a new website now, so check it out at www.artjunkeys.com.  Of course, you can always follow us on twitter; http://twitter.com/#!/theartjunkeys. And Pinterest and Facebook! Lastly, We are adding a new addition to our blog called Inspiration Corner.

This week’s “Inspiration Corner” Guest is The Cottage House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.We love visiting here because there is so much visual candy! They have vintage, shabby, repurposed, furniture, collectibles, unique art, primitive antiques, home furnishings, garden, vintage and salvaged finds. They are open 5 days a month and are located at 4304 Chicago Ave. S, in Minneapolis. This is not a place to miss! And very little do!

Suitcase Fun

It is so hard to resist when you find a fun vintage suitcase, especially in this world of black roller suitcases that all look the same. People even used to have their initals engraved and slapped on stickers from places they visited. We found these suitcases at a couple different estate sales. The blue one we decided to make into a chair. We made a seat frame to sit inside the suitcase and added the cushion for the seat and seatback, and found some perfectly matched fabric to cover it with. We also painted and added legs and put a brace on the hinge so it it would be a little more sturdy. A couple cute pillows and it is ready to be a nice little conversation piece.

We found the other suitcase at the same time that someone gave us an old coffee table. They matched perfectly! This one was a little less work. We covered a couple pieces of wood with some fabric to match the lining. We screwed the suitcase to the table through these pieces of wood to make sure it was nicely secure. Inside one of the suitcase pockets is an old postcard from a trip that the former owner took to Wisconsin. We left it in the pocket for the next owner to find as a little treasure…