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Original Elf on the Shelf –

Vintage Elf, photo by Caryn

Vintage Elf, photo by Caryn

It’s mid-week and Nashville is basically shut down. I know the Junk King trucks are not going anywhere. This Buffalo, NY transplant is loving the snow, the ice not so much. Though we are surrounded by ice, the sun has turned it into a wonderland. The little fellow pictured is a vintage Japan-made elf who found his way into our warehouse. My Facebook friends helped me name him: Swanson McShelfenhopper. That sweet, impish smile belies a devilish side that show itself from time to time.

Swanson Dumpster Diving, photo by Caryn

Swanson Dumpster Diving, photo by Caryn

Happy Halloween From Junk King of Nashville!

 

Junk King Truck at ThriftSmart, Nashville, photo by Caryn

Junk King Truck at ThriftSmart, Nashville, photo by Caryn

Junk King of Nashville hauls all sorts of items. It’s my job to get the items that still have life left to those who need them. Some of our ‘go-to’ places for donations are ThriftSmart, Safe Haven Family Shelter, and Youth Villages. If you are in the Nashville area and have a favorite non-profit that has a wish list of needed items, I’d be grateful if you sent along a message. It helps me keep space in our warehouse and the non-profits end up with needed items – win/win.

Last month a friend asked if by chance we had any clothing come off the truck that they might borrow for a Halloween costume before we sent the clothing along to donation. She said that four ladies at her workplace were trying to put together costumes to go as Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy, and Rose from the sitcom ‘The Golden Girls‘. We sure did and so glad to be asked. Thank you for being a friend, Rebecca!

Golden Girls Halloween Costume, photo courtesy of R. Abel

Golden Girls Halloween Costume, photo courtesy of R. Abel

Fourth of July Wishes From Junk King of Nashville

DeWayne and his grandson, photo by LeAnn McKinley

DeWayne and his grandson, photo by LeAnn McKinley

One of our navigators shared this poignant photo with us earlier this week and I knew it was meant for our July 4th post. It shows DeWayne still in his Junk King shirt just home from work standing at the water’s edge holding his grandson’s hand. To me it embodies ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’.

Junk King of Nashville wishes you all a safe holiday spent with loved ones while enjoying this beautiful land of ours.

Valentine’s Aftermath – Time to Recycle!

bale of cardboard for recycling

Bale of cardboard for recycling, photo by Caryn

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Whether you were celebrating with others or alone your home may have cardboard and glass that used to contain chocolates and beverages. Keep the love going by recycling them. If you were neat and tidy and did not get any of the chocolates on the cardboard box that briefly contained them you may recycle that cardboard with the rest of your boxes. The accompanying photo is of the remnants of over 500 heart shaped boxes Junk King of Nashville hauled from a job. They were unused boxes. I had called to various PTOs and Girl Scout troops and they took the lion’s share which got upcycled into Mother’s Day presents a year or so back.

Post Holiday Clean Up

keep calm today is boxing dayMost of the holidays are past, unless you are celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa today or are in the UK, Canada, or other Commonwealth nations and it’s Boxing Day. Speaking of boxes, there is likely an abundance of cardboard boxes after yesterday’s Christmas festivities. Junk King of Nashville can help with the post-holiday celebration clean up and haul those boxes away and get them recycled if you do not have a county convenience center near by to do it yourself. Also some items you may have upgraded may now be taking up room, like older model TVs that may or may not fit into your car to take for recycling. Junk King can help with that as well. End of year is a time of reflection and many attempt to have a more streamlined and clutter-free new year. Let us know if we can help.

Today! Fill A Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry & Help 4 Hope

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

TODAY! Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cu yd Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean, thanks to our new neighbors and friends at Hotsy of Nashville) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by – looking forward to seeing friends and meeting new people!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Nolensville Food Pantry Seasonal Drive

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

The Nolensville Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food to be able to service the local families in need this holiday season and have some reserve for early 2014. Folks think about food drives a little more around holiday time but January and February can be cold, hard months. People have been graciously donating. The Pantry’s goal is 1,000 cans of food by the holidays. I believe they are up to 350 already.

There are multiple places around Nolensville with drop off boxes for this drive. The Nolensville Public Library has a bin. Animal House in the new Town Center has a bin. Peacock Lane and Coffee & Canvas are also drop off points. I received $5 off a $10+ purchase at Peacock Lane last Friday when I brought a bag of 5 non-perishable items. The Nolensville Dollar General has a bin at the cash register and all you have do is say, “I’d like to donate 1/2/3/+ items to the food pantry.” and the clerk will assist with selecting items from the bin. Items are scanned and go into the Food Pantry box. As always items may also be dropped to Mama’s Java or even directly to the Food Pantry at Providence Baptist Fellowship office on 1668 Sunset Road. Debbie Noland is your contact there and can also do pick ups if needed. You may reach her at 283-8197 with any questions.

 

photo courtesy of junk king of nashville. one of our 18 cubic yard trucks at the parthenon, nashville, tn

Photo courtesy of Junk King of Nashville.

Melissa at Mama’s Java presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19. Junk King of Nashville is helping with a last push to get items for the families and the Food Pantry. On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. 

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location.

#GivingTuesday (and Wednesday and Thursday and …)

 

banner courtesy of givingtuesday.org

Banner courtesy of givingtuesday.org

#GivingTuesday is in its second year. It is a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Taken from its website, “#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.” Two of our local non-profit partners are participating in #GivingTuesday: Safe Haven Family Shelter and Hands On Nashville.

graphic courtesy of safe haven family shelter

Graphic courtesy of Safe Haven Family Shelter

Safe Haven has many ways to give this holiday season. They have wish lists already set up at Amazon and Target for needs at the shelter. Safe Haven is unique in the Nashville area in that it keeps families together instead of sending the older sons and fathers to the men’s shelters. Straight monetary donations are accepted in any amount. The Blessings With Bows program lets you “Make a donation to Safe Haven in honor of your clients, coworkers, friends and family. Donate $10 or more, and they will send the recipient an electronic card via email recognizing your donation in his or her name.” Funds are tight all over. Safe Haven asks to please consider their Christmas Cheer Campaign. Send a Christmas card to Safe Haven and they will deck the walls with positive messages from the community.

graphic courtest of the oasis center

Graphic courtesy of Hands On Nashville and the Oasis Center

From 11:30am to 1:30pm the Hands On Nashville will be accepting used bikes for their ‘Recycle For Kids’ campaign to have the Oasis Center refub and donate this holiday season. Don’t have an unwanted bike hanging around? They are happy to accept a $10 donation which is what it costs to purchase a new and safe bike helmet. Their goal last year was 300 (of which Junk King donated 30). They made their goal and upped it to 500 this year. We will be dropping off the bikes we’ve been saving for this event since Summer.

Googling ‘Giving Tuesday’ and your city or using #GivingTuesday #Your City on Twitter should show multiple local opportunities to help. If not there should be local food bank and toy drives nearby.

12/15 Fill-A-Truck For the Nolensville Food Pantry for the Holidays

photo courtesy of the nolensville food pantry

Photo courtesy of the Nolensville Food Pantry

On Sunday, December 15 from 11AM to 3PM one of the big, red, 18 cubic yard Junk King trucks will sit empty (and clean) in the parking lot of McDougal’s Chicken in Nolensville, TN to accept donations of non-perishable foods, new personal care items (like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent), and new, unwrapped toys. All items will be delivered that afternoon to the Nolensville Food Pantry located at the Providence Baptist Fellowship Church in Nolensville, TN.

photo courtesy of mama's jave

Photo courtesy of Mama’s Java

This will be a last push to fill the needs of local Nolensville families before Christmas. Throughout the year Mama’s Java is a collection point for donations for both the Food Pantry and its sister Help 4 Hope Community Program. Melissa presently has wish lists (needs) of over 60 local families. The due date for those items is 12/19 and hopefully the items brought to our trucks on the 15th will fill out the lists so no families are left wanting.

After Brian at McDougal’s kindly allowed us space in his parking lot on the 15th he also said that folks dropping off donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, and new unwrapped toys would receive 10% off any purchases that day at that McDougal’s location. Thank you, Brian, Melissa, Debbie of the Food Pantry, and thanks to all who stop by!

photo courtesy of mcdougal's chicken

Photo courtesy of McDougal’s Chicken

Small Business Saturday

small business saturday

Small Business Saturday

Although ‘Small Business Saturday‘ has only been around since November 2010, it has gained momentum partly due to backing by the very large non-Mom-N-Pop American Express. With two employees Junk King of Nashville is by no means a ‘large’ business, though we occasionally hear that we are not a small business because we are a franchise. People saying this receive a raised eyebrow from me. There is still the notion that Franchise = Corporate Monster and it just is not (usually) the case. Most franchises are locally owned by Mom-N-Pops who are heavily involved with their communities.

We have 4 jobs today on the schedule so far. We do take American Express as a form of payment. I hope all four clients have an Am/Ex card, have registered it, and use it to pay for our services today so they can get $10 credited back to their account (as well as receiving more space in their home or office and the peace of mind that brings). Remember, Small Business Saturday is not just for brick and mortar stores – it is for services as well.

photo courtesy of junk king of nashville of our crew after filming an episode of 'hoarding: buried alive!

Photo courtesy of Junk King of Nashville of our crew after filming an episode of ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive! this Spring.

 


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