Happy Thanksgiving From Junk King of Nashville

photo by caryn of turkeys at windrow farms, nolensville, tn

Photo by Caryn of turkeys at Windrow Farms, Nolensville, TN

Wishing folks in the U.S.A. a Happy Thanksgiving, wishing Canadians a Happy Thursday, and wishing a Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah to those celebrating. Hopefully all are with friends and loved ones and able to enjoy the day. Safe travels to those on the road.

We are staying put. We will not be at work and neither will our employees. We will not be out shopping. We will be home watching parades and football, having a Monopoly marathon, continuing to teach our daughter the game of cribbage, cooking, more cooking, eating, possibly napping, and then more eating. We are thankful to be able to do what we do. We work long hours and cherish days like today.


Volunteer Opportunities: Community Resource Center

graphic courtesy of the crc of their 2013 volunteer opportunities

Graphic courtesy of the CRC of their 2013 Volunteer Opportunities

The Community Resource Center in Nashville, TN is ‘The Lifeline for Middle Tennessee Non-Profits’. Its mission statement is brief and powerful: to provide household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need.

The CRC has released the schedule for volunteer opportunities for the upcoming holiday season. Each December the CRC has a Christmas Giveaway for its partners. The volunteers are needed to sort and assemble the items for pick up by the participating CRC non-profit partners.

Volunteers need to be 15 or older. As long as there is an accompanying adult, children as young as 8 may volunteer. They need between 5-10 volunteers each shift, so while this might be a great opportunity for youth groups, members might have to volunteer at different times.

photo by catherine mayhew of betsy everett among the donations to be sorted for last year's christmas giveaway

Photo by Catherine Mayhew of Betsy Everett among the donations to be sorted for last year’s Christmas Giveaway

The CRC connects both corporate and private entities which have new and very gently used items to donate with non-profits in need. If there is not an immediate and exact match the items go to the warehouse on Omohundro Drive for the short wait for that opportunity. It’s not just furniture and appliances, the greatest need is for personal care items – the basics like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

photo courtesy of the crc from a previous christmas giveaway

Photo courtesy of the CRC from a previous Christmas Giveaway

Please take a look at the CRC’s blog, Two Chicks in a Warehouse, to get a more complete idea of the impact these women, their volunteers, and the donating partners have had on the Nashville community. You’ll also understand the beauty of ‘Bacon Wednesdays‘ – check it out.


photo courtesy of the heart of worship school of its students

Photo courtesy of the Heart of Worship School of its students

The scope of one of the newest CRC members reaches beyond Middle Tennessee.  The locally-based non-profit Heart of Worship Ministries maintains a school in the mountains of Haiti, ensuring lunches, uniforms, lighting, repair, and just about everything else through two cargo shipments a year (and a lot of hard work).

Wacky Wednesday – It’s A Wonderful Life!

photos by caryn, it's a wonderful life ornament

Photos by Caryn, It’s A Wonderful Life Ornament

Today we dropped off two 3 foot diameter promotional ornament shaped decorations with black and white stills from the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life!” to the Nolensville Elementary School to add to their store of decorations for the Storytime With Santa event next month. Most likely they were originally from a video store. We could have sent them with our paper and cardboard recycling, but thought this was a better option.

Veterans Day Celebrations

Today marks the beginning of Veterans Day celebrations in Middle Tennessee. The Town of Nolensville Veterans Day Celebration and parade were today, November 9th. There was a breakfast this morning for area veterans from 8:30am to 10:00am at the Southpointe Community Church in Nolensville with Mama’s Java providing the coffee.

veterans walking in nolensville veterans day parade

Photo by Caryn of Veterans walking in Nolensville Veterans Day Parade

Afterwards veterans and groups from Nolensville, Arrington, LaVergne, and parts of Brentwood gathered to walk or ride in the annual parade. Leading with flashing fire trucks, there was a motorcycle motorcade with flags honoring all branches of the armed services as well as many states in the union.  Next came a motorcade of classic cars including a Bel Air, Delorean, corvettes and, my favorite, a VW Thing.

Photo by caryn of motorcycle motorcade in the nolensville veterans day parade

Photo by Caryn of Motorcycle Motorcade in the Nolensville Veterans Day Parade

Many Nolensville clubs proudly marched in support of veterans past and present. The Shriners had some great golf carts. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts all walked and waved. Twirlers young and slightly less-young twirled it out of the park. Guitar academy as well as martial arts clubs rode, marched and waved. Last but not least are the Ravenwood High School Marching Band and Guard and members of the local ROTC.
photo by caryn of rotc

Photo by Caryn of ROTC


There is another nearby parade on Monday November 11th starting at 11:11AM in downtown Nashville. Parade assembles at 1512 Broadway and ends close to 1:00pm on Lower Broadway. Check it out and honor these great people.

Dryer Tubing + Paint + Cinnamon Sticks & Moss = Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

This project was found on Pinterest and has quickly become quite popular. Take inexpensive pliable duct tubing, turn it on itself and attach. Spray paint it and add a cinnamon stick for a fragrant stem with some moss and … you have a center piece.

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