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Wacky Wednesday – Super Mario Nintendo Trophy

Super Mario Nintendo Trophy, photo by Caryn

Super Mario Nintendo Trophy, photo by Caryn

At Junk King of Nashville we get in a lot of old trophies. Large trophies, small trophies, broken trophies, trophies for martial arts, baseball, hockey, football, basketball, golf, bowling, and even a trophy for video gaming. This trophy was from October 12, 1990 and was for First Place at the Nintendo Championship.

How do we recycle these? We call Chris Markferding of Electric Buffalo – Vintage, Handmade & Redone Treasures. Like the Junk

Electric Buffalo Trophy Bottle Stoppers, photo courtesy of Chris Markferding

Electric Buffalo Trophy Bottle Stoppers, photo courtesy of Chris Markferding

Lady, Chris is a transplant here in Nashville from Buffalo, NY. Chris takes the toppers off the trophies and attaches them to a quality bottle stopper. Her stoppers give wine, olive oil, and vinegar bottles a sassy flair. Check out her Facebook page here or head on over to the Gaslamp Antique Mall (Booth W409) and see for yourself! This is Chris’s second appearance on heyjunklady.com. Here is the first!

12 South’s Art & Soul Studio

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

West Nashville’s Art & Soul is a co-operative creative space set up for members to utilize work areas or to take classes. It is located in the bustling 12 South neighborhood of West Nashville among, shops, restaurants, bars, and residences. Their vision statement stresses it be a safe and inviting environment set up for personal and creative growth and exploration as well as the betterment of its community.

Besides your own art supplies there are work stations with baskets of buttons, feathers,

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

twigs, pipe cleaners, material, paper, and-and-and … But Art & Soul is not only concerned with the 2 and 3 dimensional, expressions in movement and sound are also encouraged. This isn’t the ‘solo artist struggling in the ivory tower’, Art & Soul engenders a safe and non-judgmental environment to let go and discover. These discoveries will be shared and witnessed by those present. It is a very nurturing and positive environment.

What was does the Junk Lady have to do with a creative art space? A mutual friend connected me to Kathy Plourde as she was preparing for a workshop with a special needs group. She was needing old broken bits and bots of costume jewelry for them to use to create self-portraits. I left the meeting thinking of the very last line from the classic movie ‘Casablanca‘.

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Art & Soul, Nashville Arts Studio, photo by Caryn

Upcycled Candle Sticks Using Clarinet Parts

Junk King Upcycled Clarinet Candlesticks, photo by Caryn

Junk King Upcycled Clarinet Candlesticks, photo by Caryn

Junk Lady was going though boxes and found one all chockablock with old clarinet parts. After attempting to assemble one working instrument and failing I got to thinking what non-musical way they could be recycled. CLARINET CANDLESTICKS!

SEC College Football Fall 10% Off Coupon

There is a little contention in the Junk Lady household each Fall. You see the gentleman I married neglected to ask if I had any SEC affiliations in my skeleton closet. I knew his alright; BAMA fans are rarely quiet. Imagine his surprise/shock/disgust when he discovered my Grandfather Vernon has graduated from Auburn. 😀

Press the ‘Play’ arrow on the above video to enjoy the last play of 2013’s Iron Bowl game. It never gets old.

SEC College Football Coupon, photo by Caryn

SEC College Football Coupon, photo by Caryn

Whether a Commodore, a War Eagle, a Volunteer, Gator, Bulldog, or whatever the heck a Crimson Tide is there is a standing 10% discount off Junk King of Nashville’s services with the mention of SEC at either time of booking or on the job site. As usual coupons and deals cannot be stacked. We’ll make sure you use the one that saves the most money. Whichever team(s) you follow and whether you watch in a man cave, woman cave, or garage we want your space to be clutter-free so you and your friends can really enjoy the game. Should the game end poorly and the TV somehow gets damaged we do recycle all of the televisions we pick up.

 

Creative Plastic Bottle Repurposing

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

After our daughter checked in at the Mid-South Quick Chess Championship on Hillsboro at St. Paul Christian Academy we went to wait in the gymnasium for the first pairings to get posted.

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Repurposed Plastic Bottle Sculpture, photo by Caryn

Hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room is a delightful use of discarded plastic bottles. The sculpture is approximately 5 feet high and is comprised of hundreds of colored and altered plastic water bottles. It’s kinetic to a degree which helps it catch and reflect the light. I don’t know who made this piece but it is likely a collaborative effort by children from this school.

‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster #TBT

'Jogger' Treadmaster by Vitamaster Treadmill

‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster Treadmill

This beauty of a relic was dropped off at a community recycling day in the City of Forest Hills here in Nashville last Spring. A lot like Fred Flintstone’s car, it has no power unless your feet get moving. It is the ‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster and there is a tread running belt over a series of rollers providing a surprising foot massage as one starts walking and then hitting a light jog.

Cardboard Recycling Via Vacation Bible School

Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Airplane, photo by Bethany Wagner

Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Airplane, photo by Bethany Wagner

Cardboard can be recycled into more cardboard or it can be reused. I received a message a couple weeks back from a neighbor asking if we had any larger boxes she could use to build an airplane for their Summer vacation Bible school. Here is the end result. Thank you, Bethany Wagner for the update. I am sure your VBS will be a full, fun, and successful event. Vacation Bible School starts tonight, July 8th, at the Cane Ridge Free Will Baptist Church, located at 13984 Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville, 37013. Registration is at the door starting at 6:00PM and all are welcome. Class runs between 6:00PM and 8:15PM.

Recycling Old Cabinet Doors

Discarded Cabinet Junk King of Nashville Hauled Away, photo by Caryn

Discarded Cabinet Junk King of Nashville Hauled Away, photo by Caryn

Old Cabinet Doors/Future Paint Samples, photo by Caryn

Old Cabinet Doors/Future Paint Samples, photo by Caryn

Usually when we get previously enjoyed kitchen or bathroom cabinets we call the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for a pick up so they can sell the items in their store to help fund new builds. Sometimes the cabinets have been enjoyed a little too much and instead of taking them to the dump we will remove the doors for our friends at The Painted Dragonfly. Lorna and Susan, owners of The Painted Dragonfly located within The Tanner House in Nolensville, TN, offer a lovely array of gifts including furniture they have repaired and repainted (using paints from The American Paint Company line of all natural, zero VOCs clay, chalk, and mineral based paints.) The doors will be used as demos in the classes Lorna and Susan teach. I am excited to see what transformation happens to these tired, old doors.

Wacky Wednesday – Nashville, Music & Gold and Platinum Records

Fine Young Cannibals Double Platinum Record, photo by Caryn

Fine Young Cannibals Double Platinum Record, photo by Caryn

I cannot emphasize enough the wide range of items people have Junk King of Nashville haul away for recycling. There are the stalwarts: old appliances, mattresses, broken furniture and lawn mowers, and wind-blown trampolines. Then there are the head scratchers like the five framed gold and platinum records that came in last week.

What did we do with the framed records? A crew member took one home to hang on his wall. I dropped one off as a present to a friend’s son who is about to graduate from high school. He is a great kid with musical aspirations and having a Van Halen platinum record (and cassette) to hang in his Jam Room/Bat Cave is quite possibly, in his words, “The coolest thing EVER!”. Two went to the property closet for the locally filmed ABC drama “Nashville”. We kept one for the office wall and posterity. (Yes, it was the Fine Young Cannibals double platinum one because The Junk Lady is a child of the 1980s.)

Windrow Farms, Young Turkeys, and Reuse

This is not my first blog post about our friends at Windrow Farms. There is this one about pumpkin recycling as well as well as a photo of male turkeys ‘Jerry’ and ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in my blog post on Thanksgiving Day. Elizabeth, Chad and Tailor are our good friends and they are doing some wonderful things on their farm and for their community of Nolensville, TN.

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

The farm is literally growing (correct usage of literally). Among the raised beds, hanging gardens, and traditional beds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are the critters: chickens – lots of them, turkeys, guinea hen, ducks, horses, cattle, rabbits, and a squadron of potbelly pigs. What is unusual is the percentage of the animals that are rescues. Both horses, all 5 pigs, all but one of the rabbits, the ducks, and some of the hens and roosters are all rescues.

Child's Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Child’s Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Our staff at Junk King of Nashville knows that if rolls of wire or wind netting, screening, fencing, or dog pens come in on a hauling job they need to put them aside for me to see if Miss Elizabeth/The Chicken Lady needs them. Most often she does.  Rescues usually aren’t scheduled. They just happen and the farm needs to have a place for the new resident immediately. Each week some things come in that might not stand out as something usable for the farm. A child’s bench came in that was a little worse for wear and not quite up to what we would donate to ThriftSmart. I messaged Elizabeth with a photo and it is now in the coop with the post-February chicks roosting upon it.

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn. Please note photobombing pig

Yesterday marked the arrival of four young turkeys from the breeder. Three are gents who will be raised for the family meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and one is a lady who will start laying turkey eggs later this year.

We had dropped off a large wire dog crate with a wonky side a couple weeks back. The plastic domed Igloo dog house that we dropped off yesterday was attached at the wonky side creating a pen for the four birds to protect them from both existing residents and the elements during their initial health quarantine and acclamation.

 

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run, photo by Caryn


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