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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

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!

Nolensville’s Three French Hens Vintage Store

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Nolensville’s Historic District is only a short block long, but it is chock full of fun places to visit. One of my favorites is Stacy Harris-Fish’s Three French Hens. Located at 7305 Nolensville Road, Three French Hens is in and around a two story building from the late 1800’s. Stacy showcases her finds, refinished furniture, and gifts. Both upstairs and down have booths around the store from other local vendors with fun finds, crafts, and vintage lovelies.

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Souvenir Dishes

Bookbinder's Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

Bookbinder’s Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

Every now and again the Junk Lady comes across pieces of Americana that had been picked up on a road trip for a remembrance or a gift for a loved one.

One of my favorites is a candy dish from the Old Original Bookbinder’s in Philadelphia. Looks like the Old Original is now the ‘new’ Olde Bar, having been rejuvenated late last year.

Another favorite is a heart-shaped candy dish (or wall hanging) from the St. Louis Zoo. It has a painted gold rim with heart-shaped piercings around the edge – it is fancy! What souvenirs have you kept from your travels or from those of your parents?

St. Louis Zoo Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

St. Louis Zoo Souvenir Dish, photo by Caryn

#TBT Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter

Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter, Photo by Caryn

Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter, Photo by Caryn

Here is Junk Lady‘s Throwback Thursday blog post. Her friend John stopped by to visit and spied this beauty sitting in our metal recycling dumpster at work. It’s a vintage maple guillotine paper cutter made by Chicago’s Ideal School Supply Company. It is model Ingento #4. and though the blade is rusty and worn it is still sharp. Do you remember these from your school days?

Throwback Thursday: 1970’s Jukebox 45 RPM Records

1970s 45 Records: Shaun Cassidy, The Carpenters, Andy Kim, and The Captain & Tennile

1970s 45 Records: Shaun Cassidy, The Carpenters, Andy Kim, and Captain & Tennile

Today is Throwback Thursday and the Junk Lady found herself looking through some old vinyl records. 45 rpm records from the 1970’s to be exact. The Carpenters, Captain & Tennile, Shaun Cassidy, and Canadian Andy Kim’s ‘Rock Me Gently‘.

The yellow plastic 45 rpm adaptor has been known to confound more recent generations as to its purpose. It is to fit inside the 45’s larger opening so the record could be played on a regular 33 1/3 rpm turntable. The adaptors are still available and in a variety of colors.

Did you know that vinyl is alive and well and still being pressed into records right here in Nashville? United Record Pressing has the largest record pressing plant in North America and they are at capacity and almost done building their second Nashville plant.

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!

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

#TBT Throwback Thursday – Krystal Shenango China Coffee Cup

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

A delightful find this week makes me think of late nights and early college mornings at Clinton, NY’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s Diner (a.k.a. Tiff’s). It is a Shenango China coffee mug so sturdy it could probably be used to hammer a nail into some drywall and come out unscathed. It is likely from the 1940’s and has the logo of ‘The Krystal‘ chain of hamburger restaurants where they encourage you to “Take Along A Sack Full”. It is heavy and sits well in the hand(s) and the thick walls will keep that coffee warm for a good long time.

‘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.


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