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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!

Wacky Wednesday – Swiss Ninja Skis

Swiss Army Skis, photo by Keaghlan Sheridan

Swiss Army Skis, photo by Keaghlan Sheridan

Of all the usable sporting goods items clients have had us haul away Junk King of Nashville rarely sees skis. Baseball, softball, football, basketball, golf, even hockey equipment shows up for me to either recycle or donate, but I can count on one hand the times ski equipment has entered the warehouse. It took me a while to figure out what these actually were due to the lack of markings. I told my husband that these had to be different, maybe Swiss government skis due to the Swiss cross and lack of other markings. (Ski manufacturers love to put their names all over EVERYTHING.) He joked and said they were Swiss Ninja Skis. Why ninja skis? Ninjas need to blend into their surroundings and unmarked white skis would do the trick in the Alps. If the bad guys had Swiss Ninja Skis they might have had a better chance at catching James Bond in ‘For Your Eyes Only‘.

Wacky Wednesday - Swiss Army Skis, photo by Caryn

Wacky Wednesday – Swiss Army Skis, photo by Caryn

Well, I think we were both right. There are only the binding maker name and the iconic Swiss cross with serial number on the front of the white skis.  The old school poles have the Swiss cross with the word ‘ARMEE’ on the handles. They are Swiss Army skis. Days like this I feel like a real detective.

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.)

Wacky Wednesday – Limoges Pin Edition

Limoges Portrait Pin Note, photo by Caryn

Limoges Portrait Pin Note, photo by Caryn

While this vintage 1940 Limoges pin itself is not all that wacky, the situation around it landing in my lap is. After the junk truck hauls away items from a job we then sort them. I was processing several large boxes into trash/recycle/donation piles and found a small gift box. Inside the box were the pin and a small note.

Limoges Portrait Pin, photo by Caryn

Limoges Portrait Pin, photo by Caryn

Reading the note I found it had been an heirloom piece passed down as generations were married, starting in 1940. I called my husband and asked which job these specific boxes had come from. He told me, I found the client’s phone number, and I called to let make sure she did not toss out this box by mistake. After hearing me out, she laughed and thanked me for the call. She then told me to wear the pin in good health as the pin was her ex-husband’s she never wanted to see it again.

Limoges Portrait Pin, photo by Caryn

Limoges Portrait Pin, photo by Caryn

Wacky Wednesday – LBJ Coin

Lyndon Baines Johnson, a.k.a LBJ, was a character. He was known for his dog handling skills and his eagerness to display his gall bladder surgery scar as much as his temper. Election campaigning in the 1960’s happened on television, radio, print, and face to face. There were more doodads and handouts than we have now in the Internet Age. This brass coin (No Gold, No Silver, Just Pure Brass!) could have been handed out by the LBJ camp or by his opposition. Hard to tell.

LBJ Brass Coin, photo by Caryn

LBJ Brass Coin, photo by Caryn

Wacky Wednesday – TPAC Art-O-Mat

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Our first visit to TPAC, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, brought many delights: the show, the architecture, the artwork and statues in expected and unexpected places, and the Art-O-Mat. After explaining to our daughter what a cigarette machine was, we both agreed it was a fantastic and productive up cycle. Placing $5.00 in this Art-O-Mat machine gave the patron a choice from a selection of palm-sized hand-made artwork from around the country. I say ‘patron’ because the proceeds go to support the TPAC Education Fund.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

On further investigation we learned that the Art-O-Mat is not unique to TPAC. There are Art-O-Mats all over the country, with one of the newest being unveiled at Alfred University in New York State this week. Clark Whittington of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the founder and creator of Art-O-Mat, will be speaking about his work at Alfred University on March 19th.

Art-O-Mat continues to search for more artists to represent in their machines. There are very specific perimeters and uniform packaging – about the size of  pack of cigarettes. Here are the detailed guidelines. Once a prototype is accepted the artist needs to have at least 50 items together and ready to ship to one of the cities housing an Art-O-Matic machine. Usual price is $5.00 and once sold the artist will receive $2.50.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Wacky Wednesday: Toilet Paper, Lots Of It –

photo by caryn, 322,560 rolls of toilet paper donated over 3 days in 2012

Photo by Caryn, 322,560 rolls of toilet paper donated over 3 days in 2012

Is that the Borg? No, wrong shape and material. It is a ‘Before’ photo of one of our most unique, difficult, and satisfying jobs. We received word late on a Saturday last year that we had a huge job (30+ trucks) starting Monday to remove toilet paper that had been in a warehouse fire. Well, 3 of those trucks had burned, wet, and smelly toilet paper remains to be hauled away. The rest were dry underneath the plastic layers, but had to be removed regardless. We did not want to take usable toilet paper to the landfill so I started making phone calls. The places I needed to reach were already closed and stayed closed on Sunday so my calls started in force early Monday and under the gun – the paper needed places to go and to go quickly due to the weather forecast for mid-week.

With the help of a forklift to move the 168 pallets, we either trucked toilet paper to locations like the Girl Scout’s Camp Holloway, the Martha O’Bryan Center, The Salvation Army, or we loaded trucks and flatbeds that came to us from Feed the Children, Second Harvest Foodbank of Middle TN, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, and the Men’s Rescue Mission. It took 2 and a half days and we just beat the rain.

Why Wacky Wednesday? 322,560 rolls of toilet paper is pretty wacky. We like to tell people that Junk King of Nashville papered Middle Tennessee!

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.

Wacky Wednesday – CB Club Vest, Good Buddy!

close up of cb patches and fringe

Close up of CB Vest Patches and Fringe

Here is a rarely seen shot of ‘Stranger’, a.k.a. The Junk King, modeling a fantastic CB radio club vest.

rare sighting of the junk king

Rare Sighting of The Junk King

This beauty (and it’s partner ‘Carrot Top’) are beautifully embroidered with the club name and member name, edged with fringe, and decorated with a collection of patches. The patches are from destinations, proclaim world views, and show heritage. These vests were lovingly assembled and well cared for.

I could spend way too much time looking through the CB slang guide that came in a while ago.  I do think I may have to dust off my VHS DVD of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’.

10-10 (will stop broadcasting but continue to listen)

Wacky Wednesday! Fleet Enema Beanie Edition

fleet enema beanie toy

Photo by Caryn of a Fleet Enema Beanie Toy

Trying to picture the marketing meeting at Fleet headquarters …

“Beanie Babies are HOT!  HOT, I tell you!  They’ll LOVE a bean toy shaped like an enema bag. You’ll see!”

They were right – I LOVE this!


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