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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

Herb Williams – ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster 2005 Country Music Marathon – Half Marathon

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Junk Lady was minding her business going through a few bags and boxes that had come off of our truck when I found this gem: a signed poster of the original ‘Monumental Feet’ by Nashville artist Herb Williams. It was for the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon.

I bet you have seen Herb’s work around town from the graffiti portion of his ‘Call of the Wild’ art series.  The two I see most often are the mustang on the outside brick wall of the Belcourt Theater and the fawn outside of Old Made Good in Inglewood.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb is the curator at Nashville’s Rymer Gallery and shows his work all over the world, including a recent tour of his crayon sculptures in the Far East, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Taiwan, and Shanghai. Yes, you read correctly – crayon sculptures. Herb has one of the only independent accounts with Crayola. He buys them by the case – case after case using hundreds of thousands of crayons. Please check out this great article by Nashville Scene for more information and photos of his work..

This year’s Country Music Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K , benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital, will be held on Saturday, April 25, with the finish line at LP Field.

Herb Williams 'Monumental Feet' Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Herb Williams ‘Monumental Feet’ Poster from the 2005 Country Music Marathon-Half Marathon, Nashville, 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?

It’s A Small World After All – Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill-Nashville

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

The Junk Lady was driving to one of her usual Berry Hill haunts, the Baja Burrito, when she decided to stop in at the Miniature Cottage she’d passed by so many times. It is located on East Iris Drive just off of Thompson Lane in Berry Hill. If you have a doll house or are thinking of assembling or furnishing a dollhouse you need to stop by.

The cottage is very small with a series of small rooms filled floor to ceiling with unique wooden doll houses, shadow boxes with vignettes of all different types of rooms, and more furniture and accessories than can be imagined. Miniature Cottage has been in business almost 40 years under owner Reneé Derra. It’s a small world after all!

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill - Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Miniature Cottage, Berry Hill – Nashville, Photo by Caryn

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

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!


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