I have had some luck out junking, so that's something. Things keep finding me and stuff keeps being given to me for free! (Thanks, Dana, for all the fabric and pants and chandelier and .... I'll try and do something useful with them!)
My local Goodwill throws all of the kitchen tools into a bin and for $5 you can fill a plastic bag with whatever you want. Lately, I have been lucky enough to find silver-plate eating utensils. Eight knives of one pattern turned out to be worth $5 each!
The peacock Fiestaware bowl isn't old, but it's still cool! I found a cup and saucer (in two different places in the store!) of another Fiesta blue for $1 total and gave it to Dana (of the garage sale gifts) since she collects that color. I left it on her front porch with a gardenia in the cup for her to find when she got off of the night shift at the hospital. I like to think it brightened her morning (cuz she told me it did!)
Gotta love the vintage glassware! An Anchor Hocking refrigerator dish, 2 black and pink diamond "rocks" glasses, a pink elephant juice glass and an unidentified pink/white/aqua (!) large glass. I also found a Corning stove-top coffee pot with perfect starburst graphics.
There are two pairs of these 1950's shoe trees. One pair is already involved in a project (that I hope works out the way I envision it.)
I loved the framed Christmas cross-stitch and was compelled to rescue it. The pink framed prints are so sweet, I might just leave them as they are. Or I might take the prints out and do something with the frames. Hey! I'm steadfast in my convictions!
Some of my finds have made it my Etsy shop and I've sold a number of them, like this vintage Pan Am carry-on bag,
2 framed chalkboards that I made (okay, I painted the glass with chalkboard paint. I didn't a.c.t.u.a.l.l.y make the frames),
and this cute "upcycled" footstool that was brown, nasty and falling apart when I found it.
Ta. Da! A Silhouette Cameo cutting machine! I know it doesn't look like anything other than a printer, but this baby connects to your computer and cuts pretty much anything you can design out of paper, cardstock, vinyl, and even thin sheet metal! I'm not that computer savvy, so the learning curve is still pretty steep. But, I cut my first design today and am excited to see how it all works out.
(Just don't hold your breath. I cannot be held responsible for any blue faces or deaths caused by my bad blogging routine!)