I Love Junk (and a Linky Party)

I Love Junk (and a Linky Party)




We have an auction in our county.

It reminds me of a movie I saw once with rooms and rooms of stuff that looked like it came over on the Mayflower and rows and rows of boxes with chippy frames and milk glass and old floral frogs and rows of record albums and quilts and tobacco baskets…..

…..and that’s just the beginning.


It’s like all the yard sales in the surrounding counties decided to have a party.

You never know what you are going to find.


A couple of weeks ago I went to the auction.

I was fully equipped with power bars….a diet coke….

….and an open mind.

When I arrived….the auction was in full swing and they were selling boats and cars and trucks and three-wheelers…..

…..and an ambulance.

The place was packed.

Wall-to-wall people everywhere.

I guess ambulance-selling really draws a crowd.


I sat down and ate my power bars and drank my diet coke…..

….and waited.

I watched the bidding on the cars.

And the trucks.

And cars.

And the bulldozer.

And the boats and the van and the ambulance and the wall of record albums and the all terrain vehicles.


And after they were finished the frenzy hectic bidding on everything people had driven for miles to see.

And the crowds had eaten the hot dogs and drank the sodas and bid on everything in sight with four wheels…..

…..they left.

hee hee   🙂

Leaving an almost empty room and one fortified power bar eater…..

……to bid on all the good stuff.


I bought a pair of beautiful wicker chairs…..for $20.

And an antique round entry way table….for $22.

And on and on…..

….until the auctioneer knew my number.

And just when I was about to leave…..when I could bid no more…..I saw them.

A pair of vintage apple baskets.

They were worn and rustic with a tattered labels and the apple lining still on the inside.

And in my mind….I was strolling through the back pasture at the farm wearing an apron with floppy sun hat perched atop my cascading golden locks….

…..with my apple basket on my hip full of the bounty of the harvest.

(total aside and clarification….we don’t have any apple trees and I don’t own a sun hat and my locks don’t really cascade….but totally minor details to a day dream)

I think I was the only one dreaming….because I was the only bidder.

I paid $6 a piece for them and skipped all the way home…..

….and filled them with hydrangea and hung them on the chalkboard wall.


Good thing I love junk.

Good thing I moved to the country where auctions are the stuff of movies.

Good thing I ate a power bar to strengthen myself for the arduous day of bidding.

But most of all…..good thing I paced myself…..

….and resisted buying an ambulance. 🙂


If you like junk, too….follow along on the Junker’s United Pin Board!

We have been pinning all things junk!

You can see the board….here.

And the best part of all?

All of these junk bloggers have a brand new fall junk project they’ve created!

Check out all the junking fun by clicking each link below!

Donna / Funky Junk Interiors

Gina / The Shabby Creek Cottage

Susan / Homeroad

Bliss / Bliss Ranch

Breida / Breida with a B

Becky / Beyond The Picket Fence

Laurel / Chipping With Charm

Carlene / Organized Clutter

Angie / Knick of Time


And now it’s your turn to link up your junk!

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  1. Looks like a blast..An ambulance ?? You’d find something clever to do with it..

  2. Country auctions are THE BEST! Love those baskets…. I might have to take a trip up to “borrow” them… haha!

    Beautiful, as always!

  3. Thank you for hosting KariAnne 🙂 .Oh silly me added my name and not the name of the post.My excuse…it’s late,time for bed…LOL!

  4. Seriously K.A. you need to write a book… about anything. I will buy it. LOVE your story-telling! xo ~Sally

  5. I love your blue tool tote – I love those red leaves – and I love. LOVE. a good auction. Seriously, that is an ideal date for my husband and me… we both love them. We furnished MOST of our house with auction finds! oh! I feel a blog post coming on!

  6. All normal people like junk……………………….lol

  7. Oooooooo lovely lovely junk you do have! LOVE your key monogram on that pumpkin! Super cool look, KariAnne!

  8. Love the apple baskets of hydrangeas!

  9. Patience has reward!! the baskets are wonderful, I’m sure the other goodies are too. Just linked up an old buggy wheel made into door decor. thanks for having us over!!

  10. Well good Lord I need to know how much the ambulance went for?

  11. Love that you still have a little bit of that label on the basket. Lovely vignette!

  12. Hi KariAnne Love your pics! Thanks so much for hosting this Par-tay 😉

  13. Details are what separate a daydream from a Fabulous daydream!

  14. Hi Kari Anne, I love the old baskets and the hydrangeas are a lovely touch too.

    Enjoy your day!

  15. I need to move to the country where auctions are like THAT! Big city auctions aren’t nearly as lucrative or as much fun… great finds, Kari!
    xo Heidi

  16. Sheryll & Critters. :

    Oh how wonderful for you to have got such fabulous ‘steals’. The apple baskets are so fun and well have so much character. I hope you sprayed them for little bugs. I used to do that when I emptied paper grocery bags before storing them for reuse later. And I can’t wait to see the chairs and table.

    I think folks would pay to just wander around with you for a few hours….. you sound like the most fun girl in the world (besides being beautiful, brilliant and oh so very clever). I know how fun it is to read your posts, so I know the in person fun must be over the top.

  17. KariAnne,
    I just love your beautiful way with words…and your Junk is awesome! It would have been a hoot to be a fly on the wall watching you “power up” during the four-wheel part of the auction. I seriously think you’re kids would love to ride to school in an ambulance. Well, maybe next time.
    Thanks for a fun party and for making me smile.

  18. My parents live in the middle of nowhere in MS. And, the last time we were there, my hubby and I saw that there was going to be an auction in town…and, we were thrilled! We got there a few minutes early to look at all of the treasures…and, left before the auction started. The camo maternity wear, potato chips, and used slippers weren’t exactly what we were hoping for 🙂 I LOVE your apple baskets! Life to the full! Melissa

  19. The baskets are beautiful. Loving what’s left of the labels!

  20. Charming old apple baskets…they were for sure worth the wait. We can do anything when we have our Diet Cokes:) Thanks for having us over for a PARTY!!


  21. Love your stories! Keep them coming!

  22. OH how I wish I had been with you! My kind of auction. Hope you post pics of your other treasures soon.

  23. Gotta love a good auction! I can’t believe you didn’t bid on the bull dozer! Think of the awesome projects you could do with that……. Love your baskets and hydrangeas. Thanks for the Linky Party and the connection to other blogs. Have a lovely day and Happy Halloween!

  24. Say WHAT? You didn’t bid on the ambulance??? Think of all of the possibilities! I’m sure you could have had that thing looking perfectly farmhouse chic in no time! 😉

  25. Dragonfire clay works :

    I have been attending auctions since I was a child in the 1950’s with my parents.
    One day with the mans help, I pulled a chair from a pickup on it’s way to the dump.this chair sat in my home for 18 years. Then one day by accident I found out the chairwas one of 250 made in1857 for the United States Congress House of Representatives. It was on the floor of the congress with Lincoln Grant and all the others. It was piece of American history and had a value of $20,000. Dollars. Gotta love junking

  26. Loved meeting you at The Chapel Market. It was soooo worth the drive from TX and celebrating our anniversary with y’all. I’ve never been to an auction yet, but I’m going to try one. Sounds like you have to just wait out the big stuff for the good stuff.

    Shannon. ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  27. KariAnne, I LOVE your baskets at what you did with them!! Fall perfection 🙂

  28. NOW I know why I am missing living in the country!!! Lord, I loved those auctions . . .

  29. makes me happy to read this and day dream…aaahh.

  30. I feel so denied…. I have never, ever been to an auction but I would LOVE to. Now that I see what kinds of treasures you can get at such great prices…I will have to make sure I find the nearest county auction that looks like something from a movie.

    Love ya, Karianne!

  31. Sounds like the best auction ever!! Wish we had events like that in Southern Alberta…linking up to the party today with an old rickety, chippy ladder!

  32. What a great party!….I love auctions…and you passed up that ambulance..???…

  33. Love this post! You are too funny girl!! Made me wish I were there!

  34. We used to have some great country auctions around here several years back, but no more-boo! Those rustic apple baskets are wonderful, and I know you’ll think of a million ways to reuse them when you’re ready for a new vignette. Simple, charming, perfectly fall-ish 🙂

  35. I adore auctions….so much my hubby won’t let me hold the paddle! 🙂 I so wish you would have bought the ambulance. I can just picture you riding down your country road with your red lipstick and hair blowing in the wind pushing the siren every now and then just cause you can! ~~Ang

  36. I LOVE junk too! I just need to go to an auction one of these days…. Your auction and finds sound amazing. Can’t wait to follow this board. x

  37. Your last line….had me chuckling out loud. You, girl, are a treasure. 😉

  38. Ashley Johnson :

    Next time you go to this auction, if you want some company call me! I still want to stop by and see the house too 🙂