Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mark You Calendars....

Hello Ladies...
I hope that the end of summer finds you with chilly mornings...
warm afternoons...
sunflowers in your gardens....
and feeling ready for the fall season
{my most favorite}
A quick recap of events around my home in the past week...
My oldest is in school all day {1st grade}
{I miss her...but she is having a blast}
I am loving my time at home with my youngest {3yrs}
{and we've been doing lots of fun things together}
I am mentally preparing myself for the upcoming 'hunting season'
{I am a self-proclaimed 'hunter's widow'}

and I have already been gearing up for the next Junk Salvation Show...
{I know it's not until November, but this sunshine won't be around that long}

and last but not least...
I have been hard at work down in Margee's barn getting it all spruced up for our upcoming Barn Sale
{that's right....we're going to end this summer with a sale!!!}
So put in on your calendars and get the hubbs to watch the kiddo's.
We'll have cider and delicious treats to nibble on
while you peruse through our treasures.
{some of which, no one has even seen yet}
{we've got galvanized, glass, rusty, shabby, vintage, etc, etc,etc}
If you have any questions...
please feel free to give us a call at
253- 271-4ave{4283}
We are looking forward to seeing y'all there.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

All in a Days Work...

OK...I'll be honest...
this is gonna be short and sweet...
you see I was just invited to join the
{Pinterest} fun...
and now I am hooked and want to get back to pinning.
I do, however, feel an obligation to share with you
the treasures that I acquired while I was
out and about today!!!

OK...I didn't so much acquire this first one...
as I did avoid running through it...
I know that it is bizzare...
but one of the things that I love so much about
the fall season is the dramatic increase in
spiders and webs that I find in our front garden.
{Hey, better in the garden than in my living room...right?}

Again...I didn't acquire this one either...
but I do love and appreciate that I am
BLESSED to see this gorgeous mountain almost each and every day!!!
May not {love} her so much if she decides to 'wake-up' one day...
but in the mean time,
I remain in awe of her glory and perfection!!!

Back to Business!!!
I had not been able to persue finding treasures as often as I would prefer these past few weeks...

So I got up this morning...
bright and early...
{8a.m. ish}...
ran through Starbucks for my drink
....and off I went.

Do you love this???
I love this!!!
I loved this so much that I asked a man
to literally pry it off a garage wall.
I couldn't help myself...
Isn't she charming???
I love her hinges!!!
So did Bri...
I almost had to grab her a small paper bag
when I introduced them to each other

I can't seem to pass up anything that
even remotely resembles something
'school house.'

As soon as I saw this...
I immediately thought to myself...
laundry room!!!
I know it's not a very practical place to have something fun and funky...
but lets face it...
laundry is NOT going to do itself...
I've left it to see...
and it didn't.

Now this little gem...
I see in a large bathroom with a
wire basket-o-towels on the bottom...
and a few hand towels draped over the top.
What do you think?
Oh...and did I mention that she has the
{dreamiest} casters?

And I was shocked when I decided that I needed this...
you see it's an old solvent tank...
{something mechanics use to clean and degrease parts}
My dad being a mechanic...
I have seen plenty of these growing up...
...but NEVER before did I think to myself that this would either make a modern potting table...
...or a unique place to store bottled beverages for a BBQ.

And these following treasures are not for sale...
With my hubbs being a hunter...
my 6 year old thinks that deer are pretty cute...
and gasps at the sight of them.
Imagine my little happy dance when I came across
ALL OF THESE at a sale today.
I gave her a few and nonchalantly put the rest away for Christmas.

Did you venture out this weekend?
What did you find?
Back to {pinning}!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

4th Ave crosses state lines...

Have we really let it go 10 months without posting on our
4th Avenue blog?
It's true...
It's been neglected...
My deepest apologies.
After getting a suggestion from a gal that we need a
'4th Avenue Blog,'
I decided that I'd better post something...
because how embarrassing to tell her we already have one
and to have the latest post be from last October.

And really there was no better time or opportunity
than now because Margee and I have just returned from
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

We were invited to attend the inaugural
'Junk Salvation' show
by Funky Junk Sisters,
Linda and Dixie.

Since Bri is still adjusting to motherhood
and loving on her
new baby girl,
Margee and I decided to load up the trailers
and take this 'show on the road.'

As you can see by the pictures...
the road turned out to be
a little steeper and have a sharper right-hand turn
than we expected
{and only 3 blocks away from Margee's home}
(DISCLAIMER: Not my truck and neither she nor I were driving)
And I have to point out the the aforementioned trailer,
in which you can see it's under-sides...
was stocked full of our
That's right...all of our:
-hobnail vases
-vintage salt and pepper shakers
-antique Ball canning jars,
etc, etc, etc
were inside of this trailer.
{notice how high the back tires are off of the ground...}
Margee and I quickly assessed the situation
and since my truck and trailer
{still upright}
contained all of our bigger items...
we decided to go-ahead to Idaho and Margee's husband, Dan and their 3 kiddo's would get the trailer upright, get a new hitch system and meet up with us in Coeur D'Alene.

I crawled into the back of our truck and took this aerial photo of
my truck filled to the brim with our shelves, chairs,
GIGANTIC neon letters.
Then I handed the camera to Margee to take a side-view photo...
and then I abruptly fell off of the side of my truck.
I straight fell to the ground.
Not sure how I didn't hurt myself...
but the last thing Margee said she saw was my arm disappearing over the side of the truck...
and then as I lay FLAT on the ground,
she asked if I was o.k....
to which I responded,
'Nice shoes, Margee.'
She was kind enough to race over a take this lovely of me...
laying on the ground...
trying to gather up my pride and dignity.
5 1/2 hours later...
and 2 stops at Starbucks...
we arrived in Coeur D'Alene.
We couldn't wait to see Linda and Dixie...
as they were eager to hear the whole story of the
'tipped-over' trailer.
Remarkably enough,
after we had unloaded all of our bigger items,
and had the 'bones' of our booth set up...
Dan pulled up only 2 1/2 hours behind us.
{the big unveiling of the upright}
The story of how our trip started out had begin to spread throughout the venue...
and after some initial laughs and questions...
the other vendors began to pitch in and give us a hand unloading our things.
Being a part of this 'junkin' community has really introduced us to
A LOT of REALLY great people from all over.
{a HUGE thanks to all of you who rallied around us to help us make
our time in Coeur, D'Alene a great one}

Doors are open...
let the show begin...
So after some serious
and sweat...
We were pretty proud of our booth.
Here is the view we had...
across the isle from us were Linda and Dixie...
some of the nicest sisters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!
Thanks girls for all of your help and hospitality.
We probably would have stayed home had it not been for you both!
We had a great time,
met some even greater people,
sold a few things,
shared a few laughs
and then it was time to head home.

I could not resist pulling over to take a picture of this
{nothing short of incredible}
If only I'd brought my ladder and wrenches...
I would have brought it home.
Huge THANKS to all who supported us
and came to visit Junk Salvation in Idaho.
{P.S. sidenote: After unloading the over turned trailer...
we found only 2 {can you believe it} things broken.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's sure to draw the chicks...

Some people have the need to shop...
some to play music...
some to act...

I feel the need to C.R.E.A.T.E!!!
...and to take something ordinary and turn it into something fun and funky.

Take for example this simple, seemingly ordinary chick feeder.

I picked it up at a yard sale for a ridiculous price...
...wasn't sure what I was gonna do with it...
...but I knew it had the potential to be adorable.

...and a festive and ever familiar bag of delicious
(gross, I know, but you know that you love them, too)
candy corn.
They are only $2 a bag at Target.

...Oh and the help of your eager 5-year old. she is over-sugared after trying to be helpful

TA-DA!!! Isn't in cute? I love it!

I was planning on selling it at the upcoming Junk Salvation Show (October 15-16...Puyallup, WA). But I was thinking to myself that it would sure be cute with peppermint discs at Christmas, Jelly Beans and Easter, ETC).
It may just find a home here with us...but up higher out of children's reach.
It is sure to draw 'chicks' of all types.

Hope you enjoy this tutorial...
...let me know something ordinary that you've made into some

Monday, October 4, 2010

Here we go....

Well, times-a-tickin' and lots to do for

I (it's me, Margee) seem to always have impeccable timing for things...
such as my nasty cold, ACHOO!
Excuse me, and finalizing things for the show.

Tho I may be moving like molasses in January,
I am at least inching my way towards all things fun and eclectic!

Here I am making some RULE signs.
Tinell and I have been working on different variations of these for the sale
and we do take CUSTOM ORDERS!!!

So, we will keep you posted and come and see us on Oct 15 and 16!!!

Hooray for all things junkity and treasure like!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Junk Salvation

Are we really approaching the end of September?
The Puyallup Fair is half-over and
we're past the midpoint of the month, so I guess so!?!
You know what that means???

It means that Margee, Bri and I are gearing up BIG-TIME for the upcoming
'Junk Salvation Show'; presented by the Funky Junk Sisters, Linda and Dixie.

I found myself reaching for a brown paper bag last week so that I could breathe into it and try and prevent myself from hyperventilating.
Or at least it seemed that way.

So I got my bearings together and made my
'Junk Salvation To-Do-List'
(...for those who know me, I am known for making lists-it's the 'Type-A' planner side of me).
I've come to accept it and embrace it.

Sew my apron for the show...CHECK!!! (and it's oh so cute!)
Cleaning My Treasures...CHECK!!!
Tagging...IN PROGRESS!!!
Create a few more treasures...
Sew Pillows...
Paint an incredible find(tease)...

I am eager to put 'CHECK' next to each of these items... time.
I have a month after all.
...well, not really, the show is October 15-16
(technically, less than a month away)

So today, while the hubb was working, I loaded up a few of my favorite treasures and brought them in the house (the garage was damp and muggy) for pricing.

I thought that I would provide you all with a 'sneak-peak' teaser of a few of MYmost favorite items that will be at Junk Salvation.

Here is an overview of 'Pricing-Round One.'

An up-close...
Notice the:
-adorable mustard color enamel teapot,
-apple print cake 'caddy' (I think cake 'caddy' sounds more fun than cake plate?)
-vintage Santa Claus tree topper
-vintage Elf-on-a-Shelf
-hobnail vases

-another enamel teapot (a little more contemporary version)
-incredible Ball canning jars (in classic blue)
-four fun enamelware tea cups
and my most favorite...

The Farm Fresh Milk Box with four glass milk jars.
You can't tell but behind this little presentation of treasures, I have my own cardboard milk carrier with bottles and I used it A LOT this summer as a centerpiece full of hydrangeas.
(What would you do with it?)

I A.D.O.R.E. these!!
They will be sold individually because I think that they are cute enough to either stand alone or as a pair on a long fence or potting bench.
They are priced at only $12 a piece...what a steal!

And I'll end my teasing with this little sweetie.
It's a child metal tray with four different nursery rhymes printed on it.

Try as I may, I just haven't been able to find the 'perfect' spot for it in my home...
Do you have a spot for it in yours?

OK....I have a job for you.
OK, well get ready.
I'll wait.
Get a pen and your calendar.
Turn to October.
Mark Junk Salvation on October 15 AND 16.
That's right...both days.
Why both, you ask?
Because Friday Night's $15 admission gets you in both days...
...and vendors will be putting out new stuff Friday night after y'all have left.
It's worth the trip back Saturday morning.

(And in case you're hitting Starbucks prior to visiting,I'd love a Grande, Non-Fat, STIRRED Caramel Macchiato)

Just kidding...well unless you really are stopping...I'll pay you back.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE... sure and stop by to say hello!
one of the three '4th Avenue Gals'

Sunday, May 23, 2010


...the three of us that are the gals of '4th Avenue.'

We'll start with Margee...aka "little miss creative." No kidding...this girl can take anything and turn it into something amazing! Honest! For instance her adorable bracelets made of recycled keyboard keys or some incredible and unique necklaces. Margee has the eye and usually has at least one or two projects in the works.
Margee has a very creative eye and is the first call I make when I am stuck on a project and in need of a creative therapist. One of these days, I'll post a pic of her 'studio,' because it is amazing as well. As soon as you walk in, inspiration just flows through you and the sudden urge to sit and create is a good way.
When shopping, Margee is first drawn to: anything unique and out of the ordinary that can either be repurposed or just perched on her bookshelf.
Here is the link to Margee's individual blog:

Next, is Bri...aka "the cheerleader." She is always so supportive of our projects and pushing us to venture out of our comfort zone and try new things. For instance, the Funky Junk Sisters Show. Without Bri's persistence and confidence, I think we would have just stayed home just looking at our piles of treasures (...and had unhappy hubbs). But as a result, we went, we sold...and we had a blast.
Bri is drawn mostly to 50's kitch' and retro; as well as most things that are white and chippy. She loves shopping for things that are vintage holiday should see her collection of vintage Christmas goodies; it is quite impressive! I am thrilled to have her as a part of our team. It wouldn't be the same without her.
Here is the link to Bri's personal blog:

And finally there's me, Tinell...aka "the garden girl" (as described by Margee). I decided last summer that in order to justify the amount of treasures that I have in my collection, I had to sell a few here and there to keep my hubb happy; thus came the 4th Avenue gals. So's working! :-)
I would say that I am first drawn to just about anything rusty! I love vintage garden tools and old farm equipment. I try and spend my little free time in my garden with my two girls and love having it equipped with rusty goods. I am hoping that by surrounding my girls with a plethora of yesterday's treasures, they will themselves discover their own unique taste of things out of the ordinary (but they are only 5 and that is yet to be determined; although, my oldest is quick to pick up ANYTHING rusty and present me with it). She's in training.
Lately, I am also seem to be really attracted to what I would describe as industrial...lots of galvanized and corrugated metal.
I am eager to continue to spend time with these two good friends of mine and continue my searches of unique goodies.
Here is a link to my personal blog:

You will find a recap of our experiences at the Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea on both mine and Bri's personal blogs...They were posted prior to the creation of this blog.

I invite you to please leave a comment for us, as we look forward to meeting lots of new friends both through our blog and our travels and adventures.