Question: What brings my favorite eye-roller (AKA Mr. Vintage Soul) over to the dark side of junkin'?
Answer: The lure of a nearly new television set that could replace the rather old one in our bedroom.
At least that was his excuse when he came with me to cruise the curbs in week four of town cleanup. His plan certainly sounded reasonable, considering that a) just a week earlier, one of our neighbors got rid of some not-so-old TVs (we were out of town at the time), and b) this area includes some well-to-do developments.
But all we found were televisions that fell into two categories:
Those even older than the one that we already own. Yeah, sure it works.
And those that were certainly newer but had been visited by the infamous "cord cutter." See the stub?
Mr. VS also learned (the hard way) that there are no do-overs in junkin'. He had a huge (working) TV within his grasp and then he broke the No. 1 rule of junkin': If you see it and you want it, grab it, or you lose it. The homeowner, who was outside doing yardwork (and sweating profusely), said the TV worked but the screen was a little blue, which I guess is a sign that the picture tube is going. So we drove on. A few hours later, Mr VS changed his mind and we headed back to where the TV was. Guess who got there before we did? The cord cutter, or as Mr VS calls him (or her) "the Rhodes scholar who's cutting the cord on a $600 TV for two cents of copper."
Still, we had a good time, junkin' for the fun of it.
We found this
... the world's smallest Spidey costume, which Mr VS will be wearing when he meets up with the Caped? Cord Cutter.
A manatee mailbox. Yep, a manatee mailbox. No, I don't know why.
And a demented plastic bunny bank, which we promptly sunk into the garden to ward off the demented real bunnies from our veggies.
There was time for serious junkin' too and I found several good vintage treasures, which made up for the drought the week before:
Left to right, retro Little Brown Jug metal cooler, which Mr VS has dibs on as a consolation prize for no TV; globe for the garage sale; and a nicely embossed vinyl hatbox.
The best finds were the last finds, on Saturday at dusk. That's where I came upon some vintage Christmas, including
A cute kids NOEL planter (handpainted and marked Japan).
Lots of old Christmas bulbs in a bunch of different colors.
And best of all ... reflectors! Dozens of them! Perfect for decorating a glittered vintage wreath and for giving a few away to my blogging buddies. Leave me a comment by Saturday to be eligible to win. I'll draw two names.