Amy "The Junker"
My name is Amy Lake and I am Storage Unit Auction List’s newest Blogger!!!!
But…I am also a Junker, a Collector, an antique Hunter, and an Auction Seeker, Craft maker, Artist, Decorator and an all-around Humorous Person!!!
I started “Collecting” “Junk” when I was 13. As a Birthday gift, my best friend gave me a pair of WWII Hand Painted Wooden Philippino Shoes. I fell in Love with those shoes!!!! From that moment forward, I was on the “Hunt” for the Unique, the Unusual and the Very Colorful!!
My first apartment consisted of a small bed from home, a 23-year-old couch and an old wooden crate for a coffee table! Not to be thrown into despair with my meager independent beginnings, I headed off to the Salvation Army store and loaded up with colorful pitchers and dishes and scarves and lamps all for the terribly low 1971 price of $7! I had a unique eye for the eccentric and I rearranged my finds into a delightful combination for my First Home!!
Over the years, two marriages, two kids, countless cats, four dogs and nearly 3 dozen apartments and houses in a half dozen states, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of oddities! I still have those Wooden Philippino Shoes proudly displayed as bookends, but they have joined an enormous collection of Fiesta ware and Roseville along with Antique Books, quilts and rocking chairs. My husband, D.T. LaVercombe was an international Artist and after his untimely death at 57, I keep his works proudly displayed from floor to ceiling in my home in cohabitation with all the other collections.
DT and I owned a 1927 opera house, which had a huge vaudeville stage. We produced Children’s Theatre Productions, showed movies, presented local garage bands, comedians and a couple of Halloween Shows. I was the official “Set Dresser” and had to keep my eyes open all year round for the unique item that could be observed from the back of the theatre house. This job took me through the dark caverns of Antique shops and Antique malls. Our goal was always to spend very little money and finding the perfect item at the perfect price was like winning a Gold Medal!!!!
We also owned several restaurants. They ranged from a Cinema Grille to a 35 seat intimate fine dining experience. Again I decorated these eateries as though the customers were in my home with all the personal touches. One of these restaurants was located in an old school house in the TVA lake region of North Carolina. It was called The Elf School Inn in the community of Elf. We had 8 classrooms that were bed and breakfast rooms and two other classrooms were the restaurant. The old gym was used for wedding receptions, parties and group meetings. I had so much fun decorating using the themes of “Elf”, “School”, “Teacher”, “Classroom”, and other educational and foodie décor!
In time, I have added to these collections with my own eclectic paintings and pillows and various art, and continue to add to the pottery and books. My favorite evening out is to attend an auction and a “must do” Saturday is scouring garage sales. The “hunt” is the biggest thrill, as I never attend any of these events with a particular item in mind, I just go to be surprised by the Treasures.
As a Blogger, I am going to take you on a Junker’s Journey! We will attend auctions of all kinds and Antique Malls and Garage Sales and Junk Stores. I will introduce you, the reader, to ideas for crafts both for the home, a shop, the garden and the garage! We will explore resale ideas and marketing. And, We will get to know Each Other!!!! I like to think of Myself as a Earth Person who Recycles, Reuses and Repurposes, But…The Truth be told….I Love Love Love the Hunt for the Treasure!!!
I hope you join me and Please….Let me know what YOU think, find, create, invent and explore!!!!
Until Next Time