Friday, March 14, 2014

Mid Century Modern Furniture Part 2 Color!

Here are some ways to add color to a mid century piece. 
A geometric pattern pairs well with the sleek lines of a modern piece. 

Below is something a bit more sutble...but still a conversation piece. 

Bold but EASY! Just remove the drawers and the knobs and paint. 

This tall dresser has been painted and papered for a softer feel. 

Painters tape will help you create this look. 

The 70's gave us furniture with ornate carved like design. Seriously, it could look very ugly, until you play it up with a little paint, like the dresser below. 

Sometimes keeping it simple with one color is just enough. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mid Century Makeovers Part 1

We haven't always been fans of the Mid Century Modern look but lately we have fallen in love with some of the creative ways people have been "redoing" them. This basic white and brown look has caught our attention. Simple enough for just about anyone to try. 

Below the actual design within the piece itself created an easy pattern to follow. 

This look could be accomplished with a vinyl cutout also. 

Similar to the one above. 

This is actually an ikea dresser....same look as mid century but with an ikea price. 

A little busier pattern with the same type of results. 
We'll do another post on this style soon where the focus is on color...lots of color! 
This style of furniture can pull it off both ways. 

The Funky Junk Sisters will be back in Puyallup, WA on June 20 and 21, 2014. 
Make your plans to attend today!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pallet Walls

We want to tackle a pallet wall and we think we have found the solution with this fun's actually more art on the wall than a wall itself. 
It's simple but still captures the natural look we want. 

In the picture below they did a complete wall. The different tones in the wood give it the perfect 
rustic quality we are looking for. 

You can create any pattern you choose just add paint to give it a lighter look. 

Here's another brilliant way to add soft lighting to a room. 
This restaurant chose to do sections rather than a complete wall. 

Why not use it in the kitchen too? The texture is fantastic in a room
 that is usually full of smooth surfaces. 

Two funky junk sons live in studio apartments, we've been looking for the perfect solution to create a room divider without looking too feminine. This does the trick!

We better get to work. Catch ya later....

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Did you ever have milk delivered by one of these?

Milk trucks! They are so adorable, almost cartoon like. 

The drivers of these trucks really took their jobs seriously, 
some even wore stuffy uniforms like the guy below. 

We would love to get our hands on one of these old trucks...
we could haul a whole lotta junk in somethin' this big!
 We could paint it pink or turquoise and name it Gertrude. 
Gertrude the junkin' mobile!

Don't forget our next show is in Hillsboro, Oregon on
  January 31st and February 1st. 
You can buy your early bird tickets'll get first pick of all the good stuff before the crowds come in.
 Just click on the "about the show" tab at the top of the blog to purchase yours.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Get in early! It's time to buy your Friday night tickets for our Oregon show!

Junk Salvation
is a gathering of ... hand-picked vendors selling their best junking goods... and is coming to a town near you!
 Lots of vendorsmore junk, and more fun await the keen-eyed junker.

We have been voted TOP TRAVELING VINTAGE MARKET in the USA by 
Named one of the TOP 25 Flea Markets in America by
Romantic Homes Magazine!
Listed as a MUST attend Flea Market in America by
Flea Market Decor magazine!

Our next stop is... Portland, Oregon (Hillsboro, Oregon)!  Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2014. Located at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, Oregon!

We will have over 80+ booths for all your FABULOUS vintage shopping needs...bring your friends and  SHOP one of the Top 25 Flea Markets in America (Yes, Junk Salvation)!

(for directions click here)
This is a Friday Night & Saturday shopping extravaganza.
You can find some of the best unique vintage items under the Oregon SKY.

January 31 & February 1, 2014 Shopping Event!

 Friday Night.. January 31st  from 6pm-9pm is EARLY BIRD SHOPPING!
Tickets are $20 presale. These will get you in the door 30mins before the tickets go on sale at the door! There will be a limited amount of tickets on SALE. Buy early!!!!
The tickets will include FUN and EARLY BIRD SHOPPING!
Pre-Sold Tickets will only be on sale until January 25 , 2014
Tickets for $20 will be available to purchase

 at the door! They will not go on sale until 6pm

 Friday night.

You can buy as many tickets as you like... no limit! This is for our Portland, Oregon (Hillsboro, Oregon)
 Junk Salvation Show... Remember to print out your PayPal receipt.. We will be sending out tickets this time!  Your name will also be on our WILL CALL list!

As always tickets get you in both days (Friday night & Saturday)

Saturday... February 1, 2014 The Shopping Extravaganza starts at 10am-4pm for general public..admission is $7 at the door on Saturday.
(Sign up for our text and mailing never know what we will send you!)

Come join us for some JUNKIN fun!

Bring the girls, hubbies and kiddos! We don't mind... there is always something for everyone. 

(kids 12 & under get in free)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Table Talk with The Funky Junk Sisters

Us Junk Sisters love to head over to Mom's house for some "table talk"! Mom is a magazine/design book hound. She has tons of them. It's a blast for Funky Junk Sisters #1 (Mom),#2 (Linda), #3 (Dixie)and #4 (Patty) to gather round her kitchen table for some creative inspiration. Mom will pile all the books and magazines in the middle of the table for all of us to read. She'll have an endless pot of coffee ready and we'll grab at the pile. What we actually do is look through the pics and exclaim out loud when we find something cool or useful to us. Then we shout out the idea and show the pic to all. From there we'll add our own touches by elaborating on the concept. Many a funky idea has come from gab sessions like these!

Here are a few of our favorites.

Invite some girlfriends over today for some "table talk", you just never know what fabulous ideas you'll come up with.

Til next time....

Linda & Dixie

Monday, December 23, 2013

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Have you ever wondered how certain stories come about? This is about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...

Montgomery Ward... once a catalog and retail giant closed all their stores in 2001, but they left behind one thing that will probably live on forever. What started as a marketing gimmick has become a beloved Christmas story.

In the early 30's Montgomery Ward would have their store Santa hand out coloring books to all the children. A way to save a few dollars, they decided to create and publish their own storybooks to give away.

In 1939, they gave the job to Robert May who worked for Montgomery Ward as a copywriter. Based on his own childhood experiences of being shy, small, and sickly. He decided to write about a reindeer who would not fit in... the glowing red nose! Names that were considered were Rollo (to cheerful for a misfit) Reginald (just to British)... Rudolph was a favorite name that May's daughter Barbara enjoyed the most. He proceeded to write Rudolph's story in verse, as a series of ryhming couplets, testing it out on his 4-year-old daughter. Barbara loved the story, May's bosses was worried that a story about a red nose -associated with drinking and drunkards- was not appropriate for a Christmas tale. May asked Denver Gillen, a friend from Montgomery Ward's art department, to the Lincoln Park Zoo to sketch some deer. Gillen's drawings of a red nosed reindeer helped overcome any hesitance from May's bosses, and the Rudolph story was approved. In 1939 Montgomer Ward distributed 2.4 million copies of the Rudolph booklet and although a wartime paper shortage curtailed printing for the next several years, a total of 6 million copies had been giving away by the end of 1946.

Since, May was an employee of Montgomery Ward he did not hold the copyright for Rudolph... May's wife had died from cancer about the time he wrote the story and now deeply in debt from the medical bills. May persuaded Montgomery Ward's corporate president, Sewell Avery, to turn the copyright over to him in 1947. With the rights in hand, May's financial security was assured.

In 1947, May's brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, wrote the song to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Sang by Gene Autry in 1949, sold 2 million copies that year.

This is a wonderful story that I learned as a young 17 year old girl who worked for the retail company called Montgomery Ward. In 1989 we celebrated the 50 year anniversary and gave away many more books.

Merry Christmas!
Dixie & Linda