Junk Ranch, October 2016: Junkers Unite!

The Fall 2016 Junk Ranch was on the last day of September and the first day of October, and I’m JUST NOW getting the post done…life is moving along so quickly these days, peeps. My new job has weekly deadlines, and I can’t believe how fast it makes time go. I’m holding on to the part time job, too, and still have the two booths, so adding the Junk Ranch into the mix was really pushing the boundaries of my sanity! Luckily, I enlisted the help of my friend Laurie from JunqueRethunque to fill half of my booth, so the pressure was off, to a certain extent.

My booth this year was, almost exclusively, prints and wooden signs. All the big stuff went to the Daisies and Olives booth — which I forgot to take a picture of. (But the Christmas Open House is coming up in November, so I’ll be sure to get a ton of pictures then.)



I had three pie signs, and all but one sold…I’m seriously considering keeping this one for myself. 🙂


Laurie’s side of the booth looked SUPER COOL.

She hand made those cute Halloween pillows and those bags, made out of vintage sheets.

That’s her cute self there, with her little Converse tennis shoes on.

Laurie is a GREAT GAL and a wonderful booth partner but I would by lying if I didn’t admit that one of my favorite things she brought with her was…her adorably sweet mini wiener dog Lulu.

Y’all, I am in love with this dog. She is the SWEETEST and the CUTEST.

My partner-in-junk Shara brought her usual mastery to her incredible booth, which is more like an entire store underneath a tent.

As always, I’m obsessed over her vintage Christmas manger pieces. She has a sign on these that says, “Ask me about Jesus.”

Because she separates the little Jesus figurines as they have a habit of disappearing! 🙂


Shara is meticulous when she sets up her booth. This side had cubbies and each cubby was a perfect little scene of Christmas goodies.



Pigtails and Pumpkins brought a pumpkin-patch worth of the most beautiful pumpkins and gourds. Lynette of Okies and Indies  was hand-lettering these for $8 — you could get a stack of four like you see in the photograph, personalized with your family’s name, for under $30!

LOVED the patina on this old cupboard.



This was a cooler! Is that the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

This is Lynette’s sign. I am pretty much totally obsessed with her stuff. I have a giant oil landscape out in the garage I’m planning on having her write on. Just have to figure out the quote I want.

She incredibly sweet and gracious, along with being talented. She may have a stalker (spoiler: it’s ME).

Someone bought this chalkboard at the Junk Ranch and she took it home and did this overnight, brought it back on Saturday.



Love everything she does!




I had a GREAT time hanging out with Shara and Laurie. The weather was glorious, and things seemed to go so smoothly this year — I even saw Julie shopping and Amy taking pictures, which they have NEVER had the time to do before! It’s a well-oiled machine at this point. A glorious, junk-filled, well-oiled machine with beautiful musical accompaniment! Now’s the long stretch of time between now and the next one…I always have such BIG PLANS for the next seven months, and then find myself scrambling to get ready at the last minute…some things never change.

Locals, put November 11th on your schedule for the Daisies and Olives Open House! It’s right around the corner. HOLY COW it’s right around the corner. Gotta get busy.

October 14, 2016 - 11:49 pm

Shara I am amazed at how nice my CRAPOLA looks when you take photos of it – you are the master! I really need to go out on a walk of the grounds some day. I can’t believe all the goodness you find when you go on a walkabout. That camper cooler is the most fabulous thing I have ever seen. Unreal!

I have a million ideas in my head for the holidays and for making and displaying and then I remember – OH WAIT I DON’T HAVE A CUTE BOOTH ANYMORE. *sob*

October 15, 2016 - 6:14 am

Pam Kessler Sounds like you’re one busy girl these days! Loved your photos, it’s almost as if I was there, except I didn’t get to buy anything 🙂 And what’s with Miss Shara talking about her CRAPOLA? She has the coolest crap out there!

October 15, 2016 - 8:28 am

Chanelle Been waiting for your recap! I will come down to visit or even do this show one day! Mostly just to hang with the AR gang! That show looks to be such fun! Quote on a painting…loving the idea.


October 15, 2016 - 10:30 am

Fonda Rush I love all the photos. I live vicariously through those who have gatherings like this. Nothing seems to come to our area (southeastern, near-coastal North Carolina).

On the first photo about the hand-painted signs, there is a letter missing in Jou(R)ney. I hope it can be fixed.

October 15, 2016 - 10:46 am

Laurie Thank you for the invite, it was a great show!!! Also, how did I not sell any of those adorable pillows???

October 15, 2016 - 11:16 am

Ree Cee Lovely pix!! Looks like it was such a fun event! Hope you did well! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the “ask me about Jesus” story!!!

October 15, 2016 - 9:24 pm

Martha Ritchie Lara Jo – what great pictures! You’re the best!!! And, in good company with Shara and Laurie. Love everything you girls do!

October 18, 2016 - 9:04 am

Melissa’s Antiques If Shara’s post wasn’t enough for me to want to visit this show, man you definitely added to it. Looks so fun!

October 19, 2016 - 10:53 am

Kim I love love love the Junk Ranch. So much awesome junk…I mean treasures!! I’ve been a vendor twice and looking forward to Summer 2017.