Must Love Junk….A Feature

Happy Saturday!….I do not usually post on a Saturday…but today is special…

When I would buy a piece of what I considered a treasure….

I couldn’t wait to show my dad.

He could always tell me something about it…

But he many times would laugh and say “gosh, we thought that was just junk and threw it away”

Well, I would say, but I love junk!


When he went on vacation back to his birthplace of Iowa to visit relatives….

I knew that he would be going to many farms.

I asked him if he would bring back an old milk can for me.

He did…and one for my sister too…he hauled it back to Florida from Iowa.

Junk he said…my uncle had a stash of these in the barn…!!



I love “junk”…

…..and often wonder who owned the treasure before me…

………..what was their story?….were they happy?


Did they bake their own bread and place it in this bread box?

…..or bought the loaf of Sunbeam from the corner grocery store…down the dirt road?



Did they use these trays for serving guests?

Or propping them on stands eating their dinner in front of the Black and White TV…

…..or maybe watch Bonanza for the first time in color!


Or did they use them as “pretties” to show off when the ladies came for Bridge

…..wearing their hats and gloves.


Did the ladies eat their lunch of cucumber sandwiches on these pretty dishes?

Oh the stories that were told over these dishes….


These iron and wood shutters came from a villa in Italy..

…..I often wondered what the house looked like with these gorgeous shutters.

Was it a palatial estate…or just a small house in the country?

…..surrounded by olive trees or vineyards?

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I bought this antique blanket chest years and years ago…

It came with letters and pictures that belonged to the owners, dated in the late 1800’s.

I often thought back then of how I can trace the history of the chest…the family.

It was nearly impossible then….as Al Gore had not invented the Internet yet.

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I asked the antique dealer why there were holes located toward the front of the lid?

She said that when people traveled via carriage they would nail down the chest…

… keep it from opening.

Oh the stories these treasures could tell….

But there is another story to be told today!!!

The story of ME!!!

Susan from MUST LOVE JUNK…is featuring me today.

She and Kris from Junk Chic Cottage have started a series of the “personal side of bloggers.

So if you want to read about ME…pop over and visit Susan…she has a wonderful blog..

…..AND SHE LOVES JUNK…well they are really actually wonderful treasures!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Hi Shirley! Love all your “junk” treasures! If you ever tire of your tole trays and they become junk to you, I’d be happy to give them a good home ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blanket chest even more since it came with personal letters and photos of the previous owners! Hopping over to see your feature, enjoy your weekend!
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  2. Such a great post….and I totally know how you feel about junk. The history or the way it just talks to you, it’s just yummy! My all time favorite is your gate from Italy. I love it so much I had to do my own copycat version by buying 3 panels with wrought iron inserts and put them in my entryway…Or your scale, that is definite a keeper also.

    Thanks so much for the post and have a great weekend!

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  3. You have beautiful treasures Shirley.

    I have a few things my Granddad gave me. I passed some of my precious junk on to my daughters. However, I still have a few pieces of the “junk” Granddad gave me now and then. He would say to me, “You’re the only one of the grandkids who cares about this old junk”.

    When we were preparing the kitchen for the new tour, I needed a crock to set under a table. Never fear…:-), I dug around in some of my old junk storage downstairs, and there I found the perfect crock. This isn’t one of Granddad’s gifts, this is one of J’s treasures. He loves junk too.

    Congratulations on the feature!
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  4. Shirley, what fabulous ‘junk’ you have!! I’m so excited that you’re my feature today-thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Love your junk, Shirley — I’m the same way about the “story” behind a piece! Headed to see your feature — congrats!
    xo Heidi
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  6. Great post and I learned something new. I didn’t know they nailed the top down on the old chest.

  7. Totally work a Saturday post…great “junk”!!
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  8. Linda Miller says

    Wonderful post, Shirley. I will hop over to “Must Love Junk” and read your feature. Maybe I will learn something new about my dear friend. Have a great weekend.

  9. Beautiful post, Shirley! Love all your precious junk! Hopping over to read more about you! Congrats!!~~~Angela
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  10. I love your treasures, Shirley. Heading over to read your story now. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. I always love your treasures. Congrats on the feature, heading over to read it right now!!! I am a follower of Must Love Junk, a favorite of mine.

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  12. You do have great junk! I’m always fascinated by all the stories that go along with all the junk….like the nail holes in your trunk. Enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I love the comment about Al Gore, ha ha ha

  14. One more thing….I just read the post from Susan of your story. So your husband went to UF in Gainesville, FL. We live in a small town about 20 minutes from there. My husband and one of our daughters also is a graduate of UF.

  15. Your treasures are lovely. “I also wonder when, what and where when I get a olden treasure. Your display of the items is terrific.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
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  16. wow! great story…i had no idea about any of it. your beautiful gran girl looks like your mom ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing.

  17. I love the pic of you as an infant, Shirley…never saw that before. That was a very well written and illustrated story of you, and shows just how special you and your wonderful husband, Tommy, are. It made me happy, it made me smile. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story.

  18. Hi Shirley! Oh, but how you play with your junk! You make the most wonderful vignettes. Love everything you do.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0
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  19. What wonderful wonderings, Shirley. I’m off to read all about YOU!
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  20. Hi Shirley,
    Just wanted to stop by and personally thank you for taking the time to share your love of family and home with us. We appreciate you taking time to share on our new feature. You are as sweet as your blog. I loved learning about you and your family and that beautiful home. I would be out on that back porch all the time. So gorgeous. Thank you so very much for sharing with us.

  21. Gosh, we do have similar taste in furniture. I have a blanket chest at the foot of my bed, that looks like a “cousin” of yours. Love your tole trays,and Jadeite,too. I used to have some of my grandmother’s pieces, but in a cleaning frenzy, I got rid of them. ๐Ÿ™
    Hope you’re having a great weekend. I got out my socks and a sweater…it’s really chilly, here.
    xo Babs
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  22. Oh Shirley, I love all of the “junk” you have collected! I also love it when it has a story behind it. I will also make up my own stories for the lovely things of unknown origin that I unearth.

    I am not sure I knew that your Dad was from Iowa?. My parents were born there, and met in high school. My parents still own the farm there, that was passed down to them by my late grandfather. Just another reason to like you, my sweet friend!

    My grandmother had quite a collection of fire king, and I love your jadite. Hers were peach lustre.

    You have fabulous taste! I so enjoy seeing your collections. It’s so hard for me to think of it as junk. Treasure is what I would call it!

    Happy weekend! I’m going over to read more about you!
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  23. Patty soriano says

    I have the same bread box ! I am enjoying reading about you on Must Love Junk and finding all that we have in common. The name I was given at birth by my natural parents was Shirley. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have my old Country Living magazines. I can give up most periodicals, but not those ! Congratulations on 43 years, you have a lovely family. Your home is beautiful, and I thank you for sharing it with us. I’m going to see if I can find a way to get your blog by email. I want to see more !

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  24. You have some wonderful “junk”! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always want to know the history too…would just love to know who had a certain piece, what their life was like, etc. I loved your story and the photos are wonderful! Can you imagine being a new mom and moving to a country you knew nothing about? So many lovely women did that after WWII…strong women, that’s for sure!

    Thanks so much for sharing all about you ~ I so enjoyed reading!

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  25. Congratulations on the feature Shirley, I loved learning more about you and enjoyed all of the wonderful stories and photos you shared! The “junk” you have been collecting over the years is very lucky to find such a great home as you truly treasure each piece!
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  26. Beautiful post, Shirley! I too, wish my old pieces could talk and tell me where they’ve been!

  27. Hi Shirley,
    I LOVED reading your story!!! The pics of you and your family are wonderful, and you have created a lovely home for your family and friends to enjoy!
    Mary Alice
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  28. Shirley love the post.
    I didn’t know you had a Jadeite collection. Could you post about it and show us your collection?
    It looks very interesting. Would love to know the story behind the collection.

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