Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dirt, Dust and a Little Mouse Poop Too

We went picking today. It was interesting because we had the truck filled before noon. First we stopped at a recycler. I bought the stand for a yard windmill. Kris wraps these in small X-mas lights and sells them in November and December. Chris, my fellow picker, brought a metal shipping casket. We figure that will do well in October. We dropped the windmill off at my parked truck and proceeded to freelance. Ultimately we found an old farm. The owner didn't have anything, then he was going to send me the neighbor to look at a plane collection. As we were driving off we spotted an old work bench and a metal sign in the garage. I went back to the house and the dealing was on.

The bench was a wonderful old carpenters bench from the turn of the 20th century. And it was gigantic. Over 8 1/2 feet long and two different screw vices. It was piled with 30-40 years of stuff. I dug it out and Chris and I finally separated the top from the base and grunted it into the truck. It hung out of the truck by a couple of feet. We then attacked the base. Along with the casket, it completely filled the truck. We strapped an old Schwin on top and we were done. I was completely exhausted and covered with sweat, dust and crap. It was a good day.

Mr. Flannery

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Its June at Second Hand Rose

Its the first Thursday in June and the monthly sale at Second Hand Rose is just about ready.  I finished setting and pricing in my space today.  In typical Hogs and Roses fashion I have 20 pounds of pieces stuffed into my 10 pound space. I'm very pleased with the stuff that I have.  My biggest concern is the weight limit for the 130 year old floor in our portion of the shop.

 I assembled this table from the base for an industrial meat grinder with a massive cast iron floor grate as a top.  I especially like the casting "THE BUFFALO" in the base.

 There's a large pine bar with an attached wooden prop and a cast iron fireplace surround leaning to the front.  The red linoleum topped table includes 2 matching chairs.

 A great grate is cast and wrought iron.

 Wonderful cast iron Railroad Crossing sign from the Miniature Train Co.

 A second stained and etched glass window.

 These two Art Deco metal grills are from the Sears Building before the Towers.

 The mailbox was made in Duluth.  We have forensicly examined it and determined that there are entrance and exit wounds through the box.

 Lots of industrial lights.

 I like the way the windmill fragment works as a crown over the sign.

 This is a great step back kitchen cupboard.

 A cast iron skate sharpening clamp turned into a bottle rack.

And of course, a folk art painting over the doorway.

Mr. Flannery

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend at the Olde Depot Junktion

I spent the Memorial Day weekend in Brainerd, Minnesota set up at the Northern Pacific Shops as part of the Olde Depot Junktion show.  (My space was rented to Hogs and Roses).  The weather was beautiful, which may have adversely impacted sales.  I stayed at my house and made the 90 mile trip each day.

I started early last week filling the trailers and truck with junk for the show.  I filled my open trailer, my enclosed trailer and the trailer that I borrowed from my neighbor.  I made two round trips on Thursday with the open trailers and decided that there was no room for the better stuff in my enclosed trailer.

The truck bed is almost loaded for the first trip north.

 My space was moved this year and was now immediately inside the entrance.

 The Nutting Truck Co. warehouse cart sold on Saturday.  The turtle shells in the buckets did not.

 The 1950's TAXI light is one of my favorite pieces.

 I had the highest space in the place with chairs in the windows.

 The cast iron book press and the cast iron meat grinder are some of my "heavies".

 I especially like the moose antlers above the bar.

 Two jack stand lamps that I put together just before the show.

 The prop on the ladder bridge above the signs was pretty special.

 Another industrial light that I assembled.

 Lions and gears and grills - oh my!

Everything was packed high and tight for the trip home

The show had three times as many dealers this year over last so the competition was stiff.  There are a lot of talented people out there.  And the weather was fabulous.  It was the first summer like weekend of the season.  I am sure that many denizens of the Brainerd area decided to take their first boat outting over going to a show inside in the city.  My sales were good on Saturday but slow on Sunday. Two of the boys that worked for the show stayed to help me load a trailer and one half's worth of stuff unto my trailer, they were greatly appreciated.  I had a good time and I will do the show again next year.

Mr. Flannery

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Victory in Europe

Sixty-nine years ago today the world celebrated the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies at Eisenhower's headquaters in France.

 New York
RAF crew with V sign.

Mr. Flannery

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Are 15 Chairs Enough to Start a Sale?

So we went picking in Northern Minnesota yesterday.  It was a tough grind.  We found some stuff but it was a lot of sorting through piles and stacks to find nothing too special.  I was dirty, dusty, bloody and sore by the time we were finished.  We got chairs and truck parts and iron things of unknown origin.  Everything is saleable but nothing was special enough for me to want to keep it for my use.

We arrived at a farm with a dozen old out buildings.  The owner was amenable and told us that just about everything was for sale.  So we started walking his farmsted.

 The buildings were full of stuff.  All the tractor tires that we could ever want.

 There were precarious attics and piles on the piles.

 A row of buildings on the left was mirrored by a row on the right.

 The buildings have been there for a while.

 The junk in the rows had been overgrown by bush and trees.  The steel rims will be sold as fire rings.

 I really liked this green wheel, but detaching it from the defunct equipment was way beyond my capacities.

We were able to load 15 chairs, the hood from an Allis Chalmers tractor and iron bed and other assorted pieces into my truck for the trip home.

I have to unload the truck today.  All the chairs etc will be assembled on the driveway and powerwashed.  They will then be ready for the trip to Brainerd for the Olde Depot Junktion show on Memorial Day weekend.  I will have a bunch of "in the rough" junk to sell.

Mr. Flannery

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Leaping into May at Second Hand Rose

Its time to set up for the May 4 day market at Second Hand Rose in Buffalo, Minnesota.  As usual I was finishing my set up on Sunday night and was working at the shop all by myself.  Well I tried to step from the ladder to a table so I could adjust a spot light.  I missed the table!  I fell onto an industrial table, a chair and finally the floor.  I scared the crap out of myself.  It had happened in slow motion.  I was falling, it was going to hurt and I could not alter my downward course.  It didn't hurt too much, nothing seemed to break so I laid on the floor contemplating what to do next.  I got up, I walked around a little and then I slumped into a chair.  I am all right.  I decided that I was finished with setting up.  And I am now starting to stiffen up as I watch TV.

My sales were not very good last month.  So I blew out my space, hauled out a trailer full of stuff and decided to start over.  I think that the space looks interesting, but I have a couple of pieces of furniture to add as soon as the torrential downpours stop and I can bring the pieces in without water damage.

 My favorite piece in a long time is the canvas painting of the burning bush from about 1890.  It adds a ton of color to my space.
 I have a spotlight mounted on a wood tripod illuminating the corner in front of one of the French door that I hung about 2 feet off the floor.
 The back wall includes a great industrial table with steel Queen Anne style legs.  The chalk board is a green coated 1/2 inch thick slab of slate from the Oliver Mines on Minnesota's Iron Range.  Next to it is a 105 year old umbrella stand in Moss Aztec glaze from Peters and Reed Pottery in South Zanesville, Ohio.
 I like the juxtaposition of the formal shaped legs and the industrial materials.
 There are two expanded mesh lockers in a cool turquoise flanking a great 6 shelf rolling rack.
 Another of my lamp projects.  This is an old electric heater (nee fire starter) that I converted into a table or wall lamp.
 The copper and rusted reflector adds a neat look to the lamp.
 I have about 10 of these brackets/hangers made from old horseshoes.
 The impressionist paint has a nice ambience to it.
And I have this crown shaped topper on a stand.  It appears to be old, but no one has come up with what it was used for.

Mr. Flannery