Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Olde Depot Junktion May 2013

I participated in my first real antiques and etc. indoor show over the Memorial Day weekend.  The show was in Brainerd, Minnesota at the old Northern Pacific RR shops.  The building was cavernous and the spaces were huge.  I brought a big load of junk on my open trailer and a full load of furniture in my enclosed trailer, plus three heaping loads in the box of my pick-up.  It took me 7 hours to set up my space.  It looked pretty good, but only about half the items were priced.  I spent the first couple of hours on Saturday morning quoting prices and slapping tags on my items.

The sale was very successful but unbelievably tiring.  My feet were sore and my back was even sorer.  The only saving grace was the Brainerd HS wrestling team.  Its members were there to haul and load furniture.  I hired four of them to load up my unsolds and get me out of town.  I was able to fit those unsolds into the enclosed trailer and the pick-up with the tonneau cover closed.

 My space was immediately to the left of the main entrance.

The cross planter was handmade by a blacksmith for his wife's grave.

 Baskets full of croquet pieces were on the corner of my space.

 This gigantic roll top desk with over cabinet sold on Sunday.

The work bench is one of my favorites.

 Three vintage grocery carts full of cast iron pieces and a large brass valve wheel.

 The large grocery store cabinet with the globes sold on Saturday.  The green ladder leaning on the cabinet was made by the same blacksmith who made the cross.

Large tool chest, vintage gym equipment and a small drafting table.

 This antique theater spotlight works with its 400 watt bulb.

 I think that these wooden wagon wheel hubs are very architectural.

 The freight elevator door worked well to hang many items (and it sold).

Plaster cast with bronze colored coat.  It didn't sell.

It was a lot of work, but I am ready to do this show again.  And my inventory list will be refined and updated base on our experience.

Mr. Flannery

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Day of Remembrance


General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

Memorial Day is a rememberance holiday, not a celebration holiday like the 4th of July. It was originally designated to honor the dead of the Civil War and was expanded to honor all war dead as America got older.

I have adopted my dad's pre-WWII best friend, Kenny Miller, as my personal one to remember. I never met Kenny, he died years before I was born, but he has come to represent in a very personal way, all the young Americans who never came home.

Kenny died in the skies over Holland when his B-24 was shot down by the Germans. He was a young man who never got to realize his dreams and ambitions that he shared with his best buddy Bill.

Rest in Peace Kenny and thank-you and all your comrades in arms for your sacrifices for me and all the next generations of Americans.

Mr. Flannery

Friday, May 24, 2013

Junking at the Depot

Yesterday was a big day.  I loaded trailer no. 1 and hauled to Brainerd, MN for my first indoor, juried real antique and etc. show.  I assembled my normal load of fully heavy and unwieldy hogs and drove north to see the site.  The trailer was loaded in my normal unconventional style and ended up handling as if I was pulling a full sail behind the truck.  It was a struggle to go more than 62 miles per hour so I was placed in the very unfamiliar position of being passed by almost everyone as I drove on the 371 expressway.

  The show is Saturday and Sunday at the old Northern Pacific RR shops just east of downtown Brainerd.  It is called the Olde Depot Junktion, but I have taken to calling it the Junk Depot.  The building that we are in was the old blacksmith shops.  It is big enough to pull in a couple, three locomotives with 40 foot high ceilings at the peak.  The roof boards, that have not yet been replaced by crisp, clean new yellowy boards, are a wonderful black sooted color and the walls are an old brick with huge rounded top windows.  Our space, I am sharing with my picking partners Chris and Morgan, is huge and just inside the main entrance.  That location made unloading easy, ten feet from the back of my trailer to the start of our space.  The building just gobbled up even my largest piece, there will not be an overbearing looking piece of furniture at this show.

 Here I am arriving at the show site. And no, I didn't haul a smokestack as part of my load.

 Elevator door, 2 person kayak, harp case, cast iron fire hydrant and a ton (maybe 2 tons) of other junk.  All loaded by Mr. Flannery without any help from Babe or others.

 Even the back of the pick up was full.  Including 5-6 medical floor lamps and a real antique cherry tilt top occassional table.

And of course, Buck was my co-pilot.

I am finishing loading trailer no. 2 this morning, my enclosed trailer that I will leave on the site to restock.  I hope to get to Brainerd by early afternoon.  I then get to unload and set up for tomorrow's show.

Mr. Flannery

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Hog Pen is Full of Metal and Wood

Its sale time again at Second Hand Rose.  So I am going to give you a little tour of my space at the shop.  This month has been especially difficult because of the weather.  Snow cold and other tundra crap weather has limited my ability to work on pieces outside.  My selection is limited to shop ready pieces that I picked up at auctions, the LeSueur flea market and picking.

The "necks" are from the out of business jewelry store in Hibbing.

 The bird cage is from a farm house in northern Iowa.

 I like the 1880's oak double bed on the wall.  The pair of lamps on the metal bookcase are mid-century modern Italian ceramic flanking a religious niche.

 The harp case is from 1890 and has great stenciling.

The tables on the cabinet are aquarium stands from a 1940's school in Iowa,

 This is brand new, to me.  It is a five section modular file cabinet in 1940's olive drab metal.

The biggest surprise with the metal cabinet is that it has four chunky glass legs.

The sale starts on Thursday, May 2nd, and I believe that I have a fine selection of hogs to display amongst the roses at Second Hand Rose.

Mr. Flannery