Junkin' Finds

Not So Junky Junkin’ Finds

I am a junkaholic. Or at least I think I think I am. I love a good rummage sale and prefer to spend my free time on the hunt for anything vintage. My previous blog and IG name, “Junkaholics Unanimous” was a play on my addiction to junkin’ and being proud of it. On my blog I called for all vintage junk addicts to proudly unite along with me, and many did! One day I was discussing the ideas for my new blog with my dear blogging friend Olivia at Reinvented Collection. She has a stunning blog and gorgeous French style. She has been such a blessing to me as I have jumped back on the blogging horse and I truly value her opinion and expertise.

We were discussing whether or not to keep my old name on Instagram and other social media accounts when I launched Follow The Yellow Brick Home. Out of nowhere she said, “Amber! ‘Junkaholic’ does NOT represent your style!” One thing about Olivia—she is a straight shooter!


Brocante junk finds shabby chic rusty treasures and antique frames

What? Why? How? Junk IS my style. I love anything chipping, rusty, crusty, old…junky!  Olivia is in Alaska, so she hasn’t had the opportunity to see my collections of  jars of antique marbles, vintage buttons, and mismatched game pieces, hoards of vintage pearls, or stacks of antique post cards curated neatly around my home. Neatly. Yikes! So maybe I am not be a hoarder? I might be having a crisis of identity!

After listening to her reasoning I began to agree with her. I love to go junkin’, but I really do have a more brocante and shabby-French Farmhouse style. I don’t have hoards of rusty metal and salvaged wood piled up behind the garage (anymore). Inside the garage is a different matter…

Let’s take a look at some of my recent finds that support Olivia’s opinon.

Gorgeous collection of vintage brass

My first loot haul of spring would make Aladdin jealous! I scored all this vintage brass one morning a couple of weeks ago spread out between two church rummage sales. The items literally were spread out all over the place at each sale, and I am not sure anyone else even gave these pieces a second glance—except for my eleven year old son who inherited the junk gene! I had to laugh when he kept coming up to me handing me brass pieces, and I hadn’t even told him I was considering them! I decided to go for all the brass pieces we could find, and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized I ended up with a beautiful insta-collection.  He also found these vintage Italian Florentine pictures for me, $1 for the set!



Vintage Italian Florentine Pictures Romantic Vintage Style


In addition I found some pretty shabby-chic mismatched dishes which I never pass up when I am out rummaging.

Vintage Shabby Chic Dishes China Teacups with roses

When these pieces are mixed in among old eight track cassette tapes, used fly swatters, and broken egg timers at sales, they do seem like junk. But once they are cleaned up and grouped together they are so very beautiful.



French Farmhouse Spring Daffodils Vintage French Graphics

I also found this pretty hobnail crystal vase for only .25. The pretty French calendar is from the Dollar Tree, and the daffodils were picked from my yard for free. Frugal, not junky!




Beautiful Antique Ironstone Tureen with Shabby Chic Roses and gold detail

Just a few days ago I found this gorgeous tureen for only $5 at a local consignment shop, and a set of two little ironstone vases for .98. Right before Christmas I found this set of vintage gold Florentine nesting tables and magazine holder for only $60 at the same shop. Olivia’s case is growing stronger with each paragraph I type!



VIntage Italian Gold Florentine Nesting Tables and Magazine Holder

Junk? Not according to many antiques dealers, and certainly not to shabby French decor enthusiasts!

I guess I can see why Olivia doesn’t see me as a junkaholic, but since I would never find any of these treasures if I wasn’t a true junker, I am going to stand by my own assessment of having a signature “Junky Chic” style.  And speaking of Junky Chic, if you have seen something you liked in this post it just may end up in my Etsy shop, The Junky Chic Boutique, if I don’t hoard it that is! Take a look!

Happy Junkin’,


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  • Reply Olivia- Reinvented Collection

    This is a cute blog post! I still stand by what I said. This is not junky or cheap looking stuff. It’s all fabulous!

    March 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    • Reply amberlyonferguson

      I actually agree! Thank you dear!

      March 16, 2017 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Brenda Young (@UniqueJunktique)

    Tee Hee…. I can totally relate to this post Amber! LOL…. and you’ve got some great collections going on there!

    April 7, 2017 at 2:24 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you very much! I just can’t resist anything vintage!

      April 7, 2017 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Mickie

    First off…gorgeous finds, congratulations! And secondly I love the fine eye your son has…there’s your real treasure!

    From just reading this post I gather you have “re-invented” your blog. I like your new name, which seams to be an excellent fit and feel. I did the same a couple of years ago then in Jan of 2016 I just quit posting to my blog. I’ve kept up with my reading list and party posts. I’ve noticed quite a few of the blogs I followed or looked in on have disappeared. Iv’e been thinking about starting to post again…but just keep putting it off. You’ve got me pondering again…thanks!!!

    April 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes he is a treasure! It’s fun to take him along for the hunt You are exactly right. I previously blogged on blogspot as Junkaholics Unanimous. I had some serious health issues so I wasn’t able to keep up with the blog. During my hiatus I did get more active on Instagram and as I have had some improvements in my health I just decided to have a fresh start. We moved during that time as well into our current (yellow brick home) and I was inspired to start sharing some of our decorating adventures here. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Jill @ Vintage & Co.

    Love your finds and yep, you do not find junk. It’s all good! I gave you a feature this morning for Let’s Talk Vintage…. be sure to check it out and if you have time, could you link back to my page? I am hoping to gain some new linkers (like my new word?) and hopefully the link back will help. Thanks so much for joining in!

    April 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I certainly thought I had linked back, so sorry. I will fix it now!

      April 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Deborah Cline

    We are kindred spirits! Love vintage!


    April 19, 2017 at 4:10 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes we are Debby! Love you site and just followed you on Instagram too! Thanks for visiting today!

      April 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm

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