My kids grew up in junk shops and flea markets and got dragged to jumble sales and garage sales and rummage sales, depending upon which part of the world we lived in at the time. They wore clothes from the thrift shop where I worked at Edwards Air Force Base, and loved coming over after school to “help.” The stash of M&M’s in the back enticed them to offer their free labor. And, of course they loved to shop the sales. That little thrift shop, run by the officers’ wives of the base, routinely acccrued thousands of dollars of sales per day and contributed all proceeds to worthy charitable causes. It also defrayed the clothing and toy budget for our growing family of 3 boys and 1 girl.
So when Mia Anstine sent me this photo – of the Little Gal and her at an antiques shop this week – it brought back fond memories. In fact, my daughter and I love to go “junking,” and our Baby Boy and I poked around in a few shops in Louisiana during a visit last fall. In fact, I have an album on my personal Facebook page devoted to our unique “finds” afield.
A few weeks ago, my girl and I stumbled upon the “little shop of horrors” while entering what we deemed to be a run-of-the-mill antiques shop. It featured a medical section, with an old sweat cabinet, scalpels, teeth, prosthetics and other rather interesting items. The owner helped my daughter choose fixtures for a project she’s working on as a commercial interior designer, and also told us that true antiques shops are going away. Today’s shops have to fill their shelves with junk that looks old, but that stuff really isn’t old. He talked about overhead and it really opened my eyes to the world of antiques shops and the struggles to keep the doors open.
Of course, junking can occur at all types of venues: flea markets, thrift shops, antiques shops, garage sales.
Here’s why you should take your kids junking at your earliest convenience:
I sometimes wondered whether my children appreciated the time junking, and imagine my surprise when Baby Boy said, “Yeah, a lot of my friends would be playing computer games or whatever and I had to go to a junk shop with you, and now, I have something to remember from being a kid – the trips out to places with you, Mom.”
There, you have it. So, if you take your children out junking, please will you let me know what you find? Send a photo, we’d love to show the world your treasures!
This Retro WON first appeared January 7, 2015.
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at ozarkian.com. View all posts by Barbara Baird