On Saturday June 28th, my mom & I went Junkin' for the first time ever together. It was all based around this one place called The Crib. everything was stored in an old corn crib so a friend used an old baby crib for the sign~very clever! Is Junkin' as popular in your neck of the woods as it is in ours? Everyone is wanting things that have chippy paint & are rusty as heck, who cares if it works as original or not as long as it looks cool. I have always gravitated toward the old stuff but would buy the new stuff that looked old. Now I am more into reusing, repurposing & recycling than ever in my life, so this junkin' thing is right up my alley!Here is the picture of The Crib when we arrived on Saturday morning. I wish I had followed through on the thought to snap one of the line of cars, trucks & vans parked along her driveway & the side of the highway for about a quarter mile.
here are our scores from The Crib. Mom: swivel solid rolling chair, 3 rusty lanterns complete w/flues, 2 wooden horse hames, chicken feeder & little red wagon. Me: flag folded in an old window (very left corner of left photo) & 1/2 barn door.
From there we went into the nearest town to hit an antique shop that was a treasure trove. So much good stuff to be picked through. I was too busy browsing & helping Mom carry her goods to take any photos.
Then we headed south for lunch. She was taking me to Toot-Toot for my first time. Its just over the state line & everyone raves about the buffet. It was pretty good. here is our only selfie of the day.
From there, we plugged in Diagonal, Iowa to the GPS on my phone & we headed out to find the new Freedom Rock. after a bit of driving through the countryside, which neither of us minded at all, we landed in Diagonal. First we found the museum & went in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to people talk about something they are passionate about, especially older folks & there was a perfect gentleman in the museum. He loved to talk about his town's history & that of another nearby town that became a ghost town when the railroad came through Diagonal.
<~~ the poster about the rock we were in search of
Just a couple of blocks up the street we found the rock~right where our helper in the museum said it would be. Getting out to be total tourists, we were greeted by a lady setting up the flower pots as they had blown over. We chatted with her a bit about the rock, what the painting means to the town & how they plan to put benches in & how excited the citizens were that their tiny town was chosen out of the whole county. Another pure delight to chat with.
the first shot shows a little girl pointing to the name of the Diagonal soldier lost in the Vietnam war & from the right angle, you can see a soldier touching the same name as if from the other side. very cool.
<~~ this is probably my very favorite shot of the day. I was able to score the rock, the flag & the town water tower in the same frame--score!This one shows the railroad that was instrumental in making Diagonal a town, the eagle that sat on the globe was from an old statue that sat in front of an old Case dealership right down the street, that was big in town.