Junking 101

The idiom “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is a phrase often heard in the antique business. Picking through another man’s trash to find that treasure has become a popular past time thanks to cable shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Storage Wars. We’ve been picking, or junking as it is also known, since 1969.

While many of our customers and newsletter subscribers are seasoned pros, others are just developing an interest in all things old. We are going to dedicate some space in several upcoming newsletters to focus on a few questions that we are commonly asked. We hope to provide some helpful answers as well as pass along a few tips about junking that we have learned over the years.

Q. Where are the best places to junk or pick?

A. That depends on what you are looking for. Flea markets are great. Typically you have a large variety of items available in one location and prices are generally good. Most sellers expect buyers to bargain with them and are willing to do so. Yard sales are a good option but can be very time consuming. You need to do a bit of research ahead of time to map out locations. It takes time to travel from one sale to the next. You also have to sort through a lot of junk and may walk away at the end of the day empty handed. However, a little time and patience can reap some sweet rewards. Estate sales are an option worth looking into but keep in mind that prices will be higher. Most estate sales are managed by estate liquidators who have to be paid for their services. EBay and Craigslist are both popular online avenues especially if you are looking for a very particular item.

Our favorite shopping venue of course is Southern Accents! Although we deal primarily with architectural antiques and salvaged items you’ll also find hoards of interesting picks around our store. Our store, like other antique stores and malls, need to be shopped often. We acquire new inventory on a weekly, if not daily basis. When you come for a visit be prepared to spend some time browsing our showroom, warehouse and lots. You will find treasures tucked away in corners, hanging on walls, sitting in an old coal bucket… they’re here! If you are looking for architectural pieces we have the largest collection in the South. If you are on the hunt for old hardware, salvaged items to use on a fabulous Pinterest project, or unique items that will add charm to your home, office or business decor, pay us a visit. We think you will be pleased, if not surprised, by all we have to offer.

Visit our New Arrivals page to view some of our latest picks!

We’ll be providing more tips in upcoming issues of our newsletter as well as on our blog. In the mean time, if you have a question that you would like to see answered, e-mail it to info@sa1969.com

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