Day 96: Go Junkin’


Great sign at Tartan Traders


Today’s first was fun! I’m looking for primitive pieces or items that can be repurposed for my backyard garden and for the house. This afternoon, I went junkin’. My mom, sister Linda and I went to several stores that I’ve visited before, but had not purchased from yet. The trip was part scavenger hunt, part girls’ shopping trip and totally fun.

After picking up my junkin’ partners, we headed first to Tartan Traders, located at 300 Hodgdon Road in Joplin. This delightful shop is just west of Range Line Road, near the Northpark Mall in Joplin.  I was drawn to this place initially because of the obviously Scottish name. And for good reason. Patrick Mcglashan is from Scotland. He and his lovely wife Debs own and operate Tartan Traders where one can find antiques, primitives, collectibles and lots of other great items. I met Debs the last time I visited the store. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick. It is always awesome to meet a facebook friend in person!

We enjoyed browsing and listening to Celtic music as we shopped. I found a large old metal bucket to use as a planter in the backyard and a book I’ve wanted for quite a while. There are several other items there calling my name that I’ll have to go back for soon!

Our next stop was Country Pickins Antique Mall, located at 5836 N. Main Street in Joplin. I loved the large assortment of primitive and industrial items here, tucked among treasures . The store is arranged well and metal buckets just seemed to materialize everywhere! I could have purchased 20 of these and may eventually do so! I want metal containers of all sorts in the backyard to use as planters. I settled on three great buckets, including a tall one that will add interesting height to a group of metal planters. I also found a shallow red ceramic bowl and an amazing large antique sifter. I will use that sifter as a tray that will hold a spring vignette. So excited about that find!

After a drink break via Sonic’s drive through, we made our last stop of the day at the new Goodwill store, located at 2102 S. Range Line Road in Joplin. Sadly, the old Goodwill store was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. The new store is great….large, brightly lit and wonderfully organized. Here I found a white decorative bowl and three white teacups that will soon serve as tiny planters for spring pansies. I also purchased a couple of men’s long sleeve shirts at a great price. I love wearing those lounging around the house. They make great sleep shirts too! Mom and Linda found bargains as well.

We enjoyed our afternoon of looking and buying. Since new items are added daily at all three of the stores we visited today, I’ll be a frequent customer. I know what I’m looking for. Part of the fun is the hunt and the thrill of discovery. And then there is the surprise find that I didn’t even know I needed, until I come across it! Isn’t life like that too? We make plans, set goals, go after what we want, enjoying the journey as much as the destination, open to being surprised and delighted along the way. I love how even something as fun and simple as an afternoon of junkin’ reminds me of what’s true in my life and hints at the larger story that’s unfolding!


The large round sifter that I bought at Country Pickins Antique Mall


Day 24: Country Pickin’s Antique Mall


Yesterday’s “Yes Day” appeared to spill over into today. And being in a great space of giving and receiving, I let it continue, which made for a very busy day! So for today’s first I picked something fun and yet simple to do. I visited the delightful Country Pickin’s Antique Mall at 5836 N Main Street in Joplin.

I enjoyed browsing through this amazing place. Primitives shared space with antiques, artistic creations and interesting objects.  Although it is bitterly cold outside, I am already shifting into gardening mode. I spied several items that would look great in my backyard as it is being transformed this year.  My daughter, Elissa, who was with me, nabbed a couple of wire baskets that captured her attention.

I am newly in love with repurposing. There is something simple and yet deeply satisfying in taking a piece that has been worn by time and usage and extending its life by finding another purpose for it.  I’m excited to incorporate this look into my gardens. Rusty metals, chippy furniture, cracked statuary, and wooden objects with worn surfaces will all have a place there. It will be a peaceful, inviting, eclectic space.

I was surprised to learn that Country Pickin’s Antique Mall has been in its current location for 9 years, and was on Range Line for 3 years before that. One of the joys of doing a year of firsts is discovering businesses and restaurants in my own hometown that I have somehow missed. This was my first visit to this wonderful store. It most certainly won’t be my last!