Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My "super bowl"...

I enjoy football, moderately. I understand what's going on, I can name some players, I know most of the team names. I support the Vikings whenever they play, cuz well, they're from Minnesota and me and Minnesota, we go way back. The football season is coming to an end and Sunday's will look a little different around here (I have no idea what they will look like, it's been so long that I can't remember) well, until next September that is. Enough time will pass and then we'll all get excited at the start of the season, we'll watch the first few weeks of the Vikings season as a family and then the interest will fade depending on their success, for two of us anyways and then that same "two of us" will begin the countdown til the end of the season/SuperBowl. The cycle continues.

All of that to tell you that I've been dreaming of going to this awesome vintage flea market for months. I've been dreaming so long that I've dubbed it "my super bowl". It sounds that exciting to me! And it happens to be the day before the real Super Bowl. It's a gathering of some of the best "junkers" in the Pacific Northwest and it's coming to Portland. Oh, I can hardly stand it. I've actually never been to this one, but a few years ago I went with my cousin and sisters to the Farm Chicks show in Spokane and it was amazing. I don't think I even bought anything, but the experience of looking at old things that bring me back to my childhood or even my parents childhood, well I really love that kind of stuff. I love looking at old things re-purposed into something beautiful and functional. I love looking at things that other people create and realize that "I could do that" if I wanted to and even if I never do it, I'm still somehow, satisfied. I love pretty things that can't be found in a big box store. I love old, cheap, interesting junk and I love that when it's no longer interesting to me, I can get rid of it without regret and I can start searching all over again. It's kind of like a game to me.

The Funky Junk Sisters are putting on this Junk Show in Hillsboro, OR (this Saturday, February 5th from 8 - 4). I actually met one of these ladies at my friends garage sale in Tacoma. I had been following their page on facebook for several months prior, so it was kind of fun to see her face to face, she's the real deal, she was scrounging for deals at garage sales like all fellow junkers do. The show is called Junk Salvation, and according to the blog, it's amazing, the photos are dreamy... so much cool old junk, so many pretty things to look at, oh the creative juices are already flowing (if only the energy would follow suit). Here are some more photos from their last event in October. Oh, everything looks so pretty.

It doesn't look like I'll be able to make it to this 'big game", but I assure you that I'm already dreaming about the next major junk/antique event in the Northwest. I can hardly wait!

My sister Nora shares this same passion, the junk that is (she's way more hardcore with football than I am). I know she wouldn't want to miss this junk show, but she's got other plans, she's going to have a baby in a few days! Yay! I can't wait to meet my new nephew! If she could, she'd be there, remember, we've driven 5 hours to see similar things. :) I guess "we'll get her next time!" or  "way to take one for the team" or some other random sports phrase (that doesn't really apply here)... 

In the meantime, I'm digging out the football shaped bowls, even the football shaped crockpot and I now own the biggest can of nacho cheese you've ever seen. Go team! Whatever team, I don't care, I'm just really looking forward to having friends over, hanging out and eating yummy food! Oh yeah, and I'm really looking forward to celebrating the end of football season! Hooray! :)


  1. Oh Greta! I would SO go with you to this show... I wish I would have known about it sooner. I may just have to check them out because I am meeting some friends for dinner that night and they live in Newberg. So, I am actually going to be in the area, kinda of. I'll let you know if I end up going or not.


  2. Oh, Shirley I hope you can go! And I'm so happy to find another person with this same love!