The joy of junking comes not only from a great find, but also from that moment when you figure out how to breathe new life into an old piece.” ~ Unknown.

This weekend the photo challenge from GC’s and my site Weekly Prompts is JUNK.

This is my own response to the challenge.

Each month I browse the IT magazine section in the newsagents and choose the one that appears to be the most interesting. This month I chose ‘WebUser’, mainly because of the recycling ideas.

When I’m due a mobile phone upgrade (cell phone) I normally hang on to the old one; it’s  a second browser, a spare camera, or an audio recording device.

What you do with your old equipment, do you find another use or is it simply junk?

Earlier this week, youngest daughter Sophie (pictured below) and I spent an enjoyable hour or so wandering around Decoporium, an underground junk shop. The shop is situated in the Thorp Arch Retail Park, not far from Wetherby Racecourse in Yorkshire England and is approximately forty minute’s drive from my home.


During the Second World War, Thorp Arch was an underground munitions factory supplying the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The factory closed during the 1950s.

An assortment of furniture stores have since occupied the former munitions site, and all underground.

For Sophie and me the fascination on this day was the antique/junk shop and imagining the former lives of all those items that were once lovingly cared for in someone’s home.  “When you change the way you look at things; the things you look at change.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dwyer.




© SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 – Photo Challenge Junk from Weekly Prompts


33 thoughts on “Junking

    1. Oh, that is so true. I am now the owner of two crystal wine glasses that don’t match those I already have and neither is there space in the cupboard! And I’m going again today with my son who probably doesn’t need anything either!

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  1. Oh my, what a fantastic place!! Since moving to Wales, I have noticed how many community ‘furniture barns’ there are where people donate their unwanted goods and they are sold on to raise money for the local area. They are treasure troves. This is a wonderful post, Sue, thank you.

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    1. Oh thank you Trev, I’m glad you like it. I like the sound of those community furniture barns what a good idea.

      Son Joss and I have just got back from another visit to the junk shop. We bought a small coffee table for his new house. Unusual because it’s drop leaf which you don’t normally see in a low table.

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Isn’t it funny how we see our own stuff as junk and either throw it out, give it away, or donate it? Then we go to second-hand shops or yard sales and BUY someone else’s junk!! Lol. It was fun seeing all these treasures. What an amazing collection. Great way to spend a few hours. Maybe today you’ll find a cabinet to store your new wine glasses in!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. If only I had space for a new cabinet. Today I’m here again at the junk shop with my son, or I will be when we’ve finished lunch at the cafe next door.


  3. I used to love going to shops like these–I never came out empty-handed. But my husband and I have been downsizing–and having yard sales to get rid of our stuff! How does it all accumulate and why don’t the kids want it?! 😀

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    1. I had to downsize when I divided up my house when the eldest and her family moved here. I kept some furniture, but mostly I bought new and started afresh. Youngest daughter Sophie has most of my old stuff.
      Today my son Joss bought a small coffee table for his new house.

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  4. My junk is all magazines and manuscripts, not pottery and furniture. I wish I could throw it out but words seem so precious that I find it really hard.I HATE ornaments but don’t have any room for them anyway. All my bookshelves are full of books and letters and photographs and the mantelpiece is cluttered with business cards, paperclips, pens that don’t work, postcards and buttons! ( as well as a clock) Hubby bought some daffodils for Valentines day and I had to move a pot plant off the dining table to display them in a vase. Now there’s no room on the kitchen window sill either!
    I did try to find out how much our old sideboard was worth but we don’t intend to get rid of it so when I discovered it wasn’t valuable I didn’t care!

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  5. I love junk shops and charity shops because occasionally I might find something perfect, it hardly ever happens but I live in hope.

    Here at home I have carefully placed ornaments, but no clutter. I’m very tidy because it makes general cleaning so much easier and it’s pleasant to look at, anything out on show is meant to be there. Oh my goodness, Julie, your mantelpiece sounds like my nightmare! 😀


  6. gc

    Great article Susan. I admit I do have my own share of “junk” items but as you indicated we grow a close attachment to the things we label as valuable.

    When I was a youngster my grandmother’s home had tintype photos (now a fine art form ) on the wall. I did not appreciate their value until I began studying photography. Now these same “rare” photos are difficult to find let alone purchase.

    Thanks for sharing your story and shopping adventure. xx

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    1. I’m surprised you haven’t had your fill of hearing about my shopping trips!

      As you know I made a fresh start when I set up home at this side of the house, though I did keep some items that have sentimental value and the blend of the old and new works well. I love old items if they’re pleasing on the eye. And you will remember my dad’s wall plate in the kitchen, now that is old.

      Sorry about grandma’s pictures, I’m sure we’ve all done similar things.

      Thank you for your comments, as usual they’re appreciated xx

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    1. A graveyard, ooh I can’t think of it like that, more like a room of belongings that were once loved but now need new homes Like in Toy Story! 🙂


    1. It is fun isn’t it, even if you don’t buy anything. It also makes you realise how quickly things go out of fashion. Your comments are appreciated, thank you 🙂

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  7. I was going to start my comment with “there is no junk in my home, I clean out frequently”. Then I realized that a lot of things I treasure are junk to someone else. So, there is no line between junk and treasure really. 🙂

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  8. Maureen Helen

    I love ‘junk’ shopping, but rarely buy anything. I like the memories the items inspire, and the way the memories connect me to my past.

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    1. Exactly! I find myself saying “Oh, Look, my mum and dad had one of those, or I remember something like this at Grandma’s house.” I don’t often buy, but I do enjoy wandering around. Thank you Maureen.


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