A junk shopping day with birthday girl musings with video

stacked vintage crates for sale in Rosedale, BC

My favorite kind of day in the whole wide world is an unplanned one. Can you relate?

I actually had an appointment earlier on April 6th, which also just happened to be my birthday.

Prepared for rain, I glanced up at the sky and the clouds parted. Shadows! Some sunshine! So without a care in the world, after my meeting, I hopped in the truck and just drove towards the mountains.

Why not?

vintage berry basket crate holder for sale in Rosedale, BC

I was not prepared for a shopping trip at all. I generally tote around my point and shoot camera for blog picture potential, however not today. Armed with just my phone and feeling inspired for a new adventure, off I just went.

My first stop was a little antiques place in Rosedale, BC Canada.

It’s here where I found this fabulous little tulip crate styled toolbox I showed you in THIS POST. So unique!

And I can’t bypass a vintage hanger like this which I use for stencil storage! So these two came home with me. 

Happy birthday to me!

vintage junk shopping at Rusty's New & Used in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Next, I drove towards Harrison Hot Springs BC which I’ve shared a few times over the years.

My first stop is always always ALWAYS Rusty’s New & Used Variety Store.

vintage junk shopping at Rusty's New & Used in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

This place is a treasure trove for those that adore rust. There IS a reason to shop where it rains, my friends.

rusty junk shopping at Rusty's New & Used in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

I just love the fact that there’s always something different to see when I venture out this way.

vintage ammunition crate at Rusty's, in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

This old ammunition crate certainly caught my eye. It was HUGE! Larger than coffee table size even. I’ve never seen one that big.

vintage ammunition crate at Rusty's, in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

I didn’t need it nor have space for it, so it stayed. But it sure pulled at me!

If I took it home, I’d let it dry, gently scrape off the loose paint, then seal it with Tough Coat (like I did on my chippy barn door headboard) to maintain that fabulous patina as is. Gorgeous!

Maybe I should have taken it home. Oh, the stuff I could store inside that thing….

plywood and drawer workbench at Rusty's, in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

This bench also caught my eye. I loved the mishmash of unmatched drawers, so inspiring to attempt to build perhaps!

I’ve been wishing to revamp my workshop a little and this gave me some new ideas.

handmade wood plank rustic workbench at Rusty's, in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

However, it was THIS guy that stopped me dead in my tracks.

You’ve seen these massive antique workbenches sold for a million bucks and a lifelong mortgage on your home in order to get one. However this one was made out of standard wood planks. It was the design itself that looked so old and cool.

This. THIS design is going to be in my home somewhere, some way. I went back to it several times and took pictures all around it.

rustic reclaimed wood succulent window box planters on log bases at Rusty's in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Inspiration can also come in the most unique of ways.

This little log based succulent planter was a head turner!

rustic reclaimed wood succulent window box planters on log bases at Rusty's in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

What a perfectly cool rustic way to raise a planter box off the ground. Neat! Incorporating this one too.

car parts chicken shelter inside a chicken coup at The Back Porch at Harrison Hot Springs, BC

The Back Porch – Harrison Hot Springs, BC

My next stop was The Back Porch in Harrison Hot Springs which I’ve also blogged about a few times too.

It’s such a neat spot. There’s a pottery studio and antiques / junk shed, plus outbuildings including a greenhouse, chicken coup, etc.

I smiled when I spotted this car parts chicken shelter…

Canada eggs crate, birdhouse and chicken egg basket at The Back Porch at Harrison Hot Springs, BC

I’m not completely certain why I did not ask if the Canada Egg Crate was for sale but it looks so good here in the chicken coop shed, I’m glad I left it for others to enjoy.


Never mind. Now I want it.

However I did pick up a FABULOUS white chippy cabinet! I plan to clear coat it and hang it up as is. It’s a beauty!

You’re gonna see a peek of it in the movie below…

repurposed cylinder outdoor water trough at The Back Porch at Harrison Hot Springs, BC

I love moseying around these grounds. Just the use of salvaged architecture in creative ways is so inspiring, like this outdoor water trough made out of some kind of cylinder.

This moves me to want to garden.

But in THIS yard. Not mine.

Of course.

old window greenhouse at The Back Porch at Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Their outbuildings long ago inspired my own junk garden shed out back.

If I could move this guy home on wheels, I would. I adore this old window built greenhouse!

It may even turn me into a full fledged gardener again… hmm… 

I share lots of Insta Stories on Instagram, however that doesn’t always mean you see them on the blog! So I clipped together my fun shopping day movie clips into the fun tour below…

Upbeat music and talkative ramblings ahead!


Harrison Hot Springs lake view

Harrison Hot Springs – the beach

And as always, I end these tours with a stop at Harrison Hot Springs. It’s a lake front resort filled with beachy shops, places to stay, hot pools, you name it.

And a killer view.

I actually went to what I deem the log cabin pub and had one of their amazing burgers, then went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate and got a chocolate dipped apple for my birthday cake.

It was a perfectly lovely day! Just the way a birthday should be.

mountain view overlooking a farm in Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, BC

My day away did a few things for me. It triggered my love for collecting once again (which I had for the most part stopped due to being on a massive purge spree!). And it has inspired some new projects. Yay! 

However I also felt these strange nostalgic nudges I didn’t expect. Some things I looked at with thoughts of, “Oh, I remember a million years ago when I use to ……”

Do all these deep thoughts come with birthdays, perhaps?

I’m not exactly sure what that all meant. In some ways, I mourned the way I use to collect. In other ways, I have felt this massive change that I am in a different place now and the pages ahead are waiting for exciting new words and adventures… things I’ve never done before.

I know my mind’s been a little bit all over the place. It’s been hard to focus. But I have made some headway…

I’ve been working very hard lately with the nearly-there launch of my own retailer program for the stencils that will be showcased through the new store that just went live (two years building it!) and it feels good to get something major stroked off the very long to-do list!

And then there was the day I helped a friend plan her time in Maui, suggesting Hana and Lanai’s Cat Sanctuary. It made me feel accomplished that it helped brighten someone’s day with useful info. So I’ll be revamping the travel area of my content soon too so it’s easier to find. 

My gut says whatever new is coming, this is only just the start. So I’ll just keep chipping away at all the corners until something just becomes… rounder?

I’m 56 now. Is this old folks humour?

So with that… I have this super cool white chippy cabinet STILL in the back of my truck waiting for a new place to call home. Let the junk dreamin’ begin once again…

Aqua metal lockers at Rusty's New & Used Variety Store in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Visit my other Harrison adventures HERE

And Rusty’s Junky Shopping HERE (swoooon!)

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16 thoughts on “A junk shopping day with birthday girl musings with video

  1. What a wonderful way to spend your birthday! Birthdays are always a time of reflection, and that’s a good thing. I just had my 70th birthday and enjoyed my reflections, but looking ahead is so exciting. Celebrated my birthday by hang gliding! Every passage of life is full of excitement if we just look for it!…….Happy 56th!

  2. Happy belated Birthday Donna. I wish you many happy junk finds!! I think your day was great. I love to do shopping for antiques and junk, I would give anything to have been with you to celebrate your day and shop!!

  3. Happy Birthday, Donna!

    My hubby had his on the 2nd

    I love The Back Porch…I’ve never been…but after seeing your photos…I want to go!

    Congratulations on your retailer program. listen to your gut…it sounds like it knows

  4. Absolutely love the reddish birdhouse on the egg crate. I have just tube place…..Remind me of my favorite old wood fishing book I saw in Ireland

    Glad your birthday was happy!

  5. Happy Birthday Donna! 56 isn’t old, it’s all the way you think and feel! I’m “jonesing” for that rusty wire chicken! I loved the video – the old Eddie Rabbit song was great. I’m afraid I wouldn’t have had that much self control in the purchasing department – my vehicle would have been filled to the brim!

  6. Hi Donna,

    I am so jealous of the places you visited on your birthday. I had planned on being up your way last year then ended up going to Toronto. Canada for my 70th birthday. Your area is still on my bucket list. Rusted stuff and junk are my favorites. In the process of making a junk garden. Have a great week!

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Donna! You just never know what the future holds and what sort of feelings we will have when we get to our birthdays. I for one am really glad you took us with you on that video because all this reminded me of my farm back in Greece! I never thought I’d say it but I have really come to appreciate old worn junk. If you would have asked me five years ago I would have turned my nose up at it. So you see you just never know where life will take you, what lessons it will teach you and what you will come to value. I hope you had a great day, although from what I saw it looked pretty perfect to me, cat included! 🙂

  8. Oh, that looks like so much fun! I haven’t been really “junkin'” in forever. I really am overdue. I haven’t had a car of my own for about two years so my roaming has been severely curtailed. It’s killing me! But…just can’t really afford to replace the car I had that gave up the ghost. It was paid for and I don’t want a car payment or the cost of insurance. So guess that’s just how it is for right now.

    I love that old workbench with the vise on it. I used to watch my grandpa work at his workbench and he had a vise like that. I can still smell the sawdust! He made lots of things in that old garage workshop way back there in the ’50’s.

    I’ll be interested to see what you do with that chippy white cabinet.

    Thanks for the “virtual” trip and have a great week, Donna! And Happy Fifty-Seventh Year! I wouldn’t mind being fifty-six again. But, I’m grateful to have made it to seventy-four! And I’m planning to hang around indefinitely! Gotta see my four grandsons grow up. Plus, so much to do yet.

  9. Morning Donna and a belated Happy Birthday! I am with you there. I turned 59 on April 1st. Enjoyed your post and video a lot. The bench with the mismatched drawers is awesome, as is the rustic succulent planter, and chuckle with glee = the car part chicken shelter. Adorable and innovative. You spoke of leaving the Canada Egg Crate for others to enjoy. I tell myself that all the time when I want something but for one reason or another, I don’t get it. And when I am telling myself that, I mean it – SORTA!!! Congrats on your new retail online. May it be successful and fulfilling. Have a wonderful day and thanks for your time.

  10. What a great day! Loved your choice of music for your video. Have a wonderful year with lots of new and interesting experiences.

  11. OMgosh…I want that aqua locker basket thingy!Drooling…Yay…I turn the big 5 0 tomorrow!Don’t quite know how I feel about it, but excited for your big accomplishments!Are/do you have an affiliate program for your stencils? Need to get my affiliate game on, & your stencils would be a fun start!

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