Third-year vendor Tom Meidl of the Good Junk Garage, an occasional shop in Carver, Minn., said he got his start junking “on a bicycle, about 40 years ago.” Some Meidl musings:
Besides the bike, he: Hauled treasures home with his mother’s “taxi” service.
His niche: “I’m kind of a raw materials guy, and much more rust than ruffles.”
Best Bonanza piece: “The first year I had a cool metal dental cabinet painted turquoise. Last year I brought a 100-year-old pharmacist’s pill-labeling cabinet, still filled with rolls of labels. The same customer bought both pieces for her craft room.”
Funniest Bonanza moment: “Well, it took me all day [Lucky] Friday to figure out whythere was a Leprechaun walking around giving out Lucky Charms last year.”
Best find: “Back at the dump, 40 years ago, on my bicycle, I found a bunch of building materials. My mom had to drive me back there and we filled her trunk. Then she needed a platform for the dryer to keep it from getting wet when the washer tubs overflowed. I built the platform out of my scrap lumber and that was my first ‘justification‘ for my newfound hobby. Many of you out there know what I’m talking about.”
No one would guess: “I was once a musician in a Keystone Kop band at Valleyfair theme park.”
Can’t junk without: my truck and my imagination!
You don’t have to be too imaginative to think about all the fun you’ll have once you get to the Junk Bonanza! Have you put your Googlemap together yet?!!