Dec 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all your pals sorting through all of your "great stuff" that "a teacher really wants" or "an artist could do something with". Keep those great donations coming in and don't forget to ask for a tax receipt.

See you next year.
From Roadblock (AKA The Junk Pirate), the Jammer, Big Merl, Top Cat, the Driver, and even L-Dog.

Dec 30, 2008

Drunken Santas

I know I'm a few days late for this one, but let us look back on Christmas 2008, and of many years of Junk Store past with one of our favorite all-time Holiday Decorations (and there have been a few)...
From deep within the vault of the Junk Pirate archives I present to you the Drunken Santas:

Basically, these are just a couple of vintage Santa dolls with creepy plastic faces that are weighted at their feet, so they stand on their own but totally stoop over. Man I wish we still could bust these out every Christmas.

Happy Holidays everybody.

Dec 28, 2008

Time for some action

I think by now it is pretty clear to anybody following Tales From the Junk Store that I'm a pretty big fan of donations of toys. Action figures are some of my favorites. And while I'll never scoff at a vintage Boba Fett or, god willing, one of those clear plastic Tron figures from Tomy, what I really like uncovering are some of the random action figures that I have no idea where they are from. 
Exhibit A:

If anybody knows where this guy and his awesome bat-coffin-vehicle are from, leave a comment.

Dec 16, 2008

Put It In A Jar

While a couple of similar, but slightly differently shaped glass jars might be some boring shit to you, it was the most exciting part of my week. And then when a vintage jar of "Brim" showed up, I almost fainted from the excitement. We also received and awesome old empty Ovaltine jar, but I was to excited to take a picture. JARS!

Fill it to the rim...

Bonus picture from the Junk Pirate Archives of what you can do with a bunch of jars, a drawer full of used crayons, and the will to spend your day peeling the wrappers off of the crayons instead of working:

Dec 12, 2008

Pencil Holder

It is disturbing enough to think about who would purchase a novelty pencil holder (the dude moves his head, shouts, and moans when you push on the pencil), but then add the fact that this was donated to an arts and education reuse non-profit and your mind just shutters.

Dec 5, 2008

Burned by the Molten Lava

We got another one. This time it was green lava in a black lamp. Trip out, brothers and sisters.

Dec 4, 2008


We are big, big fans of promotional items here at the Junk Store. In fact, the Jammer has collected well over 50 different drug-promo-pens from different pharmaceutical companies over the past few years. But this is a new one:

A couple hundred packages of blue silly putty from the good folks over at Lyris (crack open some fresh ideas with email marketing software). Not quite as cool as if it were from a drug manufacturer, but it'll do. Especially when it all showed up ready to display in egg crates.

I don't know about you, but I got a hankerin' to crack open a fresh idea via email marketing software right about now. Or maybe I'll just throw an eggful of blue goop at a coworker.

Dec 2, 2008

"Art Supplies"

Man, there sure is a lot of sorting that needs get done at the Junk Store today. I'll just start by opening this big box here labeled "art supplies" and...


Dec 1, 2008

Live Free or Die!

Patriot's Freedom Blanket. New in the bag. If you don't buy this from the Junk Store right now then the terrorists have already won.