Gotta Love Junk!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I realized this week that I never told my readers about this crazy place in Bon Secour, Alabama near where we stayed on our vacation back in June.  (If you missed those posts you can read them here and here.)  

The first time we drove by I thought it was an antique shop and I could hardly wait to get back and do some shopping!  I had been saving my pennies for some clothes shopping but I immediately thought, "I'd far rather buy junk".  

But when we went back the next morning I discovered it wasn't a junk sale, it was someone's amazing collection.  

I had the courage to stop with my camera one afternoon and I thought surely if I just take pictures from the road it won't be trespassing.  Although there were no trespassing signs, but I still felt sort of strange taking pictures of someone's yard.  But I switched to my zoom lens and got started!

About that time a truck came rumbling up and an old man stuck his head out the window and said, "Go on in and look around.  Take your pictures up close".   So I did!  

At first look from the road, it appeared like a conglomeration of junk.  But once I got in the yard and really spent some time looking I realized that there was a method to his madness.  He had collections of things that were incredible.  

Obviously, being on the coast like it was there was a lot of ocean paraphernalia.  My husband was mesmerized by the antique outboard motors.  

He had those motors lined up on the fence in perfect display.  Notice the old reels hanging above.  

The crazy thing is that everything had it's place.  In a very interesting way.  

I want this old water spigot for my yard.  

And signs?  Oh my goodness, did he have the cool signs.  

I loved the old meat grinders hooked on the porch railing!

And this old refrigerator???  

Oh my word.  I love that green, chippy paint!

There was just about every cool junky thing you ever wanted!

In reality, it's probably a good thing I'm married to a man that doesn't love junk.  Because I think I'd be dragging home a bunch of stuff like this!  

What do you think?  


  1. Oh My, For the love of Junk! What a awesome, fun place to snoop around! I have a metal ice chest just like that green one. Mine is red and currently lives at Emily's.. the green is wonderful tho!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. This man obviously has a passion for the "hunt" and an incredible way of staging his findings for passerby's to enjoy. IT was cool he invited you to take a closer look. I wonder what the inside looked like?

  3. Oh my word. That icebox is a treasure! What a fun place to visit. I hope you'll share this outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

  4. Oh my goodness, it's a bit of overload for me, my first thought was how difficult mowing around all that yard art would be! I have to admit it's a fascinating collection, and well "curated", but perhaps also a bit of a warning that collections can take over your home and life. Still, if it were a sale I would have to stop and see if there might be a treasure in there I could take home ;>)

  5. As I read this post, I was thinking of the show American Pickers. They would've loved to go through the "junk" and find some treasures. Kathleen in Az

  6. Sounds like a place of true Treasure Hunting... wow!!

    I would have loved every single minute of that afternoon... You're making me itchy to get out there and find a junkyard somewhere!!

    Lots of stories in there if only the stuff could talk.. :) amen?

  7. wow amazing ~ he needs to charge admissions just to browse.

  8. I think that's a real hoot! Only in AL. It would make me nervous. lol

  9. Hi Dori,
    Ok so first, I am sorry if this is a duplicate...but I can't seem to get a comment to send. Anyway, I'll try again. I love junk too! Ever drive by a an old abandoned farm/barn and wish you could explore? Me too!
    By the way, I am so excited to see you on Mary Janes Farm. I really enjoy that magazine, blog and everything about Mary Janes Farm. Have a nice day!
    Colleen in UT.

  10. Oh my. Bubba has good junk! I would love the outdoor faucet and refrigerator, too!

    Take care.