Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A to Z Challenge 2016: J is for Junk

J is for Junk

Today was our day off.  No selling firewood, picking up litter, or fixing the tire ruts left in the lawn by careless drivers for us today.  Today was for exploring.  We started the day driving the scenic loop to Bandon.  Along the way, we stopped at the Seven Devils wayside and found a nearly empty beach and pounding surf.

I thought the "seven devils" would be rock formations or mountains but, according to the informational marker, the road leading along the coast was named seven devils because of the steep hills the wagons had to cross to get to the ocean.

We continued along the scenic loop to the mouth of the Coquille River to see the lighthouse.

The lighthouse sits on the breakwater leading to the mouth of the river.  You can see the open ocean at the end of the breakwater.

On the land side of the breakwater, there are gentle grass-covered dunes and then a climb down to a beach that is piled high with driftwood.

We left the beach and headed to Bandon in search of antique and junk stores.  Both the spouse and I enjoy exploring junk stores for treasures.  It's not that we need any more junk, we just enjoy the search.  We always try to have a mission.  Today I was looking for the perfect clock for Stanley and the spouse was in search of a digging tool for metal detecting.  Today we found neither!  Turns out Bandon doesn't have a lot of second-hand or antique stores.  We found only one that was open.

I found the perfect vintage looking clock, but when we plugged it in, it was broken. No sale!  We found a few knives for the trailer for $2.00.  It's fun to search.  Here's the spouse having fun...and the perfect broken clock.

Total expense junking:  $2.00!  We ended the day at Bi-Mart and purchased a digging tool.  A pretty successful day...a full day of fun, not much money spent, and only two useful knives to junk up our trailer.


  1. I enjoy shopping in thrift and antique stores but usually don't buy much. But there's always the possibility of finding just the right piece of junk! :-)

  2. We enjoy the discovery of the occasional treasure found in junk shops. On our last foray we discovered a 12 piece set of antique Limoges porcelain complete with serving dishes for about $50!

  3. How fun to search for vintage pieces for Stanley.

  4. That sounds like a perfect day to me too.

  5. I like these places, not for antiques so much, but for unusual things.


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