Antiques versus Antique Reproductions

“No way. No how. No reproductions. I mean, it totally lessens the value of all of the fabulous authentic antiques that we find! I don’t want any part of that buying in bulk, wholesale, reproduction world. It’s so fake!” That was me back in 2014 when we first opened the doors to Rusted Roots. And now?? […]

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How to Clean Antique Glass Furniture Knobs

Gooky, gunky, slimey at the bottom of the bowl! Oh yeah, let’s get our hands dirty!! It’s kinda like making mudpies as a kid. Now let’s be clear not all glass knobs that you find will be as dirty as these. But when you go diggin’ in the back of a dusty old barn and […]

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Hidden Treasure in the Back of an Old Barn

It started out fairly simple… hinges, knobs, license plates, silverware, seeds, cups and saucers!! All great guesses from YOU on Facebook when I shared the mystery cardboard box that I found a couple weeks ago in the back of an old barn. But then… then… y’all made me laugh!! Nancy and Rachel with your gold […]

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Junky Ideas for Upcycled Wooden Boxes

Every month we work on creating some junktastic pieces for Rusted Roots junk sales! At our BIG Spring Junk Market we wiped out of a lot of our creations. I think we may have a couple of our gas pump coat racks left, and a few water spigot flower vases too! But the upcycled book […]

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Why Is It Called a Flea Market??

One of my all-time favorite things to do is flea market hop!! We are fortunate enough to live about 25 minutes from one of America’s best Flea Markets (according to CNN)… the Raleigh Flea Market!! I don’t think I have ever dug through the Raleigh Flea and walked away empty handed! And this past weekend […]

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Five Places to Find Free Wood!

We are still chuggin’ along on week one of owning our own shop! And with that comes lots (and I mean lots) of unexpected costs… licenses, permits, fees, deposits, and on and on. So that leaves little room in the wallet for all the fun stuff I want to do,  like make this place a […]

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How to Clean Copper Hardware the Easy Way

Let me tell you a little story about mouse poo!! Yup… little brown bb-like balls in all their stinky goodness! Are you grossed out yet?? Hey, it’s the life of a junker!! If it was all sunshine and roses, everyone would do it!! Do you think all that junk at your favorite flea comes all […]

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Ten Blow-Your-Mind Tips for Shopping the World’s Largest Yard Sale

690 Miles. Five states. Endless yard sale! Yup… we are headed to the World’s Largest Yard Sale this weekend!! Lucky for me, I had a practice run earlier this summer when we trekked Highway 301 for their Endless Yard Sale. And while it was no where near the size of the massive 127 Yard Sale, I […]

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Make Your Own Rust Tutorial

I have come to the conclusion that I have some sort of magnetic juice running through my veins. That’s right. It’s the only way I can make sense of my rust loving tendencies and the way I am just drawn to it… I mean like, rip me out of my car, arms wrapped tightly around […]

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Secret Spots to Find Rusty Metal

SSsshhhhh… this is BIG! Like maybe you should crouch down in the corner of your living room, no scratch that, get in your closet. Keep your voice down… and grab your CB radio (aka walkie talkie)… okay. You ready? <static> I’m letting you in on my secret spot to find rusty metal. Over and out! […]

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