New Shop, Fave Junk Spots, & Snagging an Old Sign Right Off a Building

Hello?! Is this thing on??? Whew… I was afraid I forgot how to work this here blog thing!! But just like riding a bike… here I am. It’s all coming back to me! Ha ha!!


A big thank you to those of you who have emailed and extended your concern for my whereabouts. It means a lot to be missed! And I’ve missed you all too!! I have seriously had the time of my life over the last couple months preparing for a new adventure that I have been itchin’ to share with you all. If you follow me on Facebook, you already know… I have a NEW SHOP!!!

New Junk Shop {Rusted Roots}

Her name?!Β Rusted Roots… located at Suzanna’s Antiques in Raleigh, NC!!

Best 'lil Junk Shop

Rusted Roots on Facebook

The journey began in February when I learned I would be opening the space! The hubs and I immediately hit the streets in search of the coolest rustiest junk around! I’d say we accomplished our goal! We snagged junk from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and of course, here at home!! The hunting process is soo much fun!! It brings me so much joy!!

Florida Flea Market

I journaled the entire time and took ton ‘o pictures so I can share with you all of the hot spots that I found!! The one thing I learned right off the bat… I. NEED. A. TRUCK! My poor little car is so tired of having junk strapped to her top!

Hauling Old Junk

On many occasions, I would just stack my stash beside the car and play a quick game of tetris in my head to figure out how to get my haul across the state lines!

My Junkie Haul

Coming back from Florida was a trip!! We actually packed our clothes in trash bags, shoved those trash bags into a rusty kitchen cabinet that I found and strapped that bad boy to the top of my ‘lil red car! You should have seen us!! But I needed more room in the car for junk I may find on the ride back!! You get it? Right? Can I say thre’s nothing like strapping furniture (filled furniture, mind you) to the top of your car at 4am!!! I β™₯ the hubs!!

Hauling Junk from Florida

One of my favorite finds came right off an old building here in NC! I spotted this old office furniture sign and thought it was so cool!! It happened to be attached to an old house that was being used as an antique shop, so after rounding up a stash from inside, I told the owner how much I loved the sign on the side of the building. He said, “Oh, that old thing. I put that up there to keep the squirrels out! I’ll take it down if you want it!” Really? I couldn’t Β believe it! And with that the sign was mine!!

Snag an Old Sign Right Off Building

It’s signs like that, that are hard for me to part with. But when move-in day came on April 1st, I loaded her up and spent three very loooong days making the space exactly how I had envisioned! Rusty. Funky. Junky. and Fun!!

Move-in Day at Rusted Roots

Here’s a couple peeks at how the shop looked on opening day! It looks quite different today, as several big pieces sold within the first few days!

Rusted Roots Junk Shop

I have been posting lots of pictures on Rusted Root’s Facebook Page… so you can see all the fun stuff in the shop, follow along on my junkie adventures, and see all of my upcycled junkie projects too!! I made a hanging light out of a watering can!!! See it??

Rusted Roots Junk Shop {Raleigh, NC}

So what’s next?? I will be launching a BRAND NEW BLOG soon that will be all junk all the time!! Tutorials for all of my junkie upcycles! Where to find junk shops near you!! Out-of-this-world Junk Shows!! And so much more!! In the mean time, come find Rusted Roots on Facebook and follow along!! I will post updates there first!!

Best 'lil Junk Shop

It’s so good to be back!! And while, I may not be posting as often as before (I gotta build the new site!!) I sure do miss you all!! What have YOU done over the last month or so?? Are you loving the beautiful weather that’s rolling in?? Been junkin’ lately?? I can’t wait to hear from you!!

Happy junkin’,

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  1. Jennifer Ozanich says:

    I am so happy for you!!! Enjoy!!!!

  2. Congrats on your new shop! I wondered where you had been – I’m going over to facebook to follow you on Rusted Roots!!

  3. Jo Ann Miller says:

    I’ve been keeping up on FB. Congrats on the new shop! I just wish I could be closer to you and visit while I shop. Would you believe that it snowed in Lubbock yesterday? It was in the low 30’s here in South Texas. Keep up the good work! Hugs

  4. Congrats on the new shop and the upcoming new blog. One of these times when I’m in Raleigh I will have to stop by and check out the stuff you have. Congrats again!

  5. This look’s like a very nice place to shop for Vintage stuff. We need to
    find a truck , instead of hauling things on top of car. Lot’s of luck on your new shop.

  6. Welcome back! I can’t wait to hear about all of your junking adventures & advice! I’m a junky novice, so I’ll be waiting for your “pro” tips & tricks!! And if you ever want to come junking in Cincinnati, I’ll show ya around πŸ˜‰
    Also, love that steamer trunk strapped to your car! I’ve got one of those in my basement that needs some major TLC!

    • Oooooh, Emily!! Junkin’ in Cincinatti sounds fancy!! Ha ha!! Maybe one day I’ll make it up your way!! Can you believe that trunk was one of the first things to go at the shop!! I’m on the hunt for another!! Ha ha!!

  7. Jill Bullis says:

    Hey girl! I checked out the new spot this past Sunday!! That little village is def a JUNK LOVERS HEAVEN!! Just wandered if that Oar that is in one of the top pictures was still available?

    • Hey Jill!!! So glad you got the check out the shop!! Sooooo fun, right?! Last I checked, the oar was still in my booth! It’s on the right side hanging where all the kitchen stuff is… you know in case you need an oar to stir your brew! Ha ha!!

  8. Candace, I’m SO SO SO excited for you, girl! And every single one of your shop photos is a feast for the eyes. I keep spotting little treasures that I so wish I could scoop up in real life (plus I spot a Candace I wish I could hug in real life! Lol. Haven can’t come soon enough!). I wish you and the hubs the greatest success with Rusted Roots, and I can’t wait to visit you virtually on the new site when that goes live. Cheers!

    • Oh, Lauren, you make me smile!! I’d love to hop off the screen and give you a big fat hug as well!! Your never ending support inspires and encourages me!! Bring on Haven!!! I need to start resting up now!! πŸ™‚

  9. I LOVEEE ITTTT! Sounds like so much fun! Looks great too!

  10. Candace your space looks Amazing! So Happy and Proud of you!! I must say, I don’t know where you get the energy for all that you do!! My son is in college at State but I don’t have time off work for the move out day in May, only the hubs is going; next time we are down in the area I will definitely check out your place!! Wishing you Tons of Rusty Luck!!

    • Thank you. Thank you, Miss Candace!! So sad that you can’t come down for move-out! That’d be the perfect opportunity to sneak in some junkin’! But in due time!! He’ll be moving back in before you know it!! Bring his stuff in a truck, unload it, then fill it back up with fun treasures!! πŸ™‚

  11. You are living the dream girl!! And a supportive, helpful hubby is the cherry on top!

  12. Karen Lewis says:

    I, too, have been following you on FB. I laugh to myself when I am looking through your pictures because some of the things are what I used to own or grew up with and now they are considered old, Ha Ha. Well I guess I have to admit then that I am old too. If you ever make a trip to NE Ohio, be sure to let me know you are heading this way. We have a ton of places around here that are large flea markets and lots of auctions. (The auctions are the most fun.)

  13. Congrats on the new store!!! I hope many good things come your way. πŸ™‚