Ho Ho Ho! Merry Junkin’! Many of y’all know that I’d started a tribe with my sweet friends, Jane Peet of Grit Antiques, Heather Provencio of Wholehearted & Co., and our Canadian sista, Kim Banko of Kim Finds & Redesigns, it’s called The Junkin’ Sisters Tribe, and if you’re a gal who loves vintage and re-purposing and somehow not a part of the tribe, I think you’re missing out.
It’s an amazing group of mostly women (a few guys were grand-fathered in from the early days before we gave guys the boot) and the talent and stories they share just blow me away. We constantly hear cries of “you guys get me!” as the ladies come on-board and find a tribe of like-minded junkers and vintage loving soul sisters.
It’s a beautiful thing.
During the holidays the ladies really bring out the sparkle with their creativity and finds, and though this is our first Christmas season as a tribe, it’s been a non-stop parade of beautiful trees, decor, and of course holiday junking finds and re-purposing as only they can.
Besides just the tinsel and trees, though, is the heart of the tribe, compassionate and caring, which is the real spirit of the season. I thought I’d share our recent top five posts over the past few weeks so that you can get a taste of the season, Junkin’ Sisters style, for yourselves.
Post # 5 in our countdown comes from Judy Myers-Peters who along with her boyfriend have decided to give back each holiday season, using the grief she felt in losing her beloved son Josh five years ago, and turning that sadness into something good instead by making the holidays bright for nursing home residents.
The couple dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus each year and bring stuffed animals, generously donated from local thrift stores, to several nursing homes in their area on Christmas day. This post was a big hit with our kind-hearted tribe and received an impressive 3.5k likes and a ton of comments.
Next up at #4 we have a post by Lisann from West Virginia, her first Christmas tree since 2012. No ordinary tree, or story, as Lisann had left an abusive marriage after being beaten unconscious and she courageously left with only the clothes she had on her back.
Many tribe survivors, including myself, could relate and applaud her courage as she had faced hardships, including becoming homeless at times, after leaving the 27 year marriage to start over. It’s understandably taken her a few years to get back on her feet, and in true sista style she uses creativity and thrifty finds to decorate beautifully. It’s no wonder she received thousands of likes, but also almost 800 messages of support from the tribe.
At #3 in our countdown is the beautiful collection of glass plates and ornaments from tribe member, Cindy from Littleton, CO. Cindy enjoys collecting vintage colored glass pieces and at Christmastime she hangs glass ornaments above them in her kitchen window for a lovely display.
As part of the tribe we love getting to see so many neat collections and decor ideas, and with almost 700 comments and 3.6k likes and reactions on this post, it was easy to see that many of the sisters enjoyed her display as well.
In our #2 spot is Laurie O’Brien of Art GaLaur, and her fabulous “tree skirt” that’s in true Junkin’ Sisters Tribe holiday style! Laurie is one of our many wonderful small business owners, many of whom have their own booths, stores, or even vintage shows and markets.
The tribe is full of amazing talent such as Laurie’s, and they’ve also been generous in sharing of their expertise and ideas, like this outside-the-box tree skirt idea that received an amazing 3.7k likes and almost 700 comments. We’re proud that the tribe has been instrumental in helping many small business owners because of the amazing support, it really warms our admin hearts.
Our #1 post this week, with an amazing 5.7k likes and over 850 comments, comes from another creative small business owner, Kimberly Gaskins, of Divine Design, Kimberly’s step father had passed away unexpectedly this past year and her mom had been finding his glasses all over the house since his passing.
With her mom’s blessing, she decided to make ornaments out of them with a picture of their Papa for all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. These are the first batch she got completed, and besides being a tribe favorite, I know they’ll be a treasured keepsake for many years to come for the family.
I want to thank the tribe sisters for letting me share their posts, and from the admins and myself we’d like to wish you all a very merry (and creative!) holiday season! Ho Ho Ho & xoxo,