"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Monday, October 29, 2012

Come To Mama

I've been steadily working on my commissions from the last show - but as you all know if you follow me regularly that I have a problem! A SERIOUS problem....Yes, I'm an addict...yes a junk store/thrift store full blown addict.....  So, this week in between welding, hammering & resurrecting metal I got a little fix at my local Goodwill.  I almost overdosed on Fabulous Finds.

The first find another rug (ok 4 rugs) Remember this one - Antique Russian Soumak
(did I tell you I paid $50 and it appraised for $4500!!!).   

I found this Heriz made in India for $12.00
appaised for $1500

Then at Goodwill I found these large tribal Kilims by Uzbek weavers in the central Afgan region around the city of Maimana.  These are easily recognizable by their simple patterns of diamonds & triangles, in bold reds, oranges, blues, & browns all using vegetable dies.
$18.00.. Yes for all THREE
Value between $300-$500 a piece!

Then I spotted this odd looking shelf thingy that I figured would look quite fetching with some of my old bottles that I collect.... yes something else I collect (don't judge me)!  It was painted an ugly red and black so I resurrected it turquoise green and burnt umber - then this weekend I saw another one and found out it's from the 1950's... who knew!

Paid $15.00 - value $50.00

And finally - this beautiful very aged sterling & turquoise ring from the 1950's.  Most all of my turquoise is a very dark green color because of it's age, so I couldn't pass this one up - even with all it's little cracks...  just like me!

It's been a very productive week - in more ways then one!

7 comments:

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

OMG, I am actually drooooling! Oh how I miss junking expeditions. Such incredible finds - I can't even choose a favorite. I do have a deep love of Persian carpets though - left mine behind.I don't mind which one you send me - I'm in love with all of them. xoDonna

stonepost said...

I want to go with you! How fun!

Anonymous said...

SSQ-I can't belive all the loot!!!! I NEVER find such amazing treasures...at such great prices too...what's your secret??? Hard to pick a fave...the rug from India for sure...and also ANY of the Russian ones. And that ring...OMG!!! From Goodwill??? Gotta' get down to AZ!!!
All down with a bit of the flu around here. Oh!! I just love WA State and Vancouver. Rainy but so wide open and fresh. And the seafood???? LOVE!!! XXX Soraya/ANON:)

SooZeQue said...

Jerry- the problem with going with me is I've often wrestled with fellow friends for the same item. :)

Donna - oh my how could you leave them behind... I feel a tear dropping.

Barbra Joan said...

Sooz, great finds, and I'm laughing to myself because I'm a fellow junkie like you.
Today I did a dumpster dive..
someone threw out a real wicker ( you know todays are made of some fake stuff) this is fancy old and an ugly painted dark green.. I'll take care of the poor thing.. will paint it back to it's white.. and post when done. BJ Have fun ...

Bohemian said...

OMG... the rug gods have been Smiling upon you too in your Goodwill Hunting Forrays I see! I too found that plethora of Exotic Rugs while Goodwill Hunting and curbside on Bulk Garbage Day... hard to believe anyone would part with these Artistic Masterpieces and yet I'm SO glad that most people seem to be absolutely oblivious to the value so that we can 'Score' these amazing Found Treasures and have a bragfest and outlet to justify our addictions. *Winks* I probably need a Persian Rug & Junquing Intervention, but at least I know I'll be in good Company. We can go to the 'Meetings' together! *LOL* "Hi... I'm Dawn and I'm an Incurable Collection & Junquer..."

Dawn... The Bohemian

Barry said...

SZQ - as one 'collector' to another - now that is a treasure trove you have there. So good to be able to rescue such great stuff. Go well and enjoy your finds. B

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