For me the word "Junkin" has always meant a fun early morning adventure. I remember the times as a youngster scouring thrift shops and antique stores with my mother who is a seasoned junker. We would walk the aisles methodically in search of the perfect "whatever" we happened to be looking for.
Once I remember finding a birdhouse that mom just absolutely fell in love with. She was so upset that she didn't find it first that I eventually just gave it to her to get her to stop harping about it! We still laugh about that to this day.
Mom and I would also go "Dumpster Diving" back in the day when stores and shops would throw out some great stuff. Sometimes we would find brand new items still in the packaging that had to be gotten rid of just to make room for newer inventory. Other times we would find great vintage shelves, boxes, and decorations that we could spruce up and easily make into something new.
I no longer dumpster dive but I still enjoy a fun afternoon of junkin from time to time. Two of my most memorable finds were the antique china cupboard and a whole cache of vintage jewelry pictured in the photos below. Aaaah...those were the days!