A few weeks ago, a blogging buddy, Tammy @ Tattered & Timeless, e-mailed to let me know she would be making her very first trip to Cline's Country Antiques.
She asked if I would be interested in showing her "how to do the place justice."
Being one who likes to lend a helping hand–when possible–and never wanting to turn down an opportunity to go junkin', I said I would tag along.
As you can see from these images, Cline's Antiques offers more than your typical "antiques" shopping experience.
If you've been following my adventures here at the cottage, you know that this just happens to be my favorite junkin' spot.
And–for the past fifteen years–it has also been a place where the Yankee and I have found numerous diamonds in the rough.
Being somewhat of a veteran salvage shopper, I thought I would pass on to Tammy some tips on how to make her visit to Cline's safer, more productive, and more enjoyable.
And now, I'll share them with you, my other junk-lovin' buddies! ; )
If you intend to do more than browse from the sidelines–at a place like Cline's Antiques–wearing a comfortable, but sturdy pair of shoes is a must.
These thick-soled boots are the ones I wear for this type of adventure, no matter the season.
Walking in, around, and on top of mounds of salvage can present a hazard, if you're not properly protected.
Do you like rusty, crusty "stuff"? Me too!
And a good, thick pair of gloves come in handy when plundering through piles of it–to find that perfect piece or two.
Wearing clothes in layers–that can be removed, if need be–and ones that you don't mind getting dirty, and possibly even torn, is also advised.
In addition, I like to carry a small backpack along, with a few other necessities,
a bright flashlight, for searching out all those treasures tucked away in barns and buildings...
a small notepad and pen, for jotting down where the larger pieces are–that I want to "think about"...
and a little magnifying glass, for getting a closer look at maker's marks on smalls.
These vintage 1920s beekeeping pamphlets were a reminder to me to caution you to look out for bees and wasps–something you probably wouldn't be in-Cline-d to think about as you're plundering through piles of junk.
And speaking of smalls...
a clean, empty plastic "mud" bucket makes a terrific carrier for tiny treasures, in a place like Cline's.
And this is a must-have!
Okay, I know your laughing now.
But you won't be if you find yourself here...
I like to carry a travel pack of baby wipes along, as well, since there's no access to clean running water.
Make sure to bring your favorite beverage of choice...
something to snack on–like the wholesome goodness I pluck from my own fruit trees...
and plenty of cash, for all the goodies you're sure to find.
Then you'll be totally prepared to spend the whole day at Cline's Country Antiques,
or any other salvage yard, digging for treasure.