About Cassie Smith

Co-founder of Autumn JunkFest & Flea market, I have been a lover of "junk" and antiques for many years. Our annual sale is the perfect venue to showcase our unique ideas and talents with those who share our passion. Repurposing and recycling never goes out of style!

What do you get…?

 What do you get when you have perfectly rusty iron grates,
 beautiful aged cast iron,
throw in some exotic ornamentation,
and a little weathered wood,
plus some galvanized metal,
and peeling, chippy paint,
more galvanized goodness,
primitive hardware,
and some great legs?
You have JUNKFEST!!
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of repurposed treasures, your favorite patinas, and some of the best vendors we could find…Saturday, September 6th, 9am to 3pm
at the Foster County Fairgrounds
Carrington, ND.
Find us on FB at www.facebook.com/JunkFest.

Simple Sunday Project

My project today happened a bit by accident. A serendipitous accident I would say.
I started with this rusted thing that I had spray poly’d some time back.
I have several glass insulators in my stash just waiting for the right job…
Throw in a metal numbered tag…also from my stash…
A tea-lite candle and a bit of skinny twine…and here’s what I came up with:
It really doesn’t get much easier than that!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Welcome Countryside Designs and Signs!

Have you noticed how popular typography has become? Especially when it comes to vintage decor? Along with that, vinyl decals and wall words are certainly holding their own. Karen Brandt of Countryside Signs & Designs has made an art form out of combining the two…vinyl & vintage!

Along with her home decor signs and decorated windows, Karen will also be bringing her own unique repurposed furniture, as well as vinyl clad tiles to JunkFest. Karen also has a FB page, Countryside Signs & Designs.  Stop out to JunkFest on Saturday, September 7 to help us welcome Karen!

Crooked Goods at JunkFest 2013

New to JunkFest this year is Crooked Halo Designs from Moorhead, MN. KC and husband JR started Crooked Halo last June and business has been booming ever since!
I can certainly see why!!
The Clarks upcycle old barn wood, repurpose old windows, screens & doors…and whatever other “junk” they can find into wall hangings, signs, stars, and furniture.
For more eye candy from Crooked Halo, check out their FB page here.
Ok.  I’ve just made an executive decision….I am no longer a co-host of JunkFest….I’m going shopping instead!  See you at JunkFest?!

Vendor Feature: October’s Child

Our vendor feature today is October’s Child, owned by Darcie Grager.  Darcie has been a vendor with us for a few years…we welcome her back with her gorgeous hand crocheted hats, scarves and accessories!
When you see Darcie’s work for yourself, you will know immediately that these pieces are truly works of art!
Stunning cuff with beads & wooden button.


This hat has Moxy!!
Wonder how much this little fella is?
Felted wool bowls….adorable.
Like so many of our other vendors, October’s Child can be found on Facebook here.
Welcome back to JunkFest Darcie! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve this year!

Something New at JunkFest

New to JunkFest this year are Don & Priscilla Giffey, Roseglen ND, with their unique wooden barn quilt squares. These Amish-style quilt squares are crafted by hand.  Each quilt contains anywhere from 64 to 100 pieces of wood, is painted, then reassembled on plywood backing.
The quilt squares are treated with an exterior grade polyurethane so that they may be hung outside.
So cute for a nursery!
As you can see, the “quilts” come in a variety of sizes and patterns.
These would be stunning hanging inside as well….perhaps a great room wall, or over a fireplace?
Make sure to attend JunkFest ’13 to see some of these great wooden quilt squares, as well as many other hand crafted items!  There truly is something for everyone!

Vendor Feature 3: Junk Rescuers

Vendor Feature number three brings you Ed & Mary Seeberg, known to many as the Junk Rescuers.  The Seebergs have been with us for many years, operating under the business name “Ed’s Good Olde Toys.”  I don’t know how many other alias’s they have, but I can tell you they have more “junk” than you can shake a stick at!
Ed & Mary…hauling bottle brush trees…
This picture was taken at a previous JunkFest, shortly before the pandemonium hit.
Useless trivia: there is no “Vivian” street in Carrington


I spy a great set of mis-matched chairs for some one’s kitchen table!
Lots of great what-nots, doo-dads, and thingamajigs. Perfectly organized, I might add.
Ed & Mary always bring quality goods….true vintage pieces that are in great shape and clean!
To see more from Junk Rescuers, find them on Facebook here.
To see great flea market treasures from Junk Rescuers, head to JunkFest!!

Vendor Feature #2: More Special Guests!

Time for vendor spotlight #2 folks!  If you read the previous post, then you know that Wildflower’s, Inc. of LaMoure is joining the JunkFest team this year…what could be cooler?  So glad you asked!  How about adding in the Barn Chics?
Barn Chics Diane & Linda

The Barn Chics will be brainstorming with JunkFest, and Wildflowers, Inc. to bring you the coolest rehabbed furniture, garden art, home decor and rusty treasures around!

 No shortage on style….
 repurosed fun…
 and furniture!
The Barn Chics host occasional sales in Bemidji, MN.  To see more of their creative talents, check out their FB page here.
Can you even handle it?  All this in one place?! And we haven’t even started on the Flea Market vendor features yet!! Stay tuned!

Venor Spotlight: Special Guests

As JunkFest draws ever near (gasp!) we’re working like the little junk monkeys that we are to bring you the coolest, most incredible finds this side of the James River! And while I’d like to brag about our goods all day long, I’ve got some exciting news to share with you!  This year we’ve invited some friends to show off their wares as well!  Joining us in the Merchant building during this year’s Friday evening event, and Saturday’s Flea Market are the mother-daughter team of Wildflowers, Inc.  Hailing from LaMoure, Tesa and her mother Pat have been in the junking business for several years.  You may remember them from years past as “Closet Charm” vending their super-cute and stylish boutique clothing and accessories.
Tesa & her hunka burnin’ cowboy love!  Aren’t they CUTE?!
This year, they’re back….with more clothing & accessories, some great coffee goods, and junk treasures to boot!
Pat…catching all sorts of surprises!
Wildflowers, Inc. will be bringing with them their own unique brand of repurposed treasures, furniture, and decor with a touch of “rustic western” and a nod to your inner cowgirl!
Make plans to attend this year’s JunkFest…and say hello to our guests Tesa & Pat from Wildflowers, Inc.  Friday evening event tickets are sold out, but there will be plenty of goods to choose from at the Saturday Flea Market.  See you there!

I Love You Pinterest…


Who’s up for another before & after?  The inspiration for my dresser face lift came from Pinterest (who else?) only I didn’t follow the link all the way back for the how-to. I figured the visual alone was all I needed. Alas, I was visually mislead.  The pin I saw for this dresser had a caption with it that read “lace front drawers” or something like that.

Cool idea, right?  I thought so too.  I had just the dresser in mind and set out to transform her.
Don’t let the dust and filthy antlers scare you.  The dresser has been sitting in storage for a bit, although there has been a time or two when my house has been less than spotless (wink wink).  The antlers also underwent a transformation and now reside in some lucky gal’s home…possibly holding jewelry.  Yay for dead deer!  Anyway…..the dresser.  So I knew I wanted to try ASCP in Coco, which was similar to the Pinterest dresser.
After two coats had dried, I measured the drawer fronts to determine where I wanted to place the trim pieces.  Here’s a hint for you….the big box home stores do not carry wood trim petite enough for some of the smaller dresser drawers out there.  I ordered mine online from a doll house hobby site.  I have since seen tiny decorative trims at JoAnn fabrics?  Who knew?  You do now.
After measuring the trim and attaching it to each drawer with wood glue and brads, I measured the lace and glued it inside the trimmed area with a layer of Mod Podge. Another hint: Very flat, petite (word of the day) fine lace can be hard to find.  I found this in the bridal section at JoAnn’s, right after discovering that wee dollhouse trim!
Bridal lace is ridiculously expensive. Just sayin.
It was about at this point during the project that I decided to follow the link on Pinterest for this dresser.  Good idea. But kind of late.  The original poster used textured paintable wallpaper, not lace.  Of course she did!  Whatever. Too late now.
Besides, I think that over-priced lace is pretty.
After coating the dried lace with 2 coats of the Coco chalk paint, I painted the trim pieces with ASCP in Old White. I think it sets the drawers off nicely.
Then came the clear wax to seal the deal, along with some previously loved vintage glass knobs.  Icing on the (bridal?) cake!  Here she is below at her JunkFest debut.
Pretty darn similar to the Pinterest dresser, wouldn’t you say?


And for the record, the Pinterest dresser does look like lace, yes?  I may have been visually duped, but I’m not bitter.  I still love you Pinterest!