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American Junk by Mary Randolph Carter

American Junk

by Mary Randolph Carter

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I realize that most of the items in this book are "collectibles" but I was so not impressed. I like nicer, more colorful, items, more along the lines of "shabby-chic". Much of this looked like junk that was in need of a good refurbishment.

The photographs were dull as well. The section that held my interest was the one on Blankets "Western Junk", as I love Pendletons, and have several.....

Contents consist of: What is Junk, Western Junk, Glass act, Solid Gold, something Fishy, Kitchen Junk (I expected more), Animal House, Child's Play, Junk Matters, Shady Business, Shell Shocked (I wanted more), Heavy Metal, Chair Crazy (I wanted more here too), and Junk Guide.

I consider this book to be a beginning, but not one that is so important to a collector as to purchase. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This book is visually pleasing. The photographs seem to capture the essence of the subject. I love looking at other people's cast-offs and seeing how a talented designer repurposes them. I couldn't live with the clutter myself, but I appreciate the coziness these treasures bring to a home. ( )
  janiswatson | Sep 2, 2008 |
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It is the entrance to a flea market. No charge. Admittance free. Sloppy crowds. Vulpine, larking. Why enter? What do you expect to see? I'm seeing. I'm checking on what's in the world. What's left. What's discarded. What's no longer cherished. What had to be sacrificed. What someone thought might interest someone else. But it's rubbish. If there, here, it's already been sifted through. But there may be something valuable, there. Not valuable, exactly. But something I would want. Want to rescue. Something that speaks to me. To my longings. Speaks, to, speaks of. Ah . . . -- Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover
For my mother and father, who have always looked beyond appearances for the true worth
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If I can junk it there [Big City], I can junk it anywhere . . .
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