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« on: May 12, 2016 10:32:02 AM »

Im not sure if this applies to this board or not. If it dosent I'll delete it. Just let me know...
Where does everyone find the little things to add to assemblage/shadow box/altered pieces? Like all the little gears, keys, charms etc? I guess they would be considered whimsies?
Everyone seems to have quite a collection. I'm just curious where all the bits and bobs come from?
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016 01:59:51 PM »

I have picked up jars of miscellany from antique/consignment shops many times, mostly because I like not knowing exactly what's hiding in there, and I also get a mason jar along with it. Recently found a squatty glass jar full of bright plastic animals and mermaids for $1.50. I bought an antique can of buttons and got some kid's tooth in the deal. That wasn't fun.



If you search "junk drawer lot" on ebay you can get all sorts of things, but it can get expensive. Also, Alpha Stamps is a good place for assemblage pieces because you'll probably find everything in one place. And don't forget to scour grandparents' houses (or the like) for things they no longer use; a real treasure trove in places like that! Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016 03:43:32 PM »

I never say no to free things.  So, once it got around that I would accept things to make art from, it just kind of started to rain.  I would show something I made to my Mom's quilt friends and they all would give me little baggies of assorted items.  I joined a quilt guild for awhile and the same thing happened.  I have also heard fo folks who teamed up with a local thrift store (a private one...not sure the VV would be so co-operative) and took anything they didn't want that was in the small range.  A LOT of the little things taht get sent to thrift, just get tossed as it's too hard to figure out how to package it up.  Best of luck Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2016 04:20:39 AM »

Yep - thrift stores, salvage stores, literally junk on the street/dumpster diving.  Junk drawers of elderly relatives, button jars.  Garage sales/yard sales/church sales.  If you know of a local salvage yard, you may be able to find weird and wonderful crap there.  We have a textile museum and every year they have a big sale - I am going to it a couple of weeks from now and I have found some great vintage buttons there.  Surplus stores - we have a couple in my city and it has some seriously neat stuff for assemblage or gear heads.

Otherwise, a lot of art/crafting/beading stores and sites sell charms and beads for that look.  Or you can make your own too  with resin, clay, paper clay in molds, or paper and dies too.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2016 08:27:11 PM »

Thank you everyone for the replies! Definitely gaveme some new ideas on locations to look/people to bug Grin  I guess I'm going to have to see what I have local and go from there. I honestly didn't think about thrift stores, or antique stores. I have a TON of antique stores near me (mostly marketed toward tourists, their prices are insane lol) maybe I'll see if there are any smaller mom and pop ones looking to get rid of unsellable things/small items.
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I get a lot of charms on ebay for practically nothing. 
garage sales are good.
Really good:  tell your friends what you're looking for, and ALWAYS thank them, even if it's unusable trash.  Teaches them to think of you first!

Also, help somebody move, volunteer at a charity thrift store (or make friends with someone who does), post "wanteds" on craigslist and freecycle.

Lastly:  can you come by my house and pick up a bunch of the junk I've collected for stuff I'll never make?  It's easy to get here; turn left at San Francisco, go about 2000 miles, then ask for "Lee"
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2016 04:55:13 PM »

I get a lot of charms on ebay for practically nothing. 
garage sales are good.
Really good:  tell your friends what you're looking for, and ALWAYS thank them, even if it's unusable trash.  Teaches them to think of you first!

Also, help somebody move, volunteer at a charity thrift store (or make friends with someone who does), post "wanteds" on craigslist and freecycle.

Lastly:  can you come by my house and pick up a bunch of the junk I've collected for stuff I'll never make?  It's easy to get here; turn left at San Francisco, go about 2000 miles, then ask for "Lee"
heheheh.  I call this Believe in the Recycling Fairy.  I never (Ok..maaayyybbbeee every once in a while) say NO if anyone is offering me anything.  Even if all I'm doing is helping them de-cluter by taking what ever is so precise that they can't get rid of it, to a thrift.  Once everyone knows you a recycle Mikey ("She'll take AANnyything") stuff will fall out of the sky Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2016 10:11:19 AM »

Yeah... it's known at work I am a collector of tins and that I bead and stuff - when one coworker's mother passed away, I got dozens of garbage bags of yarn... I get big bags of tea tins and one clerk gives me all his Altoids tins, and there are nurses who no longer even work on my unit who will drop by with interesting tins. Jim saves me all his neat cigar boxes and tubes, and one person gave me all their beads and Japanese bead books when they lost interest.

I need to train them as to what "ephemera" means...
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