Junking is like a sport so to speak. You’ve got to be in moderately good shape for all the walking (sometimes running) and lugging of things around. You have to be mildly competitive depending on the crowd you encounter. Your junking family is like a team, a well oiled machine, you all know each other’s interests and are on the lookout for things someone might want. And you HAVE to have a game plan!
Always follow your game plan! Before you go out have a mental list of what you’re looking for and then….
1. Know your playing field! ⛳️
This may be one of the most important parts of a junking mission and can leave you in a sticky situation if your not prepared. How far away are you parking? Is it indoor or outdoor? What is the weather going to be like? Is it going to be over crowded? Can you bring a cart or should you stick to a backpack? How large of an area are you covering? Are there any vendors you know you want to visit? Are you mapping you plan of attack or just wandering?
2. “Mark your man” 🕵
Narrow your list to 5 items or less. Being on the lookout for more than 5 can be overwhelming especially in a crowd. This is also where knowing your playing field comes in if you have to cover a large area and cannot park close maybe it is better to pass on some of the larger, bulky items on your list and stick to smaller things you can carry easily.
3. Don your uniform👙
Make sure are dressed appropriately. Seems obvious right? Until you’ve seen someone with their arms full of junk in a dress on a windy day, or walking in wedge heels through muddy terrain. Only then do you understand the importance of dressing appropriately. This doesn’t mean you can’t be cute, I’ll be the first advocate for fashion while junking, I mean lets be honest we are already digging through junk it’s best if we don’t look homeless while doing it.
4. Know your limits 💸
If you come with only $100 in your pocket…don’t spend it all on the first thing that catches your eye! This one seems obvious but you’d be surprised just how many of your fellow junkers have made this mistake. It’s easy to do, especially when you seen something you fall in love with. Pace yourself, ask yourself if you don’t go home with it will you regret it? Nine times out of ten the answer is no…so leave it there! If something truly is the pick of a lifetime and you don’t need to eat that day or gas for the ride home then go ahead, live on the edge! Moral of the story, choose wisely, budget yourself and plan ahead.
5. Go! Fight! Win! 🙌
Most importantly, have fun!! Sometimes junking can get serious, especially if you have a “shadow” someone who seems to be at all the same vendors as you are picking all of the same things…it’s intimidating and frustrating. Even so, remind yourself there is always more junk to be picked so don’t let it ruffle your feathers! Junking is fun! That’s why we do it 🤓
Happy trails Junkers 🌱☀️