When junk calls, Junk By Jenny (and her sidekicks) go. Upon cruising through our local Facebook Sell It! site, this one stopped me in my tracks. In my many years of junking, I’ve never seen a vintage pet carrier. This little gem has charm, charm, charm. As the seller and I visited, we concluded this one has many stories to tell. The dainty hounds tooth print likely has a matching luggage set. We imagined a well-to-do lady with her fancy luggage and a little lap dog who gracefully hopped into his pet carrier for their worldly travels.
Speaking of the sellers….meet Jim and Christy.
My sidekick and I arrived at the Johnson’s home to purchase the pet carrier. Immediately, the beautiful early 1900’s home, vintage bikes for garden art and a handsome bassist hound in the yard sparked extra interest that our visit was going to be a good one. As we visited on the porch, I quickly learned that Jim and Christy are the former owners of Sentimental Journey. Their business card read, “A Procurer and Retailer of Vintage Merchandise.” [Cue the angelic harps & harmony]. I knew our trip to pick up a pet carrier was about to get really exciting.
This lovely couple gave Claire and I a quick tour of their turn of the century home. The Herman, Minnesota home was originally owned by a lawyer, with an in-home office. The pocket doors, beautiful molding, and amazing furniture were full of rich history. I quickly learned both Jim and Christy loved stories, like I do. Jim told a great story about his Elvis Presley carving, made by a gentlemen just days after Presley’s death. When he offered the piece available for sale, I immediately declined, as a good story with a piece is much too valuable.
We went through 2 more structures on the property chuck full of vintage pieces from their store and years of collecting. The carriage house was simply lovely. Next, we went to their storage unit, also ready to uncover the treasures from years ago. So, although the trip to Herman was intended to be a quick pickup for the cool pet carrier piece, we came home with much more. Even more than the pieces, we left with yet another piece of the past more value than stuff: more good stories. Thanks for the fun morning, Jim and Christy.