Fall Cobbler

Updated: Apr 21

Everyone likes a good cobbler, right? Fruit baked into yummy goodness. Who wouldn't? Recently I found an old crate for a different kind of cobbler.

I found this little crate at the Shipshewana Auction Barn a few months ago. Last night I was preparing several crates for a coat of poly and dug this one out.



Most of the crates I find are in need of a good cleaning. I often find wooden boxes like these at garage sales or auctions. They usually have old tools, screws and nails and other rusty stuff in them. Along with a good amount of dirt.



This one was also falling apart. Nothing too serious. All it needed was a little wood glue and a couple of small nails.



Good as new!

I swept out all the crud with a whisk broom. I pick up whisk brooms whenever I see them at garage sales. I use them every day to brush the crud off of something! I also use warm soapy water and a small scrub brush to get all the dirt off. When it dried, I gave it a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Satin Polyurethane. It does a great job of sealing the wood and often enhances the look of the wood.



Now it is clean and can be brought into the house and used for decorating. I used some leaves from the dollar store and some a few fake gourds (I don't use the real ones indoors) and it is ready for fall.


I have had the pumpkin on the left for years. It was made by a local stoneware artisan—Baumann Stoneware. I love it so much I keep it out all year long. You can see his work on his website. He has an Esty store and can be seen at many national art fairs.


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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.