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April 3, 2013

Hot stuff

Like a magpie with a technicolor fetish I can’t resist gathering colorful planters and other containers. Of course they can’t just be any ol’ pretty pot, they have to be colorful and special in some way. Above, my most recent acquisitions flank a gorgeously distressed old patio rocker; from the left: A shapely, Laguna pottery vase/planter in chartreuse sports an interesting textured glaze; a frilly concrete urn is elevated by a lovely, chipped turquoise-painted surface; a mod magenta/orange glazed pot from the ’60s is perched in a curvy metal holder from an earlier time; a spherical BBQ on a pedestal makes a tomato-red space-age statement; granny’s ol’ timey torchere loses its candle fixtures, gains a neon green paint job and a new green ceramic topper; a smooth yellow Gainey piece shows off a spectacularly contrasting echeveria; a wide-mouthed avocado green fiberglass cylinder from the ’70s reminds me of bygone refrigerators; a squat ceramic pot makes up for its size with a shiny scarlet glaze. Hunting and gathering these pieces? Real fun. But it’s completing their new images with just the right succulent accompaniment that is sheer joy!

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Fun bits

I love the bases of both the lamp-turned-planter (that’s a donut of marble), and the BBQ. And, I enjoy how the flat round river stones echo the BBQ’s circular basin and how the blue/gray senecio plays against the Laguna pottery’s “off” color scheme … I’m happy with the painted-rusted-scratched metal rocker but it wasn’t my first choice for this set-up. What I really wanted was a groovy ’60s metal garden settee with a chipped green paint job I spied in a neighbor’s front yard. I tried to convince the elderly woman who owns it to sell it to me — twice — but she resisted, noting philosophically that my offer was “only money”. Hmmph. I’m letting it go for now but I plan to try again soon … this magpie’s least favorite color is envy green.



 TREASURES ‘N JUNK215 S. San Antonio Avenue, Ontario, CA. (909) 983-3300.

STEPHEN PENN, RIVERSIDE: J&T Military Surplus, 6009 Jurupa Ave., Riverside CA, 92504.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2013 12:00 pm

    Looks like you’ve been having fun and the outcome is fantastic.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 3, 2013 3:20 pm

      I owe it all to my assistant, Paul — Thanks, WF!

  2. April 3, 2013 1:31 pm

    Love this latest greatest from you and your detailed description. I can SO see this piece as a setting for a high-end fashion photo shoot……got a kickout of your “Hmmph”….xo

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 3, 2013 3:22 pm

      Paul says what people don’t understand is that when I stop by I’m not just being neighborly … I’m shopping! Thanks, Guida 😉

      • April 3, 2013 3:36 pm

        I totally get that….it’s gotten so bad over here that I am the neigborhood drop-off for unwanted items….another splendid way of gettting stuff has been volunteering to have our street corner be one of the locations for the yearly neighborhood “Dumpster Day” dumpsters.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        April 3, 2013 3:47 pm

        What great ideas! I can’t go for a walk without taking a peek; I’ve met some really interesting people with interesting stuff who’re willing to sell it … often bewildered by my interest 😉

  3. Dave in Toronto permalink
    April 3, 2013 2:29 pm

    As usual, I covet! Rey and I just bought a bunch of small succulents at a garden show, in preparation for spring. You’ve inspired me to look for groovy pots. (I especially love the laguna and BBQ choices — so inspired!)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 3, 2013 3:22 pm

      Hey, Dave, when you find your pots and get your look together send me a photo! I’ll post it here.

  4. Jeanmarie permalink
    April 3, 2013 2:32 pm

    Reuben…..what a great collection. Jeanmarie

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 3, 2013 3:24 pm

      All local junk, Jeanmarie, that’s the best part … at Stephen Penn’s there were still other pots I had to resist buying.

  5. April 3, 2013 9:28 pm

    I especially love the bbq–genius!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 3, 2013 10:44 pm

      Thanks, V, as soon as I saw the BBQ I knew it would be mine!

  6. April 7, 2013 10:18 pm

    What a treat! Love all the colors, textures and shapes. You sure got it going on!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 7, 2013 11:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by; glad you like!

  7. April 15, 2013 4:14 pm


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