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Great Outdoors

February 12, 2014


Treasures N Junk Antiques, in nearby Ontario, is one of my fave resources for interesting garden elements. Recently they expanded their outdoor space and I’m happy to say they’re putting it to good use. TNJ has always offered a variety of larger and industrial pieces in their yard, but now they’ve really pulled out all the stops, bringing in tons of furniture, architectural salvage and even more industrial elements. We stopped in last weekend for a what I thought would be a quick minute (I was under the weather), then ended up staying longer to take these photos. Above is the entrance into the new outdoor area …


I was really excited by these aged fluted metal columns. Cut down from what probably used to be light posts, these awesome fragments could easily enjoy a new life as pedestals, plant stands, sculptural bases, so many things. I loved the rust and overall patina; I wanted them in every size and diameter! And, check out those cast iron cuffs in the top photo. Although they look delicate, with those petal-like scallops, they’re amazingly hefty. Speaking of patina …


… It was everywhere! And, because I love it so, it was not easy not bringing literal tons of this stuff home with me. I mean, get into the rugged good looks of all this stuff.  I was dazzled by all the corrosion, rust, layers of chipped paint, scratches and gouges everywhere … Sweet dreams are made of these.


I loved these big chunks of wood, too. The faceted ones could be stacked as low tables and the hollowed ones would easily make nice rustic planters. Again, I surprised myself by not dragging some of these home with me.


I was fond of these colorful tile-topped metal tables and chairs, too. Orange and green, in circles and jazzy diagonals, these would add verve to a small patio space.


This amazing vintage chicken coop was also speaking to me. The galvanized metal, the repeated circle openings, the side vents, the built-in wooden perches; this, for me, is industrial design perfection!


Treasure, junk, and lots more is everywhere here. All of it is raw material for the intrepid, creative and clever DIY gardener/designer.


Whether you’re interested in restoration, or enjoying them as-is, TNJ’s got some really nice vintage kiddie cars. In search of something bigger? How about a full-size vintage taxi. Vickie, Tom, you out there?


Of course, no antiques emporium worth its title is not without its oddities. We both loved the giant fly welded to a car door/surfboard; I loved Our Lady’s matching glitter bowling ball.


This is the view of the original outdoor area from the main building’s inner hallway … it now extends well beyond all sides of the TNJ compound of buildings. It’s safe to say I only shot a fraction of what they’ve got available right now. I can’t wait to return; here’s hoping that some of my fave items are still available then!

TREASURES N JUNK: 215 S San Antonio Ave, Ontario, CA 91762
(909) 983-3300

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Desiree permalink
    February 12, 2014 3:43 am

    Omg I love this! Thanks so much I have to go there!

  2. February 12, 2014 4:02 am

    I ALSO love the fluted columns and the cast iron finials…I wish Ontario weren’t so far. How are the prices? I can’t invest in much because we’re moving but I am so tempted…

    • February 12, 2014 4:07 am

      Hey, V, the fluted columns were about $25 for the small, $35 for the medium and $50-ish for the large … I didn’t check the prices for the longest ones of about 5 to 6 feet. I really want some of these, too! 😉

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    February 12, 2014 6:13 am

    I’ve been wanting to find such a place for sometime. What treasures! So now I’m looking forward to talking Tom into taking a ride out there. But then again, do we really “need” more such stuff around here? You betcha!

    • February 12, 2014 6:16 am

      YES — I was hoping you’d say so, Vickie! Every time I saw one of those kiddie cars I kept thinking: Tom could make that the candy-colored treasure it was once … again! Happy hunting. 😉

  4. February 12, 2014 3:19 pm

    This place is some kind of wonderful! It just needs to be closer to me. How you resisted not filling a truck with treasures I’ll never know. Were you taking some sort of cold medication? Love this stuff!

    • February 12, 2014 3:26 pm

      Believe me, Peter, normally I would’ve loaded up the car … I gotta get back soon before it’s all gone! 😉

  5. February 12, 2014 4:43 pm

    That place looks to be huge and stuffed with cool stuff. I was going to ask about the prices on the fluted columns but see VF beat me to it. WOW those are some serious steals. I wish I were closer…

    • February 12, 2014 4:56 pm

      I agree, the prices are pretty fair, Loree … I’m thinking I better get back there real soon if I’m going to get any of those columns!

  6. February 14, 2014 4:36 am

    My heart won’t stop going pitter patter! I just might be taking a trip out there on Monday since I have the day off. The problem is, I don’t have a lot of money to spend since I just remodeled my bedroom and I’m going to my favorite vintage stores in DHS and Cathedral city on Saturday to look for lamp shades and a dresser. But still, a girl can look, right?!

    • February 14, 2014 4:38 am

      Absolutely, WF! Looking never hurt anyone, and besides I didn’t buy anything this visit … although I’m losing my mind wondering if I’ll ever get any of those columns now! Let me know how your trip turns out. 😉

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