Next Stop: Museum of Very Cool Junk

A vision came to me recently of a future tourist attraction, a venue so cool that it might just top the list of “must see” places for travelers to a particular city. It’s a museum that houses a vast array of stuff, the picks of the junk litter from world citizens. Much more than merely visually appealing, shocking or funny, the displays in this museum tell the stories of our lives – our dreams and pride; our successes, struggles, and pain. Amusing, enlightening, and poignant, junk tells a story. Come join me, won’t you, for a peek inside…?

Before we begin our tour, I’d like to remind you to please curb your temptation to handle, sit on, or in any way interact with the junk. Following our excursion you will have the opportunity to have your pictures taken with selected items of junk.

And now I’d like to direct your attention to the display case on the left, housing our popular “celebrity junk”.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the actual bible the Duke himself thumbed through many years ago. It is inscribed to John Wayne, April 3, 1978, and was picked up on a job in LA back in 2007 at the home of a John Wayne relative.

Straight ahead, at an exhibit we have labelled “PG Junk” for its adult orientation, you will see on your left a Nudist Colony Award. This was found in LA during a truck team “weird junk” contest back in 2008. During the same contest, a crew in Vermont uncovered this gem, the Breast Enhancer, on the right.

Folks, I have one more exhibit to point out for your interest before I let you go to explore the fascinating world of junk on your own. Please pay attention to the curtain rising directly in front of you. Here is a treasure trove we like to call just plain “Weird Junk,” because that’s the only description for it. Often we are asked:

Why? Why did people have these things? Why did they keep them? And what eventually led them to give them to us?

Ladies and gentleman, I’m afraid that’s one of the mysteries of the junk world; the answers remain with those customers we serviced these many past years.






 Note the full truck of denture moulds (see insert for styles) and the array of Junk Gnomes. Hmmmm….

My friends, if you are feeling a little uneasy viewing this next item, you are not alone. Here we have an antique birthing chair, retrieved from the basement of an elderly doctor’s estate in Duncan, BC in 2008.

And now, please feel free to ask any questions you may have and continue on to the many other amazing finds, including our history section with WWII hand grenade and 1945 edition of the Washington Times-Herald announcing President Roosevelt’s death…

…Yes, I have a vision… the Museum of Very Cool Junk will be built one telling piece of junk at a time, and perhaps long after we’re gone, future generations will learn about our lives and times through the junk given to 1-800-GOT-JUNK?.

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Tania Venn is Director, PR for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Her other responsibilities include leading the PR team for WOW 1Day! Painting and You Move Me. In her spare time Tania enjoys the outdoors, hiking in summer and skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Tania can be found on Google+ and LinkedIn.

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