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Couple turning 'junk' into gold

July 26, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

WINNEBAGO - Stack and Stacy Scofield are collectors: Their Winnebago home is chock full of the eclectic items they've found.

"It was time to show it to people or get rid of it," Stacy said of the couple's decision to create "Junk and Disorderly," an online store.

This month, the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Rapid City, S.D., at a taping for "Antiques Roadshow." The trip was part of the Scofields' ongoing education in the field of antiques.

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BERRY?BOWL?— Stacy Scofield holds a bowl painted with strawberries.

"It's primarily a hobby that's gone wild," Stacy said.

"I started collecting matchbooks and coins when I was a little kid," Stack said.

"I didn't get into collecting until after we got married," Stacy added.

"I dragged her to antique stores and thrift shops," Stack said.

On a trip to St. Paul, Stack found a calendar with a voluptuous redhead wearing red longjohns and standing in front of a stove.

"She could be my twin," Stacy said.

The price tag - $300 - floored Stacy.

"Oh my gosh, you've got to be kidding me," she recalled thinking.

But they bought the calendar anyway.

They looked up artist Duane Bryers online and found out he has created more than 250 drawings featuring the redhead, whose name is Hilda. They also looked up the name of the Canadian plumbing company on the calendar. Started in 1909, it was still in business. The Scofields e-mailed the owner and learned the company's factory burned down in 2010, and they'd "lost everything," Stacy said. The current owner said his father had the calendar printed in 1958 and asked if it was for sale.

"We sold it and made some money," Stacy said. "It went back to its original home in Canada."

The sale caused a spark.

"We were sitting here talking after we sold the Hilda calendar," said Stacy and they decided, "We have to formalize our hobby."

They threw out names and "'Junk and Disorderly' epitomizes what we have here," she said.

The couple go to auctions, estate sales and garage sales. They find things in old barns and sheds.

They are on Facebook at facebook.com/junkanddisorder, e-mail at junkanddisorder@gmail.com, can be found on Twitter, or reached by phone at (952) 836-7945.

The couple have slowly built the business. They plan to keep growing.

"We hope to get a place where we can display things," Stacy said.

 
 

 

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