I have recently discovered that there is an entire “junk” community out there that I never knew about. I know there are antique dealers that refer to their items as “vintage” but the funky junk community is proud of their “junk” and aren’t afraid to call it so. The older and rustier, the better! These people hunt for it, sell it, trade it and cherish it.
So it’s no wonder that when I recently posted the picture above on my Facebook site, I received so many comments from junk collectors, and all alike, who loved it and wanted to know where the picture was taken. When another inquiry came in today, I decided it was time to write a post on it and provide the wanted information along with some additional pictures.
This is Johnnie Meier’s Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, New Mexico. I came across it when driving from Taos to Santa Fe. I kid you not when I say that I practically skid the car off the road in coming to a halt when I spotted this place.
What is it about these old rusty tanks and gadgets that get us so excited? Is it because they bring back a certain nostalgia of a bygone era that we miss? I don’t know what the answer is but I absolutely love this junk!
Apparently, inside the museum which I did not see, there is a room that houses Johnnie’s collection of antique signs, oil cans, maps, globes, clocks, neons and other vintage memorabilia. So if you ever find yourself making the drive between Taos and Santa Fe, be sure to make a pit stop here for your nostalgia and junk fix.
I wanted to reference a website but I couldn’t find one but I did find this, very short, YouTube video. Happy Junk Hunting!