Luckily, hubby and I had been planning at trip to NYC (me tagging along on his business trip there). So, within two-weeks of this online discovery, I was on a plane to NYC. We flew in on a Friday and first thing Monday, I made my way to this wonderful place.
Located around Korea-town, on a street lined with endless, non-descript buildings, you just don't know what to expect of this place. Taking an elevator to the second floor, the door opens and you're deposited into a pirate's cave. I was given a brief, but helpful tour around the place, given a cardboard box and then set loose.
In my comfy t-shirt, black yoga pants and sturdy tennis shoes, I dug in. There was a brief pause in the beginning, when in the metals room, I found myself overcome with a fit of OCD, trying to "organize" the chaos around me. This place isn't meant to be a sterile, organized, fit-within-the-lines type of place. CJS is a warehouse where you need to work for your inspiration, a playground where you can let your imagination run wild with the possibilities. You find what you find and you create from what you get. I sweated, I bled, I moved boxes and boxes and I was in the happiest place on earth.
|One view of the "metals" room. Boxes were stacked waist high. There were so many amazing findings to choose from.|
|The "chain" room. More chains than you can think of what to do with!|
|The "natural substances" room. Bone, shell, wood, minerals, etc.|
|CJS kindly provided super sturdy plastic bags for you to use. They were a lifesaver when I was trying to pack all this stuff in my suitcase!|
|Awesome little brass tear-drops.|
|Tiny brass tubes!|
|Great for texturing or stamping.|
|For a secret mission in the works...|
|Pressed glass beads... Love the vintage look and feel of it!|
|Gorgeous, vintage milk-glass beads.|
|Slippery snake chain.|
|To be used in another secret mission...|
|Loved this doo-dads. Some of them will make lovely and special earrings!|
Pics to come of what became of the loot!