Chaska and Carver Exude Charm

Linda’s Cellar

Linda’s Cellar

Linda’s Cellar
Urban Patina
Urban Patina
The Good Junk
Garage
The Good Junk
Garage
The Good Junk
Garage

It’s perfect weather for a drive to the historic river towns on the southwest rim of the metro area. In Chaska you can browse a grand assortment of housewares, garden accessories, old rusty signs plus new painted signs, plaid shirts, metal pieces, flowering plants and planters, furniture, and more at Linda’s Cellar located at 110 110 E. 2nd St.
A few blocks north at 416 N. Chestnut (Hwy. 41) you can park at the door of Urban Patina. Here you’ll discover tables and décor beautifully crafted from metal and old wood along with tasteful accessories like pillows, vases, and spring wreaths.
About a mile west off Hwy. 61, you’ll find downtown Carver with its quaint historic district. At the moment, The Good Junk Garage is the only true occasional shop open with its huge collection of metal pieces, classic antiques (furniture, tools, and assorted smalls) as well as quilts, signs, and stained glass. [I say “at the moment” because two shops have closed and the new haven’t arrived yet.] The Good Junk Garage is located at 109 1/2 3rd St. E. across from the city park’s gazebo and next to the Carver Flower shop.
All three of these shops are open today and Saturday from 10 to 4 in Chaska and 10 to 5 in Carver. If you don’t know these towns, there are several other interesting small shops to explore as well…plus coffee, food, and Red Bench Bakery (near Urban Patina). Happy saling!

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A Gathering of Friends Spring Show

A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering of Friends is ready to greet you at Bachman’s on Lyndale for a festive spring show this weekend. The 18 juried vendors have brought an eclectic collection of vintage ware including primitives, architectural pieces, refinished furniture, farm tools and equipment, cottage furniture and décor, industrial objects, and housewares. There is garden and patio furniture, outdoor pots, crates, trunks, posters, pans, signs, quilts, jewelry and accessories of every kind. The timing couldn’t be better to find a charming addition to your home or garden. Hours are Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 7:30, Saturday from 9:00 to 5:30, and on Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00. The show takes place in the covered greenhouse at the back of the flagship Bachman’s store at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis where the sale is free and parking is plentiful. An added bonus is the café and, of course, all the plants, flowers, garden supplies and gifts at Bachman’s! Happy saling!

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Chloe’s Attic Closing Sale in Hamel

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic

Chloe’s Attic has been going strong for six years in Uptown Hamel starting out as an occasional sale and then being open most weekends. Since Sue and Buck opened Chloe’s Attic and promoted Hamel, new businesses have come to join them. Their annual June outdoor sale with many guest vendors was a real community event. And so it is sad to see the store close this month due to health issues.
BUT this is your chance to find a revived relic or rescued treasure to love at your home. Most vintage items are 50% off. These include big dining tables, chests, buffets, desks, chairs, patio furniture, frames, clocks, lamps, dishes, glassware, enamelware, silver, metal signs, and so many repurposed and revamped things you’ll have to take a look for yourself. Chloe’s will be open this weekend on Friday from 10 to 6, Saturday from 10 to 4:30 and on Sunday from 10 to 6 at 155 Hamel Road. (That’s just one block up the hill on the south side of Hwy. 55 about 1/2 mile west of Hwy. 101). Thanks to Sue for sharing all her energy and creativity with us. We wish her the best in retirement. Happy saling!

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Spring Awaits at Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

What a beautiful day to watch the snow melt in South Minneapolis! And get in a little vintage shopping along the way. Urban Cottage had a steady stream of visitors this morning, most leaving with a treasure or two. The shop has a great assortment of furniture including small tables, chests, some industrial storage, a fabulous old farm table, and a handsome leather easy chair. Décor-wise you’ll find lovely artwork, wall clocks, lamps, cushions, frames, mirrors, statuary, vases, and more. There’s silver, glass, china, and pottery for decorating and entertaining. Mixed in with the vintage are fancy soaps, candles, tea towels and jewelry (both old and new). Elegant, classic clothes have found a new place in the lower level along with leather handbags and other accessories. In other words, there may be something just perfect for you! Shop hours are 10 to 4 today and again tomorrow for this fair weather pop-up sale at 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Happy saling!

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Happy March!


It may be snowing outside, but two shops will be open with a promise of spring! E’s Emporium is open today, Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 6 daily at 3911 Minnehaha Avenue South in Minneapolis. On the west side, Lindar’s Cellar is having a Pop-up Sale on Saturday only from 10 to 4 at 110 East Second Street in Chaska.
[ Please note: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum just north via Hwy. 41 in Chanhassen is hosting a charming spring flower show as shown in this photo with bright spring primroses! Check it out for a blast of spring colors and fragrance. FYI: There is an admission charge for non-members.]

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Shop Carver & Chaska Today

Linda’s Cellar

Linda’s Cellar

Urban Patina

Urban Patina

All the shops in both Carver and Chaska are open on Saturday – today! And most are open again Sunday. In Carver, Rosehips & Willow continues their closing sale with everything at least 50% off making for some fine bargains on vases, photo frames, notebooks, scarves, and cheery spring flowers to name but a few items available. The Good Junk Garage has its usual wonderful supply of metal and vintage. Both Carver shops are open until 5:00 today and again tomorrow from 12 to 4 PM.
In Chaska, Linda’s Cellar has lots of spring and summery goods to brighten a snowy day. And Urban Patina has wood crafted furniture, decor, fresh tulips, and Girl Scout cookies! Urban Patina is open until 4:00 today, but not again until March. Linda’s Cellar is open until 4 today too plus noon to 4 on Sunday. Happy saling!

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Head to Farm Girl Junk Before They Move

Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk

Yes, Farm Girl Junk is leaving the cute little storefront in Waconia so everything in the shop this Saturday is marked down 30%. There is a great selection of refinished and repurposed dressers, tables, and chests, some of Carrey’s newly welded pieces (like the horseshoe mug rack), string art, vintage cans and signs, tea towels, metal pieces (some rusty and some shiny), and Minnesota-themed jewelry and décor items. You may even find something still waiting for refurbishing. Farm Girl Junk plans to move to online sales only in the future. The sale in Waconia starts this Saturday from 10 to 5 at 38 West Main Street. Happy saling!

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Last Day to Shop at Most Stores!

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

It’s the last hurrah for most occasional shops today. A visit to Urban Cottage provides lots of gifting ideas plus many beautiful pieces of furniture and interesting decor items – in both holiday and everyday styles. Gifts include all the usual jewelry, clothes, frames, candy, soups, candles, and cards for starters. Especially appealing are the origami gift boxes and tags handcrafted at last weekend’s pop-up sale.
Many classy decor pieces are marked down making a cool find even better.
Urban Cottage is open today until 5 at 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. Also open this afternoon in South Minneapolis are Flamingos Divine Finds at 3408 Cedar Ave. S. and The Cottage House at 4308 Chicago both of which are open until 6:00.
The Alley

In downtown Osseo, you can still get some warm mittens, wool garlands, and darling locally handmade gnomes all repurposed from old sweaters – among vintage decor, furniture, flannel shirts – until 4:00 today at The Alley at 218 Central Avenue. So don’t delay if you have your eye on one of the unique creations or treasures available. Happy saling!

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Farm Girl Junk Makes a Happy Home in Waconia

Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk

It’s easy to see that moving to Waconia was a good decision. New businesses have opened nearby drawing more customers from near and far. Farm Girl Carrey keeps adding new creations to her shoppe using her metal welding, woodworking, and painting talents plus tracking down interesting vintage treasures. She sources unique handcrafted goods from other artisans to offer a good selection of fun and useful items for your home or for gifts. If you go next weekend, you find some cute fall centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table plus plenty of winter and holiday themed decorations. Farm Girl Junk is open every Saturday between now and Christmas (plus Friday, November 23rd and Friday, December 21st). It’s easy to find at 38 West Main Street in downtown Waconia. Hours are 10 to 5. Happy saling!

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Urban Cottage is Always a Favorite

Blankets Galore
at Urban Cottage

More Plaids
at Urban Cottage

Lots of Jewelry
at Urban Cottage

Sweet Mini Typewriter
at Urban Cottage

Amazing Lampshade
at Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage was the place to be on Wednesday afternoon. The snow was almost gone outdoors, but spirits were high inside as customers lined up to purchase a treasure they had to have. There were many holiday ornaments and decorations plus the pillows, blankets, and flannel shirts you’d expect to find as the holidays approach. You’ll find dishes, glassware, and linens for entertaining (or giving) plus candles, serving pieces, and interesting accessories. Vintage clothing, purses, and aprons mingle with clever tea towels, new gloves, and assorted scarves. And, of course, there are mirrors, artwork, tables, chests, and other repainted furniture plus a few charming items with their original wood finishes. There’s so much to look at this weekend at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South.
Hours are Thursday from 10 to 7, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6, and Sunday from 10 to 5. Happy saling in south Minneapolis!

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