Happy Spring!

Ms. Mac's Too
Ms. Mac’s Too

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Ms. Mac's Too
Ms. Mac’s Too

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New in Carver!
New in Carver!

Linds'a Cellar
Linds’a Cellar

Linda's Cellar
Linda’s Cellar

Three Carver shops are opening this evening (Wed) from 6-9 PM. On street level at 300 N. Broadway, you’ll find a great assortment of architectural treasures, animal statuary, quilts, aprons, dishes, signs and more at Ms. Mac’s Too. The newest shop is Farm Girl Junk which is also located at 300 N. Broadway (on the lower level). Carver Junk Company is nearby at 108 4th Street East.

Linda’s Cellar opens Thursday with farm and city treasures. All the shops in both Carver and Chaska are open Thursday 10-5 and Friday-Sat. 10-4. They are closed Sunday, as is Laurie’s Trunk in Bloomington. Please check This Month’s Sales for more information. Happy Saling!

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So Many Sales – What a Great Weekend!

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

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Amour Sophie
Amour Sophie

It looks like a perfect weekend with so many sales. Choose your favorites or go to them all. No matter which side of the Twin Cities you’re starting from, there is a sale or several nearby. I took a quick meander through South Minneapolis for the above photos. Where to next? The Monthly Listing gives all the pertinent information for this weekend’s sales. As always, happy saling!

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A Gathering of Friends at Bachman’s on Lyndale

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There’s a huge array of antiques waiting for you at this year’s spring market at Bachman’s including china, kitchen ware, garden pots and statuary, signs, linens, screens, luggage, toys, books, paintings, and all types of furniture. Many local dealers have gathered a wonderful selection for home, garden and cabin that you can check out INSIDE the greenhouse. Hours are Thurs-Fri 9-8, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-3 at Bachman’s Flagship Store at 6010 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis (just north of Crosstown Hwy 62). Free admission and free parking. See www.agatheringoffriends.net or Facebook for more info.

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Color Therapy at Your Lucky Day!

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Your Lucky Day!
Your Lucky Day!

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Color Your World is this month’s theme at Your Lucky Day at 4159 Grand Ave. S. in Minneapolis. And you will see lots of colorful items. The bright, cheery atmosphere spiked with spring flowers is a great antidote to the dirty snowbanks outdoors. As usual, the shop is beautifully curated. Open Thurs – Sun 9 – 6. More info at yourluckyday.biz or Facebook.com/yourluckyday P.S. First-time shoppers should know that coffee, tea, soups and treats are on offer next door at Royal Grounds Coffee.

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New St. Paul Occasional Sale

The Middle Sister
The Middle Sister

The Middle Sister
The Middle Sister

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The Middle Sister
The Middle Sister

This weekend is your chance to meet The Middle Sister at 416 S. Snelling (one block north of Randolph). The store is open the second and fourth weekend of each month, Saturdays 10 – 6 and Sundays 12 – 5. You’ll find an eclectic mix of unpainted and painted wood furniture, home decor, and accessories. For more info: Facebook.com/themiddlesistershop or 651-428-2994.

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How Often Are Occasional Sales? How Many in Chaska?

This is a question we hear a lot. Our rule of thumb has been to only consider a shop an Occasional Sale if it is open five or fewer days per month. We try to limit our Listings, and especially our Posts, to shops which meet that criteria. BUT sometimes a shop starts out being open only one weekend per month and then starts adding days here and there. We have been a little bit flexible with shops like that. A case in point is Shop 501 in Chaska. They started out one weekend a month in Carver, but then moved to Chaska a year ago today to become Shop 501 and shortly after added more days for their business to be open. Now they are open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To honor their first year in business as Shop 501 at 501 N. Chestnut St. in Chaska, here are some photos.

Shop 501
Shop 501

Shop 501
Shop 501

Grandma Alert - Sweet Kids Clothes at Shop 501
Grandma Alert – Sweet Kids Clothes at Shop 501

Hours are 10 – 5. 612-991-0625

Linda’s Cellar is another good reason to visit Chaska tomorrow. It is a true occasional sale which is open Sat 10 – 4 at 110 E. 2nd St. on the street by Dunn Bros. Besides the touches of spring and classic vintage finds, you may find focaccia and cake to sample. 612-987-9898

Linda's Cellar
Linda’s Cellar

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Saling South

It’s a good weekend for heading to the south and southwest suburbs for a little vintage therapy.

Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk
Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk
Haupt Antiek
Haupt Antiek

Laurie’s Trunk has moved sales to the third week of the month so I headed to Bloomington first. The incredible king bed with tall, dramatic posts was the centerpiece of this month’s sale, but there were plenty of tables, chests, chairs, and loveseats for those who like an elegant, European feel at reasonable prices. Need I remind you that items pictured may have sold since my visit? But these photos should give you a feel for the type of furniture and accessories you may find at Laurie’s. Hours are Th-Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-4 at 9066 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington. 612-558-2886

From there I headed south on Cedar Ave/Hwy 77 to Haupt Antiek Market at 7570 W. 147th St in Apple Valley (just a block west of Cedar Ave). There are many vendors selling their wares so it’s harder to describe the eclectic mix of vintage pieces which includes cabin decor, rustic, signs, and repurposed items, but with a more antique feel like something from Grandma’s house. (i.e. nothing painted turquoise). Hours Fri 9-7, Sat 9-5, and Sun 11-4. 651-329-3871

Check This Month’s Sales for more stores. Happy saling!

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Hints of Spring Inspire

Be inspired by Filoli Gardens in California
Be inspired by Filoli Gardens in California

There’s nothing beautiful outside yet here, but we can prepare for warmer, longer days with fresh decor. Amour Sophie at 46th & Bloomington in South Minneapolis offers handsomely repainted furniture, original artwork, mirrors, frames, and a smattering of jewelry and other accessories. Hours are 10-6 Thurs-Sat and 10-5 Sun.
A refinished dresser/buffet at Amour Sophie
A refinished dresser/buffet at Amour Sophie

A classic sewing machine table - charming as is or ready to be refinished/repurposed
A classic sewing machine table – charming as is or ready to be refinished/repurposed

Just six blocks south at 52nd & Bloomington Ave. is The Urban Cottage filled with lovely chests, sconces, European antiques, vintage clothing, upholstered furniture and more. Hours are Thur 10 – 7, Fri-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5 AND a special encore sale next Tues, 3/18 from 5-8 PM.
The Urban Cottage
The Urban Cottage

Enjoy the early spring weather!

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A Sale for Movie Buffs Especially

Glamour queen or actor? Your Lucky Day has the perfect accessory
Glamour queen or actor?
Your Lucky Day has the perfect accessory

Audrey Hepburn-style jewelry awaits you
Audrey Hepburn-style jewelry awaits you

One of many, many movie references
One of many, many movie references

Who doesn’t like movies? Your Lucky Day has set the stage with “scenes” from many old favorites to evoke – and challenge! – memories as you check out the vintage treasures. There’s a contest to entertain the movie mavens and buffs among you. The store is open Thu-Sun 9-6 daily at 4159 Grand Ave. S. in Minneapolis (behind the big snow bank!) And even the last shoppers on Sunday can get home before the Oscars Show starts. Happy Saling!

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New Location & “New” Treasures

New location in Carver
New location in Carver
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The Carver Junk Company is celebrating their new store in Carver with a Grand Opening tonight (Wed, 2/19) from 6 – 9 PM. The bigger, brighter space is able to offer more big pieces as well as their usual handcrafted repurposed items. New address is 108 4th St East in Carver. Ph: 612-651-8650. Th-Sat 10-4 and 12-4 Sun.
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Haupt Antiek Market (bottom 2 photos)
Haupt Antiek Market
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It’s a French Brocante at Haupt Antiek this weekend in Apple Valley with a shop full of French pieces from last fall’s European shopping trip. Whether you fancy an armoire, chandelier, wine accessories, signs, linens or glassware, you’ll probably find it starting at 9 AM Thursday. Store is at 7570 West 147th St, Apple Valley. Ph 651-329-3871. Thu 9-8, Fr 9-7, Sat 9-5, Sun 11-4.
Both stores have more photos and info on Facebook.

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