Great Shopping Opportunities

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

Yes, there are many places to shop this weekend. Two strictly occasional shops (open just one weekend per month) offer very different selections. Your Lucky Day at 42nd and Grand Ave. South in Minneapolis has a vast variety of jewelry, plaids garments and accessories, books, dishes and glassware, sweet miniature arrangements, all manner of holiday ornaments and doodads, sleds, skates, and MORE.

Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk

Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk

Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk

On the other hand, Laurie’s Trunk at 9066 Lyndale Ave. S. in nearby Bloomington has a select collection of elegant, European styled mirrors, chandeliers, tables and chests very reasonably priced. Both shops offer friendly, courteous service and inspired displays. Both are open Thursday-Sunday. Several other shops are open this weekend for one or more days. PLease check the listings in This Month’s Sales as some openings are newly announced. Wherever you go, happy saling!

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Treats Abound

Antique Alley, Osseo
Antique Alley, Osseo

Antique Alley
Antique Alley

The French Flea, Anoka
The French Flea, Anoka

The French Flea
The French Flea

The French Flea
The French Flea

A jolly Santa is the first thing you see as you enter Antique Alley. Then a welcoming voice offers a cup of coffee. It’s clearly the kind of place which makes shopping a pleasure. For gifts or your own outdoor activities, the homemade woolen mittens come in a wide range of colors and patterns. There are antique ornaments and decorations for the holidays, but the real draw is the wall of plaid, flannel shirts – a popular item this month and next.

Entertaining is the focus at The French Flea with creatively set tables and beautifully decorated wreaths. Dining tables, occasional tables, buffets and chests are painted in warm whites and blacks, some with French embellishments. Glassware sparkles and silver shines. Shortbread cookies and cocoa are yummy treats – and the mixes can be purchased for you or for gifts or both. Happy saling!

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Holiday Cheer

The Cottage House
The Cottage House

Amour Sophie
Amour Sophie

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

The South Minneapolis shops all opened today to help you get a start on the weekend. The Cottage House is plum full of holiday decorations plus lots of red furniture and accessories. Amour Sophie is more neutral with whites, grays, and subtle hues in their refinished tables and chests. Urban Cottage sparkles with sophisticated items for entertaining and decor. All have fantastic small gifts including candles, jewelry, scarves, nuts and granola. And vintage ornaments. And gift wrap. And…. happy saling!

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Historic Hometowns of Carver County

Rekindled Co., Carver
Rekindled Co., Carver

Farm Girl Junk, Carver
Farm Girl Junk, Carver

Ms Mac's Too, Carver
Ms Mac’s Too, Carver

Linda's Cellar, Chaska
Linda’s Cellar, Chaska

The shops of Carver and Chaska are having their sales the first weekend of December to coincide with the city wide Hometown Holiday celebration in Chaska on Saturday. Free activities include horse drawn wagon rides, a tree lighting ceremony, carolers and more. Linda’s Cellar is one of the participating merchants with refreshments and holiday decor plus antiques, vintage finds, and “good ‘ole junk.” For fewer activities but more vintage, head down the road to Carver where all six occasional shops will be showcasing furniture, gifts, artwork of all kinds, silver, glassware, pillows, blankets, frames, old windows, wreaths, and holiday decorations. The shops of Carver and Chaska are open all weekend – Thursday-Saturday for all and some Wed. PM and some Sunday. Check This Month’s Sales for days and times for each shop. Happy saling!

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Something Special in Shakopee

Amour Cru
Amour Cru

How Quaint (above and below)
How Quaint
(above and below)

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Our previews start early with many shops opening their doors this first weekend of December. Our friends in Shakopee will be ready to greet you on Thursday with their takes on holiday decor and gifts. Refinished furniture is a favorite at Amour Cru with a mix of shabby chic, rustic, and modern styles. The vendors at How Quaint also offer a selection of styles but rely more on time tested vintage and traditional antiques. (I did see an office chair and metal table painted apple green there last month too). That’s the fun of saling – you never know when you’ll see that special something!

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More Shopping on Sunday

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

In case you didn’t make it to all the small, local businesses you like on Saturday, there’s still time. It was delightful to see so much community support for Small Business in Carver, Chaska and Shakopee. Hopefully, this is a year ’round thing.

Urban Cottage is one of the occasional sales open on Sunday. Why not stop by? 5157 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis. Open 10-5. Happy saling!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

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outside and in. Garden Party Gallery greets shoppers with beautiful music outdoors to match the festive environment inside. There are beautiful decorations to brighten your home and your mood. Clever uses of fabrics, jewelry, and toys may tickle your fancy. The recycled wool, hand sewn mittens and children’s winter hats make toasty, one-of-a-kind gifts. Garden Party Gallery at 1213 Main St. in downtown Hopkins is open today and Saturday 10-6.

Think of this weekend as a bonus shopping opportunity. It’s also a teaser for all the holiday decorations and gifting possibilities you will find over the next several weeks at the small, local, vintage shops we love. Happy saling!

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Our Shopping Motto

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SMALL ~ LOCAL ~ VINTAGE. Call it a motto, or even a mantra. It sums up our way of shopping. We like to shop at small, independently owned stores which we can visit in person. And we prefer vintage goods whether they are still in their original shape, re-purposed for a new use, or crafted for a fresh look. We like recycled items of high-quality craftsmanship. And we admire creative artistry which has transformed a so-so piece into a thing of beauty. All of these things can be found in abundance at local occasional sales!

Many of your favorite shops will be open this weekend, especially on Small Business Saturday. Please support them if you plan to go shopping. Other shops are remaining true to the occasional concept and are closed this weekend. Never fear, all will be ready to wow you when they are open in December. (Please see This Month’s Sales for a list of stores which are open this weekend).

Stay warm and happy saling!

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Gratitude and Joy Inspire Your Lucky Day

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

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Fall decor and hospitality were abundant at Your Lucky Day during a quick preview of this weekend’s sale. There’s more than a nod to that favorite family holiday, Thanksgiving, with dishes, glassware, and fall colors galore to make entertaining a treat. For those who warm up to plaid, there are jackets, scarves and blankets. Need some holiday inspiration for yourself or a hostess or holiday gift? Fresh greens or sweet miniatures are just two possibilities. Your Lucky Day is open Thursday-Sunday from 9-6 at 4159 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!

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Pop-up Shop in the City

Garden Gate Flowers
Garden Gate Flowers

Urban Cottage is setting up shop and bringing the bling for this special weekend sale at 3012 West 50th Street in southwest Minneapolis. You’ll find vintage, gift and home decor items. If you know the 50th & Xerxes corner, you’ll remember the tiny barbershop which was sandwiched between antique and furniture stores for many years. It will soon be home to Garden Gate Flowers. (It’s on the north side of 50th, east of Xerxes Avenue). Look for the green door. Hours are 10-5 today and 12-5 on Sunday. Happy saling!

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