The shops of Carver and Chaska continue to charm shoppers with interesting vintage pieces, handcrafted furniture, and freshly harvested florals, pumpkins and gourds. Rosehips & Willow has lovely wreaths and swags of bittersweet and rosehips (as they should with their name!) They also stock pillows, candles, and assorted vintage pieces. Farm Girl Junk has some magnificent new furniture this month including a huge square table with benches and chairs for a gathering. Signs, toys, dishtowels, and more fill the shop. Ms. Mac’s Too has a great assortment of architectural finds along with cupboards, shelves, tables, and vintage pieces to create a rustic ambiance. The Good Junk Garage has a few stained glass windows – my favorite is the one which says SHOES.(It was made for a shoe store, but would make a perfect hanging for the person who has a large collection of shoes!) You’ll also find a classic white enamel stove, all kinds of rusty metal stuff, plus dishes, art, old doors, old signs, and dressers to name a few treasures. The shops of Carver are open from 10 to 5 Friday and Saturday and 11 to 3 on Sunday. On the east edge of downtown Carver, stop for a latte or some tea at A Cup of Carver.
A mile down the road, follow the detour signs into Chaska where Linda’s Cellar on East Second Street will welcome you with treats and all kinds of Halloween decor. Hydrangeas, gourds, and pumpkins plus pickles and canned applesauce await along with rusty farm tools, cabinets, tables, chairs, buckets, signs, blankets and lots of flannel shirts (beautifully faded). Linda’s is open 10 to 4 on Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.
If you are starting in Chaska, take Fourth Street west from Hwy. 41 (Chestnut) to detour around the Hwy. 61 construction and make your way to Carver. And enjoy all the beautiful fall color. Happy saling!
A Gathering of Friends opens tomorrow at 9 AM sharp at Bachman’s flagship store. There is usually a line of eager shoppers as the selection of antiques of every type is pretty remarkable. Choices lean toward primitives and traditional, many locally sourced. But you will also find European treasures and re-imagined goods as well. The hours are 9 to 8 tomorrow and Friday, 9 to 6 on Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday. All this plus plants and flowers and food indoors at Bachman’s at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.
Flamingos Divine Finds is the first shop to open for the weekend. The sidewalk is filled with chairs, original art and prints, and assorted treasures. Indoors and out back are tools, clothing, dishes, record albums, and a huge assortment of furniture. There is lots of Halloween decor plus mirrors, signs, and more. Flamingos is open from 10 to 6 Wednesday through Sunday at 3404 Cedar Avenue South.
West of Lake Nokomis, Urban Cottage welcomes shoppers from noon to 7 on Wednesdays with a great selection of traditional furniture and decor with some rust and industrial items mixed in for good measure. The store is decorated in fall colors and accessories including several spooky Halloween items. There are two vintage clothing areas with assorted handbags and totes – and, yes, boots! Signs, lamps, and mirrors are plentiful amongst the upholstered chairs, buffets, chests, and tables. This month features bread and soup mixes plus a special book signing event on Saturday afternoon. Urban Cottage is open from 10 to 7 on Thursday, 10 to 6 on Friday and Saturday and from 10 to 5 on Sunday at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South. Happy saling!
Artist Jolie Raimondo’s luscious landscape will be just one of the beautifully crafted items available at Mama’s Happy in Independence. You’ll find furniture, decor and so much more including costumed vendors! Shop hours are Wednesday 6 to 8, Thursday through Saturday 10 to 6, and noon to 5 Sunday.
On the far east side of the metro, the St. Croix Valley shops are promoting a vintage crawl. A favorite occasional shop is Apron Chicks located a block north of Hwy. 36 and just east of Cty. Rd. 15 (Manning Ave.) at Bergmann’s Greenhouse. The exact address is 12239 62nd St. N. in Stillwater. Hours are Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 6.
There are also shopping choices on the north and south sides of the metro plus many in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Check out the whole array in This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!
The cheerful reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn are abundant this weekend at Garden Party Gallery. For those who love fall celebrations, this is a great place to find unique decorations for your home. The clever crafters have transformed everyday items into beautiful and functional decor. It can take more than a quick glance to notice the transformations – perhaps pumpkins or beaded chains made from wine corks. Furniture is painted, waxed, and often decorated with a classic postcard or a piece of leather. Pumpkins, gourds, and fresh flowers (as well as the long lasting ones) enhance the vintage pieces. And don’t forget to notice the amazing morning glory umbrella in the garden! Garden Party Gallery at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from noon to 5 PM. Happy saling!
Shops in the historic towns of Carver and Chaska are bustling this weekend. All are ready with fall and Halloween decor plus all the usual vintage and handcrafted items we love. A new addition to the Carver retail community is called Rosehips & Willow. It offers a nice mix of vintage and new goods in the old bank building/grocery store at 308 Broadway. It is open two weeks per month, Tuesday to Sunday. Farm Girls Junk and Ms. Mac’s Too had a chicken theme going with the huge metal rooster sign and other chicken stuff. (A word to drivers: take the detour going west from Chestnut in Chaska two blocks south of Hwy. 61 and it will link up with Hwy. 61 to take you to Carver). While you’re in Chaska, stop at Linda’s Cellar at 110 East 2nd St. for rusty, weathered vintage plus lots of Halloween decor. Linda’s is open Thursday 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday 1 to 4, and Sunday noon to 4. Happy saling!
Haupt Antiek Market is packed to the rafters with all kinds of fall and Halloween themed decor. The bright oranges, reds and yellows are a great contrast to mellow old stained wood and more recently painted whites and creams. There are all manner of signs, both inspirational and humorous. China, enamel, and rusty metal are all there in various forms. You’ll find posters, prints, original oils, and vintage maps plus tables, desks, dressers, shelves, and chairs. And there are pumpkins. And live mums. And lots more. Haupt Antiek Market is open today until 8, Friday 9 to 7, Saturday 9 to 5, and Sunday 11 to 4 at 7570 W. 147th St. (just west of Cedar Ave.) in Apple Valley. Happy saling!
There are a couple of very occasional sales this weekend beyond the Twin Cities metro which may interest you. Farthest away and held only twice a year is the Sale on the Farm by the Pfarkel Sisters and their Junk Redefined vintage business. You may know them from their appearances at Junk Bonanza or their frequent collaborations with Sue Whitney of Junk Market Style. The farm is in southeastern Minnesota not far out of Fountain – that’s south of Rochester on Hwy. 52. The address is 29452 Cty. Rd. 11. Hours are Friday 9 to 6 and Saturday 9 to 4.
Another sale – a quarterly sale – is taking place on the north side of Hutchinson at Prairie Haven Design. Jane is very creative with fabrics and her husband works his magic with wood and metal. Add to that several vendors who make pillows and quilts, paint furniture, fashion floral decor, and gather vintage pieces for a fun market. Prairie Haven is located at 20284 Raven Avenue. Watch for the signs from Hwy. 7. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6. Phone is 320-583-2956.
In another direction is the monthly sale at the Back 40 Market in Harris which is west of 35W heading north toward Duluth (but not that far!) This month the Back 40 Market is only open Friday and Saturday. For hours, call 612-490-5810. And if you want to keep driving, you can check out West Tischer Cottage northwest of Duluth this Thursday through Saturday.
Please check Facebook for directions and to confirm times before you hit the highway. Happy saling!
It’s the perfect day for an outdoor vintage market! The above photos capture just some of the cool stuff at Urban Cottage’s 3rd annual market which is OPEN TODAY UNTIL 5. (Sorry to give you so little notice, but it’s worth a trip!) The Urban Cottage shop is open today and tomorrow with all kinds of good stuff including unique jewelry, vintage clothes, furniture, decor and household beauties plus garden treasures. All this is at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!
The shops of Carver are open this afternoon and tomorrow with an amazing selection of furniture, architectural adornments, vintage decor, and fun and inspirational signs. That’s just for starters. A new customer this morning said it was hard to take it all in with so many cool things to see. That sums it up. There are lots of treasures to be discovered. Don’t be scared by the Cty. 61 detour signs in Chaska as you can go west from the city park traffic lights for a couple blocks and rejoin Hwy. 61 West with no problems. Stores are open until 4 today and 11 to 3 on Sunday. Happy saling!