No Rush Hour Traffic

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

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Forget about traffic jams and parking ramps; take the city streets to your favorite local shops this weekend! Start at Sophie Bleu for some relaxed shopping and refreshments from 6-8 today. The shop is open again Thursday-Saturday from 10-6. You’ll find touches of glamour among the repainted dressers, dishes, glassware, home decor and vintage furnishings at 3002 East 50th Street, Minneapolis.

If it’s the last weekend of the month, it must be time to stop by Your Lucky Day which is open 9-6 Thursday-Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. This month the girls have staged a Rummage Sale with bargains and choices galore! Check it out at 4159 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis.

In St. Paul, The Middle Sister is open on Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5 at 416 Snelling Avenue South with a wide variety of furniture, housewares and accessories. For more information, see This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!

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Classic Style with European Flair

Laurie's Trunk, Bloomington
Laurie’s Trunk,
Bloomington

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You might not expect to find classic furniture, chandeliers, and garden statuary in a Bloomington strip mall, but you will when you stop at Laurie’s Trunk on Lyndale Avenue just south of 90th Street. Laurie specializes in that classy, decorator look which is perfect whether you want to furnish a whole room or just have that one exceptional piece. Laurie’s hours have changed so please make note: 11 to 5 Sat. and 12 to 4 Sunday. Happy saling!

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Hints of Spring in Carver and Chaska

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

The Nature of it, Carver
The Nature of it, Carver

Rekindled Company, Carver - SALE
Rekindled Company, Carver – SALE

Good Junk Garage, Carver
Good Junk Garage, Carver

Carver Junk Co, Carver
Carver Junk Co, Carver

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

Today’s warming trend is just one reason to head out to the shops of Carver and Chaska. You’ll find many hints of spring like the soft blue dining set at Ms. Mac’s Too and the abundance of home and garden furniture at The Nature of It where the fragrance of jasmine was delightful. If you’re looking for bargains, go to The Rekindled Company where everything is marked down before their April move. The photo shows just a small portion of the $1 room! New goods (as in, newly acquired) await you at all the shops. Some vendors at Linda’s Cellar are already thinking ahead to summer with vintage items for the cabin.
All shops in Carver and Chaska are open Friday and Saturday 10-4 and some are open for limited hours on Sunday as well. Check This Month’s Sales for more information. And don’t be shy about mentioning The Occasional Saler when you’re shopping. It’s great to know you follow us. Thank you and happy saling!

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Beyond Minneapolis

Picket Fence Gals, Lindstrom
Picket Fence Gals, Lindstrom

The French Flea, Anoka
The French Flea, Anoka

Antique Alley, Osseo
Antique Alley, Osseo

2 Birds Antique Emporium, Brooklyn Park
2 Birds Antique Emporium, Brooklyn Park

The Middle Sister, St. Paul
The Middle Sister,
St. Paul

There are many great shops ready to welcome you this weekend beyond the Minneapolis city limits. A random sampling on view starts at Picket Fence Gals where you’ll find furniture, accessories and Valentine decor. The French Flea is filled with curvy, white pieces, accents of fleurs de lis, burlap and lace, and lots of luscious green plants. Antique Alley has a nice assortment of tables, chairs, cupboards and smalls. 2 Birds Vintage & Antique Emporium mixes furniture, kitchenware, and cabin furnishings and supplies. And, last but not least, The Middle Sister offers children’s furniture, occasional tables, jewelry, china, books, and more. Any of the shops might have that special item which calls out to you. Valentine cards, gifts, or fun treats await this weekend. Hours and addresses can be found by clicking on This Month’s Sales under February 11-15. Happy saling!

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And West of Nokomis

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

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There’s still time to stop at Urban Cottage tonight; they’re open until 7:00. The walls have been freshened in shades of grey and all the mirrors sparkle. You’ll find the usual buffets, tables, dressers, barware, china, frames and fabulous accessories. Special guest vendors have joined the mix adding strings of pearls, sweet night lights with feminine shades, and cute fabric bags. There are lots of Valentine gift ideas including some handsome items for the man in your life. Urban Cottage is only a mile west of the new Sophie Bleu as the crow flies and it’s not much farther on the parkway to Bloomington Avenue and 52nd St. For Thursday through Sunday hours at Urban Cottage, check This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!

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Announcing a New Shop: Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

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It was great to do a quick preview of a new shop in South Minneapolis. Of course, some of us know Amour Sophie and others know Bleu Velvet Vintage so it’s no surprise to find that the two shops have merged into one. The newly named Sophie Bleu is located at 3002 East 50th Street (3 blocks east of Lake Nokomis). You’ll find vintage furniture and accessories, jewelry, candles, glassware, trays, and mirrors for starters. There is a real appreciation for old books and ephemera like a 1940 Kenwood-St. Louis Park bus schedule. The fun begins tonight from 6 to 8 PM and continues Thursday-Saturday from 10-6. Happy saling!

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Bustling Buffalo

The Cottage Door
The Cottage Door

Patina General
Patina General

THIS & THAT - NOW & THEN
THIS & THAT – NOW & THEN

Second Hand Rose
Second Hand Rose

Second Hand Rose
Second Hand Rose
The Porch
The Porch

Once you find a parking space in downtown Buffalo, head for the nearest shop where you can pick up a map highlighting occasional shops and other retail stores. Most are clustered in a two-block area on either Central or 1st Avenue. There’s some shabby and some vintage, but in many of the shops it’s hard to tell the repurposed from the imports. The photos will give you a glimpse of a few vintage, rustic and recycled pieces. From the downtown center, it’s a short drive to Soo Lane where you’ll find two shops which epitomize occasional sales. Second Hand Rose (now rebranding itself as SHR) is the original occasional store in Minnesota (and perhaps the US) yet it is on the cutting edge with clever staging and attractive home decor. The twig chandelier is just one example of a unique item in SHR. Next door is THIS & THAT which has a huge selection of antique, refinished, and generally old stuff at reasonable prices. (You can also go to Soo Lane by turning south off Hwy 55 at Culver’s).
Buffalo is a great small town for shopping especially on the first weekend when the occasional shops are open. Happy saling!

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New Shop in Hamel

Twisted Root
Twisted Root

Twisted Root
Twisted Root

Twisted Root
Twisted Root

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It’s a pleasure to introduce a new occasional sale shop. Twisted Root is set back from the street at 112 Hamel Road just off Highway 55 in historic downtown Hamel. Handcrafted, vintage and upcycled goods fill the small storefront. There’s great vintage furniture, sweet handmade baby garments and assorted gifts with an authentic one-of-a-kind look. Hours are 10-6 Friday-Sunday. Check details at twistedrootshop.com or Facebook. While you’re in Hamel, stop at Chloe’s Attic on the corner – the first occasional shop in Hamel. Happy saling!

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Saling in St. Paul

the middle sister
the middle sister

the middle sister
the middle sister

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The Middle Sister occupies a splendid location on Snelling Avenue South which makes it convenient to Minneapolis and St. Paul shoppers. Although it’s the lone occasional shop in the Macalester-Highland area, there are other vintage shops nearby. There’s an eclectic mix of traditional furniture and accessories with repainted and handmade items including jewelry. Classes are offered using Pot de Creme paints to refresh shelves, picture frames, and tables. Or you can buy them already redone. Children’s chairs and small tables are a specialty. The Middle Sister is located at 416 Snelling Avenue South and is open today until 5:00 and Sunday noon to 5:00. Happy saling!

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Shopping Southeast Suburbs

Haupt Antiek Market
Haupt Antiek Market

Haupt Antiek Market
Haupt Antiek Market

A Cat & the Fiddle A Fair
A Cat & the Fiddle A Fair
A Cat & the Fiddle
A Cat & the Fiddle

Vintage Marketplace
Vintage Marketplace

Vintage Marketplace
Vintage Marketplace

The shops in the south suburbs were bursting with fun merchandise today. There were lots of sweet Valentines for your honey, your friends or your grandkids. Hand-painted signs are ready to hang now or for summer at the cabin. Haupt Antiek Market in Apple Valley was bustling with shoppers so be warned (as always) that anything you see here may be gone by tomorrow. A Cat and the Fiddle in Rosemount offered discounts on many items including the soy candles which are available in over 100 scents! At the Vintage Marketplace in downtown Farmington you can find handsome vintage furniture in its original wood stain as well as chalk painted pieces and amazing handcrafted items like the little dress for clothes pins. Addresses, days and times are listed in This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!

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