With the snow gently falling outside last evening, Mama’s Happy was almost magical. The timing was perfect for the Open House at the St. Louis Park store where these photos were taken. The Independence store must be even cozier situated in the country. Whichever store you visit, you’ll find repainted furniture, pillows, signs, wall hangings, and every kind of holiday decoration from glitzy to rustic. The coasters, glasses, mugs, shirts, tops, bags, and jewelry are not seasonal, but always useful, fun, and in good taste. With the sun shining, why not go for a holiday preview to Mama’s Happy this weekend and discover what all the mamas have created for you? Mama’s in Independence is located at 7888 County Road 6 and is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from 12 to 5. Other locations and hours are on the Mama’s Happy website. Happy saling!
Garden Party Gallery is alight for the holidays with so many decorations you can use now into the New Year. There’s a nod to fall with some pumpkins and autumn colors. Plus transitional items (like mattress spring wreaths) which can be converted from fall to winter. There are several refinished tables, chests, and buffets plus wall hangings like the sweet original angel from a salvaged wood baseboard. (This is just one example of the creativity you’ll find here!) Of course, you’ll find jewelry and mittens and all types of wreaths and ornaments perfect for gifts or yourself. Garden Party Gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from noon to 5 at 1213 Mainstreet in Hopkins. Happy saling!
Farm Girl Junk is going occasional for the rest of 2018 while owner Carrey immerses herself in a Welding for Women program. The shop will be open this weekend Thursday and Saturday only and then goes to only Saturdays – with a couple extra days. Visit the new shop (if you haven’t already) at 38 West Main Street in downtown Waconia for great furniture, signs, handcrafted goods, and fall decor. Happy saling!
The wind is blowing, but it’s sunny and warm inside Bachman’s greenhouse where you can shop comfortably at A Gathering of Friends Antique & Vintage Market today until 6:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The dealers are bringing in fresh treasures daily so there are no worries if you are just about to set out for the sale. Besides the enormous selection of chairs, tables, bookcases, hutches, breakfronts, bars, mantels, and cupboards, you will find woolen blankets, flannel shirts, posters, paintings, china, buckets, vintage advertising signs, copper pots, toys, games, farm tools, rusty bits, and sweet surprises. There are Santas, ornaments, jewelry, and then some. Seasonal decor is mixed with traditional accent pieces. And after you purchase that perfect vintage something, shop for live plants, pumpkins or fresh flowers from Bachman’s to complete your new look. All this at Bachman’s at 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., just north of Crosstown Hwy. 62. (Remember that 35W is closed this weekend between I-94 and the Crosstown so city streets are the way to go!) No admission, easy parking, and a cafe on site. Happy saling!
Fall’s golden colors are reflected in much of the furniture and décor you find at E’s Emporium. Orange, gold, yellow, and plaid can brighten a cloudy day or warm a cool (or, dare we mention, winter?) day. If these are your favorite colors, head over to 3911 Minnehaha Ave. S. in Minneapolis today or tomorrow for a feel good shopping experience. Most of the home furnishings are from mid-century through the 80s with a lively selection of original, local artwork and handcrafted hats and macramé. Even if retro isn’t your style, adding a unique lamp or accessory makes an eclectic statement in any home. E’s is open from 11 to 6 this weekend and again October 19th through 21st. Happy saling!
Urban Cottage has a huge variety of classy, funky, interesting items this month in store which is what we expect. The photos show a random selection of unique treasures including fun plaid flannel shirts, each with a vintage embellishment. Chests, tables, chairs, doors, glassware, planters, art, and home decor are all there plus great vintage clothes from three vendors. An extra draw on Saturday will be the Annual Vintage Flea Market from 10 to 4 with about twenty additional vendors offering their wares in the parking lot nearby. There will also be food and beverages available so come hungry and bring some cash with you! If this is your first visit to Urban Cottage, you’re in for a treat! It all takes place at the corner of 52nd and Bloomington Avenue South (5157, to be precise) with open hours today until 7, Friday from 10 to 6, Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday from 10 to 5. Happy saling!
The Back Porch Gals have lots of great vintage items for guys and gals this weekend near Backus, MN. Besides the fishing gear and man cave tools, there are dolls, casserole dishes, glassware, small appliances, linens, and some lovely fall dried arrangements. The sale runs Thursday evening from 5 to 7 PM, Friday from 9 to 4, and Saturday from 9 to 2 at 1170 Highway 371 south of Backus and 4 1/2 miles north of Pine River. If you’re in the area, stop by. Happy saling!
There’s a big sale in the outdoor space today at Garden Party Gallery. 30% off everything outdoors! That includes the great bench, tables, planters, and a fountain in a bucket to name a few items to enhance your yard or porch. Inside you’ll find tables, chairs, shelves, chests, cheeseboards, wine racks, plenty of fall decor including some Halloween items and a few of Pamela’s handmade cement pumpkins. Garden Party Gallery is located at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins just one block west of the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the new Thirty Bales restaurant. Hours are 10 to 6 today and 12 to 5 on Sunday.
August is the month to savor hot, sunny days. Remember to include a visit to your favorite occasional stores in South Minneapolis this weekend. If you are entertaining or relaxing on the patio, you can find a small table, a unique ice bucket, or a rusty sign at Urban Cottage to enhance the experience. For indoor use there is a great selection of chests and tables not to mention a creamy white pie cupboard and old kitchen ice chest. Lamps, chairs, mirrors, prints, pillows and glassware are abundant. Vintage clothing and jewelry is offered in many styles. One-of-a-kind decor pieces make every shopping trip to a vintage store a fun adventure. Urban Cottage is open Wednesday from 12 to 7, Thursday from 10 to 7, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from 10 to 5 at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South. Happy saling!
The shops of Carver and Chaska are open this weekend with a great mix of vintage goods and rustic styles. You’ll find tables, lamps, and storage pieces handcrafted from wood and metal at Urban Patina at 416 N. Chestnut in Chaska (open Friday-Saturday). Linda’s Cellar, a longtime favorite in Chaska, features more rust and vintage furniture and accessories at 110 2nd St. E. (open Friday-Sunday). A short drive west in Carver, you’ll discover The Good Junk Garage on E. 3rd St. with old metal farm parts, signs, and one-of-a-kind treasures which are hard to find. Rosehips & Willow stocks new decor and furnishings mixed in with vintage furniture, bikes, and more at 308 Broadway. Both of these shops are open Friday-Sunday. Mustard Moon & the Rider uses the store at 108 4th St. E. primarily as its warehouse, but you may find it open when you visit Carver this weekend. If so, check out the eclectic mix of furniture, art, posters, and vintage pieces. (With road closings Saturday and Sunday on 62 and 494, getting out west from Minneapolis may be challenging so do check with MnDOT or your app.) Happy saling!