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!
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!
The Carver and Chaska shops coordinate their dates and hours making it fun and easy to visit many in just one trip. All the shops are open tomorrow, Saturday. Just a word to the wise. (Some are open on Sunday too). You’ll see a few Valentines this month plus the usual great selection of furniture and home decor. The Good Junk Garage had some great pieces including this porcelain sink from a Summit Avenue mansion. And do check out the new Studio H where the cupcakes are waiting. All addresses and hours can be found in This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!
A new occasional store has opened this week in historic downtown Carver. Studio H adds a new vibe to the already eclectic mix of merchandise for sale this weekend in Carver County. Besides furniture, there are locally sourced and created products including jewelry, fabrics, signs and candles. Housed in a former bank, the space allows the owners to display goods in the walk-in safe. A loft and lower level offer more repainted furniture. All in all, Studio H offers a nice mix of vintage and trendy decor items at 308 N. Broadway. Happy saling!
Bright sunshine and warmer days certainly bring good feelings during Minnesota winters. Just add warm, homemade mittens for outdoor walks or shiny sparkle for time at home and – Voila! – you’re enjoying January. There is plenty of silver, gold and brass to warm your home and your heart this month at Urban Cottage. Clocks, frames, scales, tables, Italian boxes, and more accessories to give a little punch to post-holiday rooms. You’ll also find repainted buffets, cabinets and tables for good looks and extra storage. A few Valentines are ready too. Urban Cottage is open this weekend at 52nd & Bloomington in South Minneapolis. Check This Month’s Sales for days and times. Happy saling!
Laurie is kicking off the year with her annual clearance sale. Everything in the store is on sale with discounts of 10% to 75% off the regular prices. Besides furniture and garden statuary, you’ll find curtains and yard goods, mirrors, artwork, decor items, rugs, candles, dishes, and, of course, beautiful chandeliers. The sale starts at 10 AM this Thursday and continues through Sunday afternoon at 9066 Lyndale Ave. S. in Bloomington. Hours are 10-5 Th-Sat and 12-4 Sunday. Happy saling!
Garden Party Gallery offers a lovely and practical transition from holiday decorations to Valentines with red ribbons, red roses, and hearts scattered throughout their cozy house. There are warm mittens and hats, boot bling, and oh so many cleverly designed lamps perfect for long winter nights. The trunk pictured is just one of the repainted pieces of furniture – and it has been repurposed as a wall cabinet! Garden Party Gallery at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins is open Saturday and Sunday. Please check times and details under This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!
Outside the snow was blowing. In the shops, it was warm and cozy. Everywhere I looked today, I saw white. There was a lot of white furniture of the shabby chic variety from chairs, dining tables, armoires, buffets, and china cabinets at The French Flea in Anoka and at The Cottage House in South Minneapolis. Of course, there were colorful items as well including dishes, mirrors, pillows, and other decor.
At Amour Sophie I found subtly colored furniture with French flair, scarves, jewelry, original art, and candles to warm your spirit. I learned that Amour Sophie will be moving to larger quarters next month and sharing space with Bleu Velvet Vintage at 3002 E. 50th St. with an opening date for the combined business of Feb. 11, 6-8 pm and Thu-Sat 10-6. They will be open every Wed-Sat so, alas, this is our last report. And this weekend is your last chance to visit Amour Sophie at 46th & Bloomington.
Bon chance. And happy saling!
Looking for mid century (or newer) vintage pieces? Then head to Minnehaha Avenue South in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. First stop is E’s Emporium with furniture, fixtures, dishes, glassware, and lots of macrame. Not far away is Turquoise Vintage where the “queen of Pyrex” can furnish a whole kitchen with bowls and baking dishes. There are chairs – including this iconic butterfly design and a beautifully restored Danish modern with vintage nubby blue fabric.
Closer to Lake Street is Plum Crabby Vintage with a mix of periods and styles. There are globes, mirrors, decorative pieces and a great collection of Italian trays and chests. Gold and brass are well represented.
Besides these occasional shops which are open the first and third weekends (Friday-Sunday) every month, other vintage shops can be found making for a great shopping experience.
Second Hand Rose will be open on January 1st to start their anniversary weekend celebrating 20 years in business. They were the first store to open strictly as an occasional sale in Minnesota and have remained true to this concept. Owners, vendors, and location have changed, but the store still sets the standard. Second Hand Rose is a favorite venue for Twin Cities shoppers and also has a national online audience. Congratulations to all who have been part of Second Hand Rose! And thank you!
Happy New Year and happy saling!