Minnesota River Valley Saling

How Quaint, Shakopee
How Quaint, Shakopee

Yard at How Quaint
Yard at How Quaint

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

Linda's Cellar
Linda’s Cellar

The weather provided a beautiful day for a drive from shop to shop today. The huge yard at How Quaint was full of garden and rustic furniture and decor. Inside were more garden accessories plus beautiful antique furniture, vintage signs, bridal wear, jewelry, dishes and art. How Quaint is open Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 11-4 at 714 First Ave. (Hwy. 101) in Shakopee. There were fun pieces outside Linda’s Cellar in Chaska plus tables, chests, chairs and accessories inside including a barn door table. Linda’s Cellar is open until 7 today, 10-4 Fri-Sat and 12-4 Sunday at 110 E. 2nd St. in downtown Chaska. Hop in your car – or, even better, van or truck! – and head for the shops in the valley. Happy saling!

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Sales Galore

Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk
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Laurie's Trunk
Laurie’s Trunk

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This weekend you’ll want to hop in your car – better yet, in your van or truck – to catch some of the sales that await. From Duluth to Northfield, from Carver to Rosemount, you’ll find occasional shops stocked and styled with all manner of vintage goods. For the largest group of dealers under one roof, head to Junk Bonanza which takes place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. You’ll find over 140 exhibitors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 per day or you can purchase an Early Bird/3-day Pass for $25 online at junk bonanza.com or at the gate.

On a smaller scale, shops like Laurie’s Trunk in Bloomington will be open to welcome you from 11-5 Thursday-Saturday and 12 to 4 on Sunday at 9066 Lyndale Avenue South with tables, chairs, chests, mirrors, and more. Don’t miss the ecclesiastical and garden sculpture. Gorgeous plants showcase dramatic urns and planters which make the perfect summer accessory for home, garden or patio.

Whichever sales you visit, have fun and happy saling!

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Spring Showers

Flowers at Bachman's
Flowers at Bachman’s

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

What’s a better antidote to showers than spring flowers?! A new piece of furniture or home decor may brighten your day as well. Urban Cottage has buffets, chests, tables, chairs, frames, dishes, glassware, and a small selection of apparel on offer to list just some items you’re sure to find today through Sunday at 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. On the other side of Lake Nokomis, you’ll find Sophie Bleu filled with vintage furniture, art, china, home accessories, jewelry and more at 3002 E. 50th St. Friday and Saturday 10-6. Happy saling!

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Gathering of Friends and Finds

A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends

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A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends

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A Gathering of Friends
A Gathering of Friends
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A Gathering of Friends is open inside Bachman’s on Lyndale this weekend with a select group of local vintage dealers. On offer are high quality, authentic pieces for your home, cabin or garden. There are beautiful traditional antiques, rustic decor, repurposed industrial and farm tools as well as charming garden furniture and accessories. Hours are Thursday-Friday 9-8, Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-3 at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis. There’s free parking and free admission plus Patrick’s Bakery onsite. And the bonus is beautiful, blooming plants! Happy saling!

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Garden Party Inside Tonight in Hopkins

Garden Party Gallery, Hopkins
Garden Party Gallery,
Hopkins

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Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

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Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery is open tonight from 5 to 9 PM along with a few other merchants in downtown Hopkins. Sip a glass of wine while admiring the richly burnished wooden frames, chairs and tables. Most of the furniture exhibits many layers of paint topped with a glossy coat. Notice the interesting pieces made from repurposed metal and wood which some have termed Steam Punk. You’ll also see table linens, lights, pillows, jewelry and creative home decor. Garden Party Gallery is located in the cute yellow house at 1213 Main Street. Weekend hours continue Thursday – Saturday 10-6. The store will be closed Easter Sunday. Happy saling!

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Rustic-luxe (a new word to know)

Artist Residence, London, UK
Artist Residence,
London, UK

Vintage Marketplace, Farmington, MN, USA
Vintage Marketplace,
Farmington, MN, USA

Last fall I discovered a new “eccentric” boutique hotel in Pimlico which was also described as “rustic-luxe.” I was attracted by its name, The Artist Residence, and its location near Victoria Station. With just two nights on my own, I decided to book The Loft which was on the top floor and had no door separating the bathroom from the bedroom. The hotel had literally just opened after an extensive conversion. The decor featured vintage and rustic furnishings. Besides the rustic headboard, the lamps were all industrial-style metal, the wardrobe (clothes closet) was a metal cabinet with a new bronzed finish and there was a chandelier of antlers! The bathroom was elegant with gleaming, state-of-the-art fittings. The room felt fresh and clean yet cozy with oodles of character. Needless to say, I enjoyed my stay.

I’m telling you all this because when I spotted the barn-door-turned-headboard at the Vintage Marketplace, all those fond memories came flooding back. The result of mixing up old and new, rough and smooth, traditional and industrial can be fabulous. And that is the real allure of visiting our many local occasional sales. The possibilities for decorating are endless and ever-changing. Why not let talented designers inspire us anew every month?

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Special Savings for Special Shoppers

The Middle Sister
The Middle Sister

The Middle Sister
The Middle Sister

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The Occasional Saler is teaming up with The Middle Sister to offer a special discount to readers this weekend, March 28 and 29. Just mention The Occasional Saler to receive a 10% discount on purchases under $100. (The fine print: This is a one time discount per person over the two-day period).

Furniture and home decor are featured at The Middle Sister. You’ll find every size of table from the fun French side table to the sweet vanity table. Mirrors, art, shelving, dishes, and a selection of hobby paint colors from local maker Pot de Creme are waiting for you. The Middle Sister is located at 416 Snelling Avenue South in St. Paul making it easy to get to going south from I-94, east from the Ford Bridge or west from 35E. Store hours are 10-5 Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. Happy saling!

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Le Weekend Begins

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Sophie Bleu
Sophie Bleu

Vintage Marketplace
Vintage Marketplace

Vintage Marketplace
Vintage Marketplace

Sophie Bleu was open to welcome shoppers this morning with an eye-catching turquoise bench outside. In the shop were cream colored chests and desks, glassware, tables, housewares, mirrors, artwork, and home decor. The shop at 3002 East 50th St. in south Minneapolis is open 10-6 Friday and Saturday.

In the southeast suburb of Farmington you’ll find the Vintage Marketplace which is open today through Sunday. There is classic wooden furniture plus many painted pieces from decorative shelves to large buffets. Creativity is evident in items like the bench made from a headboard and the sweet stuffed animal covered in vintage quilt fabric. If you’re looking for glitzy jewelry, you’ll be impressed by the repurposed earrings, pins and pendants – the perfect gift for a bride, your best friend or yourself! For more store information, see This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!

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Lucky in SW Minneapolis

Desk/cabinet at Your Lucky Day
Desk/cabinet at
Your Lucky Day

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Your Lucky Day
Your Lucky Day

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Your Lucky Day is celebrating spring in oh so many ways ~ spring plants, Easter eggs and bunnies, and fresh, attractive decor. The “shades of blue” corner is bright, the pale blue desk/curio cabinet is alluring and dishes, baking, & cooking items shine. Everything feels fresh, clean and uncluttered even though there is a good selection of home furnishings and decorative items. Your Lucky Day is open Thursday-Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 12-5 at 4159 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis. Coffee, lunch and treats available next door at Royal Grounds Coffee Shop. Happy saling!

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