April Showers? Urban Cottage Has You Covered

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage will delight you with a spring theme this weekend. You’ll find plenty of white furniture, cheerful decor, and happy people when you stop in. There are plants, flowers, and succulents to perk up your home or office. Lovely glassware, dishes, bottles and trays will enhance your dining and entertaining. There are classy and fun vintage clothes to brighten your wardrobe and great jewelry too. Just a quick tour of the shop will fire your imagination with lots of ideas for spring. Urban Cottage is open tomorrow, Wednesday, from noon to 7, Thursday from 10 to 7, Friday from 10 to 6, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South, just a few blocks west of Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis. Happy saling!

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Plan Ahead for Hutchinson Market

Minted Patina
Market

We are announcing a new occasional market featuring vintage goods, plants, and jewelry plus food and beverages. We want you to know about this in case you’d like to sell some of your vintage or handcrafted goods OR you want to plan ahead for the next shopping opportunity. (For Twin Cities folks, Hutchinson is about 50 miles west of Hopkins via Hwy. 7 or Hwy. 212). Here are the details.

Dates: April 27 and 28, 2018
Hours: Friday 8-10 Early Bird and 10-6, Saturday 9-3
Place: Hutchinson, MN at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, 840 Century Ave. S.W.
Hosted by: Meshed Designs
Vendor registration deadline: Thursday, April 12
Admission: Free (except early bird shoppers on Friday who pay $15)

It sounds like a fun market and a good excuse for a drive in the country. Happy saling!

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Hopkins’ Garden Party Gallery is Ready for Spring

Garen Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Necklaces at
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery

Outside the cute
yellow house

Yes, there is still snow in the yard, but the sidewalks are dry and spring has arrived inside the Garden Party Gallery. The shop is filled with furniture in natural wood as well as pieces in distressed whites to brighten your rooms. There are imaginative items like the low table set on a child’s red wagon! or the clever wine rack to decorate a wall. The blue-green metal storage box could be home to nuts and bolts OR earrings and bracelets. And you’ll find many choices if you like jewelry. If you want to freshen your look for spring, Garden Party Gallery has ideas for you. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday afternoon from noon to 5. Look for the little yellow house at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. Happy saling!

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More photos from A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering
of Friends

A Gathering
of Friends

A Gathering
of Friends

A Gathering
of Friends

These are just a sampling of the cool junk you’ll find this Thursday (tomorrow) through Saturday. Doors open at 9 AM daily.
Stop to shop, smell the flowers, and grab coffee or lunch at Bachman’s at 6010 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
Happy saling!

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It Feels Like Spring at A Gathering of Friends

A Gathering
of Friends

Flowers are blooming at Bachman’s and spring is definitely in the air at A Gathering of Friends. This semi-annual antique market won’t disappoint you. The array of classic, primitive and industrial antiques means there is something for everyone’s taste. Admission is free and there’s ample parking at the big Bachman’s at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis. Hours have been changed to 9 to 8 on Thursday and Friday and 9 to 5 on Saturday. That’s just three days so make the most of it! Happy saling!

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Spring Delights at Urban Cottage in South Minneapolis

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

There is so much to delight you at Urban Cottage this month! Amazing treasures like the blue-green rubbed antique European chest found in Nashville are scattered throughout the shop. There are many unique, beautifully made lampshades – just what you need to add a new look with minimum expense. Decorator pillows, framed botanical prints, living green plants, fun Easter chicks, and lots of lovely jewelry to add to your collection or for a sweet gift. You’ll find all these plus chairs, buffets, etageres, and a good selection of vintage clothing, all in pristine condition. There are a few new items from the Magnolia collection, but mostly found vintage objects you will not want to pass up. Urban Cottage is located at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South (just a few blocks west of Cedar Avenue and Lake Nokomis). Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5. Happy saling!

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Farm Girl Junk Opens in Waconia

Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk

Farm Girl Junk has found a new home at 38 West Main Street in Waconia. It’s easy to see why the new location is perfect – closer to farm country yet in a vibrant small town on a lake. The whole family had a hand in building out and decorating the new shop as evidenced by the remarkable counter made from lumber with the bark still on and rusty metal front. And be sure to check out the rest room’s unique sink! You’ll feel right at home amongst the Minnesota-themed signs, bottle openers and key rings as well as the locally made tea towels and string art. Old truck parts, vintage toys, and repurposed furniture are part of the mix along with lavender bunches. Store hours are 10 to 6 Thursday to Saturday and 11 to 3 on Sunday.
While you’re in Waconia, you can also check out three other stores which sell antiques and home decor as well as clothing stores, several eateries, coffee/tea shops, and a brewery plus a nearby winery. Happy saling!
haven And home 44 W. 1st St.
haven And home
44 W. 1st St.

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Urban Cottage Has Ideas for Spring

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage
Urban Cottage

Urban Cottage is refreshed and ready for spring to come with lots of ideas for you and your abode. There are some very striking, classy chests in burled and dark woods plus plenty of tables, desks, and buffets in whites, blues and light shades. Upholstered chairs and benches are stylish. Lampshades are beautifully made and uniquely beautiful. Decor includes farm, French, Asian, industrial, and cottage styles. There are glasses, dishes, mirrors, prints, and frames. Jewelry ranges from true vintage to glamorous to vintage chic with clothes to match those styles including a few coats and jackets. There are pastel mittens to lighten your look while keeping you warm. In the treat department, you’ll find chocolates and caramels and handsome tins of tea. The best part is that many items are locally made – even the Valentine cards! Urban Cottage is open today until 7 PM with hours from 10 AM daily until 7 Thursday, until 6 on Friday, and until 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!

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Buffalo and Hamel Shops Are Warm and Inviting

Second Hand Rose, Buffalo
Second Hand Rose,
Buffalo

Second Hand Rose
Second Hand Rose

Second Hand Rose
Second Hand Rose

The Porch & Atelier, Buffalo
The Porch & Atelier,
Buffalo

The Porch & Atelier
The Porch & Atelier

The Cottage Door,  Buffalo
The Cottage Door,
Buffalo

The shops of Buffalo continue to offer a wide selection of fun, clever, and beautiful things for you, your friends, and your home. Furniture that’s been refinished or reupholstered is the starting point with mirrors, signs, and art adding to the decor choices. You’ll find candles, dishes, scarves, jewelry, and more. Each shop is unique with its own character and charm, but all are welcoming with fresh, clean, and attractive displays. On Soo Lane, you’ll find Second Hand Rose and This & That. In downtown there is a cluster of shops facing Central Avenue (Hwy. 25) and the large parking lot behind which is accessed from 1st Ave. NE. Some of these are The Porch & Atelier, The Cottage Door, and Jute Twine & Burlap. All the shops are open Thursday through Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 12 to 4. Some have slightly longer hours.
On Central Avenue, you’ll also find refreshments. Try deli Loaf & Ladle for soup and a sandwich or Evelyn’s Wine Bar for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and light fare.
Twisted Root, Hamel
Twisted Root,
Hamel

Twisted Root
Twisted Root

Chloe's Attic, Hamel
Chloe’s Attic,
Hamel

Chloe's Attic
Chloe’s Attic

Hamel is just a block off Hwy. 55 as you head west from Minneapolis. If you’ve never visited Hamel, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. On most weekends three or four shops filled with vintage and artisan-made goods will be open. Two favorites started out on a one-weekend-a-month basis. Now they are open more frequently offering the same variety and quality in repurposed, handmade, and creative furnishings and clothing. Check out Chloe’s Attic and Twisted Root on Hamel Road. Happy saling!

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Love Is In the Air in Hopkins

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery
Garden Party Gallery

Garden Party Gallery has created lots of fun pieces of furniture, decor and jewelry to make Valentine’s Day special for you or someone special. Heart-shaped signs, magnet boards and sweet sayings are some favorites. There are also re-purposed creations like the mug racks using teaspoons and colorful coffee cans. You’ll find small tables and desks, dining tables, and chests with painted and/or stained woods. All this and more can be seen Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6 and from 12 to 5 on Sunday at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. Happy saling!

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