A clear, crisp day is perfect for a drive. If Chaska is your destination, you can visit Shop 501 on Chestnut Street right as you come into town. This shop is a vintage and creative collaboration of several favorite vendors and is open every Thursday 10 – 7, Friday-Sat. 10-5, OPEN 12 – 3 TODAY.
[Please note for the future, 2 more Chaska shops which are NOT open today. Across Chestnut Street you'll find Annie Minette which features lots of tasteful holiday decor plus some vintage wares ONLY open Wed-Sat. Linda's Cellar on E. 2nd St which feels like an antique shop, but is closed today.]
On the north side of the metro area, Two Birds Antique Emporium in Brooklyn Park and Past Perfect in East Bethel ARE OPEN on Sunday, Dec. 1. Two Birds, at 8509 Wyoming Ave N, just east of Hwy 169 off 85th St, offers vintage and repurposed wares from 11-5 on Sundays. Past Perfect offers shabby chic furnishings with a French flair at 18429 Hwy 65 NE and is open from 10-4 today.
And back in Minneapolis, the shops on Minnehaha Avenue South are open today: E’s Emporium and Junket for sure! These plus all those listed in this month’s sales for Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 are open for your shopping pleasure.
P.S. The full month’s listing for December will be up soon.
Call it a refrain (or say it like a cheer) for the holiday shopping season. No need to circle endlessly in your car looking for a parking space or stand in long lines waiting for a cashier. Owners of the many local occasional stores are waiting to serve you. These small shops have handpicked a bounty of lovely, practical, and frivolous finds to make shopping a real pleasure.
Most of the shops across south Minneapolis are open one or more days this weekend as are several in the suburbs. Best advice is to check their website or Facebook page before making a special trip to a particular store. However, I can testify to the fact that Your Lucky Day is open for business already and will be open 10 – 6 all weekend. And the store is brimming with holiday – and everyday – treasures!
How to recycle Oriental rugs? These Christmas stockings and the handbags I saw at Spicy & Sweet Boutique in St. Louis Park seemed a clever idea. I liked the glitzy vintage jewelry too, but I can’t share a photo for fear of ruining the surprise for the gift’s recipient. For hostess gifts, there’s always a big “bar” of gourmet chocolate or a locally designed Christmas-themed or 2014 calendar tea towel. Spicy & Sweet Boutique is open Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4 at 6532 W. Lake St., 55426.
With Amour Sophie open today, I was able to start the weekend’s shopping early. Besides these warm mittens, I loved the jewelry and beautifully re-worked tables. The shop has a wonderful, elegant feel which hits the right note.
Then south on Bloomington Avenue to 52nd Street where I stopped at the Urban Cottage which was decorated (modestly, I’d say) for Christmas. There were many vintage ornaments, golden trees, and such a cleverly plaid blanket clad toboggan serving snacks. Here are a couple photos, but lots more in person.
New shops are opening all over. This weekend you can choose to go east or west to visit a new occasional shop. In addition to some of your old favorites, of course.
On the east side is Thistle in the St. Anthony Park area of St. Paul. Hours are Thur 12-8, Fri 12-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4. Repurposed and vintage; check it out on Facebook or 2228 Como Ave.
Or go west to Hopkins where Garden Party Gallery is located at 1213 Main St. Hours are Thu-Sat 9-6, Sun 12-5. I was able to preview last Saturday and here’s a sample of the re-styled and re-imagined home and garden furniture and decor.
Here’s another sale for those of you who are, or will be, in the Pine River/Longville/Backus area this coming Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 – 9, from 9 to 4 both days. Repurposed creations, vintage finds, winter and holiday decor, canned and baked goods will be for sale as well as a chili lunch. Complimentary cookies and cider await those who follow the signs on Hwy 84 to Hwy 79 (Harriet Club) and then east. Call 218-587-5075 or check sassysisterssalvage.blogspot.com for more info.
Hosted by the French Flea of Anoka, this market features 20+ vendors of furniture, vintage ware, jewelry, antiques, re-purposed items, and holiday decor. There are also food vendors offering soup, sweets, and tea and scones. (I can report that the Mad Hatter Tea Room of Anoka served a fine brewed tea in the greenhouse!) Topping off the shopping experience is a wonderful array of evergreens and holiday planters as well as green plants and new holiday decor offered by Green Valley Greenhouse & Garden Center which is providing the indoor market space. Hours until 7 PM today and 9 – 5 tomorrow, Nov. 2nd at 6530 Green Valley Rd., Ramsey, MN (about 7 miles north of downtown Anoka, just west of Hwy 47). 763-276-6234
The Chair Salon at 3225 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, is holding a flea market on Friday, October 25th 9 – 5 and Sat., Oct 26th 9-3 in their heated garage. Items for sale include vintage clothes, furniture, holiday decor, dinnerware, glassware, pillows and lamps. 612-823-2900.