Carver Has Junk

Carver Junk Company
Carver Junk Company

Ms Mac's Too
Ms Mac’s Too

Junk Garage of Carver
Good Junk Garage of Carver

Junk for everyone, that’s the motto in Carver. Whether it’s repainted furniture, rusty old stuff, or classic vintage, you can find it. The Wednesday evening preview is a welcome addition to the Thursday-Saturday (and some Sunday) openings.

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Shoppers Alert

Farm Girl  Junk, Carver
Farm Girl Junk, Carver

Early opening in Carver: Most of the stores in Carver will be open this evening from 5 PM. Regular hours in Carver and Chaska begin at 10 AM Thursday and continue Friday and Saturday. See This Month’s Sales for details.
Big Sale in Savage: The Brass Peacock is having a big sale this weekend with bargains galore during their regular hours. Sale starts Thursday at 10 AM.
All sales for this weekend are noted on This Month’s Sales page. Happy Saling!

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Artisan Market Plus North Suburbs

Mama's Happy
Mama’s Happy

Artisan Market
Artisan Market

Artisan Market
Artisan Market

Mama’s Happy in Independence has indoor offerings by the mamas plus lots of guest vendors in the outdoor Artisan Market – including snacks and coffee. (Yummy soup!) Salvaged goods, jewelry, paintings, signs, repurposed, quilts, antiques and painted furniture are there.

French Flea
French Flea

French Flea
French Flea

A visit to the French Flea in Anoka found loads of handsome white furniture and accessories a la francais plus garden goodies. Happy Saling!

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Stocking Up in Lindstrom

Picket Fence Gals
Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals
Picket Fence Gals

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The parking lot was already full at 3:07 shortly after The Picket Fence Gals opened for this weekend’s sale. Furniture, both shabby and antique, bright or white, could be found. Even a sweet little twig table. The Gals – with some help from the Guys – were available to carry, tag, and ring up purchases. It’s fun to watch the team of helpers. They make the whole buying process fun and easy. Fewer folks were lingering outside with the showers so you might nab that perfect garden ornament or birdhouse yet. Check hours on This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!

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Celebrate Minnesota

Your Lucky Day!
Your Lucky Day!

Your Lucky Day!
Your Lucky Day!

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This month’s theme at Your Lucky Day is a Salute to Minnesota and the shop is jam-packed with all kinds of Minnesota memorabilia. Of course, lake and cabin themes are well represented plus the State Fair, Minnesota authors, Dayton’s Oval Room, Betty Crocker, historic posters….well, you get the idea. There are water skis complete with coat hooks and an old fashioned toaster rewired as a lamp that are kitchy and cool. Check it out Thursday-Sunday 9-6 at 4159 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis.

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Dog Days of Summer, Part 2

Spare Room underground shoppe
Spare Room underground shoppe

Spare Room, Northfield
Spare Room, Northfield

Spare Room
Spare Room

Not really a Twin Cities suburb yet less than an hour’s drive south, Northfield is home to a shop which combines classic antique furniture, vintage accessories, and new items with a vintage look. Work by local artists adds to the charm. The SPARE ROOM underground shoppe is so named because it is in the lower level of a building on Division, the main shopping street. To find the entrance, walk down the alley toward the river. Open Friday-Sunday 10-6.

The shops of Carver have expanded their hours this month to include Sunday afternoon. As always, check This Month’s Sales listing or a specific shop before making a long drive. Happy Saling!

Farm Girl Junk
Farm Girl Junk

Rekindled Company
Rekindled Company

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Delightful Dog Days

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

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Items were going out the door when I arrived late morning Thursday, but there were still lots of beautiful chandeliers and mirrors plus garden ornaments and the Victorian style wrought iron patio set pictured above. Laurie’s Trunk will be open Fri-Sat-Sunday for your shopping pleasure. Happy sailing!

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Summertime Sales

One of the chandeliers at Laurie's Trunk
One of the chandeliers at Laurie’s Trunk
The Nature of It, Carver
The Nature of It,
Carver
Carver Junk Company
Carver Junk Company
Rekindled Company, Carver
Rekindled Company,
Carver
Linda's Cellar,  Chaska
Linda’s Cellar,
Chaska

The weather couldn’t be better for shopping at small, local, vintage stores. You’ll find a fantastic array of furniture, fixtures, and accessories for entertaining – whether your style is elegant, rustic, funky or eclectic – as this sampling shows. Laurie’s chandeliers and European style furniture and accessories are at 9066 Lyndale Ave South in Bloomington. Hours Thur-Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-4. The shops of Carver and Chaska are open Thur 10-5 and Fri-Sat 10-4. Carver Junk Co is also open Sun 12-4.
Happy summer saling!

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Noteworthy

French Flea, Anoka
French Flea, Anoka

 

French Flea
French Flea

 

Antique Alley, Osseo
Antique Alley, Osseo

 

Antique Alley
Antique Alley

 

Mama's Happy, Independence
Mama’s Happy,
Independence
Mama's Happy
Mama’s Happy

The French Flea in downtown Anoka is brimming with shabby chic furniture, original art, and nods to nautical with seashells and summery pillows. The rattan chaise would add add comfort and style to a porch while the back garden has lovely decor for the garden.
Antique Alley in Osseo has country antiques, painted furniture, repurposed items, and crafted accessories. The small drop-leaf table on wheels would be perfect in a small kitchen or for a portable craft table.

Mama’s Happy in Independence specializes in repainted furniture but offers so much more. Clothing fashioned by recycling garments, original art, jewelry from old bits and bobs are all to be found here. The addition of outposts in St. Paul and St. Louis Park has not diminished the allure of the home of the Mamas on the far west edge of Minneapolis.

All these shops are worth the drive this weekend.  For particulars, check This Month’s Sales.

Happy Saling!

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