The ambiance at Garden Party Gallery is magical. It’s cozy and over-the-top decorated for the holidays. Yes, you’ll find some tables, chests, and children’s Time Out chairs, but the overwhelming vibe is cheerful, hand-crafted Christmas décor. There are many variations on cookie molds and tartlet tins revamped into unique ornaments (or pendants). Wreaths, swags, and trees are abundant in many versions. There are photo frames and display pieces plus jewelry, mittens and burlap table runners. Almost everything is cleverly repurposed locally – no imports from China or Target here. If you’re looking for inspiration and an amazing holiday atmosphere, head over to Garden Party Gallery at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. The store is open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from noon to 5. (Also open on the next two Saturdays, December 14th and 21st). Happy saling!
This year’s Holiday Market at Green Valley Garden Center in Ramsey is as popular as ever. The garden center is bursting with poinsettia plants, evergreen swags, wreaths, trees, and pots, birch reindeer, and beautiful house plants at reasonable prices. Several vintage vendors have interesting jewelry and candles are abundant. There are signs, ornaments, original art, clever lights, flannel shirts, knit hats and mittens, purses, stuffed animals, and a huge selection of holiday décor. You’ll also find baked goods, caramel corn, chocolates, seasonings, and more. There are fewer vintage vendors this year than in the past, but there’s lots of variety. It’s a vibrant market, open today ONLY. The address is 6530 Green Valley Road (Hwy. 63) in Ramsey 55303 not far north of Anoka. Happy saling!
The shops of Carver and Chaska are ready for the holiday season with lots of ornaments, arrangements, furnishings, and furniture – from rusty to glittering! There are plenty of signs, pillows, glasses, dishes, and metal implements plus sleds, skates, and Santas. Linda’s Cellar has a room filled with childrens’ onesies and gently used clothing plus toys and books too. The Carver shops are open until 5 today and Saturday. Linda’s Cellar is open until 4 today and Saturday. All are open noon to 4 on Sunday. Carver shops are nextdoor to each other at 109 Third St. E. in historic downtown Carver. Linda’s Cellar is located at 110 E. Second St. in downtown Chaska. Happy saling!
Winter Wonderland is a good description of the cozy farmhouse atmosphere at Haupt Antiek Market this month. There are oodles of Santas, ornaments, angels, snowflakes, and fresh evergreen arrangements in charming antique containers along with dishes, furniture, signs, blankets, and holiday décor. The holiday music is festive – still welcome at the beginning of this grand shopping season. You’ll be delighted with all you find! Store hours are Thursday 9 to 8, Friday 9 to 7, Saturday 9 to 5, and Sunday 11 to 4 at 7570 W. 147th Street (just west of Cedar Avenue) in Apple Valley. Happy saling!
Bonjour Provence is an annual sale of garden, cottage, and country furniture, household goods, and décor with a French flair. Most of the linens, dishes, glassware, signs, trays, and paintings are from France collected at flea markets and antique shops across Provence. The array is varied and charming! The sale is Thursday and Friday from 9 to 5 at 6501 Girard Avenue South in Richfield. (That’s one block west of 35W and one block north of 66th St. – not far from Bachman’s on Lyndale!) Happy saling! Bon voyage!
Wonderful vintage furniture and objets are filling the far section of Bachman’s on Lyndale in readiness for the opening of the Fall Gathering of Friends’ Market on Thursday! There is a fantastic variety of goods including architectural pieces, tables, chests, bookcases, sofas, oil paintings, china, glassware, old signs, fabric, quilts, bowling pins, blankets, kitchen tools, dishes, agricultural, industrial fixtures, European, cottage, primitives. And more! The sale is open Thursday and Friday from 9 to 8, Saturday from 9 to 6, and Sunday from 10 to 3 inside Bachman’s Garden Center at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis (just north of Crosstown Hwy. 62). Free parking and free admission. Plus coffee and food available at Patrick’s Bakery and everything for gardening at Bachman’s! Happy saling!
Weather can have a huge impact on shopping – and all activities in Minnesota. Luckily, loyal customers of local shops usually make a visit to their favorites a Must Do each month. Minneapolis shops were crowded today with shoppers who found the vintage clothes, décor, and hand-picked treasures irresistible. Urban Cottage has their usual blend of elegant, rustic and traditional goods at reasonable prices. Clocks, cloches, cards, clothes, caps…and chairs can all be found plus tables, mirrors, cupboards, art, jewelry and more. Bright yet cozy shopping is yours at Urban Cottage at 5157 Bloomington Ave. on Thursday 10 to 7 and Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5.
Check out Flamingos Divine Finds too at 3404 Cedar Ave. S. which is open 10 to 6:00 Thursday through Sunday with a wide range of vintage clothes, potential costumes, dishes, records, art, furniture, and Halloween goods.
The Cottage House is also open from 10 to 6 through Sunday at 4308 Chicago Ave. S. and will be open every Friday to Sunday 10 to 6 for the rest of this year.
The outdoor garden is still blooming and the indoor décor is blazing in fall colors. Garden Party Gallery is packed with pumpkins of several varieties including some handmade of cement with twigs for stems and others of repurposed wooden sofa “feet.” There are lots of decorative pieces like the wall vases, wine racks, and clever lamp shades displayed amongst the sturdy tables and chests, chairs and stools. It’s always fun to notice the clever ways items have been painted or reworked to give a new purpose to a quality vintage piece. The shop is open again tomorrow, Sunday, from noon to 5:00 at 1213 Mainstreet in Hopkins for the final day featuring fall furnishings. (November will highlight the holidays). Happy saling!
Vintage shops have been a mainstay of Chaska’s charm for a long time. Both occasional shops in town are open this weekend. Linda’s Cellar is brimming with fall and Halloween themes as well as a wide selection of garden, cabin, farm, and industrial goods. The turquoise front panels from an old car are a separate category! There’s a room of little kids clothes, books, and toys. Yes, there are (or, were, on Friday) pickles. You’ll find rusty metal and plenty of wood furniture too. Linda’s Cellar at 110 East Second St. is open 10 to 4 Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.
At Urban Patina you’ll find lots of repurposed wood and metal tables, shelves, and decorative pieces along with accents to create a modern home with rustic touches. And if you’re lucky, there’ll still be some sweet wild flower bouquets in Ball jars fresh from a local grower. Urban Patina is located at 416 N. Chestnut (Hwy. 41) and is open Saturday from 10 to 4:00. Parking is available at the door of both shops. (If you’re in Chaska before 2:00 today, stop at Red Bench Bakery at 500 N. Chestnut for a snack or lunch). Happy saling!
Carver General has opened in Historic Downtown Carver at 109 Third Street East, an 1870’s building which has been home to a boot and shoemaking business, a hardware and farm implement store, and most recently Carver Flowers. The new shop is now filled from front to back with all kinds of vintage and repurposed goods including antiques, furniture, industrial, farm, home, and garden. Hours this weekend are Thursday to Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 and from noon to 4:00 on Sunday.
Right next door is The Good Junk Garage, a longtime favorite for farm, industrial, old windows, signs, artwork, lighting, and unique antiques from pieces of transferware china to large hutches. Even an old working school bell!
The Good Junk Garage is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 5. (Closed this Sunday). Happy saling!