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!
After all the rain, the ground is wet at the Artisan Market, but everyone is happy to be there. Tents fill the grass with all kinds of fun goods. Many vendors have hand-crafted jewelry or hand-painted signs. Several tents feature artists who work on paper and others who paint on canvas like Evan Abrahamson. Many prints and signs are all about Minnesota as are flannel shirts each with a MN-shaped appliqué. You’ll find clever re-makes of vintage blankets, lamps, and lunch boxes to name just a few. The sweet bibs, hair bows, baby booties, and knit hats make great gifts. Pumpkins in various shapes and colors and assorted materials (even bunting) abound. And, yes, there are some great old metal farm pieces as well as re-purposed small furniture. In other words, something for everyone. Did I mention packaged granola, tea, and salsa? Plus prepared foods and drinks to enjoy onsite! Inside is a large area with clothes and bags, and lots of art, dishes, pillows, furniture, décor, and paint. Be prepared to walk a little way and dress for the weather. Open 10 to 5 through Sunday at 7988 County Road 6 in Independence. Happy saling!
A little rain doesn’t stop shoppers from cruising the shops in South Minneapolis. Today’s focus is on Flamingos Divine Finds at 3404 Cedar Avenue South where you’ll find a mixed bag of vintage goods. There are garden accessories, planters, benches and plants in the backyard. Inside are furniture, posters, lamps, dishes, and a large selection of clothing, handbags, and fun “dress up” items for adults including sequined eye masks. Halloween decorations and inspiration are abundant too. Hours are 10 to 6 today through Sunday. The Cottage House at 4308 Chicago Ave. S. and Urban Cottage at 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. are close by with similar hours. An additional attraction this month is the outdoor Vintage Flea Market from 10 to 4 on Saturday only next to Urban Cottage with a food/ice cream truck, kids’ Bouncy House, music from 1-3, and the grand opening of The Irreverent Bookworm bookstore. Happy saling in South Minneapolis!
The weather’s great and so is shopping at Urban Cottage’s August sale this weekend. Many outdoor tables and chairs to make the most of the dog days and beyond are ready for you. You’ll find buffets, chests, occasional tables, stools, and upholstered chairs for indoors. Vintage clothing is cleaned, pressed and beautifully presented at reasonable prices. And there are oh so many prints, paintings, wall hangings, and décor items to add pizazz to your home or cabin. Not to be forgotten are glassware, serving dishes, and accoutrements for entertaining. Whether you’re looking for a gift or just looking for a fun treasure, this is the weekend to visit Urban Cottage at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. Hours are Wednesday until 6:00, Thursday from 10:00 to 7:00, and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 daily. Happy saling!
The sweet little yellow house at 1213 Mainstreet in Hopkins is home to a fantastic flower garden and Garden Party Gallery Occasional store. The yard and patio feature outdoor furniture and fun accessories. Inside you’ll find tables, chests, chairs for kids, jewelry, and a wide selection of home décor and accessories. There’s lots of summer plus a few fall items to help with the cooler days ahead. The shop is open 10 to 5 through Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday. Happy saling!
The weather’s perfect for enhancing your outdoor space with a few new items from Urban Cottage in South Minneapolis. There are so many choices in furniture, planters, and accessories. Chairs for children beg to be taken home whether you prefer adirondack or wicker. Adults can choose directors chairs, wrought iron or mesh plus lots of tables, carts, and statuary. Soft goods include lots of pillows and cushions in bright colors and prints. Glassware, plates, and serving pieces are ready plus ice buckets and fun décor for inside or out. The selection of vintage clothing for women is beautifully curated as is the summer jewelry. And, of course, there are a few very special architectural pieces to check out. Urban Cottage is open today until 6, Thursday from 10 to 7, and Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5 each day at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South. Happy saling!
Chloe’s Attic is moving out of its longtime store at the end of this month to make room for another business to move in. Sunday is the last day to shop and pick up some bargains. Almost everything is marked down by 50%, 75% or even 90%! There are some large tables, chests, and chairs plus many smaller décor items like pillows, mirrors, frames, wreaths, light fixtures and chandeliers, signs, fabric, and chalk paint. Hours are 10 to 5. Chloe’s Attic is located at 155 Hamel Road in Uptown Hamel (which is up the hill on the south side of Highway 55). Happy saling!
Urban Cottage is welcoming shoppers and gardeners right now to their garden party and fundraiser for Make A Wish Foundation. And what a lovely evening to have a little party! The party runs until 8 PM at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. Tonight’s event is a preview of what you’ll find over the next five days during normal shop hours. There is an abundance of patio, porch, and garden furniture and décor plus some lovely flowering plants. Inside goodies include lots of great jewelry for you or your mom, handbags, vintage clothes, signs, artwork, lanterns, glassware, and furniture to spruce up your winter-weary interiors. There’s some stuff that’s rusty and some that’s sparkly. Everything is perfect for a mix and match style. The store is open tomorrow from noon to 7, Thursday from 10 to 7, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6, and Sunday from 10 TO 5. Happy saling!
It’s perfect weather for a drive to the historic river towns on the southwest rim of the metro area. In Chaska you can browse a grand assortment of housewares, garden accessories, old rusty signs plus new painted signs, plaid shirts, metal pieces, flowering plants and planters, furniture, and more at Linda’s Cellar located at 110 110 E. 2nd St.
A few blocks north at 416 N. Chestnut (Hwy. 41) you can park at the door of Urban Patina. Here you’ll discover tables and décor beautifully crafted from metal and old wood along with tasteful accessories like pillows, vases, and spring wreaths.
About a mile west off Hwy. 61, you’ll find downtown Carver with its quaint historic district. At the moment, The Good Junk Garage is the only true occasional shop open with its huge collection of metal pieces, classic antiques (furniture, tools, and assorted smalls) as well as quilts, signs, and stained glass. [I say “at the moment” because two shops have closed and the new haven’t arrived yet.] The Good Junk Garage is located at 109 1/2 3rd St. E. across from the city park’s gazebo and next to the Carver Flower shop.
All three of these shops are open today and Saturday from 10 to 4 in Chaska and 10 to 5 in Carver. If you don’t know these towns, there are several other interesting small shops to explore as well…plus coffee, food, and Red Bench Bakery (near Urban Patina). Happy saling!