Looking for small, independent shops in southwest Minneapolis? Here are two which opened this summer and are worth a visit. Just six blocks south of Your Lucky Day is Sage and Cypress at 4760 Grand Ave. S. This is a truly unique shop filled with a colorful assortment of whimsical goods created by the owners who paint and do mosaic art. You’ll find a mix of original art, found objects, and embellished treasures. This is the place to look for that special objet d’art. The store is open every weekend – Thursday-Fridays 1-7, Saturdays 12-8 and Sundays 12-4.
A Rare Bird is located at 3016 West 50th St. in the cluster of vintage shops at the corner of 50th and Xerxes. It is an antique shop, but with its own distinctive mixture of European, mid-century, and industrial furniture along with lighting and a wide range of artwork. You will find quality at affordable prices at A Rare Bird. Hours are Thursday-Saturdays 11-5 and Sundays 12-5. Enjoy!
Your Lucky Day pays special attention this month to the great state of Minnesota with oh-so-many Minnesota-made products, signs, photos, maps, books and souvenirs. It truly is a trip down memory lane for many of us. You’ll find beautiful wool blankets, skis, fishing gear, toys, dishes, and every kind of kitchen tool and pan. There are cookie jars, roosters, and even Paul Bunyan in ceramic. Furniture includes theater seats, kitchen tables, and more. Your Lucky Day opens Thursday (just like the Fair) and is open through Sunday 9 – 6 daily at 4149 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!
How Quaint at 714 First Ave. E. (Hwy. 101) in downtown Shakopee offers a charming setting for vintage goods both inside and out. The spacious yard is filled with garden furniture, urns, and statues in traditional and funky styles. Indoors you’ll find three floors of furniture, house wares, dishes, art, and lots of decorative pieces, even some jewelry and clothes. Flowers and plants add to the attractive mix of styles. How Quaint is open Sat 9-5 and Sun 11-4. Happy saling!
All the shops were brimming with goods today. Weathered architectural remnants at Ms. Mac’s Too, a shabby old door and refreshed chest at Studio H, classic school lockers at Carver Junk Co., restained and painted chests at Farm Girl Junk, and vintage galore at the Good Junk Garage are examples of what you’ll find in Carver. The metal pieces decorating an old wooden door was seen at Linda’s Cellar in Chaska. The shops are open Fri-Sat 10-4 and most are open for a few hours on Sunday (hours vary).If the fine weather holds, take a break and sip an iced tea in the Gazebo at Carver’s City Park (below). Happy saling!
You can start the weekend at Urban Cottage which is open today until 7, Thu 10-7, Fri-Sat 10-6, and Sun 10-5 at 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The store is filled with refreshed furniture, home decor, and a wide range of vintage accessories from elegant to industrial, all in good taste and artfully displayed.
Starting Thursday morning at 11, Laurie’s Trunk at 9066 Lyndale Ave. S. in Bloomington will be open to offer unique furniture and decorative items with a European feel. The emphasis is on large, focal pieces to add impact and style. Laurie’s hours are 11-5 Thu-Sat and 12-4 on Sunday. Happy saling!
There’s an interesting collection of old, new, and custom ironwork at Rusty Rabbitiques located at 23590 Cedar Ave. S. You’ll find rows of chairs, tables, and outdoor ornaments plus a house with assorted vintage stuff. If you like iron ornaments, this is the place to go. Open Saturday-Sunday.
The merchandise at Spare Room Underground is evolving from mainly vintage furniture and antiques to include custom-made furniture, repurposed items, and new accessories to complete an eclectic decor for your home. The attractive Phileo clothing line adds softness and color to an otherwise neutral palette in the shoppe. Spare Room Underground is on the lower level (riverside entrance) of 310 Division St. in Northfield and is open Sunday 10-4. Happy saling!
Belle Junque at 474 Cleveland Ave. S. in St. Paul is a little shop that’s big on European style. There are fun, French-looking accessories mixed in with lovely antique furniture. The mood is clean, fresh, and spare with punches of color and character. If this is the look you like, it’s worth the drive from Minneapolis – or North Dakota! Belle Junque is open until 8 PM today, 10-5 Fri-Sat, and 12-4 Sunday.
Antique Alley at 218 Central Ave. in Osseo has a classic all American vibe. There are beautiful wooden tables, cabinets with faded or peeling paint (truly shabby), and accessories reminiscent of Mom’s or Grandma’s house. Clean and comfortable might describe this store which is open Fri-Sat 9-5 and Sunday 12-4. If you want more choices in the northwest suburbs, try 2 Birds Antique Emporium (not far from Osseo off 85th St) or The French Flea in Anoka; both are open this weekend. Happy saling!
Two shops in St. Paul are open this weekend: The Middle Sister and Urban Moon. Both feature more traditional furnishings and decor for your home. Details are listed under This Month’s Sales. Stop by and see what’s new. Happy saling!
The August sale comes earlier in the month than usual at Haupt Antiek Market. The theme is Diamond in the Rust with industrial pieces taking pride of place. There’s plenty to choose from that’s ready for immediate use, or you might be able to order a customized creation from some vendors. Signs, wall art, dishes, shelves, containers, chairs and so much more awaits. There’s an added attraction with many markdowns and “blue dot” specials inside and out. Haupt Antiek Market located at 7570 W. 147th in Apple Valley (just west of Cedar Ave. S.) is open Thursday 9-8, Friday 9-7, Sat 9-5, and Sun 11-4 for your shopping pleasure. Happy saling!
There is still one more day to find a bargain or win a $25 gift certificate during Crazy Days at Your Lucky Day. You’ll find a wide range of furniture from a farm table to a chrome-trimmed bar cart to a pair of stadium/theater seats. There are still a couple vibrantly colored summer dresses for a night on the town. Housewares and accessories abound from homey to elegant. It’s hard to pigeonhole the styles you will encounter so a personal visit is a must. Hours are 9 to 6 tomorrow at 4159 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!