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!