This weekend provides a rare opportunity to visit shops that we don’t often write about: local antique shops which are open more days than they’re closed. A good example is A Rare Bird Antiques which is located at 3016 West 50th Street in southwest Minneapolis. It’s one in a cluster of vintage shops at the corner of 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue South which has been drawing shoppers for years with high quality goods beautifully displayed. A Rare Bird is one of the newer shops, but owner Kelly Wallace isn’t new to vintage sales. She has been selling beautiful pieces of European furniture and art at several other shops around the metro for awhile and has a good eye for interesting pieces of various styles. Aside from lovely handcrafted items (made with vintage paper), everything in the shop has a history. Even the garden furniture and urns are authentically vintage. Inventory changes often making frequent visits a pleasure. Shop hours are 11 to 5 daily except Tuesdays. Happy saling!
The market is full of fun items for home, cabin, picnics, and gardening. You’ll find fine china, enamelware, tablecloths, signs, art, tables, chairs, chests, and so much more. Unique locally crafted garden stakes, wind chimes, and jewelry share space with English and French vintage dishes and signs. Many one-of-a-kind treasures like a giant wooden barrel are waiting for a new home. Haupt Antiek Market is open today until 8, Friday from 9 to 7, Saturday from 9 to 5, and Sunday from 11 to 4 at 7570 West 147th Street, just west of Cedar Avenue, in Apple Valley. Happy saling!
Bonjour Provence brings charming souvenirs back to Minnesota from flea markets across the south of France and then adds in repainted vintage furniture to offer a sweet little sale. Shoppers often find a reminder of a past trip in the form of a sign in French, an olive dish, a tablecloth in a provencal print, or a watercolor of roosters. Dishes, bottles, glasses, pots, and mundane gadgets can bring back memories or fuel daydreams of future travels. The small tables, benches, and chairs are painted to look like something you might find in the French countryside. This sale is small but lovely and runs Thursday through Saturday. Hours are 9 to 6 on Thursday and Friday and 9 to 3 on Saturday at 6501 Girard Avenue South in Richfield. It’s easiest to reach by taking 35W to the 66th Street exit. Go west one block and turn right on Girard. Go one more block and Voila! Please note that 66th Street is closed west of Girard so the other route would be to approach on 65th Street from Penn. Happy saling! Or, Bon voyage!
Urban Cottage is brimming with colorful, fun outdoor furniture and bright serving and dining accessories. Cheerful pitchers, plates, glasses are patio perfect or keep a drinks cart stocked with silver coolers and glass decanters. Artwork, signs, mirrors and shelves can adorn your walls – inside and out. There’s jewelry and soaps and towels and scarves. And super cool t-shirts with a fish on the front, subtle and classy. You’ll even find cards for Dad! The weekend has three more shopping days so head over to 5157 Bloomington Ave. S. in Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from 10 to 5. You can stop at Lake Nokomis on your way home – it’s not far from Urban Cottage. Happy saling!
You’ll first notice the beautiful perennials in bloom along the sidewalk as you approach the little yellow house on Mainstreet in Hopkins which is home to Garden Party Gallery. After three years, the garden is thriving and forms a lovely backdrop to the rusty vintage buckets and wheelbarrows, clever dragonflies, and refreshed metal chairs. Inside are painted, stained, and decoupaged tables, desks, and chairs. The summery bunting, rag rugs, and bright cushions could decorate a porch or cabin. There’s jewelry made from vintage bits, wreaths of old mattress springs, and a few stained glass windows plus so much more. Garden Party Gallery is open today from noon to 5 at 1213 Mainstreet and the first weekend (Thursday through Sunday) every month. Happy saling!
Congratulations to Mustard Moon & The Rider, another new shop opening this weekend in southwest Minneapolis. Owner Jane Hall is a popular vendor at many vintage and occasional shops around the area and is taking the plunge to open a shop with the help of her talented son, “the Rider.” The space is jam-packed with vintage goodies and many one-of-a-kind pieces. Vintage clothes, original art, industrial, maps, and furniture are just some of the treasures awaiting you at 5014 Xerxes Avenue South from 11 to 6 Fridays through Saturdays.
Other shops at the corner of 50th and Xerxes (like A Rare Bird) feature fine antiques, garden furniture, art and more and are open similar hours plus Sunday afternoons. Happy saling!
A new duo has opened shop on the corner of 42nd and Grand in southwest Minneapolis. Weekend Salvage offers a variety of vintage goods. Most notable are the old wall maps which are in pristine condition. You’ll also find small treasures, furniture from the fifties and sixties, skulls from the southwest desert, and even some agricultural metal. A small but interesting selection of jewelry is on display too. Nothing painted or newly crafted here; it’s all salvaged. Stop in and take a look at 4159 Grand Avenue South between 10 and 5 today (Saturday) and Sunday. Happy saling!
Carver Junk Company has moved from their original space in downtown Carver to a former bank turned storefront on the main street of Chaska. The address is 206 North Chestnut. The new store is a similar size, but is divided into more rooms including a workroom/classroom and the separate Vault for t-shirts and accessories. There is still a rustic feel with the light
Chaska-brick walls and wood floors while the new paint and gleaming door speak of fresh art and refreshed furniture. You’ll find tables and chests, signs, pillows, jewelry, greeting cards, paint, and all kinds of interesting decor plus friendly vendors to assist you. Parking at the door is available if you’re coming from the south or you can find a few spots behind the store off 2nd St. Hours are Thursday 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4, and Sunday from noon to 4. Happy saling!
Two favorite shops in St. Paul are open this week. Both feature gifts and furnishings with a more feminine look as opposed to rustic or rusty. Belle Junque is open both Friday and Saturday from 11 to 6 at 474 Cleveland Ave. S. and features French-inspired pieces with lots of white, gray, and natural vintage woods. They also are selling beautiful fresh floral arrangements which are perfect for Mother’s Day.
The combined shops of The Middle Sister and Urban Moon are featuring all things related to tea this weekend. They’ll even be serving tea and scones on Saturday! They are open from 10 to 5 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday afternoon at 1048 Selby Avenue. Besides tea accessories and lots of decor items, look for the discounts of 20% on most furniture. Happy saling!
The backyard at Urban Cottage is open with flowering plants and fun furniture for your outdoor space. Inside is a wonderful selection of tables, chairs, chests, lamps, glassware, signs, vintage clothes, and beautiful jewelry. Decor items run the gamut from shiny to rusty. Gift ideas include tea towels and French-inspired containers as well as greeting cards, candles and soaps. A special event this month is a Garden Party Benefit on Thursday from 4 to 8 to support cancer patients. All this is happening at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis this weekend. Urban Cottage hours are Wednesday night until 7, Thursday from 10 to 8, Friday and Saturday 10 to 6, and Sunday from 10 to 5. Happy saling!