The Vintage Ivy Holiday Market is a treat for shoppers! There are so many individual vendors each offering a unique take on what holiday gifts and decor should be. Everything is vintagy, chippy, rusty, repurposed or hand-crafted. Furniture, mittens, flannels, jewelry, signs, antlers, ornaments….you’ll find many choices in each category. The venue is light and well-organized. Each individual vendor collects payment for items sold in their space. (Be warned: some only take cash or checks). In the 101 Market itself, you can also buy evergreens, decor, food, and snacks (with tables to sit at) – all indoors with parking closeby. The exact address is 8980 Quantrelle Ave, Otsego, but the location is pretty easy to find – just east of Hwy. 101 at the 90th St. exit. Vintage Ivy is open today and tomorrow from 9 to 5.
The French Vintage Marketplace is put on by The French Flea of Anoka and Green Valley Garden Center so it’s no surprise that there are lots of holiday greens and attractive potted arrangements available plus a large area indoors displaying lamps, pillows, and furniture in the French Flea’s signature cream and white paint. There are also many vendors with their own hand-crafted and vintage decor, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. You’ll see the work of some talented artisans along with the merchandise available from Green Valley. There’s a small snack area which includes cookies and cupcakes for sale. The French Vintage Marketplace is located at 6530 Green Valley Road in Ramsey and is open today until 7 and tomorrow from 9 to 5. Happy saling!
Garden Party Gallery has one room packed with festive fall items for decorating and entertaining this month. The rest of the shop is ready for winter festivities. There is lots of glassware, wine racks, and cheese boards for entertaining, just to name a few. Tables, desks, and buffets are there too finished in the GPG’s unique style. What is most eye-catching is the magical tree and abundant holiday decorations. They will get your creative decorating ideas flowing. To see all the goodies, stop by Garden Party Gallery on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 or Sunday from 12 to 5 at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. Happy saling!
It’s always a pleasure to visit St. Paul’s two occasional shops. They have so much to offer depending on your favorite decorating style and your particular home furnishing needs. The ladies at Urban Moon and The Middle Sister have a diverse selection of decor and furniture. You’ll find art prints, mirrors, chalkboards, and magnetic boards created with maps of a favorite place in the world. There are trays filled with vintage costume jewelry with plenty of bling. Furniture favorites come in large and small pieces in wood tones or carefully painted vintage. Lamps, shades, cushions, linens, china, silver, brass – it’s all there. And denim shirts and jackets are displayed along with books on decorating and books for kids. Candles in tea cups and candle sticks as well as English tea cups can be found too plus lots more. Shop hours are 10 to 5 Saturday and noon to 5 on Sunday at 1048 Selby Avenue (south of 94 and just east of Lexington Pkwy).
Belle Junque evokes a crisp, calm atmosphere with pale walls and light wood floors. Dishes, accessories and furniture are predominantly white or cream colored. There are a few delightful exceptions including a primitive table and a stunning buffet, both in pristine condition. Many of the light fixtures are charming reproductions which suit the mix of French farmhouse and elegant belle époque furnishings. And, of course, there are succulents potted and ready to take home – the perfect all season, easy-care plant. Belle Junque is open this Saturday and most weekends (Thursdays to Saturdays) from 11 to 5 at 474 Cleveland Avenue South (at the corner of Randolph) and next to the new French bistro, Brigade. Happy saling!
The shops of Carver and Chaska continue to charm shoppers with interesting vintage pieces, handcrafted furniture, and freshly harvested florals, pumpkins and gourds. Rosehips & Willow has lovely wreaths and swags of bittersweet and rosehips (as they should with their name!) They also stock pillows, candles, and assorted vintage pieces. Farm Girl Junk has some magnificent new furniture this month including a huge square table with benches and chairs for a gathering. Signs, toys, dishtowels, and more fill the shop. Ms. Mac’s Too has a great assortment of architectural finds along with cupboards, shelves, tables, and vintage pieces to create a rustic ambiance. The Good Junk Garage has a few stained glass windows – my favorite is the one which says SHOES.(It was made for a shoe store, but would make a perfect hanging for the person who has a large collection of shoes!) You’ll also find a classic white enamel stove, all kinds of rusty metal stuff, plus dishes, art, old doors, old signs, and dressers to name a few treasures. The shops of Carver are open from 10 to 5 Friday and Saturday and 11 to 3 on Sunday. On the east edge of downtown Carver, stop for a latte or some tea at A Cup of Carver.
A mile down the road, follow the detour signs into Chaska where Linda’s Cellar on East Second Street will welcome you with treats and all kinds of Halloween decor. Hydrangeas, gourds, and pumpkins plus pickles and canned applesauce await along with rusty farm tools, cabinets, tables, chairs, buckets, signs, blankets and lots of flannel shirts (beautifully faded). Linda’s is open 10 to 4 on Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 on Sunday.
If you are starting in Chaska, take Fourth Street west from Hwy. 41 (Chestnut) to detour around the Hwy. 61 construction and make your way to Carver. And enjoy all the beautiful fall color. Happy saling!
A Gathering of Friends opens tomorrow at 9 AM sharp at Bachman’s flagship store. There is usually a line of eager shoppers as the selection of antiques of every type is pretty remarkable. Choices lean toward primitives and traditional, many locally sourced. But you will also find European treasures and re-imagined goods as well. The hours are 9 to 8 tomorrow and Friday, 9 to 6 on Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday. All this plus plants and flowers and food indoors at Bachman’s at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.
Flamingos Divine Finds is the first shop to open for the weekend. The sidewalk is filled with chairs, original art and prints, and assorted treasures. Indoors and out back are tools, clothing, dishes, record albums, and a huge assortment of furniture. There is lots of Halloween decor plus mirrors, signs, and more. Flamingos is open from 10 to 6 Wednesday through Sunday at 3404 Cedar Avenue South.
West of Lake Nokomis, Urban Cottage welcomes shoppers from noon to 7 on Wednesdays with a great selection of traditional furniture and decor with some rust and industrial items mixed in for good measure. The store is decorated in fall colors and accessories including several spooky Halloween items. There are two vintage clothing areas with assorted handbags and totes – and, yes, boots! Signs, lamps, and mirrors are plentiful amongst the upholstered chairs, buffets, chests, and tables. This month features bread and soup mixes plus a special book signing event on Saturday afternoon. Urban Cottage is open from 10 to 7 on Thursday, 10 to 6 on Friday and Saturday and from 10 to 5 on Sunday at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South. Happy saling!
Artist Jolie Raimondo’s luscious landscape will be just one of the beautifully crafted items available at Mama’s Happy in Independence. You’ll find furniture, decor and so much more including costumed vendors! Shop hours are Wednesday 6 to 8, Thursday through Saturday 10 to 6, and noon to 5 Sunday.
On the far east side of the metro, the St. Croix Valley shops are promoting a vintage crawl. A favorite occasional shop is Apron Chicks located a block north of Hwy. 36 and just east of Cty. Rd. 15 (Manning Ave.) at Bergmann’s Greenhouse. The exact address is 12239 62nd St. N. in Stillwater. Hours are Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 6.
There are also shopping choices on the north and south sides of the metro plus many in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Check out the whole array in This Month’s Sales. Happy saling!
The cheerful reds, oranges, and yellows of autumn are abundant this weekend at Garden Party Gallery. For those who love fall celebrations, this is a great place to find unique decorations for your home. The clever crafters have transformed everyday items into beautiful and functional decor. It can take more than a quick glance to notice the transformations – perhaps pumpkins or beaded chains made from wine corks. Furniture is painted, waxed, and often decorated with a classic postcard or a piece of leather. Pumpkins, gourds, and fresh flowers (as well as the long lasting ones) enhance the vintage pieces. And don’t forget to notice the amazing morning glory umbrella in the garden! Garden Party Gallery at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from noon to 5 PM. Happy saling!
Shops in the historic towns of Carver and Chaska are bustling this weekend. All are ready with fall and Halloween decor plus all the usual vintage and handcrafted items we love. A new addition to the Carver retail community is called Rosehips & Willow. It offers a nice mix of vintage and new goods in the old bank building/grocery store at 308 Broadway. It is open two weeks per month, Tuesday to Sunday. Farm Girls Junk and Ms. Mac’s Too had a chicken theme going with the huge metal rooster sign and other chicken stuff. (A word to drivers: take the detour going west from Chestnut in Chaska two blocks south of Hwy. 61 and it will link up with Hwy. 61 to take you to Carver). While you’re in Chaska, stop at Linda’s Cellar at 110 East 2nd St. for rusty, weathered vintage plus lots of Halloween decor. Linda’s is open Thursday 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday 1 to 4, and Sunday noon to 4. Happy saling!
Haupt Antiek Market is packed to the rafters with all kinds of fall and Halloween themed decor. The bright oranges, reds and yellows are a great contrast to mellow old stained wood and more recently painted whites and creams. There are all manner of signs, both inspirational and humorous. China, enamel, and rusty metal are all there in various forms. You’ll find posters, prints, original oils, and vintage maps plus tables, desks, dressers, shelves, and chairs. And there are pumpkins. And live mums. And lots more. Haupt Antiek Market is open today until 8, Friday 9 to 7, Saturday 9 to 5, and Sunday 11 to 4 at 7570 W. 147th St. (just west of Cedar Ave.) in Apple Valley. Happy saling!