The shops of Carver and Chaska are ready for the holiday season with lots of ornaments, arrangements, furnishings, and furniture – from rusty to glittering! There are plenty of signs, pillows, glasses, dishes, and metal implements plus sleds, skates, and Santas. Linda’s Cellar has a room filled with childrens’ onesies and gently used clothing plus toys and books too. The Carver shops are open until 5 today and Saturday. Linda’s Cellar is open until 4 today and Saturday. All are open noon to 4 on Sunday. Carver shops are nextdoor to each other at 109 Third St. E. in historic downtown Carver. Linda’s Cellar is located at 110 E. Second St. in downtown Chaska. Happy saling!
Winter Wonderland is a good description of the cozy farmhouse atmosphere at Haupt Antiek Market this month. There are oodles of Santas, ornaments, angels, snowflakes, and fresh evergreen arrangements in charming antique containers along with dishes, furniture, signs, blankets, and holiday décor. The holiday music is festive – still welcome at the beginning of this grand shopping season. You’ll be delighted with all you find! Store hours are Thursday 9 to 8, Friday 9 to 7, Saturday 9 to 5, and Sunday 11 to 4 at 7570 W. 147th Street (just west of Cedar Avenue) in Apple Valley. Happy saling!
Bonjour Provence is an annual sale of garden, cottage, and country furniture, household goods, and décor with a French flair. Most of the linens, dishes, glassware, signs, trays, and paintings are from France collected at flea markets and antique shops across Provence. The array is varied and charming! The sale is Thursday and Friday from 9 to 5 at 6501 Girard Avenue South in Richfield. (That’s one block west of 35W and one block north of 66th St. – not far from Bachman’s on Lyndale!) Happy saling! Bon voyage!
Wonderful vintage furniture and objets are filling the far section of Bachman’s on Lyndale in readiness for the opening of the Fall Gathering of Friends’ Market on Thursday! There is a fantastic variety of goods including architectural pieces, tables, chests, bookcases, sofas, oil paintings, china, glassware, old signs, fabric, quilts, bowling pins, blankets, kitchen tools, dishes, agricultural, industrial fixtures, European, cottage, primitives. And more! The sale is open Thursday and Friday from 9 to 8, Saturday from 9 to 6, and Sunday from 10 to 3 inside Bachman’s Garden Center at 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis (just north of Crosstown Hwy. 62). Free parking and free admission. Plus coffee and food available at Patrick’s Bakery and everything for gardening at Bachman’s! Happy saling!
Weather can have a huge impact on shopping – and all activities in Minnesota. Luckily, loyal customers of local shops usually make a visit to their favorites a Must Do each month. Minneapolis shops were crowded today with shoppers who found the vintage clothes, décor, and hand-picked treasures irresistible. Urban Cottage has their usual blend of elegant, rustic and traditional goods at reasonable prices. Clocks, cloches, cards, clothes, caps…and chairs can all be found plus tables, mirrors, cupboards, art, jewelry and more. Bright yet cozy shopping is yours at Urban Cottage at 5157 Bloomington Ave. on Thursday 10 to 7 and Friday through Sunday from 10 to 5.
Check out Flamingos Divine Finds too at 3404 Cedar Ave. S. which is open 10 to 6:00 Thursday through Sunday with a wide range of vintage clothes, potential costumes, dishes, records, art, furniture, and Halloween goods.
The Cottage House is also open from 10 to 6 through Sunday at 4308 Chicago Ave. S. and will be open every Friday to Sunday 10 to 6 for the rest of this year.
The outdoor garden is still blooming and the indoor décor is blazing in fall colors. Garden Party Gallery is packed with pumpkins of several varieties including some handmade of cement with twigs for stems and others of repurposed wooden sofa “feet.” There are lots of decorative pieces like the wall vases, wine racks, and clever lamp shades displayed amongst the sturdy tables and chests, chairs and stools. It’s always fun to notice the clever ways items have been painted or reworked to give a new purpose to a quality vintage piece. The shop is open again tomorrow, Sunday, from noon to 5:00 at 1213 Mainstreet in Hopkins for the final day featuring fall furnishings. (November will highlight the holidays). Happy saling!
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!