Carver Classics

Carver shops are open today through Sunday with fun furnishings and décor for home and garden. Most items tend to fall in the chippy or rusty category while some are well-loved and immaculate. Almost everything is truly vintage. Carver General and next-door neighbor The Good Junk Garage are located at 109 East Third in historic downtown Carver. Their hours are Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday afternoon from noon to 4. Happy saling!

Please note: Most photos are from Carver General. The last one (just above) is from The Good Junk Garage.

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Urban Cottage is Open

There’s still time to see what’s on offer this month at Urban Cottage. So many lovely things for your home, cottage, or a gift. There’s plenty of blue and white, a summer classic for apparel and home furnishings. The lampshade queen has worked her magic to create fun, smart shades to lighten your summer décor. Denims and summery dresses are waiting too. Plants abound with a choice of interesting pots and containers. You’ll find glasses for iced tea and other beverages, assorted serving ware and tea towels. Artwork, signs, and mirrors add flair to any space. And there’s outdoor furniture and planters, of course. Urban Cottage is open until 5:00 today at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. (Note: If you’re coming from the north, Bloomington Avenue is closed at the creek so take the 12th Ave. S. bridge). Happy saling!

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Carver County Shops

It’s perfect weather for a country drive! And the shops in Carver and Chaska are open this weekend with goodies to furnish and decorate for summer.

Linda’s Cellar
Good Junk Garage
Carver General

Shoppers appreciated both the sunshine and the treasures on the first day of April sales at Carver County’s occasional stores. Wicker and rattan furniture was popular along with buckets and wash tubs, patio tables and chairs, planters, screens, spring wreaths, and wheat grass. There were small tables, large cabinets, benches and a rocking chair. Plus cloches, jugs, dishes, glassware, and assorted one-of-a-kind décor items for inside and outdoors.

The shop hours are 10 to 4 Thursday through Saturday at Linda’s Cellar at 110 E. 2nd St. in Chaska. And 12 to 4 Sunday. In historic downtown Carver both Carver General and the Good Junk Garage are open daily 10 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 4 at 109 3rd St. E. Happy saling!

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Spring Has Sprung at Urban Cottage

Green plants galore, vintage fabrics, painted wood, shiny silver and gold, mirrors, glassware, China, decorator pillows, glorious wall hangings, unique lamp shades, and so much more are waiting to charm you at Urban Cottage this weekend. The shop is literally jammed with treasures. You’ll find chairs, chests, dressers, and tables in a variety of finishes. There are cute bunnies and other Easter/spring décor along with beautiful handmade cards. Planters and ingenious containers for plants and flowers sit alongside ginger jars and glass cloches. There’s pottery, statuary, and buckets. Jewelry – vintage and new – shares space with kitchen tools and towels. Urban Cottage vendors will welcome you on Thursday until 6, and from 11 to 5 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis. Happy saling!

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A Gathering of Friends is Back!

A Gathering of Friends lived up to its name on Thursday morning. The gathering included eighteen vendors and a huge crowd of shoppers. Here is a sampling of vintage goods which WERE available:

There was a great mix of rusty and glossy wood, porcelain, and metal. Fine antiques and fun junk. All undercover at Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis. Hours are Thursday until 6:30, Friday 9 to 6:30, Saturday 9 to 5:30, and Sunday 10 to 3. Happy saling!

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Garden Party Gallery Aglow

Tree Ornament
or Pendant Necklace

Garden Party Gallery is aglow this weekend with so many creative and charming decorations and furnishings for the holidays. Whether you need a small, decorated tree or newly crafted ornaments, the choices are endless. Gift ideas include jewelry, shirts, scarves, glassware, dishes, wall hangings, wreaths, toys, pillows, cards, and more. Check out the goodies at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins Thursday through Saturday from 10 to 6 and on Sunday from 10 to 3. Happy saling!

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Holiday Creations in Hopkins

The creative elves at Garden Party Gallery have been busy repurposing materials and making lots of holiday décor including tin ornaments (or pendants), unique gnomes, wreaths, plaid scottie dogs, and fun denim shirts with clever and inspired sayings. There are many small seasonal decorations like the little lighted tree in a vintage coffee tin. The selection of furniture, pillows, dishes, glassware, and jewelry offers many choices. Garden Party Gallery is open today and every Saturday in November from 10:00 to 6:00 at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. Happy saling!

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Urban Cottage Sparkles

Urban Cottage is a wonderland of sparkling holiday décor and handsome furnishings this month. Small occasional tables, chests, mantels, leather chairs, velvet chairs, and buffets are softened with pillows, blankets, and amazing lampshades. You can choose from walls of paintings, mirrors, maps, and hangings. There are shiny ornaments, seasonal candles, assorted gnomes, and holiday cards. Dishes, glassware, and bar furnishings are ready for entertaining. Personal adornments include pompom hats, gloves, purses, and jewelry along with vintage clothing and fur coats. Choose evergreen boughs, birch, and planters for outdoor decoration. Shop Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00 at 5157 Bloomington Avenue South in Minneapolis and celebrate the holidays in style. Happy saling!

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Garden Party Gallery is ready with a holiday smorgasbord of decorations for your celebrations. There are lots of tree ornaments, wall hangings, wreaths, and dishes for holiday entertaining. Shirts, jewelry, stuffed animals and fun decorations will provide gifts. And, yes, you’ll find some fall décor for Thanksgiving too. There are several extra shopping opportunities this month so do check out the dates above. All this and more at 1213 Mainstreet in Hopkins. Happy saling!

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Fall Creations in Hopkins

Fall is in the air and in the designs at Garden Party Gallery. Yes, there are many pumpkins and other symbols of fall abundance. There are tables, chairs, dressers, children’s furniture, outdoor furniture, and so much more…even a rustic armoire. The creative crew has fashioned many fun creations for fall and Halloween to add some pizazz to your home or yard. Garden Party Gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 3 at 1213 Mainstreet in downtown Hopkins. Happy saling!

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