Monday, September 29, 2008

Visits to Snowman Hill & Serendipity

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This weekend was waaaaaaaaay fun! On Saturday, my friend, Taunya, and I went hard-core estate and rummage sale-ing. Taunya is new to the "game", but she was ready for the challenge. Two fun places we hit were "Snowman Hill" and "Serendipity". 

SNOWMAN HILL

If you recall from my last post, Snowman Hill was having their big fall event. I met the owner, Krista Nosan & her mother (whose name I now learned is Dana) at the flea market the weekend before. Here is their photo again...

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Taunya and I found Snowman Hill tucked away among the tall trees of the Minnesota Northwoods. Up a gravel drive, we saw a welcoming sign and some special fall junk items. We followed the path around the house into an autumn-themed outdoor area...scarecrows, benches, hay bales, and all. As we opened the door, we were greeted by "Bear" (a cute black fur ball of a dog) and the smell of hot cider. Dana and Krista greeted me by name and welcomed us into the space. It was filled with treasures you would love to see but, alas, I had left my camera in the car. 

I found some special items...some old stamps! The two larger ones are old postal stamps made of a wood block and a metal print...one reads "Fragile: Handle with Care". The three smaller stamps are solid metal. These are a few of a whole basket full of stamps I went through one by one.


SERENDIPITY

Another special stop on our junking day was Serendipity. The owner, Gail, was also at our flea market on the 20th buying up good junk items for her store. Notice the two pillars at the front of her walkway. I feel proud that someone as gifted as Gail bought them from me. That's a bragging right, isn't it?


The inside of the store was as amazing as the outside! Here are some items and rooms I fell in love with...

 
 


That yellow stool and scale are just dreamy! And who could do up a bathroom better than that? Especially that tub! Nice job, Gail! The bedroom is one of several rooms filled to the brim with great items and wonderful displays.

Come on! What are you waiting for? Plan your trip to northern Minnesota/Wisconsin now! There are so many great places to find fabulous junk! Wait until you see the haul I came up with this past weekend! You'll have to wait until my next post though. Stay tuned...


Friday, September 26, 2008

Flea Market

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We went to a local flea market that was hosted by Old Towne Antiques & Books in Duluth. Below are some photos of the ground-breaking event. 



Here are the people that made the event so fun!...




KRISTA NOSAN (RIGHT) & HER MOTHER OF SNOWMAN HILL.
THEY ARE HOSTING A SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEKEND. CHECK IT OUT IF YOU CAN...
SNOWMAN HILL FALL SALE 
SEPTEMBER 27 & 28
10 AM - 4 PM
4426 WEST TISCHER ROAD
DULUTH, MN

One of the best parts of selling is being there early to see all the good stuff that vendors are pulling out of their vehicles. When I see something I love, I jump on it because it will be gone within minutes (I've learned that the hard way!). So here are the fab finds I brought home with me from the flea market that day...

A GREAT BENCH FROM SARAH.

A FAB-U-LOUS GROCER'S SCALE

A STREET SIGN FROM THE VENDOR'S WHO SOLD THE SCALE. 
"IDEAL ST."...WHAT A MOTIVATIONAL STREET NAME!

I ADDED THE CUSHION TO THIS GREAT CHAIR.

And if you think that's it...you're crazy! I'm behind on my junking posts! I've been finding all kinds of great goodies. Be ready for all kinds of repurposing, makeovers, and projects that we will be working on when the Minnesota weather moves us inside for the winter months.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From "ick" to "slick"...Sconce Rescue

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I found these two outdoor sconces under a table at a garage sale...covered in grime, with broken glass and missing parts. My junker's instinct took hold and said, "Here's a diamond in the rough." So, I removed the tops, removed the glass, gave both a good scrubbing, reassembled them without the glass, and added some votives. Voila! Two fall/Halloween-inspired lanterns. Great for a tablescape or hung from a hook in the entry or on the porch to welcome trick-or-treaters (careful with the flame, of course!).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Junk Bonanza 2008–Creativity

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Junkers are essentially artists. Don't you agree? They have the ability see beauty in rusty, beat-up, forlorn items that others have cast off as unusable or just plain old. From my experience with junkers in blogland, on the JunkMarketStyle.com website, at the Junk Bonanza, and at the Buffalo, MN, shops, creativity pervades everything they do.

Creativity can mean using an object as is, using an object in a new way, revamping an object to create something new, displaying an object in an attractive way, combining multiple objects to create a new object, etc. One of the girls on the Red Shed trip actually welds pieces to create works of art. Get a copy of one of the JunkMarket books or start visiting some of the blogs recommended at the left to see all the fabulous things junkers are doing! The possibilities are endless! 

The upcoming photos from the Junk Bonanza, Sweet SalvageBuffalo Nickel Antiques, and other Buffalo shops show the types of things that catch my eye or inspire me. As you will notice, I am drawn to industrial objects, metal pieces, things with casters, signs of all kinds, items with numbers, and fabrics with great vintage color. I especially like things with a history or interesting story behind them.


What do I do with the items I purchase? Well, most of what I do is clean things up, display them creatively, give them new purposes, and enjoy them for their beauty and functionality.I usually buy things that are functional in some way, so that I can use them on a regular basis. Some items are given as gifts. Hubs and I are just beginning to actually create things. Of course, I will post any projects we do. I have several great posts planned already! :)

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN...
DO YOU AGREE THAT CREATIVITY IS PART OF JUNKING? WHAT THINGS CATCH YOUR EYE OR INSPIRE YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR JUNK FINDS?