Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vendor Profile: Precious Past!

Make way for some Precious Past in your Bonanza future!

Name:
Joyce Skeldon

Vendor:
Precious Past

Lives in/Business located:
Cambridge, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
6!

Specializes in:
unique vintage finds, architectural and home decor. Anything that rocks my boat!

Favorite activity besides junking:
Joyce: raising dogs, traveling

Three words that describe you:
a junkette

Three words that describe your product:
fabulous, fantastic, finds

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a peddler

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
an album of vintage Lake Minnetonka postcards

Are any of those postcards winging their way to the Bonanza?!

Kim

Vendor Profile: Hastings Gift, Garden and Floral!

The sister duo at Hastings Gift Garden and Floral had so much fun at last year's Bonanza, they're coming back!

Name:
Christine Schaffer and Lisa Schaffer Coyne

Vendor:
Hastings Gift, Garden and Floral

Lives in/Business located:
Miesville, MN and Spring Valley, WI/Hastings, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
2!


Specializes in:
rural farm finds, furniture, textiles

Find:
Website: under construction

Favorite activity besides junking:
motorcycling. Did you know you can junk on a motorcycle, though?! You just have to have understanding friends and a map back.

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my tools. Especially my nail gun.

You knew you were a junker when:
We preferred auctions to Barbie dolls and loved the $1 piles.

Three words that describe you:
hoarders in training

Three words that describe your product:
rustic, affordable piles (not the kind that require medication, though some may argue that point.)


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
Pretty sure that won't happen, so do we answer "dead"?

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
A '40s green upholstered chair found curbside, that I made a brand spanking new, untrained boyfriend pull over to get and load into his vehicle while in his hometown and amidst much mumbling. And yes, it sold day two at the shop. PS: I still have the boyfriend...

We love this story! It sounds so familiar, almost like a junker rite of passage!
We wish you safe passage as you travel to the Bonanza, boyfriends/haulers in tow!

Kim

Monday, July 30, 2012

Vendor Profile: Summerspell!

Is Summerspell named for the summertime stint that started this business? Or is it because of its bewitching finds? Check it out!

Name:
Jan Berg

Vendor:
Summerspell

Lives in/Business located:
Elk River, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
7!

Specializes in:
Galvanized treasures

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
spending time with our eight beautiful granddaughters

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
My husband Jim! He'd be out there working.

You knew you were a junker when:
three months in the summer at the Buffalo Nickel turned into a 13-year stay there


Three words that describe you:
selective, fussy, thankful

Three words that describe your product:
things I love!

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
on the OPI nail team that creates names for their polish!

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
a gray, metal medical cabinet that now holds our white and gray restaurant dishes

Most of us would find it difficult to part with most of Jan's treasures! Can't wait to check out her sure-to-be-rockin' collection! Are you counting the days? Only 46 days until the Bonanza!
Kim

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vendor Profile: Klassic Treasures!


Can you say classic? We like to spell it this way: Klassic Treasures!

Name:
Lilly and Viola Klassen

Vendor:
Klassic Treasures

Lives in/Business located:
Lilly: Stewartville, MN, Viola: near Adams, MN/Racine, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
2!

Specializes in:
antiques, vintage items and clothing, kitchenware and other treasures

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
going to concerts

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
the jewelry!

You knew you were a junker when:
We needed to open a store because our houses were full.

Three words that describe you:
friendly, motivated, unique

Three words that describe your product:
vintage, antique, collectible



If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
teacher

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
an antique garden plow

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
antique granite-topped child's table


You didn't think it would ever sell:
the ugly picture

Hmm. But did the ugly picture ever sell? We happen to know of one discerning Junk Bonanza founder who seems to have an affinity for clown portraits, which qualify in the "UP" category, by some people's opinion!
We are thrilled that it is growing closer to the Junk Bonanza, where beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

Kim

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vendor Profile: The Vintage Pixie!

Ready for a little fairy dust magic? Enter the enchanted world of The Vintage Pixie!

Name:
Mary Meide Andersen

Vendor:
The Vintage Pixie

Lives in/Business located:
Cambridge, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3! First year solo; previous two years with the Queens of Posh

Specializes in:
romantic, posh one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor, glam lighting and restyled chandeliers, custom signage antiqued to perfection, lacy French textiles, tattered and elegant clothing, romantic jewelry and crowns fit for a queen
Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
spending time with my new and first granddaughter, my children and bonfires with precious friends and loved ones.

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
nothing, it's all replaceable. But now my house is another story. You'd find me hanging and tugging on my kitchen chandelier (given to me by my parents from the home I grew up in.) You can see pics of it on my Facebook page. I altered it a wee bit...

You knew you were a junker when:
I was about 7 years old and our neighbors moved. I couldn't wait to go dig in the garbage pile they had outside their garage. (In fact, my Mom encouraged it; she was a thrifter always. With 6 kids, one had to be resourceful.) I still have some of the items I found. One is a picture of Jesus decoupaged onto a wood board. I still find it precious. And I remember thinking I couldn't believe they would throw away Jesus. LOL. From that day on I was hooked!


Three words that describe you:
passionate, eccentric, energetic

Three words that describe your product:
romantic, tattered, innovative

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
Vaudeville performer

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
This is a standing problem I have. Everything I buy I love. Sometimes my friends have to intervene; they help me keep my focus. My house is already full so my rule is: If something comes in, something's gotta go!

Just as the junk has got to go out of the house, we have got to go to the junk!
Thank goodness for the Junk Bonanza (and that is is expanding to two times a year!) See you in September!

Kim

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vendor Profile: Histories!

Interested in industrial delights? Meet Histories, the pride of Prairie du Sac, Wis.!

Name:
Lee and Tracie Anderson

Vendor:
Histories

Lives in/Business located:
Prairie du Sac, WI/from shop to truck to show!

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
6!



Specializes in:
custom furniture, lighting and home accessories made from recycled material. We are influenced by our love of architecture, industrial and primitive styles.

Find:
Facebook: Histories

Favorite activity besides junking:
Romance for us is going to the local Farmers Market.

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
shop cats, Shoes and Socks

You knew you were a junker when:
Lee: When I purchased a vintage bicycle at an auction for 25 cents
Tracie: When a scrap iron pile raised my blood pressure about 7 years ago

Three words that describe you:
in love passionately

Three words that describe your product:
vintage as art


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
retired junker

You didn't think it would ever sell:
When Lee came home with a pickup load of metal forms. We sold out the first day and still see them used all over as display pieces. I never thought we would sell any of them.

You never know what will catch the eye of the savvy Bonanza shopper! Lucky for them that our vendors are such a talented group of hunter-gatherers! And for those of you keeping score at home...it's just 49 days until junker nirvana!

Kim

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vendor Profile: Itsy Bits and Pieces!

Dynamic duo/mother-daughter team, Itsy Bits and Pieces, has been laying in a great junk supply for the Bonanza! Check out the chippy orange lockers that will be coming to Canterbury Park!

Name:
Linda and Liana Dresselhaus

Vendor:
Itsy Bits and Pieces

Lives in/Business located:
Rosemount and LeSueur, MN/shows and online

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
5!

Specializes in:
vintage ephemera and supplies for the artist, collector and crafter. We try to find unique and unusual things and fill up our big revolving hardware bin! We are junkers and are also always on the hunt for farmhouse, cottage and industrial wares for the home.

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
Linda: blogging
Both: Creating artwork and unique pieces for our homes

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
shadowboxes filled with special old family treasures

You knew you were a junker when:
We started curb picking when Liana went dumpster diving in a miniskirt while Linda held her feet.

Three words that describe you:
creative, artistic, kind

Three words that describe your product:
eclectic, fun, creative


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
artists

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
an old barn cupola


You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
vintage Christmas ornaments and old buttons

You didn't think it would ever sell:
a huge, heavy chippy old farm cupboard that once trapped us in a stairwell when setting up for a sale

Ah, trapped in the stairwell by unwieldy furniture! A common junker hazard! We hope you know we've cleared the aisles to ensure you'll have wide berth as you stalk your junk quarry at the Bonanza!

Kim

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vendor Profile: LaDeeDa Design!

Mad Men alert! Returning Bonanza vendor LaDeeDa Design is ready to transport you to a very stylish place!

Name:
Lori Gravink

Vendor:
LaDeeDa Design

Lives in/Business located:
White Bear Township, MN/I create and produce in my home/workshop, but sell in some fabulous boutiques and fabulous events, listed on my blog.

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
4!

Specializes in:
upcycled and one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles and accessories

Find:


Favorite activity besides junking:
spend time with my not-so-nuclear family

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my collection of Atomic-era bark cloth fabric and a Titanic-era silk beaded Grecian column-style gown

You knew you were a junker when:
Hmmm, much as with the diagnosis of a medical condition, I learned of or was diagnosed as a junker soon after Ki brought together a collection of people with the same symptoms and then gave it a name.


Three words that describe you:
creative, trusting, roguish. Some people refer to my roguishness as being oppositional. I can accept that.

Three words that describe your product:

imaginative, stylish and always wearable


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
I feel as if you just asked me what I want to be when I grow up. I didn't know what to say when I was 5 and I don't know now!

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
a 1960s brown leather bowling bag. The woman who bought it used it for a purse!

Lori, will you be bringing more like it to the Bonanza? Can't wait for a major style injection once LaDeeDa's back in the house!

Kim

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vendor Profile: Relic Charm

Welcome back to the second installment of Two Times Tuesday! Here's one Minnesota vendor loaded with Relic Charm!

Name:
Jennifer Kroeger

Vendor:
Relic Charm

Lives in/Business located:
St. Paul, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
2!


Specializes in:
vintage jewelry, antique furniture

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
making jewelry out of vintage pieces I find

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
an antique sewing table my grandparents gave me for a wedding gift

You knew you were a junker when:
growing up with my Dad and traveling with him across the country on buying trips


Three words that describe you:
collector, inspired, designer

Three words that describe your product:
Victorian, quality, unique

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
I can't imagine doing anything else but if I had to choose I would probably get into gemology and appraisals for jewelry; that way I would still get to be around the thing I love most.

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
A sterling/gold vintage fob from the early 1900s for only $10; it went into my collection immediately.

We wouldn't part with that, either, Jennifer! We patiently await seeing, though, what you are hauling in for Junk Bonanza!

Kim

Vendor Profile: Pink Grapefruit Style!

Meet first-time, rockin' retro vendor, Pink Grapefruit Style!

Name:
Holly Snelling

Vendor:
Pink Grapefruit Style

Lives in/Business located:
Danville, IL

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
1!


Specializes in:
"country with a kick" -- vintage goods including farm, industrial, shabby and cottage, blended with an eye toward bright, fun colors and unique, unuusual finds

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
reading trashy gossip magazines and watching our babies grow

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my camera

You knew you were a junker when:
I was getting dragged to rummage sales by my Mom and aunt when I was in grade school.


Three words that describe you:
creative, scattered, fun

Three words that describe your product:
colorful, happy, vintage


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
a country music singer

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
this roll of old pink corrugated bulletin board edging (shabbiest of shabby) sprinkled with tarnished silvery glitter. Fab.u.lous!

We can see that roll of edging now! We can't wait to see what other tarnished treasures will represent Pink Grapefruit Style! And because it's Two Times Tuesday, watch this afternoon for another great vendor profile!

Kim


Monday, July 23, 2012

Vendor Profile: Light Reading!


We're kicking off this week's vendor profiles with a little Light Reading! Enjoy!

Name:
Jess and Brenda Irwin

Vendor:
Light Reading

Lives in/Business located:
Savage, MN/shows and online

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
2!


Specializes in:
lamps and lamp shades! Lamps made from antique lightning rods (thanks to Tom Irwin!), tripods and other cool junk. Shades are made from 35mm slides, old book pages and maps and all kinds of paper. We're also bringing bookish antiques and a few delightful surprises.

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
Jess: atronomy, kayaking, reading
Bren: travel, reading


Would save if the workshop were on fire:
cat, iPad

You knew you were a junker when:
Jess: the first time I saw one of Dad's lightning rod lamps
Bren: When I was in high school my Dad put a glass top on Grandpa's huge old Red Wing crock and used it as an end table. Something clicked. I see many uses for old things.


Three words that describe you:
Jess: busy, geek, traveler
Bren: practical, creative, insomniac

Three words that describe your product:
illuminating, repurposed, colorful


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
Jess: an astronaut
Bren: retired in Savannah

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
a charcoal portrait from one of the other Junk Bonanza vendors last year

We can barely stand that it's 53 days until the Bonanza, when we'll get a chance to ogle Light Reading's accumulated treasures! Are you counting the days yet?!

Kim

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vendor Profile: Lystrom Specialties!

Meet returning vendor Lystrom Specialties, where the order of the day is being "hands-on"!

Name:
Donna Lystrom

Vendor:
Lystrom Specialties

Lives in/Business located:
Lakeville, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
4!

Specialize in:
wool mittens made from old sweaters

Favorite activity besides junking:
square dancing

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
nothing!

You knew you were a junker when:
I started making mittens from wool sweaters

Three words that describe you:
quilter, sewer, hard worker

Three words that describe your product:
recycled, warm, well-fitting

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
square dancer

You didn't think it would ever sell:
a pair of gold, cream and yellow mittens. The sweater they were made from had to be from the '70s. Sold first thing.

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
a pair of wool mittens made from a Dale sweater. I made a pair for my sister-in-law, kept the other. Too nice to wear! Beautiful!

Junk Bonanza is just the place to see beauty wrought from the likes of a truly Ugly Christmas Sweater, discarded by someone with much less vision than Donna!

We can't wait to see you there!

Kim

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vendor Profile: La La Land


Whiling away a few hours with third-year vendor La La Land may, indeed, be better than reality!

Name:
Jenna Ebsen

Vendor:
La La Land

Lives/Works:
Edina, MN/Chaska, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3!


Specializes in:
vintage home decor; rescued and recycled items for home and gift

Find:
Facebook: La La Land

Favorite activity besides junking:
spending time with my two children!

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
bummer. But awesome chance to go junking to get new stuff!

You knew you were a junker when:
My dad and I would walk through alleys as we walked our dog and dumpster dive. It's in my blood!

Three words that describe you:
oddball, kind-hearted, always looking for adventure

Three words that describe your product:
unique, fun, brings a smile to your face

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a consultant to a junker!

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
A Humpty Dumpty that was given to me from a fellow junker. He is my good luck charm to this day! We all think he runs around my store at night!

We know we are looking forward to running around your store... for three days when you transport it to the Junk Bonanza!

Kim