Friday, August 31, 2012

Vendor Profile: XO Handworks!

Check out XO Handworks' magnetic personality!

Name:
Tam Helmin

Vendor:
XO Handworks

Lives in/Business located:
Osseo, MN/all over my house

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
5!


Specializes in:
repurposed goods: turning old bits into new pieces; soldered pendants and keychains, Scrabble letter gifts, bottlecap jewelry

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
procrastinating
my hard drive (for the tax man) and my finished inventory (for my customers)

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my hard drive (for the tax man) and my finished inventory (for my customers)

You knew you were a junker when:
I kept running out of room for my collections


Three words that describe you:
night owl, content, happily married

Three words that describe your product:
vintage, personalized, fun

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


When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
Boy Scout postage stamps, which I made into pendants

We send our Xs and Os to XO Handworks, and you can, too, when you stop by to meet Tam at the Bonanza!

Kim

Vendor Profile: Donna's Daughters!


Ahoy, matey! Check out what Donna's Daughters is setting sail with!

Name:
Karla Lewison and Ann Stakston

Vendor:
Donna's Daughters

Lives in/Business located:
Coon Valley and Cashton, WI

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3!

Specializes in:
vintage wares, upcycled and repurposed items and painted furniture

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
Ann: architectural carving
Karla: reading and cooking



Would save if the workshop were on fire:
Ann: wood carving tools
Karla: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and E6000 glue

You knew you were a junker when:
Ann: her finds outgrew her house and garage and she had to move into a barn
Karla: I have always been a junker. What else is there?

Three words that describe you:
Ann: positive, particular, creative
Karla: creative, enthusiastic, determined
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Three words that describe your product:
eclectic, unusual, usable

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be a:
Ann: furniture designer
Karla: own a funky diner or cafe

When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
Ann: a stash of 3-foot plastic letters
Karla: a large industrial dustpan I turned into a magnetic message center. It sold within hours of putting it in the store.

One of the many hallmarks of junking is how fast you sell an item after it gets on the floor!
We expect there will be a few land speed records set at the Junk Bonanza!

Kim

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Conversation with Annie Sloan!



Photo by Penny Millar

Annie Sloan, purveyor of Chalk Paint, waxes and finishes, textiles and design savvy, is one of the Junk Bonanza's gold partners! Representatives and stockists from the company's U.S. and Canadian arm, Annie Sloan Unfolded, will be in full force at the Bonanza, where you'll be able to ask questions, sample and purchase the paints and watch demonstrations.
But Annie, alas, will not be attending. So we wanted to share a Q and A with this accomplished entrepreneur, who is by turns creative and cozy, well-spoken and witty (and a fan of junk!)
Here are excerpts from our wide-ranging conversation during a recent Skype session (where her accent, rich and satisfying as an English trifle, held me spellbound!):

Where are you right now?
Normandy, France. In the north. It's very much like the English countryside. I'm in the sun, in the garden!

Does your garden reflect your design sensibilities?
I'm afraid I haven't really gardened in the last two years, since things have gone really, really crazy! But what I last did as a planting scheme was black-leaved plants and black or very deep purple flowers, Queen of the Night tulips are one of them, along with oranges, and blues.


What are you working on now?
A book to come out in April. I've written 23, 24, 25. I've lost count! I like to say my business is a 20-year "overnight" success. I've been working at this a long time and all of a sudden it's just taken off.

What do you think caused it to reach critical mass?
Social media! Facebook, Twitter, blogs, blogs with email with Facebook with Twitter! And of course, Pinterest. I love the social media world. And the other thing that was important was the worldwide recession. People were faced with entertaining themselves. By going junking and being on the internet!

Ah, junking! Why did you opt to partner with the Junk Bonanza?
What I think is most exciting about this business is it has ground-level roots. This is not a big company, it is a lot of individual people getting together and working, individual stockists running their businesses. I'm for anything like that, and it's very exciting how your event works. Individuals who make things coming together. I think the junk thing in America is incredible.

Are you a junker?
Absolutely, I love it! My father was very much into junk shops and as a very young child would go to junk shops and auctions and antique shows. At auctions they would group together a lot of individual bits where nothing is particularly worth anything, bits of jewelry and sundry items and I always remembered as a child wondering "what's a sundry?" My father would let me make a purchase, "Lot 452, sundry items." It would be buttons and broken jewelry and bits of ribbon and I would be so excited to get home and go over it.
In England we have all sorts of junk fairs and we have car boot sales, where you put stuff into your car boot and take it to a big field and sell it. In France we have something called "Vide-Greniers" and every village has one. You go and it's all of Grandma's pieces, children's toys, a nice mirror that's grand. It means "empty attics"!


Do you have a favorite flea market or shop?
It changes over time, depending on what I am looking for at the moment. You get a lot of linen at one spot and then you say "I've got enough of that" and then you move on to furniture and then something else.

What kind of strategy do you use when junking?
I sort of close my eyes and think about the shape of something and don't look at the fact that it is horrible orange pine. The other thing I try to do, I'm not brilliant at it, but I try to imagine if that is something that I can use in a different way. If a piece of furniture is broken perhaps you can break it up more and do something with the pieces.

What is your favorite all-time find?
One of my favorites is actually on my Pinterest board My House. It is a beautiful old door with some hydrangeas in front in a bucket. I bought two old French doors in France and I sold one and got my money back on the doors, and used the other one as a panel, on the wall. I put big scaffolding pieces around it and I just love it. I painted French Linen around the sides of it and bit of wash on it and it's very beautiful. It's in my home.

What are the styles or influences in your homes?
There are two periods in history that I really, really love. The beginning of the 20th century. It's Paris, it's Picasso, between the '50s and the '60s. I suppose it's my period in a way; I went to art school in the '60s and all my influences were people who knew about Paris and about America, abstract expressionism and abstract modern art. The other is the 18th century, French decorative arts.

Your old door sounds lovely. Do you have a philosophy about re-use?
I suppose, don't get rigid. You have to keep reinventing things. I keep reinventing my eye. I go back to art all the time. Modern art or any art, real art. You can look at people's junk with a bit of a fresh eye. You have to train your eye to appreciate the very best. My other little mantra is less is more. Mies van der Rohe, one of the great 20th century architects, always said that. It's not always true, sometimes it's great to really over-egg it, but more often less is better.

Your new textiles line seems to adhere to that. Clean and classic.
Fashion is fascinating. You see a new idea and you're terribly stimulated by it and then two years later you're thinking, oh, that is so dated now, and you've spent quite a lot of money on these amazing curtains that now don't look so great! It's probably a sign of age, really, loving a classic look. Not traditional, classic.


In addition to your recent fabric introduction, what else will we see soon from the House of Sloan?
The most exciting thing -- well everything is exciting! -- coming out in November is the Work Book. It's a different way to explain about color and color mixing and how it all works. People are used to having a notebook that they can write in. It has pockets so you can stick a bit of fabric in there, or ribbons. We started out with 50 tips but we didn't end up with 50; it was getting too busy! It has lots of plain paper you can write on and color on it and even paint on it. We've tried to connect it with Pinterest so people can share what they do.

I saw a beautiful piece of furniture on a blog recently in a mix of your Persian and Antibes greens, but the blogger said Persian Green was no longer available. Do colors drop out of the palette?
Persian Green has been renamed as Florence! I was a bit naughty; my family gets so annoyed; they say you can't change the names of colors! Years ago I made that color but reintroduced it and the American and English pigments are slightly different. I do drop colors since I am bringing more colors in.

We're profiling our Junk Bonanza vendors with
a series of questions to help reveal a bit about their personalities. I have a few of those for you. First, what would you save if your workshop were on fire?
The first thing I'd be really sad to lose is a long board that I painted in 1986; it's got on it all the things I still do. Some distressing; it's got some craqueleur, some decoupage, some stenciling, some gilding.

What kind of house do you live in?
An 1860s Victorian townhouse in Oxford. It's a mixture of classic meets modern. I have French Bergere chairs and modern pieces. It's got beautiful carvings on the ceilings and a modern garden room. There is always filming or photography being done there; it's chaos!
In France the house is an old farmhouse and the farmers had just moved out. The room above the kitchen was where the chickens were kept! One of the beams in the kitchen is carved with a cross and next to it, 1776. The boys used to play in that room and find old eggs and have great fun throwing them and they were delightfully smelly.

What's your guilty pleasure?
Oh lord! I am so bad, so bad; it's watch
ing American Idol!


Do you have favorite music to paint by?
It depends on the mood. It can be anything from Erik Satie, calming and lovely, but then it could be something like Frank Ocean. The music for Baghdad Cafe by Jevetta Steele. I will paint madly to Mozart's Requiem and The Magic Flute.

What three words describe you?
Oh, I try to ignore myself as much as possible, truthfully!

What's your best junking advice?
Go with your hunches!

Great advice from a pro! Interested in all things Annie? You can see her most recent video here! And next week the blog will share an interview with Lisa Rickert of Annie Sloan Unfolded and the story of how she brought Chalk Paint to the United States
(plus loads of pictures of how she's used the paint throughout her New Orleans home)!
Can't wait to see you at the Junk Bonanza

Kim


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Vendor Profile: Picket Fence Gals!

Picket Fence Gals just know how to have fun!

Name:
Karen Severine, Susan Peterson, Karin Adams

Vendor:
Picket Fence Gals

Lives in/Business located:
Shoreview, MN-Chisago City, MN-Osceola, WI/Lindstrom, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:

7!

Specializes in:
uncommon goods at fair prices

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
gardening, reading and road trips. To be honest, junking is a full-time passion.

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
our bulletin board of photographs from past junking adventures and maybe a staple gun!

You knew you were a junker when:
after my first auction at 8 years of age, when my Grandma brought me a lamp from a thrift shop, and when my Mother said, "What can you possibly make out of that?"

Three words that describe you:
enthusiastic, innovative, passionate

Three words that describe your product:
unusual, fun, priced-to-sell

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
Is this even an option?

  • You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
    Our Paris flea market finds! "Keep-itis" immediately developed, but then the essence of ownership passed and it was time to make room for the adventure of finding new treasures.

    Out with the old; in with the new! Let Junk Bonanza facilitate!
    See you there!

    Kim


Buy Etsy Vintage at the Junk Bonanza!


Bonanza Silver level partner Etsy, the worldwide online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, plans to curate a special booth at the Bonanza with items to purchse from these seven dynamic vintage dealers.
Here they are, so be sure to stop by and say hello!


And take the time to chat with Etsy's vintage specialists, who can answer questions for you on the business of buying as well as selling your wares on Etsy.com!

Kim

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vendor Profile: Lulu's Upcycling Lounge!

Meet Lulu's Upcycling Lounge, which really is the expert in tying one on!

Name:
Lulu Bea

Vendor:
Lulu's Upcycling Lounge

Lives in/Business located:
Lakeville, MN/online and in some antiques and consignment shops

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3!

Specializes in:
Handmade women's accessories from upcycled, recycled and repurposed materials, focuing on accessories made from vintage neckties for the Junk Bonanza

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
I love to find new things to make, which is why my shop is full of such a variety of items. I get bored making one item for too long!

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
My sewing machine and my serger

You knew you were a junker when:
I would get excited about the idea of wandering around thrift stores and garage sales. I just love seeing what I may find.


Three words that describe you:
curious, calm, creative (I thought I should stick with the C's!)

Three words that describe your product:
unique, fun, fashionable

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a personal trainer


When you found it you knew it would sell immediately:
So I think my process is a little different than those who find great "junk." I think the best way for me to predict whether an item will sell is in direct correlation to my level of enthusiasm while making it. When I am super-excited about a new product line and want to focus solely on that, my joy shows through my work. While this is a tricky business in the fact that an artist never knows what may sell well, I have decided to focus on what I like and what interests me because my buyers will feel the positive energy that goes into all of my products.

Positive energy is the hallmark of the Junk Bonanza!
We can't wait to share it with you!

Kim

Vendor Profile: S.A.R.A. Salvaged and Rescued Art!

Where in the world is Salvaged and Rescued Art? Find it front and center at the Junk Bonanza! Sara's bringing lots of great stuff!

Name:
Sara L. Smith

Vendor:
S.A.R.A. Salvaged and Rescued Art

Lives in/Business located:
Shakopee, MN/Carver, MN
My workshop is my home and since I am a hoarder, I'd save it all!

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
5!

Specializes in:
creating unique and one-of-a-kind pieces

Find:
Facebook:xxx

Favorite activity besides junking:
spending time with my family, especially my grandkids!


Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my doll heads

You knew you were a junker when:
We grew up on a farm. When I was young I would dig in our grove for treasures and bring them into our house.
Three words that describe you:
creative, funny, happy

Three words that describe your product:
unique, one-of-a-kind

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


When you found it, you knew it would sell immediately:
my bicycle seat necklace displays. I love how great they turn out!

Wait until you see what' Sara's got up her proverbial sleeve for this year's Junk Bonanza! I can promise it's a beautiful display!

Kim

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vendor Profile: Debbie's "Do Overs" !


Debbie's Do Overs are stacking up before the Bonanza!

Name:
Debra Verbeck

Vendor:
Debbie's Do Overs

Lives in/Business located:
Kansas City, MO

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
2!

Specializes in:
good stuff!

Favorite activity besides junking:
travel and golf

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
Let's just say that it's not going to happen, OK?!

You knew you were a junker when:
I still had my first childhood transistor radio, troll doll, Tiny Tears, Kissy, Thumbelina and Chatty Cathy dolls, amongst many other things! And no, they're for sale!

Three words that describe you:
certainly not hoarder

Three words that describe your product:
You're gonna love it. OK, so that's four! Who's counting?!

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a richer person. Not really.

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
zinc-topped, chippy white farm table! Urghhhhh!

We all know that sound! Prepare to hear a lot of it at the Junk Bonanza, when anguished shoppers see they waited just a little too long to snap up the perfect bargain!

Kim

Vendor Profile: Mustard Moon!


Ah, everything you wanted to know about Junk Bonanza Vendor Wrangler Jane Hall, whose occasional sale business is Mustard Moon!

Name:
Jane Hall

Vendor:
Mustard Moon

Lives in/Business located:
in a gift box in Carver, MN. That is what my house reminded me of when we first saw it. Small, square. All it needed was a bow/in my van. I take it everywhere.

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
7!

Specializes in:
whatever the wind blows my way. I like to reinvent myself.

Find:
Favorite activity besides junking:
being with my family and friends

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my drill

You knew you were a junker when:
I coveted rust more than diamonds


Three words that describe you:
rusty, crusty, dusty

Three words that describe your product:
rusty crusty, dusty
If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a junker wannabe or a cowgirl

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
my couch carcass, a.k.a. the bones of an old couch. It was so neat because it was raw and bare and looked like a piece of art. Still said I sold it!


Jane doesn't have that old carcass to kick around anymore! But she's got plenty of industrial chic just waiting for you at the Junk Bonanza!

Kim

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vendor Profile: How Quaint!

How stylish is How Quaint? Read on to find out!

Name:
Teresa Werner

Vendor:
How Quaint

Lives in/Business located:
Shakopee, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3!

Specialize in:
antique, vintage, primitive and anything we think is cool or unusual that we think someone would like to buy

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
napping


Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my husband

You knew you were a junker when:
when I met Jane Hall


Three words that describe you:
vintage, fun, quaint

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

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a clothing designer

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
a large primitive armoire

We hope you're bringing plenty of those to the Bonanza, though! Buyers stand at the ready!

Kim


Vendor Profile: Beck-its!


Meet Beck-its at the Bonanza for a junking hodge-podge!


Name:
Becky Hoeft

Vendor:
Beck-its

Lives in/Business located:
Reading, MN/Retail locations at Lost Marbles Antiques in Sioux Falls, SD, and Spirit Lake Antique Mall in Spirit Lake, IA

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
3!


Specializes in:
I kind of like a little of it all. This year we're working on felted wool items to include mittens, scarves ands pecialized food items; refinished furniture, some with rustic flare and some with a little bling added to it; jewelry with a little steampunk atitude and some antiquities on the side

Favorite activity besides junking:
gardening

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
my glass of wine


You knew you were a junker when:
my number one answer when cleaning out the shop became, "I might need that"

Three words that describe you:
creative, thrifty, friendly (the opinion of my family)

Three words that describe your product:
quality workmanship, eclectic

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd:
probably have a dog-boarding business

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
a horse-drawn field cultivator; it's in the garden

We're drawn to the Junk Bonanza, are you?!

Kim

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vendor Profile: The Wren's Nest!


Junk Bonanza welcomes The Wren's Nest, returning for a fifth appearance!

Name:
Lisa Greene

Vendor:
The Wren's Nest

Lives in/Business located:
Monticello, MN

Specializes in:
Rusty Crusty/Feminine Frou Frou

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
Gardening

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
My cat, Jasmine

You knew you were a junker when:
...I was very young! My children have it, my mother has it, my grandmother had it. Junkin' runs strong in my family!

Three words that describe you:
Sincere, loving, friendly

Three words that describe your product:
Shabby Foo Foo

If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
an artist

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it (but did anyway):
The most unique radiator cover I have ever seen. The base was iron with the most lovely soft green enamel and white ornate top and bottom designs. Just wonderful. I sold it when I opened my shop in Anoka, to get the ball rolling, as they say. To this day it kills me that it is gone!

Luckily for Lisa and for all the rest of you, the Bonanza is a veritable, well, bonanza, for finding the next greatest thing you won't be able to sell once you've found it!

Kim

Vendor Profile: Autumn Place Arts!

Autumn Place Arts is a vendor for all seasons!

Name:
Brenda Weber

Vendor:
Autumn Place Arts

Lives in/Business located:
Burnsville, MN

This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
7!


Specialize in:
antique typewriter key jewelry, recycled "found" art jewelry, recycled sliverware garden art, recycled sports equipment

Find:

Favorite activity besides junking:
making jewelry with the junk I find, family times and boating!

Would save if the workshop were on fire:
the Welder

You knew you were a junker when:
I bought a 1950 Ford pickup truck my senior year in high school for $85. A "fixer upper" to work on with my Dad.


Three words that describe you:
innovative, optimistic, gracious

Three words that describe your product:
eco-chic, repurposed, American


If you couldn't be a junker, you'd be:
a whole lot less busy!

You couldn't stand to sell it once you found it:
the chippy porch gable that hangs in my dining room. Thanks to Jan at Summerspell!

Most of us owe Jan a debt of gratitude for something or another! Luckily for us, we can visit Brenda and Jan at Junk Bonanza!

Kim