Junk Bonanza

quick peeks

The big junk market event is finally here! The fourth annual Junk Bonanza is in Shakopee, Minnesota — next door to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Over 100 juried vendors from across the country are selling amazing treasures — perfect for decorating in the vintage or “junk market style.” The extraordinary Ki Nassuer, co-editor of the upcoming Flea Market Style Magazine, is the hostess, planner and genius behind the Texas-sized event.

Three mammoth venues are filled with one-of-a kind treasures and inspiration for creating a charming vintage decor. I am wowed by the fabulous displays of vintage, antique and selvedged items! So many vintage treasures to add a new fall, flea-market look to the kitchen…living room… or bedroom. Perhaps, the garden, too?! Wouldn’t it be fun to do it all?

Junk FAV

Paris Door FAV

Birds, nest and cloche FAV

The Iowa Junk Gypsies have so many pretty things. Some of which is already re-purposed and re-designed.  Their archetchural salvage is fabulous. I have my eye on the Paris door . . .

The vendors have their own uique interpretations of vintage. It is quite inspiring. There are many great furniture pieces ranging from chippy…primitive…refinished…to painted. I have visions of where I could place this piece or that in Rose Cottage!

Chalk board FAV

Turquoise furniture FAV

Rusty keys FAV

Brown felt hat and brownie Fav

Pumpkins Fav

Praying statute FAV

I am quite drawn to Dede Westling’s dramatic display of black furniture and gorgeous adornments — quite French country — sophisticated and perfectly charming! Dede is absolutely darling, and I learn that she is part of the Wren’s Nest occasional sales . . .  Note to self: mark calendar for the October 9-11th sale.

Black FAV 3

Black FAV

Child Bust FAV

artisan jewlry

Eager to seek out Gretchen Schaummann, the designer and propreiter of Mimi-Toria’s Design, I quickly scan the vendors in the first building. The first building is really an enormous tent. There! She is nearly mid-way down on the left. Gretchen creates beautiful designs using pieces of “this and that” in new, creative ways. Her artisan jewlry has amazing detail, and each piece has a story to tell. I am totally smitten by “Clara” — a penny doll with a broken arm and all. Isn’t she adorable?

Clara Necklace FAV

tablescape challenge

The Thrifty Mom creates a lovely tablescape using great finds from a local thrift store operated by ARC Greater Twin Cities. There are hundreds of paper slips in the vintage glass bowl to win everything on the tablescape once the Big Bonanza is completed on Saturday.

ARC Thrifty Mom Sign FAV

ARC Tablescape FAV

ARC Tablescape FAV 2

More vintage treasures . . .

Bread Board and linen towels FAV

French Flower Templates FAV

The French templates (c. 1950) for making silk flowers are fabulous! Isn’t the handwriting lovely? Perhaps, a few of these framed would be just the perfect thing . . .

Mother child FAV 3

first blog party

Off to the premier fabulous blog party hosted by Ki Nassauer and Matthew Mead, co-editors of the new Flea Market Style Magazine.  I can’t wait for the first issue next spring!

Blog Party FAV

Some well-known bloggers are joining the first Junk Bonanza blog party, too. It is a joy to meet the inspiring and energetic Jo Packham, editor of Where Women Create. The talented flea market style diva Heather Bullard, and former Editor-in-Chief from Country Living magazine, Nancy Soriano, are on hand to greet everyone at the party. Not to miss the Junk Bonanza blog party are the Pacific Northwest favorites–the Farm Chicks. Also, joining the fun are Artsy Mama’s Kari Ramstrom, Linda MacDonald who writes at Restyled Home and Margo — Robolady— all the way from Texas.

Blog Party FAV 2

There are a lot of prizes for some lucky bloggers, and a few treats to ward off the late summer heat ordered-up special for our Southern friends! What name is now being called for Ki’s great book . . . ? Yipee!

Blog Prize Book FAV 2

Blog Party FAV 3

It is fun to finally meet some great bloggers and get to know each other a bit more. There are so many amazing and talented women who also share their love of re-purposing and re-creating vintage finds through their amazing stories. What a privilege to meet women who are truly entrepreneurs and are re-discovering their hidden talents and gifts.

How have you repurposed and reused vintage flea-market finds in new and creative ways?

Phone FAV

Thanks for chatting a bit at Rose Cottage.

I am so glad you are here!

Also linked on Colorado Lady,  Southern Hospitality, A Southern Daydreamer and  Between Naps on the Back Porch .



Filed under crafts, Home, Vintage

46 responses to “Junk Bonanza

  1. That sale looks like a fun place to be. Just too far from Virginia!

  2. That place looks amazing. Every picture is beautiful eye candy.

  3. Wow, I am bummed I live in WA. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. Clarice

  4. Those old rusty keys are fun! Cute blog.

    Thanks for dropping by mine.


  5. Oh, be still my heart! I will take one of everything you photographed, please! What a very special adventure ! (Note to Clarice ~ don’t be bummed, dear, that we live in WA ~ we have our own specialness here that not many can claim. ;~D )
    Please share the rest of your day with us soon, DebbyKay!

  6. rebekah

    Wow, what beautiful items! I loved the all white display with the pumpkins.

    Can’t wait to hear about the blog party!

  7. What a great post you did DebbyKay!
    Thank you for coming to my vendor booth, for introducing yourself, and for choosing “Clara” to be a part of your life. She needed to find a good home that would appreciate and love her. Especially with the broken arm. lol
    Fun to see the “JUNK” sign too, as it was one of my creations. Wish I would of seen the Iowa Junk Gypsie booth, as I missed it, but it looks wonderful.
    It was a pleasure to meet you and I will now be a follower of your blog. Love meeting friendly new people such as yourself.
    Mimi-Toria’s Designs

    • debbykay

      Sounds like the Junk Bonanza will be a repeat performance…?! Can’t wait to see you again next year. Your treasures are amazing!

      • Thanks! I don’t remember getting to see you last Sept. at the 2010 Junk Bonanza. The event was a blurrrr, so maybe you were in my booth, and I just missed you. How is Clara doing?
        Just wanted to let you know about a couple of upcoming great events I’m doing with Sue Whitney the Junk Market Style gal. They are both at Otten Bros. Nursery in Long Lake, MN. One is a smaller Trunk Show on January 29th, and the other is a large indoor event called “Junk Market Flea Market Under Glass” and is March 3-5th. Hope you can make it to one of these events. If so, please do say “hi”.

  8. Hi Debbykay,

    WOW! What a wonderful day you had. To be around all those wonderfully inspiring treasures. I just love days like that. Looks like you were having so much fun. It is hard to pick a favorite out of all those lovely pictures….

    Blessings to you,

  9. The turquoise furniture totally threw me…I loved it…and several other pictures that you took. I could see one of those great turquoise pieces in my house (not a whole bunch…just one accent piece). This must have been one fantastic day for you! Great post.
    ♥, Susan

  10. Dearest Debbykay,

    What a delightful and fun post! I am so glad you were able to attend this wonderful and creative Junk Bonanza! All of your photos are so beautiful! It would have been such fun to attend this event with you. I love all of the sellers you highlighted. I do hope the Paris door came home with you. It would be lovely in your Rose Cottage and will remind you of sweet memories from your dream trip to Paris. I love the bird collage, too, it is so beautiful! The vignettes are gorgeous and I can imagine all the inspiration that abounded at every turn! I, too, find the black furniture and her lovely gold, silver and glass accessories to be very French Country, indeed! I love the penny doll necklace. The designer is quite talented! I have two penny dolls that I purchased years ago at an antique fair, and have not came across any since. It was so nice to see this one still being loved and used in such a creative way! I think the French templets would be lovely framed!

    How wonderful to meet so many sweet fellow bloggers and to find a new magazine is in the works. I look forward to the first issue as well. What a fabulous team Ki and Matthew will make. How sweet of you to order up late summer heat for your southern friends! Oh, that is too sweet, dear Debbykay! I loved chatting with you at your Rose Cottage, it is always a delight to visit you and share in your fun adventures!

    Thank you so very much for your kind comments and encouragement. I can imagine how lovely your deep red accents are in your living room and bedroom. I am not one bit surprised your sweetie loved it, as I know he loves everything you do! I am so very sorry to hear he is suffering. I am praying for him and for you, too, dear friend. The Lord is with you. I thought of this verse from Psalm 46:1 to share with you… God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. That is so comforting to know that. Thank you for being such a dear friend, and for always taking time to visit me! Your kindness deeply touches me!

    Much love to you!
    Your kindred heart in the south,

  11. Thank you for stopping again by my Rita Shabbu Chic Rose. Your visits are always so much greatly appreciated and your comments are so precious just like each and every post on your website. You are so poetic and truly talented.
    Gave a great Sunday – gosh, just realized mine is almost over!

  12. If only I could rent a truck and haul everything to the Twin Cities! My life is so full of things that others could use. It’s fascinating to see your photos and how these lovely vintage pieces are being repurposed.

  13. I’d love to join in the fun of the sale, but it’s a bit far for this TX girl. Round Top Antique Market and Fair is in my neck of the woods and it’s the first weekend in October. You can be sure I’ll be there! ~ Sarah

  14. Holy Cow….I wish they had something like that in Louisiana… Fabulous. Laura@the mansion

  15. Our daughter lives in Chanhassen!

    Love those French flower instructions . . . they are so neat and would be great hung in Linderhof’s breakfast room!

  16. Hello
    Great “junk” !!

  17. Thanks SO much for the shout-out on your blog. With all the fabulous stuff and great displays we saw at the Bonanza, we are so honored…I am looking at the pictures and some of the things I saw and others, I missed. There was just SO much to take in…We are glad you like your stuff…and we hope we see you again next year! We’re thinking bigger booth next yer!

  18. Oh what great vintage pics, I love them. And what fun to get to meet all those fabulous women who love all this stuff too.

    Thanks for dropping by the party. I totally think someone should use that wallpaper on the ceiling, I know it would look fantastic & what an easy solution for a ceiling project. If I get really industrious, I might try it in my small bathroom.

  19. Really great pictures of the junk market. Fun and exciting story to go with it.

  20. I just love all the great stuff…love the junk market..wish I could go shop there! So fun! Miss Bloomers

  21. bj

    Bwaaaaaaaaa…..I wanna go to this with a suitcase full of money!!!!

  22. I LOVE YOUR JUNK!!!! and all the beautiful pic’s. your showing us today.
    I’m new to your blog, and I’m oh so jealous of all the excitement that’s going on there…lol
    Us little Canadians don’t seem to have that kind of fun… well that I know of anyway. Although I do make my own fun, they tell me…
    Thanks for the good time.
    Happy OW
    Love Claudie

  23. OMG! There is fantabulous! So much to see and so many to choose from! I can’t think of which one should I pick! Great outdoor activities!

  24. Ok, this looks like a really fun event. Doll with broken arm is priceless. Nice job on Outdoor Wednesday post.
    Joyce M

  25. Wow, I came for Outdoor Wednesday and I found so much more! Especially junk…love it as well. I’m particularly fond of the little frame with the scrabble letters saying J U N K…cute idea.

    Please come by for my first (and last) poetry reading about the Hippy Bees…lol.

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. I love the photo of all the keys…although you captured many great shots.

    How fun that you could meet other bloggers and have a great time.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  27. I enjoyed visiting the Junk Bonanza with you today, too far for me to be there in person so, thanks for taking me along with you.
    a bientot
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

  28. This was such an enjoyable and well-thought out post. There was a lot to see and do at the “fair.” I enjoyed to tour. Have a wonderful day.

  29. JUNK = TREASURES!!! FAB things!

  30. Its all in the eye of the beholder huh..?

    Great “stuff” … you are a delight to visit… i always come away smiling.

    If you get a chance please stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  31. I wish I could have been there! Hours and hours of browsing joy!

  32. Oh, I am so envious! what a blast that would have been1 Thanks for sharing all the awesome pictures!

  33. What a lot of great eye candy! I want it all!

  34. Wow..so many neat things. You must’ve had a blast. I love the frame with the bird’s nest, and the pumpkin. Great display!!!

  35. oh drool i wish i could be there..what delightful ‘junk’..i adore flea market style!

  36. Love the photos and details. Thanks for sharing this amazing experience with us. Next best thing to being there in person.
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  37. What lovely vintage treasures…hard to pick a favorite for sure!

    Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend.

  38. I must love junk cause I lvoe everything I see and I wouldn’t even call any of them junk. What a fun place to visit….Christine

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