Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chapter One - The Junk Bonanza Blog {and a giveaway to celebrate!}

Hello! I am thrilled beyond belief that Ki asked me to write this Junk Bonanza blog! First, it gives me a sneak peak into all the behind the scenes goings on at Junk Bonanza headquarters {which of course, I totally intend to share with you} but more than that, it allows me to get to know all the fabulous Bonanza vendors! Because, when it comes right down to it, what would the Junk Bonanza be without all the creative vendors/purveyors of extraordinary junk!

You may remember me from last year's Bonanza, I was the "Thrifty Mom" who created the tablescape, for less than $100, shopping only at Arc's Value Village, a Twin Cities area thrift store. This year, I will be doing something similar - shopping Arc's Value Village once again to show stylish and fun ways to re-use and re-make everyday items that you can easily find at thrift shops!

But more importantly, and probably like you, I am a Junk Bonanza shopper, a girl who loves the thrill of the hunt and the way my heart skips a beat when I find something that is perfectly imperfect.

The first vendor I chose to introduce you to happens to be a friend, Jane Hall of Mustard Moon. Many of you probably know Jane also coordinates the vendor booths for the Junk Bonanza. Jane personifies the energy and essesence of Junk Bonanza vendors!

The photos above are of Jane's space at Junk Bonanza 2009 - it was fabulous, full of vintage industrial style. Think she might repeat this look at JB 2010? She is keeping that a secret. When asked what she was bringing this year, Jane replied, "I am never sure until I pull out in the driveway and go hmmmmm what should I bring?"

Jane hosts a monthly occassional sale at her shop Mustard Moon in Carver, Minnesota and was recently featured in Flea Market Style magazine. She says she "eats, sleeps, reads, thinks and feels and loves junk...that is all". She started selling vintage when she rented a small space to get rid of some "junk" hoping to be able to stay home with her "kidlets". The rest is junk history!

When asked her favorite Junk Bonanza memory Jane responded, "handing out candles to the vendors who spent an afternoon in the dark when a transformer for lights went down in the main building and handing out rain bonnets to the vendors in the tent when the monsoon rains blew through the tent!" Now that is a memory!

In celebration of the my first post, Ki has graciously offered to giveaway two Early Bird tickets to the Junk Bonanza! To enter, all you have to do is become a Follower of the Junk Bonanza blog and leave a comment on this post, it's that easy! I will announce a winner on my next post.

I really look forward to "meeting" many of you in blogland. Please feel free to let me know in the comments section any questions you have or any specific posts you would like to see.

Let the countdown to Junk Bonanza 2010 begin! {only 109 days!}


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Coming Soon!