Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friends make it fun!

Vendors often say that one of their favorite things about the Junk Bonanza is the friendships they develop with their fellow vendors. As they say, birds of a feather……Obviously Bonanza vendors are quite a flock!

In the two years that I have lived in Minnesota, I have had the privilege of meeting many local Bonanza vendors who have become friends. I am happy to introduce you to two such women.

Claire Baxter runs a successful local occasional sale, The Hog Shed, at her farm. A former floral designer, Claire made the decision 6 years ago to combine her love of flea markets and estate sales with her desire to be her own boss. The Hog Shed has become the perfect outlet for her!

Claire told me she is saving special pieces for the Bonanza and that just before the sale she will pull it all together. She said her space will definitely have a farmhouse look.

In addition to her occasional sale business and getting ready for the Bonanza, Claire and her husband Ken have started remodeling vintage travel trailers from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Claire enjoys finding the right fabric and accessories to go with each trailer so that each trailer has their own individual “look”. How fun!

Is it any coincidence that every time I am out at a flea market or occasional sale that I run into junker-extraordinaire, Lanette Lorsung?

Lanette loves industrial and architectural salvage, old rusty items that can be repurposed and also old white chippy pieces with their original paint finish. You can expect to find these items in Lanette’s booth.

Lanette became an antiques dealer in the 90’s. Her father, a collector, influenced her interest in vintage collectibles. In the early 2000’s Lanette became more interested in items to decorate her home, she was introduced to “junk” and the rest is history, as they say.

Lanette’s full-time “job” is being a wife and mother. When not participating in
local occasional sales, scouring flea markets or shuttling kids to activities, Lanette writes about vintage style, junking and design on her blog Cottage Elements.

Just 81 days until Junk Bonanza 2010! Early Bird tickets are available on the website. Have you purchased yours yet?


Monday, June 21, 2010

Some Iowa vendors.....and a winner!

Happy Monday junkers!

I would like to introduce you to two Junk Bonanza vendors from the great state of Iowa. The first is Janelle Roberts of The Farmer’s Wife and the second is Brenda Schwager, owner of JB Knacker, a vintage home store in Gilbert, Iowa.

Janelle Roberts, of The Farmer’s Wife is a second year Bonanza vendor specializes in old painted barn boards and enamelware pots and pans. In addition to these items, Janelle will be bringing lots of “raw” junk to the Bonanza – door knobs, door hardware, pieces from old light fixtures, bath and sink fixtures and varieties of game pieces. She will also be selling small chippy furniture pieces, metal and galvanized pieces, repurposed furniture and insulators – a very popular item in her booth last year! Also found in her booth will be garlands and banners made from vintage items.

Janelle didn’t always think junk was so cool….growing up she wondered why everyone else had an entertainment center and her family’s television sat on a big old wooden box. As she grew up, her mom’s love of vintage pieces influenced Janelle’s love for chippy painted furniture. In addition to her junk business, Janelle is a family and consumer sciences teacher – a perfect job for summertime junking jaunts!

The 2010 Junk Bonanza will be the third for vendor Brenda Schwager. Brenda started holding occasional sales with her friend Julie after they read an article about a shop in Buffalo, Minnesota that was hosting once-a-month sales (Victoria magazine June 2001). Wanting to earn money while still being home with her six children, Brenda and Julie held their first sale just three weeks later! Their occasional sales continued for the next four years. In October 2005 they held their last sale and opened a brick and mortar store three weeks later on November 15.

Brenda loves her booth location in the tent at Canterbury because it is the first place customers stream through. She also loves the friendships made with her fellow vendors.

Because she runs a store full-time, Brenda does not know what will be coming to the Bonanza. She claims she is a “fly by the seat of her pants” kind of gal….but later tells me she just might be stashing away old statuary, metal and wire, chandeliers, funky ephemera and good old primitives and salvage.

Ok, and now for what you have all been waiting for....drum roll please...the winner of the beautiful Beth Quinn Designs necklace is Terrell from Frou Frou Designs blog! Didn't win? No worries, go check out Beth's website or better yet, visit her booth at the 2010 Junk Bonanza! Thanks a bunch to all of you who entered...I loved reading your comments about when you discovered your inner junk girl.

Terrell, please email me at to make arrangements to get your "inner junk girl" necklace!

Only 87 more days until Junk Bonanza 2010!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another giveaway....bring on the bling!

What's a Junk Bonanza without some fabulous jewelry artists who specialize in using vintage parts in their work. I am so excited to introduce you to first time Junk Bonanza vendor Beth Quinn of Beth Quinn Designs!

Beth is a full-time mixed media artist who lives in Arizona with her husband and two boys. She loves using anything vintage in her designs - old parts of jewelry, vintage flowers and millinery, vintage laces and old found bits and baubles. She has been designing and making her jewelry for three years which can be found in boutiques all over the world.

You can expect to see a wide variety of jewelry pieces from Beth at the Junk Bonanza - necklaces, bracelets, glittered charms, earrings and rings. Oh, and she also told me she is making some special pieces just for the Bonanza!

And guess what?

Beth has been kind enough to offer one of her pieces for a giveaway on the Junk Bonanza blog! I just know all you junk fans will want to win this fabulous piece...I really wish I could! I just may have to go to Beth's website and order one for myself!

In order to be entered in the giveaway simply do the following:

1. Leave me a comment telling me when you discovered your inner junk girl!

2. If you have a blog - post about the giveaway to be entered twice!

3. Post about the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

I will close entries on Sunday at midnight CST and announce the winner on Monday!

Good luck everyone!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

~ let's hear it for a couple of first-timers ~

The Junk Bonanza has a great tracker record for renewing most vendors from year-to-year and booth reservations fill up fast! But for a variety of reasons, there are always a few junkers who decide not to return the following year which leaves room for new vendors!

Can you imagine the pressure and excitement of being a first-time vendor at the Junk Bonanza?

It sounds like first-timers, “How Quaint” from Shakopee, Minnesota and “Vintage Home & Garden” from New Virginia, Iowa are bringing fabulous treasures we will all want to check-out!

Teresa and Paul Werner own “How Quaint”, an occasional shop that is open just four days a month in Shakopee, Minnesota. They got their start in the junk business by selling their painted and refinished garage sale finds. Deb Haupt (see previous post) shopped one of their large yard sales and invited them to be a dealer at her shop, Haupt Antiek. Teresa and Paul attended the Junk Bonanza last year for the first time and were surprised by how many dealers there were!

Shoppers can expect to find many primitive items in How Quaint’s booth including, a 6foot by 5 foot pea green and cream colored cupboard they call “Green Piece”. How Quaint will even have an outhouse for sale! Perhaps a Junk Bonanza first?

Beth Voltmer, owner of Vintage Home & Garden, is also a first time vendor this year. Beth was inspired to go into the antiques business after reading a newspaper story about a Minneapolis store that held monthly occasional sales. Inspired, she purchased a building, renovated the upstairs into a loft-style apartment and now hosts once-a-month sales thru October, then every Saturday until the week before Christmas.

Beth says she will be bringing one-of-a-kind items to the Junk Bonanza focusing on her new interest in industrial and urban country looks. Beth collects green rooster, Poppytrail California pottery and she also loves to repurpose vintage items. Beth is a very busy junker, in addition to expanding her store and hours, remodeling her husband’s childhood home (hoping to run it as an inn someday), Beth is a full-time realtor!

Please plan to visit and support these first-timers at the Junk Bonaza 2010 - only 104 more days!

See you soon!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Winner, winner ......and two more vendors to meet!

Wow! Thank you for such a warm and enthusiastic welcome! I had so much fun reading all your comments on my first post. It is obvious that there is a lot of enthusiasm out there for Junk Bonanza 2010 – flights are being booked, hotels reserved, road trips mapped and girlfriends gathered. I even heard from a woman who will be coming from Australia to attend her first Junk Bonanza!

I want to send a big shout out to all of you who signed up to follow this blog. I really look forward to our dialogue during the next three months and sharing our passion (or obsession!) for vintage shopping. If you have not signed up as a follower, I hope you will do so, it is a great way to get the latest information and details on the Bonanza and connect with others who are planning on being there too.

I have two more fantastic Junk Bonanza vendors to introduce you to. The first is Deb Haupt of Haupt Antiek. Deb got into the junk business about 14 years ago when she went to her first estate sale with a friend and has been enjoying the “thrill of the hunt” ever since. Deb’s best Junk Bonanza memories are her time spent with her fellow vendors/friends that are set up around her. She likes the positive and happy energy between Bonanza vendors.

When asked what she is bringing to the Bonanza this year, Deb answered, “I am looking forward to bringing found things that others can create with, lots of buttons, blocks, lids, cubbies, bottles and our special finds from the European flea markets – old linens, skeleton keys & vintage lighting. The level of creativity that the customers bring to Junk Bonanza and what they can think of is my inspiration.” Doesn’t this sound fantastic?

Deb owns a shop called Haupt Antiek Market in Apple Valley, Minnesota that is open just four days a month for “event shopping”, with each month featuring a new theme and new vintage inventory. Included in her sales are 12 vendors that add their creativity, enthusiasm and great design to the mix.

The second vendor I would like to introduce you to is Junk{re}defined, a business run by three sisters. Together, the sisters have been doing junk projects for years for the last 10 years and will be selling at the Junk Bonanza for their third year – one sister also owns and operates a B&B/Tearoom, another is an office manager and the other is a dental hygienist, proving that junkers are also great multi-taskers!

When asked what they will be bringing to the Bonanza this year, Junk{re}defined answered, “let’s see, some chrome and vintage restaurant items, 1940-50’s kitchen wares, farm and industrial items and items that we are still gathering!”

Now, I bet you're wondering who the winner of the giveaway is?

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The winner is Saganaga from the blog "nest full of eggs"! Congratulations, please email me at to receive your two Early Bird tickets!

Only 101 days until the Junk Bonanza!