Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Are You Peel-off Ready?!

Calling all fabulous Junk Bonanza vendors!

(Is there any other kind?!)

You will be receiving a pad of peel-offs soon, to share with friends, neighbors and all junker-centric types who will want to attend the Bonanza this fall (or will, once they know about it!)

Once the peel-offs arrive, be sure to let us know if you need more!

You can contact Emily for extras by dropping a note to!

And for those of you who have yet to email your vendor profiles, do it today! Take five minutes, enjoy a cappucino break and toot your own horn! Don't forget, it's a great way to market yourself and your wonderful stuff in advance of September! Don't forget the pictures, and you can mail those to!

All best, and Happy Junking!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Old vs. New: Splitting hares!

Each spring at this time of the year, I rescue my favorite tin hare from his resting space inside the hutch (china, not rabbit) to preside over my Easter table.

A gift from a good gal pal -- she found him one July in a pile of castoffs in a northern Minnesota junk spot -- this guy looks great nestled on a bed of reindeer moss in a small rusty urn. He's got the perfect patina. Best of all, he was someone else's discard before I could give him a good home.

For many of us, giving new life to old is a lifestyle choice.
For many retailers, going vintage is a trending strategy!

The marts of commerce are crammed with one-of-a-kind junk pieces (with atmospheric price tags) and oodles of new pieces made to look old. From mass marketers Restoration Hardware to Anthropologie to Target, on up to high-end retailers such as Jayson Home, our beloved junk aesthetic has gone mainstream.

I was reminded anew of this taste revolution while browsing at the Easter tabletop decor in the Pottery Barn catalog:

This fine fellow is cute and cast-iron. He's also brand new!

Big retailers have discovered what junkers have always known:
That there is beauty in the timeworn, and style in the tarnished
(even if it came off an assembly line looking that way)!

Luckily for vintage lovers, we've got our own special retail experience on tap in September!
For those of you keeping count, Junk Bonanza is only 147 days away!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bonanza Early Bird tickets on sale now!

The Early Bird tickets are on sale...early!

We were expecting to start sales on the 15th (a more notable -- and enjoyable -- way to celebrate the federal tax deadline!) but our ever-efficient crew managed to get it set up ahead of deadline! So Junk Bonanza Early Bird tickets are on sale NOW!

As always, purchase of an EB ticket guarantees you early entry to the Bonanza on Thursday, Sept. 15, a full two hours before the doors open for general admission!

But this year, we've added a twist!

For the first time, the Early Bird ticket ALSO covers your return admission to the Bonanza for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17!

The $25 ticket is on sale HERE at! And the first 250 tickets sold also come with a limited edition tote in which to store your swag!

Spread the word to all your friends! And remember...

... the Early Bird gets the Junk!