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Wisconsinites Jan Groen of Gracie's Cottage in Waterford and Kathy Gill of Down Lilac Lane in Milwaukee are returning vendors, year two. Some things to know about this vintage-loving duo:
Their slice of the junking pie: Jan: Letters, numbers, ephemera, "schnibbles and bits."Kathy: The funky, offbeat and eclectic.
Best piece they brought last year: Jan's large ice cream cone sign and Kathy's vintage pharmacy prescription storage boxes.
Best Bonanza memory: Meeting Tamarah from Australia last year, after having "met" her in the blogosphere.
They can't work without: Jan: "Wet wipes. I don't mind getting my hands dirty, but I can't stand having them dirty for long! Kathy surprised me with a 'junking kit' for my birthday. It's a small tote loaded with everything a girl might possibly need while in search of great junk!" Kathy: Agrees with wipes, would "have to rank work gloves, flashlight and GPS right up there."
Also indispensable? The Junk Bonanza! Have you decided what bag is best for tucking away all of those tiny treasures you are sure to find?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Her slice of the junking pie: "My husband and I travel to Europe to shop the flea markets of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and ship home one-of-a-kind finds."
Related sidelight: They take groups of shoppers along for European shopping trips. Next up: Oct. 10-19, to Provence, France.
Best junking find: An iron piece that covered a window in an old barn in Germany.
Been with the Bonanza: "Since the beginning! I was involved when it was just 18 extra vendors at the Long Lake Junk Market."
She loves: The camaraderie among vendors.
Funniest Bonanza memory: "When the lights went off in Medina and we had to scramble around in the dark."
Can't junk without: GPS.
No one would guess: She would love to get her Christmas cards out on time.
We're all about being on time! For your planning purposes, it is only 23 days until the Junk Bonanza!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Vintage elements: Compasses, watch fobs, bus tokens, hardware, keys, glass beads and jewelry, brass tags, tiny porcelain dolls, pocket watch parts and silverware, among others.
Got her start: With vintage found elements from childhood. "These pieces were family items found in our attic as a kid, and were from my Grandmother's stashes." Started 17 years ago and established it as a business in 1995 "and I've never looked back."
Best junking find: "A large stash of awesome hardware elements with wonderful patina at a fabulous price. That is a rare occurrence."
Grateful for: A few fabulous pickers.
Vendor for: 3 years.
Best Bonanza memory: Picking one doesn't work! Too many to pick, "but the awesome customers, shoppers and vendors are always wrapped into the incredible memories I treasure each and every year."
No one would guess: I used to hide behind my parents out of shyness.
Indispensible tool: Round nose plier. A jewelry designer's details would look quite shabby and shoddy without this tool.
The only shabby you'll find at the Junk Bonanza is the chic and the desirable! Have you made your travel plans yet?! See you there!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
They specialize in: An ever-changing collection of down home country.
Started peddling antiques: After they retired from running a clothing store for 18 years.
Best piece they brought to the Bonanza: Two great pillars from a Masonic Lodge.
What they're bringing this year: "More!
Funniest Bonanza moment: First time coming to the Bonanza. "Neither one of us could back up our truck with the trailer attached so we had to come hours early so we could pull in straight without people seeing us. I'm sure we went around that tent 10 times before we had it where we needed it. Funny thing is, we haven't gotten any better. It's just that now we ask for help!"
Most indispensible junking staples: Continuing friendship and a truck.
Find friendship and more than a few interesting parking jobs by attendees on a run to get inside at the Junk Bonanza!