Thursday, September 29, 2011

Facebook and the JB Blog: Changes!

After today, Facebook will eliminate direct feeds from individual blogs to their matching Facebook pages.

Here is what Facebook says:
"We want you to connect with your fans in the most effective ways possible. That's why as of September 30th you'll no longer be able to automatically import posts from your website to your page notes. The best way to get people to interact with your content is to give them insight into the links you share on your Wall by adding personal comments and responding to feedback from fans."

We thought that's what the blog posts did already! But, in the spirit of cooperation (a true junker attribute!), we will make sure you can stay connected by adding a photo and a link on our Facebook page each time we post on the blog!

We love our Facebook page followers and hope you'll sign on to follow the Junk Bonanza blog, here, too! You can request (check the right-hand sidebar) an email alert that lets you know each time a post goes up!

Count on us to help you handily navigate the seas of change!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Ugly Lamps Contest winner!

Who-who-who doesn't love an ugly lamp?!!!

The winner of the Junk Bonanza's Ugly Lamp Contest (featuring the lamps from the spring issue of Flea Market Style magazine) was Mary Strack of Elk River, Minn.!

The owl won it by a 3-to-1 margin, and there were a lot of votes!

Mary received a $100 gift certificate to Home Depot! (where, we are certain, she won't be purchasing an ugly lamp!)

As part of the Bonanza fun, the lamps were sold by the Junk Revolution store, with proceeds benefitting Arc's Value Village, a Minneapolis nonprofit that operates thrift stores to benefit people with disabilities.

We're already thinking about next year's contest so you can once again exercise the franchise!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

They Made it Happen! (And Aren't You Glad They Did?)

That quiet efficiency you heard humming along at the Best Junk Round-up in the Midwest, 6th Edition, didn't happen by chance!

There was. a lot of heavy lifting!

The efforts of many talented and hard-working folks put the "boffo" in the Bonanza!
(Here's the staff in the Junk Revolution store: Karla, Susan Ashley and Taylor! Quite possibly the hardest-working team in the apparel business! For sure the grooviest!)

John and Kathie kept the microphone busy and the details handled deftly! Check out the wattage on those smiles. It never dims!

Irene policed everything else, from the blue lines to the U-hauls, and somebody had to do it!

Theresa was one of the myriad FOBs (Friends of the Bonanza!) who stamped hands and took tickets and distributed maps. Contributions came from all quarters!

It takes a village and it takes a building full! For all the hard work, expertise and good will, the Bonanza is grateful!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tote That Barge! (And Other Great Finds!)

You don't have to read between the lions to know that happy customers abound at the Bonanza!
It was strictly cash and carry...

Purchases with handles were a built-in bonus!

Frequently, customers are so swift in conveying their swag out the door that it's difficult to snap their pictures!

(File this under the why-I-would-never-make-it-as-a-professional-photog category!)

We hope you are edified by this small glance at those who found their treasure at the Junk Bonanza!

They found their prizes! Did you?


Monday, September 19, 2011

Pondering Product, aka, Should I or Shouldn't I?

It's somewhat embarrassing to admit that even at 7 posts a day, I couldn't get all of the pictures and info uploaded in time to bring you the total sights and sounds of the Bonanza experience!

To that end, I'm bringing you belatedly (but with no less fervor!) some pictures from the past days of Bonanza happenings!

We love that you paused to scrutinize and consider...

... big letters...

...a potentially just-perfect pillow...

...beguiling textiles, among other items!

And here is someone who got tired of browsing and decided it was time to sleep, despite the incredible swag that might have been just the ticket for the nursery!

Keep watching! More Bonanza pix are on the way!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Bonanza Breaks it Down!

It all happened so fast, relatively speaking. Good thing there was seating!

One moment, Canterbury Park was teeming with happy customers, toting their treasures toward the door.

Then, at the stroke of 5, vendors and the Bonanza team started the next leg of their journies: tearing down what they had so happily assembled just a few short days ago!

Away it went, with magical efficiency!

A spot near the loading dock was a coveted locale!

The stuff never seemed to end...

...though vendors were game to haul unrelentingly!

Pretty soon, the floors cleared out, save for the vaunted blue lines (the Fire Marshal's Best Friend...)

You could shoot a cannon off in there, or at least heave a hefty piece of junk without interference!

Even the Junk Revolution store was down to its hangers!

At the end, only the pile headed for Bonanza storage was left. That's all we wrote!

Luckily, there will be more pix coming this week of scenes from the Bonanza that we just couldn't cram in during the actual event!

So stay tuned for Bonanza redux!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

5 Minutes and Counting...

A few minutes to go before the official "end" of the 2011 Junk Bonanza!
Vets know, this is when the real work begins!
It's been one great ride!
Stay with us for updates; we've got plenty of pix and stories yet to share that we couldn't quite cram in before the close!
Happy Junking!

A Sweet Bonanza Story

We love a good story, and Johnna Holmgren's first Junk Bonanza visit is a swell yarn.

Here is the tale of the Stillwater gal and her newfound shopping cart, in her words:

"I was out with my mother-in-law shopping away, barely getting started and we realized we definitely needed a cart for storing our stuff! Not to mention we had already bought a pretty heavy-duty rug that was wrapped in our backpack. We went on the prowl and couldn't find a thing. Sure enough, we enter a booth and see this adorable cart with a burlap sack inside, clipped with these amazing stainless steel clips. We say, 'perfect!' As we shimmy our way through other women chattering we finally reach what looks like the 'front' of the booth and ask the lady how much the cart costs. She, all business, but friendly, responds, 'That's not ours, darlin! That's a customer's!'

"My sweet mother-in-law and I say 'oopsies' as we begin our journey through more women to attempt the bring the cart back to where we found it.

"We get about halfway through the sea of women on the prowl and one says, 'Hey! I think that's my cart!' We tell her we are so sorry! She says, 'Would you want to buy it? I decided I'm not a pull-behind-you-type person' "

"We were so excited and said yes yes yes! I wrote her a personal check for $28 and we went our separate ways.

"Needless to say, it was one of my favorite purchases of the day!"

Needless to say, it was one of our favorite stories!


How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

How much is that doggie in the window? Not sure, but the window sold! He's now sitting on a chair, surrounded by admirers, making a price check impossible!
We hope you can get close enough to the junk you want to make your very own!


Spiritous Libations for Thirsty Shoppers!

If that Bloody Mary looks like a meal in a cup, then you are a trained observer!

Canterbury Park's efficient staff serves up a generous pour for thirsty shoppers, with a skewer full of delectables: Shrimp, a chunk of sharp Cheddar, a feta-stuffed olive, salami, a peppadew stuffed with a marinated garlic clove and pepperoncini, garnished with an oh-so-slender, oh-so-tender stick of celery.

Brenda Budin, who has been serving up this tasty concoction at Canterbury "for a lot of years,"
estimates 250 of these bodacious beverages are served daily to Bonanza attendees during the three-day confab.

Yet another incentive for bellying up to the Bonanza!


Stuff at the Bonanza, Part 2!

More eye candy from today's Bonanza!

Concrete jockeys at Canterbury!...

...a Memory Keg with bling...

...a heap of hydrangeas...

...a bistro chair with crave-worthy patina...

...a paint-by-numbers canvas...

... and blankets with accessories!

More pix to come!


The Calm Before the Fun!

It's Saturday morning at the Bonanza!
It won't look like this for long!
Vendors have refilled the empty spots, and the doors open in 5 minutes!
Check back shortly; we'll have some pix of the KARE-11 setup. They are spending some time today at the Bonanza!

Friday, September 16, 2011

KARE-11 in the House!

Junk Bonanza had its 15 minutes -- actually, an hour -- of show biz fame this morning when KARE-11 hit Canterbury to spread junk love across the airwaves!

That's cameraman Craig Norkus and reporter Lee Valsvik; they filmed of teases, scenic views and an interview with Ki and vendor wrangler Jane Hall between 9 and 10 a.m. to broadcast the junking gospel to Saturday morning TV watchers!

The spot broadcast from the booth of Lee and Tracy Anderson of Histories in Prairie du Sac, Wis., with junk pulled in from several vendor's booths.

(That cupola is from Mustard Moon in Carver, Minn.!)

Now that's what we call quality programming!


Feet on the Street at the Bonanza!

The Bonanza can be an endurance test of sorts. A
grueling test of one's shopping acumen and endurance.

Bonanza vets know that a good pair of shoes will go a long way in enhancing the JB experience!

With that, we give you a nod toward some of the well-shod feet treading the floor today!

We saw boots that were made for walking...

...and some that had walked a lot!

We saw a little glitz...

...a little glam...

...and shoes built for comfort with a large dash of panache!

We also noted the most easily recognized pair of shoes in the house!

We close out our posts for today with this thought:

Tread softly, and carry a big, big shopping cart!

See you tomorrow!