Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gathering of Friends Fall 2009

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t was a true gathering of friends at this fall's Gathering of Friends Antique Show. It was held at Bachman's flagship store in Minneapolis. This was my first time attending the show, and I was thrilled to see some of favorite vendor friends...Jan of Summerspell, Jane@Mustard Moon, Cindi@The Nature of It, Pam of Pam's Picks, and Deb@Haupt Antiek. My only treasure from this show was the sign in the first photo. Love it? I knew you would! I haven't decided where to hang it yet, but I have some ideas. Enjoy the junk!!










Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The French Flea...Part Trois

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ne last group of junk photos from the French Flea September sale. They are located in Anoka, MN, and are open Thu-Sun during the second weekend of each month. Stop by and say hi to Julie, Gretchen, Lani, and the rest of the gang!! Tell them Amy sent you!! :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The French Flea...Part Deux

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ne of my favorite pastimes is photography. Not just photos of anything and everything, but specifically of junk, collections, and architecture. The shapes, colors, and patterns created by intentional and unintentional mixing of materials is inspiring. Capturing these moments in time from my perspective is a form of creativity that fuels me like no other!! What better place to get my photo and junking fix than a flea market, occasional sale, or similar venue? None better, I'd say!

The photos above are the second in a series of photos taken at The French Flea Occasional Sale. The jewelry is crafted by Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs. The other images are some vignettes around the store. I'm not a professionally-trained photographer, but I hope you enjoy the images.

While I do bring home plenty of thrifty treasures on a regular basis, I also bring home hundreds of digital thrifty photos. They inspire me, teach me, remind me of a fond memory, and connect me to the friends I met that day. These are the real treasures of junking! If you want to get more of a fix, feel free to poke around the blog a bit more. The last six posts are ALL junking photos...
If that's not enough, there's a more junking photos on my other blog...WhisperWood Cottage. Some of the most recent junking posts are three specifically related to Junk Bonanza 2009...

Do you enjoy taking photos of your junking adventures? Is it your finds, the vignettes, or the people involved that get your camera snapping?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The French Flea...Part Un

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ime to get a little French on!  These are photos of my first-ever visit to The French Flea in Anoka, MN, during their September occasional sale. That first photo is my best bud, Lanette@Cottage Elements. Love, love, love her! The rest of the shots are glimpses of their September displays. Who is loving the goods as much as I am? I soooo want that door and the outdoor courtyard to go with it. Yummy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Texas Antique Weekend Fall 2009

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re you ready for some Texas photos? I thought so. We had a wedding in Texas during the preview weekend of the Texas shows, which meant we were able to sneak over to Warrenton/Round Top for a day of junking and visiting with fellow junkers. The slide show highlights our visit to Texas Rose and Zapp Hall with tons of booth photos and blog party candids!

Guest stars include (not in any particular order!):
Based on the recommendation of photographer David@Student of Life, I recently opened a Flickr account. The slide show above is from my first set of photos uploaded there. I'm still learning the ropes, so I hope you enjoy the show! You can also view the Junkologie photostream directly on Flickr.

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Participating in Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special featuring "vignettes."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Did You Find Your Prize Yet?

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id you find your prize yet? There must be something from the Prize show that you wish you could take home with you! What is it? A vintage sign? A colorful basket? How about a giant tepee? Something galvanized? Something upholstered? An industrial treasure of some kind? Well, tell me all about it! The junk doctor is in...


Monday, October 12, 2009

Everyone's a Winner at Prize!

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hoa, Nellie! The folks at Hunt & Gather know how to put on an event! The displays were amazing, and I had a blast working with many of them to set up the vignettes. I learned so much just by observing them in action. Now, I guess attendance was very low compared to their spring show. Was it the cold weather, the time of year, the economy, or the competing events? Who knows! This business is so unpredictable!!

No matter what, everyone is a winner when it comes to finding a prize at this show! I enjoyed working and playing with this group of creative people. I was also able to stay with my fab friend Lani@Cottage Elements, snap photos at the French Flea occasional sale and the Gathering of Friends show, and visit with junk queen Sue@JunkMarket, junk jewelry designer Gretchen@Mimi-Toria's Designs, and the fun girls of JunkFest (who drove all the way from North Dakota!!). I made lots of new friends as well!

More photos of the Prize show coming up!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Hunt & Gather...Find your Prize!

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unt & Gather. Come find your prize! If you are a junker and a resident of Minnesota, it is highly unlikely that you haven't shopped with, or at least heard of, the fabulous shop called Hunt & Gather. The fine folks you see in the photo above are masters of display and creativity. A visit to their store is truly an experience in which you will lose track of time hunting and gathering all kinds of unique and fabulous finds.

Their booth at Junk Bonanza was an extension of their store...a delicious crispy junk crust filled with ooey, gooey junk filling! You never know what is on the menu, but you always know you are in for a treat! Join me on a tour of their booth...

Ready for the exciting news? I'm heading down to the Twin Cities this week to participate in antique show and sale hosted by Hunt & Gather. I am honored to be invited as a vendor!

My friend, Lani@Cottage Elements, and I will be bringing some fabulous pieces to sell. We're pulling out all the stops and bringing the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the pinnacle of junking goodness from our stashes. You do not want to miss this, junkers!! With the ultimate junk yumminess that the Hunt & Gather folks will undoubtedly bring, mmmmmm...can you taste it? Pure junk heaven!!

Prize starts on Thursday night (4-9 pm) with a fabulous open house. I heard there is wine and cheese involved, too! Food AND first pick of the goods? Definitely worth the $5 early bird admission!! We are also open all day Friday and Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm...with everything 20% off on Saturday. It's being held at St. Paul Episcopal Church (see address above).

See you there, right? Right?! RIGHT!!!??? Not yelling, just excited. Junk does that to a girl. {deep breath aaaand exhale}