Monday, April 20, 2015

Junk Bonanza

I know, I know...I just got off a plane and here I am, off again on another adventure. 
 This time the destination was Junk Bonanza in Minnesota. 
I met up with Richele in Phoenix for the second leg of the trip.  Always a good time when I'm with her!  She is such a lovely woman inside and out. 
We got in just in time to have a good dinner with a couple of guys you might know and then we were off to get some sleep before the day of junking.

We had early bird tickets (which I highly recommend) to get in which gave us 2 hours to shop before the crowds poured in!
We saw lots of fun stuff...and this time, a lot of DIY stuff.  Not sure if I like that or not since I like the stuff before it becomes something else. 
I am always on the hunt for group photos and used red tomato pin cushions but there were none to be found.  Lots of other things though!
This stack of vintage suitcases got quite a lot big response when I posted it on Facebook.  I admit it they are wonderful.
 Mario stood watch by all our stuff while we shopped in a few booths.

 Letters, letters, letters...
 and metal number tags galore!
And the cabinet Tim spotted...a great deal (of course) and wow can you imagine all the stuff you could get in all the little drawers?  this one was a YES!
Love this idea for using crate to create a display.  I could see us using this idea for the CHA booth.
 There were clothing booths...
 and booths with salvaged materials.
 Some things come framed (lol) and yes, I took the silver frame home with me.
 And some were way to big to fit into my suitcase (insert sad face).
We wanted these black shutters but we were not sure how to get them home.  Probably should have said yes and figured it out later.
 Cool signs and displays.
 And small junk stuff to dig in.

 Well, the cabinet needed two people to get to the van.  Not a problem.
 It fit right in with the last row of seats folded down.  Stunning right?
Then into the elevator with our TWO carts for packing (I got the little suitcase Tim is holding). 
And where is Richele you say?
Well, right here behind the luggage cart.
We needed someone to be able to push the buttons on the elevator!
Later that night, Mario is done packing and labeling for pick up (should have got the shutters I tell you).  That is the cabinet all wrapped up like a cocoon!  Genius packer - seriously nothing stumps him.  Well maybe a stunning 8 foot curved balustrade that Tim really wanted.  We decided it would never get home in one piece so it stayed at the show. 
So that is my report on Junk Bonanza.  The next one is in Sept - you can check out their website for the dates.
I would love to hear if you have a favorite show you go to!
now carry on,


  1. What a cool show and your buys are awesome. I hope everything gets back in one piece x

  2. I love going to Sweet Salvage and Junk in the Trunk. I know you've been to Sweet before. They just expanded and it's amazing. When I lived in Massachusetts I loved the Brimfield fair.
    Looks like you had a blast!

  3. Nothing of the sort here in the UK that I know of.... antique markets occasionally, but wow seeing this takes the whole idea to a new level. Saw some of the photos on Tim's blog, but great to see more!!! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, you are one lucky girl!! Oh can't wait for photos of the new CHA booth now....

  4. I like that frame Paula! This was my first time at this show, my tastes have changed over the years. I live in a suburb of Minneapolis so the drive was about 30 minutes. Can't wait to go in September! TFS the pics!

  5. So with the frame - did Mario come with it??? Just think of the kitting and cooking potential if he lived with you - just put a smile on your face right!

  6. That looks like so much fun. What a great place to get inspired to create too. Thanks for sharing your adventure. :)

  7. Oh I love what you call 'junk' in America, it must be shopping heaven - tough job but I guess someone has to do it! The shutters were real beauties, I hope you find some next time you go junkin....

  8. Oh my goodness! I think I'd be paralyzed trying to decide in which direction to go first! It looks like sooooo much fun. I love your suitcase - adorable! Can't wait to hear all about the show in September.

  9. Wow, what an amazing show, nothing at all like that around here I'm afraid. How in the heck did you restrain yourself?! I would have come home with darn near everything you pictured. Sounds like a great time was had by all, what fun to be able to go junking with Richele, Tim and Mario :O)

  10. OMG! It's the only word that I can say! BArbarayaya

  11. Oh my goodness, pure vintage heaven I tell ya!!! Be still my beating heart! Thank you so much for sharing all the wonderful pictures! Loved those shutters too!

  12. Goodness, what a stunning appear, nothing at all like that around here I'm perplexed. How in the hell did you limit yourself?! I would have returned home with darn close all that you envisioned. Sounds like an incredible time was had by all, what amusing to have the capacity to run throwing out with junk removal kirkland