One of the highlights of my trip to Minnesota/Junk Bonanza was shopping at Hunt & Gather. I had shopped there on a previous trip and knew I had to hit it again. They had a spot at Junk Bonanza which only wet my whistle to head to their store.
My sis in law and I ventured over Friday after hitting Junk Bonanza again in the morning.
The store is crazy over the top with color, imaginative displays and fun merchandise. It is two floors and chock full of great stuff. Eye candy photos to follow.
They were having a sale and had treats out as well. I wasn't in the mood for the rotating hot dogs, but they had bags of chips, cherry mash chocolates, ding dongs and Easter chocolates. A quirky mix of party food and a fun little display. I don't own any concrete swans but I always admire them. I would like a flock of them outside someday.
This bust was GIANT. It had a fun necklace that spelled out Hunt & Gather made with vintage letters.
Wow. What a shop. On the way out I spotted this giant E. E is for Ethel! I knew it would not fit in the suitcase. Such shopping fun...a must see if you are in that neck of the woods.
There aren't many estate sales this weekend since it is a holiday weekend. The finds I am sharing today are from last week. Last weekend was Junk Bonanza so I was out of town. I still looked at the listings for sales at home and saw that I was missing this crazy good looking digger sale. Oh, how I wished this sale would have been a different weekend! On Sunday our flight from Minnesota left at 6:15 a.m. That meant we got home to Portland mid morning. My mom picked us up at the airport and dropped us off at home. I immediately left for the last day of the two day sale.
I may have missed the really great stuff, but I still came home with some goodies. Sunday was also half price day.
A St. Patty's day crepe paper tablecloth.
Angel heads for crafting, some yellow snowflakes and some vintage shoelaces still in the paper sleeves.
Good Valentine stuff for crafting, old pipe cleaners, foil holiday cones and a tiny patriotic axe.
A doll to have the Magpie Ethel makeover and some paper napkins. I am always happy to find some little vintage oddball item like the drums or those tiny Easter baskets as they lend themselves to my crafting so well. Holiday mailing labels in original packaging.
The Easter egg dye box has seen better days, but it was one I did not have.
A recipe box filled with recipes from The Meier and Frank or Oregonian (both local companies) weekly cooking school. They are dated 1934 and 1935 for the most part. It will be fun to sort through this box. I also found a good assortment of vintage bathroom stuff. They must have never cleaned out a medicine cabinet or bathroom closet. You may remember I bought some toilet paper at Junk Bonanza (Dated 1941) and these bathroom finds will be part of that project.
A good end to the trip. Glad I could still make the tail end of this estate sale...it was worth getting up at the crack of dawn to get home. Happy day!
I had one suitcase. That limits what you can buy. My suitcase was stuffed on the way home.
A fun prize ribbon made with old film strips and some celluloid dolls ready for a little Magpie Ethel makeover. The tin bucket was a favorite find. I love the fish graphic on it. The HI flag just made me smile when I saw it. My collection of vintage baby rattles has really grown. I need to find a new spot to display them. This one will join the rest of the gang.
These signs were the names of bowling teams.
A few ceramic figures.This apron will be tied to my shopping cart that I drag around to shows. I liked that the apron was from Minnesota..a good souvenir. The rubber duck head is rock solid. I bought a roll of toilet paper. Yes, vintage toilet paper. The wrapper is great. It is dated 1941 and I have the perfect project for it. The rabbit will join the rest of my Easter collection. My sister in law was a very good sport for not being a vintage gal. In addition to two days at Junk Bonanza, we went to Hunt and Gather and also to the town of Hopkins and hit some shops there. This is the other half of what filled my suitcase.
The honeycomb bunny I had never seen before. He is a tiny bit manic looking, but the Happy Easter bow tie is a plus. Lots of finds for crafting. For those of you who lament that the spun heads are only on the west coast...my spun head radar found them in Minnesota.
Oh Deer. These fellows were eager to hop on home with me. Much to the dismay of my blogland friend Marci, I found more plastic pigs. One from the World's Best and Biggest Hog Market. Vintage swans
Bride and groom birds. A rubber bunny and a old marble game. I will use the green marble game as a display spot. What a suitcase full of fun. Definitely some good shopping. One more post coming on the trip. A post on my favorite shop, Hunt & Gather.
This was my first trip to Junk Bonanza in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am lucky to have my brother and sister in law live there so Tom and I stayed with them. My sister in law was a good sport and drove me to the show and then to multiple vintage shops in the area.
I got the early bird tickets for $25. We got in two hours before the big crowd. We also had admission on each of the days of the show, so we ended up going Friday as well. The ticket also had a $2 off coupon in the Junk Bonanza shop, so I used it towards a t-shirt. We also got a JB canvas bag (first photo). The early bird admission was definitely worth the price.
The show is good sized and has a great variety of vendors. I have been to Farm Chicks in Spokane, Washington a number of times and thought this show was very similar in the number of vendors, amazing displays and the great vintage finds.
Here we go on what I saw. Half the fun for me at these shows is the creative displays that people come up with.
I thought this was a clever display. Vintage dance cards are pinned to this old prom dress. I loved this display too. She had hung the old tin child's plates and saucers from the branches. Brilliant pop of color.
I liked this giant toothbrush. It was gone on my second round through the show. One of my favorite vendors at the show was Hunt and Gather. They have a shop in town (another post). I love all their crazy color and whimsy. These next few photos are from their booth.
Hunt and Gather Hunt and Gather Hunt and Gather. If I had driven to the show rather than flown, I would have bought this chair.
At another booth the front half of a VW was their checkout area.
If you watch the HGTV show Cash & Cari. Cari had a booth there. Here she is behind her register. This booth was more of a digger booth. He had great stuff. I got a great tin fish bucket from him.
A great show. I was glad I hit two days as the vendors restock.
I also had the pleasure of meeting a fellow blogger Tammy, from Tammy's in Love. It is always fun to meet someone that you have exchanged emails with. Hi Tammy!
Junk Bonanza finds coming in tomorrow's post. I had a great time at the show and would love to hit it again. They have another show in the fall and would be fun to hit that one...who knows...another trip in Sept?