Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Junk That Binds Us

Oh my heavens....
words cannot even express
how awesome 
the Junk Bonanza 
was this year!

I took a lot of pictures of our trip,
which I will share in the coming days.

We shopped on our way there,
and a tiny bit on our way back. 
(No space left in the truck!)

We rented a bigger truck this year,
two feet longer than last year --
and somehow we managed to fill all 12 feet!
We actually had to
ask a very kind vendor
from Illinois to haul a couple pieces
back because we couldn't fit 
them on the truck.

(We spent over five hours on Friday night
loading the truck and suv. It's like building
a puzzle... lots of stacking and strapping
and securing and padding. NOT the fun part
of our business.)

Lots of laughing and frustrating moments....
you could have compared it to a 
Lucy and Ethel  
episode if they had ever tried 
to own a moving company!

Many thanks to some of the husband's 
of our favorite vendors who stopped by to
give us advice and assistance on
packing how-to's! You know who you are!
We appreciate it so.

This is Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis.

We also got to go visit one of our most favorite
shops in Minneapolis, called Hunt & Gather, owned
by the charming Kristi who is truly a creative genius.
If you have never been there... please go. It is unlike any 
other antique/vintage shop in the world.... yes, the world.
I am not exaggerating. 
It is my happy place. 
Organized colorful chaos 
in the most pleasing arrangement.
So excited to be there 
that I forgot to take photos though!

We also made our annual trek 
to Bachmann's Idea House 
and got to go on opening night. 
What a treat! 
Will explain more about the Idea House 
when I post the pictures. 
You will be amazed at this 
Minneapolis seasonal attraction.

But in the meantime,
I wanted to post a photo of two
blogging friends I got to meet
at the Junk Bonanza!

This is Suzanne of Holly & Privet blog,
and Linda of Itsy Bits and Pieces blog!
Linda and her daughter were vendors
so we all met at her booth on Friday afternoon.
Such fun! Sorry we couldn't visit longer.
GREAT ladies. Hope you follow both of their blogs!

Drove home today after four days 
of unlimited fun, laughs, and so much inspiration
your head feels like it might explode!

Missed you all!
Will post more tomorrow.


All That Glitters said...

you are so pretty! can't wait to see pics! Looks like you had loads of fun!

allymacster said...

I have always wanted to go to an antiques fair. After seeing some pics I'm going to have to make some more effort to find one. looks like so much fun.

Rebecca said...

I can "feel" the fun & excitement!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Oh that does look like a great time, shopping and stuffing a truck full and seeing friends! Love the last pic of the urns...I grabbed one yesterday at auction, and it is very old and crusty and has some damage...but I couldn't resist!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

looks like a great time and hope we get to see some of your treasures!

Debi@7Gates said...

I know you loved the hunt. Can't wait for pictures.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks like so much fun. Glad you got some good loot.

Divine Theatre said...

I was in your neighborhood yesterday, lamenting the fact that i do not have your phone number. I thought I could buy you lunch. You weren't here anyhow. (insert sad face here).
I was in Deerfield buying a set of six Louis XVI side chairs. I have wanted them for, like, ever! More than I should have paid on Craigslist but less than I would have paid at Restoration Hardware...
I cannot wait to see documentation of your adventure!
Going to the Botanic Gardens next week if I can squeeeeeeeze it in! Wanna go?


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Sounds so fun!! I can't wait to see the goodies you brought home!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison, sounds like you had a ton of fun! I see a lot of pretties as well! Martina

Richard Cottrell said...

Looks like you did good. Richard

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Looks like a great time! Good to see fellow bloggers getting together! Can't wait to see the treasures!

Kelly said...

Looks like you had alot of fun! Can't wait to see more pics as you get them loaded.

Tee of Vinnord Cottage said...

envy! I wish I could go to a junk fair and bring a truck!!! You lucky gal!

Cindy said...

What a great time...looks like loads of fun!

Heidi said...

Can't wait to see what you got! 5 hours to pack the truck - that is some vintage love right there!

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow, great photo! I'm sure you had such fun ~ and I can only imagine all the laughter. Great packing skills I'd say!


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

WOWZA...You are a SERIOUS junker. a whole truckfull! I bow to you!!

Karen said...

Oh my gosh Alison, I WISH I could have gone! How fun!! I can't wait to see your treasures. Glad you had such a successful and fun trip.

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

I'll bet you two had a blast!! (as I said 40 years ago)...I would have loved to have seen it all. I had no idea you had a shop. Just shows how observant I can be! Glad you're back...I'll bet you're exhausted!

Linda said...

OH Alison! I really loved meeting you! Thanks SO much for coming by to visit!! You seemed to be having the best time! XO

Designs By Pinky said...

So glad to hear you had such a GOOD time! Can't wait to see what you got and the idea house! XO, Pinky

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Alison, I can't wait to see your treasures! I am glad y'all had a successful and fun time.

Ricki Jill