Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Junk Bonanza

While at The Creative Connection Event, a few of us girls decided to channel our inner delinquents and ditch one our classes (shame on me) to go see the Junk Bonanza. How could I not? I had heard so much about it, read the magazine, read the blog.... I had to jump on the opportunity!



It was not exactly what I was expecting... but so wonderful anyway! I had a vision in my head that it was... well.... A JUNK Bonanza! Similar I suppose to flea markets I had been to in Ca. where there were just tables full of great junk and fabulous finds.

Instead, I found beautiful displays full of the most wonderful vintage goodies. It was like having hundreds of beautiful shops all in one place.


The white pumpkins were out in abundance, and I loved them all. They added such a wonderful fall effect. I love them much more than the orange ones.

There was tons of rusty iron of all kinds...


Something about this framed eye chart I found really cool....
Chandeliers and petticoats... what girl doesn't love that???

I was feeling strangely  at home in this booth...Could it be the steer scull on the table?? LOL! 

There were a couple of vendors selling art of this type. I really like it. It has a wonderful combination of vintage and contemporary style. I'm thinking a canvas and some paint might be on my shopping list....
 
This sign sums up how I feel perfectly. I truly hope that this decorating movement never goes out of fashion.  I love the connection to the past, the feelings of warmth and peace that I feel when surrounded by it all. It's a good thing I only had limited space in my suitcase to bring goodies home or I would be in poor house (and the dog house)!!!



32 comments:

The English Romantic said...

Hi Karen,
Whay a fabulous place to shop. We have nothing like it here so I really enjoyed your tour.
Hugs, Angela.

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Karen,

Where is this place, and how were the prices? I'm sure it's not here in Arizona, we could never be that lucky.

Hugs,
Meri

A Vintage Chic said...

Absolutely beautiful, Karen! Thanks for sharing your photos...and I couldn't agree more with the feelings expressed in your last paragraph...perfectly said!

Julie

Prulletje said...

Oh wow can imagine you get a lot of inspirations overthere, what a beautiful stuff !! In this kind of shops your bag will be to small ( alway to small ;-)

Dorthe said...

Karen,it looks all so beautifull, and exiting-for me maybe even more ,because nothing like that is to see, here.....
IT IS A WONDERFULL PLACE,FULL OF DREAMS.
Hugs,Dorthe

Tete said...

Looks like a wonderful place!

Tawnya said...

I can only dream of going there. Thanks for sharing the photos and the inspiration.

Betsy said...

Hi Karen, What a treat to be able to spend some time looking through all that vintage goodness. I like all the silver and wire baskets, can't seem to pass any of that up these days. Glad you had a great time.

Suz said...

Your pictures are so beautiful! I am so glad that the Twin Cities were able to show their stuff! Unfortunately I was in Croatia for the wedding of our exchange student son and missed it all. I do hope to make it next year...I hope there is a next year for Creative Connection and it will be here!!!

Suz

PeggyR said...

What a great shop!

Vicki said...

Love the pics but as you said, it wasn't what I was expecting. I was thinking outside and just long lines of tables and booths with rusty vintage goodness. This is certainly a treat though. The booths were beautiful...the eye chart got me too. It was funny to then read your caption. Getting lots of comments on your beautiful design for my blog. Thanks again!

Blondie's Journal said...

I wish someone would come up with another word for JUNK!! I love this style and so hope it is not a trend. Thanks for all of the incredibly beautiful pictures, Karen!

XO,
Janie

Romeo said...

Oh Karen! Thank you soooo much for being a delinquent ;) I have wondered for a long time what it would look like at the Junk Bonanza and you were so kind to skip class AND take pictures!!!! Thank you, thank you! However, I must say that it's not at all what I expected either. Beautiful, but not at all what I'd expected.

With regard to your comment about vintage never going out of style....eeeeekkkkk they'd condemn my house based on the contents if vintage and old ever went out of style ;) Long live vintage!

Amen and forever and all that good stuff.

"Her" and Romeo

Ki said...

Karen,
Glad you had a fun time at the Bonanza. I promise I won't tell the gals at CC you played hooky!
Cheers,
Ki

Rustique Gal said...

Karen, what wonderful junk! I'd be happy as a clam wandering around that place-I see a couple of my things there, but mostly my wish list! I love the all lettering too, and want to add some of that to my old hardware store home.
Sherry

~Onreeone~ said...

Looks like a dream come true. I love to display-and arrange displays. That chandelier really caught my eye.

Vicki said...

Hey, Karen. I wasn't there although a trip to a creative weekend is in my near future. I was just commenting on your photos.

Linda K. said...

You are too funny, Karen. You need a steer skull on your patio, if you don't already have one. I saw a bunch in Cave Creek the other day. You could make one out of paper mache?? I love your posts of your adventure lately. Thanks for sharing!

Linda

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Karen, I can't get enough of pictures of such kind of flea markets. So many pretty booths in one place I have never seen over here. You must have had a great time :-)!
xoxo,
Julia

love lives in the kitchen said...

what a place! thank you for sharing!
have a sweet day,
justyna

A Cottage Muse said...

Now that was THE perfect reason to skip class!! Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Karen, it's a good thing all of this eye candy isn't fattening! ;-) I think those of us who love this stuff would need to let our clothes out!
Hugs, Diane

Isabel said...

awesome pictures and such wonderful and inspiring treasures!!!:O)

Sheila Rumney said...

So glad you shared your pictures from trip to the Junk Bonanza!!

Denise said...

Hi Karen! Looks like you had a wonderful time at Creative Connection. You wouldn't want a tour of my house right now. It's a disaster. As far as slipcovers go....NOT an easy project! But you gotta start somewhere I guess.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Karen,
Looks like some of the Warrenton booths. How could you not fill your bags & smuggle them home? LOL Did you see Linda from Itsy Bits & Pieces? She set up there. We had a blast in RT, next time you need to come for sure. The blog party was great, met some cool girls. Lisa

Rebecca said...

Hi Karen
I didn't get over there and from all the pictures I have seen, I wish now that I had. But like you said I am richer for it.
PS I think those pictures of you are beautiful...
Blessings
Rebecca

SandwichINK Real Estate Info said...

What a fun place to shop! I wish I lived closer to it but enjoyed reading about it. Thank you, too, for the great button you are sharing as a lovely pink ribbon breast cancer awareness clipart for us to use on our own blogs. Such a great way to remind everyone and proactively work to fight this awful disease. Thank you!

maryboys said...

hello, karen:) i just love the subway art...and the eye chart. i haven't been to the junk bonanza for 2 years now...and i feel so deprived! i'm glad you had a wonderful time...

mary

Charlene said...

I want to gohere!!!!!!!! Can you hear the whinning? Maybe next year we can go together if I get to join you for Creative Connection. Just back from Round Top. WE MUST START PLANNING!!!!! How does Spring sound? I found a CHEAP hotel that we stayed at. There are NO great hotels. Some great B&B's but, they are all pre booked & besides... a bunch of girls sharing is NOT good for B&B's since most rooms have one single Queen. Let's chat soon. HUGS!
Charlene

Farmgirl Paints said...

Well that's cool I was there too;) You took some beautiful pictures. Wow...none of mine turned out.

Storibook Designs said...

That place looks awesome. Would have been a shame if you did not go!! "Killed two birds with one stone" the way I see it. Thanks for sharing!

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