Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Junk Bonanza 2011

As I promised here and here, here is a round up of images from the Junk Bonanza held in Shakopee, MN two weekends ago.  I had never been to this event before, so I had no idea what to expect.  Apparently, there are a lot of people who love junk as much as I do:

I apologize for the quality of some of these images...it was crazy in there...crazy in a good way though:).  Here are some of the things that caught my eye:

 Orange Factory Cart:

Old Suitcases and Trunks Galore:

Lots of Letters and Signs:

Antique Dress Forms Galore:

Old Birdcages: 

 Repurposed Items:
License Plate Bracelets

Old Music Sheet Wreath

Coffee table turned Ottoman

Amazingly Unique Light Fixtures:

Old Parts, New Hearts: 

I love card catalog-like pieces of furniture with multiple openings for storage.  The Junk Bonanza had a plethora of these type of pieces:

At the Junk Bonanza, I realized that our basement exercise room needs one of these...

or these:
My seasonal items could be stored and labeled so nicely in these instead of using the big rubbermaid containers we have going on now in our exercise room!

 Knit Chevron Blanket

Even the displays were amazing:

For the first hour that I was there, I didn't purchase a thing.  Instead, I think I was walking around with my jaw dropped at the sheer volume of junk and people in one place.  Also, many of the pieces that I was really interested in already had 'sold' signs on them by the time I walked through about 15 minutes after the start of the 'regular bonanza hours' (Early birds could enter at 8am with a $25 ticket charge.  My ticket was $8 and allowed me to enter at 10am.).  Here are the few things that did come home with me:

I love these locker bins.  Seriously love them, but they aren't cheap.  This one cost $22 (insane for an old bin, right?!), but it was one of 2 bins that were being sold individually at one particular booth (The booth also had a locker unit full of the same shelves but they were sold as a set and the entire unit had already sold!)  I probably would have passed on it because I'm too cheap, but the numbers on it are very meaningful to me.  I lived in 2 houses growing up from the age of 2-18 and both homes (located about 2 blocks apart) had the same address numbers '134'.  What are the odds of that?  When I look at these numbers, I can't help but be taken back to the days of my youth!  This bin spoke to me, and I answered the call!

I also picked up these old tags.  The '79' one is an old cow tag.  Perhaps the 11 one is as well.  They were $5 and $3 respectively.  I chose the 79 one because my kiddos were born in 2007 and 2009.  And I liked the 11 one as well.  I don't have any specific plans for them yet, but I think they may be used in our office, once we make some changes in there!

Overall, I loved the Junk Bonanza and plan to return next year.  Maybe I'll be an early bird and maybe I'll take Bill along (mark your calendar, dear!) to help load a big ol' card catalog or locker set or something else junktastically wonderful!  

1 comment:

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