Saturday, November 26, 2011

occasional sales

One disadvantage of living in outstate MN, is that we only visit occasional sales in Twin Cities area about twice a year.  Just had the opportunity over Thanksgiving to visit two.  Have been to Cottage House ( chicago Ave.) earlier in spring and found it to be just as much fun as I remembered.  Had to stand back as furniture went flying out  the door while other pieces were brought in to fill spaces.  It is really amazing how painted furniture is still attracting a multitude of buyers.  Of course, the reasonable prices probably have something to do with it!  In speaking to two dealers, it is apparent it's becoming more difficult to find items that can be refurbished and turn a profit.  Cudos to those folks----"you're doing a great job."   I received permission to link this blog to their facebook page so looking forward to expanding our reach!  The second visit was to the Pink Flamingo which is on Cedar Ave in Mpls.  This shop carries a few more collectible type things, as well as some mid century modern items tucked in.  The folks here are also most helpful and accommodating and so both experiences provided a very enjoyable morning, even though it was drippy and overcast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

fun and funky market/messenger bags

 Feed sack bags for sale on etsy
through mommy made in Mn blog spot
carriem24 with my heart and hands

Messenger/Market bags:

Blue Toile located at Exit 55 Antiques in Fergus Falls, MN

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Bag located
Weekend Cottage  in Clear lake, Mn
If you follow the link Mommy Made In MN, which you will find on my blog favorites, it will take you to some really fun bags made from advertising feed sacks trimmed, lined and otherwise decorated with vintage materials.  Tablecloths and other hand decorated linens are used to creat bright accents to coordinate with each unique bag.  Great for shopping at your favorite co-op, grocery or to carry books, shoes, ipads or things your kids are always asking you to "keep" for them,  Some are located at Exit 55 in Fergus Falls, Yesterdays in Alex, Weekend Cottage in Clear Lake or Olde Farmhouse in Ashby, Mn.  What a great gift for birthdays or special holidays.  Also, a great way to repurpose wonderful vintage fabrics and trims!