Friday, September 17, 2010
Junk Bonanza 2010
I just returned to my studio after an overwhelmingly inspirational visit to the Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN! Described as "the best junk roundup in the Midwest," there is nothing junky about it! I would describe this even as being like a walk through a really cool, antique flea market where everything has already been "upcycled" into quirky, creative gifts. These are the people who scour thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets and antique shops for cool treasures and old "junk," apply their creative juices, and give everything a new life.
As a display designer myself, I found it equally as exciting just looking at the beautifully designed booths. You can tell that every booth and display was designed for people like me, by people like me, who are easily drawn in by neat old treasures and recycled art. Walking through the aisles of creativity was like a constant struggle between the cool stuff pulling me into the next booth, and the desire to run home to my studio and start making things! Many of the vendors were not only catering to those who want to purchase their items, but also those of us who like making things ourselves, by offering up bins and bins of little found objects just screaming to be made into something.
I went with my very artistic and creative mom, who so graciously offered to come along and help me maneuver the crowds with my two little boys in strollers. With two little ones, we were only able to stay for a couple hours. So, I didn't get to see EVERYTHING, but got a bunch of photos. So many, in fact, that I can barely digest all of them myself, let alone overwhelm you with one post that covers them all. So, I am going to post some more photos over the next few days from a couple vendors who caught my eye during the event. Stay tuned for more photos and links to come!
Until tomorrow, here are a few more photos from the morning...
What's going on in the world of Junk Mail Gems, along with other cool, hand-made "green" products, DIY projects, and more!