Pinspiration: Walls of Vintage Mirrors and Frames

We’re in love with, and inspired by, the vision of a wall full of vintage mirrors and frames. We didn’t come up with the idea, but that’s why we’re thankful to have such visionary members of the CJC team. You all can thank Aimee over at The Vintage Estate for this month’s store theme!

We’ll post a follow up photo when we’ve got the in-store wall display finished up. Until then, here are some inspiration photos – both for our wall display, and how you can use them when you take them home! See more on our Vintage & Antique Mirrors Pinterest board. Continue reading

Dealer Spotlight: Fab Rehab Designs and Allison

So you’re wondering how the heck we pull off finding & refinishing & making all those handmade items each month? We don’t do it alone, that’s for sure. We are so proud to have an amazing, incredible, talented team of people behind the Carver Junk Company brand. They each have a different style, personality, and strength that they bring to the team, and we want to let you get to know them all a little better!

We’re writing up a series of Dealer Spotlights. The first few that we share will be focused on our “dealers”  -the folks that regularly and religiously fill space in our stores, re-stock new pieces as things sell, support our crazy ideas, expansions, and who have become our friends through the journey that has been CJC. We’ll also feature the artisans that bring in a few perfect pieces here and there, and that make all of those one-of-a-kind handmade-in-MN items for which we’ve become known. There are over 40 different individuals and businesses that come together behind the scenes to create Carver Junk Company.

Allison was our first consignor. We’re not even sure if she knows this – and we don’t remember how we connected with her! But we knew we loved her the second she brought in a beautiful nightstand to our very first location in Carver.
Nighstand from Allison at Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Repurpose. Recycle. Relove.

Nighstand from Allison at Fab Rehab Designs | Carver Junk Company | Repurpose. Recycle. Relove.

And though she kept consigning with us here and there {meaning she’d just bring in a piece or two when we had space}, we couldn’t convince her to come on board full-time until pal Kirsten from White Butterfly moved to Minnesota. Because, here’s the deal with Allison – she might be the most conscientious person we know. She just couldn’t commit to a full space until she was sure she could consistently fill it. She’s not the type of person to ever want to put someone else in a bad place {you know, like leaving CJC with a giant hole during a sale}, which is why we love and respect her!  It also means every single one of her pieces is beautifully and perfectly finished.

Allison |Fab Rehab
Tell us about yourself: I’m a mom of 3 boys and have a fabulous husband! We also have 2 dogs…a rescue Golden who is 10 and a yellow lab puppy. I’ve lived in the area almost my entire life. I love running and time with my girlfriends. I also get crabby after not painting furniture for a few days.

How did Fab Rehab start: A total fluke. I was redoing our living room into a playroom and needed something for one corner, but didn’t have much money. A friend said “Grab a chair at Goodwill and paint it”. I’d never thought about that! I grew up garage saleing with my mom and had always loved that. Once I painted my first piece, I was hooked!

Where do you find your inspiration?: Sometimes I look on pinterest, but generally I wait for a piece to “speak” to me. I know it sounds corny…but I’ve jumped into a piece without knowing exactly what I want to do with it, and it’s always a disaster. So I usually wait a few days before deciding what to do with it. I also LOVE to keep anything original to the piece that’s worth keeping…especially wood surfaces. That’s why I do a lot of two-tone pieces. Keeping a part of the piece’s history but still updating it.

Share some of your favorite pieces {ones you’ve done}:

Table by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Restoration Hardware meets Anthropologie – Allison rehabbed this table back in 2011. She’s SO ahead of her time! Love this piece! {picture links to blog post}

Buffet by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Dresser by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Dresser Storage by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Table by Allison at FabRehab | Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

How can you NOT love her style? It’s cohesive, clear, and beautifully done {we were serious about the perfection in every piece.} We feel pretty lucky that we finally convinced her to come on board with CJC – and we’ve decided she’s not ever allowed to leave!

You can find Allison on the Internets, here:

http://fabrehabcreations.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fab-Rehab-Designs/274865799226190

 

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Handmade in MN, at Carver Junk Company

Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Our motto around here is recycle, repurpose, relove™. And most of our store reflects that in how we refinish old, vintage furniture, or repurpose existing items into new, one-of-a-kind decor for your home. But in addition to all of that, we are passionate about keeping it local.

The other half of what Carver Junk Company™ offers is an awesome outlet for local artists and crafters, and a place for you to purchase handmade goods that come from folks right here in our Minnesota communities. Here is a small sampling of our handmade-in-MN offerings:

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