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    Carver Store Sale This Weekend! March 20-23rd

    Our March sale is just over a day away, and we are still piling furniture and other goodies in the door! Take a peek at what will be in store for you this weekend {and remember, we re-stock and re-fill every day, so you won't be missing out no matter which day you stop out to shop}! Milk Paint Hutch in Linen, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Made in MN Pillows. Handmade, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Paper Flowers for Spring. Handmade, from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Antique Claw Foot Table painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint from Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Amazing, vintage modern grey dresser. Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

    Minneapolis Store Open This Weekend: March 14 - 16

    Our Minneapolis store, located in the lower level of 4049 Minnehaha Avenue, is open this weekend and full of awesome new {er, old} junk!  Hours are Friday - Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm each day. We bet you're wondering what kinds of junk are in-store....so we came prepared. Check out the sneak peek below! Minneapolis store hours, sales information, and available pieces can always be found on Facebook: Carver Junk Company Minneapolis. 20140313-160622.jpg 20140313-160654.jpg 20140313-160705.jpg 20140313-160716.jpg 20140313-160827.jpg 20140313-160833.jpg 20140313-160841.jpg 20140313-160851.jpg

    Loveseat Reupholstery Project, Part 1

    We have too many couches {sofa, settees, upholstered furniture in general}. But I am addicted. I have the hardest time passing up amazing antique and vintage upholstered furniture, when I can see so much potential in the gorgeous lines of these old pieces. I've scooped up all the ones in perfect condition that fit my {our} price range, and we use them for vintage wedding, event, and photography rentals. It's a great way to satisfy my addiction, without ending up with a furniture-hoarding situation in our already-too-small house. Then I saw these gals {there are two of them - matching}. Their lines are perfect, their size is perfect, their fabric is far from perfect. But they were only $75 each! How was I going to justify this? I've never upholstered anything more difficult than a bench! [caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric The cushions aren't pictured here - trust me, even if this fabric looks ok in the photo, it's stinky and dirty.[/caption] Fate stepped in. I swear. A fellow SW Metro crafty-person on Facebook was looking for a space to hold some upholstery classes, and I had a space and some things to upholster. Surely a trade was in order, and lucky for me, she loved the idea too. So I bought two loveseats, and they sat in the garage for 2 months until I could find the time to meet with Lauren, and soak up some of her magic skills. We started our lesson {Part 1 of 3} this weekend. About 3 hours worth of time pulling staples, trying not to mangle the fabric as we deconstructed, some coffee cake and a few backaches later, she was down to bare bones. Well, she still needs some of her staples removed, but we'll get there. I'll take the next 2-3 weeks {an hour or two here and there} to finish removing staples, purchasing fabrics & supplies, and getting everything back into the workshop so Lauren and I can cover cutting our patterns, installing foam backing, and stapling on the back pieces in early April. [caption id="attachment_141" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Loveseat Reupholstery 101 - bottom of couch The bottom was in good shape, after we pulled off the worn, dirty fabric hiding the springs. Lucky, because I hadn't really checked for the quality of the springs when I purchased these![/caption] [caption id="attachment_143" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Here We Go! Deconstruction Begins on the Blue Velvet Loveseat We started by pulling the cording, fabric, and batting off the back side. It was sewn into three panels that spanned the whole back.[/caption]

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric

    Carver Junk Company | Blue Crushed Velvet Loveseat Waiting for New Fabric This gal should be ready for the May or June sale in Carver, all reupholstered, repainted, and ready for a new home. Here are some inspiration photos from Pinterest {who am I kidding - we have a whole board for sofas - here}:

    I still haven't settled on what color to paint the wood, and which fabric and cording to use - modern? neutral? bold? contrasting trim & fabric? so many options.... What would you do??

    Dealer Spotlight: The Vintage Estate, and Owner Aimee

    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. Let's meet Aimee. She was one of our very first dealers, taking on a large open space in our previous Carver store {the back half of the big back room, for those of you who visited us in our old home}. Aimee's got such a great style {she describes it well, below} and she's not only a fabulous hunter, picker, sign maker and furniture refinisher, she's an amazing decorator. She's got a great eye for staging, putting the right pieces together, and achieving "the look." 1403719_10151927821804194_115478735_o

    Tell us about yourself: I am a mom to two boys, 7 and 5.  I like gardening, traveling, spinning, and mostly hunting for vintage treasures! How did The Vintage Estate Start: I guess I have always been a scavenger at heart, before my husband and I were married, we would make weekly trips to the Banks store (a store like Petters) in Mankato to see what we could find.  We would bring home the best stuff and our families would just laugh!!  Fast forward a whole bunch of years after our kids weren't babies anymore, I had some more time to fill and I said to my husband one day, "Wouldn't it be fun to find all kinds of vintage stuff that people like to decorate with and sell it?"  Our first "pick" was in the grove of our family's farm that has been in my family for over a hundred years!!  I kept some of the old glass medicine bottles as I knew they were from my great grandparents!  I have been selling in occasional stores ever since and it is truly the perfect fit for me! Where do you find your inspiration?: I find lots of inspiration from the internet, like most people do, but I find most of my inspiration from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware and the way I feel when I am there... I walk into those stores and I want to move right in!!  It has become one of my passions to create that "look" without breaking the bank!

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    desk What is your favorite thing to collect?: Right now, it is anything to do with deer antlers.  My husband about fell over when I told him he could put a deer mount above the basement fireplace...under the condition that when I was sick of it, I could take it down!!  I definitely go through phases, so wait a few months and ask me that question again and the answer will probably be different!! antler Collage Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done? My favorites are usually the things I am currently working on, I feel like I learn something after each piece I do and each piece is just a little better than the one before it.   Right now, I am LOVING collaborating with my dad making some restoration hardware inspired tables out of iron frames that he welds for me and reclaimed barn wood.   I also really enjoy making signs and have lots of favorites of those!

    rh tables

    sign Collage

    Find Aimee and The Vintage Estate on the Internets:

    http://www.thevintageestate.com

    http://www.facebook.com/thevintageestate

    http://www.pinterest.com/acbuss/

    Dealer Spotlight: White Butterfly Furniture, and Owner Kirsten

    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.

    So let's meet Kirsten {kIRsten, not Kristen. We called her the wrong name the first time we met her, so we're saving you from the same mistake}. We asked her a few questions about herself, but what you really need to know is that she's a blogger extraordinaire, a mom of FOUR BOYS, strong for her size, and our dealer who is least afraid to use color on her pieces. Those teal nightstands you all drooled over recently, that sold within 10 minutes of posting on Facebook? Kirsten.The red ones we posted 10 minutes later and sold that night? Kirsten.
    Here is the first piece she ever brought in to CJC. We immediately fell in love with it {and her}:
     
    Tell us about yourself:
    I'm a wife and mother of four boys. I love to run and bike and lay on the beach with a cold drink. But I never get to do the last one! With four boys and two dogs we are a very active and busy family! There is no resting around here.
    How did White Butterfly Furniture get started:
    After we moved to Wisconsin from Minneapolis I needed something to do with my down time after having a new baby and two older kids....ha! There was no down time! I was looking for a piece of furniture to fill a space and I happened upon it at Goodwill. I brought it home, taught myself how to reupholster it and on a whim listed it for sale on Craigslist and it sold within twenty minutes. There wasn't anyone really doing this where I lived, so things that I listed kept selling. Then my neighbors started asking me to paint their stuff and find things for them. Eventually people started leaving their junk in front of my garage door and texting me when they saw things on the side of the road! Since we've moved back to Minnesota, Carver Junk has been the greatest thing for White Butterfly! It has kept me searching and hunting and painting.
    Where do you find your inspiration:
    Of course I look for color inspiration on the internet and magazines But, generally I like to paint how I feel. I don't always paint in white and gray. Sometimes I look at a piece and know that it absolutely needs to be a certain color. And that's how the bold colors happen on my pieces.
    What is your favorite thing to collect:
    I don't really have a collection of items, but what I love to do is switch out pieces that I do have. Nothing in our house stays the same. Things come and go and furniture arrangements change constantly. And walls get painted and planked almost weekly {link}. There are a few pieces of furniture that I will never let go of, but for the most part, anything is available in our house! Oooh. I have started a small collection of vintage quilts. The warn and tattered the better!
    Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done:
    For me, I love the stories that come with pieces. I love to find out about them and then share them with the person that buys it. It makes a piece feel so special to me. Every piece has a story and I love, love, love knowing them.There are several pieces that I look at and can remember every single thing about it from purchasing to painting to selling. The pieces I love the most are the ones that stressed me out more than anything! They literally have my blood, sweat and tears in them. They usually start out as something completely different than what they are intended for. I love transforming something into something else.
    The first one is an ottoman. My husband is still angry that I sold it. It was an old coffee table that I changed into an ottoman.
    WB Table Before
    WB Table After 
    The next one is the first farm table that my husband and I built together. Since then I've made at least half a dozen more on my own.
    WB Farm Table Before
    WB Farm Table After
     The last one is a crazy cabinet I picked up at a sale and took the top off added some wheels, corbels and some pine boards and turned it into an island/craft table. I think it was the fastest sale I have ever had after posting!
     WB Island Before
    Editor's note: I {Brandy} actually went to the person's house who was selling this cabinet, with the intent of purchasing it, saw the condition, and decided it was WAY too big of a project to undertake. Two days later, Kirsten sent me these two photos, and I almost died. Some swear words may have come out of my mouth - it's the SAME cabinet, and somehow she turned it into this?! Amazing.
     WB Island After
    Editor's note: This sold on Facebook within minutes. We thought there might be a riot.
    You can find Kirsten and White Butterfly on the Internets: