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    2016 Gift Guide and Store Events!

    Before you block me....we're not bringing out the Christmas decorations just yet... We have launched our Holiday Gift Guide for this year, though! We know it's a bit early, but we really wanted to give a printed gift guide to every CJC@HOME attendee, as a little added bonus for attending our event! Carver Junk Company's Holiday 2016 Gift Guide | Handmade Christmas Gifts | Locally Made Minnesota Gifts for Women, Men, Kids, Wife or Husband! We've been searching, sourcing, and bringing in handmade and gift items for the last few months, and this year we're really excited about sharing them with you in both a printed and online guide. The process was really fun to go through as a team. We worked with our current team of vendors to create some items for us, we brought back a few best-sellers from previous years, and we sought out a ton of new, exciting items from local makers as well! Here are just a few of the items we're bringing you this holiday season! More available in our online gift guide {and more being added this week!} Rume Studios Buttercream Frosting HandPoured Soy candle with wood wick | Available at both Carver Junk Company stores, and online: carverjunkcompany.com | 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Perfect for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, in a basket for mom or grandma Hand painted cheers wine bag | Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Carver Junk Company stores and online: carverjunkcompany.com | Housewarming gift | Hostess gift | wine bottle bag Gather sign. Handpainted wood sign. Thanksgiving Dining Room Sign. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Grateful Thankful Blessed handpainted linen pillow, includes insert. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Home Sweet Home handpainted linen pillow, includes insert. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Let's Cuddle handpainted linen pillow, includes insert. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Minnesota Baseball Hat with chevron fabric on distressed-style hat with adjustable mesh back. $25. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Minnesota Baseball pennant in a variety of colors. Handmade in Minnesota, handpainted and perfect for your favorite sports fan or Minnesotan. Carver Junk Company stores or online at carverjunkcompany.com. $35 Each one will vary slightly. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Make It Yourself Minnesota Kit. Includes chevron pieces, backer board, sandpaper and comes in a white gift box! Holiday 2016 Gift Guide. Carver Junk Company Hockey Puck Bottle Opener, made with a real hockey puck. Distressed Minnesota design, and the opener is inset, so puck can be used for a real game! Holiday 2016 gift guide. Up North metal cut out sign on reclaimed barnwood. Carver Junk Company 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Wisconsin also available. Tater Tot Hotdish wooden spoons. Carver Junk Company Holiday 2016 Gift Guide. Tater Tot Hotdish is a Minnesota staple! Now on a kitchen dish towel, in a fun deep turquoise color for your favorite Minnesotan, or "chef." In addition to being able to purchase almost all of the gift guide items online {we're not shipping the blanket ladders, sorry...,} you can also find all of the items in both Carver Junk Company stores! Our Minneapolis store is open 7 days a week through the holidays, and our Carver store is occasional - meaning we open around 4-6 days each month. To make it easier, here's a peek at the upcoming events for the Carver location:

    Lemonade Event. October 19th, 5 - 6 pm {cjc@home Sunday ticket holders only}. 6 - 8 pm {everyone!}

    Carver Junk Company's Lemonade Event October 2016  

    CJC Fall Vintage & Handmade Market October 20th - 23rd, 10 am - 4 pm each day. Food truck on Saturday, and we restock the store daily! RSVP on Facebook to see photos as we bring in new stock.

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    CJC November Holiday Market - One Day Only! November 5th, 10 am - 4 pm. Hunting season opener just happens to be our busiest in-store event every year. Probably not a coincidence, but we suggest you line up early {we'll provide the coffee}!

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    We're still working on creating the official "events" on Facebook for the remainder of the year, but we'll be open a full weekend in November, Small Business Saturday, and two full weekends in December as well!

    Carver Junk Company MINNEAPOLIS!

    Remember when we told you we'd signed the lease on an AMAZING storefront in a FANTASTIC neighborhood in BEAUTIFUL Minneapolis? It was probably filled with way more exaggerated adjectives I just can't remember right now, but it turns out all of those things are really true! We've been looking for a space in Minneapolis for over a year. We knew it's where our second store was meant to be, and we've been holding out for the perfect location. "Holding out" turned into "waiting until we had more time" when we had a baby in July. We told everyone we knew that we'd probably wait until Spring or Summer 2015 to make the jump into Minneapolis. And if we've learned anything in the last few years, it's that we are often presented the best opportunities when we least expect them, and our success has come from recognizing and seizing those opportunities. So, here we are - with our second store at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis. In a neighborhood we love, surrounded by businesses {and business owners} we love. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED! Have a look at the store before we opened last weekend: [caption id="attachment_1314" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Custom marquee light in the Carver Junk Company logo. Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Custom marquee light in the Carver Junk Company logo. Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1348" align="alignnone" width="819"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1346" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1349" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1327" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1326" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1325" align="alignnone" width="1024"]A handmade wood and metal console table pairs beautifully with a reupholstered vintage chair in grain sack-style fabric | Carver Junk Company A handmade wood and metal console table pairs beautifully with a reupholstered vintage chair in grain sack-style fabric.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1362" align="alignnone" width="680"]CJC Mpls New Store 55 Baby Delainey checks out the front window.[/caption] CJC Mpls New Store 18 CJC Mpls New Store 52   Here's a few more close shots of the furniture and handmade small items we carry: [caption id="attachment_1332" align="alignnone" width="680"]A beautifully-refinished medium-sized hutch in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo on the exterior, and Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain on the interior.   $549 A beautifully-refinished medium-sized hutch in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo on the exterior, and Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain on the interior. $549[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignnone" width="680"]A tall boy dresser with unique lines is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint dried lavender with a hint of trophy grey, and outfitted with new knobs from Anthropologie. A tall boy dresser with unique lines is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint dried lavender with a hint of trophy grey, and outfitted with new knobs from Anthropologie.[/caption] CJC Mpls New Store 23 CJC Mpls New Store 17 CJC Mpls New Store 11 CJC Mpls New Store 35 CJC Mpls New Store 32 CJC Mpls New Store 33 CJC Mpls New Store 34 CJC Mpls New Store 29 CJC Mpls New Store 28 CJC Mpls New Store 27 CJC Mpls New Store 47 CJC Mpls New Store 45 CJC Mpls New Store 43 CJC Mpls New Store 42 CJC Mpls New Store 41 CJC Mpls New Store 40 CJC Mpls New Store 39 CJC Mpls New Store 37 CJC Mpls New Store 36 CJC Mpls New Store 51   Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate our Grand Opening this weekend! It was a warm welcome to Minneapolis, and we're looking forward to a great year in 2015. We'll be open every Thursday through Sunday, and because the items we carry are primarily one-of-a-kind, the store will look new and different each time you visit! And, of course, our Carver store will continue to be open with all of the same great junk you've come to expect, at least one weekend per month. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year, we hope to see you soon.

    Coffee Table Color Wash with Luckett's Green Milk Paint

    I picked up this coffee table at a local thrift store, with every intention of refinishing the top in a dark stain, and painting the base in a neutral shade of white. As with many well-laid plans, the end result was nowhere near my starting vision! And, thank goodness. I went waaaaaaay outside of my comfort zone on this one, and....surprise!....I sort of love her. This is how she started {well, sort of}. Why am I so bad at taking Before photos??  So, 3/4 of the photo is how she started. The other 1/4 was step 1 of my mission to refinish the top. It's obviously a veneer top, so I had to be careful not to sand too far down - just enough to remove the beat-up old finish. That also meant she was left with some scars from deep scratches I just couldn't fully remove. We call those Character. 20140421-180943.jpg I was too impatient to sand the whole top before seeing how it would polish up. I ran out to the garage and grabbed my can of Dark Walnut stain. Mixed it up, applied it, and ..... it didn't look anything like Dark Walnut. Turns out, I left it out in the {un-heated} garage all winter, and it'd gone bad. Chad had all of the good cans across town in our workshop. Ugh. 20140421-181000.jpg   Before I jumped to a decision on the top, I thought I'd try a color wash {a paint mixture with high water content, that goes on like a stain} on the base of the table, using some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Luckett's Green that I happened to have in the house from a birdhouse painting project I did the previous week. 20140421-181014.jpg   Hm. Not in love. Maybe with another coat. 20140421-181032.jpg   It's a terrible photo, but nope - still not the look I wanted. So, a complete change of course, I decided to sand down the remaining top, do the color wash on the now raw wood, and a full-color paint on the base. 20140421-181048.jpg   Here she is, after painting and sanding, but before a finishing coat. 20140421-181105.jpg   I did not use a bonding agent on the base, so I got some nice chippyness over the original table finish. Awesome! 20140421-181120.jpg   Here she is, after a top coat of clear furniture wax. Look at how much more the color pops on her base after adding that finishing coat! Perfectly springy and green, feminine and functional. 20140421-181136.jpgLuckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   Luckett's Green Milk Paint Coffee Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.   This lovely lady still needs a home! Give us a shout if you have the perfect place for her! Have a piece of furniture that needs to be rejuvenated? We offer a few avenues to help: Take a Milk Paint workshop, and learn various techniques for painting your own pieces! Request a quote for custom painting {you supply the piece, we paint it to your vision}. Email info@carverjunkcompany.com with a photo of your existing piece, dimensions and details on what you'd like for it to look like!

    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. [caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source domino.com source domino.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_345" align="aligncenter" width="410"] source anthropologie.com[/caption]   Inspired by all of these mirror moments,  we are issuing a hashtag challenge! Share your favorite vintage or antique mirrors (at your home or out in the world) with the hashtag #CJCMIRRORS. You can upload photos taken by you to InstagramTwitter, Facebook or Pinterest and we’ll share our favorites on CJC!   Update! Here is a photo of our wall for the April sale:

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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.