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    2014 in Review. And What's Happening in 2015!

    2014 was our second full year in business. We've officially been open for 2.5 years! Some days it feels like a lifetime, and I can hardly remember the early months. Other days, it feels like just yesterday that we opened, and I'm in shock at how quickly we've grown! 2014 was such a fun year for us, with two new locations (our Carver store moved to a new building + the new store in Minneapolis), new furniture & handmade vendors on board, and a lot of furniture moving in and out of our doors! We thought it would be fun to share with you some numbers from this past year. Carver Junk Company | 2014 Year in Review | Chalkboards Sold | Handmade Handpainted Chalk Boards Carver Junk Company | 2014 Year in Review | Frames Sold | Handmade Handpainted Picture Frames Gallery Wall Carver Junk Company | 2014 Year in Review | Furniture | Painted Hutch Buffet | Repainted | Milk Paint | Chalk Paint | Lacquer Spray   Carver Junk Company | 2014 Year in Review | Furniture | Painted Dresser| Repainted | Milk Paint | Chalk Paint | Lacquer Spray Carver Junk Company | 2014 Year in Review | Furniture |Handmade Tables | Harvest Table | Side Tables | End Table | Painted Repainted | Chalk Paint | Milk Paint   In total, Carver Junk Company re-homed nearly 11,000 {ELEVEN THOUSAND} items in 2014. That includes our vintage, antique, repainted, and handmade items. We are so proud of the impact we're having on the local communities, both because of the amount of furniture and decor we are able to recycle, and the number of local handmade artists we are able to support. We are proud that you choose to shop with us, to purchase and fill your homes with authentic items with character and history. THANK YOU for an amazing year in 2014! Looking forward to 2015 We are actively expanding our handmade inventory. We have brought in handfuls of new artists and vendors in the last couple of months, and anticipate adding more as the year goes on, to ensure we continue to bring you unique, one-of-a-kind items! We are planning more events, workshops, and fun activities than ever in 2015! In 2014, we held over 20 paint workshops, and taught hundreds of DIYers the basics of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. In 2015, we anticipate hosting nearly 1,000 paint workshop participants! We are planning more collaborations with other local businesses. We're currently discussing hosting monthly ladies' nights, beer and wine tastings , and we have some fabulous themed sales coming up (think wine & pub-themed sales, and a weekend full of wedding decor). We are working with local charities to increase our positive community impact, starting with a Puppy Kissing Booth in Minneapolis for Valentine's Day with donations benefiting Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue. We aren't wishing away the year - we're so excited about what it will bring - but we also can't wait to share with you a 2015 year in review twelve months from now! What do you hope to see from Carver Junk Company in 2015? Do you know local artists that would be a great fit in our stores? A local business that would be an amazing partner for us? A charity that could benefit from the work we do? Send us an email at info@carverjunkcompany.com!

    Dealer Spotlight: Cotton Seed Designs

    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. So far we have 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.

    Gabe was one of our very first customers. She bought an old window we got from our "barn guy" and used it when building her chicken coop. And believe us when we say, it's not your average chicken coop. Gabe is a designer, but she's also our resident builder. She is the dealer that rebuilds drawers, builds pergolas (from scratch. by herself.) and owns (and knows how to use) all the power tools. She was recently challenged by the other dealers at the store to tackle a completely broken, seemingly un-salvageable piece of furniture. This is the end result:
     Salvaged Commode Washstand by Cotton Seed Designs | Carver Junk Company
    We found Gabe earlier this year {we didn't even know we already knew her as a customer} and asked her to join us. She politely declined. So we asked her again, and she agreed to meet for coffee while we talked consignment terms - maybe she'd just bring in a piece or two here or there. Yeah, right! She's now a dealer with us full-time, and we're lucky to have her! Every piece is finished to perfection, and her furniture also makes for amazing examples of how to use our Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line. Her finishes are buttery-smooth, and her custom color mixes are always beautiful!
     Gabe & Mark
    Tell us about yourself: My husband and I live in a small little house on the west side of Lake Minnetonka.  We have two great dogs Summer and Rudy that help keep us entertained.  Both of us love the outdoors and tackling our long list of house projects which I swear only gets longer.  I love the creative/design process and have a big appreciation for old furniture and the artisan who originally created it. How did Cotton Seed start: Being an interior designer is something I have wanted to do since I was very young.  I’ve been making and re-purposing things as far back as I can remember.  When I graduated college with my degree in interior design the economy was declining and most architecture firms were actually laying off interior designers as the construction industry was coming to a halt.  I ended up working for a couple different companies for several years while doing independent residential interior design work on the side.  Last fall, when we were moving farther out of the metro and I did not want to commute an hour to work every day, my husband and I decided now was the time for me to finally start up my own interior design business.  I feel so blessed to have such a supportive husband, family, and friends.  It’s been a little over a year and things are going great.  I’m excited to see what happens next! Where do you find your inspiration: Everywhere!  Hahaha, I subscribe to way too many design magazines, peruse Pinterest and Houzz almost daily, and gather ideas while out and about.  I also have a very talented younger sister who’s also an interior designer and we like to bounce ideas off of each other.  She’s a great resource considering I don’t really have co-workers. Some of Gabe's favorite Cotton Seed Designs creations: [caption id="attachment_870" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Apron Strings Dresser | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint |  Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company The first piece Gabe at Cotton Seed ever brought in to CJC, and we were completely in love with it! {it helped that Brandy was pregnant, and in love with all things coral....} The drawers were lined with fun fabric, and every detail was perfect![/caption] [caption id="attachment_871" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Custom Color Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Buffet | Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company A more recent piece, this sold in the first day it was in the store. It's easy to see why! A gorgeous custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_873" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Rebuilt Barrister Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company One of our personal favorite CS pieces - this antique barrister {lawyer's} bookcase was completely taken apart by Gabe, rebuilt and hinges & sliders all greased up and the whole thing refinished. 'Cause that's what she does! Again, painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint![/caption]       Dining Table I Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company  Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company  Cotton Seed Designs at Carver Junk Company And seriously - her staging. I mean, you wouldn't expect any less from an interior designer, right? But this blog post could have been no text, and all photos, and we're sure you would all have loved her just the same! Go ahead and pin these photos - you know you want to - and then follow Gabe on Pinterest, too! {link below} You can find Gabe {and Cotton Seed} on the Internets, here: http://www.cottonseeddesigns.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/CottonSeedDesigns http://www.pinterest.com/CottonSeedLLC/   P.S. If you aren't already following along with the blog, or subscribed to our email updates, you can sign up on the right side of this page. No spam, we pinky swear!

    Dealer Spotlight: Redefined Designs, and Designers Jen & Erica

    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.

    Our third installment features the ladies behind Redefined Design: Jennifer & Erica.
    This dynamic duo is the vision behind the recent succulent gardens, vintage book letters, and welcome stations you've seen at the Carver store! So crafty, creative, and they are also the friendly faces you've met if you've been in on a Saturday over the last few months!
    Redefined Designs Succulent Mini Gardens, MN Message Centers, and Vintage Book Letters | Carver Junk Company |recycle. repurpose. relove.
    Tell us about yourselves:
    Redefined Designs is made up of a dynamic duo of creativity: Jen & Erica.
    Erica is an Inventory Buyer for MindWare, an educational toy company, crunching numbers and data by day, but at night her creative side comes out and she gets covered in paint, ink and dust creating whatever her brain can come up with. During the day Jen is a Graphic Designer for National Salon Resources designing advertising and signage for 21 stores and after work she expands her creativity to include power tools, paint, and fun textiles. However on the weekends, we get together to get into all kinds of trouble. We travel to flea markets, thrift stores and work on projects together for the stores. RDD Headshot
    How did Redefined Designs get started:
    In the four long years we have known each other, we have worked together at several businesses, attempted the craft show circuit together and have finally settled down doing what we enjoy most -- having fun creating all kinds of beautiful things.
     
    Where do you {each} find your inspiration, and how do you make it work as a team:
    Redefined Designs works having two designers because we both are inspired by the same things: typeface, measuring instruments, geography and all things vintage. We channel our inner creativity to turn the things we love into art. You will find these trends with almost everything we do: book letters, MN boards and pouches, etc. And best of all these are also the things we love to collect.
     
    What is your favorite thing to collect:
    Erica has a large collection of vintage measuring tapes, Westcott rulers and just for fun small birds and owls (even the ugly ones). Jen has a growing collection of collections, not limited to: yardsticks, flower frogs, birds, stags, Shiny Brite ornaments, Putnam dye paraphernalia, anything with the alphabet on it, old maps, vintage scales and tools, charm bracelets, and sparkly broaches. Do you have a photo/story of a favorite piece you've ever done:
    [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Antler upgrade with some chevron fabric and paint! These recently sold at the store! Redefined Designs @ Carver Junk Company[/caption] [caption id="attachment_358" align="aligncenter" width="582"] A $5.00 garage sale dresser redo that lives at Jen's house![/caption]
    You can find Jen, Erica, and Redefined Designs on the Internets:
    On Instagram at  @craftygirlfrommg and @randominkstains
       

    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.
    [caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="524"]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.[/caption]
    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}: [caption id="275" align="aligncenter" width="665"]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}[/caption] 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 http://www.pinterest.com/fabrehabdesigns/   P.S. If you aren't already following along with the blog, or subscribed to our email updates, you can sign up on the right side of this page. No spam, we pinky swear!

    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/