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    BIG NEWS | CJC is on the move!

    Carver Junk Company started out four and a half years ago in a 300-sq ft space with a month-to-month lease. Our goals were to create a store that appealed to people like us, that was open one weekend a month, and to fill our "spare" time with a hobby we could work on together. I wish I could remember how those conversations sounded. "It's 18 hours a month. It'll be fun!" "It's an excuse to go to flea markets! And we'll have a place to sell all the things we find, so we don't turn into hoarders!" We lasted four months in that 300 sq ft space before we outgrew it. We moved a half block up the street into a bigger space, we found some equally-crazy and motivated vendors to join us, and opened our doors. A year later, with a baby on the way, we knew we couldn't keep moving dozens and dozens of furniture pieces up and down treacherous stairways every month. We moved. Again. This time, 2 full blocks up the street, into our current location. In 2014, we heard a demand for a CJC location that was open more often, and closer to many of our customers, so we opened a second location in Mpls. Each time, our business was busting at the seams, and our demand had outgrown the space we had. And this time is no different. Yes, this time...we're moving again! We've loved our time in Carver. The town is charming - it's why we live here, in the same historic downtown area. The members of the community are amazing, and have been incredibly supportive of our small business. We're moving because we need more space, and it's not available in our little downtown Carver. We're looking forward to almost double our square footage and a dedicated workshop space where we can share our passion for DIY with more people via more classes! We're moving because Chaska feels as much like home to us as Carver has been. Chad grew up in this area, living in Chaska from the time he was born through middle school. The building we're moving to is a historic bank in downtown Chaska. It's the same historic main street where he grew up riding his bike with friends. We're moving because the future of downtown Carver feels uncertain, and the focus of the City government is on growing the community far from its center. We're moving to a downtown that's actively working on revitalization and growth, and we know our current customers and our supportive Carver community will love the new space as much as we do! Our beautiful new building features 13-ft ceilings, exposed brick, natural wood work, the original bank vault (which will be a part of our sales floor space!) and a light, bright interior. It's the perfect fit for modern, industrial farmhouse style. We can't wait to show it off to you in May, at our Grand Opening! We still intend to be open one weekend [plus maybe an extra day] each month, along with the other occasional stores in Chaska. We're beyond excited to be joining a group of existing businesses that started this occasional market. They're unique, local shops that support dozens of other local makers. They focus on remaining unique, supporting one another, and ensuring that their products are complementary to one another. It feels like the perfect home for CJC! Thank you all for making this possible, for helping us continue to grow, expand and push our boundaries. Our customers remind us, again and again, when we take on crazy projects that push us far beyond our original goals for this business, that we have so much support and love! Chad, Brandy, and the CJC team!   Visit the Carver store for our Grand Finale: March 16th - 19th, 10 am - 4 pm each day. We won't have a "store" location in the SW Metro for April, but our Minneapolis store is open 7 days a week, and our CJC@HOME event is April 21-23rd in Apple Valley!

    Holiday Gift Guide Full Reveal!

    We shared the product lines in the gift guides online a few weeks ago, but we wanted to share the printed version with you as well! 1000+ customers got copies of the CJC 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at the CJC@HOME event and in both stores last month. The printed copies are all gone {limited edition...maybe they'll become collectors' items??} but we've included a look through the book here. Katie did the photography, most of the copy, and the entire design of the gift guide. She's a gem! Curl up with a blanket & glass of wine, and pretend you're flipping through the pages as you scroll through: Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Love From Minnesota | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Love From Minnesota | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Handcrafted Waxed Canvas and Leather Bags | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Chunky Knit Pom Hats | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Minnesota and Concrete Necklaces | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Minnesota and Concrete Necklaces | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Hostess Gifts | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Hostess Gifts | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Blanket Ladders, Handsewn Pillows | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Farmhouse and Gather Handpainted Signs | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Gifts for Him or Her | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Gifts for Him or Her | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Oh Baby! Onesies, Hats, Teethers | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Oh Baby! Onesies, Hats, Teethers | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Gifts for Her, Up North Shirts, Blanket Scarf, Hats, Knit Hat | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Handcrafted Hex Shelves, Handpoured Candles | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Starter Kit | Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com Carver Junk Company's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Handcrafted, Handmade, Locally Created Gifts and Decor | Minnesota Brick and Mortar | Shop Online at carverjunkcompany.com   What's your fav item from the gift guide? Feel free to Pin or send the link via email to the gift-givers in your life.  

    CJC@HOME: Every Last Detail.

    Last week, we shared some photos from our CJC@HOME event. We styled & staged an entire new construction home with Carver Junk Company inventory, and then opened the doors to our customers for a one-day sale. Everything in the home was available for purchase, and we had the garage and trailers stocked with additional inventory to replenish the home throughout the day. [gallery ids="2535,2528,2531"] In addition to the whole-room photos of the house, our photographer {Liz Ramos, Twin City Visions} captured every last detail we brought into the home. 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    CJC@HOME - The Big Reveal!

    CJC@HOME is a Styled Home Shopping Event by Carver Junk Company.

    On Feb 6th, CJC partnered with Lennar home builders to fill a new construction home with professionally refinished furniture and home decor, for a one day, unprecedented shopping event. CJC@HOME showcased how Carver Junk Company's vintage, refinished, and handmade inventory fit perfectly into a new, modern home - and just like our retail stores, EVERYTHING was available for purchase!

    CJC@HOME | CJC at Home | Styled Home Shopping Event | Shop our store in a house! | Carver Junk Company

    Our first CJC@HOME event sold out, and was toured & shopped by over 300 people in one day! Fifty tickets were offered for each 2-hr timeslot from 8 am - 8 pm on February 6th. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we only posted sneak peek photos - never showing a full reveal of any furniture pieces, nor photos of the styled home prior to the event! Just before we opened the doors, we had a real estate photographer come out to capture the beautifully-staged home. [gallery columns="5" link="none" ids="2572,2574,2575,2576,2583,2578,2588,2580,2581,2582,2579,2585,2586,2587,2589,2590,2591,2584,2592,2593"] Keep in mind, this home was empty when we started. Every single piece of furniture & decor was brought in just for this event - and it was ALL available to purchase!  The Industrial Farmhouse concept for this home was designed by Aimee from The Vintage Estate, and executed by over 30 different vendors from across Minnesota. 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at HOME  CJC@HOME | Styled Home Shopping Event in the Twin Cities, MN | Carver Junk Company | Industrial Farmhouse Decor | Store Within a House | Minneapolis, Minnesota | cjcathome | CJC at HOME   About Our Partners Carver Junk Company was honored to partner with Lennar Corporation, a local builder, for CJC@HOME. Since 1954, Lennar has helped hundreds of thousands of families across America move into the next stage of their lives with a new home. They build homes in some of the most desirable cities in the nation and for all stages of your life: first home, move-up home, or a multigenerational home to accommodate your changing family needs. Lennar communities cater to all lifestyles and include urban, suburban, active adult and golf course living. School of the Wise is a locally-owned Bistro & Cafe, serving fresh-made sandwiches, paninis, salads and more; plus a bunch of local MN brews on tap! They supplied scones, muffins, brownies, cookies and coffee for the event - and received RAVE reviews from customers! Schram Vineyards offered each ticket holder a complimentary tasting of their Chocolate Stout Beer or Raspberry Honey Wine, as well as a free glass with purchase of a full tasting. Schram is located 7 miles from the CJC@HOME event in Waconia, MN. Yetzer's Furniture supplied CJC@HOME with upholstered couches to round out the living room & play room spaces! Yetzer's is celebrating their 75th anniversary as a local, family-owned business in Waconia, MN.

    Shop Small: Who do you support, when you shop small?

    Shopping Small. It's a movement these days. Back to our roots, supporting our neighbors, and buying locally-handmade items. It's heartwarming, feel-good, and economical. But who exactly are you supporting, when you shop small? When you shop small with Carver Junk Company, you're supporting Chad & Brandy, Allison, Aimee, Caitlin, Carol, Brian, Colette, Lee, Gabe, Erica, Jennifer, Lauryn, Aaric, Cheryl, Rob, Kirsten, Kristin, Naomi, Heidi, Katie, Stacy, Darcy, Dave, and dozens of other local makers. When you shop small with Carver Junk Company, you're supporting our dreams and goals. You're supporting our story.

    The CJC Story

    We often tell people we started this business on a whim. Which is sort of true, but not entirely. Here's how it happened:

    I {Brandy} have always been a DIY-er, in the sense that I like to try new things. I rarely get very deep into a craft or hobby - instead my hobby is really learning a little about a lot of different things. In my mind, that always lent itself to a future business selling locally handmade arts & crafts. I could create new things seasonally, and I could support others that did the same, by selling their items. It got added to the bucket list {a real-life, actual list, from which I check things off} for retirement.

    When Chad & I met, he worked in sewer & water construction, which meant long days, and sometimes weeks on the road. I worked {and still do} in a corporate setting. In 2012, we were buying our first home together, and he somehow convinced me to move to Carver, where he grew up. I wanted to live in a neighborhood, where we could walk to shops & restaurants. We looked at 50 houses in South Minneapolis, and 1 house in Carver.

    We put in the offer on our new house; a 1,000 sq ft home with a huge yard. A house within walking distance of restaurants {ok...bars} and all these great little "occasional" stores in downtown Carver. As we walked through the stores, a month before we were set to close on our house, I kept thinking to myself "this is exactly what I want to do someday."  We bought an antique warehouse cart, refinished it in the driveway of our old townhouse, for the living room at our new house. All the while, thinking to myself "We could do this." Never saying it out loud.

    [caption id="attachment_2376" align="aligncenter" width="720"]391494_10151025909247029_1212824734_n The coffee table that started it all.[/caption] The night before we closed on our house, we did our final inspection, and headed into downtown Carver to celebrate with a drink. We passed by one of those little stores, and noticed it was vacant, with a For Lease sign in the window. Without saying a word, I dialed the number. Chad turned to me at the same time, and said "call them." Without ever having talked about opening a business together, this felt like a sign. The next day, we closed on our house at Noon, and signed the lease to our new store at 1:00. [caption id="attachment_2375" align="aligncenter" width="343"]531201_10150991763152029_1451028056_n Our new house and our new store. All within one hour.[/caption] We jumped right in. It was 300 sq-ft, and open one weekend a month. Maybe it would be enough extra money for Chad to quit his 60-80 hr/week job that took him away from home so often. Maybe the extra few hundred dollars a month would be enough for him to stay home with future babies {because we weren't having kids with him gone that often}. Now that we lived in Carver, my salary went a bit further, and this seemed like it might be just enough to let us start planning our family. [caption id="attachment_2374" align="aligncenter" width="720"]417478_10150993056516822_1011948035_n Our new landlord took our photo after signing the lease![/caption] We worked a lot of hours that first year. We moved from our 300 sq-ft space to an 800 sq-ft space in a basement down the street. We brought in vendors to help us fill space, and we grew our Facebook following to over 10,000. We moved again the following year, to a 900 sq-ft space with no stairs. We had a baby. We opened a second store last year, and have nearly 40,000 fans on social media. We launched a website, brought in many more local vendors, and Chad runs this business full-time. We've been able to hire another full-time employee, and some part-time folks. [caption id="attachment_2377" align="aligncenter" width="720"]The first Carver Junk Company location, the night before Grand Opening. The first Carver Junk Company location, the night before Grand Opening.[/caption] We could only have imagined what Carver Junk Company would become when we signed that lease, on a whim. And it's become what it is today because of a lot of hard work, and a community that supports shopping small.

    When you shop small, you help us take our daughter to the community center for swimming lessons. You allow us to spend our money at other local businesses - like the restaurant down the street. You enable us to give back, to support local charities and civic groups. You allow us to give the girl scout from Chaska another place to sell her cookies. You allow us to give the dog rescue from Hopkins a place to hold fundraisers. You enable us to bring in more and more makers from our local community, so they too can realize their dreams.

    We hope to share more stories from our makers, from now until Nov 28th. Small Business Saturday is the biggest day of the year for small business. Carver Junk Company will be stocked full, at both stores, with handmade & vintage gifts, decor, and furniture. RSVP to our Small Business Saturday event here. 

    And, from the bottoms of our hearts - THANK YOU. Thank you for enabling our dreams, and supporting our families.