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    Chaska Junk Company

    ....just kidding! We aren't changing our name, but our new store did open in downtown Chaska today, and we couldn't be more excited! When we've opened previous locations, we've sort of just opened the doors, painted a couple of walls, and moved in. But we've learned a ton over the last 4 years, about what works and doesn't for displays, for checking out, and for storage and organization. So much thought went into this new location, and we're really proud of how it all came together! It's all our Pinterest dreams come true, in our own little store. Carver Junk Company Chaska | Retail Storefront | Retail Signage MN | Sign Minds | Chaska, MN Those of you who have shopped during our craziest events know that the checkout counter was always a bit [ok, ok....a lot] of a bottleneck at the Carver store. We always had multiple people running the checkout, but usually they were ringing people up on their phones, extra ipads, etc. You'll be happy to hear that the new Chaska store has two full, permanent checkout stations, so we can get you through the lines even faster [which means more time to actually shop, right?] Carver Junk Company Chaska | Retail Checkout | Retail Lighting | Minnesota | Retail Display | Cash Wrap   Beyond that, we've created spaces for all of the apparel and accessories that used to be staged & stacked wherever we had space. Our building is the old Carver County State Bank, and our bigger selection of apparel & accessories is in the old vault! It's such a fun space, and has already been a huge hit this weekend. We're excited to continue bringing in fun new items throughout the year. N-Chesnut-St-Retail_019 N-Chesnut-St-Retail_020 Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | The Vault | Apparel and Accessories | Clothing Racks | Clothing Display Ideas | Bath & Body   The bulk of the store is made of three rooms that are staged with our typical furniture and accessories. We've added some handcrafted metal & wood shelving to the main room to hold more of our handmade & vintage-inspired items, leaving more space on the furniture to showcase ideas on how to set them up & accessorize them like you would in an actual home. Our vendors have outdone themselves with staging, styling, and the incredible furniture and decor items they've brought in for this event: Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor Carver Junk Company's Chaska Occasional Store | Chaska, MN | Small Town MN Shopping | Local Minnesota Makers Shopping | Vintage Furniture and Decor You can see the shiplap wall that Chad added behind the checkout [which was no small feat with the steel studs, uneven walls, and crazy floors in this place]. "Let's put up some shiplap, it'll be quick." Famous last words, my friends....choosing the paint color for that wall took just about as long. The final space in the new store is the dedicated DIY workshop, where we'll be able to hold more painting & crafting classes. We already have a full schedule up for June, and we're excited not only to be doing more of our own classes, but to be partnering with other small, local businesses to offer workshops. Knot & Ivy are doing two macrame workshops on June 18th! Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint Carver Junk Company's New Chaska Location | DIY Workshops | Pinterest-Inspired Workshop Space | DIY Classes in the SW Metro Minneapolis | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | General Finishes Chalk and Milk Paint   One of our vendors saw the space for the first time last week, and asked me "Is this like a dream come true?" I almost burst out crying. I realized we had been running so hard, for so long with all of our recent events, and trying to get the space ready, that we hadn't stepped back to actually take note of the fact that this store is our dream come true. What a great reminder to slow down a bit, and enjoy all of this. So this weekend, we're taking it all in - we've spent each day in the store ourselves [which doesn't happen as much as we'd like, with the business to run, and furniture to paint]. We're chatting with our loyal customers, and getting to know all of the new people coming through the door. We're sitting back and reminding ourselves how incredibly lucky we are to have such incredible, hard-working, dedicated and talented vendors that fill this beautiful space with all the things we love. We think [and hope] you all will love this new space as much as we do. We'll continue to be open occasionally [one full weekend each month], with special pop-up events most months, as well as workshops throughout each month. You can always find our schedule online, under Visit the Stores. We hope to see you soon! Chad, Brandy & the CJC team    

    CJC@HOME, Fall 2016 Styled Home Shopping Event

    We're styling a home, and you can shop! CJC@HOME is a new construction Lennar home that we are turning into a CJC store for a weekend.  We'll show you how refinished and handmade furniture and decor fit perfectly into a new, modern home. You'll see how to furnish your home in an affordable, sustainable way - all while shopping locally. Style Inspiration: Modern Fall Farmhouse Aimee Buss from The Vintage Estate, and Gabe Lindberg from Cotton Seed Designs have teamed up to design this home, and it's a perfect mix of their styles! Aimee embodies everything farmhouse {she's our own personal Joanna Gaines} and Gabe's style is decidedly modern and colorful {she is a professional interior designer, and master of color & texture}. The idea board for the home includes a Fall farmhouse main level, including study, dining room, family room, eat-in kitchen, mud room, and laundry room. The upstairs has a more modern, playful feel with a nursery, loft/play room area, and colorful modern bedrooms {still utilizing CJC's refinished furniture & handmade decor}. cjcathomefall2016pinterestbanner Event Details The "need to know" event details are here, along with a link to purchase tickets. Here's the bulleted-list version:

    • The home is in Victoria, MN.
    • Tickets are required for entry {and can be purchased online or in either store}.
    • Everything is for sale. Most items can be taken home immediately, others will need to be picked up {or delivered} after the event closes on October 9th.
    • We will be restocking throughout the weekend, so the house will be full no matter what time you shop.
    • NEW: All shoppers will have access to our extra inventory in the 4-car garage of the home! Three times as much furniture!
    We'll keep posting more as we get closer to the event! We're so excited to continue sharing the vision with you, and specific items we'll have in the home. Follow us on Instagram for more sneak peeks: @carverjunkcompany KidsCJCatHOME2016

    Mad for Plaid: Fall Style Trends We Love!

    20 Ideas for decorating with Plaid this Fall | Plaid Fad | Mad for Plaid | Tartan Decor | Pinterest | Carver Junk Company

    Mad for Plaid. We've pulled together 20 of our favorite rooms featuring plaid decor. Spoiler alert, it's not just for Christmas anymore. Plaid is perfect for Fall, transitions beautifully into cozy winter decor, and feels preppy & classy all year round!

    Furniture Upholstered in Plaid

     

    Throws & Pillows for a Pop of Plaid

    Plaid Walls {yes, really} & Floors

    Plaid Curtains

    Plaid Lighting

    Plaid Accessories

     

    Plaid in the Bedroom

    20 Ideas for decorating with Plaid this Fall | Plaid Fad | Mad for Plaid | Tartan Decor | Pinterest | Carver Junk Company

    The One(s) That Got Away: Furniture I wish we'd kept.

    When I got home last night, Chad showed me a photo of a dresser he painted yesterday. I immediately proclaimed we were keeping it. In fact, I couldn't understand why it wasn't already upstairs in our bedroom. And then he burst my bubble - the gorgeous giant won't fit up our stairs, and around the corner...yep, it's that big. And Chad is pretty much the tetris master, so when he says something won't fit, it's either because he hates it {and thinks telling me it won't fit is nicer} or it truly won't fit. In this case, I know he loves the dresser as much as I do. So.....it's going to the Carver store. To sell. To someone else. Sad face {for me}. The Dresser That Got Away | Carver Junk Company Painted Furniture | Custom Painting | Minneapolis, MN Today I started thinking about all the other pieces I wish we'd kept, or could have kept, over these last 3 years in business. People always assume we've got the most amazing house filled with the most amazing furniture. You know that saying about the cobbler's kids having no shoes? That's us. With furniture. We don't have all the most amazing furniture, because: 1. We have a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty house. For real. It's old, and cozy, and we love it. It was partially renovated before we bought it, and the old owners did an awesome job opening up the main level. But, small house + very few walls = not much space for furniture. 2. We're busy! This might sound like a silly excuse, but often we find amazing pieces we intend to put in our house, and we leave them up in the back of our warehouse to paint/refinish "when we have time." You know how that story ends....and in this case, we've had times the store is so busy, we run out of furniture, and we've dug into our "personal" stash in storage to put in the store... Don't get me wrong....we have a few incredible, wouldn't-give-them-up-for-the-world, pieces of furniture. And a few others that are nice, but really just space fillers until we find that perfect piece. We also have a bedroom without nightstands, and that is just begging for a storage bench at the end of the bed. We have a living room currently without a coffee table, because Delainey started walking last week, and our warehouse cart's sharp edges are suddenly a bit of a hazard {it's staying in storage until she's older...it's one of those keeper pieces}. But I still have a mental list of the ones that got away. In case you all want to admire them from afar, and add them to your "wish list" {or Pinterest list} of furniture pieces, here they are:Vintage Orange Pigeon Coop on Wheels | Carver Junk Company | Shoe Cubby | Orange Storage Cupboard | Handmade in WI   Oh, that orange pigeon coop. I found it on craigslist about a year into us owning a store. A picker in WI had it, and I wanted it so badly - I convinced Chad to drive across the border to pick it up. Some of the wood doors looked like the pigeons, or maybe some predator, had chewed them up, but it was INCREDIBLE. I still dream about it. We weren't even engaged yet, and I was talking about putting it in one of our bedrooms upstairs for our future kid's toys. Those damn stairs....this one wouldn't fit either, or I would NEVER have given it up! The only continuous wall space in our house where it WOULD fit is where our couch sits. I should have sold the couch.... Antique Bike Shop Cabinet from Chicago | Carver Junk Company | Primitive Wood Cabinet with Drawers and Metal Shelves And lastly, this cabinet. We got it from some folks in Edina who were moving & couldn't take it. They'd purchased it from an antique store that told them it came from a bicycle shop in Chicago. It makes sense, with all of the little drawers, that tools & parts could have been stored in this guy. The back of the cabinet, and all but the faces of the drawers, is metal. The wood was so beautiful, we didn't have to do a thing to it. As we now search for perfect "display only" pieces for the Minneapolis store, I think of this guy often - he would have been perfect, and then we could have kept him! {because there was NO WAY} this would fit anywhere in our current house... Another time, I'll show you the very few pieces in our home that are "for keeps."  Do you have any furniture that got away?

    Fall Decorating Pinspiration: Bring it On!

    Chad insists on having the air conditioner set at 68 degrees in our house. I'm currently in my pajamas, wrapped in a blanket, with my laptop actually on my lap for added warmth. It feels like winter in our living room, but I'm not quite ready to make that leap, so instead I'm surfing Pinterest for cozy Fall decorating ideas. The kind that are understated, but make you feel warm, and like you can smell the leaves outside...without being in-your-face-orange. Here are some of my favs:   I've added these to my Fall Indoor Decorating Board on Pinterest, too. What about you all? Do you keep your houses well-air-conditioned? Are you ready for Fall?