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    The Mason Jar Bar @ Carver Junk Company

    A few months ago, a nice lady stopped into the store while I was working, looking to sell some old mason jars she had in the trunk of her car. Normally, I don't purchase items during store hours, because we're usually too busy with customers. On this rainy day, however, I decided to take a peek at what she called her "purple" mason jars. Folks, they were so cool - more of a black or grey color in person, but I could see how they could also been seen as a light purple tint. Google gave me a quick history lesson: Some purple mason jars are quite dark; these ones are definitely a light hue, but noticeable. I read up on them - it seems jar manufacturers used chemicals to clarify the glass, with the goal of producing crystal-clear jars. Pre-WWI, manufacturers primarily used Manganese Dioxide, which over time, and with exposure to sunlight, turns the glass purple! In some cases, people have intentionally altered the color of jars {and bottles} by exposing them to high levels of radiation.  Around 1915, Germany was the main source of the clarifying chemical manganese, and shipments were cut off during WWI. Manufacturers switched to selenium, which turns a straw/amber/yellow color when exposed to UV rays!  I've found myself a bit addicted to searching/finding antique colored jars now - check out our new Pinterest board: Unique Antique Jars Antique Ball Jar Color Guide Enter: The Mason Jar Bar @ Carver Junk Company We suddenly found ourselves with dozens of mason jars of all shapes, sizes, and a variety of colors. In addition to the regular old jars, we also have vendors who make mason jar candles, painted mason jars {to use as candy jars, vases, etc}, and we even have mason jar-themed dish towels. We also have this great crate wall that Chad built a couple of months ago, which has just been filled with random, cool, but un-cohesive stuff. And so.....we now have a Mason Bar Jar! Mason Jar Bar at Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar at Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar at Carver Junk Company | Painted Mason Jars | Mason Jar Soap Dispenser | New Old Stock Zinc Lids Mason Jar Bar at Carver Junk Company In addition to jars, we've filled the crates with mason jar accessories: soap dispenser pumps, flower frogs, oil lamp lids, coin bank lids, and everything you need to create a plug-in or hardwired mason jar pendant lamp! Mason Jar Pendant Light Kit | Carver Junk Company | Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Attachments and Accessories Mason Jar Pendant Light Pulley Kit | Carver Junk Company | Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Attachments and Accessories Mason Jar Canopy Kit - Hardwired Option | Carver Junk Company | Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Attachments and Accessories They all attach to regular-size mason jars; you can use them on the antique ones we sell {or you already have at home} or to new, standard-sized jars. We also have a case of new old stock zine & porcelain lids! New old stock means it's old, but has never been opened nor used - and they are amazing! Mason Jar Oil Lamp | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Mason Jar Flower Frog Vase Attachment  | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Mason Jar Coin Bank Lid | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Attachment | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Attachment | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Attachment | Carver Junk Company Mason Jar Bar | Choose Your Own Mason Jar Accessories Stop in the Carver store, and check it out! We are open August 19th - 23rd, and then again mid-September for Carver's Steamboat Days celebration & CJC's 3rd anniversary!

    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
       

    Handmade in MN, at Carver Junk Company

    Our motto around here is recycle, repurpose, relove™. And most of our store reflects that in how we refinish old, vintage furniture, or repurpose existing items into new, one-of-a-kind decor for your home. But in addition to all of that, we are passionate about keeping it local. The other half of what Carver Junk Company™ offers is an awesome outlet for local artists and crafters, and a place for you to purchase handmade goods that come from folks right here in our Minnesota communities. Here is a small sampling of our handmade-in-MN offerings: [caption id="214" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Beautiful, scentual {get it?} and great gift ideas, these all-natural soy candles are some of our favorite new items. How cool is that wood wick?[/caption] [caption id="217" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. One of our most clever handmade items: Garden Markers - stick the re-purposed forks in the ground when you plant your seeds, so you know what's growing where. Made with organic-friendly treated clay, these can be left outside spring through fall to help you keep your garden organized![/caption] [caption id="218" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Stick frames combine handmade and repurposed into beautiful wall decor for your home.[/caption] [caption id="219" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Check out these vintage books, turned into photo frames {right alongside some handmade pumpkin decor, and handmade soy candles in yummy scents like orange chili pepper}![/caption] [caption id="220" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Yep, we are proud of our state. And judging by how quickly we sell out of these kids' undies - so are all of you. Also offered in dumptruck, rocketship, and a variety of other screenprinted (by hand) designs![/caption] [caption id="221" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Are you sensing a theme? These MN burlap prints were super-sellers as Christmas gifts last year, for those homesick MN transplants around the country. Custom orders welcome![/caption] [caption id="222" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. We even offer handmade food items. These ones are really local, made right here in Carver on a family farm. Our personal fav is the Jalapeno Strawberry jam, served over a block of cream cheese, with some crackers for dipping {our families are addicted....}[/caption] [caption id="223" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. The screenprints for these towels are all hand-drawn, then turned into prints done right here in MN. Whiskey, Rum and Gin recipes on the bar towels. Pork, Chicken, and Beef cuts & preparation tips on the kitchen towels. How-to kitchen basics for those who spend less time in the kitchen![/caption] [caption id="225" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Not all of our handmade items are pint-sized. These custom harvest/farm tables have been a huge hit over the last few months. Also handmade right here in Carver, customized to your dimensions, colors, and finishes - at about one-third of the Pottery Barn price.[/caption] [caption id="227" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. You read that right. For your significant other, we have these in man-woman, woman-woman, and man-man silhouettes on the cards. Because really, any duo can be the fucking best. Earmuffs, kids, earmuffs.[/caption] [caption id="228" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. MN-canvas pillows have sold out at each of the last two sales. Affordable, giftable, and perfect for any decor.[/caption] [caption id="229" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. We convinced the screenprinter/artist behind these child-sized cardigans that we needed some in adult size too. Now, to convince her that we need the MN-undies in adult size. Would you order them??[/caption] [caption id="231" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Steampunk-inspired jewelry is new for us - made with old watch parts, new findings, and tons of style.[/caption] [caption id="232" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Adult versions of greeting cards have our customers in fits of laughter. Might want to keep the kids away from the front counter if they can read, because they're ALL inappropriate.[/caption] [caption id="233" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Another repurpose-meets-sweet-decor addition: wine bottle candles. Evolution happens to be our favorite wine, so this one was a no-brainer for us. And the variety of scents keeps us happy, no matter the bottle design![/caption] [caption id="234" align="aligncenter" width="470"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. WOWZA. We knew the second we saw these limited-edition screenprints that they'd be an instant hit. We couldn't have predicted selling out of them - but that's just what happened. Multiple times. Only 100 of these 18x24 prints are ever made before the screens are destroyed. Thankfully, the artist keeps making more new designs with the Twin Cities in mind![/caption] [caption id="235" align="aligncenter" width="470"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. WOWZA. We knew the second we saw these limited-edition screenprints that they'd be an instant hit. We couldn't have predicted selling out of them - but that's just what happened. Multiple times. Only 100 of these 18x24 prints are ever made before the screens are destroyed. Thankfully, the artist keeps making more new designs with the Twin Cities in mind![/caption] [caption id="236" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Where's your heart? We take custom orders for map locations within the Continental US - check out our Shop Online page![/caption] [caption id="237" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Dozens of these {real - yes, please water them} mini succulent gardens went to new homes last weekend. Planted in repurposed vessels, these scream SPRING! {but apparently not loudly enough for Mother Nature, judging by the snow this week....}[/caption] [caption id="238" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Where do all the gameboards with missing pieces go? We like to think it's gameboard heaven - which might just mean they get repurposed into awesome home decor in the shape of MN.[/caption] [caption id="239" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Book letters are all the rage. But don't worry, Nicole Curtis {rehab addict} these books were not pulled from library shelves with the intention of ruining them for all future generations. They've been salvaged from sure death and repurposed into letters that will be reused again and again. Because everyone needs one of the crazy-affordable beauties in a family initial for an end table, wall hanging, or mantle![/caption] [caption id="240" align="aligncenter" width="665"]Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. And adorable pouch purses round us out, hand-sewn with fabric {MN, people....we can't get enough} and ready for pencil storage, change purses, etc, etc, etc.[/caption] And all of these amazing handmade items have us sure they are the reason we were voted the Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts in 2014, by Southwest Metro Magazine! If you'd like to custom-order any of these items, just shoot us a note at info@carverjunkcompany.com, and we'll get you the details! Handmade in MN | Available at Carver Junk Company |Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Our favorite part? Finding, working with, and seeing these artists grow - we LOVE seeing our dealers pop up at other stores after gaining exposure at CJC, and we're even flattered when we see other stores start carrying similar products shortly after we introduce them {if it means more support for local artists, we'll welcome the imitation}. What other handmade in MN items would you like to see us carry? Do you make things, or have a friend that does, and feel they'd be a great fit for our store? Plop a link to awesome handmade-inMN stuff in the comments below - or visit our "Contact Us - Become a Dealer at CJC" section above! We'd love to hear from you!

    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: