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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!

    Shop for a Cause on Small Business Saturday

      Carver Junk Company is donating 10% of sales from Gift Guide Items to Sponsor a Family MN on November 26th Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend! As a Small Business, we are so thankful that this has become a "thing." This year, we decided to share the love we receive this day, and donate a portion of our sales on November 26th to Sponsor A Family MN. Sponsor A Family MN Sponsor A Family MN is a non-denominational nonprofit organization that matches families in need with Sponsors who anonymously shop for them for the holidays.  All "in need" families are pre-approved by qualified case managers, and truly need your help. Last year we sponsored a particular family that was homeless and whose children had never had a new pair of shoes. I cried a lot when I heard their story, and realized the things we take for granted. We sponsored each family member with a gift card to Famous Footwear, so they could choose their own new shoes. The thank you letter we received made the entire season for our team. This year, we're contributing to the Emergency Fund for SAFMN, which they have told us is critical to the program and provides for unmatched or late-added families. We'll provide grocery store gift cards that can be utilized for a variety of needs for these families. How can you participate? This year, we created a Holiday Gift Guide filled with locally handmade gift ideas. In purchasing these items in particular, you're supporting local families that create our beautiful inventory. In turn, we're donating 10% of all sales from the Gift Guide items on November 26th to Sponsor A Family MN. Shop at either Carver Junk Company location on Small Business Saturday, and 10% of the sales from our Holiday Gift Guide items will be donated to Sponsor a Family MN.  We've created "events" on Facebook for each store. RSVP to see photos of some of the items we'll have in stock this Saturday! Gifts, decor, furniture and more.

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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!

    Championship Round: March Milk Paint Madness!

    This is it. The last round. The final three. In no particular order. $150 in milk paint products, and the title of Carver Junk Company's March Milk Paint Madness Champion, are on the line! Thousands of votes in the books. Choose your favorite, then leave us a comment telling why they earned your vote for a chance to win $50 in milk paint products for yourself!

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    View the previous brackets here!

    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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