Carver Junk Company in is hiring, and we need someone with just the right mix of creativity, personality, and organizational skills. Maybe it's you, or maybe you know someone who is the perfect fit. Here's the scoop: Carver Junk Company Retail + Workshop Coordinator: Part-time to start (summer), ramping up to full-time (fall). Summer hours are flexible, with opportunity to work partially from home while scheduling workshops. Full-time hours will vary between working during open store hours, evening workshops, coordinating off-site events and some errand-running. Summary A Jack or Jill of many trades, with a passion for craftiness, a love of teaching people, and a strange addiction to details & organization. Your role at Carver Junk Company is focused on running our Chaska store, working during open weekends, and managing our DIY workshop. You'll keep happily busy managing the customer service, logistics, inventory, scheduling, website, and shipping associated with the retail store + workshops, as well as teaching the occasional workshop yourself. We'll provide you with an awesome, supportive, fun work environment, valuable skills and experience, and the opportunity to grow with us. Skills/Qualifications [non-negotiables] • A sense of humor, and positive attitude. Our brand is fun, edgy, and unique. If we’re going to unleash you in our brick & mortar and online worlds, we want you to reflect those qualities, too. • Creativity. With dozens of other workshops available in the market, you'll need to create a unique schedule of events that sets CJC apart, and drives excitement and engagement about our workshop offerings. • Previous experience in high-energy customer service roles, no fear speaking (or leading) in front of small groups, and some DIY in your DNA. Ability to engage, teach, and lead a variety of personalities. Ability to balance sales skills with people skills. • Social media experience, either in the business world or your personal experience. If you’ve got a demonstrated aptitude, we can show you the ropes of the business side. • Multi-tasker extraordinaire. Ability to juggle multiple customers in-store, while filling your spare time with reporting, responding to online customer inquiries, coordinating vendor deliveries, and shipping online orders. You have excellent time management skills. • Uber-organized + guts. You see how things could be done better, and you’ve got the courage to speak up with ideas for improvement. You can help others see your vision, and make changes for the better! • Flexibility and willingness to change as we grow and learn together. CJC is a small, relatively new business in a competitive market that requires constant change to stay “ahead of the game.” • Ability to bench press 200 lbs. Kidding, but you do need to be able to lift 10 lbs regularly, up to 50 lbs occasionally, climb ladders & bend and lift decor and furnishings to help customers. Our HR friends suggest we write this all up in a super-official fashion, but the truth is we're pretty laid-back around here, and a bit more disorganized than this position description might lead you to believe [which is part of the reason we want to hire you]. Pay is hourly ($10-13/hr, depending on experience) with opportunity for bonus when workshop + store sales goals are exceeded. Interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Carver Junk Company is a small business of under 20 employees, and does not currently offer health insurance benefits.
....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. 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?] 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. 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: 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! 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: April 21-23, 2017
CJC@Home launched just over a year ago, as a unique way for our customers to see Carver Junk Company's furniture and decor in a real home setting. Seeing our refinished, antique and vintage furniture in the warehouse setting of our store locations can make it tough to envision them in an actual home. So, we partnered with local builders to bring our stuff into a new construction home, and CJC at HOME was born.
We're excited to announce our Spring 2017 CJC@HOME event, running April 21-23 in the South Metro! The housing market is hot right now [congrats to those of you selling homes!] so the exact location is subject to change up to two weeks before the event [in case one of our Builder's homes sells]. Tickets will be mailed one week before the event, and the exact address will be included on the tickets as well as posted online.
Our inspiration for Spring 2017 is Bohemian Farmhouse. An interesting mix, for sure, and we're excited to show you how to pull it off! The style includes a ton of textures, natural elements like greenery, wood tones, rattan, mixed metals and soft textiles. Antique rugs (turkish, oriental, etc) in bold colors will be featured, along with a mix of mid-century modern, industrial, and antique furniture.Take a peek at our Inspiration images from Pinterest, and follow us on Instagram at @cjcathome for photos of the actual items heading to the event! Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.cjcathome.com. We hope you'll join us!
6 days. 4000 succulents. 2203 containers. 288 gold animals. 2000 people. 700 square feet. That about sums up the Succulent Bar at our Minneapolis store last week. What it doesn't cover is how incredibly fun, creative, and exciting the event was! Our Minneapolis store is only 700 sq ft, which made for a major lack of personal space at times during the event, but we think some new friendships were forged as a result of hanging out so closely while creating new little [succulent] family additions. [caption id="attachment_3672" align="aligncenter" width="720"] A "slow" day at the Carver Junk Company Succulent Bar. March 2017.[/caption] What really blew us away, though, was the response from every single customer that came through the door - everyone was beyond patient, excited to be planting succulents and looking forward to spring. We've loved seeing all the posts on Instagram [check out #succyeahcjc] and hope you haven't been over-watering those babies! [P.S. our Instagram contest winner was Alissa!] We're no strangers to hosting big shopping events. But this....this was a different beast. 10,000 RSVPs on Facebook had us running! We ordered shipments to come in every day of the event [because...a 700 sq ft store doesn't leave much space for storing 3000 extra pots + plants]. Our vendors picked every single vintage vessel to use as containers from everywhere in the metro area. No joke. There are no teacups left at any estate or vintage sales anywhere. They're all currently holding succulents in homes across Minnesota. We hired all the kids of friends and friends of friends that we could find. We bought all the succulent soil from all the garden centers locally. We drove to Mankato to rescue a shipment of 600 pots that got mis-routed on Friday night at 11:00 pm [in case you were wondering why that huge stack of boxes was outside the store on Saturday, and why they weren't already on the shelves]. You all - it was NUTS! But you know that, because you were there. And you also know that it was SO MUCH FUN! And if you weren't there, don't worry - we took some photos, and you can consider this my pinky-swear that we're doing this again. June 2-4, at our Chaska location. Save the date. We're also offering private parties - email email@example.com if you're interested in booking a succulent bar party. Can't wait for June to get your next CJC fix? We've two amazing events planned for April & May: CJC@HOME: April 21-23. An unprecedented shopping event. Our inventory in a new construction home. Everything in the home is available for purchase while you tour! Chaska Store Grand Opening: May 18-21. Our newest store location, in historic downtown Chaska.
Three years ago, we started a new tradition. A puppy kissing booth for Valentine's Day! It's the absolute best Valentine's Day date, with friends, family, kids, or your sweetheart. [Can you imagine a first date taking you to a puppy kissing booth? <3 It's the thing movies are made of...] There's no way to pretend it has anything to do with furniture or home decor. We do it because we love dogs, and it's such a fun way for us to give back to a group that means so much to us. This post explains a bit more about how we got involved with Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue. But what you really need to know is that there are some AH.DOR.ABLE pit bull puppies coming to our Minneapolis store this Sunday [Feb 12th] and you can kiss and snuggle them. Yes, we're really charging a dollar for puppy kisses, and we find most people even donate more once they snuggle these sweet pups. MN Pit Bull Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation is even deductible! Can't make it to the event? MN Pit Bull Rescue has an Amazon Wish List of items including food, toys, treats, and supplies that help keep this organization running, and the dogs well-cared-for. Please consider a donation, or sharing this information with your dog-loving friends. Here are some of the dogs that will be at the Carver Junk Company Minneapolis store giving kisses: