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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!

    Giving Back, for the Kids [and $10 gift cards for you!]

    I've written the title of this post, and erased it, a dozen times. What it really should say is "No words."  There are no words that can cover the pain, strength, and stress that a family dealing with childhood cancer is going through. It's my greatest fear in life. Truly. And there are children of friends, in our community, who live this reality. And so, we're giving back. We'd love for you to join us, so we're giving a $10 CJC gift card to each of you that gives to St. Jude. Read on... Every year, the Carver Lions hold a fun event in January called the Soggy Bottom Open. I like to think of it as small town beer golf, for a Cause. "Golf" is a loose term - bring your baseball bat, broom, shovel - whatever you want to hit a tennis ball through the soggy January snow. Stop by the multiple bars in Carver before or after, and ultimately, support a great cause. This year, Carver Junk Company chose to sponsor Team Abigator in the SBO. We sponsored a hole (via donation) which supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We'd love for you to join us in donating, and we're so passionate about this cause, we're adding a bit of incentive: 1. Donate  $50 here. Select "tickets" and then "Donation to Team Abigator/St Jude." [You do not need to purchase tickets to donate] 2. Bring your receipt to either CJC store in February (on your phone is fine). 3. We'll give you a $10 gift card. Team Abigator has a goal of reaching $3000 in donations, and they are halfway there at $1500. Thank you for supporting such an amazing cause with us.   Abby's Story Abby Lindall just turned 13. She lives in Carver, not far from our store. Her Dad is a part of the Carver Fire Department, and despite the craziness of their lives, both of her parents are incredibly involved in our community. Abby stopped growing when she was 8. At age 10, her parents exhausted every option to determine why Abby wasn't growing, and just days after an MRI in December 2013, Abby was having surgery to biopsy a brain tumor. Abby and Cookie | St Jude's Fundraiser | Childhood CancerAbby Craniotomy | St. Jude Fundraiser | Childhood Cancer               A recent Facebook post from Abby's dad, Nate: "We have not ever received a bill for any of the treatment that Abby has received from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our journey started because Abby was not growing. She would make several trips to the growth chart, only to have that look of disappointment, because she hadn't grown in two years. After discovering the reasoning for her growth deficiency, Abby has now grown 14 inches in height." Abby's tumor is inoperable. The side effects from her tumor, radiation and medications have caused lasting issues with body temperature control, migraines, adrenal insufficiency, kidney issues, and have drastically reduced her short term memory. Abby takes 12 prescriptions per day, and will for the rest of her life. She goes to the hospital every six months to have the size of her tumor checked. Through all of it, her parents have said, all Abby wants is to be a normal teenager. She plays soccer, goes to school, and stays so strong through everything. In bringing awareness to St. Jude's and childhood cancer, Abby has gotten to meet some pretty cool people. But her Dad says "Abby doesn't want to be in pictures and meeting famous people, she just would like to have a normal life." Abby has chosen to give back to St. Jude as a part of the Life Study program. She will return back for continued monitoring of her tumor, once per year, for the rest of her life. Through ALL of Abby's time at St. Jude, including a 4-month stay at the beginning of her diagnosis, her family has NEVER received a single bill. St. Jude employs 250 doctors, from 32 different countries, to become St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fellow Doctors, on a one year rotation basis. They are sharing all of their methods and treatments with the doctors and staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The treatment plans are made available, via the worldwide web, for any doctor to use for the patients (at no cost to the hospital or physician). Tomorrow is the Carver Lions Soggy Bottom Open. Donations support St. Jude directly, and we can't imagine a better charity to support in a month where our store's focus was KIDS.  Thank you for joining us in this effort. For supporting children across our communities. For helping us to ensure that if any of our own children ever need the services of a place like St. Jude, that they will be available.  Donate here, and please share.  

    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.

    Minneapolis Location                       Carver Location

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    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.  

    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!