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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!

    CJC@HOME: Our best & worst days.

    Here's the good. The bad. The best. In that order. Because that's how this event went down. CJC@HOME was last weekend, and Friday & Saturday of the event were amazing. It's just what it sounds like. CJC at a HOME. {we wish this was our own home...but we just borrow it from Lennar for a week.} It's so much easier, and more fun, to imagine our refinished furniture in your home, when you can see it in an actual home instead of our stores.

    This home, to be exact. And a shout out to J Fuerst Real Estate Photography. The sod wasn't yet installed for our event, and they rocked the photo editing {and photo-taking...all photos on this post are by them}.

    cjc@home | Carver Junk Company's Staged Home Shopping Event | Victoria, MN | Home Staging | Modern Fall Farmhouse | Fixer Upper Style | carverjunkcompany.com

    Our team brought in all the inventory, and then Aimee from The Vintage Estate and Gabe from Cotton Seed Designs staged the hell out of it. {That's the actual text they sent me when they were done on Thursday.} And they were right - we promised Modern Fall Farmhouse for this event, and I'm in love with how it was executed. 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Junk Company's Staged Home Shopping Event | Victoria, MN | Home Staging | Modern Fall Farmhouse | Fixer Upper Style | carverjunkcompany.com J Fuerst took these photos Friday morning, and Friday night was the Early Bird event. We restocked & restaged Saturday morning & throughout the day Saturday, so while some of the furniture pieces were different depending on when you shopped, it was still really full throughout the event. If you saw our Facebook posts this past week, you probably know what happened next. To say "we were robbed" doesn't quite explain it. Even the Carver County Sheriff who originally responded said "wow, this is a big..." when he saw the house, and how much was missing...and then called in the crime lab guys, who worked on the house for a few hours gathering evidence. Unfortunately, we haven't gotten much in the way of leads yet. Fortunately, we have insurance. We pray that it'll be enough to cover the losses. But despite that, it's such a violating feeling. Someone we don't know thought they had a right to take our stuff. They spent 45 minutes destroying what we worked for 4 months to create. Worst day ever in our business, and we spent a little bit of time feeling bad for ourselves {and, let's be honest...a lot of time swearing.} We couldn't have a pity party for too long, because the second we started calling customers to let them know Sunday's event was cancelled, and posted on Facebook to catch the folks coming for at-the-door tickets, we got the most amazing response. We had gals who drove from St. Cloud to be there when we opened at 10 am. They didn't get the message that we'd cancelled, and had driven over an hour. And their response was to ask how they could help. Others showed up with donuts, and offers of coffee. It was a long day of moving everything out of the house, because it couldn't be secured, and there was no way we could re-open there. We literally got hundreds of messages from customers and people in our community, and every couple of hours, we took a break & read them. Our normal Carver store event is coming up October 20-23. Our team suggested that we take the goodwill, good thoughts, and graciousness we've received from our customers & neighbors, and return the favor. Literally, someone said, let's make some f'ing lemonade {because...when life hands you lemons}. We've still got quite a bit of furniture & decor left from the home; the a-holes didn't get everything, so the stores are full, and so are our trailers. We're doing a special event Wednesday night, October 19th from 5-8 pm. A "Lemonade Event" :)   We'll have a food truck or two, some lemonade drinks, and a store stocked full of the best selection we've had this year. From 5-6 pm, we're having a private event for the folks that had tickets to the Sunday portion of the CJC@HOME event, since we had to cancel on them. From 6-8 pm, we'd love to see everyone else! We just want to say a big thank you for the kind thoughts, good vibes, and offers of help & support. We have the best customers ever!  

    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

    Feeling Nostalgic...

    As I was driving to work {"real" work} this morning, it hit me that Carver Junk Company is coming up on our 4-year anniversary of opening our doors. And of course, that gave me all the feels....and now I can't stop thinking about all the things that have happened in these last four years. The challenges, the excitement, and what's coming next. I feel like I tell our "story" every year. How this was a maybe-when-I-retire bucket list item, an impulse "purchase," and intended to be a one-weekend-a-month gig for fun.  A hobby....and then we accidentally grew a pretty cool business. My literal first thought this morning, after I realized how close we are to 4 years, was about our vendors. We started out all alone, and very quickly realized we couldn't do it all - we got too busy, too fast and were both still working full time. So we brought in really, really talented people to supplement the store with their furniture...and then with their handmade goods. We have over 40 vendors now. But the coolest part?  We started with 6 original vendors. Of those 6, three are still with us. Two others have started their own {successful} stores, and the last one took a break to buy & restore an old farmhouse. My second thought, after realizing all of that was....I have known these people, and worked with them on a daily basis, for nearly as long as Chad and I have known each other. We have built this business together, our little core team of 10-12 people, and we've had a lot of fun doing it. Like any team that works together so closely, we have our challenges and days we get annoyed with one another. But we keep each other energized, excited, and challenge ourselves as a group to be better every day. The very toughest thing about the last 4 years has come up in the last 18 months. As the concept of this business catches on {we aren't claiming the invention of a refinished/handmade goods store}, more and more stores are popping up. Pinterest means that most ideas for refinishing & repurposing aren't original. We use it for inspiration, ourselves! But with so much more competition close to home, we've literally had neighbors copy {word for word} workshop ideas and details from our website. We've had stores across the metro re-create and sell exact replicas of original sign designs by our vendors. The market is flooded with furniture and paint companies, and it's harder and harder to reach our customers directly. But this isn't a cry for pity - it's a testament to the people behind CJC.  In every instance where we've felt copied, defeated, and wondered if this business was worth continuing, this team has pulled together to come up with the next big idea. We've challenged ourselves to improve our quality, to continue being the best in the market. We've brainstormed & introduced "style guides" behind the scenes to ensure we're bringing in the newest, freshest designs. We know they'll only be fresh for a few weeks, but we're finding the excitement in discovering & creating those new styles - and we're accepting the challenge from the market to continue being the leaders. We've partnered with tons of local businesses to support each other, and to make our events bigger & better for our customers. And THAT all happens behind the scenes, with our incredible team of vendors. We have a super-secret {not anymore, because I'm telling you} group setup on Facebook, where we chat amongst ourselves, plan and share information. Last year, after an especially tough week, we posted and asked the group to brainstorm some ideas for a new event. We ended up with HUNDREDS of ideas, comments, and played off one another, continued to build ideas. One person suggested opening our workshop & storage and holding a super-secret sale there. Another asked if we'd seen the show "Million Dollar Listing" and suggested we hold a high-end party. And then....someone suggested we combine those ideas. Let's bring our store into a house, have a party, and sell all the stuff. Hello, cjc@home!  And a week later, Lennar agreed to loan us a home to stage, a date scheduled, and we made it happen. The same thing happened when we asked for ideas for Valentine's Day. We have a small store. We don't like to get stuck with all the pink stuff after the holiday, so we wanted a different way to celebrate. We joked about bringing in a kissing booth, and making the guys on the team "staff" it. And then someone said - why not bring in puppies? Ta Da! Brilliant! We get to partner with MN Pit Bull Rescue and Secondhand Hounds, donate ALL the proceeds plus some to them, and everyone gets to kiss sweet puppies. We've already seen both of these ideas utilized by other stores. And you know what? Fine with us - let's bring more attention to dogs needing homes! Let's all partner more locally, with other businesses in our communities. And while that's happening, our vendor team will step up to the challenge, and find the next big thing. Because they're the best. Our vendors have made this last 4 years the absolute success it's been, and we're so proud to have them on the CJC team. Every time I'm feeling sad {because, let's face it - it sucks to have your hard work re-created by a competitor} I am going to come back to this post to remind myself of all the things we've done and will keep doing. And I'll turn to our team & remind them, too. We're in this for the long haul, Minnesota! Thanks for supporting us, and our dozens of families, for four amazing years.  B   Just for fun, here are some of my favorite items we found & sold in our first year: 622597_140061209467519_759411104_o (1) 614909_139743859499254_1305443690_o 51895_152877288185911_312759857_o 334085_145216058952034_19531026_o 334948_140753352731638_1822950905_o 280073_146413642165609_1619196264_o 615723_153648734775433_1017114349_o 54786_172386412901665_311298113_o 257123_147088588764781_8022132_o 478031_178853875588252_300649310_o 622640_170167183123588_2113055987_o

    Featured Vendor: Cotton Seed Designs

    If you stopped out at the Carver store for our Occasional Weekend Event in June, you probably noticed the great vignette behind the checkout counter. It was created by Gabe from Cotton Seed Designs, to showcase a bit of her style! The {shoppable} display included chippy old windows, copper and brass accents, pineapples, wood and metal textures, and a green, white, and dusty pink color scheme. <3 We've told you a bit about Gabe before, in our previous Vendor Spotlight series, but wanted to share a few recent projects she's brought into the stores. Her items can be found at both CJC locations. Some of these are still available - call or message us on Facebook for details. Go ahead and Pin them, if you need some furniture inspiration! 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By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. By Cotton Seed Design for Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis Furniture Refinishing Mid Century Modern Vintage Dresser in Two-Tone with White frame and natural wood, refinished drawers. 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