junk bonanza 2016…

junk1another year, another junk journey to junk bonanza.  mario, paula, richele and i met up at junk bonanza in minneapolis last week for a day of junkin’.  we arrived early in the morning ready to seek out new treasures for booth props, vintage ephemera for product ideas, and the opportunity to be inspired.  junk bonanza is always filled with lots of amazing things, great displays, and an eclectic assortment of vintage goodness…

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the thing about junkin’ – you just never know what you’re going to find and here’s a gathering of what we brought back in our suitcases: enamel coffee pots, a globe, vintage clock, rusty clip stand, old architecture pieces, books, and lots of colorful ephemera…


my favorite find (there’s always one) was this chippy tattered secretary desk.  even though this clearly wouldn’t fit in our suitcase didn’t mean i had to leave it behind, especially when mario is involved, he’s always up for a challenge.  if you follow us on social media you may have seen the video showing the behind the scenes of mario’s packing brilliance.  with a couple of boxes from home depot and a roll of plastic wrap, this little beauty was ready for it’s journey to arizona – can’t wait to get it…


so where’s your favorite place to junk?  we’re always looking for new adventures…t!m

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44 Comments to “junk bonanza 2016…”

  1. Andrea*B says:

    Kansas City MO – West Bottoms District – 1st wknd of the month there are BLOCKS of old buildings repurposed into flea markets/antiques shops – so much fun! American Jazz museum at the Blue Room with shows nightly…. the City Market farmers market for dining with an awesome 3 story antique market across the street, and of course the luxury of zone rosa, and the art district… KC is one of our favorite vacation places that does’t include a beach… it’s also closer:)

  2. Rosann says:

    OMG … what a treasure !

  3. If you are ever in he Raleigh Durham area, try Everyhing But Grannies Panties on Guess Rd in Durham. They really do have what their name implies…Everything but Grannies panties. They may even have a few of those.

  4. Kathleen Lundman says:

    Hi Guys! Haven’t watched the video yet, but can only imagine! I live west of Colorado Springs CO in a little town of Woodland Park. We can see Pikes Peak from just about any place in town and its just a perfect place for me to live. I used to drive cross country for years to go back to Northern Michigan way up to almost very tip of the state at the end of US hwy 41! It’s about 1470 miles from here one way. I can’t do the trip anymore since I can’t sit very long in a car like I used to. On the way there and back I would love to stop for breaks all along the East-West Interstate 80 from Nebraska, through Iowa and then Minnesota. I turned north on US 35 North and there are just tons of old barns and new ones too that house rows and rows of antiques and collectibles. One town in particular that I liked because it really was in a little town called Walnut. Its right after crossing into the Iowa border on the right side of the interstate. The town is quaint and is full of smaller shops and buildings that all are chocked full of just about everything that you could want! Also this is the place to find some great old China dishes and glasswares. They had at least two stores that carried rooms and rooms full of the stuff. Beautiful, but not really what you are looking for. Everyone is very friendly and down home kind of folks. Lots of those Victorian looking homes with the big porches that people like to sit on at night and chat with their neighbors. They have B&B’s there too so you can even spend the night. This is just one of the towns that are all along the route. There will be big billboard signs that will advertise all sorts of places to find the huge buildings with antiques in them all along that highway so you will not run out of places to stop at! Sorry for the length of this message, but you asked for my favorites and now you have mine! Now I will watch your video. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!

  5. what a wonderful place to be in – wish I could have been there
    thanks for posting these great pictures
    maggie d

  6. Kim Yeager says:

    Tim and Co., thanks for shopping Junk Bonanza! (Our favorite place to junk, at shows in Minneapolis, Portland AND San Diego!) Hope to see you again, soon!

  7. Judith Strausbaugh says:

    Love those coffee pots. They are really cool.

  8. Suzy says:

    my fav place is just in the alley, or out in front of peoples houses. I love walking the dog on the day before “garbage” day, I find the BEST stuff.

    We also have tons of Rummage sales and many of our neighborhoods have a whole week that people can put out anything they want to get rid of and you can just drive up and down each block looking thru everything…………. AWESOME !

  9. Vera says:

    Have you heard of the Screen Door in Asheville, North Carolina? You would LOVE it! I’m always so impressed…and envious…of your finds. What would you do without Mario’s packing skills? Now, there’s a treasure.

  10. Doris Cote says:

    Spotted a train! How could you not mention that or pass up on it.

  11. Terri W says:

    I love the blue enamel coffee pot and my husband has an old metal train set.

  12. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    That was such a funny video clip!
    Necessity is the mother of invention?
    The end justifies the means?
    Warning: I feeling a pun coming on…what comes around goes around?

  13. Carol Prygo says:

    Tim, you NEED to come back to Adventures in Stamping in Akron next April, then I will invite you to junk in my husband’s shop/garage. I’m sure you will find plenty to take back with you!!!

  14. Redanne says:

    Well done Mario! It certainly looks like you all had fun searching for treasures!

  15. barbara lassiter says:

    Probably in my attic! I’m afraid to go there, however! HA!HA!

  16. Sandy says:

    Where do they find this stuff!

  17. Maureen Reiss says:

    I wish I could find a place!! we have 2 flea markets a year at the county fair grounds, but thats all I know of. 🙁

  18. Sandi Parrott says:

    Love all the lovely treasures you found. You missed the Rustapalooza last week in St. Marys GA. They will have something in October. You must come!!!

  19. Helena Cuttino says:

    Love that tea pot, I just moved to Florida and look forward to find some junkin places.

  20. Linda Grady says:

    Son and hubby are train enthusiasts and would love that train in their collection. Sounds like you had fun!

  21. Mary Pendergrass says:

    I envy you. I was just sure that this year I would get to Junk Bonanza but something else came up and it didn’t happen. I don’t even have to make more than a short car trip to get there but it just wasn’t in the cards. You made great finds.

  22. Looks like so much fun! :o)

  23. Karen Roberts says:

    My favorites are the coffee pots and the old globe … a childhood memory for me… our kitchen (1959 ) was the same color green.

  24. pat smith says:

    What a wonderful grab!!!! WOW, love that desk and the clock, and the water bucket, AND THE, oh well, you get the picture! Have fun arranging it all.

  25. Emilie Boyd says:

    And…. the yard crawl in August miles of junk from Winchester practically to Harrisienburg.

  26. Emilie Boyd says:

    Been auctioning for years with Laughlin Auctions in Woodstock VA plus have a booth at Valley Treasures same town full of junky goodies.

  27. debbiew says:

    Looks like ya’ll had lots of fun. My favorite place is the Round Top Antique Show. Its held in the fall and spring. We have shopped for a week and not seen it all. You should really come sometime.

  28. Sara Emily says:

    We have nothing like the junk bonanza, but there’s always an estate sale, and so many of our yard sales hold treasures equal to what you are finding here, all in one spot! Lucky you, and it looks like you all had such fun!

  29. Amy Gray says:

    Looks like fun! I went to the Junk Bonanza in San Diego in February and although it was great, it is still getting established in San Diego. I can’t wait to see how it grows over the years. I also went to the Long Beach Antique Market last weekend and it was amazing! I’m looking forward to going there again.

  30. Gloria L. says:

    The Nashville flea market is held one weekend per month and is HUGE! Feel like a road trip?

  31. I totally understand not wanting to leave that little jewel behind! I love it and would love something like it. Those little desks are so nice and I can see you doing something wonderful with it!

  32. What fun! Love the desk, too!

  33. Jane L Stash says:

    I love to shop at Gather, A Vintage Market in Tucson. Much smaller scale than what you are used to – but they put together a fun theme every month. My favorite item is the enamel coffee pot. I am dreaming about a die that will go with the tea cups!!

  34. Ginger Johnson says:

    I love that desk! Looks like a great haul. Have you guys ever done the multi-state, miles long garage sale in the East? I’ve never been, so I don’t have any personal insight, but I’ve read about it.

  35. Nancy Nally says:

    Adore the globe! And totally want to make a flower arrangement in that coffee pot!

    Mario, if I ever move again I want you to help me pack! LOL

  36. Tim you guys need to come to Texas for the Round Top Antique week. It’s always rated as one of the best in the US.

  37. diana says:

    such wonderful finds!! totally envious of the so many places youse have to go junkin!

  38. Stacey S. says:

    Love that desk! We have an awesome antique show in Ohio–the Springfield Antique Extravaganza. Would love to have you come and junk in Ohio! http://www.visitgreaterspringfield.com/events/springfield-antique-show-and-flea-market-8

  39. Kim says:

    I love love love to go junkin’ at Junk Bonanza! And always enjoy seeing you and Mario there!

  40. Sue W. says:

    Love that desk!

  41. kaz says:

    Oh my! that desk, the globe, the ephemera……swoon, swoon, swoon!! Please come get me next time! Looks like you had a great time


  42. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    I’m sure we can find some places when you are coming this way 🙂
    Besides the desk I love the train!!!

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