Saturday, April 20, 2013


Hello Blog Friends.  I am so happy to be home but so sad to leave Junk Bonanza in Minnesota!!!! We girls had a blast on our Junk Love Trip.  I know a lot of you wanted to see pictures from the show so I tried to snap a few in between shopping the treasures!!!!

Get a cup of coffee or ice tea or diet coke there are a lot of pictures.  Sit back and enjoy.


This is all of us as we were waiting to go in for the early bird entrance.  Early Bird at Junk Bonanza is Thursday morning from 8 am to 10 am when it is not open to the public yet.  So the four of us and about 300 of our closest friends!!! got to shop inside before it opened to the public at 10 am.  Starting from left to right.  My friend Sandy, myself, my daughter Jen and her friend Cindy.  No judgements on the hair we were up at 5:30 am and it was hail, wind and snowing all at one time when we arrived.  Not a good hair day!!!!!!

This vendor had so much yummy chippy goodness. I could not stand it.  Her architectural pieces were to die for.  Look at those old Church windows!!!! Oh my!!!!

I was trying to figure out what I could do with this sweet little piece and while I was admiring this lovely treasure someone bought her!!! You have to be quick on the cute ones.

More of the sweet salvage chic booth.  I have to say all her pieces were so amazing.  I was in chippy heaven.

This old organ came out of the same church as the windows.  Amazing and so beautiful.

Had to show you the old church windows one more time. I was in love with those sweet pieces of heaven.

I saw a lot of dress forms all dolled up for the show!!

Sweet vintage wedding dress.

Look at the sweet cowboy boots in white.  Chippy chippy everywhere in this booth.

Cowboy boots done in the sweetest colors.  They were a hot item at the show.

Cute blue boots.


Cute little vintage pillows.

Loved the Junk Love sign.  It certainly was junk love everywhere!!!

Lots of adorable dress forms.
Lot's of oh la la in this booth.

Loved this sweet Junk Office vignette.  Pretty little desk.

Then this vendor had oh my cute stuff galore. Don't you love their booth sign made from an old dodge truck and vintage cute letters.
What a sweet dress form decoupaged from old sheet music and that decoupaged vintage dresser decopaged from old vintage magazines and old sewing patterns.  If you had a cute sewing room wouldn't this be adorable.

Loved all these vintage camera's.

My daughter Jen found a vendor that sold the prettiest belt buckles.  My daughter is not a big fan of necklaces but likes to put some bling on her outfits for work so she thought these cute interchangeable belt buckles would be pretty and fun to wear.
This buckle was made with a lot of vintage jewelry pieces in black and silver and white. Sorry but the lighting when I took the pictures was not so great.  Take my word for it these were really pretty.  



Again hard to tell in the lighting but this one is made with vintage old charm bracelet pieces. It was adorable and so pretty.

I know some of you know I have a wonderful sock monkey named Midge and I love her so.  I had to snap a couple of these cuties I saw at the show. Vintage sock monkey couple.

Little princess sock monkey ready to party. She was super sweet. I almost got her but I knew Midge would be jealous if I brought her home.

Sweet  colorful Rooster hanger.

Another one of my favorite vendors. Chippy sweetness all around in her booth.

This lady just had funky fun stuff.

Yummy vintage whites everywhere.

Loved all her classic vintage treasures.

This vendor had some of the cutest birdhouses.

Another vintage dress form dressed for the occasion.

Loved the sweet perennial sign.

Hope of summer to come!!!!! Red chair too cute.

Lot's of beautiful transfer ware.

You know my love of a sweet bike. This one is a bicycle built for two!!!! How romantic and sweet is this bike.  I had to snap a picture of this cutie.  I did find a different sweet bike at the show to come home with me for the garden.  I can't wait to re love her with some paint and get flowers in her cute basket for out in my garden. Pictures of my new garden bike to come soon. (I hope!!! if this weather ever gets nice enough for flowers!)

Look at those great vintage lockers with the locks!!! Very vintage.  After I took this picture these little beauties were sold.

Some of the most beautiful jewelry at this show.

I was himming and hawing on this cute chair on top of this table and the table and chair set below her.  I really loved them both and before I made up my mind the chair and table and chairs were sold.  You see something you like you must act quickly.  Cute pillow sold too.

Cute totes made of vintage cloth.

I just loved this little collection of vintage chickens and roosters. They were so sweet.

Loved these vintage yellow garden chairs.

After spending the morning at the show we took a ride up to one of my favorite little shops called Ramshackled Treasures.  Yep that's right still snowing in Minnesota during April!!!!!! This shop despite the snow is as cute inside as outside.  Look at those cute vintage blue doors made into a gazabo. Super Sweet!!!!!

Cute inviting porch.  Even with the snow it was welcoming and adorable.  Found some cute treasures in this shop to take home.

We found the cutest little vintage 50's diner on our way up to Minnesota.  It was on the border of Wisconsin before we crossed into Minnesota.  This vintage 50's diner had the best food.  We had be bop hamburgers and Peggy Sue patty melts with the best fried cheese curds.  Yumtastic!!! Of course we had to have cheese curds we were in Wisconsin. I think it may even be a law you must eat cheese when in Wisconsin!!!!!

Well my blog friends I know this was a long post so thanks for hanging in there.  We had such a great time.  Great food, great company to travel with and great junk treasures.  Life was good these past three days. Despite the weather we had a fantastic trip.
Hope your week was good.
Kris
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  1. My kind of day! I felt like I was there with you!! Can't wait to see you finds! Especially the bike for the garden!! BTW, I now have 2, yes 2 cutie patootie Sock Monkeys in my office at work. :)

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    1. Oh so much fun it was!!!!! I loved every minute.
      Kris

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  2. Oh, all that vintage goodness!!! My daughters were among the early bird shoppers and they said it's the only time women are happy to stand outside in deplorable weather. hehe It sounds like you had a fabulous time and I thoroughly enjoyed all the photos. Can't wait to see what you brought home with you!

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    1. Hi Vickie,
      It was fun to be the early birds and get in before the public. I bet I saw your daughters many times at the show. Wish I knew who they were!!!!! The weather you guys are having is ughhh but we Chicago girls are use to the snow so we trucked through it all. We had a great time. Hope you can go to the fall and if we come up we need to meet up. It would be fun. Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  3. OMG Kris - I would have went crazy - especially in that first booth!
    Absolutely gorgeous!
    And so happy that Midge has her Mama and Papa at home with her now - they're too cute!
    Think I'm going to have to get a sock monkey :)
    XOX

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    1. Suzan,
      You need to adopt a sock monkey!!!!!! You have to watch them though they can be sneaky and get into mischief!!!! Don't let those cute faces fool you!!!!!
      Kris

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  4. So interesting for me being French and living in PARIS to see American Boots. Not at all the same ware. amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

    xoxo from a sunny PARIS

    Joëlle

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    1. Hi Joelle,
      The cowboy boots here in America are all the rage right now. They are cute painted and stuffed with flowers. I saw so many cute ideas done with cowboy boots at this show.
      Kris

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  5. Just AwEsoMe PIcs!*!*! Thanks for all the eye-candy...
    LoVe the ViNtaGe PERENNIAL SIGN - BeSt-OF-ALL!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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    1. Somehow I knew you would love that perennial sign. It was so you!!!!! There were a lot of garden items. So super cute every booth.
      Kris

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  6. Kris- What fun!!! I love all the different things you saw/experienced. Your daughter is beautiful- she looks just like you! It looks like everyone had a great time. I have to ask you where the diner is....we travel all over from WI to other states and we love to find those little places like that- xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana,
      We had a blast on our girls trip. Here is the link for Moe's diner. It was a fun place right off the highway. The menu is so cute and has the cutest names for all the food items. We had a yummy lunch both coming and going back. Had to stop on our way back home!!!!!!!
      http://www.moesdiner.com/
      Hope you live close enough to go there some time. The shakes and malts Oh My!!!!!
      Kris

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  7. Oh my gosh! Serious eye candy! What fun and I could have spent my retirement just from the pictures alone!

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    1. Hi Danni,
      We did have a great time. Toooo much fun and junk love in one place. I did not want to leave. Hope you are having a great week end.
      Kris

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  8. Phew! I just caught up with your recent posts and you are having SO MUCH FUN!!! So great to see all your show pictures!

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    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      It was a great trip and so much fun even with all the snow up there. I could have uhauled back quite a bit but then I would have need to get a bigger house. I am out of walls!!!!!!!

      Have a wonderful week end.
      Kris

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  9. Oh now I want to go shopping .. !!! Kris.. it looked like absolute fun..I'm not sure how I would have chosen what to buy ..

    O.k. Cheese Curds .. ??? Exactly what are Cheese Curds ..???

    Looks like it was an absolute blast ..so glad you gals had fun ..

    And look at that snow ..Seriously April ..I was thinking a light dusting not that you still had at least a foot still on the ground ..Wow ..

    Take care sweetie ..and have a great weekend Oh and can't wait to see the garden bike re-do when spring arrives for you !

    Sara

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    1. Ha Ha Sara,
      I am not exactly sure what the chees curds are I am assuming they are from the cheese when they make it. Anyway they deep fry them and they are so yummy. It was snow villa up there in Minnesota but we Chicago girls are use to snow so no problem. We trucked through it all. It was a great time. I am excited to work on my bike. Now if we could only find some nice weather for flowers!!!!!
      Kris

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  10. F~U~N!!! Loved all the photos you took! LOVE the old church windows! I WANT one! One of these days!
    Glad that the SNOW and COLD didn't keep you from SHOPPING and havig lots of FUN! Looking forward to seeing your treasures!
    Warmly,
    deb

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    1. Hi Deb,
      We did have a great time in your sweet state even with the snow!!!!! That show was great and the shop you told me about How Quaint was fab too. Thanks for the info on that shop. We had a great time.

      Hope your week end is going good.
      Kris

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  11. Wow so many wonderful treasures - I would have had to have a moving truck and a Black American Express card LOL.
    I am so anxious to see your bike, was that all you purchased?
    Glad you girls had a wonderful time - food sounds good too.
    Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully spring will arrive for you next week.
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      We had a great time. I hope the weather gets better soon so I can get my new old bike painted and maybe even some flowers in it!!!!!! Where o where is spring and summer???
      Have a great week end.
      Kris

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  12. Kris,
    Thanks so much for sharing the show with me...I had so much fun window shopping:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda,
      We had a great time. It was a whole lot of junk fun. Hope you have a great week end.
      Kris

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  13. Kris,
    MinneSNOWta!! But it still looked so fun in spite of that nasty weather! But hey, girl, you gotta get your daughter to light a firecracker under your feet next time to help you make some of those decisions a little faster - you lost out on a couple good ones, I see!
    I love the jadeite & creamware, and the brown transferware pieces (I collect all of those). That little sewing chest & especially the mannequin with curled sheet music were too cute, but not as cute as your daughter! You two look adorable together!
    So glad it was a fun trip for you all!
    PS I think Midge needs that little friend for when you leave her on trips like this!
    Rita

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    1. Hi Rita,
      Those little sock monkeys were the cutest especially the princess one. I should have brought them home. They were too sweet.

      You would have loved all the transferware everywhere up there. It was great pickins for that stuff.

      We did have a lot of fun despite the snow!!!!
      Kris

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  14. Thanks for sharing your shopping trip with us!! So much fabulous hard to resist eye candy. Anxious to see what you came home with, Kris.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Hi Mary Alice,
      We had a great time. If you ever get the chance you need to go. I came home with a bike that I am hoping to paint today for out in my garden this summer. That is if we ever get summmer!!!!!!
      Kris

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  15. So many great things-so little time. I would have to rent a small u-haul to bring things home with me. Glad you had a great time.

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    1. Hello Ellie,
      It was Junk Love and treasures galore for sure!!!!! Even with all the snow we had a great time. Hope to go back this fall.
      Kris

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  16. What a great women's trip! Glad you had so much fun. So many pretty things - wow. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hi Melanie,
      We had a fantastic trip. It was worth the 6 hour drive. Very pretty drive even with the snow!!!!! Hope to go again in the fall.
      Kris

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  17. wow you guys got around on such a snowy day.thank you for all the great pictures.

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    1. You are welcome. We had a great time even with the snow. Ughhhhh!!! We Chicago girls did not let a little snow scare us!!!
      Kris

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  18. It looks like you and your friends had such a lovely day! I didn't think everyone's hair looked bad at all considering what a bad day it was and so early in the morning! Everyones looked great! Will look forward to seeing your new bike redone! Nancy

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    1. Ha Nancy thanks about our hair!!!! Mine usually spikes a bit more but not in the rain and hail and then wind and snow!!!! Crazy weather outside in Minnesota!!!!
      Kris

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  19. Amazing! What neat stuff at every glance...I especially loved those church windows though. I know it had to be one great day!

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    1. Hi Melanie,
      It was so much fun even with all the snow. Those windows were so amazing. They were so gorgeous. I am not even sure my ceilings and wall would have been tall enough to bring one home!!! She did have the best booth there with all her chippy white stuff.

      Hope you are doing well my friend. Hoping to paint my bike today and hopefully can put some flowers in it soon!!!!!!
      Kris

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  20. Oh, sweetie...this was beyond junk heaven!! So many things I wouldn't even consider junk. I'd love to go...is it just annually?

    Love all of your treasures and can't wait to see your bicycle! And I loved seeing pictures of you and your pretty daughter. So glad you had a wonderful time!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      We had such a great time. Tooo much fun and the wonderful treasures up there oh my!!!!! I could have brought back a uhaul full!!!! I then would have needed to buy a bigger house!!!!!! My little house is out of walls!!!!!

      It was so much fun even with the snow. We chicago girls are too familiar with snow so that did not stop us one bit!!!!!

      I am hoping to paint my bike today with us having some better weather. I just hope it is mild enough for the paint to dry.

      Ohhh how I want this crazy stuff to leave and good sun and warmer days to come and stay.

      Have a great rest of your week end. Hope you are doing good.
      Kris

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  21. What beautiful things--and snow! Your daughter is so pretty. Looks like so much fun!

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    1. Hi Sandy,
      Thanks for saying such sweet compliments on my daughter. I think she is beautiful too but I am her mom so thank you. She is so beautiful inside too.

      We had such a great time on this trip. The four of us laughed and shopped till we dropped and ate too much!!!!! It was all fun even with the snow in April!!!! Ughhhhhh!!!! When will this stuff go away.

      Hoping to paint my bike today. It is sunny out and hopefully a little warmer so I can paint. I am thinking a sweet light blue maybe for the bike. It is navy now and I think it needs to be a lighter color for summer flowers.

      Have a great rest of the week end my friend. Hope your beautiful family is good especially the cute furry ones!!!! I love those outfits you made for the doggies. They looked so cute and happy to be dressed up. That was such a sweet post. Loved it.
      Kris

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  22. thanks for the wonderful pictures, kris--such a great show! your daughter is adorable:) (i'd LOVE one of those big gothic windows--amazing!)

    i'll be watching for your new bike--my next door neighbor has two in her yard. one is actually her mailbox holder and another is a planter:)

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      I am hoping to paint the bike today. I am just trying to decide on the color. I was thinking maybe a light blue. It is a navy color now and I think I want it to be softer and prettier in the color so if I ever get to putting summer flowers in her basket it will look cute.

      Sometime if you think of it snap a picture of your neighbors bikes and send it to me. I would love to see how that bike works for a mail box. Sounds adorable.

      You need a bike Lynn!!!! I know you would do such cute things with it!!!!! What is it about bikes?! Gotta love them.
      Kris

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  23. Kris, there is so much fun stuff I can't even pick a favorite! What a fantastic trip!! :)
    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan,
      We had such a great time. Tooo many treasures. I was on overload. So much Junk Love.

      It was crazy snow for the end of April but still we girls trucked through it all. No snow was stopping us!!!!
      Then we came home to the flooding and all the rain. What is going on with Spring everywhere!!!!! I think we are going to go right into summer. At least I hope we see summer someday soon!!!!!

      Hope your week end is going good. I am going to try and paint my bike today. The sun is out no rain and it is suppose to be somewhat milder so we will see. I just want to get to being able to put out flowers.

      You know the saying "April showers bring May flowers" I hope that happens. We sure have had the rain part this past week.
      Kris

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  24. OhEmGee...heaven!!! You lucky, lucky gal! Junk Bonanza never looked so good! Great pics!

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    1. It was so much fun. I wish I could have brought it all back!!!!!
      Kris

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  25. I had coffee in hand and feet up and thoroughly enjoyed the tour! You are so sweet for taking us along. It was a nice little mini vacation from the couch this morning. I'm pinning some of these. Loved that smaller church window. Amazing job everyone did. Hope you had a happy birthday! Sounds like you must have.
    Liz

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    1. Hello my friend. We had a blast. It was a great show and a fun trip. Back to reality now!!!!! We left the snow to come home to all the flooding. I did not have it as bad as my daughter and friend did. They got hit harder. All our sump pumps are working on overtime!!!!! What a crazy spring we are having. Enough already!!!!

      I know you have had the warmth of the sun. Ohhhhhh how I miss the sun and warm weather. Maybe someday we will see that here!!!!!

      Have a great week end. My birthday on Friday was great. We ate at Moe's on the way back for lunch and it was so much fun. My hubby had a cake for me at home and I got to share dinner with my little granddaughter for my birthday. Life is good.

      I wish I could say I had a great 25th birthday but it was 55!!!!! Oh well age happens!!!!

      Have a wonderful Sunday and great start to the week.
      Kris

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  26. Oh my gosh -- so much to see!! It looks like junk heaven!! All that oohing and ahhing keeps a girl warm. Thanks for taking us along!! :)

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    1. Hi Tracey,
      We had a great time despite the snow. It was so much fun. Did you see the cute sock monkeys!!!! I thought of you and Vickie with those cuties. Have a great week end. Hope to get outside today and paint my bike I found at the show.
      Kris

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  27. Dearest Kris,
    You have no idea how much you have lifted my spirits this morning with such a fun post. Thank you for all the lovely photos, I felt as though I had travelled with you. You girls all looked so pretty. I had a chance to purchase some white cowboy boots awhile back - now I really wished I had. Love the shutter planters, I might try and do something similar.
    *Hugs and smiles*

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  28. I can't believe you drove all the way to Zimmerman and I didn't get to meet you!!!! Aaargh! maybe next year.

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  29. Sounds like you had the best time!!!! Thanks for taking us along! I'm a new follower!!!

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  30. oh my, lots to look at...so many gorgeous things...thanks for sharing!

    enjoy *~*

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  31. Oh my...that show looks awesome!! Love all the chippy white goodness in your photos!! Sounds like you all at a great time. Can't wait to see what goodies you got.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  32. too fun post. loved it all!!!

    have a blessed week
    barb

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  33. Oh my goodness, so many fun and gorgeous things to look at! Thanks for sharing your fun trip with us!

    Jeanette

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  34. Wow! Where do I begin? LOVE the paper dress!!! Your daughter is absolutely adorable (she gets her good looks from her mom). I saw many things I would've bought - like those yellow vintage chairs. Love the cow at the diner! Looks like a fantastic trip!

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  35. I envy you getting to go to Junk Bonanza although I don't envy you the weather in the midwest right now. I love the church windows and I think I saw a column in one of the first photos. My next door neighbors have a tandem bike. Do you think they would notice if I painted it and put it in my yard?

    I also envy you the weekend with your daughter. My daughter lives in San Francisco and I don't see her often enough. I usually fly up for breakfast with her and back for dinner with Steve on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. This year I am spending the night. KC did say she thinks her apartment will be looking a lot cuter when I am retired and I can come up and do projects for her. She is a party girl right now so she doesn't have the time or money to decorate.

    I can't wait to see all your treasures in their new homes.

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  36. Wow! What a great trip! I'm so glad that y'all had a good time and that the weather didn't interfere! I kept reading other blogs about the snow and was keeping my fingers crossed. Hey, not much can interfere with a junk love trip, now can it? Wonderful items at the show! I can see why they all sold so quickly! Can't wait to see you new bike! Did you get anything else there? Looking forward to hearing about and seeing pic of your purchases, if you post them! Glad you're back! Hugs, Leena

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  37. What a fun trip. Thanks for taking so many photos to share with us. There was so much stuff I couldn't pick out a favorite - but probably those fantastic church windows. WOW

    Judy

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  38. Your photos were amazing! I went for the first time on Friday to Junk Bonanza and loved every minute. Eye candy galore! I wanted so many things!

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  39. Your photos were amazing! I enjoyed reliving the experience. I went for the first time Friday, driving through crappy roads for over 3 hours, and was just in total awe. It was a great experience. The vendors were very creative, talented, and friendly. There was so much awesome eye candy. I also came home with some good junk and have been talking about the experience. I'm wondering if I will ever get tired if talking about it (probably not).

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  40. such a good post! thanks for sharing all the pictures...i see so many things i am in love with!!! i may go in september again...
    glad you had a great time!

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  41. OH MY GOODNESS At all of the sweet goodness you have found and collected! Your treasure finds are "too go crazy for". I love all of these "all weathered, rustic, chippy goodness"!
    My home isn't in any of this decor...but I wish I had a room for it! It would look great in my sunroom or outdoor living room...maybe I need to change it up a bit...but I would never be able to find such awesome treasures like you have found! Your angel is an Angel..and that old church window you found shopping around was nothing less of an awesome treasure! I will just have to visit you more to get my fix! :))

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  42. Hello from a Vintage Parcel! Thank you for posting our booth sign in your blog! How fun to find it on Pinterest! Hope you had a wonderful time at Junk Bonanza! We sure did :)
    See you in the fall :)
    Jenni
    avintageparcel.etsy.com

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