Monday, April 12, 2010

April at JB Knacker





April...we've made it through another tough winter but we're not quite to the balmy lazy days of summer. It's spring in Iowa and with that comes rain showers, mud...lots of mud, tulips & daffodils, track meets & prom, confirmations & first communions. It's also the beginning of garage sale season and the start of the occasional sales in the barns and sheds. Junk is more plentiful and repurposing becomes easier as the temperature outside allows us to sand and paint and refigure our finds.

April at JB Knacker is all of the above. We are a great place to be on a stormy overcast April day. Daffodils lean out of our old blue canning jars, and moms pop in between their kids' races at the nearby high school track. We have scarves, purses, pins, bracelets, gloves and anything that resembles proms gone by...even a few dresses, as well as great pieces 'n' parts to alter any outfit. JB is also a great place to find that unique faith filled gift for those loved ones receiving their First Holy Communion or Confirmation into the church...bibles, rosaries and religious relics to name a few. And if you can't wait until the weekend to get your fix on occasional sales, we're open during the week to fill that need of finding a great piece at an incredible price!

Wow...I sound like an ad. But I write what's in my head and what's happening in my life. I have to admit, I love a nice stormy rainy day occasionally. And I have been picking daffodils like crazy to place around the shop. Also heading to a lot of track meets to see my senior girl run the 3000 M. And having a good time helping that senior girl create a very cool prom dress from a pretty 1950's prom dress (actually, a good customer and artist friend helping on that front...pictures to come). We just celebrated my daughter, Julia's confirmation into the Catholic church yesterday. And I am just plain having fun incorporating a lot of new old pieces into vignettes around the shop. I sometimes have to remind myself it's o.k. to gather a pile of like-minded pieces together w/ no purpose as my customers like to create and imagine the possibilities for themselves.



Life is good.

Brenda

7 comments:

Melissa said...

Just stopped into the shop the other weekend and I love the moss bike, so cool! Picked up a few awesome finds, can't wait to come back for more! Take care!
Melissa

Kris said...

Love the family photo!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I love these photos...what a great place to spend some time...

Melissa said...

Hi again Brenda! I've nominated you on my blog for the Sunshine Award! Stop by sometime to claim it! Talk to you soon!
Melissa

Anita said...

It's way good...like a switch flipped on here! I am hitting the road, lady, for some shopping, so expect me when you least expect me! And send me an email bout those green drawers...my office may need them.

Old Crow Farm said...

Oh my do you have some yummy lookin junk in those pictures. I'm hoping to get up your way next week, but ya never know:) Have a great weekend!! Jordana

Linda said...

Brenda , what a nice photo of your "crew"! You are indeed blessed. Always love reading your latest blogs and keeping up with your shop. You are really good at what you do! Linda S