Thursday, March 25, 2010

Open Market news & other shop ramblings

Do you really want to hear that I forgot my camera again? I didn't think so. So no whining...just the facts. JB Knacker was hopping last week...especially Wednesday...a fun place to be. Rumors always get going when I have a big Penske moving truck pull up in front of the old shop. Out of that truck hopped Sara and Jane from up know the gals w/ the great occasional sales in Carver, Minnesota . Well, they had been on a great expedition pretending to be like the American Picker guys (probably way better at it, though) and had filled that truck 3/4 full of funky junk...chair carcasses, galvanized stuff...oh, it was good stuff. Of coarse they said they could tell me where they had been, but then they would have to kill me - you know how that goes.

I eagerly invited them into the old shop even though they were being secretive...heck, they still had a 1/4 of that truck to fill (and I could see more room if one went up). I had Miss Cecilia, my 19month old "associate" on this day.

We had fun! We talked, we laughed, we complained, we chased Cecilia, we lost Cecilia, we found Cecilia. I am proud to say, that I helped those girls fill that truck, and I think helped them to lose any child-bearing longings and desires.

Shop girl Tawnya arrived just in time for Cecilia and I to wish the Minnesotans good luck, try one more time to get them to reveal their new hot junking spot (no luck) and then head to our next destination...violin lessons. Yes, I must be present during my 7 yr old's lessons so I can "help" her practice at home. James (the musician) does not yet realize this old dog isn't retaining much...oh, he's a great teacher, but thank goodness Gretchen is a quick learner...for my part, I appear knowledgeable of what he is saying and nod a lot. I was a little preoccupied w/ going through the lists in my head as to what I needed to get from home for the soldered charm workshop that would be happening that evening at the shop.

On to the workshop I hustled. Tawnya had made the best cupcakes ever for the participants, cherry and Oreo cookie cupcakes...she is going to have the best cupcake emporium ever (I will do a post on that soon)!! It was a good night. These gals were quick learners and dived right in! The soldered charms were all different sizes and styles. We also tried our hand at stamping metal for their embellishment I said, these gals were talented! So a big thanks goes out to Becky and Jenny from Cedar Falls, Ann from Greenfield, Ginny and Anna from Ames, Andi from Ames and Marcia and Anna from Ames (I know... a lot of Anna's this night)...and of coarse, Penny our resident solder queen, who makes it all possible!

The rest of the week settled a bit from Wednesday, but just a bit, as the shop moves through junk at a quick clip. We are gearing up for our next workshop at the end of the month (April 29th) ~ Button Bracelet workshop led by local artist, Mari'l Moses. Call the shop for more information. This is a new workshop for us. We have been having a ball w/ all of our old buttons...sorting them into glass jam jars, making button bouquets out of, why not beautiful bracelets. This workshop is only $35.00, and I can see it becoming a favorite!

May will bring w/ it the start of Tuesday Night Markets in Gilbert. Every Tuesday night from 4-7pm May through October is a chance for all of you budding entrepreneurs to get your feet wet and come sell your wares at the Market. It only costs $5.00 per night to set up a small booth in front of JB Knacker (or the side yard) or Left Bank Studio. JB Knacker will also be hosting "Open Craft Night" inside the shop from 6-8pm on every Tuesday night. This allows creative types to have a place to sit and work on projects w/ other like-minded crafters. There is no fee, just come & create. All-in-all, we are hoping to create a bit of community on Tuesday evenings in Gilbert. As always, the Open Flame is serving their $1.50 burgers that night. Call the shop or email me w/ any questions about Tuesday Night Market or Open Craft Night.

Thanks for reading the ramblings of 40-something shop keeper. Hope to see you soon (just in...old trellis, wire shopping carts, old shutters, more ironstone...)!

~ Brenda

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I'm Ready Now

I secretly desire to be organized. I pretend I'm really ok with my procrastinating ways. Truth be told, I need to pace myself much better.

Take for instance, JB Knacker's Spring Fling Celebration held last weekend. Tawnya and I worked all evening before the opening painting, cleaning and just plain "whooshing" the shop into a different look. I then sent her home as she had yummy cupcakes to whip up for the next day, and I continued on into the wee morning hours. My husband was sweet enough to "volunteer" his time to help from 9pm until he was just too grumpy. For some reason this year, I followed him home...not to sleep, oh no,no,no...just to shower and freshen up a bit.

I returned very early in the morning hours before the doors were to be opened for the celebration. I kept saying to myself, "Come on Brenda...a little can do it!" And yet, there was still piles of junk and pretties on the floor as the customers arrived. So much stuff still needed to be tagged (truly, my Achilles heel).

All I can say is... these people who shop JB Knacker are the BEST! They are flexible, laugh easily and down-to-earth!! And they somehow put up w/ my deviant ways. Now, I am not saying there is no need to improve, that they will always put up w/ me, and I can just coast from here on out. Their carefree attitude inspires me to be better. I am going to start to work on my procrastination problem tomorrow...I love Mondays just for that reason!!

Seriously, I want to thank all of those beautiful people that make staying up all night sooooo worth it! You came out on a cloudy, rainy weekend to celebrate the beginning of spring with us. I loved the chatting, the kids playing (parents chasing the kids)and the catching up on all the happenings. Thank you for your support and all of the nice comments.

I love this job ~ Brenda

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring Fever

"And when you've got it, you want ~ oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" ~ Mark Twain

Spring Fever Celebration

Saturday, March 6th 10am - 5pm & Sunday, March 7th noon - 4pm

Can't wait to see you this weekend!! We are whipping the store around w/ all things spring! Garden will be big as will primitives and architectural salvage. Fresh furniture pieces, lovely trinkets & ephemera will be nestled into vignettes JB Knacker style. Join us this Saturday & Sunday for our Spring Fever Celebration and partake in yummy treats, beverages and loads of inspiration all weekend!