Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July...bring it on!

Here at JB Knacker, we're looking forward to the good 'ol month of July!  We are open regular hours this Saturday, but will be closed on Monday, the 4th...and then back to our regular summer hours after that (Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm & Sat. 10am-3pm).

After Junkin in June last Saturday, I have been a little bit of a chest cold.  But getting a little run down was never so worth it!  The crowds were amazing even in the rain...they never stopped coming.  The flea market vendors did a superb job w/ really wonderful stuff and display...thank you all!  And I have heard wonderful comments from the occasional sales and shops that were on the route..."best day we ever had"..."it was amazing"...and one gal just shook her head and smiled in disbelief!  So thank you customers for sharing this day w/ us.  Is there another in the works for this year?...stay tuned...maybe October'ish?!!  Oh...I forgot to say congratulations to the winners of our junk survival kits...Shelley and Miccia. 

In the meantime, we are gathering and sprucing up all of the empty spots in the shop.  We have a very pretty Queen Anne style table and 4 caned back chairs coming in by Saturday.  New old concrete in the form of a cute bird bath and big tulip shaped urn will be in soon.  The best old cabinet cards and lace will be in the shop by tomorrow.  More cute metal lockers in blue and white...coming soon.  Fun ornate mirrors just leaning up against my hickory tree at home will be in shop tomorrow as well.  And best of all, my mom and sister and I are going on a little road trip tomorrow to gather more finds (hope I feel better)!

JB Knacker will be host to the 2nd flea market of the summer in the side yard of the shop on Saturday, July 23rd from 10am-3pm (the later start gives our vendors that come from a little farther away a fighting chance to get the booth set and ready to go).  Many of the same vendors as last Saturday will be here as well as several new ones!  That day is in conjunction w/ a "shop hop" going on between the towns of Huxley, Nevada, Story City and good old Gilbert!  Also a car and tractor show will be happening on Gilbert Main Street that day...lots of good old fashioned fun!  That's the news for now...have a wonderful 4th of July!
                                                                                                            ~ Brenda

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Junkin in June drawings at JB Knacker

OK, pretty sure prop styling is not my thing.  But I promised a sneak peak at the junker's survival kit.  This kit includes: a vintage locker basket, a vintage apron, a vintage canning jar filled w/ flowers, cool beverages and sweet treats, a vintage measuring tape, a fresh-off-the-press junkin t-shirt (actually, they're at the screen printer as we speak), a fresh decorating/junking magazine and 2 tickets to the Junk Bonanza in September ~ a $70 value!

Because I am "flying" from here to there getting things prepared for Saturday, I forgot to photograph the tickets in the basket...but you will get them!  And best of all, we will be drawing for 2 of these baskets!!  All you have to do is be present at JB Knacker by 2:30pm for the first drawing and 3:00pm for the 2nd drawing...and yes, your name can be in for both drawings (well, unless you won the first one).

 Good luck and can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Junkin in June

Saturday, June 25th is 1 week away and central Iowa has a treat for the locals and those of you who want to travel a bit further...because this day will be worth it!  I think a tentative title for the day has been Junkin in June...but all of us involved are so dang busy getting our shops, barns, sheds, chicken coops and carriage houses spit well as our vintage wares polished and positioned...well a formal name has really never surfaced.  But for the sake of all being on the same page (and are we ever), Junkin in June it shall be!   And what is Junkin in June?  It's a day filled w/ free breakfast, great deals, a flea market, drawings for great Junk Bonanza (awesome junk venue held in Sept. in Minnesota) prizes, 7 occasional sales, and a shop grand opening all in central Iowa.


JB Knacker is rolling in lots of vintage goodness right now.  We're also perking up the shop in certain the kitchen and the by the time June 25th rolls around, you will hardly recognize the place (in a good way!).  We will also be host to a flea market in our side yard w/ so far 9 talented vendors: Mama Peacock, Vintage #35, Cheryl Tomlison Designs, a photography booth, a vintage clothing booth, Wanda's wonderful baked goods, macrame art/jewelry booth by Mary, ephemera and 50's kitchenware booth by Lara and a booth by Smilin Moon Designs.

 I like to think JB Knacker is "ground zero" for this fun day...we open doors at 8am w/ 20% off the entire shop.  We offer a light breakfast of muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  A wonderful flea market of talented vendors (see above) will be in the side yard.  We will have maps to all of the great occasional sales in the area and a couple of fun shops (one having its grand opening) and then we lure you back at 2pm w/ ice cream and 2 big drawings we think of as junker's survival kits (they each incl. 2 free tickets to the Junk Bonanza plus so much more).  You must be present to win.  Stay tuned and check back as I will have a picture of said survival kit in the next few days.

The following shops will be open on this day and would love to have you stop in!

JB Knacker in Gilbert: 123 Main St, Gilbert, IA 50105…(515)233-2600 *Join The Breakfast Club at 8am and enjoy a free light breakfast, 20% off entire shop, flea market in side yard and from 2-3pm come back for Junk Bonanza drawings (everything you’ll need to have a successful junkin trip to the Bonanza including the tickets!)  & ice cream ~5 miles north of Ames on Hwy 69, west at Gilbert Casey’s corner to Main St

One Man’s Junk in Ames: 114 Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010… (515)-233-5865 ~on the east corner of intersection of Duff Ave & Lincolnway in Ames

Sheldahl Crossing in Slater: 408 Main St, Slater, IA 50244…(515)228-3060 *Grand Opening of vintage shop that also has coffee/ baked goods…open 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday ~Hwy 69 south, turn right onto 210W or just take Dakota Ave south out of Ames and keep going ‘til you hit Slater

The following occasional sales are on the tour and have been waiting for this day to throw open their doors and welcome you!

Dakota Junktion in north Ames: 2222 North Dakota Ave, Ames, IA 50014…(515)450-6920     Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm ~turn north off of Lincolnway in Ames at Dakota Ave, over railroad tracks and first curve in road…look for sign or out of Gilbert on George Washington Carver, west on Cameron School Road, south on North Dakota Ave

Once Was in Boone: 325 Linn St, Boone, IA 50036…(515)238-3795
Saturday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm & Sun: 10:00 am-4:00 pm ~into Boone from Hwy 30, turn north onto Story, turn east on Mamie Eisenhower, right on Linn or follow the signs from the Junk Refunkery

 Junk Refunkery in rural Boone: 1759 205th St, Boone, IA 50036…(515) 230-6140        Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm & Sunday10:00am- 4:00pm ~turn west off of Hwy 17 onto 205th St & follow the signs

Red Barn Rustics in rural Boone: 2007 205th St, Boone, IA  50036…(515)432-8421        Saturday: 9am-4pm ~ again on 205th St, just go east from Junk Refunkery or from Hwy 30 going west, turn north on gravel road just past the United School building and go to 205th St, turn east & look for sign

Bittersweet ‘n Berries in rural Boone: 140th St, Boone, IA 50036…(515)432-7577              Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm ~north on Hwy 17 to 140th; east 1 ½ miles…look for signs

Barntiques in Nevada: 2000 5th St, Nevada, IA 50201…(515)382-2380                             Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm ~Either take Hwy 30 into Nevada or old Hwy 30/Lincolnway into Nevada…Kay’s barn is located in the NW corner of Nevada…just find 5th St and follow it that direction ~ Kay will be handing out fun old key's w/ metal'll just have to go to get the details on this fun give-away!

Sweet Annies in rural Elkhart: 2438 NE 142nd Ave, Elkhart, IA 50073…(515)367-3042      Saturday: 8:00am-3:00pm ~this chicken coop can be found by taking Hwy 69 to Alleman corner, turn east and look for signs or take I35 to Elkhart exit, go west and look for signs

**Actual maps and written directions available at most sales and shops

**Note that both Once Was and Junk Refunkery are also open on Sunday, June 26th

**Just ask at any of the sales for more directions or to be pointed in the right direction and thank you for joining us on this day

Thursday, June 2, 2011


lovely old bottles and canning jars and coffee jars...lots of fun old glass for you to choose from

Ephemera...we got it!

This little bird bath sold, but we have 2 more chunky white ones left

St Frances statue still available

The Garden Party is behind us now, but was a gooood one!  The weather held...was a bit cloudy...just reminded me of a summer morning tending the garden before the sun breaks through.  Thanks to all of you that made it out.  I appreciate your support and your word-of-mouth advertising you do for the shop.  And a big thanks to my shop girls...Sarah, Ambrianna, Lizzie, Clare, Joy and Kate...for helping get everything done.  Also, thank you Jane for these wonderful pictures you took during the party!

The fun never ends at a small brick 'n mortar shop...we've extended our hours this summer!  Some shops condense hours in the summer, but not old JB Knacker...bring it on!  The summer hours are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm ~ almost double our regular hours!  We have projects we want to tackle and vintage we need to get out, so we are working doubly hard to bring you the best stuff!

OK, Blogger isn't letting me load any more pictures right now, so I will get to my last item of business for this post...The Breakfast Club is just 23 days away...Saturday, June 25th from 8am-3pm!!  This is one of the best days of the year at JB Knacker!  We open the old doors early at 8am, serve you a light breakfast, have 20% off the whole shop and have a flea market of wonderful artists and junkers in the side yard.  If that's not enough, we send you on your way w/ a map to 6 plus occasional sales in the area (barns, chicken coops and carriage houses).'s that good.  So, start planning your day'll need a van, truck or even trailer if you are super serious! More to come on this...oh, so much more!