September is going to be a wild ride! The shop has turned to an autumn look w/ metal, wood, burlap and mums. Halloween will creep into the shop around the middle of September while I am away at the Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN. Not necessarily the Halloween of your childhood, but more of a grownup old world, potions and hexes sort of Halloween...think chandeliers, candelabras and ravens. The Junk Bonanza begins Thursday, Sept. 15th...early bird entry at 8am and continues through Sat., Sept 17th! The JB Knacker booth is coming together nicely (in my head, that is) w/ a very quirky yet functional natural history theme w/ pops of color. The shop will be held down by paper artist, Lara Gustafson. Lara loves Halloween...so between twirling the upstairs of the shop into a devilish nature, you may find her working on her ever popular Halloween cards and tags. JB Knacker will also have a nice surprise for those of you who pop into the shop during those days that I am working my booth at the Junk Bonanza!
JB Knacker's last Main Street Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24th from 8am - 3pm...note the early start! We will have a light breakfast buffet of donuts, muffins, fruit, juice & coffee, everything in the shop will be 20% off and plenty of vendors in the side yard of the shop peddling their wares. And our vendors have been good...whether you're looking for vintage, metal, funky jewelry or fall embellishments...we've got it! We will also have maps to all of the area barn, chicken shed and carriage house sales (so far 7)!! And will lure you back to the shop at 3ish w/ something really fun...stay tuned!
This day is also our little town's Harvest Festival. It's a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest, enter the pie baking contest and reunite w/ old friends. JB Knacker will be on the historical society's tour...a hay rack ride around town w/ stops at historic buildings. Tales will be spun about the days when Doc barbered/cut hair in the front room of the shop and his wife, Helen sorted the mail. Or back a little further when the old shop was Bush and Gerstein Music Store in the early 1900's...and maybe a few spooky tales as well - fun!
That will wrap up the special events in September, but I also have to give you a quick glimpse of the fun to come in October. JB Knacker is reviving the Halloween Party. Some of you die-hards may remember Julie and I throwing a Halloween Bash back in 2007 ~ a costume party no less. Well, this year, the old shop will be having another spooky night on Friday, October 7th from 6:30 - 8:30ish pm. Local artist Steve Hosch will be on hand w/ a shrine of his spooky assemblage pieces and day of the dead masks, treats & tricks will be served and everything you need to celebrate in style this season will be on hand for you to peruse...think beakers, test tubes, candelabras, refunked spooky portraits and so much more! A fun evening indeed!