Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chalking and Dreaming

Can you tell my summer employee (my daughter) is bored an English and French major and loves daydreaming children's literature?  Actually, I love her doodling on the kitchen chalkboard on my dime...no, really, I do!  In fact, I am headed into the shop tonight after we close to do some doodling/dreaming myself about my hopes for the Junkin' in June event happening in just 3 1/2 weeks!

I want this one to be better than last year...and that will be a TALL order!  It was a blast last year...even though it poured rain for the morning and then became a sauna later in the day.  The vendors in the side yard of the shop went home a little soggy, but happy.  And my little vintage shop had its best day EVER!  Every barn, chicken shed and such on the route also had their BEST day ever!

So...how do we improve?  We put our heads together the other night over a little beer and burgers and made a few decisions: Every one of us on the route is really ramping-up what we do at our own venue (whether that be w/ awesome junk, styling, food, give-aways, extra vendors...it's up to that venue to be great!).  Maps ( will be plentiful at each stop so you can find your way to the next destination easily.  There are 15 of us on the route/jaunt/map...6 brick & mortars, 3 barns, 2 chicken sheds, 3 country sheds and 1 old livery building, and you have 2 whole days to discover each & every one! 


How can JB Knacker improve?  The shop will be filled w/ the best vintage I can find at really good prices!  We are introducing you to a farm fresh batch of new vendors in the side yard.  For a few, this is their first time showing...their first time to delight you w/ what they've found, created and repurposed.  For others, they have been doing shows for a little while and have fine-tuned their craft.  A breakfast bar will be located in the kitchen of the shop.  You can grab a good cup of coffee, juice, fruit and a muffin first thing in the morning and gab w/ fellow junkers.  The back shed WILL be open for this event and filled w/ great salvage.  And I will be enticing junkers back at the end of each day w/ a great drawing...need to be present to win...so worth it!  

Remember, leave a comment and you're automatically entered into a fun give-away (winner drawn on Friday, June 8th)!



S.A.R.A. (salvaged and rescued art) said...

Hoping to make it there! Miss you!!!

Heidi said...

We happily splashed through the puddles for last year's Junkin' in June event and it was worth every rain drop! The vendors were great and the wares were gorgeous!

Here's to a sweet and pleasantly sunny Junkin' in June 2012!

Valerie said...

Good luck with your Junkin' in June event. Sounds like so much fun! Discovered you via Anne Marie...I just love her!

BTW...I had to google Gilbert, IA b/c I had no idea where that was. I see that you are not that far from Ames and Des Moines. My husband is originally from Iowa and is a 3rd generation fire fighter. His dad was Chief of Urbandale for many years. My mother-in-love's side of the family is from the more west/central part of the state (Audubon).

Anyway, just wanted to stop by and say hello!