I have the privilege of living in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis Minnesota, less than an hours drive where a wonderful event is taking place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
That event is called "Junk Bonanza", an amazing gathering of vendors displaying and selling their antique wares and handcrafted items. My friend and I spent the morning wondering through the building and checking out all of the different booths where an amazing assortment of goodies was just waiting to be found.
We discovered several booths where the dealers were selling beautiful jewelry, including chains and charms that could be purchased separately and then the dealers would put them together for you using their tools of the trade.
I bought for myself what they referred to as a bubble charm which has both a front and back bubble piece in which is enclosed a graphic script with my initial "K' in black. Each size of the charm has a different type of script. I also purchased the chain as well and had it turned into a necklace.
This is one side of the charm...
And this is the other side ....
The charm itself is about the size of a quarter in diameter and I'd say approximately half an inch in depth. It will be fun now for me to search for small little charms that can be added to the necklace.
Another item I purchased what this pretty little altered bottle. The crocheted doily is not new. This I already had. I just used it as the background in this case.
I also found some vintage and maybe not so vintage paper packs that I someday hope to use in creating altered art pieces.
I'm terrible aren't I? I keep saying someday for all the crafting things I want to try and do. I'm hoping that come winter when I'm stuck indoors, that I'll finally be able to focus more and put some of my words and thoughts into action and get creating for real instead of just dreaming and talking about it.
I saw so many other wonderful things at the Junk Bonanza that I would have loved to have purchased, but sadly, a few of those things would have eaten my spending money up in to time at all. After I got home today though, I kept thinking that maybe I should go back again tomorrow and see if I can find a few more treasures to bring home, using my already allotted Junk Bonanza spending money that I didn't spend today. While I loved having my friend with me today as we shopped together, each of us has very different tastes in the things we like to collect and our styles of decorating, so I felt a bit guilty lingering in booths and over tables that had items that appealed to me and not so much to her. Because of that, I went through them a bit more quickly than I would have liked so as not to bore her. I definitely find that I am more of a lone shopper when it comes to my antiquing and treasure hunting. I like to be able to take my time lingering over all the items I wish to pursue and not have to worry about another person. Being able to go again, just by myself next time, would give me more time to look at more of the kinds of things I like.
Guess I'll have to think about it tonight and decide if I should go again tommorow, all by myself this time.
Would you go again if you had the chance?