Oh, I have so much to tell you about....
First, the reason I have been a bit distracted from my blogging.
Have you heard of the Junk Bonanza? Junk Bonanza is a fabulous juried flea market here in Minnesota. Junk Bonanza's founder is the one and only Ki Nassauer, former contributor to Country Home magazine and co-author of Junk Market Style.
Ki was really the pioneer in the whole "junking" business. She literally made JUNK cool! Repurposing, shopping thrift and flea markets and occasional sales all became a part of the junking movement! This is a picture of the wonderful Ki!
If you read this blog, you know I have only been a resident of the great state of Minnesota for a relatively short time. However, I have been a fan of Ki Nassauer for a long time. I faithfully read her column in Country Home and even own her book. I knew she was from Minnesota so I was thrilled last year when I was able to go to the Junk Bonanza.
Recently, I had the opporutunity to meet with Ki and talk about the Junk Bonanza and her new magazine ventures.
Because I haven't quite figured out what I want to be when I grow up, I also talked to Ki about some of my interests, particularly in styling homes, vintage treasure hunting and all things related....
Long story short. One of our local thrift store will be at the Junk Bonanza promoting thrift store shopping for vintage wares. As part of their promotion, I have been chosen to be the Junk Bonanza's "Thrifty Mom" and have been challenged to style a table scape with items purchased from Arc Value Village Thrift store!
If you are so inclined - think about coming to Minnesota September 17-19 for the Junk Bonanza - it is a wonderful show. Teri and Serena (The Farm Chicks) will be there, signing copies of their new book, as will Mathew Mead (also a former Country Home contributor)....plus yours truly.
It has been a kick and a real honor to even "work" with Ki. Stay tuned for more details......
Oh, and I met the talented Kim from Mimi Charmante today at the Gold Rush Days Antiques Show in Oronoco, Minnesota - SO FUN - more on that later too!