...just ONE junk bonanza post....

Oh, the pressure I felt this morning....

knowing that I must write this blog post...

describing all the fun and energy that WAS the Junk Bonanza 2010...

then, I opened my camera and said, "sh**", I did not take many pictures!

So, may I suggest that you head to the Junk Bonanza blog and see the post I did over there, using the beautiful pictures taken by Junk Bonanza photographer Traci VanWechel. THEN you can look on the sidebar of the Junk Bonanza blog and click away on the links of the MANY, MANY bloggers who took far more pictures than yours truly and wrote lovely thoughts about their junking experience!

The reason that I did not take many pictures is that I was workin' my butt off! {that's my story and I am stickin' to it}. I styled a menswear inspired tablescape with purchases exclusively from Arc's Value Village, a local thrift store. A drawing to win the table-top was held and the lucky Bonanza shopper was announced on Saturday.

I helped with a Bonanza promotion on Friday called "Lucky Friday" - we drew winners every 20 minutes or so for gift certificates for specific booth spaces - so fun!

THEN, the best part of the weekend for me happened on Saturday.....I got to 'assist' the amazing and talented {and super sweet} Heather Bullard with a shoot for the upcoming issue of Flea Market Style magazine! Can you say DREAM.COME.TRUE? Amazing.

Yes, I also was able to meet some celebs {get ready for some serious name dropping here}....Layla Palmer from The Lettered Cottage was as sweet as can be, I can't wait to see where her talent takes her. Serena Thompson, my favorite Farm Chick was also on hand shopping the Bonanza. Friends from my Farm Chicks shopping excursions, Celeste {owner of the fabulous Chaps and giver of the best hugs!} and Lisa Souers {extraordinary jewelry designer} were also there!

My table!

Sure, there was lots of great vintage treasures to be had. And yes, I did my share of purchasing! But for me, it was such a pleasure and honor to be in the company of creative people who share my love of fluffing and primping my nest with the unusual, the crusty, the chippy, the quirky.... These are MY kind of people and they come in all shapes and sizes, ages, from the country, from the city {some all the way from Australia}. It's the JUNK that binds us and isn't that fantastic!

This is me {looking as tired as I felt} with fellow Minnesota bloggers, Becky from Farmgirl Paints and Suzanne from Privet & Holly. Can you believe this was the first time I met them "in real life"! Both of them were so nice and sweet as can be!

The Junk Bonanza really has the some of the most fun, friendly and talented vendors. Pictured above are two of my favorites, Pam Curry of Pam's Picks and Jane Hall of Mustard Moon.

I hosted an evening get together for bloggers and vendors - it was so fun!

Pictured above are bloggers Tracey from French Larkspur, Mary from Urban Farmgirl, Traci from Traci Thorson photography, Becky, Suzanne, yours truly, Amy from Whisperwood Cottage, Beth Quinn from Beth Quinn Designs and Jen from Sanctuary Arts.

The weekend was exhilarating and exhausting all in one - I felt so lucky to be a part of such an awesome event. I had the opportunity to have a front row seat to all that I admired and dreamed of being a part of. I have Ki Nassauer to thank for allowing me to play a small part in her multiple endeavors! Besides being super creative with loads of energy, she is one of the kindest and most decent people I have ever met.

For those of you who could not be there, there is always next year!

11 comments on "...just ONE junk bonanza post...."
  1. Loved your table! I too had a great time at the Bonanza. I saw you running around on Friday but didn't want to interupt. Glad to hear your party went great too. Can't wait for next year!

  2. What a great time you must have had....what i love about this post is that I could read your humor that I know...what a great time you must have had, and I must make it up there!!!

  3. what a wonderful weekend it was. i am sure your saturday was a dream!! it's so fun reliving it with all the photos, but it makes me sad that it is over and went so fast. i'll just have to wait for next year!!

  4. I just came to your blog from Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - what fun you all had!! Love your blog - is going on my favorite list!!


  5. Sounds like a wonderfut time Jill even if you were working your booty off and what a fun time and honor to work with Heather, she is just the sweetest!! Everyone looks like they had a great time!! now show us what you got!!! :)

  6. My goodness,
    I almost missed
    this! YOU are
    one very talented,
    creative and kind
    I hope this sale
    is just the beginning
    of amazing things
    for you....And I
    can't wait for
    next year!!
    xx Suzanne

  7. It was so fun meeting you Jill!
    What an amazing event!
    Would love to set up a booth there next year!

    Layla :-)

  8. It was all so much fun, I'm sad it's over. Can't wait till next year.

  9. Both Junk Bonanza and your blogger party sound like they were pretty great...I knew I should've came :)

  10. hi Jill! it was such a pleasure meeting you at the JB and the blogger party, so glad i got to come !!!
    what a great time at the bonanza i had and it looks like it was amazing for you too !!

  11. It was tons of fun getting together with everyone! I loved meeting my long time blog friends in person. Thanks for making it possible, Jill! :)



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