Please accept my apologies....this post contains (gasp!) no pictures.....

Just wanted to post a quick update on the Junk Bonanza.

The doors opened yesterday for Early Birds at 8:00 am - there was such excitement from shoppers and vendors. As I said to someone, all the vendors really brought their "A" game to this year's Bonanza.

At 10:00 when the doors opened to general admission attendees, they estimated there were approximately 500 people waiting in the line to get in! Within minutes, the venue was packed!

I was so pleased to hear the wonderful comments about the table scape I had created. It made all the hard work, searching for the perfect elements worth it! I was also happy to bring attention to Arc's Value Village - the thrift store where I shopped. Arc reaches out to our help those in need in our community and their thrift stores support that effort. The best compliment I heard from a shopper with regards to my table is that it looked like an Anthropologie display - what a way to warm this Anthro fan's heart! Anthropologie was really my inspiration for the table, so I guess I succeeded.

The highlight of my day was meeting the exuberant Heather Bullard, the kind and warm Linda McDonald (of Restyled Home), the talented Matthew Mead and the wonderful Serena Thompson of the Farm Chicks. I expect you will be able to visit all their blogs soon to see wonderful pictures and writings about the Junk Bonanza. I don't think I ever saw Heather yesterday without her camera in her hand!

I also had the chance to meet Kristen Hollister. Does anyone know who she is? Kristen was the winner of the "Knock Knock it's Nate" contest that Oprah's home magazine did a few years ago. Kristen lives in Minneapolis and a friend of mine introduced me to her. I don't know about you, but the photos of Kristen's home that appeared in that magazine are in my inspiration notebook! It was fun to meet her and she was just so genuinely NICE.

I am heading back to the Bonanza for a short time today. I promise to do a more comprehensive post over the weekend, complete with lots of pictures!

Happy Friday everyone! (oh, and I did do some shopping, yes I did, and will show you my treasures too!)

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6 comments on "~~~~Junk~~~~~~"
  1. This will be when I schedule my minnesota trip next year! It sounds amazing~

  2. Glad to hear (and a *little* jealous) you're having so much fun! Can't wait to SEE more!

  3. Sounds like so much fun Jill! Can't wait to see photos! :) Nice work!!


  4. It sounds like a great time. I wish I could've been there, but I'll have to settle for seeing your pictures. I signed up to be a follower, so I won't miss it!

  5. It was so nice to meet you! What a beautiful day it was!
    :) Serena

  6. Jill,
    Thank you for your beautiful work styling the table at Junk Bonanza. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you. You inspire all of us to shop for treasures at Arc's Value Village!


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