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A few months ago, my sister Tanya,  from The Vintage Verandah, called me up and asked if I wanted to go on a Junking road trip.  My first reaction was of course …YES!!

A little history here…we grew up on the prairies, in a small town north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Today, I live in Maple Ridge, BC and my wonderful sister lives one province over in Cochrane, Alberta.  So when she mentioned a road trip, my first thought was maybe we would meet in the middle and go on the hunt for treasures.  Then I thought, maybe she wants to head back to the prairies….a perfect place for us to find some farmhouse treasures.  But no…she had somewhere else in mind!!  “Let’s go to Junk Bonanza in Minneapolis, Minnesota!!!”  she said.  Well, that’s not far at all!! LOL!!  I don’t shy away from a good old road trip, so before I even considered how long it would take us, I said “buy us those early bird tickets!!”

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Here are a couple maps to give you an idea of where we went.

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My husband, our two kids and I went from BC to Manitoba and my sister and her husband went from AB to Manitoba.  I left Tom and the kids at his parents house and I hopped in the truck with my sister and brother in law.  We headed 8hrs south to Shakopee, Minnesota…the home of Junk Bonanza!

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We had a great time exploring a new market.  Junk Bonanza had about 150 vendors and is hosted by Ki Nassauer, the editor of Flea Market Style Magazine.  Our first day was Thursday, and we had early bird tickets, which got us in 2 hours early and a shopping bag.  Our anticipation was building….we couldn’t wait to see what was inside!!

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Doors opened and off we went.  Kids in a candy store I tell ya!!!  Here are some pictures of some booths, to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

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Check out these cute carts that the ladies behind us in the line up made!!  They added bling, and cup holders!!  Super cute…

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Something new to me was actually taking a mid-day break, to have an afternoon ‘beverage’.  Minnesota loves it’s Bloody Mary’s and beer!!  They opened the stand first thing in the morning!  We found a comfy stool and enjoyed sitting and chatting about our finds, favorite booths and gathering some energy to haul out everything we bought!!   Thank goodness for the buffet of snacks on my sister’s drink!! A pick me up snack!!

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Day two was just as exciting as the first!!  Vendors added new items to their booths, and it was fun going around and visiting with them again.

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By the end of the second day, we had a trailer full of fantastic treasures and tired bodies!!

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On Saturday we headed back to Manitoba, where my family anxiously waited for me to arrive.  I spent the next few days hanging out with the family and  visiting with some of the friends that I grew up with.  It had been 5 years since I had been “home”, so it was fun taking a tour of the 3 houses that I grew up in, showing the kids my old schools, taking them tobogganing on my old sledding hill, eating at the restaurants that I used to visit.  It was a trip down memory lane, and I had to keep reminding myself how long it has been since I lived there.  It seems like only yesterday.  Flashbacks of walking home from school with my friends, back to our homes where we would spend the rest of the day playing a neighbourhood game of hide and seek.  Driving the “main street” where I took my drivers test….I am not even going to think about how long ago that was!! LOL!!  We even drove up the lane of the last house I lived in with my parents, and I snuck a quick picture.

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  I didn’t have the nerve to go to the door and say….”could I please come into your house and look around”….It didn’t quite seem like the right thing to do!! LOL!!

There is something to be said about life long friends… friends whom you have pictures of at every birthday party you ever had!!  Starting kindergarten together and graduating high school with, celebrating milestones with and finally seeing them being  parents… and their children playing with my own.  Nothing beats those kinds of friends.  Where you can sit down at their kitchen table and share a cup of tea and stories from past and present.  Like no time has past since the last time you were together.  I am grateful to have these friends in my life, and to have the wonderful memories of growing up with them.  I can only wish the same for my children, that they will know true friendship like I have.

I guess that is part of the reason that I love hunting for old treasures.  Everything has a story, and I get nostalgic thinking about who it was that used an item that I just bought.  I love hearing the stories from vendors, when they know the history of a particular item.  I think the majority of the wonderful people that I have met through The Olde Farmhouse feel the same way.  All the vendors that gather together to put on The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market are amazing, wonderful individuals and we have all connected through the love of everything old!  Excitement builds for the vendors as the date of the market approaches….not only to meet all the wonderful shoppers and help them to find what they are looking for…but also because we truly enjoy being with each other and developing a wonderful friendship within the vintage community.   New friends in an old world…..that is something special and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have met so many wonderful friends through the markets.   I am so excited that this year we will have some new friends to welcome into The Olde Farmhouse family.

 I can’t wait for June 14th…and whether you are a newbie or a return shopper, I look forward to seeing you there!!  So we can all surround ourselves with a little bit of history and wonderful friends.

Happy Junking!!!

Leah

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Bring on the JUNKING!!

January 13th, 2014 | Posted by Leah in Announcement | Vintage Market - (8 Comments)

2014 Market Dates!!!

I am so excited to announce the 2014 dates for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market!! 

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  Mark your calendars and get ready for some fantastic days of JUNKING!!

Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, November 15th

9am-4pm at The Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, BC

There will be over 50 vendors with treasures that are one of a kind.  Everything from vintage, farmhouse, antiques, jewelry, handmade, re-finished, re-purposed, shabby chic, household collectibles….the list goes on!!

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 The past 3 Olde Farmhouse markets have proven to be days filled with fun, friends and fabulous finds.  All the vendors do such an amazing job of creating their own little shops, just for you!!

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Applications for the June 14th, 2014 market will begin on January 27th and will end on February 14th.

All vendors will be notified by February 19th.

Applications for the November 15th market will begin June 23rd and will end on July 11th.  All vendors will be notified by July 16th.

Please use the application form under the Vendor category  to submit your information.  Space is limited…so don’t delay!!

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Whether you are a vendor or a shopper, you don’t want to miss The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Markets in 2014!!

I can’t wait to see you on June 14th and November 15th!!

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Happy Junking!! 

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Market Day!!

October 6th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market took place last Saturday and I hope you were one of the many people who braved the rain and came out for it!!!  What a spectacular day, full of fantastic vendors with booths packed full of treasures!!  The excitement started early, with the shoppers who weren’t afraid of the rain!!  Armed with umbrellas they were lined up nice and early to be one of the first to get in the doors!!

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It didn’t take long for the barns to fill up with smiling, happy shoppers!!

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Were you one of the 150 shoppers to grab a re-usable shopping bag?  A big thanks to Suzanne from UsedVancouver.com for providing us with them and for all her social media coverage!!  https://www.facebook.com/UsedVancouver?fref=ts  The next time you are looking for a used item, be sure to check out http://www.usedvancouver.com/!!!

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If you are thinking of heading out on a pumpkin hunt, be sure to go and visit The Laity Pumpkin Patch!! ( http://www.laitypumpkinpatch.com/)  Heather, from Laity Farms was so kind to lend us some beautiful and festive pumpkins and gourds for our décor.

I would also love to give a big thank you to Rentata, at Grow & Gather !!  ( https://www.facebook.com/growgather)  Renata, once again lent us beautiful flowers for décor, as well as supplied us with bales of hay.  If you are thinking of gardening, or filling your home with plants or flowers, make sure you pop over and have a visit with Rentata and her friendly staff!  They will be sure to help you out!

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Both barns and the covered picnic area were filled with wonderful vendors!!  I can not begin to explain what a hard working bunch of people these are!!  Set up began on Friday, and they didn’t stop!!  The time and effort they put into their booths to create their own little shops were amazing…and I know that all their hard work paid off!  The end result…a very busy day filled with so many wonderful shoppers!!

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The crowd parted to make way for this little sweetie!  She was so excited to push her baby doll around in her newly acquired vintage carriage!!

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I would love for you to visit my Facebook page to see all the wonderful pictures from the day…there are just too many to post on the blog!!  Pop on over and check out The Olde Farmhouse Fall Vintage Market photo album…maybe you will see one of the treasures that you took home!!

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I want to thank all the wonderful shoppers that came out to support all of The Olde Farmhouse vendors.  You were a fantastic bunch and we all enjoyed meeting you and we sure hope that you found what you were Junking for!!!

I would love to see your new treasure in your home!!  I welcome you to send me a picture so I can share it with all of The Olde Farmhouse friends!!

Until next time…HAPPY JUNKING!!!

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The Countdown is On!!

September 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Junking Journey | Vintage Market - (2 Comments)

 It is only a few days until THE OLDE FARMHOUSE VINTAGE MARKET!!!

I thought it would be a good idea to suggest some helpful tips for market day!  This may be your very first market or perhaps you are a market hopper…either way you need to be prepared for a fun day of JUNKING!!!

1.  Load up your family and friends!!  There is something for everyone at the market…and it’s always fun to shop with someone!!

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2.  For all of you early birds…dress in layers! These spring days can start out chilly!  Let’s hope for sunshine…but I know the junker’s mind….rain or shine you are coming for the treasures!!

3.  A large enough vehicle so you don’t have to leave a treasure or friend behind!!

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4.  A measuring tape to make sure your item is a perfect fit!

5.  Re-usable shopping bags or a cart.  You need your hands free to shop (or to hold your morning coffee) !!

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6.  CASH!!  Most vendors are cash sales only.  However, some vendors are now able to accept a credit card.

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There will be an ATM on site in Barn #1 in case you need it!!

The Runway Café will once again be on site to help keep you going!!  They will be serving a variety of snacks and lunches &  hot and cold beverages.  Save your appetites so you have room for some of Eileen’s delicious food!!

For all of you non-shoppers, there is a covered picnic table area with some activities to pass the time while your loved one shops till they drop!!

Parking…it’s free and there is lots of it!!!  There will be some wonderful volunteers out there helping you to find a parking spot.  There is also an overflow parking lot at the corner of 105th Ave and Lougheed Hwy.  Just watch for the signs!!

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So… Are you ready??

I am so excited to see you all at the market!!  It is going to be a wonderful day of JUNKING!!

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Valley Girls Vintage Market and Red Door Farm held their vintage sales this past Saturday.  What a lovely day!!  My daughter and I headed out from Maple Ridge in time to be there for the 10:00 opening…..ok, so we got there before 10, I admit I love being first in line!!  Rain was forecasted but it turned out to be a beautiful day to visit all these wonderful vendors!!  Our first stop was the Valley Girls Vintage Market.  Frances, from  The Nostalgic Nest hosted the market in her gorgeous backyard.  It was a perfect setting for it!   Everyone was so cheery, and all the vendors had wonderful treasures ready and waiting for shoppers to arrive.

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Here is Joanna from Cottage Kisses (http://www.etsy.com/shop/CottageKisses) .  Nothing but smiles from this wonderful lady!!  Maybe  you saw the picture I posted on Facebook a short while ago, about my new green “frog” for my desk, well that was from Joanna!  I noticed she had another one similar to it at this market. I wonder if someone scooped it up??

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Ken & Lisa from The Rustic Gate (http://www.facebook.com/TheRusticGate)  had a beautiful selection of furniture…I am loving the white and teal combination!

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Colleen from Sweet Mangarae (https://www.facebook.com/SweetMangarae)  had a beautiful collection of items!

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Isn’t that the cutest little owl??

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Janice, from Jan’s Vintalicious  (https://www.facebook.com/JansVintaliciousCollectibles?ref=ts&fref=ts) had a booth full of fantastic vintage items.  My daughter was eyeing up the two beautiful sewing baskets that Jan had just found.

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Jeanne, from Salvage Style (http://www.salvagestyle.net/)  had her wonderful collection of vintage magnets, notepads, jewelry and cards!  You could spend a lot of time standing and looking at all the different pictures on these items.  So much fun!!

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She also had a table full of goodies…I love the large spool!!

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And some old airplane parts!!  How cool is that?

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It was so wonderful to see Tracey, from Raggy Girl Vintage(https://www.facebook.com/pages/raggygirlvintage/162066930536644) She always has beautiful items and she is just so lovely to talk with.

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Loved that door and the window frames!!

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Here is a closer look at the door…and check out the color of that bucket!!!

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This is one of Frances’ favorite finds!!  She could have sold it many times throughout the years, but she is not going to part with it!! Can’t you just picture some little boy playing with that truck??  What a great color too!!

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Allison and I were ready to re-do her bedroom when we saw all these gorgeous pieces that Frances, from  The Nostalgic Nest (https://www.facebook.com/NostalgicNest)  had done!  The bed, the lights, the nightstands, the dresser, the trunks, agh!!!  We loved it all!!!

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This is the most beautiful table and chair…notice how the back of the table folds down?

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Goodies, and more goodies for your kitchen!!

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I love this belted coat!  Very classy!!

Well after shopping and chatting with everyone here, Allison and I headed off down the street to Red Door Farm!! ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Door-Farm/164637970235532?ref=hl)  We had to go and visit with Cheryl and see what we could find!!

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Walking along the path to the cottage there were lots of goodies to grab along the way!!

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Yummy!!

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Yellow bowls…my favorite!!!

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Cheryl has a beautiful collection of pillows and blankets inside her cozy cottage.

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I would love to just sit at this table and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that she has created.

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I love that green metal box, and look at that old cooler!!  That would be fun to use on the patio to keep drinks cold!!

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Allison couldn’t leave without this darling little bag made by Cheryl.  There is even lace on it that was her grandmother’s!!  Allison also found a vintage book on Friendship, full of cute poems that she is looking forward to sharing with her friends.  I am tickled pink that she is into the “Vintage World” !!

Well hopefully you had a chance to make it out to these sales and do a little shopping of your own….but if not you will have a chance to see many of these wonderful vendors in September at The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market!!!  (https://www.facebook.com/events/148745518651654/?ref=22)

Thank you everyone for a wonderful Saturday filled with treasures and good company!!!

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