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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 - (27 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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The Farm Chicks!!

June 8th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Junking Journey - (18 Comments)

The first weekend in June is the annual Farm Chicks Antique Show.  What a great weekend!!  My husband Tom and I hit the road early Friday morning with our friends Barb, Michael, Marcelle and Blair.  We planned to meet my sister Tanya (from The Vintage Verandah) in Spokane, as she was travelling from Cochrane Alberta.  We were all so excited for a weekend away and were anticipating what treasures we would find!!

The drive to Spokane is a little long but definitely a pretty one.  The day started out cloudy, but the closer we got the brighter the sky got…sunshine to match our happy moods!!

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We could tell we were getting close….I mean where else would a pink vintage camper be heading!!!

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Yah!!  My sister made it to Spokane too!! Safe travels for us all.

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After checking into the hotels we found a family run Mexican restaurant to have dinner at.  Over some delicious  food and some margaritas, we planned out our morning strategy!  For those of you who have never been to a market like The Farm Chicks, I must tell you that the junking world is a crazy one!! LOL! But in a good way!  Everyone is happy and eager to get their hands on that treasure they have been wishing to find!!  But with that excitement also comes a line up!!  And we figured that if we have travelled 8 hours to get here, we are going to be at the front of the line!!

So here was the game plan….Tom and Barb were willing to take the early shift, so they headed down there at 4:30am!!  Tanya and I followed at 5:45…with the mandatory stop at Starbucks of course!!  Michael, Marcelle and Blair followed at 7am, with a second round of Starbucks shortly after!!  What you have to do to keep yourself going!! LOL!!  Our plan worked!! We were first in line !!

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Ok…so now you think we are a little crazy for being there so early…but check out the line up!!  If you look really closely in the second picture you can see on the left side (through the chain fence) the line up wraps around the corner!!

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First through the doors!!!  Do we look like we are on a mission or what?!

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But the early morning was worth it, we had a fantastic first day of shopping.  We met some wonderful vendors and had so much fun looking through all the booths.

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Here are Billy and Pat, my favorite vendors!!  I visit them every year…how can you not love these ladies!!

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Day 2….We didn’t have to line up as early, and we were happy about that because it was a cool, rainy morning.  Inside many vendors re-stocked their booths, so it was just as much fun to shop on Sunday!!  After spending a couple hours shopping, it was time to load the uhaul.  SAM_0416

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Back at home Tom and I spent the day organizing the garage so we could load in all the finds!!  The garage is full and I am so excited to get started on my projects!!!  Thanks honey for giving up your garage for me!!!

Did you go to Farm Chicks this year, or in previous years??  Did you love it??  What did you find??  Maybe you have found a market that you love to go to…I would love to hear all about it!!

HAPPY JUNKING!!

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Oregon Junking Journey!!

March 4th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

A few weeks ago I went on my first junking trip of the year….and it was a fun one!!  I convinced my friend Eileen to take a road trip with me to Hillsboro, Oregon for the Junk Salvation Market.  Eileen has never been to a market (other than The Olde Farmhouse Market where she sets up The Runway Cafe and provides all the vendors and shoppers with delicious food!!)  so she was more than willing to come along and see what kind of a junking world I live for!!  She was not sure what to expect, however, I did bribe her with the possibility of having time to hit the outlets in Oregon!! (no tax!!!)

So…off we went in my hubby’s big truck, with lots of room for treasures!!  Music of our choice (no kids music on this trip!! LOL!), tea breaks when ever we wanted and the sunshine and warmer weather of Oregon waiting for us!!

We left Friday morning around 8am and we arrived at our hotel in Hillsboro around 3:30pm.  It was a great drive, and I don’t think we stopped talking the whole way!!  After checking into the hotel, we hit the Costco (that was conveniently located on the way to the market) and the Starbucks and then went to get in line for Junk Salvation!!!

The Funky Junk Sisters had this vintage camper and bonfire set up outside the entrance.  Very cool!  The market was open  to early bird ticket purchasers on Friday from 6pm to 9pm so we made sure we were there by 5:30 to get a good spot in line!

And the market was definately worth the drive!!  There were so many great vendors, with some really unique pieces.  Everything from furniture, collectables, jewelry, to handmade, you name it…they had it!! 

Saturday morning we were lined up and ready for day two!!  We had just as much fun looking through all the booths a second time…finding somethings we over looked the evening before.  After spending the morning shopping, it was time to load the truck!!  And oops!! I may have forgotten to mention to Eileen that we have to haul out all our own purchases!!! But we were a good team and after many trips  we managed to fit it all in the truck!!

We finished the day off with some lunch and of course….. a trip to THE OUTLETS!!   After a great day of shopping for old and new,  we ended the evening with a nice dinner.  Sunday morning arrived and we were both appreciating our little girls weekend away, but were also happy to be heading back home to our families!!

 

 

 

This was just the first of many trips this year, and I hope that all of them will be just as much fun!!  Maybe you will find some time to head out on a junking journey of your own…I’d love to hear all about it!!!

Cheers!!

Leah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Trip To 2nd Saturdayz

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by Leah in Junking Journey | Vintage Market - (1 Comments)

Leah and Tom hit the road on another junking adventure, this time to 2nd Saturdayz. 

So many great vintage items and all the vendors were so happy and helpful!

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Next time you are heading to the Seattle area, make sure it’s the second Saturday of the month!! This market is definately worth the trip!  

Has anyone been on a junking journey that we should check out?  If you haven’t, you need to start!! :)

Happy Junking

Leah & Barb

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