Junk Bonanza Buys

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Ironstone55 Comments

Oh man, oh man!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve spent the last day and a half at Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, MN and I am pooped!  It was so much fun, though, and such a great event.  I took lots of pictures and I’ll tell you all about it next week.

Today, though, I’ll just share the things that I bought.  I couldn’t be around all of those amazing antiques and not buy anything!

I know this will come as a huge shock to everyone who knows me even a little bit, but I bought some ironstone.  I found three pitchers, including this large one with a pretty handle and fluting…

…and two milk pitchers.  Milk pitchers are one of my favorite things, so I pick them up if ever I find them at a good price.  The pitcher above was $65 and the milk pitchers were $30/each.

I also bought a little metal nail box.  I like these for art supplies and making small palettes.  This one was $5.00.

And, one of my favorite finds was this little house, an advertisement for Minnesota Building & Loan Association…

First of all, what a cute little house and just my colors!  (It looks black in the photos, but the roof is a dark blue.)  Second, I loved the slogan “Save for a home”.  As a Dave Ramsey fan and someone who has become passionate about saving and paying cash for things, I love this message.  It’s not one you see coming from banks or builders or other retailers.  The message you hear in this day and age is “buy now, pay later”.

I’m putting it in the letter sorter in my studio.  It’s a good reminder to work hard, save money, and patiently plod towards long-term goals one dollar at a time.

My other favorite purchase was a Selina Vaughan Studios bag.  I’m sort of a bag junkie and these are so well made.  Every hook and grommet and leather strap is sturdy and top notch.  And, of course, I loved this one, because of the antique blue, white, and green feed sack.  At $170, it was my biggest splurge, but I will use this bag six ways from Sunday and for many years.

I did buy one more thing for the guest room, but I’ll share that in another post.

I haven’t found “my spots” for antiquing in this area, yet, so it was nice to hunt for treasures again.  I have been missing some of my old antique haunts in PA lately.  I need to “get out more” in Minnesota, though, to find my new honey holes in my new home state…

Junk Bonanza Buys

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55 Comments on “Junk Bonanza Buys”

  1. I hate to sound crazy, but what exactly is ironstone? I mean how can I tell what I am looking for? I love all your pieces and would really like to start collecting, but I just don’t know what I’m looking for.

    1. It’s not a crazy question at all! It’s a specific kind of stoneware dishes. Just search “Ironstone 101” on my blog and you can learn all about it.

  2. That little house is so, so sweet! I would have grabbed that in a heartbeat myself. And as a lover of all things ironstone, love the milk pitchers. I always feel like I’ve won the lottery when I find one that is in my price range!!

  3. Oh, that house bank is absolutely fantastic!!! With the perfect slogan. My daughter has been saving for a house since she was 10 years old, every cent. She’s 22 now and it won’t be long until she can make her dream come true!

    1. Nope, that wasn’t a typo and I was happy to pay that price. Those milk pitchers are generally between $15-50, depending on the dealer. Would you believe the cracked one was my favorite of the two?

  4. Oh I spent some wonderful time at Junk Bananza and watched you work on a Cabinet..
    we were enjoying ourselves and there you were in your darling apron working away!!
    My guilty pleasure is a three hour car trip,one way, and three hours at the show!!! So fun to just be around the creative people! Now the next big gun thing is Oranoco Goldrush!! Middle weekend in August!!

    1. Yep, I’ll be going to that, too! So nice to meet so many sweet people yesterday. It’s always a highlight to go to events like that.

  5. Welcome to Minnesota! I saw you at Junk Bonanza yesterday and that led me to your website. When you get a chance to catch your breath you might want to check out antiques in Stillwater and North St. Paul (a city separate from St. Paul, BTW.) Happy hunting!

  6. What beautiful finds!
    LOVE the ‘house bank’!!!!! That one hit home with me big time.
    We are in the throes of trying to find a house to buy…. finding a house in our budget, being reasonable, living within our means and paying 60%+ cash down…. unheard of these days… mannnnn that whole ‘have it ALL now pay later’ thing. We’ve went round and round with banks/lenders/real estate people who push us with ‘but you COULD just take out a longer bigger mortgage’. So frustrating. We are sticking to our plan.

    Anyway love ironstone! I just bought a big bowl and platter to add to my collection.
    Really dig the bag too!

    One of my nearest and dearests lives in Detroit Lakes, MN good folks in MN !

    1. TracieC I hear you. A bank once told us we could borrow a half million (before too big to fail) which we could never have repaid at that time. I told them I didn’t want to do business with a bank that would loan me that much money!

  7. Swooning over all of your finds! Love the little house, but really, really covet those milk pitchers. Woot!!

  8. Amelia has given you the intelligence info you need to advance your search for new honey holes, Marian. Once you find those, you really will be “at home” in Minnesota.

    FWIW, I’ve found my best sources for great thrift stores while shopping at other stores. I was scanning the racks at Good Will years ago, when a guy came up to me and said, “You’re entirely too happy.” I hadn’t realized it, but I was humming a tune. It makes sense, though. I am happy when shopping a good junk store.

    Turns out, he was a dealer looking for stock. He was so amused by my cheerfulness, he told me about a store nearby that he shops at. I have since found major, major steals there. It’s still a best-kept secret in Houston.

    At that same Good Will, a cashier I had gotten to know told me about a Good Will clearance center nearby. I’ve had some of my most memorably fun shopping adventures there.

    Go for it, Marian. I know you’ll find some places that are every bit as good as the ones you went to in Pa.

    Like everyone else, I love that little house you found, especially the architecture. It was thoughtfully made. Your comment about the outdated saying from a lender was lol funny.

  9. Oh but that ironstone!!! And yes I love that house with the slogan, perfect! And the bag, you’ll carry everything you need in that. So glad you got to go to this sale, and yes find some great spots to shop regularly. Not much around Richmond, I’m still planning to stop at Luckett’s this summer on my way up to NE Pennsylvania to visit cousins again. I drove right past it last summer and I was like, oh my gosh I want to go there, but the reasonable half of my brain said you don’t have time you need to get home! This summer, I will make time and even around Gettysburg to the places you shared with us when you moved. Can’t wait to see what else you got at the sale.

    1. Mary,
      That’s funny because I live in the Richmond area and we always plan our trip to visit my sister in law and family who live in NE PA when Lucketts is going on so that we can stop on our way up. If you have never stopped at Antique MarketPlace in Lemoyne, PA (Harrisburg) you should. Its not far off I-81 and not too difficult to find. Its a pretty good size place with lots of dealers so give yourself some time.

      1. How exciting, I’ll definitely put it on my list of places to stop. What part of NE PA is your family? Mine are near Lake Wallenpaupeck!

  10. The little bank is just adorable! The ironstone pitcher is gorgeous and I couldn’t have turned that bag away either…it’s to die for! Great finds!

  11. I couldn’t resist saving the photo of your house bank to use in a future painting! Just precious!
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  12. What is the difference between stoneware and pottery that is a cream color? Is it all stoneware? Thanks, so enjoy everything you do.

  13. I just thoroughly enjoy following your posts. My style is so different from yours but that doesn’t matter. You seem like such a wonderful person who sees joy in everything. There is no negativity in your posts. Keep on being wonderful. You bring a lot of us happiness.

  14. I knew an elderly lady in our village who had an old timey car and someone made a bank out of it for her and she would save quarters for a new car. I remember she used to drive typical old lady cars.
    Anyway, I bought it the estate sale after she died.

  15. I’m curious on the size of the milk pitchers, having a hard time judging the height in the photos. Are they a foot tall (roughly) or more like 5 inches tall? LOVE that little house. I agree, the more chippy, crazed or primitive something is , the more I like it.

  16. Will you have a booth at the Oranoco Goldrush or just be shopping?

    And my favorite Dave Ramsey saying: Live like no one else so you can LIVE like no one else. 🙂 It’s a good thing to tell yourself when your friends are going to Cancun every late winter without you. And now guess what? My husband and I are both retired and going on the KLOVE cruise in January. 😁 😁 😁 #worththewait

  17. Mrs. McGregors family nail box was a great find and of course the little house. I am a fan of Dave Ramsey. Have a great weekend and enjoy.

  18. Great finds, Marian! Love those little milk pitchers! Have a wonderful week-end. Blessings!

  19. I’m LOVING that little house bank, especially because I’ve been looking at real estate lately and of course finding NOTHING I can afford because I’m in southern California and don’t want to spend literally a million dollars on a home, nor do I have hundreds of thousands to use as a down payment and all the other costs that go along with purchasing a home. It’s actually so incredibly demoralizing, I’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s just not worth hoping for anymore. I’d need a house bank the size of … well … A HOUSE so I could save enough to buy here!

    That bag is really really nice, looks like it would hold everything and the kitchen sink! I’ve got some old seed bags and old sugar bags I should make something out of, maybe a cute tote is the way to go.

    Lastly, looks like your being spammed by “Autistic Guy” up-thread. His post is not really appropriate for a site like this, especially since he’s requesting donations in bitcoin. Sounds totaaaaaally legit, right? LOL!

  20. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time, but as a WV teacher with the added burden of a serious illness, I’m someone who is just “plodding along” and certainly not living up to the “Dave Ramsey way”. This type of commentary is something I don’t need in my life. Of course, this is your blog and you are free to say anything you choose, just as I am free to remove myself from this situation. I wish you well and sincerely thank you for the inspiration I’ve received in the past.

  21. Morgan, if you read Marian’s comments you will realize she is saying she is “plodding along” also. She makes smart financial decisions so she is able to plan and save for her family’s future. Furthermore anyone can live “the Dave Ramsey way” no matter your income level. Its all about smart spending and saving and living below your means and unless you live in complete poverty you can do this. So unless you are going to the library to use the computer and biking to work you have ways of cutting costs and spending wisely. Marian is in no way talking down to anyone she is only speaking from experience and stating facts in a very non offensive way. I have had contact with Marian several times from selling her accessories when I was downsizing my collection, getting trim she was using at a better price, to casual comments on her blog and she has always been kind and taken time for me. Nothing about my interactions have indicated she thought she was any different than anyone else. She is just regular people like you and me just blessed to be able to do what she does.
    I also have serious health issues and I am blessed to be able to make the very best of my good days and take care of myself on the not so good days. Either way I am blessed to have what I have and don’t hate on anyone for having more or better than me.

    1. Liz, you are much nicer than me. I just can’t imagine how anyone could possibly take offense about such an innocuous post. It is just beyond me.

  22. Marian,
    These are my favorite type of posts! I have always enjoyed when you post about your finds and your honey holes. I use to enjoy seeing all your great finds when you lived in PA and now in your new home in MN. I must tell you I do miss seeing your posts around this time of year as you prepared for Lucketts and all the goodies you would be bringing. I know it must seem a little strange to you not to be there this year.

  23. As a native Minnesotan residing in central Indiana, I adore the house! Also dealing with some serious ironstone envy. 🙂 I’ve been collecting for 20ish years and pitchers grab my eye, too. I’ve been inspired by the way you display your dishes, and if you were to wander through my home, you would recognize a vignette or two. I also collect old linens, so there’s that in common! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  24. That first pitcher is gorgeous! And I agree– that little house savings bank is precious. I’m a Dave Ramsey fan as well and appreciate his message of living like no one else so later you can live like no one else 🙂 Great finds–glad you could enjoy some junkin’

  25. Love the finds and I am lusting over that BAG!!! I’ve always been fond of milk pitchers and I especially like the cracked one. I took a pottery class in college and it gave me such a newfound appreciation for anything like that. I’ve yet to find something that appeals to me to collect it. People always ask me “what do you collect? What’s your ‘thing’?” Sadly, I don’t have one. I am drawn to milk glass though. Milk glass, milk pitchers, milk paint… possibly a theme here? Lol thanks for sharing your finds. They’ve inspired me to be on the lookout for my true collectible love. 🙂

  26. Love your treasures! I noticed the marmalade on jar in the picture where you placed “the house”. My first came from your dad stall at Luckett’s last Spring. I hope just bought my 3rd last Sunday at a shop in Port Orchard, WA. Your fans had a wonderful treat meeting you at Junk Bonanza as I did withy niece at Lucketts..
    BTW my MMSMP in Aviary arrived today from Katie @Silk and Sage. Great service and can’t wait to start painting!

  27. Fellow Dave fan here 🙂 As soon as I saw the little house I thought about Dave Ramsey and how rare saving up for a house is these days. Then I read your commentary…cool! I love hearing about other people’s financial journeys.

  28. I have two Selina Vaughan bags and I just love them! I get so many comments when I use them, I’m always giving people the link to her Etsy shop!

  29. Just moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin and missing my favorite antique stores. There are nice antique stores in downtown Elk River, MN and Rogers, MN. But the best are in Buffalo, MN. Great little town with great little shops and occasional sales, and the red barn antique shop on the east side (don’t remember the name). Also two lakes – beautiful little town.

  30. Hi Marian,
    When you get a bit more adventurous, you might want to take a little road trip to Blue Earth, MN. There are adorable shops there, the infamous 60′ high Jolly Green Giant statue (your kids would enjoy), and a for-real outdoor drive-in restaurant (“The Cedar Inn”—the burgers are fantastic). It’s a pretty town to poke around in, and Hwy 169 goes right through it. If you wanted to continue on up hwy 169N, there are antique stores located in Mankato (and lots else to see and do in Mankato), St. Peter, and Henderson—all on Hwy 169. Hwy 14 goes through Mankato, so that would be an easy trek back to Rochester again. There are lots of quirky antiques shops also in Jordan, Carver, Chaska, and scattered elsewhere around southern Minnesota. It’s beautiful driving in the summer months!

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