Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hunt and Gather......

Since we have had such a mild winter (so far) here in Minnesota, John and I have spent the last two weekends exploring Minnesota. We usually spend winter weekends cross country snow and temps in the 50's have put a hold on that.

Here's a little view into my last two "Hunt & Gather" weekends.

New Years Day found us out exploring Hopkins. They have several great antique shops, and I tried to hit them all. Our first stop was Blake Antiques. This shop has been around for as long as I can remember.

I love visiting this shop, but don't usually find much for re-purposing. I did well this time!

They had a few religious medals, that wonderful old brass box chain and the brass and red rhinestone pendant. I already know how I'm going to use that!
The next stop was this cute little red brick shop...The owners name was Red! So cute.

I did not find anything here, but I will be back. The shop is cute and the owner is so nice.
This next shop is new. People were still setting up their booths.It's Antiques On Mainstreet.

Again, I went out empty handed. But It is a great shop, and I'm sure I'll find some goodies next time.

Last weekend we visited Becker and Monticello. Pedal In Antiques in Becker is charming
I found some wonderful European type antique skeleton keys. Love the one with the square top!

We also visited a newer (they are celebrating one year) shop in Monticello. Antiques Monticello was fantastic. The vendors were super nice! I hit the jackpot there and just about cleaned them out. At least the rosaries!

And....I just received this package of goodies in the mail from my favorite online vintage supplier.

Don't you love the Mona Lisa locket? The grape cluster pendant charms are wonderful! I am so excited to work with them.

Gotta go for's finally SNOWING here. A perfect winter day to create with my new stash!
I'll post my creations soon! :-)

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein


  1. Your jewelry is so pretty! I look forward to seeing what your make with your new finds.

  2. Such great finds and I love that post title - I love Hunting & Gathering! My basement would totaly agree!

    Happy Wednesday - Brandi
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  3. Oh, I love the search for interesting objects at antique shops, flea markets and second hand stores. Love the treasures you have found and can't wait to see what you're making with them. The new pieces you have added to your shop are amazing!