Not just repurposing, but BEING repurposed......" if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come." ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Monday, September 21, 2009

MI to MN -- Day 3

Day 3 was devoted to all things junk!

We arrived at the Junk Bonanza shortly after it opened. But I was TOTALLY overwhelmed. I had NEVER beheld such a glorious array of junk before. So the first couple hours we spent kind of wandering and just taking it all in. Then it was time for the blog party.

Ki Nassauer, the host of the Junk Bonanza and the owner of the Junk Revolution website, pardnered up with Matthew Meade to host a blog party. They are also partnering up in creating a new magazine, Flea Market Style, set to premiere in the spring.

Not sure who each of these guests is, but at one end of the table is Jo Packham (editor of Where Women Create magazine) and at the other is Nancy Soriano (former editor of Country Living magazine). Also in attendance where many bloggers -- some I even knew!

Ki did a great job in hosting the party, just like she did a great job of hosting the Bonanza! She thoughtfully included some giveaways. We had to put our entrie slips in, what else, but a piece of junk.

Woo Hoo! I won a tote! I love it!

I know, I know! What you really want is to see the junk! Well, I tried my best to take photos, but most didn't turn out. I think I was just so worked up everything came out kinda fuzzy. But I do have a few here to share. I wanted to give credit for the booths, but I lost track in the excitement of everything. So if you know a booth, let me know and I'll name names.

This booth with the cool boat shelf belongs to Itsy Bits and Pieces, run by the mother/daughter team of of Linda and Liana. They shared the booth with Kris of Cottage Dreams.

I believe this is part of MimiToria and Cottage Elements' booth, but not sure just which person.

I think this belongs to Don from Iowa, a salvager friend of Sue's (keep reading).

Then I had the great fortune to be invited to the house of Sue Whitney, junker guru and owner of the Junk Market Style website.

Of course her house was GORGEOUS. She greeted each guest personally (with her doggie Lily).
Then she treated us to a tour of her house. Again most of my pictures didn't turn out, I think I spent most of the day in overwhelmed mode.
But here are a few passable photos....

Her house was just like viewing one of her books! What a cool experience! There was about 20 of us, and we were actually celebrating Sue's birthday. But Sue graciously provided us with a fine meal of homemade chili -- delicious! The best part of the night of course was all the people I met. Many there I had only met through the computer. The others I had never met at all! But what an awesome group of junkers! The whole thing was such an awesome, surreal experience. Maybe someday I'll have a chance to do it again. There are still some junkers out there I'm waiting to meet!
I'll just include day 4 here because the next day, we got up, packed up, and headed back to Michigan. It was a long but uneventful day and we arrived back home about 11:00 that night. It's good to be home -- but what an awesome trip it was!


TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

What a fantastic experience! It looks like you had a wonderful time!


Cottage Elements said...

Noreen, thanks so much for joining us! It was so much fun and you are truly a delight. Here's to you, girl!


red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh - how FUN FUN FUN for you!!! I'm living vicariously through your stories!!!

I'm so excited for you!!!

junkdreams said...

Wow Noreen....(I apologize for calling you Midge all this time)...what an experience and how envious I am of you. So glad you got to participate in all this fun.
Happy day!

The Whistle Stop said...

Sorry, I didn't get to meet you! The Bonanza was overwhelming and I didn't get a chance to mingle and chat much myself. It was a good show and we are signed up to go again next year. Hope to meet you then.
Laurie :)

rosemst2t said...

Wow! Lucky you. Thanks for showing us what it was like!
I'm green with envy ;)

Kathy said...

Midge - I'm loving your pics and story about your trip to MN - how awesome - Junk Bonanza looks like big fun.

And, of course spending time with Sue and company is a blast!! Her home is so welcoming!

I know the feeling...overwhelming - but in a very good way, right?

Hey, also wanted to let you know that you've been awarded the "Honest Scrap Award" for all your hard work in our junking world, so when you have time, stop by my blog and get the scoop!

Hugs, Kathy

Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Thanks for featuring our booth in your blog! We are the second photo with the boat shelf with the lunch-dinner sign. My daughter Liana and I partner as Itsy Bits and Pieces and we shared the booth with our friend Kris of Cottage Dreams. It was our second year and we had SUCH a great time! We're already signed up for next year! Hope to meet you then! Linda