SHAKOPEE, Minn. — The Junk Bonanza returns to Canterbury Park (1100 Canterbury Road,
Shakopee, Minn.) Sept. 24-26 for its 10th year, reuniting shoppers and purveyors of vintage finds, quality antiques, architectural salvage and artisan-repurposed and upcycled goods.
More than 150 juried vendors showcase artful vignettes of castoff and repurposed treasures, predominantly 40 years or older or made from components of that age. The Junk Bonanza also includes a select group of artisanal handmade goods. A variety of dining options are also available.
Among special events at this show:
• Free tips and informational sessions on selecting castoff furniture pieces for reupholstery. Upholsterer Cynthia Bleskachek of Minneapolis' Blue Sky Galleries and The Funky Little Chair will offer sessions once daily on what to look for in potential reupholstery candidates, selecting fabric, tips and ideas for refurbishing.
• Free, hands-on workshops on specialty finishes using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. The sessions, taught by Amanda Ficek of Mama’s Happy, are free and held twice daily; attendees must register at the Annie Sloan booth the morning or afternoon of each session.
• Free demonstrations on using personal paint-spraying devices for your upcycling and refurbishing projects, taught by Wagner Spraytech; twice daily all three days.
• Book signings of The Jewelry Recipe Book (Artisan, April 2015) by Nancy Soriano. Signings of the book, which shows how to transform crafting materials and vintage items into one-of-a-kind pieces are 9-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Vendor Tamara Schafhauser of Sheer Addiction Jewelry designed multiple pieces for this book; she and Soriano will offer special jewelry deals with each book purchase.
• Multiple “Lucky Friday” giveaways each hour, all day Friday. Among them: $25 coupons from several generous donating vendors to be redeemed for merchandise during the Bonanza. Giveaways also include goods and services donated from partners and supporting businesses.
• An ongoing slideshow from Twin Cities historian Jess Zimmerman, whose popular blog, HistorybyZim.com, explores often-unheralded people and events in our state’s and nation’s histories.
• The on-site Ki Nassauer Shop curates junker-inspired clothing, home goods and jewelry in exclusive Ki Nassauer designs.
• Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, our Minnesota-based nonprofit partner, will staff a booth throughout the event to spread awareness of its work and thrift store outreach.
The Junk Bonanza is an indoor event; the show will go on despite rain or snow. Mark your calendars for the Bonanza’s shows in the Portland, Oregon, area, Oct. 9-11; San Diego, Feb. 19-20, 2016; and back at Canterbury Park for Spring, April 21-23.
Admission, available at the door, is $10 per day (cash and checks only). ATMs are available on site. Early Bird tickets, which can be ordered online for $25, are good for entry at 8 a.m. Thursday — two hours before shopping opens to general public — and may be used again for regular admission Friday and Saturday. Early Bird tickets cost $30 when purchased at the door; those purchases are cash or check; no credit card payments are available at the door.
Show hours are Thursday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is free and plentiful on adjacent lots.