Monday, June 2, 2014

Junkin in June ~ Friday-Sunday, June 27th - 29th



JB Knacker is a great place to be during Junkin in June.  What is Junkin in June?  Well, it's central Iowa's summer junk jaunt.  This year there are 19 venues on the jaunt...barns, sheds, coops, a flea market & vintage shops.  The towns of Ames, Gilbert, Story City, Jewell and Boone are in this year's jaunt and lots of country-side in between!  My shop is host to about 12-15 vendors out in my side yard...really good vintage vendors!  Hot coffee & cinnamon rolls will be available in the am and walking tacos and beverages in the afternoon. PIXI is the cutest shop located right smack dab next to JB Knacker...think beautiful hand made jewelry, the best candles around, Cavallini paper & products...just the cutest little things...hence, the name PIXI!  PIXI wil be hosting several vendors out & around her shop as well.  And Stella's on Main down the street from us will also be host to some true-blue antique vendors you won't want to miss.

JB Knacker has already started to evolve and get decorated to the hilt for Junkin in June.   For daily updates...go to my Facebook page.  You can also go to the Central Iowa Junk Jaunt Facebook page to get information.




 Our goal is to have the best vintage at the best prices around!  Can't wait for this event!!  In the meantime, JB Knacker is open every weekend: Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 10-5pm & Sunday 11-4pm. 
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                 Brenda 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Summer Kick-off Party at JB Knacker

JB Knacker has been humming along through this colder than normal spring.  And just as the lilacs and lily-of-the-valley are blooming, Memorial Day weekend is here!  We've been noticing pops of color in the shop as well...finding it harder to paint furniture pieces white or even gray lately.  Coral, turquoise, yellow and vibrant green sneaking in here and there. 
I haven't done an event at the shop that was just about my shop for a long time.  It's been a nice trend in these parts to gather w/ like-minded shops and do a shop-hop or a junk jaunt or whatever you want to call it.  I love those, too. But lately, I've been noticing that so much of the vintage inventory heading out of the shop is for events: weddings, showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversary parties...you name the event, JB Knacker has been supplying the WOW factor!
So myself and Mary from Twice the Story (a very talented paper artist), are reworking not only the layout of the shop, but each piece that is in the shop.  Sometimes vintage inventory comes in so fast & furious the best I can do is just put it out.  Well, I want to take the time to style it...put it in the exact right location...maybe even change the color of the piece...or just change the texture a bit.  Maybe do the ultimate in repurposing...which isn't changing the piece in any way, just using it differently...same piece, different function.  
Join us next Thursday evening, May 29th from 6-8:30pm at JB Knacker for a Kick-off to Summer Lemonade Party!  There will be sweet treats...think cupcakes and pink lemonade and a whole bunch of ideas to get your heart pumping for your next party.  Your event is an extension of your style & how you love to decorate.  Simple, elegant, whimsical, functional, unique and affordable...and nobody wants to have to stash this stuff after the party is over!  Mary and I will show you how you can decorate your home and your special event w/ the same vintage pieces.  Pieces that you use in day-to-day living become Wow factors at your party.  Your blanket storage trunk becomes a charming vessel to load up w/ shower gifts as the guests are arriving, your glass punch cups that kids use occasionally when they're "eating fancy" become party favors planted w/ succulents and moss, pull those fancy plates off the wall and glue 'em to a candlestick for a DIY cakeplate, wrap a present in a vintage gingham tablecloth & embellish w/ a cloth flower off an old hat...the list goes on & on.  




 
 Mary is going to work her magic w/ paper to show you how a few pages of a book become the focal point of the party...large paper flowers, pin wheels, smaller flowers on a stick, paper banners & flower garlands to name a few.
We are excited to showcase the power behind seemingly ordinary vintage pieces...we think you'll be surprised!
                                                                   
                                                                              Brenda and Mary

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Big Thaw

Central Iowa began thawing out this past weekend...it hit the high 60's yesterday!  But it's March in Iowa, which means any type of weather is possible...heck, that could apply to April as well.  We start to get excited about no coats, garage sales and letting the chickens out of the coop for fresh air a bit more!  I'm just going to post a few pictures around the shop...give you an idea of what's inspiring to me lately (or at the very least, what I am finding affordable while out junkin').  Have a great week!












Monday, February 3, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chocolate, Wine & a Little Valentine

 
JB Knacker's Chocolate, Wine & a Little Valentine event is this Saturday, the 25th of January from 10am-5pm!  The shop will have a fresh new rustic romantic look going on.  All sorts of new old pieces are being found, cleaned and tagged for this event...and I'm very excited to be adding several lines of local hand made goods...Zee & Co. candles & melts, Lisa Souers heart charm necklaces, the BEST glycerin soaps ever and so much more!  We'll be serving wine in the afternoon and chocolate all day long!  Hope you can make it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

JB Knacker at The Lucky Star Market!

JB Knacker will be at the Lucky Star Holiday Market this Saturday, Dec. 7th at Prairie Moon Winery just a few minutes south of Gilbert.  Our shop in Gilbert will also be open regular hours on Saturday (10-5pm) and we encourage you to shop both!  







Sunday, November 3, 2013

JB Knacker Christmas Bash


Join us for a Christmas Bash this Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7th-10th.  Thursday evening will be our twinkly lights and a little wine evening from 6-9pm.  It might even feel a bit like Christmas outside minus the snow!  Inside, the shop will be twinkly, warm and festive.  We would love to have you stop by on Thursday evening and/or join us on Friday for more merriment from 10-5pm and again on Saturday from 10-5pm.  We will wrap up our Christmas Bash weekend on Sunday from 11-4pm.  


I remember 8 yrs ago...the shop had just opened, and we had decided we would not put Christmas out until December.  We were tired of Christmas being put out in stores too early!  Well, we learned a lesson about retail that year and a lesson about time management as well.  No, Christmas should not be put out in September...but, November is OK.  And it makes it much easier on the shop owner if said shop owner paces herself and leaves time for being festive at home w/ friends and family.


 I am excited for tomorrow at the shop...Christmas music blaring, sipping hot tea & whipping the shop into the Christmas I've had dancing around in my head far too long!  I've gathered and gathered and now it's time to display!  I have the troops coming in Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday morning to lend a helping hand...but tomorrow, I need the shop all to myself.  Can't wait to dig in!  And hope you can join us any or all of this coming weekend for JB Knacker's Christmas Bash!!
                                              Brenda