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Monday, April 5, 2010

"April at the French Flea"

Many of you that follow my blog regularly and are aware that I sell my jewelry redesigns in a shop locally here in Minnesota called "the French Flea".  It is an occasional style store, which means we are only open occasionally.  In our case, we are open four (yes 4 days) days a month.  We've chosen the 2nd Thursday - Sunday of each month to consistently be open.  Our shop is a group of creative women that each have our own unique gifts and thus the combined talents of all of these wonderful women makes the shop what it is.  We are a French inspired shop that sells all re purposed, redesigned, repainted, refurbished and unique one-of-a-kind finds.  Thus, I'm going to link this blog post up for the "Thrifty Tuesday" event, since everything in the shop is truly a thrifty find and treasure.  Enjoy the post.
All of these previous photos are of the other vendors items.  They have great furniture, accessories, lighting, etc.  Notice the fabulous newly designed "Flea Bag" on the manequinn, which has recently been created specifially for the "French Flea" shop customers.  So cool!

Mimi-Toria's Designs
 by Gretchen Schaumann

The remaining photos will be of jewelry designs I created using vintage finds and a mix of some new semi-precious gemstones to recreate a fun wearable piece of art.  The furniture pieces are my personal props I use to display my jewelry on for my sale events.  Enjoy!
All hand wire-wrapped, filled with vintage wonderful treasures, freshwater baroque/stick style pearls, mother of pearl elements, vintage crystal, rhinestone rondelles, and faux glass grey vintage pearls.  Lots of hours went into creating this one-of-a-kind treasure necklace.
One side of detail...
The other side...

I love creating this type of a necklace, but time spent on them prohibits me from making them very often.  Each one is unique and truly a one-of-a-kind heirloom quality treasure.
    Fairytales Do Come True...
at least they did for me. :)

Layers of necklaces...

So here you have it.  A store filled with one-of-a-kind treasures!

We're open April 8-11th, in Anoka, MN on the beautiful Mississippi River and Rum Rivers.  Thursdays we have 10-8 pm hours, with "Girls Night Out" citywide in Anoka and special events each month.  This month we are having a vintage fashion show in our shop and free treats and drinks.  Something fun and different each month.  Our hours on Friday and Saturdays are 10-5 pm, and Sundays we're open from 12-4 pm.  I hope to see you sometime at the shop, and please do say "hi".  I'd love to meet you.

To see more of this fun shop I'm privileged to be a vendor in, please check out our French Flea blog here.  I'm linking up to "Thrifty Tuesdays" to share what a group of women have done with their Thrifty finds.  I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'd love to hear any comments or suggestions you might have.  Have a blessed Tuesday!

Gretchen of
Mimi-Torias' Designs


  1. I can't sleep tonight as I am so excited I am actually going to see this shop in person, as well as all my Minnesota junking friends!

  2. Lots of nice and pretty stuff there. Be blessed. Cindy

  3. Your jewelry is amazing. :) The store looks fabulous, I was hoping it was nearer to me...Have a wonderful "OPEN" day.

  4. Thank you for the tour. There are so many pretty things from your talented friends.


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