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Monday, November 7, 2011

Mimi-Toria's Design upcoming Trunk Show - November 11th & 12th

Hope to see you this Friday or Saturday when I bring an array of vintage redesigned jewelry for a two day showing at Antiques Downtown, at a great location in the original downtown area of Elk River.  There is ample parking in back as well as along the front of this store. 
If you haven't been here before, than you are definitely missing out on some great opportunities to go treasure hunting.  This shop may be one of the best kept secrets in Minnesota, so come on in and check it out.  There are 3 floors of great shopping goodies to check out and each floor boasts fabulous finds...

My Trunk Show is helping to celebrate Downtown Antiques Anniversary Sale which runs, November 11, 12 and the 13.  I will be set up for all of the Friday and Saturday hours that the shop is open, but not on Sunday.  

Here are the Anniversary Sale Dates and times:

November 11th - 10am - 8pm    (Friday)  6pm - 8pm (Customer Appreciation Night)

November 12th -  10am - 6pm   (Saturday)

November 13th - 10am - 6pm   (Sunday)

During all three days there will be special discounts in many of the booths. Refreshments will be served throughout the sale dates too.  On Customer Appreciation Night, a special LaDeeDa Designs fashion show will be held at 6:30 on Friday the 11th by Lori Gravink which you won't want to miss either. 

So, I took a drive up to Elk River to see my location that I will be setting up in the shop so that I could plan effectively and snapped some photos of the goodies that are currently in their shop and for sale.  They may be gone by the time the sale starts, but here is what was there last Friday when I shot the photos.  The photos are meant to give you a sampling of the great finds you may expect to run across at this hidden gem.  It is not a typical antique shop with rows and rows of shelves of glassware and misc. items, however you will also find lots of that too.  Some photos for you...
One of the things I love about Beth and John running this shop, is that they've stepped outside of the box of a typical antique shop, and have chosen to move forward with the times and offer their customers what it is many people are currently collecting, using and decorating their homes with.  They set up wonderful room style vignettes and displays, so that you have the visual of how it might look in your own settings.

This particular space has a lot of industrial style elements housed in it, and they are WILDLY popular with the Junking and Gardening style lovers and or collectors.  My favorite piece in the entire shop happened to be housed in this area...  Can you guess which one it is?

Did you guess right?  Did you pick this beauty out of that previous photo?  This my friends, would be my #1 pick of the entire 3 floors of shopping paradise.  How perfect it would be in my Jewelry Design Studio...  Just love it!

Another excellent example of showcasing antiques to their finest potential.  What a great visual this would give a shopper as to how something might/could look in their home.  Don't you agree?  That lovely settee was my second love in the shop.  Coolest ever....

So cool in fact that I had to toss the throw pillows that were covering up its beautiful details, so that I could give you a close-up and personal shot of the incredible back piece that was added to this lovely...   Love it second best of all!

,,,and this dresser is another beauty in the shop all the work is done, you just need to buy it and haul it home.

Ok, so I'm a jewelry designer after all...  You didn't expect me not to pick out a gorgeous display piece in my top picks now did you?  A lovely well worn dress form for sale on the upper level.  Love this...

 Love this box I saw way up on a top shelf in the top level of the shop.

A basket of elements waiting to get a new lease in life with a junker  re purposing and putting them back into duty.

This lovely vintage wood toolbox has already received a new lease on life as a lovely Fall display piece for this arrangement.  This is the art of re purposing... one neglected and forgotten element at a time.

Another example of a creative vendor re purposing a vintage element and making it something different than its intended use.  I believe this may be a baptismal made into a table now, but I'm not sure.

The shop also has typical lovely vintage furniture finds such as the above photo shows too.

Vintage clothing is sprinkled through out the shop, as vendors find these great elements, but remember, Lori of Ladeeda will have an entire space set up during the event of her vintage clothing, upcycled clothing and fun and funky finds.

The shop also boasts great shelving style vendors with units filled with whatever it is you may be looking for as well.  This display is on the third floor of the three floor antique shop.

This booth on the 3rd floor always has meticulous displays in her shelving units and this color coordinated shot shows the time and effort she puts into her space.  No dust settles on her shelves....

The tour wouldn't be complete without touching on the fabulous jewelry vendors at this shop.  They are all favorites of mine, and although not all are represented by these photos there is a paradise for vintage redesigners and collectors to be found behind the doors of the Antiques Downtown of Elk River shop.

Be sure to check out each of these fabulous ladies through out the shop for treasures.  Great sales going on in the jewelry department booths during the sale dates too.  Rumor has it that one of the ladies in the shop named Jodi,  really shows her customer appreciation extra much during the sale, so be sure to ask about her multiple booth spaces.

Yes, they've got it covered...  There is even a purple/red section for those of you into that tradition.

Cases of gorgeous jewelry and collector quality pieces are included in the venue at this shop.  I'm sure you can see why this is one of my favorite places to shop.  It's been my best kept secret for quite a few years, but it's time to share now and spread the word....

So this is where you'll find me this upcoming Friday and Saturday.  I will showcase some of the pieces I will have at the show in a couple of days.  Hope to see you there.


  1. Looks like my kind of store. :D I wish you much success - hope you sell it all.

  2. I'd be lost in there for days, what a fabulous mall. I'd pick those drawers as my favorite too! Also love the dress form and all that jewelry. Hope you have a successful weekend.

  3. Thanks for the shout out on your blog Gretchen. I can't wait to join you at Antiques Downtown. It's going to be FABULOUS weekend!

  4. Wow! What a fabulous place to go shopping! Wish I lived closer. Thanks for sharing all the great photos.

  5. Lots of eye candy here! Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. Hi Gretchen! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog....ages ago, since I have been a terrible blogger the past several months!! Thanks for the trunk info - I love knowing some history behind it!!!! Hope you have a great day!

  7. love your blog! your newist follower!
    Mark @ room363


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