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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gearing up for Junk Bonanza 2012

I am looking forward to September 13-15th this year and am honored again to be included in the great line up of vendors that will be showcased in Junk Bonanza out at Canterbury Park in  Shakopee, Minnesota.    This will be my fourth year returning and my third year to my exact same location, SPACE #256.  Please head on in to see me inside the main building and off to the right in the front corner of the right side.  You can look for my Mimi-Toria's trademark, "Carolina my angel winged and crowned mannequin", which I've used for three years at shows.  You can also watch for this sign that I created for  each and every show as well.  These items are part of my business branding and I plan to continue to use them to define my Mimi-Toria's brand.

Below are a few examples of what you might expect to find in a Mimi-Toria's Design booth.  I will be sharing more photos of my creations leading up to the Junk Bonanza, but these are available for sale now, and other items will be created each and every day for the show.  Contact me at gretchen.schaumann@comcast.net.
You can also check out my  business facebook  page here: https://www.facebook.com/MimiTorias for additional photos of what I've been creating.  

This necklace has the most gorgeous maroon garnets wire wrapped and linked into it, as well as some large chunks of smokey quartz nuggets.  Both of these types of beads are in the semi precious gemstone categories and are lovely to work with when designing vintage redesigned jewelry such as I create.  Again, another trademark of Mimi-Toria's Designs is the use of the pocket watch faces paired with the flying sparrow birds in the center of them.  I have created these for four years now, and most of my regular customers have purchased one of those clock face focals in their first ever necklace.  It is definitely a fun look and one that has come to be recognized as a Mimi-Toria's Design.  I own several and wear mine regularly.  This one is extra special as the brushed gold tone watch face is rare and much harder to find than the white enamel ones, or silver toned ones.  I truly adore this piece.  There is a section of vintage pocket watch chain and connector incorporated into this piece, as well as rhinestone elements that are just gorgeous.  The addition of the antiqued gold vintage religious medals and additional elements make this definitely a one-of-a-kind design.
It is offered at $129.  SOLD

An interesting piece and one that I personally love and am tempted to keep for myself.  I did try it out and it lays and hangs just as I wanted it to, so am pleased with the overall design of it.  It is always good to test your designs to see that there are no quirky behaviors while it's been worn.  No sharp pieces, no twisting or flipping, etc.  My 16 years of Vintage Jewelry Design has surely taught me a think or too in regards to learning from ones mistakes in the past.
This necklace has an "Explore" with bird flying image that has been etched into copper to create its focal.  The frame around it was created with a vintage brooch and is secured into its location via it's original metal tabs.The addition of the Black Diamond AB vintage Swarovski bi-cone crystals, the hand torn silk bits of ribbon, and the secure technique of wire-wrapped beads makes this a one-of-a-kind must have necklace.
It is offered at $89.00.  SOLD


  1. Your jewelry is beautiful and your talent shines. See you at Junk Bonanza if not before.

    1. Thank you Ms. Lori. Looking forward to rubbing shoulders with you along with the great customers that frequent this show.

  2. You have been busy with beautiful results.
    Hope you do great at Junk Bonanza and sell it all !
    Off to take a look at your video.
    Enjoy your evening.

  3. Busy Miz G, how fun
    to see some of your
    new designs! I hope
    to attend JB this year,
    with my mom. Hopefully
    I will see you before
    then : )

    Happy Wednesday,
    xo Suzanne

  4. Thank you Glenda for your ever so faithful kind words and well wishes. You are always such a sweetheart. The video however, isn't new, but still on my blog from last Summer when I created it right before Junk Bonanza 2011.
    Suzanne, great to hear from you. Miss not seeing you and look forward to for sure seeing you at JB along with your Mom. How fun that she'll be visiting you during this event. I cannot believe our Summer has flown by, and we've yet to get together. I am so behind, and may have to take an entire day late September to steal away time again with you. My minutes are ticking away quickly, and it appears I may have to spend a chunk of time out of town before the JB event taking care of my Dad as well, so trying not to schedule fun stuff because of this reason. I have to be on notice...
    Thanks for your comment and I'd love to book a day together once the kiddos are back in the groove of school days once again, and Emily is situated at the U of M...


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