A Gathering of Friends

Today was a big day, a gathering of what I call Occasional Salers – those who operate occasional sales and their devoted shoppers. That’s right, it’s A Gathering of Friends, held twice a year at Bachman’s Garden Center in Minneapolis.  When I arrived 10 minutes before it opened, there was already a line….



Once behind the counter in a general store – it could now be yours!

a lovely country vignette

one of my all-time favorite designs from France…the bombé chest

This blue frosted chandelier glass would make beautiful earrings.

a divine green lamp

very stylized, reminds me of the Czechoslovakian tea set I bought at a Paris flea market.

so cute.

random + creative + color = awesome!


Shoppers take in a 1950ish country vignette.

And the one that got away…..

Yes, I thought this would work for my jewelry, but I didn’t spring on it right away.  When I went back to look at it, someone was putting a SOLD sign on it.  Oh well : (

I’ll be headed back to the sale tomorrow, too.  An occasional shopping tip: often there are so many things to look at, that you discover something you love only after a couple of walks through the space.  Or the next day, when things have been sold, revealing great items that had been buried in a display.  And word has it, this sale gets restocked!

Enjoy the day!

À demain,



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  1. Betsey on March 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Am now officially obsessed with Occasional Sales!!

  2. Jess on April 9, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Looks like some great finds! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. 1curiouslyinspired on March 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Oh WOW, Just loved this post. It was full of things that make my heart skip beats! So many great photos, the country store counter is to die for, the dresser is wonderful! I am a about to become a new follower! Can’t miss out on any more posts like this one :)

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