Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ki's Bachman's Idea House and Paris Preview

We are SO behind on some blogs! It is sad how work, and church, and kids and husbands can keep you from your computer! A couple of weeks ago we were in Minnesota to help with some heavy duty planning for The Creative Connection Event, and we just had to visit our favorite friend Miss Ki, of Junk Bonanza and Flea Market Style Magazine fame (she would hate the "fame" part). She was knee deep in getting her "Idea House" ready for Bachman's Garden & Gifts. Bachman's is a huge Garden Center like NO OTHER (except there are several Bachman's in Minnesota). In their brilliance, they decide to hire KI to bring "Vintage" into the centers, and you cannot imaging how fun it is to visit... Think flea market meets Anthropology. On the grounds of the main store there is an old 1920's house, and every season Ki and her crew, recreate the house with hundreds of re-purposed and re-envisioned vintage treasures used in fresh and useful ways.
We had a little pre-tour, before it opened which was fun to see the beginnings. This was an old teeter totter being made into a sofa table
Old coke bottles, heated and flattened into drip plates...
Here is a couple of before and afters...we took the before's then got the afters from Ki's Blog

There was tons of darling ideas......Visit Ki's blog to see more! (Thanks to Lezlee at Prior Lives Blog, for referring us to Linda's Blog which has photos of every single room of the idea house!)
Now on to more Paris Previews of our French Market Sale on Saturday June 26th. Remember these items will NOT be available until our sale on the 26th.
Fresh from the wonderful Flea Markets of Paris, just a few more of the unique and specials finds we will have available for you. On with the Sneak Peeks.....
First, another reveal....Is it a purse?
Nope! The ultimate travel alarm clock!

All the words in French....Does it work? Absolutely NOT! It is even missing a hand. Who cares? It is WONDERFUL!French towel holder.......
Only ONE, and always our quickest seller, French Dog plaque......
French Horse competition medal medallions..........

I have two "guess what it is"?
#2 (If you went to Paris with us, you are not allowed to guess!)
If you can't make the sale, or you are out of state, you are not out of luck! We have lots of antique French, and French style merchandise in our French Online Boutique, "Pardon-My-French"
Our Flea Market Shopping Trip to Provence in October is SOLD OUT, but we have several ladies on Wait List and if we get enough interest, we may add a second date, so be sure to contact us if you are still interested.
If you would like to join our next Flea Market Shopping Trip to Paris, we now have the 2011 dates on our website
Have a great weekend!


  1. Love the travel clock. How cool to see the beginnings of such a neat house. Do you check out Linda's blog, She has three or four post showing the whole house done, in detail. Hope your sale goes great! Lezlee

  2. I have a guess for #1: handles for shopping bags
    #2: butter dish - makes design when pressed down

  3. I must say the clock is really cool. I liked it a lot. Is it for sale?? I would love to buy it.
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  4. Thanks for featuring my blog's Bachman's Summer Ideas House tour! I'm happy to have found your blog...I am a new follower!