Tuesday, April 12, 2011

hunt & gather...and a contest winner!

A few weeks ago, I headed North to Minnesota for a quick girl's weekend.

We made the trip with 2 goals...shopping and a concert. Both proved to me AMAZING!!

There were so many Midwestern girls that emailed, asking me where my favorite stops were...I decided I will post about a few of my must-see places when I head up through Wisconsin to Minnesota.

I am going to jump to the first place I visited when I arrived in Minneapolis...a shop called

Hunt & Gather

Hunt & Gather is the store that has the cabinet I am still dreaming about...

The outside says it all. It is a wacky, eclectic mix of funky, retro, pretty and antique...


When I see a store with stuff piled up outisde...I cannot get my car parked fast enough. Seriously, am I the only one who has their heart race a little bit over a good pile of old junk??

To say this place is "sensory overload" is a complete understatement! I have seen a lot of shops, in a lot of towns, in a lot of states. But this one takes that prize for the most ecclectic array of merchandise and volume of treasures. It was beyond amazing!!

You literally can get lost in this store for hours. It is a maze of rooms that spreads over 2 floors, each stuffed to the ceiling with amazing finds.

The lockers I fell in love with were in a room that was full of 1000s of vintage paper items. It was an altered artists dream room, I tell you!

It is as if they knew I was coming! I walked downstairs and there was a sign...beckoning me home. How in the heck did they know I had driven there from Rockford! I should have bought it just for the memories.

They had 100s of signs. Street signs, old restaurant signs, framed tailgates from old trucks that said Chevrolet or Ford...farm signs, ice cream shop advertisements. I could go on forever. You get the idea. Signs. Lots of them.

If only my husband's name was Steve...this baby would have gone home with me!

It seems every trip I go on there is the one item that is the "kick myself for not bringing it home" item.

Well, this was the one for this trip. I was looking through photos when I got home and could not believe I didn't get this cool old school map for my sunroom. Ugh.

This photo was only part of an area that had frames. Every shape. Every color. All old and beautiful!

One of the rooms down in the basement was a french-lovers dream. Everything was girly. Antique. Ornate. French. And lovely. I love the idea of using an old footboard for artwork!

And the garden area...it was nothing short of incredible! You could even buy live plants!

And look who I ran into while I was there! Jeanine from Chippy Shabby and her sweet husband. Aren't they just the cutest couple?? So funny we both traveled to Minneapolis that weekend, then run into each other while we are there!

Jeanine sells the most beautiful things...if you ever have a chance to visit one of the shows where she is a vendor, you will not be disappointed! She has the best vintage garden decor and always lots of things with chippy paint!

Whew! That was alot of photos...hope I didn't lose anyone. I just had to show you the awesomeness of Hunt & Gather. And let me tell you, that was only a fraction of the store. I have about 100 more photos I could have posted! If you ever get to Minneapolis, you have to take the time to stop in!

In a blog post before I left...I showed a photo of a cute little tush as a hint to what concert I was going to. I knew a true fan of this person would know who it was just by seeing it. You girls proved me right...I couldn't help but laugh at how many of you knew the man just by the jeans. All of you that guessed Kenny Chesney were right!! The concret was 5 hours of bliss, I wish you could have been there singing along with us!

I chose one of you from the comments and Chelsy from Sweet Pea Kisses is the winner! Email me Chelsy, you will get a little surprise package full of vintage goodness I picked up on my trip!

Happy Tuesday, girls!

I am off to paint my never-ending pile of furniture!


  1. I am putting on my shoes and heading there now... well I wish I were. I am in love with the place. Eclectic is my middle name. My descrip on my business card used to say... primitive pickens for eclectic folk. Let me know when you need someone to tag team drive!!

  2. that looks like an awesome shop. you could probably spend the whole day in there hunting around.

  3. Mary it was soooo fun to run into YOU and your friend at HUNT & GATHER!!! You took the BeSt Pictures!!! This is my No. 1 Most FaVoRiTe Store to shop at!*!*! You're right - I spend at least 2-3 hours in there each time I visit... Thanks for the picture and linking me...
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  4. Looks like you had an amazing trip!! I love the garden area of the shop, reminds me of things from a church! Stunning!!! Thanks for sharing, makes me want to road trip it out there.

  5. I adore the fun exterior of Hunt and Gather; spotting several pieces like that green chest....

    What a great Girls Weekend!

    Art by Karena

  6. Hunt and Gather looks like a wonderful spot! Thanks for the tour!

    Congrats to Sweet Pea Kisses!

  7. Oh what a place, to dream of getting there one day.
    I don't think I could look at pictures of it, I would just want to drive back and get everything I passed up.
    Those frames oh my gosh those frames!!!
    Well sounds like you had a wonderful time shopping and at the concert.
    Congrats to the winner!

  8. Since you are so very close you should check out this antique/junk shop in Emerald Grove, WI. It is on Hwy 11 between Delavan and Janesville. If you take I90 to Janesville and go east for about 10 miles, maybe less. They are in the process of selling the building so not sure how much longer they will be in business. I can't remember the name of it right now but I have to go through there in the next day or two to take my daughter to the doctor so I will find the name for you.

  9. Oh! What awesome treasures! Love that garden area...such fabulous architectural pieces! Wowzers!

  10. You were right, it did not disappoint! I was in heaven especially when I saw the rack of locker baskets. How cool would that be in a boys room...my boys room.:P I bought a ton of treasures but my favorite find was a footstool covered with grain sack fabric. so very lovely!! I could spend all weekend, every weekend there!

  11. What a great looking shop and show! wish I could have been there!

  12. What a mega cool place!! Hunt & Gather - how perfect is that name! I think I would've got palpitations seeing that wall of frames!! :) Sounds like you had a great road trip!! Jeanine & her husb look like such a cute couple!
    :) Lara

  13. That store looks SO amazing! I could spend forever browsing in there! Too far away for my travels, but I love seeing what is out there across the U.S. Sometimes I worry shops will run out of vintage goods because they are so popular and in demand...hee! But I guess things cycle back around, right?

  14. oh my, that wall of ornate frames was pretty amazing...xoox

  15. That store looks amazing, I can pick out too many things just from your pictures that I want!

  16. I knew you would love H & G! I'm so glad you followed my advice and hit it up! I'm going to be heading to Mpls early May & can't wait to explore through the shops there! Of course H&G will be on the list!

    Happy Spring girlfriend!


  17. Lucky ~ Lucky girl!! What a super place!! I've got to put that one on my list!

  18. Uh I go in there a LOT and it looks like they've completely redone stuff. I need to get my bootie in there pronto. Some really new goodies:)!

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  20. I would love to have that store to shop at!! Thanks for sharing.

    A Bowl Full of Lemons

  21. Our son lives in Minneapolis, so you better believe I have to shop there when we visit. I always find a treasure or two. Your photos are wonderful. thanks for sharing.

  22. That is so my kind of "junk". Loving those cool retro lockers. I could think of oodles of ways to use them.

  23. Ha! I understand - I'm the same way - if I see an antique store, thrift shop, or yard sale with good 'ole junk outside, I'm there! lol. :) You'd love Ohio. We have LOADS of shops like Hunt and Gather. It is hard...cuz my budget gets dashed when I see these things. lol. So much great stuff! :)

  24. Thanks...that is the junk store of my dreams!!

  25. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love the photos!
    take care,

  26. Um...how long will it take me to get there from Texas?

  27. H & G is fun but when you come back to Mn you have to drive 20 min north to the Round Barn Potting Co.

    A great place to lose yourself for a couple hours of vintage bliss.

    If I don't say so myself. ~L

  28. H&G...a wonderful treasure hunter's paradise and Kenny Chesney? I am officially jealous!

    (But so happy for you...glad you had fun!!)

  29. Well my heart's pumping a little faster...and that's just looking at your photos! What a treasure trove...my hubby would hate it!!! Thanks for the tour. Robx

  30. Now, THAT is my kind of place. Just might merit a 19-hour roadtrip!