I image the North Pole in the weeks prior to Christmas Eve to be a magical and bustling place; overflowing with Christmas spirit. One can assume the elves are whistling their merry tunes, adorned in their fashionable winter duds. The assembly lines glisten with holiday magic. Hot cocoa and candy canes are in endless supply. The reindeer are busy with their traditional reindeer games. And, the jolliest of old elves is undoubtedly tuning his sleigh for the big night and keeping his workshop in tip top shape.
Whoa, what is with this untimely and sudden holiday spirit, you might ask? Perhaps it’s the hot & steamy days that have me ready for a change in seasons. Jumping ahead to snow seems a bit abrupt. Rather, my preparation for my second Junk Bonanza gig in just a few short weeks has me in North Pole mode. Our back alley is a far cry from the North Pole magic, but in my junking world, there are striking similarities.
Our garage has been car-less for weeks already. Rather, it has been transformed into Junk By Jenny’s junking workshop. On the nice days, the workshop spills into the alley; where the neighbors have become accustomed to my spray-painting and sanding antics. My elf (otherwise known as my husband) prefers Coors Light over candy canes. His finest elf duds were instead old grungies, as he recently spent an entire day with the pressure washer and my pile of junk needing some shining. He was quick to decline a photo opp, with the response, “This better not be going on Facebook.” Perhaps this given elf needed a bit more holiday cheer during that particular moment.
In the recent weeks, it seems finished products are coming off the assembly line. I scurry from one project to the next in true elf fashion. Our own version of the reindeer (aka, the children) frolic about, either causing mischief or lend a helping hand. The sleigh, or what most would call an enclosed trailer, is currently stacked to the brim with goose decoys. The elf has an upcoming goose hunting season on the forefront. This particular elf has assured me it will be an easy switch from hunting mode into Junk Bonanza mode. Junk By Jenny really wants her own enclosed trailer for Christmas.
I hope the junkers out there, who will be at the fall Junk Bonanza show in Minneapolis have their wishlists ready. They will find oodles of junk goodness at the Junk By Jenny booth. Everything from upcycled furniture, rusty tin, rarities, and metal baskets; Junk By Jenny should have something on everyone’s list.
Thursday, Sept. 22: 10 a.m to 5 pm
Friday, Sept. 23: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Sept. 24: 9 am to 5 pm
Rain, Snow or Shine (Bonanza is an indoor event)
PRICE: $10 PER DAY
Shakopee, MN 55379