Sales + Events: 5/16-5/21

by Jahna Peloquin (Image: Carver Junk Co.)

The week’s top shopping events and sales in the Twin Cities:

Carver Junk Co. Chaska Grand Opening

Visit Carver Junk Company’s new occasional Chaska location during this weekend’s grand opening festivities. Shop the store’s refinished vintage furniture and handcrafted home decor, and enjoy special in-store events, treats, and giveaways throughout the weekend. Following the grand opening, the store will be open the third weekend of every month. May 18-21 @ Carver Junk Co., 206 N. Chestnut St., Chaska, 612-615-8650,

Collecting Art Talk with Douglas Flanders

Longtime Minneapolis art dealer Douglas Flanders leads a free talk on collecting and investing in art collecting. Find out how to profit from buying and owning art and gets tips on what to collect and why. Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. @ Douglas Flanders & Associates, 818 W. Lake St., 612-791-1285, RSVP at

Bachman’s Spring Outdoor Sun Container Workshop

Dress up your outdoor patio or deck with tips from this workshop led by a Bachman’s design expert. Ticket includes all materials ($50 for one container, $100 for two). Thursday, May 18 from 6-8 p.m. @ Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-861-7600; register at

Art-A-Whirl Art Crawl

Dozens of artists’ studios and galleries, and other storefronts in Northeast Minneapolis, will display and sell original art during the annual Art-A-Whirl art crawl. More than 600 artists will sell works in a variety of media, including clay, glass, photography, paintings, sculptures, printmaking, furniture, and more. Friday, May 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., noon-8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. May 21. Visit for a map

Wanderlust Vintage Market

The newly opened vintage home store makes its Art-A-Whirl debut with a showcase of local artists and performers, plus a vintage caravan parked outside of the shop filled with retro finds. @ Wanderlust Vintage Market, 349 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis, 612-466-0785,; view event page

Makers Sale at Blu Dot Outlet 

Blu Dot’s Northeast outlet hosts a makers sale from a handful of top jewelers, ceramicists, and textile artists. Shop goods such as hand-turned wooden bowls by Nate White, hand-dyed cotton and wool scarves by Martha McQuade’s SCARFSHOP, ceramics and neon lights by E. Smith Workshop, jewelry by Annika Kaplan, ceramics by Ginny Sims, and handmade leather goods by Hemlocks Leather while enjoying complimentary mimosas and free Blu Dot totes. While you’re there, be sure to check out the outlet’s warehouse of discounted Blu Dot items. Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. @ Blu Dot Outlet, 1323 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis; view event page

“Evaluating Solar for Your Home” Seminar

Find out whether solar is right for your home, learn about cost-saving renewable energy options, and find out how solar energy works at this free seminar hosted by Castle Building & Remodeling and the Natural Built Home Store, featuring guest experts from All Energy Solar. All attendees will receive a certificate for $100 off remodeling design and planning services. Saturday, May 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. @ The Natural Built Home Store, 4020 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; RSVP at 612-767-3739 or

Live Koi and Pond Supply Auction   

Stock your pond with the best koi during this auction hosted by the Upper Midwest Koi Club. The club is auctioning approximately 40 koi including many sizes and varieties, from small to large, standard fin to long, and pond grade to show grade. Saturday, May 20, viewing starts at 9 a.m. viewing, auction from 10 a.m.-noon @ Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis,

Rehab Lab: Repairing Old Windows

Do-it-yourselfers can learn how to repair and restore old wood windows in this workshop led by historic window specialist Greg Rosenow at Litchfield’s historic Little Red Schoolhouse. This hands-on workshop will give students experience paint stripping, glazing, weatherstripping, and more. Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. @ Little Red Schoolhouse, 20553 Co. Rd. 28, Litchfield; registration is $50 @

Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

The Hennepin County Master Gardeners will host their annual plant sale, which features plants grown by Master Gardeners, including seedling that have won the statewide Master Gardener seed trials. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about plants and gardening. Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Hopkins Pavilion, 11000 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins,

Frank Fitzgerald’s Big Ass Plant Sale

Landscape architect and gardener Frank Fitzgerald hosts an annual plant sale of unusual plants. Sale begins at 8:30, but serious gardeners arrive by 7:30. 3241 Colfax Ave. S., Minneapolis

Explore Downtown Living Tour

Visit approximately 23 residential communities while enjoying deals and specials from local businesses at your own pace during this free, unguided tour of living spaces in downtown Minneapolis. Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; visit for a map and special offers

Daylily Society of Minnesota’s Daylily Sale

Add color to your summer perennial garden with easy-to-grow daylilies at the Daylily Society of Minnesota’s annual Daylily Sale. Choose from many colors, forms, and sizes, including bare-root, ready-to-plant options. Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. @ Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis,

Maker Days at Linden Hills Farmers’ Market

Shop for handmade goods while you stock up on heirloom vegetables at this special maker’s edition of the Linden Hills Farmer’s Market in partnership with Minneapolis Craft Market. Makers include clothing from Anywhere Apparel, jewelry by JoeLuc Jewelry and Suz and Roe, fair-trade goods from Fair Anita, wood goods and textiles by Willful, and skincare by Bare Naked Soap Company and Ballerina Botanicals. Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Linden Hills Park, 4201 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis; view event page



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