Sales + Events: Oct. 16-21 features a home improvement expo, vintage market, and creative workshops

Twin Cities shopping and events highlights for this week.

The Top 5

Fall Antiques & Vintage Market

Picture this: A biannual sale. An abundance of diverse dealers. Can’t-miss merch. That’s exactly what you’ll find (and then some) at this four-day antique and vintage market at Bachman’s. The sale features merchants like Haupt Antiek, Junk Junkie, and 15 other sellers that are ready to restock with new, never-been-seen treasures throughout the entire weekend. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Bachman’s Greenhouse, 6010 Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis,

Shopcicle Markets

On the third Thursday of every month, this pop-up experience offers a new twist that doesn’t ever disappoint. This month’s Shopcicle Markets’ theme is ‘Food & Beverage Makers’ and features artisans, crafts, and merchants in the Minnesota food industry—including local faves like Annie B’s popcorn, Mama Kicks marinades, and Croix Valley Foods. Thursday, 3-8:30 p.m. @ 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul,

Home Improvement & Design Expo

Ready to see your dream home become reality? Meet the very best of Minnesota’s custom builders, remodelers, interior designers, and landscapers at HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury. Whether you’re planning a kitchen do-over, backyard re-vamp, or just browsing your options, you’ll find something worth stopping for. Talk with more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, enter giveaways, enjoy guest speakers, and sit in on educational seminars every hour on the hour. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ HealthEast Sports Center, 4125 Radio Dr., Woodbury,

Ace Hardware Neighborhood Fix-It Fest

in 2006, October was named National Fire Prevention Month, and with this event, Ace Hardware is offering a far greater reward than just a good time. By educating and informing families on types of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you can take that extra step to ensure the whole family is on board if an emergency strikes at home. At eight locations (including Shakopee, Burnsville, Farmington, Northfield, St. Peter, Owatonna, St. Cloud, and Rochester), you can participate in their free giveaways and in-store demos, learn ways to get your home ready for this (early) winter weather, and grill out in the meantime. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ various Minnesota locations,

Maker Days at Linden Hills

Yep, it’s getting cold—but with that crisp, chilly breeze (and some October flurries) comes a blazing opportunity to show just how Minnesotan you really are. Cozy up with Linden Hills Farmer’s Market and Minneapolis Craft Market to shop more than 50 vendors and merchants. You provide the mittens and the parka, they come through with soul-warming food, steaming coffee, and the hottest of deals. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ outside Settergren’s Hardware, 2813 West 43rd St., Minneapolis,


For hands-on happenings, check out these creative classes and workshops:

Bring Your Own Piece Workshop || Have any old, outdated furniture lying around? Grab it, bring it, paint it. This workshop will help you take it from “I’ll pass” to perfect. Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. @ 1630 North Riverfront Dr., Mankato,

Caring For Indoor Plants || With tempratures starting to drop below freezing, it’s important to know how to take care of your plants indoors. This class gives you the lowdown. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon @ Cedar Brook Garden Center, 26800 Langford Ave., New Prague,

Pumpkin Petal Party || Make your own fall-inspired floral arrangement that sits (you guessed it) inside a pumpkin. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. @ 111 Pine Hollow Green, Stillwater,

Mouse & House Fall Felting || Learn needle and wet felting techniques and create your own whimsical mouse-in-a-house fall decoration. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. @ 6251 County Road 105 N.W., Byron,

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