Junquemonger Sales Outlet

Are you into trinkets, baubles, and collectibles of all kinds?

How about vintage and retro with a side of mid-century?

If you answered yes, look no further than the Junquemonger Sales Outlet.

“Junk-monger,” as it’s aptly pronounced, is located in Two Inlets, a tiny town outside of Park Rapids that my family knows quite well.

Don’t let the unassuming storefront fool you.

The shelves are littered with a collection of old-school board games, hand-painted 70’s ceramics, siamese cat figurines, eclectic salt-and-pepper shakers, swung vases, stained glass, sombreros, and pyrex of all shapes and sizes.

Their vinyl record section alone got so much of my attention that I ignored all other conversations to scour the bins in hopes of finding a handful of needed treasures (and I did!).

Maybe your collection is overflowing and you are looking to consign, they do that, too.

Just give owners, Cindy or Bob Hanson a call.

If you aren’t able to visit in person, check out Junquemonger’s eBay store or one of their live auctions on Instagram and Facebook.

I highly recommend!

Lund Boats

One of the best parts about the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener is that the host city or county invites you into areas that would otherwise not be as easily accessible to the general public. 

Enter, a tour of the Lund Boat Factory in New York Mills.

Lund Boats are a favorite in my family. My earliest memories include casting the line of my Zebco whale rod and reel combo over the side of my Mom’s old, hand-me-down aluminum boat. When I wasn’t fishing, I was laying on the casting deck reading while she “trolled for Northerns.” Even today, no trip home is complete without a “ride around the lake” in that boat. Suffice it to say, I jumped at the opportunities to see how these nostalgia-inducing vessels come to life.

A bit of history:
Howard Lund, founder, and namesake built his first boat out of galvanized steel in 1939 in Albert Lea.

His love of the water brought him to work at the Mare Island Navy Shipyards in California though later returned to open a sheet metal shop and furnace dealership.

Marrying his love of boats and sheet metal, Lund built himself a duck boat in 1947 and drove around with it on the top of his car.

A salesman for Inland Marine Corporation saw the boat and asked him if he would build more. The salesman left him with an order for 50 of his duck boats, and the Lund Boat Company was born.

By 1957, Lund employed up to 15 employees. In 1961, Howard reincorporated the company to Lund Metal Craft, Inc. 1961 and expanded in the fiberglass fishing boat market.

The company continued to grow, and in 1972 Lund opened a manufacturing facility in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Since, Lund has become a subsidiary of Brunswick Boat Group, the largest maker of pleasure boats in the world. Today, Lund is the community’s largest employer with up to 525 at peak.

The tour allowed visitors to see behind the curtain. 

We were able to see the rolls of aluminum ready to be cut and shaped, where rivets filled every bin, the incredible technological enhancements implemented to keep anglers safe, and the crazy testing these boats have to endure before they are ever allowed to go home with the collector. 

If I weren’t already willed a love of Lund Boats before the tour, I certainly would have been after.

It’s of no surprise that the place carried the moniker of “The World’s Finest Fishing Boats”.

All that magic, nestled right in Minnesota’s Northwoods, who knew?!

If you grew up like me, I would love to know – what is your earliest angler memory?

This post was sponsored by Visit Ottertail County but all opinions are my own.

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The Abundant Kitchen

GIVEAWAY! Read on.

What better way to start the weekend than to take a trip to the farmers market, chat up some local growers, bakers and artisans and return to the kitchen to make fresh, straight-from-the-garden favorites? The Abundant Kitchen allowed me to do just that and so much more!

Located in downtown Buffalo, The Abundant Kitchen is a supply store that offers gadgets, classes and moonlights (or morning beams) as a crepe stand on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (June through October)! Yesterday, I attended the Farmers Market class given by Culinary Educator and Personal Chef, Jessica Tijerina that included a tour of the Buffalo Farmer’s Market where we picked up ingredients for lunch from local vendors who took the time to talk to us about their location, process and even some of their favorites.

After we carefully selected in-season ingredients, we headed into the kitchen at Abundant to rinse, rough chop, mince, and garnish with Jessica at the helm, explaining seasonality and the best ways to prepare our bounty. We made a chopped salad with a honey and garlic vinaigrette, baguette topped with garlic and heirloom tomatoes, and sautéed beets with horseradish cheese and finished with a local tart and brownies for dessert! It was divine. Such a fun and memorable experience!

The Farmers Market is just one of a solid roster of cooking classes including; Sauces, Date Night: Steakhouse, Friday Dutch Oven Cooking, Pizza, Cooking With & Caring For Cast Iron, Afternoon Tea & Scones Demo Class, Better Breakfast, Irish Bread, Fish N’ Chips, Vegetarian Cooking and they even have a Kids in the Kitchen series that covers things like Breakfast and Scratch Mac N’ Cheese!

Interested? Well, you’re in luck! I’m teaming up with the Abundant Kitchen to give you a chance to attend one of these amazing classes!
A class of your choice, A $50 value.

To enter:

  1. Follow MNBucketList on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Follow the Abundant Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter or  Instagram.
  3. In the comments; tag a friend and tell me what class you’d love to attend and why!

The winner will be selected on Friday, July 27th and notified by private message.

A bit more about the Abundant Kitchen store. They sell cookware like Le Creuset and Swiss Diamond, bakeware from the likes of Patisse and Kuhn Rikon, cutlery, tea, coffee, and specialty foods and cooking ingredients like local beef, pork, chicken, fish, cheeses, and olives. They also have gadgets, textiles, barware, items for preserving and fermenting and other kitchen essentials. Whether you like fun, Zombie popsicle molds for your Halloween party or dried roses to add to fancy to any cupcake, the Abundant Kitchen has what you are looking for.

Madre Cacti Co.

Madre Cacti is a cactus-only plant shop that recently opened at 22nd & 2nd in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis and it is already an Instagrammers dream.
Madre opened with more than 300 cacti of more than 80 different species from private growers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Carrying a unique assortment of cactus plants, the shop is owned by Erik Hamline, a professional screen printer, who is the former owner of flat-stock screen-printing company, Steady Print Shop.
He sources the plants himself, selling them individually as houseplants or to clients to decorate offices, photo shoots and homes.
The plants are also available to rent for photo shoots and events, or even long-term commercial leases for restaurants and studios.
The shop also sells Mexican terra-cotta pots, cowhide gloves, potting tools, bags, and tee shirts.

Word to the wise; Madre is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.