Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!

We will see you in February on the 7th (First Friday) at 5:00 with our French Circus Theme.  It will be a very special celebration and the reveal of our renovation joining Circa Arts Gallery.   Thank you all for your loyal support these last 3 years! image from here

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

From Our Homes to Yours....

We wish you all a very merry Christmas!

From Bernie and Linda

Char, Ed and Pax

We'll be open for business on the 26th and 27th from 10-6 and Saturday from 10-4 (if there's anything left!) and offering a 20% discount to help clear out the store (so we won't have to!)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December at junk Evolution

First off there are a few more days to win a taproot t thorough DTSB by clicking  here ,

We are open next week Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.  If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of Grape Road come shop the East Bank Village, We'll even brew you a cup of tea if you ask!  Here are some great gift idea's big and small, but we restock daily.

Christine's jewelry made from bits and baubles some might surprise you!

Lane Cedar chest with new industrial castors, and leather drawer pulls.

The coolest vintage doll house with windows that really work!

Bottle Trees for now and later in the garden!

Linda even found a 1960-70 light up ceramic tree!

sno-globe cloche'

Beautiful arrangements for your table or your host.

Chairs for Santa and stockings for the kids

Make your guests take a closer look!  This vintage light
fixture turned cloche holds tiny vases full of greenery.

Dressed for the weather but can be changed for the seasons!

snow cloche to delight the young and old :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Our Big News

At junk Evolution we absolutely love what we do, but after 3 years of just making it and a pile of hospital bills it made me wonder if I shouldn't give it up for a regular job with benefits to help contribute more to our household.  I spoke to Linda regarding my feelings and she also said that she and Bernie could not go on living on what we make.  So we decided to hang in there until the year’s end and start the process of unloading all our loot.
When I shared this with my financial advisor (my father), his answer to our closing was this, " You are at the age where you should be doing what you love not working for someone else just for the money."  He was right.
So with that in mind I started brainstorming about what it would take to make it work for all of us....if only we could charge all the customers who tell us they just come in for ideas.  We'd be rich!   What we really need is space for more inventory.  We got our heads together with Kathy from CircaArts and Gary, (our partner Carpenter Gothic) and decided to kind of merge the two shops.  We will be cutting a door between the two shops in January while we are closed.  Gary will be moving his items next door which will give junk Evolution the entire store.  Kathy is taking her shop in a new direction concentrating on artists related to the Arts and Crafts style that Kathy loves and expanding her card line and Ziggurat Tiles.  We are so excited to be merging, there are just so many positives by doing it this way.
Our last day this year will be December 28th.  We won't be participating in January's First Friday to give us more time for the remodeling.  We will reopen with our French Circus theme February 7th First Friday at 5:00.  That should give us plenty of time to overhaul the shop and fill it with new inventory.  We are thrilled to have the chance to be part of all the exciting changes taking place in the East Bank Village, and DTSB.    What you can do to help is to spread the word that we are here.  Our faithful customers can only buy so much furniture etc so we have to rely on new blood.  Tell everyone!!!! And thank you so much for your loyal support for the past three years. Here's to the next chapter...Cheers!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


For all of you we are so grateful.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  

We are open Black Friday from 10-6 and 
Small Business Saturday from 10-5.  
Come and shop in a quiet relaxed atmosphere.  We're here to help find that special gift so don't be afraid to ask!

All Photo's by "A Love Worth Telling"

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas Open House

 Friday and Saturday
We are all set up and ready for ya'alls!  We of course still have half of the shop dressed in Thanksgiving finery because it hasn't happened yet and it's a favorite holiday.  So if you need last minute items stop by.  For those of you who like to get a jump on the gifting, we have one of a kind items and will be replenishing daily!  We have gifts for all ages and Hiromi just brought in a suitcase full of her new beautiful purses, and hats, pouches and flower pins.
The Trash Tree-Come and see our ornaments!

Chairs to accommodate Mr. and Mrs. Clause

Beds...big and small

We have the moon and the stars!

Bottle trees, to use inside for the holidays and as yard art in the summer, or
for your favorite brew master as a bottle dryer!

Linda's button tree

Shiney brite ornaments

Feather tree

Vintage toys and games

Re Styled jewelry


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Washi Tape Class

Our friend Hiromi agreed to do a teaching demonstration on the many uses of Washi Tape.  It's a paper craft tape that we're in love with.  There are lots of "fake" tapes out there so to make certain we had the real deal we had her buy some for us while visiting her family last summer in Japan because that's where the real deal comes from!   She choose a variety of beautiful patterns and solids in different sizes.   We just brought them out to sell and wanted to give you some fun idea's to do with the tapes.  It's just in time for making gifts to give this Christmas.  
Class size is limited so make your reservations to attend now!

Do you remember these flowers on our wall last summer?

Washi tape stems
Date:           Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:           6:00 PM
Place:          junk Evolution
to register:  574-215-7812 
Cost:           $8.00 per person or buy one roll of tape and pay $5.00

She will demonstrate many different options and you will be able to make and take home a project.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

November News Read all about it!

junk evolution presents


Is there any place better this time of year to see the colors and taste the season?  We think not, and it's cause for celebration hence the holiday "Thanksgiving".   We'll have all the items you'll need for this celebration.   At junk Evolution we don't rush the season or the holidays, we enjoy each one as they come.  With that in mind you won't find any Christmas decor until the week before Thanksgiving.  We strive for living a grand simple life and enjoy the seasons to its fullest.

Who doesn't like to hunker down in a cabin with a roaring fire in the fireplace, under a wool throw with a classic book?   It's time to bring some warm and cozy elements into your home for the season....make friends and family want to linger,  enjoy a feast, or just have some old fashioned fun with board games.
Come to junk Evolution Friday November 1st from 5-9 pm for a taste of the season.  We'll be serving hot apple cider (we foraged the apples ourselves!) The South Bend chapter of Tri Kappa will be selling their cheese spread on First Friday, and will be serving it as our snack. Stock up now for the holidays. 10 oz container for 5.00. Gluten and nut free.
We had our friend Hiromi pick up some Washi tape while in Japan last summer.  It's a wonderful craft tape and adds a personalization to accessories etc.  We'll have it for sale in November.  I wrap kids gifts in comics and its a perfect tape to match, and decorate the package with and it's biodegradable!  The possibilities for Washi tape are endless.  We are also planning some classes with Hiromi on how to use this, so stay tuned!

The next warehouse Day is November 16th
1212 High Street, SB
Cash and Carry
Dress Warm!

Image from the movie...If only we could get these two to come!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Eat Wild Potluck

As business owners, we try to find a happy balance between work and play but when you love what you do it oftentimes overlaps.  Some customers who have become friends, suggested that we host a dinner for a group of local Foragers.  (Something near and dear to my actually goes beyond organic gardening.  It's using what's already there and eating off the land like our forefathers, hunting and gathering).  So of course we said yes.  Willow actually said we were perfect because we hunted and gathered for a living! I had talked to Suzi and Tina of A Love Worth Telling or I should say they approached me a few years ago about hosting a harvest feast,  so I agreed as long as they could be a part of the evening.  They took the beautiful photographs below.  

The food was incredible to say the least.  It was like going to your favorite restaraunt and not having to worry about any chemicals or additives and getting the freshest ingredients.  I don't think anyone even touched the salt or pepper because everything was perfectly seasoned.  It was really that good!  We met so many talented and interesting people and hope to plan some events for the spring time.

junk Evolution set the stage and brought in enough tables and chairs for 20, set the tables and foraged for the drinks.  Wild herb teas (mint and bee balm) and fresh apple cider.  We found an apple tree at the Humane Society that needed to be picked and took the apples to our local Cider Mill.

To read more about the evening from a forager/writer go here.  To join the group on Face book go here.