It's been not quite two months since Home + Garden broke the news that Bachman's was set to roll out the junk aesthetic to its six floral, gift and garden centers, mixing vintage with new. Homegirls wondered, how does it look? The answer: beautifully merchandised (though obviously, my less-than-professional photo skills with a point-and-shoot don't do it justice) and not your grandmother's Bachman's store (though it might bear some resemblance to her charming farm home.) A peek from the the Lyndale Avenue store in Minneapolis (the Eden Prairie store should be fully staged by a week from Saturday, and Plymouth by the 20th.):
New items ordered at gift shows or replicated by regional artisans mingle with stuff that was salvaged rom scavenging trips from Dallas to Michigan as well as closer to home. Some items are repurposed, such as these hooks for hanging made from old silverware.
Larry Pfarr, Director of Merchandising, and Junk Revolution entrpreneur Ki Nassauer, who with Pfarr developed the concept and together did the actual scavenging, are showcasing the work of many local artisans and occasional sale vets. One example: pillows sewn from recycled parts by Twin Cities seamstress Nancy Polacek, $59.99 with new inserts. (Another display has an old bathtub filled to the brim with her colorful creations. Also for sale: graphic Destination Art metal and canvas wall art from Andover artist Sue Wolfe, typographical treatment of Twin Cities landmarks.
The displays seamlessly blend the old with the new and repurposed...
...with some items more rustic than the others. The tractor seats are from Glencoe, Minn., and Wagner, S.D., with steel pieces going for $29; the cast-iron collectibles for as much as $119. Stores in Maplewood, Fridley and Apple Valley are set to have the look rolled in by July. Price points are all over the place, with many items under $10 and $15, mid-range pieces such as an iron bedstead for $399 and some handmade furniture crafted from architectural salvage, with the top end of $1,100.
The retailer isn't finished with leveraging its new-found appreciation for vintage. As part of its 125th year, it plans to renovate a house on the site of its original farm into an "Ideas House," opening it to the public to showcase decor ideas and products with a mix of new and old. The 1920s-era home, lived in by two generations of Bachman's, is just north of the Minneapolis store. The company said it plans to re-theme and redecorate the home for each of its seasonal showings, the first of which runs April 8-18, and another May 1-2. Admission costs $5 (eventually available through www.bachmans.com) with $1 of each ticket benefiting theChildren's Home Society and Family Services. Other showings are set for June, September, October and mid-November through early December.
You either love vintage or you don't. For fans of the look, it's definitely worth a browse.