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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2008 05:41:12 AM »

Arg! Mentioned going there and hubby said I need to finish some of the stuff I've been working on, as there's no more room in the garage. I have a bench made from a headboard, a rocker, 4 wooden chairs and a kid's chair all primed and ready to paint, as well as 2 very large boxes filled with wooden objects (from bowls to lamps to beads) that I have also primed over the past week. Today I get to play with paint!!!
Can't wait to sell some of this stuff so I can go to this store and get more interesting stuff to craft with!
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2008 08:54:30 AM »

Ax man is super random. It sells surplus...stuff...s o it's not really a craft store per se, you just never know what they'll have. A lot of it is electrical/mechanical type stuff, but there's just a ton of...random stuff...LOL
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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2008 07:47:36 PM »

The randomness is what makes these kinds of places so cool. I moved out of CA, where there were a ton of thrift stores, and most had a 'junk' area with building supplies and stuuf.
I have yet to hit a thrift store in the western WI/eastern MN area that has a 'junk' area. And most of the yard sales in my area are nothing but baby stuff - there must have been a baby boom in the past few years.
There was one shop in Canada I used to go to, just to bury my arm elbow-deep in huge boxes of random buttons.
I'm looking forward to visiting Ax-Man!
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2008 09:36:59 PM »

It's awesome. You should come to a MN meetup next time we organize one, and we can take ya there!

They have an iron lung. It's THAT random.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2008 08:27:46 PM »

Yeah, I would not suggest that you come here specifically to go to AxMan. But if you were coming here anyway, to not go to AxMan would be like going to California and not going to In-N-Out... it would just be wrong!!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2008 09:14:59 PM »

YUCK! In-and Out Burger is soooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooo over-rated! But I really miss good mexican food and sushi sold in the grocery store. And real fresh fruit that actually TASTES like it's supposed to. And perfectly ripe avocados. And and and and..........I guess I just miss California. My art was considered tame there......
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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2009 03:31:53 PM »

I don't know if you guys will count this as a crafty resource, but CostPlus World Market is going to be closing all of its Minnesota locations.  I haven't seen any blow-outs yet, but I'm planning on making regular stops there as things get cheaper, since I use a lot of that type of stuff.  (Whimsies, boxes, baskets, glass jars, etc.)

Just thought I'd give a heads up!
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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2009 07:52:31 PM »

CostPlus has the coolest furniture! Years ago, I went in for a rug. Hubby sat at a table and refused to leave unless it went with us. I call it the Conan table, cuz it's so heavy and rustic.
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2009 10:01:34 PM »

Did you know there is more then one Axman?  I should have looked it up but there is one over by St. Louis Park, one in Anoka and I just found one 2 weeks ago in Crystal!  What fun! 
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2009 06:59:18 AM »

I don't know about there being one in Anoka, but the one I used to hit all the time is in Fridley off of 65.
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