Funky Fresh is now CLOSED

We're leaving this great page up as a resource for ideas and inspiration but the store is no longer open. Come visit our new project: Amuse - Modern Cottage Industry in Press Bay Alley on Green St.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fix-Up Friday- Part 2

Before Funky Junk took over the old, new location, you need to get an idea of what the place looked like to begin with....
Seriously pathetic patio.
Three ugly floors meet.
Bad yellow painted ceiling with fluorescents... always in style.
Vast bare white-walled warehouse... empty, empty.
Sad blue powder room.
So much potential, so much needed paint. Stay tuned for the slow but good changes to come...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Personalized Cameo Creating Class

Sunday December 2nd, 3-5pm

We will be turning a decorative plate into a unique Cameo of your loved one!  You can silhouette your kids, grandma, even a favorite pet!  It's a perfect holiday gift.

Bring (or email) a digital image of the person or pet you want to silhouette- it must be a profile photo please.

Bring an 8” plate or larger- or choose one of ours for no extra cost.

The class is taught by David West, and the cost is $25.
This class is taking place during the Ithaca Winter Festival! 
For all the details on Santa's arrival, the Chowder cook-off, the Wing Walk, Ice Wars, the Hanukah Festival, and so much more, check out the Downtown Ithaca Alliance website.  Take a break from the cold and come over to Funky Junk to warm up and make a collectible Cameo.

Stop by Funky Junk to Pre-Register today!
For general info on classes, read the December Classes blog post.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December Classes

ANNOUNCING December 2012 Funky Junk Classes!
Starting Sunday December 2nd, Funky Junk has a full line-up of artistic, upcycled, crafty, and new classes to make your holiday season Funky and Fresh!
You can get all the details in a number of ways....
Sign up for the mailing list by emailing Amanda at tamarack99[at]gmail[dot]com, or calling the store.
Go to the blog Events Page to see the full Google calendar.  
Check the blog regularly- we will announce and give more info on each class as it approaches.
Find us on Facebook and check out the Events posted there.
Stop by the store and pick up a brochure, which lists the month's classes.
General Stuff you need to know...
$10 deposit and Pre-Registration required for all classes.  Cash or Credit.  For now you must stop by the store, or mail a check Snail-Mail to sign up.  (Coming soon- online paypal deposit system.)
If class runs as planned, deposit will be put towards fee.
If you fail to attend class, deposit will be kept by Instructor.
Funky Junk and its Instructors reserve the right to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances, or lack of interest or attendance.

There is a loading zone in back of the  Funky Junk building to bring in larger furniture items.
 If you don’t have the item the class is upcycling, you can buy it that day at Funky Junk for 10% off.
 If you have an idea for a class you would like to see offered, please call or email.
 If you are an artisan or crafter and wish to teach your art, please talk to us about leading a class at Funky Junk.
Gift Certificates are available to give the gift of Funky Junk Classes to your loved ones!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kitty Whalen- Store Manager

Meet Kitty Whalen, Funky Junk's Store Manager.
Kitty lives in Horseheads, NY, and has been a fan of Funky Junk since the store opened.  When the opportunity arose to work at the store, Kitty jumped at the chance. 
Kitty says she likes working at Funky Junk because she is "nosy" at heart.  She enjoys seeing what customers are interested in, how they envision their homes with the Funky furniture in the store, and particularly seeing how an old piece of junk can be restored into something beautiful.
The most challenging thing about working at Funky Junk?  "There is only so much space!"  Kitty works hard every day to find deliberate and attractive ways to display the Funky Finds in the limited space of the store.
But Kitty is more than a Funky Junk retail guru.  She is also an illustrator and graphic designer.  Check out her Etsy page- Digital FairyTale to see where else her creativity is taking her on her free time.

Stop by the store anytime and share with Kitty your latest upcycling creation- she'd love to talk art, junk, or upcycling with you!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fix-Up Friday- Part 1

Funky Junk is opening a second location! 
Yes, you heard that correctly. Coming soon you can get your Funky Junk fix at FJ Commons, or FJ Island.
  Funky Junk has acquired a staggeringly Funky and incredibly fabulous new place of business on Taughhannock Boulevard/Rt 89, in Ithaca's up-and-coming West End. 
In real estate they always say location, location, location.  This new location is right in so many ways... it has a patio and porch directly on the Inlet, it is across the street from Island Health and Fitness, it is a hop, skip, and jump from Cass Park, and it is nearby a pizza joint, a natural foods co-op, a quik-stop grocery, a swanky seafood joint, at least two cafe's - and that's just within two blocks!
And while right now it is not much to write home about, white walls, weird lighting, and uneven floors,

in the weeks to come, the new location will be getting a complete overhaul and renovation. Kristina and David are very excited to get this project going!

From now until the Funky Junk Island Grand Opening, every Friday will be Fix-Up Friday.  As Kristina and David, and their Funky Staff wade through this ultimate upcycling project we'll keep you up to date on everything.  We'll show you the changes the building undergoes.  We'll check in with our new neighbors and give you the low-down on the Island Neighborhood.  And we'll share with you the ups and downs of this changing business landscape.

Funky Junk has loved the Commons store for the past nine months.  And it is true that this location will be closing sometime in 2013, due to the Commons renovations and building redevelopment. 
For now however, Funky Junk Lovers stay tuned for more Funky Fresh ideas for your fabulous and Upcycled home!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Sale- Part 4


November 23rd, 5-8pm
November 24th, 10am-8pm
November 25th, 11-6pm

Well, you've made it to the last post about all the local, fabulous, and talented artisans who will be at the  Black Friday Holiday Sale.  Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for images and info on other vendors.  We've got a few more to share, so read on...
Rose Gottlieb, Ithaca, NY.

Spring Nicole Smith- Re-Generation Clothing, Ithaca, NY, and Susan Miller- photography.


Hope Chambrone, Ithaca, NY.

 Strawberry Curls Art, Ithaca, NY.
Strawberry Curls on Facebook

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Then come spend the weekend showing your gratitude that we live in a city where local, sustainable, green, and small business holiday gifts are not only available, but the norm!  Shop til you drop supporting The Art and Found and Funky Junk's Black Friday weekend Holiday Sale. 
See you there!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Sale- Part 3

November 23rd, 5-8pm
November 24th, 10am-8pm
November 25th, 11-6pm
Thanksgiving week is here... time to be thankful for all the abundance in our lives, to spend time with family and friends, to eat way too much food.  And then...
go shopping.
Funky Junk and The Art and Found want to keep up the Black Friday shopping tradition, but do it the Ithaca way.  Local, sustainable, green, and small.  If you missed the previous posts, check out Part 1 and Part 2 to see other artisans and crafters who will be at the sale.
 And here are a few more...
Meredith Talusan/RiceField Collective
The Acorn Cabinet, Ithaca, NY.

Perfume House, Ithaca, NY.
perfumehouse on Etsy

Funky Junk Maker Oulademi James-Daniel, Hempstead, NY.


Leanna Designs, Ithaca NY.
leannadesigns on Etsy


Friday, November 16, 2012

MORE Funky Fresh Dining Chairs

If you thought last week's Upcycled Dining Chairs were Funky Fresh, check out Kristina's latest creations!  She's all warmed up and ready to teach the Dining Chair Upholstery Class tomorrow- Saturday Nov. 17 at 3 pm.

Inspired yet?
Call or email Funky Junk now to sign up! There's still space available in the class, and we want to see you upholstering.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Friday Sale- Part 2

November 23rd, 5-8pm
November 24th, 10am-8pm
November 25th, 11-6pm
There are more reasons than it is possible to count why buying local and handmade is fabulous... but here are a few to get you thinking...
1- Handmade items are made with care, thought, and love.  Gifts made by real hands are truly from the heart.
2-You guarantee that no one is giving the same gift as you!
3- Indie designers are often more fashion forward and on the cutting edge of creation.
4- Products made on the small scale are more environmentally friendly- no big factories, chemicals, or waste to deal with. 
5- Buying from small-business artisans and craftspeople supports what we need more of in our world- Creativity! 
A few more local Artisans who will be at the Black Friday sale...
Lindsey Collier Sears, Rochester, NY


Jill Hoffman, NY
Forever Pine on Etsy

Funky Junk Maker Karen Coleman, Ithaca, NY.
Blog post about Karen


Emilie Bosworth-Clemens
Crossfox on Etsy

Ryan Curtis, Ithaca, NY.
Ryan B Curtis Art website

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