If you're anything like the average hobby-hopper, chances are you have a stockpile of dusty old junk just waiting to be reworked into something divine. Enter Art + Architecture's Junkmarket Style, a four-day, idea-generating event of how-to design seminars and cooking classes ending with a fashion show on Mother's Day. This is a must-attend event if you've always wanted to know the secrets of how to make junk look cool. Vintage home and garden collections, hand-crafted jewelry, and other unique items will be on sale daily in the Art + Architecture loft from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. So grab your estate-sale cast-offs, garage-sale finds, and rusted heirlooms and repurpose them into up-cycled home and garden gems at hands-on workshops. Seminars include woodworking for "junkers" (container gardening in junk pots), and mid-century cookware classes hosted by expert teachers who provide one-on-one tips for creative repurposing ideas. A reservation-only Mother's Day brunch will take place on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at neighboring café Cupcake. At 1 p.m., head back to the loft and show mom a good time at the spring fashion show presented by Anthropologie. For extra brownie points, plan ahead and use your creativity to fashion mom a handmade gift at one of the workshops. For more details, including registration and workshop schedules, visit www.aajms.com. The opening party on Wednesday features cooking demonstrations, early shopping, music, food, and drink.
Wed., May 5, 6-9 p.m.; Thu., May 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., May 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., May 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., May 9, 12-5 p.m., 2010