Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | August 13, 2012

The Sample Shop

I visited another possible consignment shop this week in Grand Junction, a small recreational community south of where I live called The Sample Shop. The shop is located in the old but lovingly restored Grand Junction School 925, located at 53808 CR 388.

The merchandise in this shop includes sample close-outs that came from a Chicago Merchandise Mart that closed it doors and includes home decor items, housewares, gifts and furniture.

I was offered an opportunity to place a couple of pieces of furniture there.

Shop hours are Thursday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Small towns are often known for their unique landmarks and tourist attractions. Grand Junction is one of those towns and is known throughout the region for its big chair, created from locally grown willow twigs. This season a beautiful garden has been planted around the big chair with multicolored giant zinnias and colorful sunflowers. Beautiful!

You can find my hand-painted vintage furniture transformations at the following two MI shops:

1)      Farmhouse Chic, 6998 114th Ave., Glen, MI in the old Glen Fire Station half way along the Blue Star Highway between South Haven, MI and Saugatuck, MI  Shop hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The shop cell phone is 616-403-4576 and shop e-mail is

2)      Baker Allegan Studios, Located 30 minutes from Kalamazoo, MI and 40 minutes from Grand Rapids, the Baker Allegan Studios is located at  148 Mill District Road, Allegan, MI 269-903-6883. Shop hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 6 and Sunday noon to 5 .Their website is

Small House / Big Sky Donna



  1. Congrats! Can’t wait to hear more about it this weekend!

  2. Have lots to talk about myself!! Looking forward to our day together.
    Small House / Big Sky Donna

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