You’ve heard of terse answers? You won’t find any here from Nancy Polacek, a whiz-bang seamstress who enjoys a verbal joust as much as anyone:
The very unimaginative Nancy Polacek. Sometimes I add “Minneapolis” to it but then that is the answer to question 3!
Lives in/Business located:
I live and work, as my labels say, in my dank, dark Minneapolis basement. Since my chicks are leaving the nest I have crawled upstairs to evict Barbie and Ken from their Dreamhouse, a.k.a. my sunporch, so I do see the light of day, occasionally. From that vantage point I can spy on my neighbors and be completely distracted from work. Ball-throwing session going on out there? Well, c’mon dogs! Can’t neglect you!
This will be Bonanza vendor appearance:
When I’m back in my ’40s desk chair I get down to business sewing all kinds of things out of sturdy vintage fabrics. My favorite is pillows. So many way to change them up.
Favorite activity besides junking:
If I’m not sewing I can be found throwing the ball for my little dogs, Rusty and Otis; weeding and wondering what my 13-year-old will make for my dinner.
Would save if the workshop were on fire:
Last year I cavalierly claimed in my Flea Market Style mag profile that I’d save nothing if my house were on fire, but my workshop?! (Insert horrifying scream here).
I would save everything! Don’t make me choose! Would it be the 1950s hefty Pfaff that runs with a belt that looks like a snowmobile track? The huge pair of scissors that slices through metal zippers like butter? That recently acquired bag of vintage metal zippers? That question is too stressful. I have to go lie down for a while…
You knew you were a junker when:
I can pinpoint, exactly, when the junking bug hit. I was about 10 years old and looking across a junkyard with my Grandpa, who told me with a sweeping gesture that I could have anything I wanted. Little arms are not nearly long enough. Can you believe my Mom did not see the potential in all the stuff I dragged to the home I shared with 10 other people? Mom! I need this incomplete jigsaw puzzle! This old jar with the mystery items in the bottom! A little macrame and it’s a terrarium!
She’s still shaking her head at me.
Three words that describe you:
odd, vintage, useful
Three words that describe your product:
odd, vintage, useful
If you couldn’t be a junker, you’d be:
a high-fashion model (fer sher)
You couldn’t stand to sell it once you found it:
The Gothic, green-eyebrowed portrait. It’s something I didn’t fully appreciate until I got it home and now could never part with. She has the skeptical green eyebrow raised. Probably wondering why the painter made her nose all red like she has a cold. She will be making her debut on pillows at this year’s Bonanza.
We think it more likely this gal is musing why there is a sideways chevron stuck to her pageboy, but that’s another discussion, and one Nancy will be delighted to have with you when you visit her table at the Bonanza!