We've got “junk in the trunk” — and tons of it.
If you love vintage, up-cycled and repurposed items, you won't want to miss this weekend's Junkstock: The Harvest Edition.
More than 50 “junk” vendors from five states will meet at an old dairy farm at 315 S. 192nd St. to sell their vintage treasures, antiques and artisan-made pieces. Here are the details:
How does it work?
Each vendor will bring his or her own “twist” on repurposing items, including everything from vintage jewelry and children's clothing made from recycled materials to home decor made from scrap metal. The event also will feature live music, food and a play area for kids with a bounce house, balloons, face-painting and harvest-themed crafts.
What kind of “junk” will be at the event?
Throwing out a few junk terms — such as architectural salvage, farm-fresh finds, rescued junque and cottage shabby chic — are just some of the categories of items you will find. You can also visit www.junkstockomaha.com to get a better idea.
Who came up with the idea for the event?
Junkstock is being hosted by Sara Alexander of Papillion's Junque Factory, Scout: Dry Goods & Trade in Dundee and momaha.com, the Omaha World-Herald's social networking website for moms.
What kind of food will be there?
Locomotive Food Truck and Lindsey Enterprises will serve everything from hot apple cider to Caribbean jerk barbecue.
Which bands are performing?
Brad Hoshaw, Midwest Dilemma, Ray Michael-Host, The Donefits, Platte River Rain, Southpaw Bluegrass Band, Kris Lager, Matt Cox, and Matt Whipkey, among others.
Will there be any celebrities?
Junk insider Cammie Metheny of Flea Market Style magazine will make an appearance and sign autographs. The magazine gives great ideas for using junk in your own home. It's full of vintage-style decorating ideas, projects, collecting tips, photos and home features. Several of the momaha.com bloggers will also be at the event.
What's the cost?
There is a $5 admission fee. Children under 12 are free. Weekend passes are available for $12. A portion of the admission fees will be donated to the Creutzfeldt-Jakobs Disease Foundation and The Dragonfly Project, a nonprofit group offering support to those grieving a death.
What are the hours?
Hours will be Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Junkstock founder Sara Alexander of the Junque Factory shared her list of the Top 7 items you don't want to pass on.
1. Vintage Turkish olive baskets
A hot item in the vintage world right now. Alexander said people are making them into lights or using them as a bin for towels or toys.
2. Locker baskets
Alexander said they're getting harder to find, but they're great for all kinds of storage, shelving displays, or in kids' rooms and offices.
3. Vintage suitcases
Vintage store owners can't find these as easy as they used to. People are stacking them to make end tables or to display in a room.
4. Harvest table/farmhouse tables
We're talking authentic tables, folks!
5. Sign letters
Alexander said these are great to decorate children's rooms by displaying kid's names on the wall or to display elsewhere around your home.
6. Galvanized metal/zinc
We love anything galvanized or zinc, from old wash tubs to zinc-topped tables. Don't pass on cool or rusted metal because they provide great decorating opportunities. Here's a tip: Use Krud Kutter to treat or clean metal pieces. It's a product you can find at your local hardware store in the paint section.
7. Farm, industrial, and cottage chic furniture
Look for unique pieces that speak to you. It's fun to mix and match industrial items with farm finds.
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