Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Junk Bonanza, The Best Vintage Market Roundup.


I've just returned home to Florida from my sister Ki's Fall Junk Bonanza in Minnesota. Great times were had with plentiful vintage shopping, yummy eats and hanging out with friends.  Click on the link above to learn more about this fun event.

History of the Bonanza

The Bonanza has its roots in the simple act of cleaning out a junk-stuffed garage.

And the resounding success of Ki Nassauer’s epic garage cleansing prompted her to found JUNKMARKET. The monthly sale in Long Lake, Minn., became “the” place shoppers could count on finding vintage treasures and Ki’s special, repurposed junk creations . Which led her to wonder: Wouldn’t it be fun to direct the energy it took to produce the monthly sales toward one annual blowout extravaganza? Thus, in 2006, the Bonanza was born!
The Bonanza has since expanded, showcasing biannual Fall and Spring shows at Canterbury Park, south of Minneapolis, and has added new venues near Portland, Ore., and San Diego, Calif. Each event is a special shopping experience for those who thrill to the hunt.
Attendees can browse spectacular displays of exceptional and wonderfully priced vintage and antique wares from hand-picked vendors. No reproductions allowed! The Bonanza is a powerful junking and networking experience, and offers special activities, giveaways, prizes and more to extend the fun.

With a slight drizzle of rain, the 1000+ Early Bird Ticket holders started lining up at 6:30am for the Fall 2015 Junk Bonanza. With the doors opening up at 8:00am for Early Birds only, they were guaranteed two hours of crowd free shopping and first dibs on unique vintage goods.

The Ki Nassauer Shop, where I worked, started with empty shelves that soon became  filled with "Junk themed" T-Shirts, Sweatshirts and Accessories. With specials of $10. T-Shirts and $28. Sweatshirts the sales were brisk.

With creative vendors and unique repurposing, special one of a kind purchases were guaranteed. A piano coffee table, animal statues created from metal parts, a glass top coffee table made from farming equipment and a large heavy concrete face salvaged from a Times Square 1915 building in Manhattan N.Y. were just a few of the unique items that could be purchased.

This year my eye was drawn to the industrial storage pieces. With plenty to choose from in all different shapes and sizes, I had a hard time making a decision on what piece should go home with me....

With Junk Bonanza Portland next on the schedule. I'll be flying out this next week to attend and work this inaugural event . I'm looking forward to meeting new friends and experiencing this part of our country. Click on the Junk Bonanza Portland link to learn more.



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