I’m not even sure how to start this post; this experience was so much fun and so…I don’t know the right word. Encouraging? Pivotal? Challenging? Exhilarating.
I have wanted to attend Junkstock for the past three years. Every time I heard about it I knew I would love it, but the timing was always off. Is it too much to say I think it was providential that we were in Omaha this past weekend at the same time Junkstock was taking place? Too much? I don’t know; I was pretty excited about it!!
And it did NOT disappoint.
From their website:
Just as Woodstock rocked the fields of an old dairy farm in Bethel, NY the summer of 69’, Junkstock will rock the fields of an old West Omaha Dairy farm October 10-12, 2014. 3 days of peace love music and junk! A weekend we’ll never forget, filled with Juried Junk Vendors from 10 different states, bringing vintage finds, unique antiques, and one of a kind re-purposed goods.
Each booth looked like a miniature store – merchandised and decorated in amazing ways. I simply could NOT believe how many people were there shopping!!! It was amazing! A.MA.ZING!!!!!
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. And that is exactly how I picture my heavenly mansion – white chippy distressed and vintaged-out!
I kept getting sidetracked by the displays even more than the merchandise for sale! Like this necklace holder. Brilliant! Loved it!! As is typical for all booth vendors, when I mentioned how fabulous it was to the booth owner her husband said, “Thanks! We just made that last night at midnight!” -ha! Oh how I remember those days of last-minute prop building.
This fine dresser could have used a nice serving tray on it, don’t you think?!
I took this picture for my mother-in-law. She’d get a good kick out of seeing someone selling hedge apples for $3. They are everywhere on their property and a bit of an annoyance to them.
There is no other word for it: I completely and utterly and unabashedly stalked the woman below. I loved her style! This picture doesn’t really fully do her justice. The streaks of pink in her blonde hair were the icing on the cake. I have no shame.
I’m a little sad I didn’t pick up some of the fantastic paint-by-number pieces I saw. In particular, I wish I had purchased these for my daughter. There were some really good ones in various different booths.
This picture just doesn’t do these letters and numbers justice. They were VERY large and cut out of corrogated metal (which I love.) Just this display alone would be a fabulous backdrop for a photoshoot. Love, love, love.
Oh for the love of cute! Such adorableness!!! A pink camper!!
(This blog post is just going to have to be filled with millions of exclamation points. They best describe how I walked through this day – as one big exclamation!!!)
As far as you could see – people everywhere!
As we pulled into the lot that morning, I squinted to see the booths then immediately said, “I see windows!” as Scott replied, “I see no place to park!”
I felt like this booth owner had the best spot – next to the dairy property’s barn. Her backdrop was beautifully chipped and distressed.
Scott and I got a kick out of these baskets. We saw them in a few booths. A couple of years ago Scott’s parents gave us a freezer. It was nice to have extra storage space but mostly I was excited about the metal freezer trays that were inside. I immediately took them out and have been using them around the house ever since. So to see them being sold for $18 each – too funny.
Everywhere you looked, guys were hauling furniture to peoples cars. It was really cute: they had a bunch of guys called Junk Hunks that booths could call and get assistance for their customers on big items. They’d show up with their golf cart, load the item in the cart then they would take off with the customer to their cars to unload. It was a really cute touch!
But I had my own hunk…
Again, I took this picture for my father-in-law. Their property is filled with logs and wood from trees they’ve cleared out. He would laugh at the possibility of selling slices of them for $8 a piece!
The local bands were perfect. Lots of variety and fun to hear as you shopped.
Again, I was mesmerized by the display as much as the merchandise. Everything was so clever and unique.
What an incredible day! My head was FULL of ideas and possibilities as we headed back to the hotel. I even snagged a few items to take back home with me.
This would be my dream job. I was both impressed with and more than a little envious of every vendor there. My respect for the organizers is so immense – for not letting little Kleenex box covered crafters in, but making sure that each booth was vetted and up to the high standards of presentation and content. It made my experience all the more enjoyable.
I’ve already got the Junkstock dates written in my calendar for next year.
Shall we carpool together?!