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Junk in the Trunk attracts shoppers


Christopher Andersson

Local Bill Martin, right, explains some of the items he has for sell to a group during this year's Junk in the Trunk on July 9.

Vendors brought out their goods and their junk for the City of Marysville's annual flea market event "Junk in the Trunk."

The July 9 market brought a parking lot full of vendors to the area around the Marysville Courthouse.

This year included people selling various items like antiques, old party supplies, fluorescent lights, doll clothes, and one person selling only Hawaiian shirts.

"I'm really excited about this year because people brought down an eclectic mix of things," said Maryke Burgess, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center and one of the organizers of the event.

Others come to sell their own goods, like one local author who does promotion at the event every year, said Burgess.

"We have a few groups that are doing fundraisers for their events, and they seem to be doing really well this year," she said.

Local Cookie Martin said she hasn't been able to bring her stuff to sell in previous years, but wanted to this year.

She said the variety of items attracts a lot of different people.

"You have a different variety of stuff people are selling, between antiques and artists. It's a nice variety that's not all the same thing," she said.

Local Milt Heger said he likes coming to small market events.

"I actually came to pick up some lumber at E&E Lumber, and then I saw this was going on so I stopped because I love these things," he said.

He said he likes exploring for items.

"I just love to find stuff, it's an adventure. I'd rather spend $20 here then go to the movies," he said.

Junk in the Trunk also offers good prices for families as well, said Burgess.

"We had a little girl who came here and her mom bought her a stroller and a teddy bear to put into the stroller and she was just as happy as can be," she said.

The variety of interesting items also makes for a great small community event, she said.

"The customers enjoy just having something interesting to look at. It invites a lot of great conversation," she said.

The Marysville Farmers Market has been next door for this year and last year, and it has helped traffic for Junk in the Trunk as well.

"We're right next to the [Marysville] Farmers Market, so it's a great way to spend a Saturday," said Burgess. "We bring customers to each other."

Vendors also like to come down to the event because the city does a lot of advertising to get people to come down.

Christopher Andersson

Local Milt Heger looks at items from one of the vendors at this year's Junk in the Trunk on July 9.

"We do a lot of advertising and there's a lot of people that seek out events like this," said Burgess. "We're all here in a one-stop shop."

Burgess said she was a little concerned about the weather this year but everything went smoothly. "There were a lot of returning shoppers and returning vendors who seem to know the routine," she said.

This is the fifth year for Junk in the Trunk and Burgess said the city loves having it every year.

"There's also [same-day Marysville events] Poochapalooza and Rodz on Third. I think it's starting to become a unique thing to Marysville having all these events together," she said.


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