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Treasures abound at Junk in the Trunk


Christopher Andersson

Vendor Mark Sisson, left, talks with local Dave Dow at this year's Marysville Junk in the Trunk on July 8.

The City of Marysville held their annual flea market, called Junk in the Trunk, on July 8 this year brining many people to look for deals and treasures.

The Junk in the Trunk event brings people the city's Municipal Court parking lot with cars full of antiques, clothes, toys and other items.

Joanna Martin, manager of the Ken Baxter Community Center and organizer of the event, said 74 vendors came to this year's event.

"It seems to be going really well," she said, "and the weather cooperated, which is always nice."

Martin said that people come to see the "variety of different items around."

"It's an opportunity to find very unique items and one-of-a-kind things," she said. "And with the variety, you might come in looking for one thing and end up finding a lot of other stuff."

Local Dave Dow said he likes to come down to search for good items to take home.

"I come down to look around and to see if I can find something that I can't live without, like everyone else," he said. "Sometimes you find a treasure." Junk in the Trunk also helps locals get to know each other, said Martin.

"It's just a good way to build community. You can meet people you might not normally meet," she said.

Vendor Mark Sisson said he gets out to a couple of flea markets each summer and enjoys talking to people.

"I'm not a heavy dealer, but I sell a lot of musical equipment," he said, adding he sold and fixed musical equipment in Seattle during the '90s grunge era.

He said he enjoys interacting with the musicians who stop by during events like Junk in the Trunk.

"I find out who's musical because they'll come in and see the guitars," he said.

Martin said the city is planning for next year's Junk in the Trunk and may move the event up a couple of weeks.

"It is something we're looking at again next year but we may move it up a few weekends and put it in June," she said.

Next year, like this year, will have July 4 in the middle of the week.

"My guess is that people will either travel the weekend before or the weekend after and our audience might be smaller," she said.

They also hope to coordinate with the nearby Marysville Farmers Market, which is right next door in the parking lot of City Hall.

"The other thing we're going to do is coordinate with the Farmers Market, so their opening will be the same day of the event," said Martin.

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