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Vendors, shoppers enjoy Junk in the Trunk

 

Christopher Andersson

Paul Otto, left, talks with vendor Mark Sisson at Marysville's Junk in the Trunk on July 14.

Locals hoping to sell their housewares, antiques and other items came out to Marysville's annual community garage sale event Junk in the Trunk on July 14.

This year 60 vendors came out to the Marysville Municipal Court parking lot to sell their goods during the day.

"It's going really good. We have 60 vendors that have a great variety of items that they are selling," said Joanna Martin, Marysville's community center manager and main organizer for the event.

People sold a variety of items including clothes, games, toys, camping equipment and home improvement hardware.

"A lot of the popularity of the event is due to the selection and amount of items. When you go to one individual garage sale you get one person's stuff, and when you come here you get 60 people's stuff," said Martin.

"That one-stop shop is a draw," she said.

Martin said that the city puts it on for the vendors and to give locals another event to come to.

"It's just to create a community gathering space for people who want something to do in Marysville," she said.

The event can also attract people from outside the city who are spending their weekend shopping.

"It's beautiful. We're from Canada, from Vancouver Island, and we love to come down and check out the Junk in the Trunk and the flea market swap meet down in Tulalip," said Paul Otto.

Vendors also enjoy the convenience of the event, said Martin.

"It's a really inexpensive way to really sell their items. It's only $25 and we handle the marketing and newspaper ads," she said.

This is the second year that Mark Sisson attended the event.

"I do events all over the place and I came on a whim last year because a lady had told me about it and I did really good," he said.

Sisson said he was in the retail business for many decades before his recent retirement. "For me, it's going back to my roots by selling music and antique stuff," he said.

Last year was the first time that the event has been run twice in one year, and it will return again this year on Sept. 8.

"The nice thing about September is that there is usually nice weather, just not this hot," said Martin.

Registration for vendors is currently open online at marysvillewa.gov for a maximum of 75 vendors. About a third of the spots are currently filled, said Martin.

 

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