If you have never been to Junk Stock you should adventure over to Omaha, NE at least once and check out this sale. First and for most a big thanks to Jessica, my daughter, for mentioning it and Bill, the hubs, for driving us over there. We were first timers and super excited to experience this huge sale.
Getting there. As expected there was a long line of cars to parking. We had to park a half mile away (I think) in the residential area and walk along the highway. That was not within my comfort zone. It felt pretty dangerous. All I kept thinking was someone would be texting and plow me over.
I really have to tell you, nature called so we visited Port A Potty row. They were unexpectedly ok! My daughter and I laughed and rated them 4 stars. Only to deduct a star because it was almost full. A HUGE thanks to who ever managed those.
Junk vendors really are troopers! They made the best of the rain/mud situation and still displayed their wares in creative and eye catching ways. We even saw some humor in posted signs like
“Welcome to Mud Stock” “Rain Stock Sale”
There was one booth in particular that made me feel happy while snooping around. I really wanted to just buy everything they had, loved the care in finishing products, good space for walking around, and just felt good. Funny thing…my daughter held up the business card for the booth…it was The Junk Refunkery ! …Oh my gosh, no wonder I liked this one so much! Dori always makes the best things..I’m a fan..and she lives right here in Boone. This little happy sign, I think was a rusty croquet marker embellished with letters, a red bow and owl. I really love it stuck in my succulent pot. I also purchased another little cutie for a gift.
Junk Stock was a busy place. The junk hunks, I think they called them, were zipping around gathering the orange ticketed merchandise for car pick up. Live music was playing in the background. Parents were pushing their infants around in strollers. There were the handful of kids complaining they were sooo bored. I had to laugh and was thankful my child was 23 years old. One grandma had to explain what an old rotary dial phone actually was. Wow. If I ever open a store again a rotary phone station will be on the must have list. The alleys were thankfully large for everyone to walk. There were a few food vendors. All of the shoppers that I noticed were really enjoying themselves.
Another thank you to the little kids in the residential area for the Lemonade Stand. Although, I think I would have paid you $10 for an ice cold beer and shaded lawn chair. It was a nice little break from walking back to our car. We enjoyed doing business with you.
We spent about three and a half hours at this sale. Overall, it was about a 10 hour time investment for us. While driving home we talked about all of our experiences and didn’t mind the traffic, humidity, the crowds, the mud, or sinking into the ground while eating our corn dogs, sodas and lemonade. For me, I would like to have seen more smiling vendors out of their lawn chairs yelling “MUD FIGHT” or something along those lines to generate more of a fun, what the heck, experience and environment for us. On the most part it was a good event and something everyone should try at least once.
The best part of the whole trip was spending some great quality time with Jessica and the Hubs. Love you guys 🙂