Recently, I had Happy Mail arrive at my door. Don’t you love Happy Mail? My Happy Mail came from Snapfish. I vowed to myself I would re-cap my vendor experiences by creating photo books. Snapfish never disappoints in their designs or the ease in creating these little buggers. As the kids and I paged through the photo book re-telling my tales of the Spring Junk Bonanza show in Minneapolis, I said to myself, “Holy Moly. I haven’t even shared my Junk Bonanza shenanigans with my blog readers.” So, thank you Snapfish Happy Mail for the gentle reminder. Here is goes.
This past spring marked my third trip to Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park. I love it so much, I’ve signed on for two more. Junking nirvana and junking bliss…all under one roof. My favorite part of my trip to the metro was actually at the drive-up bank window while I was getting my start-up cash. With all of my plants and flowers neatly stacked in the suburban with me, the bank teller asked if I was working part time as a flower delivery person. Like she really thought I was.
You can’t beat it. It was the inaugural trip for my newly purchased “girl” trailer. As I stood in the registration line, there was a dull roar among the junkers. Everyone was buzzing and chirping about the anticipated event. I immediately connected with a few junker friends and even made a few ones while I waited. Then, it was off to work to begin the full day of booth setup and staging fun. But first things first, I had to dive into my bag of goodies and gain access to the “back stage pass.”
Canterbury Park is most known for it’s horse racing. I literally parked the ‘burb just steps away from the track.
Once Junk Hunk arrived with my new trailer full of my goods, it was time to begin the unloading process and initial booth building.
Withing 5 hours, Junk Hunk headed back home and I stayed for my favorite part: staging. Staging is a thoughtful combustion of creativity, marketing, and product up-selling. To put it simply, I LOVE IT. Most of the Junk By Jenny inventory is anything rusty, crusty, metal, or aged wood. I love the freshness allowed at the spring show with my greens and fragrant flowers.
Each morning, I did a Facebook Live visit with my readers and followers, showcasing my booth and my daily selfie.
As most know, I love the junk. But even more, I admire and adore the people. Many familiar faces stopped by to visit. I met many new folks as well.
A fun trio of gals made it a point to stop by my booth with an awesome story to tell. As I took a photo of the beaming Grandma with her little bundle, the mom was quick to share it wasn’t their first visit. Little Tatum was just weeks old when they first visited my booth back in September. What a fun annual girls outing, especially when they made it a point to come back to my booth to say hello.
Another unique experience from this spring was the addition of the horses. Each morning, those beautiful race horses were out with their trainers. It added to the ambiance greatly.
I was blessed with the opportunity to meet Annie Sloan, the chalk paint founder. Her personal visit to my booth was so much fun.
After cruising through my photos, it’s no wonder the bank teller pegged me as a floral delivery gal. I guess I’m obsessed.
Perhaps the most exciting part of Junk Bonanza this spring was having the Junk By Jenny varsity starters with me. My family joined me on Saturday afternoon.
It is also important to note that a trip to Junk Bonanza isn’t complete with these 2 key elements: the famous Bloody Marys and a stop at Mystic Lake Casino.
As the Spring Junk Bonanza drew to a close, I had the most lovely cleanup crew.
And that’s a wrap. Notice me still clinging to my flowers.
We celebrated with a feast at Red Lobster and snuggles from Auntie’s favorite gal, Vivian.
And so ends my Spring Junk Bonanza adventure. SKREEETCH. I hit the brakes, just 2 blocks from home. What is that I see? Free vintage bikes were curbside. Only a junker, who is mentally and physically exhausted from 4 full days of Junk Bonanza would stop. Yep.