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Get a Trunkful-o-Junk at the Vintage Market

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 15:10

Junk in the Trunk, Vintage Market

Tiera Allen, College Times

Vintage Market founders

Any regular vintage shopper will tell you there is something special about wearing an aged piece of jewelry or finding rare antiques to fill the home. Second-hand items come with a story behind them, filled with spirit and love from its previous owners.

If you are looking for the perfect place to begin your vintage collection, then the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is just the place to do it. Whether you seek handcrafted copper jewelry, a jasmine-studded belt or a wooden armoire, it has such hidden gems.

The vintage market at Scottsdale's WestWorld was originally created by three lovely ladies who share a passion for putting more "junk" in their "trunk."

Lindsey Holt, Coley Arnold and Monique Wallis were united because of their shared love for all things antique and shabby chic. The trio decided to create a market where they could bring folks together to buy, sell and share vintage classics. All three women eat, sleep and breathe vintage and hope this market will offer guests more than just a shopping experience and be a place for design ideas, inspiration and encouragement to make new from the old.

"The event is about much more than shopping," Holt said. "It's about being in the same place with likeminded people, enjoying vintage goodies." 

 At the Junk in the Trunk market, shoppers will get to shop from over 60 vendors that are chosen based on the originality and quality of their junk – so you know you’re getting the good stuff. The vendors' junk includes furniture and home decor as well as funky jewelry, vintage clothing, recycled accessories, antiques, and much more.

Originality is definitely prominent among some of the junk from the market vendors. Pumpernickel and Wry is a company that sells "upcycled" and repurposed vintage, hand-stamped, silver plate flatware. This vendor takes plain, regular silverware and turns it into a customized item with sayings, names or phrases. Another vendor, Recycled Ranch, turns old, bland and used furniture into a must-have piece for the home. With careful repainting, repairing and redecorating, the recycled furniture looks just like new but at a less-than-new price. The vendor Timelessbuttons lets you wear a little piece of history on your finger with its rings made from vintage buttons, brooches and earrings from the 1800s.

Other notable vendors include Poppy Lime Design, which sells handcrafted flowers to wear in your hair, and Winifred Street, which sells message art, collages and art cards that have been upcycled using acrylic paint, paper, fabric and fiber, inks and color washes, found objects and vintage buttons.


Before you put on your junk hunting hat and head to Junk in the Trunk, here are a few tips to assist you on this vintage-shopping endeavor:

·         Bargaining can be a huge part of vintage shopping, and it is perfectly acceptable to discuss prices with the vendors.

·         There is a bit of physical preparation to ensure a pleasurable experience at a flea market, especially a market that is outdoors in Arizona. Wear a hat and bring lots of sunscreen.

·         Shopping for hours at a flea market can be tiring, so bring snacks and water to replenish you during your shopping journey. There will be a food truck.

·         An obvious but easily forgettable item is a shopping bag or cart. Even if you do not plan to buy any furniture, it is always easier to push a cart full of treasures than it is to carry them. Plus, you may just find a gorgeous antique mirror or dresser that you cannot live without, so it's always a good idea to be prepared.

·         Bring cash. Not all vendors will accept credit cards. There will be ATMs, but come prepared and you’ll save yourself the ATM fees.


WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Saturday, September 15, early admission 7:30 a.m., $8, general admission is at 9 a.m., $4, market closes at 2 p.m.

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