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There may not be petticoats at the JUNKtion in Brainerd this weekend but organizers say there will be plenty to interest those with an eye for design.

Especially if they are attracted to vintage items, enjoy putting new spins on rustic pieces or like finding a new purpose for an everyday fixture. Maybe that rugged door with character is perfect for a wall display or a table top.

And all the vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse, industrial and repurposed items will be part of a two-day sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25 and May 26 at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd. General admission is $8 per day. Children younger than 11 are free.

The two-day event includes juried vendors, the Prairie Bay Side Dish food truck and even a live band. It’s all part of The Olde Depot JUNKtion event Memorial Day weekend.

Between Pinterest, the social media service where members can “pin” objects to a board and share images, and numerous cable shows based on finding vintage items and decorating, PJ Overvold, one of the JUNKtion’s founders, said whether it’s called vintage, repurposed, shabby chic or another name — the interest is huge.

Overvold started O Design, an event decor planning business in Pequot Lakes, and now has The Red Umbrella store on Highway 371 north of Brainerd. Overvold is working with Pam and Wayne Massie of Massie Creek in Nisswa and Brad and Amy Johnson of Second Hand Rose in Buffalo.

Overvold said the group started planning the event late last year. Overvold was inspired after checking out the Northern Pacific Center for a wedding. That led to working to find a group of vendors who could complement the exposed brick of the expansive Building No. 3 and history at the Northern Pacific Center in east Brainerd.

“We’ve got to start using these buildings and show the public just how great these buildings are,” Overvold said.

To be part of it, vendors sent in applications and organizers picked those who they felt fit the event. Overvold said it’s not wooden handmade crafts. She described it as an upscale flea market. And with Pinterest, Overvold said people are able to see what others are doing and get ideas on how to repurpose items like a truck tailgate into a garden bench or an old door becoming a kitchen island topper.

“I think people will be surprised at what they find and hopefully it will be such a huge success we can bring it back year after year,” Overvold said.

She said the goal was to bring something different to the community.

There are options to be early shoppers or as organizers put it a chance to “Catch the Early Train” by paying $20 for both days to get a head start on the merchandise from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Overvold said 300 shoppers already bought the early train tickets.

From 6-9:30 p.m. May 25 Prairie Bay and Cash Wise Liquors are hosting the food, wines and desserts with the live music and private shopping for $50.

People can grab a bite to eat, check out the bloody mary bar inside the JUNKtion or grab a pop with a sandwich and make a day of it, Overvold said. She said they don’t really know what to expect for the turnout for the first event, but other junk bananza gatherings are all over the country with the growing popularity of salvaging something with character for a new purpose.

“It’s become such a huge interest,” she said. “These little junk markets are popping up all over the place.”

Shoppers may find items for $5 or $2,500.

“It just depends on what it is,” Overvold said. “Everything is kind of priced differently. You are getting vintage with meaning and character to it.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think people are going to be surprised and pretty excited about it.”

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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