Thousands visited Old Town for the annual Glorious Junk Days on Sunday, May 28. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., over 160 dealers displayed their wares on Pollasky Avenue, between Bullard and Third Street.
What an eclectic display it was, with just about anything and everything imaginable, including vintage goods of all kinds, antiques, collectibles, one-of-a kind items, jewelry, repurposed or refurbished items, do-it-yourself projects and yard art. Merchants started to set up their booths at 4 a.m. and there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day.
Admission and parking was free, many stores were open and food vendors welcomed hungry customers.
One popular place was the Information Booth, where Kathy Osterberg Sobelman was available for informative services no cost appraisals.
“I brought one of my grandmother’s dolls, just to see what it’s worth and get the history behind it,” said Linda Morello. “A lot of these she inherited and they’re really old.”
Another popular booth was 99 Creations, a local business that makes custom wine barrel furniture.
“I make chairs, benches, coffee tables, wine racks, ice chests, a lot of stuff, in my garage,” said J.R. Valdez. “I only come to this one event and it’s been great. I got here early and a lot of things have already sold. I’ve met a lot of my Facebook followers and we’re holding a raffle later.”
Visitors strolling by were a boon to local businesses.
“It’s been the best Junk Day sales ever,” said Rosetta Ansiel of Ivy and Lace boutique.
“Earlier it was very busy. There are a lot of friendly, lovely people down here today.”
The first Glorious Junk Days event was created in 2012 in order to focus on those goods not usually showcased during the Antique and Collectable Fairs. It continues to be a highly anticipated event that delights with the surprise of discovery.