Cari Cucksey appearing at Minn. Junk Bonanza in April


CANTERBURY PARK, Minn. — The Junk Bonanza, the Best Junk Round-Up in the Nation, returns to Canterbury Park, April 10-12, 2014, for a Spring show packed with vintage finds and castoff treasures.

Shed your wintertime frame of mind and delve into the beautiful displays offered by more than 160 juried purveyors of vintage, from across the nation. The Bonanza’s stock in trade

One of the many, many displays featured throughout the Junk Bonanza.

One of the many, many displays featured throughout the Junk Bonanza.

is the ingenuity and creativity of its vendors, who showcase salvaged and rejuvenated junk, antiques and vintage and artisan-repurposed pieces. Shoppers will find each item 40 years or older, or made from components of that vintage, including furniture, home goods, lighting, garden accessories, jewelry, textiles and industrial castoffs of all sizes.

Founder/junk entrepreneur Ki Nassauer describes the Bonanza, in its ninth year, as “a heady, exhilarating gathering where friends can share their love of vintage and the thrill of the hunt.”

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Among the many highlights:

• Six free, hands-on workshops on decorative uses and techniques with Chalk Paint, taught by a team from Annie Sloan Unfolded. ASU oversees the North American manufacture, marketing, sales and distribution of products dedicated to those who repurpose, create and transform. An on-site shop will sell product to go.

• The “Yard Party” gallery of whimsical vintage garden and yard ware, all 40 years older or more. A 1940s BBQ grill? Got it! A spectacular German garden gnome? He’s there, too. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice” award by casting pennies into jars. Proceeds will go to Animal Ark, which operates a no-kill shelter in Hastings, Minn.

• Appearances by Cari Cucksey, the “antiques matchmaker” and estate sale maven who

Cari Cucksey

Cari Cucksey

hosts HGTV’s “Cash & Cari” show and operates the popular online store, RePurpose.

• A “photo-op” in the Yard Party area where attendees can snap their “look-what-I-found-at-the-Bonanza” photos.

• Hands-on opportunities to repurpose used materials into hand-bound books by ReUSE MN, a nonprofit partner, and one of its members, Junket: Tossed & Found.

• Friday’s “Lucky Friday” event, with drawings for more than 100 coupons and prizes totaling thousands of dollars from more than 60 vendors and donating businesses. Vendor coupons can be redeemed for purchases on site.

• Magazine signings by Nassauer, who edits the twice-yearly Flea Market Style magazine and FMS Decorating. She will meet attendees and sign magazines in several sessions.

• The Ki Nassauer Shop for junker-inspired items including clothing, home goods and jewelry in exclusive Ki Nassauer designs. Nassauer, a Minnesota native, also shares her devotion to vintage through, a nationwide online guide for the best flea markets, antiques shows and shops, vintage sales, thrift stores and architectural salvage centers. Learn more about her enterprise at

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After attending in April, you’ll want to be back for Bonanza’s annual Fall show, set for Sept. 25-27, 2014.

Hours for the April 10-12, 2014, show are Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9 (cash and checks only) per day at the door. ATMs are available on-site.

Early bird admission ($25, check or cash), which can be purchased online ( or at the door (check or cash), provides entry at 8 a.m. Thursday — two hours before the start — and is also good for admission during regular hours Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit