SHAKOPEE, Minn. — The Junk Bonanza returns to Canterbury Park Sept. 25-27 for its ninth year, reuniting shoppers and purveyors of vintage finds, beautiful antiques and artisan-repurposed goods.
More than 160 juried vendors showcase artful vignettes of castoff and repurposed treasures, each 40 years or older or made from components of that age. (View the complete list of the inventive vendors at junkbonanza.com/vendors.php.)
The Bonanza also includes a select group of artisanal handmade goods. Enjoy a variety of food, one of Canterbury’s famous Bloody Marys and a trip through the pumpkin-filled farm stand while you enjoy the Bonanza.
Special events include:
• Master Appraiser Tim Luke, host of the new “Cash in the Attic USA” online valuation site, will conduct free sessions twice daily with tips and insider insights. He’ll also take questions after his presentations on these topics: current hot collectibles; how to shop estate sales, flea markets and auctions; and how to determine what creates a future collectible.
• Six free, hands-on workshops by Amanda Ficek, a Minnesota Annie Sloan Unfolded stockist. She will demonstrate a variety of finishing techniques using Chalk Paint and other products twice daily.
• The Art of Junk contest gallery featuring the work of 10 vendor and community finalists; three winners will be awarded $1,000 in cash prizes for the best upcycled furniture and home and garden decor using vintage elements. Unless noted, pieces displayed are for sale.
• Multiple “Lucky Friday” giveaways each hour all day Friday. Among them: $25 coupons from more than 60 vendors to be redeemed for merchandise during the Bonanza, and goods and services donated from partners, sponsors and other supporting businesses.
• Nonprofit ReUSEMN.org and vintage store Junket: Tossed and Found will help attendees craft free, take-home journals using castoff materials. Staffers will answer questions and offer information on reuse, rental and repair in Minnesota.
The Bonanza is an indoor event; the show will go on despite rain or snow. Mark your
calendars for the Bonanza’s Spring show, April 16-18, 2015.
Show admission is $9 per day (available at the door; cash and checks only). ATMs are available on site. Early bird entry ($25) begins at 8 a.m. Thursday — two hours before shopping opens to the general public — and for regular admission Friday and Saturday. Purchase admission at the door with cash or check or online at junkbonanza.com/earlybird.php; orders dated Sept. 16 or later may be picked up at the Will Call window the day of the event.
Show hours are Thursday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking is free on adjacent lots. Visit junkbonanza.com/art_junk.php for Art of Junk contest details and entry form.