Junk Jaunt growing to 39 communities

2005-09-19T00:00:00Z Junk Jaunt growing to 39 communities Sioux City Journal
September 19, 2005 12:00 am

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- Last year's first Junk Jaunt was no fluke, says community coordinator Penny Hoback.

And proof of that will come from the 39 communities and more than 470 vendors who expect thousands of shoppers to ride the bargain trail this coming weekend.

Hoback said there were doubters last year that the idea of coordinated yard sales in several communities along a common route would work.

More than 15,000 shoppers from 17 states who had their choices of about 200 vendors in 26 communities proved them wrong.

Don White, owner of Vault Antiques in Berwyn, said last year's event brought more out-of-town traffic on a Saturday than all other weekends during the year combined. At one point, White said, he counted plates from seven different states and 23 Nebraska counties.

People from 17 states have ordered the book for this year's event, Hoback said. The book focuses on sidewalk sales, garage sales, antique sales and flea market items.

The Junk Jaunt will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"The neat thing about this," Hoback said, "is they can come into this loop any way they want to."

This year's Junk Jaunt communities are mostly along state highways 2, 11 and 91.

Back for a second year are Cairo, Elba, St. Paul, Farwell, Ashton, Scotia, North Loup, Arcadia, Ord, Elyria, Burwell, Taylor, Brewster, Dunning, Almeria, Merna, Broken Bow, Berwyn, Ansley, Mason City, Litchfield, Hazard, Loup City, Ravenna and Grand Island.

Participating for the first year are Wood River, Dannebrog, Alda, Boelus, St. Libory, Wolbach, Greeley, Bartlett, Ericson, Worms, Sargent, Halsey and Arnold.

The Junk Jaunt book lists the items to be found in each town and the times they are for sale. There will be books available in each community.

Items on sale include antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, produce, automobiles, collectibles and artwork.

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