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August 7, 2013

DDA to host first fall Junk in the Trunk this September

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

ROCHESTER — In June, Rochester businesses, residents and crafters participated in the city’s second annual Junk in the Trunk, giving a number of their belongings a new life and making a little cash in the process.

The summer Junk in the Trunk was such a huge success, according to Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Stephanie Hellebuyck, that the DDA decided to schedule its first fall Junk in the Trunk this September.

“We got such a great response to the one we did in June. We basically sold out, and people were coming up to us saying we should do it again,” she said.

The city’s fall communitywide resale event will once again bring unique items from Rochester-area residents and businesses together in the Farmers Market Upper Lot in downtown Rochester 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14.

Local businesses, residents and crafters who want to participate can purchase a parking space, which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with a two-space maximum. The price for one space is $35, and the cost for two spaces is $50.

Registration forms can be found online at www.downtownrochestermi.com/events/junk-in-the-trunk. The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 30, and participants are responsible for additional needs, such as tables, chairs and petty cash.

When choosing items for resale, Hellebuyck said it’s important to think antique and vintage — not old and used — such as furniture, antiques, collectibles, dishes and glassware, and accessories.

“During the summer event, there were a lot of residents selling things that you would see at a garage sale. There was a lot of furniture; someone sold a really nice antique table and chairs. Some people refurbished stuff and made it really cute, and then we had some people who did some handmade crafts. There was just about everything there.”

Utica resident Sherry Kush, who works in accounts payable for the city of Rochester, brought handmade fleece stuffed animals to the event in June as a craft vender.

“I had a wonderful time,” she said. “Even though I had my own tent, I walked around and looked at all the things people had there. It’s a very unique experience. Between the Farmers Market down below and Junk in the Trunk — which is kind of like a flea market, but more diversified because that allows the crafters in, too — there are a lot of good little finds. You just have to take the time to look.”

Sales were good for Kush, who plans to sell her toys once again during the fall event.

“I have at least 10 different types. They are sweet and cuddly,” she said. “I might even add a few things, besides crafts, this time. I don’t know.”

Junk in the Trunk is held just above the Rochester Farmers Market, giving the public a chance to peruse the produce and goods at both.

The fall Junk in the Trunk will also feature activities for children — including a kids’ art activity and a Kids-2-Kids Sale 10 a.m.-noon. The Kids-2-Kids Sale will allow children to sell or trade items such as toys, games and electronics with their peers. Each child is limited to selling five items or fewer. Registration is free, but space is limited. Parents whose children want to participate are asked to call (248) 656-0060.

Junk in the Trunk is presented by Renewal By Anderson and the Rochester DDA. For more information, visit www.downtownrochestermi.com or call (248) 656-0060.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.