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JunkFest & Flea Market ~ Carrington, ND

Updated: 2018-02-21T08:23:35.243-06:00


Friday Private Event tickets on sale July 1 (until gone)!



It's almost time! The tickets will go on sale soon for the JunkFest private Friday evening event!

You will find the link to order HERE

This is a private event held 9/8/2017 from 6-8pm, and includes delightful hors d'oeuvres and beverage, doorprizes, a gift from the JunkFest girls, and pre-shopping with a hand selected group of amazingly talented vendors. Ticket also covers Saturday's gate fee.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this Friday evening event, and will be available starting July 1, at 8am (until gone). $35@ and the order link can be found at or starting July 1.

Questions can be emailed to .



Traveling to sunny AZ by chance?  Then you won't want to miss these 13 bizarre attractions along historic Route 66! Check 'em out! Brought to you by JunkFest's 13th Birthday (woot!) and!

Spaces are filling fast! Won't you join us?


Thinking about vending at JunkFest? This is one experience you don't want to miss!  To register online, see previous post or go to  We'd love to have you!

Vendor applications accepted starting April 1, 2017


Calling all junkers, artisans, and vendors of curious goods!  The 13th Annual JunkFest will be here whether we're ready or not ...before we know it!  Next sale is Saturday, September 9th, 2017.Vendor applications become available April 1st and spots fill up fast! Vendor form: CLICK HERE (apps accepted starting April 1)For vendor contact information email Cassie at csmith@daktel.comor call701-653-5385We're looking for vendors who want to join the frenzy that is JunkFest! Do you have any cool goods,treasures, or trinkets that you'd like to share?[...]

JunkFest is 13!! Cool Beans!


Where the heck are those girls now !?


Where...Oh Where....
Did the JunkFest Girls go???

It's no secret, really.

They've skipped on over to FACEBOOK!

But, before you head on over there, take a look back through the archives of amazing projects and posts here!!  

We promise you won't be disappointed! 

and when you're done, go here:

See ya on the flipside...

Hear ye! Hear ye! Friday Event tickets on sale SOON!



Who's excited about Friday tickets? Well here's the scoop:
1. The JunkFest Friday evening event is a private event for advanced ticket holders only. (Saturday is general admission, no tickets needed.)

2. Tickets for the Friday event go on sale June 27th, (no early sales!) and will sell until gone....which doesn't take long.

3. To request tickets email hafner5@daktel(dot)com (no earlier than June 27th) and give me your name, address and number of tickets requested. I will then respond to let you know if there are tickets available and with payment directions. (Tickets will be mailed to you once payment is received.) In the case of no email access, phone calls will be accepted at 701-653-5707. Texts and private messages will not be accepted.

4. The evening event is Friday, September 11th, from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $35@. There will be doorprizes, appetizers & refreshments, a gift from the JunkFest Girls, and you will be able to shop the JunkFest building only, which includes the JunkFest Girls and other amazing guest vendors.

To see some highlights from past events, check out the tab at the top of the page.


When blogs go silent.


What does it mean...when a blog goes idle?  The silence.

At times it simply means life happened.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Reality creeps up on us, and sometimes we stumble and fall.  Last autumn we bid farewell to a dear friend and JunkFest partner as she made her journey from this existence to the next.  Her creative touch, business sense, and way with words will most certainly be missed.

So the silence comes as a need to be more involved in our own personal priorities.  And along the way we have picked ourselves up and marched on, and planning for the next JunkFest is well under way.  Whether there will be tons of blog posts...well, we make no promises.

Are you Ready?


Woo Hoo!

Or your trailer!…Get your trailer ready!

... AND maybe your friend's car or your husband's truck!
Make it a long box, just to be on the safe side.

See you soon!   ;)

Kids are free, Junk is extra



What do you get?


  What do you get when you have perfectly rusty iron grates,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            beautiful aged cast iron,     throw in some exotic ornamentation,  and a little weathered wood,    plus some galvanized metal,   and peeling, chippy paint, more galvanized goodness,    primitive hardware, and some great legs?  You have JUNKFEST!! Join us as we celebrate 10 years of repurposed treasures, your favorite patinas, and some of the best vendors we could find...Saturday, September 6th, 9am to 3pmat the Foster County FairgroundsCarrington, ND.   Find us on FB at[...]

Friday Night Event tickets on sale this Saturday!!


JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER:Friday Night Ticketsgo on sale this SaturdayJune 28th! Tickets for the private Friday evening event will go on sale June 28th.  Quantities are limited so when they're gone...they're gone.  Mark your calendar now cause they'll go FAST!Tickets are $35 eachand includes:Early Bird Shopping, Catered Refreshments, a Gift from the JunkFest Girls,and your Saturday admission to the Flea MarketTo order your tickets (not until June 28), email: If you can't reach your computer or Ipad because you're fishing or getting a manicure or something...never can call Missy at 701-653-5707.  *Orders for tickets will not be accepted on facebook or by text.*[...]

Friday Night Tickets ..going on sale soon!




The Friday Night Tickets will be on sale SOON:

Tickets for the private Friday evening event will go on sale June 28th.  Quantities are limited so when they're gone...they're gone.  Mark your calendar now cause they'll go FAST!
Tickets are $35 each.

To order your tickets (not until June 28), email

 If you can't reach your computer or Ipad because you're fishing or getting a manicure or something
...never fear...
you can call 701-653-5707. 

Orders for tickets will not be accepted on facebook or by text.

Junkfest…getting some props!


How adorable is this lil guy in a vintage suitcase!!I LOVE IT I LOVE HIMWe have always thought that a lot of our findswould make great photo props!Whether you are a professional photographer searching for fun props,or you want to add a unique flair to your wedding or engagement photos,or you just want to take some adorable pictures of your sure to keep your eyes open at JunkFest,cause you never know what you can find!JunkFest  takes no credit for any of the following images, they were added to illustrate the use of vintage props…and they are awesome. previous sales, you could have found* little red wagons* vintage boxing gloves* vintage furniture* vintage trunks and suitcases* benches made from reclaimed wood and fancy iron headboards*metal egg baskets* old church pews* old signs* vintage cribs* ornate frames for your diy photo booth* old tubs of all kinds* vintage carts/basketssome similar to this wheeled laundry cart:* vintage school desks* vintage sleds* vintage chairs of all kinds* cool old umbrellas*vintage ornate chandeliersetc..etc..etc…Honestly, the possibilities are endless!Come and look aroundI bet you'll find something to inspire your next photo session!(...On a fabulous couch , sitting amongst the trees!  ) big thank you to all of the photographers who created the adorable images I included in this post. Your talent and creativity inspire me.[...]

An Ode to Winter


Winter, Oh Winter..why do you have to be so frickin cold?!Stop it.Stop it right now.* * * * * *ha haLook at these wrought iron doors,the LOVE of my winter garden.(soon to be an awesome spring/summer garden trellis)I also added some colorful ornaments to a tree branch that has a cement base:* My friend was looking for some unique and pretty decor for her step daughters wedding reception.Branches were the answer folks!They are usually free and, when all decked out, they can add such a romantic atmosphere!She "potted" many branches in apple buckets using Quickcrete,then added those super thin wire lights and also hung some clear glass drops.IT.WAS.BEAUTIFUL.I acquired some of her "trees" after the reception was over.I have set them in my house (they added a festive touch to the corners of my dining room at Thanksgiving and Christmas) and I have set them outside.The one pictured below has stood up to all kinds of wind and blizzard-like weather.I just love seeing the bright colored ornaments when I walk up to the house!(plastic ornaments from, colorful and no fear of broken glass!)This peacock blue ribbon from Hobby Lobby got wrapped around lots of things,  it added gorgeous color to some dreary winter days.This is one of the cement orbs that my son made.I bought this old cement urn on a junking trip with the girlsI hope the boxwood shrub survivesThen, on Pinterest, I saw what a creative soul did with some old, white, glass globes.You know the ones, from grandma's old light fixtures.(usually on hand at your local thrift store)She tucked clear christmas lights inside and plugged them in.They add such a cool glow to her garden!!at nightduring the daySo easy to do, So fun, So creative.Check them out at: had some of these globes in my junk stash!I topped an iron urn with a grinding stone to make a "table". Then I placed an evergreen wreath on top of that, stuffed my glass globe with lights and placed it in the center. ** I did wrap some twine around the base of the globe and tied it to the wreath…I also anchored the wreath to the grinding stone with wire so everything would be able to stand up to our North Dakota winter winds!See how it glows at night?I love it right outside my window!Although winter is not really my favorite time of year,* I am a beach girl at heart *there are some things that can really make it glow…like old glass globes, bright ornaments, colored ribbonsAND fun days shopping for warm hats...with some of my FAVORITE PEOPLE ON EARTH!Don't they make great hat models!?!LOVE.THEM.TO.PIECES.[...]

Have a LOVELY Day!


Happy Valentines Day Friends!

Fill it with hugs and kisses and
appreciation for ALL of the love-ly people in your life.
...and maybe just a smidgen of chocolate


Sharing the Stylings of a true Junk Queen!


Want some awesome ideasfor using your unique and junk-y finds? Just take a look at this FABULOUS bathroom remodel crafted by Donna from Funky Junk Interiors :WOW!There is no doubt that Donna has a love and passion and an absolute knack for transforming cast offs into FABULOUS DECOR… she also has a keen eye for editing!When you are working with junk,I really think that you have to be able to edit.Donna is a master at this!She really knows how to use her unique findsin a way that still lets her room look CLEAN and PRISTINE.*I think mixing the old with the new is the key*The rusty license plates and old yardsticks look wonderful against the clean black paint of her brand new vanity and mirror.The weathered patina on the ladder is a nice contrast to the fresh white towels and crisply painted wall…as are the old hooks and game boards.I love the contrasts of the old against the new and think that is why her bathroom design is a big "YES!" To see in detail how Donna created this clean and bright farmhouse look, click here:*********So, in September, when you are attending the 10th annual JUNKFEST and Flea Market   ;)..and you see some rusty license plates,a worn ladder,or some other interesting treasure know that you CAN mix them into a modern home…and, if you edit well, they will add character, without adding clutter.When I remodeled my kitchen a few years ago,I really wanted to add some architectural salvage to the mix.I could have gone hog wild with that conceptas I had a storage building FULL of treasures!SERIOUSLY! Hoarder territory.But I decided to permanently attach just 2 pieces:On a fun junking trip with the girls, I spied 2 old corbels that I just had to have.I thought they would fit perfectly under my stove hood…* I think they add a nice bit of character *Especially their authentic, chipped patinaagainst the shiny new subway tile….I just LOVE the contrast of old against new!I singled out the corbels to attach permanently,but I still like to add other funky and junky accents.I have a serious love of statues of all kinds!- I try to use restraint and only allow one in a room-This guy had a broken base and couldn't stand up straight.But, where there is a will, there is a way!I had this adorable little drawer from an old sewing cabinet, I attached a vintage enamel number tag to the front, some old wooden knobs as feet on the bottom, and filled the drawer with plaster of paris to "cement" him in.It worked!Now that he can stand on his own, I think he's kinda awesomeand kind of unexpected in a kitchen.LOVE THAT CONTRAST TOO:Pots and pans and an artsy hunk o man!;)[...]

Time Flies!


                         Can you believe, theJunkFest girlshave been embracing rust(and removing dust!)since 2004??!That's right, 2014 will mark our 10 year Anniversary!!so…SAVE. THE. DATE.'Cause we would love to share someJUNK LOVEwith you on September 6, 2014!A BIG THANK YOU to ourWonderful VendorsAwesome ShoppersandLoyal Followers!We wouldn't have had 10 wonderful yearswithout you!!![...]



is the new


Happy Birthday to Lynette!  50 years of's to 50 more!
We Love Ya!

Heavy lifting gets real at JUNKFEST...Big Bertha was SOLD!


Our friends Diane and Linda from the Barn Chix had a "little" something up their sleeve when they arrived at JunkFest...  Let's just call her BIG BERTHA...and believe us when we say this old merchant cabinet was incredible!15 feet long and 31 drawers of vintage glory!These unsuspecting Junk Hunkshad no idea what they were about to be called to do! After all,....they had already had to wrestle a man to the ground who was trying to sneak in under the fence!;) (Actually a very nice vendor who was just joking around with some of our "security" officials!)When the call came in that "Bertha" was sold,it was ALL hands on deck!At this point, she was still on dollys with wheels......Then came the heavy part!I believe i counted 11 guys .(I hope they all lifted with their knees & not their backs!! ) ...and she was up!With all the hunks workin together...BIG BERTHA filled the newly purchased trailer (and then some!)GREAT JOB, GUYS!We certainly couldn't do it without you! Now, here's a tiny peek at what was JunkFest 2013: Pumpkins galore!...Junque to treasure...the colors of fall......and the smell of mini donuts in the air!! Gosh, what's not to love!?? Stay tuned.  More pictures to follow.[...]

Mann Made Signs & Crafting Adventures


One of the perks of hosting JunkFest is meeting all the great shoppers from across the tri-state region (and beyond).  But what's really great about the junking business and the sale we host, is meeting the incredibly talented, artistic, and inspirational folks that are travelling great distances to help us put on a stellar show!     That category of people includes Jodi Mann, of Mann Made Signs from International Falls, MN.  Jodi is co-owner of "No Place Like Home" antiques store, and still manages to sell her hand made signs at many shops and events across ND and MN.     Like so many others, Jodi also has a FB page, where you can see some more of her work here.  All I can say is, WOW has this girl been busy!Thanks for joining us this year Jodi....cannot wait to see your creations!! ********Returning vendor Heidi Bear of Crafting Adventures brings her fun fresh mix of hand crocheted hats, cowls, blankets, and chunky necklaces.  Heidi has me longing for fall and winter just so I can snuggle up in one of these adorable hats or cowls!           Heidi also sells these accessories on Etsy, and can also be found on FB here.  Welcome back Heidi![...]

Raise The Roof...It's Maria from Eco Chic!


 I've been meaning for awhile to tell you some exciting news...  Maria from Eco Chic Boutique will be at our Friday Night Event!  You will have the opportunity to learn everything you need to know about chalk paint....woot woot!!! Didn't get a ticket for Friday night?  NEVER FEAR! Eco Chic will also be vending at JunkFest on Saturday September 7th, look for them in the merchant building!  Just look at her...she must have yet another bright idea.  Awe, so sweet.   I can't even begin to tell you about all the beautiful furniture transformations they've done in their Fargo, ND location.  And now they've expanded to Bismarck, ND too!You have got to check out their website HERE. And their Facebook page HERE. (disclaimer:  you may want to cover your keyboard so you don't ruin it while drooling over all their furniture transformation photos.  Just sayin.) I mean, my gosh....look who hangs out at their store![...]

Today's double feature: Too cute!


 Emily Steele of Burlap & Grace definitely has the corner on cute when it comes to hair accessories! Of course her living models are sweet on the eyes too!  Emily will be vending at JunkFest 2013, and rumor has it, she will also be bringing some furniture with her! Wonder if those cute models are tagging along?!  Check out her photos on FB here. You're sure to find something you like!             And if that wasn't enough cute overload for ya, take a look at these pint-sized outfits from JennaRose Doll clothes!  Shelly Corbett & Bonnie Aamot from Grand Forks will have your American Girl or Bitty Baby dressed for playtime success with their hand sewn doll clothes.  I am seriously tempted to invest in an American Girl doll myself....unless I can talk the gals into replicating some of these outfits in my size!  Whether you're a collector, junker, or just like to play with dolls, there's something for everyone at JunkFest!  Don't forget, food vendors also on sight!  And, music by Amanda Standalone and her jug band Alien Brain & the Jugular Vein![...]

Be Still My Heart...Central Pharmacy


 You heard it here first, folks!  Cassie and Lynette are over the top crazy excited for JunkFest 2013! (Missy hasn't been seen.  Rumor has it the temps were so hot in her barn when she was working on junk that she may have melted.  True story.)  Anyway, like the sign below says..."For a happy life you need three things..." but then the next part should read..."good junk, lots of vendors, and wonderful sponsors to bring them all together!"   You see, JunkFest 2013 was sponsored in part byCentral Pharmacy. How great is that!?  And you won't only find your medicine at Central Pharmacy, there's a ton of uber cool stuff, like furniture, home décor, cards and SO much more! Check them out on facebook HERE.  And woodsy things too, for a lake girl like me.  ;)  And even a boutique!!  Gorgeous!   JunkFest and the Flea Market 2013 are sponsored in part by Runnings, Central Pharmacy, and the Carrington CVB.  These sponsorships have enabled us to reach farther, and to spread the word about a fabulous event offering over 90 vendors, on Saturday September 7th from 9am-3pm at the Foster County Fairgrounds in Carrington, ND.  $5 admission (children 12 and under free), free parking, food vendors on site, and live music[...]