The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market returned to WestWorld of Scottsdale on Saturday, May 3, and we feel pretty certain of one thing: We didn't bring nearly enough cash.
That's not to say that market items were overpriced. Truth be told, with the exception of a few furniture pieces that cost more than your car, vendors were fair and free to bargain. But with over 170 booths selling vintage, re-purposed, or handmade furnishings and fashion, budgeted shoppers ultimately had to make though choices among the countless salvaged treasures. Here are 10 of the coolest ones we saw.
10. Bob's Big Boy statue
The Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market maintained steady foot traffic throughout the day, with junkies being greeting by the original vintage fiberglass Bob's Big Boy statue, on display courtesy of Mesa-based vendor, Found Design.
Sadly, this coveted statue was well out of most shoppers' price range at a whopping $4,700. Look like we'll be settling for a miniature Bob's Big Boy piggy bank instead.
9. Teepees by Dolly and Frances
The custom-made teepees by Dolly and Frances were easily the shopping highlight for both children and adults -- probably because they make your average pillow fort look like a crack den. Teepees start at $250 and can be purchased at the Dolly and Frances Etsy shop.
8. Retro Nancy Drew lunchbox
Talk about too cool for school. We're still harboring some regret for not snatching up this $18 retro Nancy Drew lunchbox from Vintage Bliss. Luckily, we can stay up to date on the salvage shop's newest treasures by following Vintage Bliss on Facebook.
7. Antique card catalog
Fifteen hundred dollars may seem a bit steep for pre-owned furniture, but this photograph really doesn't do this vintage card catalog justice. Gawkers gathered round this furniture piece only to sigh in disappointment at the price tag which already read "SOLD" by noon.
6. Cabin Art
If you were wondering where you could get your hands on a piece (or 20) of genuine cabin art, the Junk in the Trunk market is your answer, with pieces in all shapes, sizes, mediums, frames, and locations.
5. Atari Centipede
We were assured by the vendor that this two-seater Atari Centipede video game was in great working condition (the location of the booth prevented him from plugging it in.) And at only $250 we'll admit we were surprised to still see it on the floor in the final hours of the market.
4. Salvaged theater chairs
These salvaged theater chairs are the ideal statement piece for a hallway, living room, walkway, or hell, even your own home theater. But the trouble with these vintage markets isn't just money, it's space. So for salvage shoppers planning on making it to the fall return of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, we recommend getting your hands on a truck or SUV.
3. Light-up hearts, stars, arrows, peace signs -- you name it.
Industrial meets cute with these custom made light-up shapes. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, you've no doubt seen them at boutiques, restaurants, and the enviable homes of others.
2. Mid-century Arizona Movie Posters
Want to know what our big purchase of the day was? You're looking at them. Blame it on state sentimentality but it was just too hard to pass up these posters of Gunslinger, Arizona Terrors, Toughest Man in Arizona, and good amount of Rex Allen classics.
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1. Vintage pennants
Again, we favored the local love represented by these vintage pennants which featured Arizona venues like the American Heritage Wax Museum in Scottsdale, Phoenix Zoo, and Phoenix International Raceway, as well as national state parks, colleges, and zoos from around the United States.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale on Saturday, September 20. For more information, visit junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.