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The Perfect Find at Glorious Junk Days in Clovis

Sep 23, 2016 11:00AM ● By Kimberly Horg

Treasure Hunters Unite

October 2016
By Kimberly Horg

“One man’s trash is another’s treasure” seems to strike truth for many who shop Old Town Clovis’ Glorious Junk Days. Twice a year, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and the third Sunday in October, more than 150 vendors sell “junk” to thousands of customers who are more than willing to buy it.

For the past 27 years, the Antiques and Collectibles Fair has taken place in Clovis, but since 2011, a less restrictive fair has also been held. Handcrafted items at the Antiques and Collectibles Fair aren’t sold, but they are in high demand at the Glorious Junk Days. The organizers of the event want “cool” stuff, ideally made from recycled items, such as aprons from old cute fabric from second-hand stores. Painted furniture, repurposed items, garden art made out of recycled tin or plates, bowls and votives on a stick to put in a flower pot are also desired. Architectural salvage (doors, pillars, windows, gates, etc.) and rusty “junk” are all on sale.

“These are the items that young people are looking for. We thought we could do two shows a year that would attract a different buyer to the event and to Old Town,” says Carole Lester, executive director of the Business Organization of Old Town Clovis.

Once everyone understood it was not a garage sale or flea market, the event took off, she says, now drawing crowds that are estimated at 10,000 to 15,000 people. 

Items found at Junk Days include everything from pendant lights with world globes cut in half as the shades, an old washing tub turned into a bar cooler; vintage jewelry; shabby chic pillows; and a dining room set painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. And Vicki Shoemaker from 3 Oaks Studio gives a DIY demonstration using the unique chalk paint at the shows. 

Many items can be purchased to make into something new, such as frames with a chalkboard inside or large block letters attached to burlap backing. Participants can even find small robots made out of recycled materials
and products.  

“You just don’t know what you’ll find. Last spring I was told about a ‘squash blossom necklace,’ and I had no idea what that was,” Lester says. “When I saw it, I had to have it.”

Although the event features mainly refurbished and handcrafted items, antiques and collectibles are sold, as well. The rules are relaxed for this show, so there are a broader range of items, such as world globes, retro cameras and typewriters, Pyrex and signage saying “bless this house” or other sayings. 

Lester encourages visitors to come early and stay late. Food vendors are there and several restaurants are open all day to serve customers. It takes at least an hour to walk the entire event if only “window shopping.”

The event is free and open to the public. 

October 16, 8 am-4 pm

Pollaskey Avenue, Old Town Clovis • (559) 298-5774