Sarah and I went to the Eco Chic Junk Market in Fargo today. We have attended this event a number of times in the past. Typically we mosey on over there closer to the lunch hour – long after the event is underway. But not this time. This time we decided to arrive early – 9:30 AM to be exact.
The sale started at 10 AM, but we thought if we arrived early would get a good parking spot and be able to be early bird shoppers. Because we all know the early bird catches the worm, or in this case the best finds. Plus, we thought there just may be less crowds at the outset of the event.
So there we were at 9:30 and our assumptions could not have been more off. Parking was already becoming difficult when we arrived. Luckily, Sarah is great at parallel parking. If I had driven we would have had to park quite a distance away. There was an incredibly long line of folks snaking down the sidewalk to get in to the Junk Market when we arrived. It was the kind of line you expect to see on a Black Friday sale when they are selling $1,000 computers for $199. There were folks in line near where we were who could barely contain their excitement to get into the Junk Market and start shopping. Honestly, I think Sarah was one of them.
I enjoy the Junk Market and always marvel at the creativity of the folks who sell their wares there, but I realize that my house is as full as it can be and new purchases necessarily must put out my current items – and I like my current items. That fact does take the edge off my excitement. But it is fun to look at it all and to think about how much fun it would be to create some of the items yourself. Thinking is as far as I ever get though – there seems to be an awful lot of elbow grease and a sparkle of genius in these creations and I always conclude in the long run that my time is better spent buying the hard work of someone else rather than committing my own industry to questionable results.
If I had a whole new house to furnish – well now, then I could have a field day at the Junk Market. It is very furniture and decor intensive. But I go and spend time with Sarah and chat with my fierce girl Kristine Wallin (my favorite artist ever) who always has a booth at the Junk Market. This year I received a pleasant unsuspected surprise when I saw two people I absolutely adore running the food booth – Eric and Katie Renner. Eric and Katie are with the Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church. Eric is the Pastor and Katie, well she is the Pastor’s wife.
Eric, Katie, and the good folks of the Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church are the ones who took on the donation management task for the Galleria fire that left my sons and 150 other residents homeless and starting over with virtually nothing on October 11, 2010. They were heroes to the folks in the Galleria – their tireless efforts and genuine concern made a difficult situation so much more bearable. I have ever since held them in a special place in my heart. To see them today, less than a month away from the three year anniversary of the fire was truly the best part of the Junk Market. It reminded me – amidst rows of vendors with fabulous stuff – that the best things one has are their connections with others. No fabulous refurbished furniture or creative decor could ever have been as great a find as seeing those dear souls.
It was a very good day at the Junk Market.
Day one thousand five hundred and twenty-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da