Unlike a new puppy, a vintage knick-knack is already broken in, has had time to establish its pedigree, and is almost always housetrained. Save on obedience training with today’s Groupon: for $4, you get a one-day admission to the Junk Bonanza (an $8 value) on Friday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Junk Bonanza returns for a sixth year with more than 130 juried vendors who stack, shine, and assemble vintage finds, antique wares, art, and handcrafted curios at an indoor exhibition. Savvy shoppers peruse oddities such as beer-sign-adorned end tables, evaluate unique skirt fabrics, and decide, after viewing repurposed-object artwork, to finally have a go at turning that old typewriter into an ottoman. Traditional thrift fare, such as gently used or vintage clothing, mingles with antique furniture, and together they size up the new kids on the block—vendor-made tchotchkes such as Scrabble-tile magnets, quilted aprons, and felted handbags. Patrons can also enter to rack up discounts in the Do You Feel Lucky drawings, which grants coupons for a variety of merchants starting at $50.