DES MOINES, Iowa- The Junk Jubilee had so many vendors and attendees at this year’s show, it was hard to move at times. Now the twice a year show in Des Moines will be moving to a larger venue.
The show has been located in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Next spring it will move to the Varied Industries Building, also at the Fairgrounds. The show will be held April 24-26.
“We’ve got a waiting list for dealers, it’s so crowded,” said John Whaley of Junk Jubilee. He said this year’s show had 110 vendors covering 150 spots.
The show’s popularity is not hard for Joe Kenz of Indiana to understand. He said “Des Moines is really receptive to it, they have a fabulous craft, antique and re-purpose community here in Des Moines.” Kenz added that he really likes coming to Des Moines because, “everywhere you go, people are so helpful.” He was surprised when some local junk store owners came to Junk Jubilee to thank vendors for coming here, as they said it helps their local business as well.
“Junk is kind a of an inside joke,” said Whaley. “It’s a term for anything that’s old, and not everybody might see the value of.” He also said that old clothing is growing in popularity. “A lot of old clothing and flannel shirts I threw out are fashionable right now for women to wear.”