My daughter Robyn asked me to report on the Central Nebraska Junk Jaunt, which took place September 28 -30th. The Junk jaunt is a 300 mile loop of continuous garage sales. In its’ ninth year, the Jaunt attracts buyers, literally, from coast to coast. The “outsiders” are easily spotted; they often drive Winnebagos pulling flatbed trailers. There are thousands of things to see and buy, from the most precious of antiques to the junkiest of junk. Here’s a synopsis of our jaunt; it barely scratches the surface of our adventure:
We started our day at Hazard. Antiques that are nearly impossible to find are available for purchase on the Junk Jaunt. These stoves were part of an estate sale for our neighbor Clyde, who passed away last year at the age of 102.
Aunt Janet is wowed at Mason City. Here’s a good place to find dishes that match the ones you accidentally broke in the past year. One can also replenish one’s jewelry box for pennies….see the necklaces hung like fish drying in the sun in the rear of the photo.
The Methodist ladies in Sargent filled their Community Buildingto overflowing with valuable kitchen junk. Janet and I bought as much as we could carry out in one trip.
One big important stop for any Junk Jaunter lies north of Sargent about a mile. Here you will find serious antiques, most lending themselves to farm tools, machinery and horse drawn equipment. Anyone wishing to untangle a set of harness can find their challenge here. If you’re not in the market to buy, it is worth the trip to see.
The Garfield County Fairgrounds in Burwell is one giant Jaunt stop, hosting over 20 vendors. Anything under the sun can be found. Aunt Janet was surveying for Fiesta Ware dishes. She was successful.
After burning thousands of calories, it is imperative to stop at The Hub in downtown Burwell. It is an impeccably clean and old fashioned soda fountain. The Hub serves every kind of ice cream, coffee and sandwich you can dream up. Here an unidentified hungry man prepares to dive into his banana split. The downside is, this place is always full of people escorting happy children for a treat. You might have to wait a few minutes to get served.
If you were after a more sensible meal, the Lutheran ladies in Hazard served a hot lunch complete with fruit pie during. We landed there on Sunday; we were too exhausted to cook after Saturday’s adventures.
My favorite Junk Jaunt purchase was a glider rocker complete with a glider footstool. I had to sit a minute after we loaded it in the back of my pickup. It was perfect.
Thank You Mom and Aunt Janet for sharing your Junk Jaunt fun and pictures with us!