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Thousands of shoppers check out 'Junk in the Trunk' | SLIDESHOW

MARYSVILLE — The parking lot of the Marysville Municipal Court was thronged with an estimated 2,000 browsers perusing the wares of 63 vendors for the city's annual "Junk in the Trunk" flea market on Saturday, July 14.

City of Marysville Activities Coordinator Maryke Burgess reported that the event drew at least 1,000 shoppers by noon, two hours after it opened for business, and a number of the antiques attracted buyers young enough that they hadn't actually been alive for the years for which they were nostalgic.

Stacie Thesenvitz, Kamela Tuengel and Allyssa Scott crowded around a box of vinyl records, as Scott picked out a number of original releases of Beatles albums.

"I like it because it's original," Scott said.

"I still have one of the old RCA turntables that you have to lift up the needle for," Thesenvitz said. "It's just cool to run some wax."

"The snaps and crackles in the audio just take you back," Tuengel said.

Jim and Michelle Culp were more practically minded buyers, picking up cheap household items that they needed, but they agreed that Junk in the Trunk was well worth the time and the trip.

"It's fun and entertaining," Jim Culp said.

Tony Renken was not new to swap meets, but he became a vendor at the Junk in the Trunk for the first time this year due to his father's recent passing, which left him with an assortment of hand and power tools, as well as a small collection of leather biker jackets.

"This is alright here," Renken said. "I've got some antiques worth hundreds of dollars, but I can just wait for folks to come on by."

For Navy veteran Bill Viola, yard sales and the like are a way of life by necessity, so he appreciated being able to lighten his load at Junk in the Trunk.

"You travel a lot in the fleet, and you pick up more stuff than you can bring with you," said Viola, currently serving at Naval Station Everett, as he sought to peddle a paint-sprayer for a house he no longer lives in and a "Barbie Jammin' Jeep" for a daughter who's getting just a bit too big for it. "This is a great opportunity to get out and shift this stuff into someone else's garage," he laughed. "Plus, you get to meet great people. There's a real sense of community here."

"We had a very eclectic set of wonderful vendors selling a mix of awesome stuff," Burgess said. "It was great to see the smiles on everyone's faces. People were happy to find things and the vendors were happy to sell it to them."

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