Junk in the Trunk draws crowds in summer sun

MARYSVILLE — The sales tents on the Marysville Municipal Court parking lot offered visitors garage sale bargains and shade from the sweltering sun as Junk in the Trunk and the Marysville Rock and Gem Club's Swap-and-Sell returned July 12.

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MARYSVILLE — The sales tents on the Marysville Municipal Court parking lot offered visitors garage sale bargains and shade from the sweltering sun as Junk in the Trunk and the Marysville Rock and Gem Club’s Swap-and-Sell returned July 12.

City Recreation Coordinator Maryke Burgess explained that the event sold out of booth spaces, with more than 60 vendors on site, and drew an estimated 2,500 attendees.

“It was to our advantage that we were on the same day as Rodz On 3rd and Poochapalooza,” Burgess said. “People passed by us to go to those events.”

Burgess noted that browsers circulated through the site, rather than mostly coming at the start, as they’ve typically done in previous years.

Although she placed the peak of the parking lot asphalt’s heat at around 2:30 p.m., Burgess noted that Junk in the Trunk and the Swap-and-Sell both ended at 3 p.m.

“The timing worked out perfectly,” Burgess said. “We had everything from artwork to china to furniture, and the Northwest Center’s Big Blue Truck came and conveniently allowed what didn’t sell to be donated.”

While shoppers such as Robyn Mackay and her family were in the market for slabs from the Rock & Gem Club, others like Carmen Whitesitt and Sheryl Vacca checked out discounted and gently used household appliances such as a handheld vacuum cleaner. Bill Huntley even offered a 29-foot 2007 Coachmen RV for sale.

“Our second child is due in October, so we need to raise more college money,” Huntley said. “We’ve had a lot of fun camping in it, but we need to think about our bigger family now.”

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