MARYSVILLE — The parking lot of the Marysville Municipal Court was filled with at least 2,000 shoppers perusing the wares of 70 vendors for the city’s third annual “Junk in the Trunk” flea market on Saturday, July 13.
City of Marysville Recreation Coordinator Maryke Burgess credited the Marysville Rock & Gem Club with not only contributing to this year’s increase in vendors, but also helping to deliver one of the largest crowds yet for the event.
“I’d say this has been our most successful year to date,” Burgess said on July 13. “We’ve been thrilled to include the Rock & Gem Club, Bite Me Cupcakes and the Hillside Church serving up hot dogs this year. Between this, Poochapalooza and Rodz on 3rd, it’s been a fabulous day for Marysville.”
Melissa and Rachel Burns came from Lake Stevens to maintain their perfect attendance for all three annual “Junk in the Trunk” events to date, and joined Ben Canary in checking out the low-priced Blu-rays for sale — their find of all six Star Wars movies in a single boxed set for $40 was particularly prized — while Gloria and Walter Wiley turned out for their first “Junk in the Trunk” after seeing word of the event in the newspaper.
“We really did need this,” Gloria Wiley said of the portable DVD player that she purchased from Dennis and LaurieAnn Sigler. “Someone was kind enough to remove ours from our home,” she sardonically summed up the theft, “and when you’re raising a granddaughter who’s 2 years old, you really need cartoons.”
“It’s hard to have a garage sale when you live in an apartment,” said LaurieAnn Sigler, a first-time vendor at “Junk in the Trunk” who was raising funds to compete in the national-level pageant after being crowned the Washington State Classic Woman American Beauties Plus. “Nationals are expensive.”
Marysville Rock & Gem Club members Patti Lingenfelter and Danny Tyler appreciated being able to check out tables full of rock slabs and polished stones just around the corner from so many secondhand tchotchkes for sale.
“I’ve never found an ugly rock from the Rock & Gem Club,” Lingenfelter said. “It’s so educational and there’s so much camaraderie. Everyone is helpful, and everyone knows everyone else.”
Brian Murril, who spent the day working the other side of the tables for the Marysville Rock & Gem Club, noted that the club’s standalone event last summer was nowhere near as successful, in no small part because it was scheduled during the Grand Parade day of the Marysville Strawberry Festival and happened to coincide with a torrential rainstorm.
“We had the right thought,” Murril said. “It was just the wrong place and time. It’s been a great combination to join a pre-existing event like ‘Junk in the Trunk,’ though. Maryke helped get us a bit of a price break, and in return, we did a lot of the setting-up work ourselves. We’re hoping to team up with the spring craft show next April, and the ‘Junk in the Trunk’ again next year, before possibly doing a standalone event of our own.”