One man’s piece of junk is another man’s treasure

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Since 2012, the Granville JunkAholics have been giving junk lovers from all over the area the opportunity to find that one special item or to unload the junk they no longer want.

Organizers Wanda Bachmeier and Kolette Kramer said the group holds two sales a year at the State Fair Center in Minot.

The next show is the Granville JunkAholics JunkLover Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

This is the place to be for people who love “shopping, reminiscing, and hunting for that perfect junk find,” according to their promotional material. People can find material to “restore, refurbish, re-use, re-purpose, reclaim and “re-sell.” The fall sale, called Junkin’ in the Dirt, is held in October.

Bachmeier and Kramer said they started out six years ago as a group of gals who wanted to get rid of some of the junk in their own houses. They held a community tag sale that eventually grew large enough to be moved to the State Fair Center.

The sales have the atmosphere of an outdoor street fair, though indoors, they said.

New to the event is the Vendor Market, which highlights pop-up sales.

The Junk Market has all sorts of items, ranging from old clothes to books to old furniture to knick-knacks and more.

Bachmeier and Kramer said there’s something there for people of all ages and tastes, from modern to vintage.

One person told the organizers that she brought her father, who lives in a senior living facility, to the last event so he could enjoy reminiscing while walking around the different booths.

Different pieces have stories attached to them. Sellers can recall the bond they’ve formed with a piece and enjoy seeing a new buyer walk out the door with a piece that they love and have grown attached to.

More information about the organization and about how to rent a booth and sell items can be found at their Facebook page and at their site,