The 10th annual JunKin’ CuZins Flea Market & Expo returns to the Stutsman County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Joan Taxis, one of the five organizers for the event who make up JunKin’ CuZins, said the event was held online in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic so it’s good to see it return to the fairgrounds.

“I think people are ready to get out and people love the repurposing stuff,” she said.

The five members of JunKin’ CuZins are Taxis and Lorene Ahlers-Iverson, the remaining original members of the group, and Denise Hallwachs, Chantel Harr and Sue McPherson.

“We are all excited about it (the event) because it gives us a time to repurpose our items,” Taxis said. “It’s a time when you get to see a lot of people come through.”

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More than 50 vendors are expected, Taxis said. The event draws hundreds of people, she said, but exact attendance isn’t known since admission is free.

“There’s people that come from all over for this event (to shop),” she said, “People bring their trailers.”

Items to purchase will be available in three buildings and outside, Taxis said. There will also be food vendors at the site. Vendors include repurposers, crafters, upcyclers, bakers, junkers, jewelry makers, food vendors, boutiques, antiques and more.

Taxis said the event has grown since it began 10 years ago but not too much and that’s by design.

“... we‘ve added more vendors throughout the years just to make it a little bit bigger but we don’t want to get it too much bigger because then it’s too many things to choose from,” she said.

Taxis said the number of vendors they currently have is where they want the event to be.

The JunKin’ CuZins team has one spot dubbed “the junkyard” in the large barn at the fairgrounds in Jamestown where people can find raw junk for their own projects or gardening items, Taxis said.

She said there will be a number of items suitable for gardening enthusiasts and the timing is perfect to get them because the gardening season is just getting started.

“People love the old rustic galvanized pots and the buckets, anything they can make a flower pot out of,” she said.

The JunKin’ CuZins team uses the large barn where they stage their items into specific areas such as furniture, vintage, kitchen and children, Taxis said.

As far as what’s trending right now, she said interest in certain items hasn’t faded.

“I think the painted furniture is still really hot,” she said. “I think people still like that farmhouse look. That’s kind of big right now and you see that in magazines.”

The group also will hold an event in the fall at the Bismarck Event Center.


If you go

What: 10th annual JunKin’ CuZins Flea Market & Expo

When: Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Stutsman County Fairgrounds, Jamestown

Admission: free. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.