Junk in the trunk

A couple of “junkers” will make a pit stop Saturday, bringing nearly 200 booths of vintage apparel, handcrafted jewelry and refurbished furniture to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

The Junk Hippy Roadshow is paying its third visit to Oklahoma City since husband-and-wife team Shawn and Kristen Grandi started the business in March 2012. The traveling twosome recruit vendors from across Oklahoma and surrounding states to support smaller, more unique markets, craftsmen and artists.

“They’ll go home with an empty trailer and a wallet full of money, and that’s the best feeling ever, knowing that we helped them be successful,” said Kristen Grandi.

Many vendors who learn of the road shows via Facebook and word of mouth seize the opportunity because they don’t have an outlet to showcase their creations and collections, she said.

“[Junkers] are not scared to pull over on the side of road and get something on the curb on big trash day,” Grandi said. “They’re always on the hunt.”

The Grandis award a free booth to one or two vendors during each show, based on their attitude and presentation.

“We actually have in our vendor contract, ‘Be nice or leave,’” Kristen Grandi said.

The giveaway saves the vendors up to $300, hopefully to boost their business’ potential, while easing the traveling costs.

Saturday’s stop will feature a vintage photo booth and live music from Oklahoma natives Lauren Lee and Liberty Road.

Future Sooner State shows include Sept. 21 in Tulsa and a return visit to OKC on Oct. 5.

Molly Evans

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