It’s arguably central Iowa’s most popular “destination shopping” experience, a concept of planning a roadtrip that makes shopping an adventurous experience rather than a casual act.
The Central Iowa Junk Jaunt’s ninth-annual fall event will be Sept. 14-16, with hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The theme of the jaunt is “Fall Vintage Roadtrip.”
The vintage shopping roadtrip is organized by Central Iowa Junk Jaunt, which is headquartered at JB Knacker in Gilbert. The experience takes shoppers to the central Iowa towns like Jewell, Story City and Gilbert as well as the countryside in between.
There are 22 stops on the Junk Jaunt map this time around, including barns, sheds, a fruit market, a chicken coop, family farms, flea markets and brick-and-mortar vintage shops.
Sandy Carter, who owns Broad Street Market with her husband Joe, said thousands of people come to Story City just for the Junk Jaunt, and many of them are from out-of-state. She said one of the reasons the Junk Jaunts are so successful is that the participating businesses are juried.
“Not just anyone with any business can be featured. It’s a selective process, which keeps a nice gloss to the whole experience,” she said.
Vendors involved in the Junk Jaunt include:
Ames: Dakota Junction, 2222 North Dakota Ave
Gilbert: Hall Street Vintage, 225 Main St.; JB Knacker, 123 Main St.; Flea Market, 123 Main St.
Story City: Broad Street Market, 515 Broad St.; The Tin Chandelier, 526 Broad St.; Penn Station Antiques, 503 Pennsylvania Ave.; Slim’s Vintage Country Market, 11563 Highway 69.
Roland countryside: Rust Around the Edges, 61055 130th St.
Randall: Old New & Things 2 Redo, School St. (vendors at the old Randall gym).
Jewell: D & D Antiques, 3510 Nelson Ave.; Gin + Tarnish, 611 Main St.; DK Soap & Design Studio, 627 Main St.; Mustard Seed Revival, 629 Main St.; Gravy Home Goods, 630 Main St.
Stratford countryside: Touch of Rustic, 1541 390th St.
Boone countryside: Red Granite Farm, 2013 130th St.; Bittersweet & Berries, 2055 140th St.; As The Crow Flies, 868 T Ave.; Red Barn Rustics, 2035 205th St.; Lincoln View Farm, 1071 X Ave.
Cambridge countryside: Thumbprint Cottage, 60159 290th St.