Kountry Junkin’ Brings Vintage To Rapid City
When you want to make a change it's always “out with the old and in with the new”.
But wait, after looking around this year's Kountry Junkin’ sale here in Rapid City.
You might think twice about applying that logic the next time you decorate.
The saying goes: one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Amy Gustafson, owner of Kountry Junkin’, says, "When you normally would see something lying in a field that has been there for thirty years and think it’s junk."
Vendors at the first annual Kountry Junkin' sale showed off how they take old unwanted pieces of, well, junk, and create something quite different.
Kayla Hert of ‘In Rust We Trust’, says, "We have some vintage inspired stuff. My husband refinishes with chalk paint, and then also antique pieces that he's gotten."
This practice of repurposing, or up-cycling, creates home decor that looks vintage and antique.
Christine Hanson with ‘On A Whim’ says, "I'm at every yard sale, thrift store, and estate sale. People give me stuff all the time and, you know, if they're gonna throw it away and it's going in the dumpster, I want to look at it."
Looking for the next best thing to bring into someone's home.
For Amy Gustafson, bringing an antiques "junk" sale to Rapid City has always been a dream.
As a hospice nurse here in Rapid, her passion for repurposing is also helping others.
Gustafson says, "I wanted to give back to the community, and I thought: what a better way? There was no better way than to incorporate the two. So, we're kind of donating proceeds to Hospice of the Hills today."
Amy hopes to make next year's Kountry Junkin' even bigger and better.
Her goal is forty vendors from all different states around our region.