Junk In the Trunk Vintage Market September 2021

This September was the 10 year anniversary of Junk In the Trunk Vintage Market. I’m proud to share I have participated in every Scottsdale market they’ve held with the exception of two. I missed the very first backyard one and a November show because my son competed at the State meet for dive. I believe they’ve held 17 Westworld markets which means I’ve done 15 of them.

My allotted set up time was on Thursday, September 16th. We had a window of  11-1:30 so I arrived early at 11:15, received my welcome packet from organizer Coley. I unloaded my 10′ trailer & truck, unhitched it and parked it outside at 1:30 pm. The next round of vendors flowed in at 1:30. Team JITT does really well keeping it flowing and organized. With 170 vendors they sure do a good job of it.

I continued my setup until 8pm and then headed over to the nearby hotel that I reserved thru Sunday. I live about 40 minutes from the venue but the days are long and the turnarounds are short so I treat myself with the closest hotel from the venue. Toms Thumb gas station and BBQ restaurant sit between the hotel and the venue, Westworld. It’s a terrific place to have breakfast or dinner. Their BBQ was featured on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.

Friday morning I made a run to Frys grocery store for fresh flowers, lunch and last minute goodies. Next I stopped at nearby Party City to have my big red balloon inflated with helium. My father in law Gary told me that I needed something above my space to attract the crowd. I hear people say, I’ll meet you under the big red balloon. He was right. It works.

I started setup at 10am and was ready by 3:30pm.  Doors opened at 4pm. The Friday crowd is excited to get in and have first dibs on all the booths. My space is 30’x15′. I take pride that my 6′ round tables are spaced in such a way that folks in wheelchairs and with strollers can comfortably shop my space. I was thanked by a man pushing his wife in a wheelchair. They appreciated that it was an ADA space.

Saturday morning is an early start at 7am, with doors opening at 8am. The 8-10am shoppers pay $25 to come in early. General admission is 10-3pm Saturday & Sunday. When the show is over it takes about 3.5 hours to break my space down, get the trailer in the building and everything packed up. Luckily my son Riley and my sister Jennifer/VintagebyJen came to help me.

It’s fun to see what everyone picks and I snap a lot of photos of the choices.

It was a terrific show for me with so many return shoppers and friendly faces that came thru my booth. I was happy to give my red balloon to Audra, Lindseys daughter. She was a big help to everyone all weekend.

I have signed up for the next show April 22-24th, 2022.  I hope to see you there.


Beautiful, happy faces. The 5/$10 charm trays were a huge hit with the kids.

A different mannequin display each day.

Love seeing these smiling faces.

My helpers. Thank you Michelle, Aimee, Crystal, nancy, Jen, Riley & Audra

About Ruby Mae Jewelry

I'm Leah Williams and I adore fabulous buttons and brooches, chains and charms. I find it exciting to look into old tin cans passed down through the generations. They hold buttons and hardware removed from all types of garments. I reuse old buttons and it connects me to men and women that I'll never get to meet. I leave the original thread on a button. I'm inspired to create something new from something that was forgotten. I love, love, love it.