If you love antiques, handmade goods, music & food… Junkstock is the place to be. It’s the first event I went to when transitioning to Omaha and fell head over heels for it. They hold the 3 day weekends over spring, summer, and fall. I am typically found at 2/3 events. This is by far my favorite event that is specific to Nebraska.
200+ vendors, 20+ food trucks, an impressive line up of bands all weekend… There truly is something for everyone. Junkstock has moved to Sycamore Farms just an exit or two up from the original location. I feel like they are constantly growing and evolving this event. Traffic this season was a million times better vs the fall. Way easier to get in and no long wait to get out… the ticket line even died down. I still would recommend purchasing tickets in advance, save a couple bucks and time getting in. They do cut this off about a week out from the event, otherwise you can purchase at the gate. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Parking is also FREE.
There are a bunch of booths that they’ve organized into areas – 13 total. Makes it easy to navigate if you are looking for your favorite vendors. Some are outdoors, some are inside really cool barns or horse stables. The experience walking around the farm, doesn’t get anymore creative than this, Im tellin ya! I tried to capture as much as I could to fully give out-of-towners the feel of the event, but it just doesnt do it justice without being there. I often refer to it as ‘my Christmas morning.’
As you can see, handmade goods all the way to repurposed furniture, and my favorite the antiques. Look how gorgeous this giant hutch is. Apologies for the poor pictures, it’s literally impossible to get views without people, it’s just a busy event 🙂 If you do purchase a larger piece, the “Junk Hunks” haul it to a pick up tent outside of the event where you bring your ticket to them and they help you get it in your car. Smart right!?
For kids, they have bounce houses, face painting, this year the pony rides were in a covered area so we took a break for this. Mila was insanely thrilled, her first time on a pony and her giggles were well worth the 5 bucks. Stella was insanely sweet and the man running the pony rides was incredibly kind and welcoming.
Junkstock and their vendors really go all out with the decorating here, this fun teepee tent was a new feature!! Theres plenty of picturesque spots waiting for you and your family. This year this new barn was opened up for the first time, loved how spacious it is!!! Junkstock always sells their gear and had set up right in the middle of it!
So, goodie time!!! Tried to grab cards when I saw them, but forgot a couple. The Chipped Cup had a ton of handmade shirts, headbands, baby clothes etc. Snagged a set of these very soft t-shirt headbands. Getting to meet fellow Etsy Sellers, is one of my favorite parts of going to Junkstock. The second picture is a cake platter I found for 15 bucks. I’m planning to start a collection, so far I have 5 or so (ha) work in progress here.
Ok, girl squeeeeeeeel. The above items are from a vendor I found last fall. Happy Handmade Co is the name, the lady designs and sews herself. I snagged a fall dress and Christmas dress from her last season. Religiously follow her on Instagram and she happened to recognize my crazy ass on Saturday haha! Bought these adorable shorts and Easter romper from her. I can’t get enough of her things, they are so well made and are just about the only thing my frugal self will splurge on for my babe.
I found this one vendor that had these cute state key chains, snagged one of course to remind me of home!! Second picture is the famous Junkstock stage… They have all sorts of eclectic seating around and it makes it so home-y… love the feel of it. At the end of all this, had to get a drink in the beer garden. All the walking and chasing a toddler, it was well over due.
One thing I am really pumped for, my biggest success of the day — I found a shop that hand makes corbels. Giant, chunky, scroll corbels. Forgot a picture of these beauties but will be ordering from these craftsmen soon.
- Bring Cash, ATM is on-site… Some vendors take CC
- Bring a stroller or wagon, even if you don’t have kids it makes it easier to put all your finds in there vs carrying it all.
- Bring comfy shoes, sunscreen and water!
Junkstock Spring 2017, was an incredible time. Already ready for the next installment… Maybe one day, I will be lucky enough to be a vendor at one… who knows?
Peace, Love & Junk,